John Lennon and George Harrison Recording ‘How Do You Sleep?’ in 1971 [Video]

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Check out this video of John Lennon, George Harrison, and The Plastic Ono Band in the studio recording “How Do You Sleep?” This recording is labeled Takes 5 and 6. It’s an outtake without the strings and other production work of Phil Spector on the version included on 1971’s Imagine album. I’ve always loved this song, and somehow didn’t realize George Harrison played on it. And Klaus Voorman’s utterly bored and disinterested demeanor is fascinating. Seeing these guys and gal in the studio laying down the tracks, crammed together in a small room in Ascot Sound Studios, is just awesome to me. For those unfamiliar with the lore, the song was written about Paul McCartney in a recorded tit-for-tat spat between the two. John Lennon said he was responding to digs at him on Paul McCartney’s Ram album (also 1971). Speaking of which, Paul McCartney recently downplayed friction between him and his late writing partner. John Lennon also downplayed while he was alive, saying, “If I can’t have a fight with my best friend I don’t know who I can have a fight with.” NPR has more on this recording. It’s a good read.

Check It Out: John Lennon and George Harrison Recording ‘How Do You Sleep?’ in 1971 [Video]

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  1. kevinlane

    Thanks for sharing this. I love this particular ensemble with Klaus Voormann on bass, Andy Newmark on drums (who sounds so incredibly like Ringo on this take with his laid-back snare and punchy kick), the late great Nicky Hopkins on electric piano, and of course, George, who really got his slide chops together in a very short period of time. Overall, the Beatles’ solo releases are very uneven, as all four of them released both very good and very bad records from the time of the breakup till now. But John made four LP’s (Plastic One Band, Imagine, Mind Games, and Walls and Bridges) which may well be as good or better than any four LP’s by Paul, George, or Ringo.

  2. CudaBoy

    As a Beatle kid that saw them on Ed Sullivan Live age 11 – jump to now where my resumé includes working at their record co. here in Hollywood in the 80’s ; owns 50 or so books incl all the Mark Lewisohn epic tomes – has very rare collectibles blah blah blah; owned Rickenbacker 360-12 like George’s; played and still play guitar for centuries……
    All the Beatles played on George’s 1st LP All Things Must Pass, and all the Beatles played on John’s 1st solo LP Imagine OH WAIT! EXCEPT PAUL didn’t play on either. Well, certainly Paul would use one or more of his Fab Bros on his 1st solo LP? Oh, No? He didn’t??? Hmmmm. Take from that what you may………..
    Point being Paul has been re-writing history literally for a few decades now – tons of spins – convenient stock replies he’s used for years (that are factually wrong) and nobody alive save Ringo (who cares not) to refute his BS. Once Neil Aspinall died that was it as far as inner circle guys that were there from before Hamburg Germany to til the end.
    Cheap Trick’s drummer Bun E Carlos and guitar Rick Neilsen played on John’s I’m Losing You and it was so good (see TY video) that Okay Yoni pulled the plug on that arrangement thnking John was going to have too much fun and possibly do more with those two – so the LP version is tame. Anyway none of this is relevant to this post – but I’m glad there was a Beatle reference on this site so pardon me for adding to the soup.

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