Offered for sale is a German pressing of Live Peace in Toronto 1969 by John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band, with the cover still in the original shrink wrap.
About this copy: The copy of Live Peace in Toronto 1969 is a mid-1970s German pressing on the Apple label.
This copy did not include a calendar when new.
The cover is M- and still has the original shrink wrap. There is an import sticker attached to the cover under the wrap.
The disc is M- and looks unplayed. Clean disc!
Aside from this, it’s a nice example of a somewhat scarce John Lennon LP.
Background: In 1969, John Lennon and friends (including Klaus Voorman, Eric Clapton, and Yoko Ono) put in a hastily-arranged live appearance at the Toronto Rock and Roll Festival. With little rehearsal, the band went through a few rock and roll classics, a Beatles tune or two, and a couple of John/Yoko numbers, with side two dominated by Yoko’s “avant garde” performance amidst guitar feedback.
Original U.S. and UK pressings of the album included a 1970 calendar. On the early pressings, the calendar had a metal binding; on later pressings, the binding was plastic. The album went out of print in the early 1970s and had actually become quite rare by the end of the decade.
We remember a time when you couldn’t find a copy of Live Peace in Toronto at any price. That changed when a number of sealed U.S. copies turned up in a warehouse in the early 1980s, making the record not quite the rarity it had once been. Live Peace in Toronto has been reissued several times since, including an issue by Mobile Fidelity, but as far as we know, it’s currently out of print on vinyl.
Released in December, 1969, Live Peace in Toronto was John Lennon’s first live album and his first solo album to include actual music.
The album reached #10 on the U.S. charts, but did not chart in the UK.
Thrown together literally on the wing (they rehearsed only on the flight from England), the ad-hoc band consisting of Lennon, Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton on guitar, Klaus Voorman on bass, and Alan White on drums hit the stage to the surprise and delight of the thousands who packed Varsity Stadium. “We’re just going to do numbers we know, you know, because we’ve never played together before,” confesses Lennon, who was reportedly extremely nervous before going on. But the repertoire was a piece of cake for a quartet of seasoned rockers — blues-based oldies (“Blue Suede Shoes,” “Money,” “Dizzy Miss Lizzie”) and basic then-recent Lennon numbers (“Yer Blues,” “Cold Turkey,” “Give Peace a Chance”) — and they lay it down in a dignified, noisy, glorified garage band manner. Lennon is in fine vocal form, confident and funny despite his frequent apologies.
|Country of origin:||Germany|
||1 C 062-90 877|
|Year of Release:||1970|