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- Released: 1995
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Performance Records
- 1.The John Lennon For President Speech
- 2.John Lennon For President (1)
- 3.The Yoko Ono Interview
- 4.Amerika (Lead Vocals by David Peel & Yoko Ono)
- 5.The Rock 'N' Roll Preamble / John Lennon For President Speech
- 6.John Lennon For President (2)
- 7.Imagine (Sung by Victor Colicchio & David Peel)
- 8.The John & Yoko Interview
- 9.Imagine (Words by Tiny Tim)
- 10.The Pope Smokes Dope
Personnel: David Peel (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, sequencer); Pepe Valentine (vocals, guitar, percussion); Ian Small, Adele Evans, Yes Levy, Naged Abell, Tom Doyle (vocals, guitar); Mitch Blotter (vocals, keyboards, percussion); Donna Schall, Steve Rosenthal (vocals, keyboards); Hank Nuesslein, Harold C. Black, Mark Truthe (vocals, tambourine); John Stasic, Phyliss Lee, Bill Downing, Yoko Ono (vocals, percussion); Gabriel Rexach, Gary Dorfman, Bob Gurtlrt, Ron Blotter, Ed Perper (vocals); Eddie Criss, John Hagel (guitar); Margot Day (flute); Curtis Fields (saxophone, percussion); Floyd Avery Fleming, B.B. Gun, Joe Bozza (percussion).
Audio Mixer: David Peel.
Recording information: Dreamland Studio, New York, NY; Orange Studio East, New York, NY; Record Plant, NY; Songshop Recording Co., New York, NY; The Record Plant, NY.
Editor: David Peel.
In view of subsequent events, this album and its title now possess an unintended eeriness. But in 1980 it was just part of the landscape. In case no one remembers, in 1980 the U.S. went nuts. Not that this hadn't happened before, even during some recent campaign years, but this was the first time it coincided with a presidential race in which two incompetents were running against each other, and politics became the medium through which a lot of that nutsiness was expressed. In that environment, how could David Peel, master satirist, topical songwriter, marijuana advocate, peace activist, and musician provocateur, possibly resist the impulse to join in? The result is more mixed media than is usual for Peel, alternating between music, interviews, and speeches, all of it focused, and assuming that one has the tolerance for absurdity necessary to appreciate it, it's a fine coda to Peel's earlier Lennon-produced and Beatles-inspired work. ~ Bruce Eder
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