Walls And Bridges

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1 Going Down On Love 03:56 96/24 Album only
2 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night 03:28 96/24 Album only
3 Old Dirt Road 04:13 96/24 Album only
4 What You Got 03:09 96/24 Album only
5 Bless You 04:37 96/24 Album only
6 Scared 04:41 96/24 Album only
7 #9 Dream 04:47 96/24 Album only
8 Surprise Surprise (Sweet Bird Of Paradox) 02:57 96/24 Album only
9 Steel And Glass 04:40 96/24 Album only
10 Beef Jerky 03:31 96/24 Album only
11 Nobody Loves You (When You're Down And Out) 05:13 96/24 Album only
12 Ya Ya 01:08 96/24 Album only

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"Walls And Bridges? That was beautiful, one of the best albums he made. It's one of the masterpieces of classic rock." Yoko Ono, 2010

By the summer of 1974, John had been living apart from Yoko for nearly a year. Quartered in Los Angeles as he entered a boisterous spell tagged "Lennon's Lost Weekend". He had mislaid his creative focus, too. There were chaotic attempts to record an album of rock'n'roll oldies with Phil Spector, party to forestall a lawsuit from one Morris Levy.

The Spector sessions collapsed, and the legendarily eccentric producer withdrew, taking the tapes with him. This "oldies" project quietly shelved, John consoled himself in the company of famous friends and a lover, May Pang, an assistant to the Lennons in New York. He arranged to produce an album for the great singer Harry Nilsson, called Pussy Cats. And slowly, amidst the turmoil, John regained his musical purpose.

One aspect of this recovery was a return to New York, the city that still connoted, for John, serious work and responsibility, unlike the rootless hedonism that beguiled him in LA. The Record Plant East was booked and work began on the fresh material John was amassing. Like its predecessor Mind Games, the new album would be self-produced. As to the musicians, among familiar names like Jim Keltner, Klaus Voormann and Nicky Hopkins was a host of Lennonesque pseudonyms (Dr. Winston O'Reggae, Rev. Fred Ghurkin, Booker Table & The Maitre D's, etc.) and a couple of luminary guests that included Nilsson and the hottest rock star of the moment, Elton John.

It was Elton who spotted the chart-topping potential of "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night", a storming track to which he contributes. Indeed, he won his friendly bet that this song would be Lennon's first solo Number 1 - for which his "price" would be a guest appearance by John at Elton's Madison Square Garden show. The album's second highlight is the mesmerising "#9 Dream", which is both a nod to John's abiding affinitywith that number and a brilliant evocation of the lucid state between sleep and awaking. Its untranslatable "Ah! Bowakawa poussé, poussé" is, in fact, a mysterious fragment from such a dream.

Those songs already nudge Walls And Bridges towards greatness but they are only two of many. There is the charming diversion "Surprise Surprise (Sweet Bird Of Paradox)", and that rarest of rarities, a Lennon instrumental, this one called "Beef Jerky". A fascinating curio is "Steel And Glass", so reminiscent of Imagine's "How Do You Sleep?", and plausibly assumed to be about John's estranged manager Allen Klein.

By far the biggest part of the album, though, is occupied by music of loss and loneliness. It is impossible not to characterise Walls And Bridges as "the Lost Weekend album". We are pointed to the thought that such unhappiness did, at least, give John a musical shot in the arm. Be that as it may, Walls And Bridges really is the great overlooked record of John Lennon's solo years.

This digital remaster of Walls And Bridges was transferred from Protools 192 kHz (Prism AD8) into an analogue EMI TG12410 desk, into Sadie at 96kHz/24bit.

Personnel:
John Lennon – arrangements, vocals (lead, harmony, and background), lead guitar, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, whistling, percussion, production

Plastic Ono Nuclear Band:
Ken Ascher – electric piano, clavinet, Mellotron
Jim Keltner – drums
Arthur Jenkins – percussion
Nicky Hopkins – piano
Klaus Voormann – bass
Bobby Keys – tenor saxophone
Ron Aprea - tenor saxophone
Jesse Ed Davis – acoustic guitar, lead guitar
Eddie Mottau – acoustic guitar

Additional personnel:
Strings and brass musicians from The Philharmonic Orchestrange – arranged and conducted by Ken Ascher.
Little Big Horns – Ron Aprea (alto sax), Bobby Keys (tenor sax), Frank Vicari (tenor sax), Howard Johnson (baritone and bass sax) and Steve Madaio (trumpet).
Julian Lennon – drums on "Ya Ya".
Elton John – piano and harmony vocals on "Whatever Gets you thru the Night" and Hammond organ and background vocals on "Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird of Paradox)"
Harry Nilsson – backing vocals on "Old Dirt Road".
The 44th Street Fairies: Joey Dambra, Lori Burton and May Pang – background vocals on "#9 Dream".
Shelly Yakus – engineer