John Lennon: A 'God Save Oz' acetate and original tape recording, 1971,
Lot 387
John Lennon: A 'God Save Oz' acetate and original tape recording, 1971,
£2,000 - 3,000
US$ 3,200 - 4,900

Lot Details
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John Lennon: A 'God Save Oz' acetate and original tape recording,
1971,
the 7 inch, double-sided Apple acetate with typewritten recording details (mono/stereo version on either side), approximate running time 3:05 minutes, together with the original ¼ inch reel to reel tape in box inscribed in black crayon ''God Save Oz''

Footnotes

  • John and Yoko became involved in the campaign to support 'Oz' magazine in the obscenity trial following the publication of the 'Schoolkids' issue. To raise awareness and funds, John composed this track. The tape offered here is the original demo recording, made in John's studio at Tittenhurst Park on 13th April 1971. Featuring John on guitar and vocal and Steve Brendell on congas, the demo was, as John says on the recording, '...for the singer to hear it and for you writers to write the chords...the words on the bits missing...' After the recording, the tape was taken to Apple's cutting room where engineer George Peckham cut a handful of acetates for the Oz singers to learn the song before it was recorded at Abbey Road studios with Bill Elliott and the Elastic Oz Band. According to the vendor, the tape was played recently on a Studer machine to reveal three tracks - John's guitar, John's guitar and vocal and Steve Brendell's congas, together with a few lines of John's dialogue.

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