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John Lennon - Live in New York City (Live) (1986)

John Lennon - Live in New York City (Live) (1986)

Tracklist front / back album covers

Side one
"New York City" – 2:56
"It's So Hard" – 3:18
"Woman Is the Nigger of the World" (Lennon, Yoko Ono) – 5:30
"Well Well Well" – 3:51
"Instant Karma!" – 3:40

Side two
"Mother" – 5:00
"Come Together" (Lennon–McCartney) – 4:21
"Imagine" (Lennon, Yoko Ono) – 3:17
"Cold Turkey" – 5:29
"Hound Dog" (Leiber/Stoller) – 3:09
"Give Peace a Chance" – 1:00

Video track listing
"Power to the People"
"New York City"
"It's So Hard"
"Woman Is the Nigger of the World" (Lennon/Ono)
"Sisters, O Sisters" (Ono)
"Well Well Well"
"Instant Karma!"
"Born in a Prison" (Ono)
"Come Together" (Lennon/McCartney)
"Imagine" (Lennon/Ono)
"Cold Turkey"
"Hound Dog" (Leiber/Stoller)
"Give Peace a Chance"

John Lennon Band Members / Musicians
John Lennon – vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards, Wurlitzer 200a electric piano

Yoko Ono – vocals, keyboards, Wurlitzer 200a electric piano, percussion

Jim Keltner – drums

Elephant's Memory:
Wayne 'Tex' Gabriel – lead guitar
Gary Van Scyoc – bass guitar
John Ward – bass guitar
Stan Bronstein – saxophone
Adam Ippolito – keyboards
Richard Frank Jr. – drums

Live in New York City is a posthumous live album by English rock musician John Lennon with the Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band. It was prepared under the supervision of his widow, Yoko Ono, and released in 1986 as his second official live album, the first being Live Peace in Toronto 1969.

Recorded on 30 August 1972 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Lennon performed two shows, one in the afternoon and one in the evening, a benefit concert for the Willowbrook State School for Retarded Children in New York, at friend Geraldo Rivera's request. Rivera introduces Lennon and Ono at the beginning of the album, and he is referenced in Lennon's impromptu revised lyrics in the opening song, "New York City".

The benefit concerts, billed as One to One, also featured other performers in addition to Lennon, including Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Melanie Safka and Sha-Na-Na, although their performances are not included on this album, nor on the simultaneous video release.

Live in New York City captures Lennon's last full-length concert performance, coming right after the release of Some Time in New York City. Backing Lennon and Ono were Elephant's Memory, who had served as Lennon and Ono's backing band on Some Time in New York City. Although the material Lennon performed was largely drawn from his three most recent albums of the period (John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Imagine and Some Time in New York City), he also included in the setlist his solo hit "Instant Karma!", his Beatles hit "Come Together" and paid tribute to Elvis Presley with "Hound Dog" before leading the audience in a singalong of "Give Peace a Chance". "Come Together", originally in the key of D minor, was performed in E minor.

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