John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band is former Beatle John Lennon's first official solo album. It was released in 1970 after having issued some experimental albums with Yoko Ono and Live Peace in Toronto 1969. This album was recorded simultaneously with Yoko Ono's debut album Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band. It was recorded at Ascot Sound Studios and Abbey Road Studios using the same musicians and production team for each album.
It is said that Lennon was suffering as a tortured individual when this album was created. He was done with the Beatles and all that they stood for, and was looking for music that was much more real, and perhaps less plastic. He had begun to see Dr. Arthur Janov whose controversial "Primal Scream" psychiatric treatments had the medical establishment raising their eyebrows. Lennon took this therapy into the studio and produced a primal masterpiece.
Classic Albums: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band examines in detail the creation of this album and the effect it had on music, and the people who created it. This included Ringo Starr on drums, Klaus Voormann (a member of Manfred Mann, and old friend from the early Hamburg years of the Beatles) on bass, and Billy Preston; sometimes referred to as the fifth Beatle on piano. And of course Lennon himself on guitar.
The video uses detailed analysis and new interviews with Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman, and Abbey Road studio engineers Phil McDonald and Richard Lush. Also included is Dr. Arthur Janov, and Rolling Stone founder Jan Wenner.
Along with interspaced live footage, the DVD also includes interviews with peers and relevant fixtures in the music scene, as well as with those who were just part of the party. The track listing include excerpts from "Mother," "Hold On," "Isolation," "I Found Out," "God," and "Working Class Hero."