Matt Wilson wrote: The stripped down approach he and Spector used on Plastic Ono Band certainly sets that album apart, but the sweetening of the production on Imagine is what made that LP sell more copies, not that the songs are necessarily better or anything.
They're not - they're worse (or significantly less good, to be not so inflammatory).
Quaco wrote:I think Some Time in New York City could have been pretty good, and some of the songs are, but Yoko really doesn't have a Western rock voice. I like the screechy stuff ("Aü") and the girl-group-adjacent stuff ("Sisters O Sisters"), but I question her approach on her other songs. Lennon's are a bit better. "Woman..." is a masterpiece. ("We're All Water" is something of one too, I feel.)
The band needs to take some of the blame. I think of Elephant's Memory as a kind of East Coast Big Brother and the Holding Co., just serviceable blues rock. He should have got the New York Dolls!