God Save Us/Do The Oz.
God Save Us/Do The Oz.

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God Save Us/Do The Oz.

Apple, 1971 - US release (precedes the UK release). 7" vinyl record (1835), with colour photographic picture sleeve. The John Lennon-penned and co-produced song, originally entitled 'God Save Oz', had been intended for release before the Oz trial began with the aim of raising funds, but did not appear in Britain until July 16th (July 7th in the US), three weeks after the trial opened.


Lennon recorded 'God Save Us' at Ascot Sound Studios, with, among others, Ringo on drums and Klaus Voormann on bass (Oz staff members who considered themselves as having some musical ability were also invited to contribute; Phil Spector was there as producer and, as Jim Anderson later recalled, "Yoko made lunch for everyone"). Magic Michael (Michael Cousins) was initially chosen as vocalist, later replaced by Bill Elliott (who was subsequently signed by George Harrison's Dark Horse label). After John and Yoko flew to New York on June 1st, Elliott's vocals were recorded by Mal Evans, and he appears on the front of the record sleeve wearing an Oz Trial T-shirt (the back cover shows him along with Jim Anderson, Felix Dennis, Sue Miles, Stan Demidjuk, Stephen Litster, Debbie Knight and two other, unidentified Oz magazine staffers). Apple's full-page adverts for the single appeared throughout the music and underground press, but cost more than the record ever made in sales.


Near Mint in sleeve.

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