UNFINISHED MUSIC No. 2: LIFE WITH THE LIONS by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
UNFINISHED MUSIC No. 2: LIFE WITH THE LIONS by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
UNFINISHED MUSIC No. 2: LIFE WITH THE LIONS by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
UNFINISHED MUSIC No. 2: LIFE WITH THE LIONS by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

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UNFINISHED MUSIC No. 2: LIFE WITH THE LIONS by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

London: Apple Records, 1969. LP record (Zapple 01). Sleeve design by John and Yoko, featuring a photograph by Susan Wood of Yoko in bed after her miscarriage at Queen Charlotte's Hospital, Hammersmith in November 1968, and John reclining on a makeshift bed alongside; back cover Daily Mirror photograph of John and Yoko outside Marylebone Police Station in October 1968 following their arrest for marijuana possession at 34 Montagu Square (a bust that John and Yoko claimed brought on her miscarriage and later contributed to Lennon's US immigration problems). The album's title is a pun on the 1950s BBC radio and TV comedy, 'Life with the Lyons', and also refers to the tabloid media's harrassment of the couple.

The second of John and Yoko's three experimental albums, following 'Two Virgins' and preceding 'The Wedding Album'. Like the first, its inspiration was largely derived from Yoko's book, 'Grapefruit', and her conceptual work with Fluxus. The entire first side was recorded live as part of 'Natural Music', an avant-garde concert-workshop organised by Anthony Barnett at Cambridge University in March 1969. Accompanying Yoko as her 'band', and providing feedback from his guitar amplifier, Lennon sat cross-legged and kept his back to the audience throughout the performance (they were joined by John Tchicai and John Stevens, "who emerge at the end of the piece").

Side two was recorded on cassette tape at Queen Charlotte's Hospital in November 1968 and includes 'Baby's Heartbeat' (a recording of the actual heartbeats of their baby, John Ono Lennon II, looped to last four minutes), 'Two Minutes Silence' (a tribute to their son, who miscarried shortly after the recording was made, and probably also to John Cage, with whom Yoko had previously played), and 'Radio Play' (an edited version of which had appeared earlier on a flexi as part of Aspen 7).

The album was released on May 9, 1969 and sold about 5000 copies, a number far outstripped by the slightly later US release (in September 1969, Lennon told Zapple label manager Miles that "sixty thousand kids in America are having no trouble with Life with the Lions").

Disc Excellent in the original printed inner liner (often missing); sleeve showing wear and old tape remnants along lower edge; small contemporary price sticker to upper edge of front cover; neat contemporary ownership sticker to upper left top corner of back cover; o/w Very Good.

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