Friday, March 28, 2014

40 Year Itch : A Toot and a Snore

On March 28, 1974 John Lennon and Paul McCartney were reunited in an LA studio where they jammed with Stevie Wonder and Harry Nilsson as tapes rolled. It would be their only post Beatles recording session. Ever.  Wow! With that set-up , you're probably expecting something amazing. You'd be wrong.

It happened during Lennon's infamous "Lost Weekend", a year of drugs, drinking and debauchery the ex-Beatle spent with Harry Nilsson and others. Lennon and Nilsson has just finished a productive day in the studio working on "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and nobody  but drummers Keith Moon and Ringo Starr left.

    McCartney entered the studio with Linda and, after a brief hello ( from John: ‘Valiant Paul McCartney, I presume?’ McCartney responding  ‘Sir Jasper Lennon, I presume"), McCartney sat down at the drums. Linda went for the keyboards. Stevie Wonder entered next and sat down at the electric piano. They decided to record their jam, now bootlegged as "A Toot and a Snore in'74" after Lennon's offer to Wonder:

“You wanna snort, Steve? A toot? It’s goin’ round.”

Most of the bootleg is dominated by Lennon complaining about the what he's hearing in his headphones. Halfway through, McCartney's drums vanish from the mix.

  This would be the last time Lennon and McCartney were recorded in a studio together. Yes, the music is wretched but it's nice to hear the two Beatles getting along so well with each other. For more information on the recording visit Bootleg Zone.

The photos occur a week later when the McCartney visit Nilsson and Lennon's beach house to catch up and jam again. 

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