Sometime In New York City has to be one of the most under appreciated albums John ever released. It still doesn't get any respect even after over 30 years despite some great tracks. I know most of the songs have far left lyrics that are way too much. The music kicks from New York City, Sunday Bloody Sunday, John Sinclair & a great track from Yoko Sisters O Sisters. Hopefully some critics will look beyond Lennon hanging out with Jerry Rubin at the time. I first heard STINYC way back in 78, it's not in the same league as Imagine, but it reflects where he was in those days.
Post by Michelle Revolution on Apr 1, 2008 1:06:58 GMT
Que passe New York?
It's almost like a newspaper editorial (an underground radical one of course), I guess the clue is the sleeve. The idea was probably a good one but like all newspapers, today's news is tomorrow's litter (or something like that), basically it was too topical and, in the case of some of the tracks, out of date before it was released.
Good music though, especially "Woman Is The ..." but how can you sing along to that while you're doing the laundry?
We agree with the OP, beatlestone. The album is an odd one, with the "received wisdom" that it's a total clunker. But it's not.
It achieves exactly what it set out to achieve. John often said he thought songs could be like newspapers, commenting on matters of the day, in a way that galvanizes people, and makes them consider and think. So disc 1 of SINYC does exactly that. The music is strong and well-played, John is on the money voice-wise, and Yoko - well, is Yoko. Sisters O Sisters is a very rocking number, though!
It doesn't matter that the songs are leftist, that so many topics are totally zero today. The album is of its time ... now, it's a historical curio. Except ...
Woman is the Nigger of the World is a WONDERFUL, GRITTY, anthemic piece. No wonder so many dislike it: it is so in your face!
Fiendish Thingy: Thanks Bobber. I'm good thanks. Quiet on here for the last few months. I see Al has gone all 'Facebook' and is attracting new members. No bad thing. Are you going to the annual Beatleweek in Liverpool this year? Not long now 10 weeks or so. See you there?
Jun 21, 2019 10:44:22 GMT
Mr Kite: I`ll see you there F.T.
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