This recent addition to the collection is the DVD version of a legendary early album by John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band – recorded as the title suggests in Toronto, Canada in 1969. The newly formed group appeared at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival Festival. Also on the bill, and seen in brief performances in the DVD, were Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and Little Richard. Kind of a strange line-up for the Plastic Ono Band to be sharing the stage with as they were all legends of a previous era of rock, while Lennon’s group was brand new – one of his very first outings outside the Beatles. I guess it was because they were at a Rock and Roll Revival concert that they chose to do some covers of some of the great songs that Lennon had grown up with and some he’d recorded with the Beatles (“Money”, “Dizzy Miss Lizzy” and “Blue Suede Shoes”) mixed in with some more recent original material (“Yer Blues” from the White album, “Cold Turkey” and “Give Peace A Chance”), alongside a couple of Yoko Ono’s more experimental works (“Don’t Worry Kyoko – Mummy’s only looking for her hand in the snow” and “John, John – Let’s hope for peace”). Joining Lennon and Ono on stage were Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann and Alan White, something of a super-group who allegedly practiced their set for the first time in the jet on the way to gig….
The interesting thing about the film is that it was directed by D.A.Pennebaker, who made the legendary Dylan documentary “Don’t Look Back”.
This DVD is reasonably decent quality for both sound and vision. Its an Australian pressing.
Where possible with this blog I’ll give you as much release information as I can, including cover photos, catalogue numbers, etc.
The details are:
Plastic Ono Band Live Peace In Toronto
Label: Umbrella Music Cat.No: DAVID0669
The cover artwork looks different to other releases of this film I have seen, though it all seems to be legit and not a bootleg: