An unpublished video of the pacifist anthem “Give Peace A Chance” recorded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in the Bahamas a few days before the popular version shot in Montreal was published this Tuesday as a preview of the box “John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band – The Ultimate Collection” which will be released on April 23.
It is, Universal Music reported, the first known recording of the song, “a rehearsal” that preceded the official scenes by six days, collected from the bed of the Queen Elizabeth hotel in the aforementioned Canadian city on May 31 1969.
“Give Peace A Chance” was published a day later and its origin, as has been recorded, comes from March of that same year, when in the city of Amsterdam its two protagonists allowed themselves to be portrayed for the first time between the sheets as a protest against the Vietnam War.
When a journalist asked them why they did it, the Briton replied: “What we are doing is giving peace a chance”, And that spontaneous phrase served as inspiration to compose this mythical theme.
Despite being credited to Lennon-McCartney, the former revealed later that it was composed by him and Yoko Ono and that she should have been credited as a co-author.
When the couple tried to repeat their “bedtime” in a New York hotel in May, the US denied entry to the composer of “Imagine” due to a current conviction for possession of cannabis in 1968.
Instead they went to the Bahamas, but the heat was such that they decided to fly to Toronto and from there to Montreal, to be close to the city of skyscrapers, the American press and, therefore, the attention of the then president, Richard. Nixon.
The material shot then served to mount the video clip that has transcended in time.
With the footage revealed now, his record company tries to promote the revision of the no less mythical album “John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band”, which was 50 years old in December 2020.
“It’s the best I’ve done,” Lennon said of that album that will return to the market in a luxury format as a box of eight albums that includes “Give Peace A Chance”, along with demos of each of the songs on the album. and the topics that did not enter it at the time.
With the production of Phil Spector, “John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band” took over the three experimental albums that Lennon had previously recorded with Ono and the direct “Live Peace In Toronto 1969″, which included for the first time ” Give Peace A Chance ”.
It was his first solo work after the separation of The Beatles, announced a few months before, and in it he resorted as the main substrate for his songs to various traumas dragged from childhood, as illustrated by the song “Mother”.
On April 24, the public is invited to listen to the new mixes of the album in a telematic event that will begin at 17:00 GMT as part of the “Tim’s Twitter Listening Party”, directed by Tim Burgess (singer of The Charlatans).
Yoko Ono and her son Sean Ono Lennon will participate, as well as the artist and original bass of the Plastic Ono Band, Klauss Voorman; the couple’s friend, personal assistant and photographer who wrote the album cover, Dan Richter, and engineer Paul Hicks.