John Lennon: Bring On the Lucie (Freda People)

“We don’t care where you’re from or where you’re going. All we know is that you came.”

Bring on the Lucie (Freda People) is a lively number identified by Pop Matters as “Lennon’s last overtly political stand.” After Lennon’s previous album, 1972’s end-to-end political statement Some Time in New York City flopped, John sort of dialed it back a bit. He had some other things to think about in 1973, not the least of which was his separation from Yoko Ono. Read more

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John Lennon: One Day (At a Time)

“I’m the door, and you’re the key.”

One Day (At a Time) provides one of the stronger melodies on Mind Games, second only to the title track, in my opinion. Backing vocals on this track are provided by a choral outfit credited as “Something Different”. More information on them is elusive, but their work on this song produced an atmosphere similar but more rudimentary to what Danny Elfman accomplished on the Edward Scissorhands soundtrack. Read more

John Lennon: Mind Games

“Faith in the future, out of the now.”

John Lennon’s Mind Games, from 1973, will be the next LP in this brief addendum to my Apple Records revue. I picked this one up a few months ago with my buddies Matt and Jim at the Vinyl Closet record store in Jeffersonville, outside of Norristown.

I don’t feel like I need to blab a whole lot about the making of the album, other than to lay out the context that it came about around the time of John’s 18-month separation from Yoko. Read more

Badfinger: They’re Knocking Down Our Home

“They’re knocking down our home. Please help us.”

One more from Badfinger on this rainy Sunday afternoon. A desperately beautiful song about eminent domain from Badfinger’s debut album qua Badfinger, Magic Christian Music. I’m not sure what events inspired They’re Knocking Down Our Home, or whether they were personal to songwriter Pete Ham, but I find the song convincing. I am reminded of my grandmother, whose home was taken through eminent domain in the 1940s to build the Pittsburgh International Airport. Lyrics reproduced in full below: Read more

Badfinger: Day After Day

“I give my love to you.”

Day After Day was Badfinger’s highest charting single, hitting #4 in the U.S. and #10 in the U.K. Another joint George Harrison/Todd Rundgren production, this one features George on slide guitar and Leon Russell on piano in the studio. Harrison, Russell, and the band would all perform together at George Harrison’s Concert for Bangla Desh around the time of recording Badfinger’s Straight Up album.

Badfinger: Baby Blue

“Didn’t know you’d think that I’d forget or I’d regret the special love I had for you, my baby blue.”

So I’m doing a little addendum to the Beatles/Apple Records marathon I did a couple years ago with a few Apple records that I’ve bought since. I think this one slipped under my radar, a 45 RPM single of Baby Blue from my mom’s collection. The single, along with its B-side, Money, appears on the band’s Straight Up album, so I surely covered it for that marathon. That won’t stop me, however, from digitizing the newly discovered Baby Blue single as well, anyway. Read more