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John Lennon Scared Remaster

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Uploaded on Sep 17, 2010

In June 1973, as Lennon was about to record Mind Games, Ono decided that she and Lennon should separate. Yoko suggested that he take their personal assistant, May Pang, as a companion [1]. Lennon soon moved to California with Pang, and embarked upon an eighteen-month relationship with Pang he would later refer to as his "Lost Weekend". [2] While Lennon and Pang were living in Los Angeles, John took the opportunity to get reacquainted with his son, Julian, whom he had not seen in four years.[3] Lennon and Pang had planned to record an album of rock 'n' roll oldies with producer Phil Spector,[4] but after these sessions broke down due to an alcohol-fueled party atmosphere, Lennon and Pang returned to New York and Spector disappeared with the session tapes. Still in the mood to make music, Lennon decided to record a new album of original material.

Recording sessions for Walls and Bridges began in June, 1974 at Record Plant East. Musicians included friends Jim Keltner on drums, Klaus Voormann on bass, Jesse Ed Davis on guitar, and Arthur Jenkins on percussion.

Walls and Bridges has a variety of musical stylings and many of the lyrics make it clear that Lennon both enjoyed his new-found freedom and also missed Ono. "Going Down On Love", "What You Got", "Bless You" address his feelings toward Ono. "Steel and Glass" included a sinister riff borrowed from "How Do You Sleep", Lennon's audio argument with Paul McCartney from the Imagine album, though the digs this time were directed at former Beatles manager Allen Klein.[5] "Scared" is a haunting track exploring Lennon's fear of ageing, loneliness and the emptiness of success. It also included the seemingly prophetic lyric: "Hatred and jealousy gonna be the death of me."

The album also includes some of Lennon's most uplifting songs, namely its two singles "Whatever Gets You thru the Night" (which features Elton John on piano and backing vocals) and "#9 Dream". "Whatever Gets You thru the Night" reached #1 in the US the same week that Walls and Bridges hit the top of the LP charts. Losing a wager he made with Elton about the single's commercial potential, Lennon appeared at John's Madison Square Garden show on 28 November, performing Lennon's current #1 hit together. In addition, The Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", Elton John's new single with Lennon on backing vocals, were also played to an uproarious audience. This was Lennon's last major live performance.

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