Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions John Lennon/Yoko Ono Apple Records Made in Merrie England, Nov. '68. Printed and made by Garrod and Lofthouse Limited. On label: Mfd. in . 1969 Produced by John Lennon and Yoko Ono Published by Northern Songs Ltd. Published by Apple Publishing Limited (Label Side B). On inner sleeve: Side One Recorded live at Lady Mitchell Hall, Cambridge, England on March 2nd, 1969, with thanks to Anthony Barnett the producer of "A Natural Music Nothing Doing In London Concert".
Unfinished Music No. 2: Life with the Lions is the second of three experimental albums of avant-garde music released by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, released in May 1969 on Zapple, a sub label of Apple. It was a successor to 1968's highly controversial Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins, and was followed by the Wedding Album.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono's second collaborative album consists of five tracks: all of side one is taken up by "Cambridge 1969," a live recording at Lady Mitchell Hall in Cambridge of Lennon playing an electric guitar backup to Ono's singing and screaming. Side two includes an a cappella rendering by Ono of "No Bed for Beatle John," which discusses the refusal of a hospital to give Lennon a bed so he could stay during his wife's troubled pregnancy; "Baby's Heartbeat," which is what it says it is; "Two Minutes Silence" in commemoration.
Following Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins, Life with the Lions is a focused on the frenzy of media attention Ono and Lennon’s relationship had received. It heavily features Yoko’s tremolo wailings but in contrast to Two Virgins adds in Lennon’s freeform guitar feedback as a backdrop. The name of the albums is a wry play on an old British radio program Life with the Lyons juxtaposing the media storm the couple received. It was released in 1969, the same year that The Beatles released Abbey Road and Yellow Submarine.
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TAGS: John Lennon Yoko Ono. The attic of his Kenwood home was one of John Lennon’s favourite places. Today the resultant tapes are on YouTube, but back then very few people got to hear his work in progress. Two Virgins is the soundtrack to that giddy, flirtatious night in May 1968, one consummated at dawn, the event celebrated with a selfie of the two lovers, naked and tousled. By the time of its release six months later, John and Yoko had become an inseparable item, and one disruptive of the fragile equilibrium of The Beatles. Two Virgins was, for many, a step too far.
John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Unfinished Music N. : Two Virgins (1969) 04. Two Minutes Silence. John Lennon & Yoko Ono (3. Wedding Album, 1969) 5. Don't Worry Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking For Her Hand In The Snow). John Lennon & Yoko Ono -Unfinished Music N. : Life with the Lions (1969) 02. No Bed For Beatle John. John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Unfinished Music N. : Two Virgins (1969) 05. Radio Play.
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Tracklist Hide Credits
Guitar – John LennonPercussion – John Stevens Performer [Watch] – Mal EvansSaxophone – John Tchicai
|2||No Bed For Beatle John
Vocals – Yoko Ono
|4||Two Minutes Silence||2:00|
|6||Song For John
Acoustic Guitar, Recorded By – John LennonVocals – Yoko Ono
Acoustic Guitar, Recorded By – John LennonVocals – Yoko Ono
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Yoko Ono
- Copyright (c) – Yoko Ono
- Manufactured By – Rykodisc
- Distributed By – Rykodisc
- Published By – Lenono Music
- Published By – ONO Music
- Recorded At – Lady Mitchell Hall
- Recorded At – Queen Charlotte Hospital
- Remastered At – Sterling Sound
- Glass Mastered At – WEA Mfg. Olyphant – Y14602
- Pressed By – Cinram, Olyphant, PA
- Acoustic Guitar – John Lennon
- Design [Cd Package] – Black + Copper, Cindy Nelson
- Design [Cover] – John Lennon/Yoko Ono*
- Management – Michael Phillips
- Photography By [Front Cover, Additional Photography] – Susan Wood
- Producer – John Lennon And Yoko Ono*
- Reissue Producer – Yoko Ono, Yoko Ono
- Remastered By – George Marino, Rob Stevens
- Research [Studio One Archivist] – Karla Merrifield
NotesThe front cover photo of John and Yoko was taken in Queen Charlotte's Maternity Hospital in Hammersmith, London, where Yoko had a miscarriage.
The back cover photo was taken outside the Marylebone court by the Daily Mirror as J&Y were leaving the court on 28 Nov 1968. (Back cover photo by permission of The Daily Mirror)
The track "Cambridge 1969" was recorded live at Lady Mitchell Hall (Cambridge, England) before a crowd of 500.
6, 7- Taken from the Queen Charlette's Hospital tape recordings.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 0 14431 04122 8
- Label Code: LC 2619
- Matrix / Runout: [WEA Mfg. Olyphant logo] Y14602 M2S2 CI A4 P2 310412-2 01
- Mastering SID Code: ifpi L903
- Mould SID Code: IFPI 2U7C
|ZAPPLE 01||John Lennon / Yoko Ono*||Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions (LP, Album)||Zapple||ZAPPLE 01||UK||1969|
|VACK-1126||John Lennon & Yoko Ono||Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions (CD, Album)||Rykodisc||VACK-1126||Japan||1997|
|SC290||John Lennon / Yoko Ono*||Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions (LP, Album, Ltd, Whi)||Secretly Canadian, Chimera Music||SC290||US||2016|
|ZAPPLE 01||John Lennon / Yoko Ono*||Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions (LP, Album)||Zapple||ZAPPLE 01||US||1969|
|VACK 1305||John Lennon / Yoko Ono*||Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions (CD, Album, RE, RM)||Rykodisc, Videoarts Music, Apple Records||VACK 1305||Japan||2007|