JOHN LENNON ‘A guitar’s all right John but you’ll never earn your living by it’ :R 6015

Lennon AGAJ r red

Lennon AGAJ insertThe insert that was included with the first edition only.

Lennon AGAJ r gree lblAvailable also in red, blue, clear and orange (I will believe Hot Wacks in this case). These JL labels were also used on the reissues, plus blank and Ruthless Rhymes labels.

As a reissue, available in a range of colors, including a white based multi-color.

Lennon AGAJ b

When I first bought this, I remember being disappointed by the audio quality of the Madison Square Garden recording and that the tracks were faded out (is this true or is my memory playing tricks on me?). Then, when I bought it a second time many years later, I found that the official recording had been substituted – can someone confirm this as well?

Side 2 is a bit of a let down. “Slippin’ And Slidin’ ” and “Stand By Me” come from the Old Grey Whistle Test broadcast on 18 March 1975.

“Oh My Love” is not John at all, although with the extra noise added on the bootleg vinyl and due to the faithful reproduction, you could think it is. This is a Canadian band called The Wackers and their 1972 LP was called Hot Wacks

hotwacksthe-wackers-70s-oh-my-love-mono-elektra“Lady Marmalade” is John ad libbing what he remembers from Labelle’s, which was a number 1 hit in the U.S. just before John was interviewed for French TV on 7 April 1975.

“Working Class Hero” is apparently another outfake/Frankenstein creation and “Day Tripper” is just the Jimi Hendrix Experience live on the BBC on 15 December of 1967 with no Lennon involvement at all – we remember Contraband trying to squeeze a whole album out of the assumed collaboration on DAYTRIPPER JAM around the same time.

The first edition has John looking at us from the right and Stuart Sutcliff standing on the left. This was reversed for later reissues but the original photos show that this is how these photos were taken in November of 1960 at the site of the tri-annual funfair in Hamburg on a square called Heiligengeistfeld. Their German friend Astrid Kirchherr had taken them there to shoot a number of photos:

http://www.beatlesource.com/savage/1960/60.11.00%20astrid%20pics/60.11.00astridpics.html

John HH Dom 60Photo session “outtake”

John HH Dom 60And another. For me, these early Hamburg pictures taken by Astrid have always been the best way to bring that era to as much life as possible and show some kind of a foreboding of what was about to start in only a few years.

Paul HH Dom 60“A bass is all right Paul but…”

John Lanz 60Can we read any ‘Paul is dead’ clue into this license plate?

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3 comments
  1. I have the album, only John is on the left side of the Cover sleeve, It is red, and has Gar 10 3 on edging. I do not know what it is worth and would like to know.

    • The originals have John on the right, like my first image, as I mentioned in the post further down. First editions with the insert are worth the most. Popsike.com will show auction results going back to the last decade. However, past results are no guarantee.

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