Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey

by John Lennon


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The sessions for 1980's Double Fantasy were supposed to yield two albums, the second to be released at a future time, but Lennon's assassination tragically halted the project in its tracks. A bit over three years later, Yoko Ono issued tapes of many of the songs planned for that album under the title Milk and Honey, laid out in the same John-Yoko-John-Yoko dialogue fashion as its predecessor. Not unexpectedly, it's a rougher, less polished product, lacking the finishing touches and additional takes that Lennon most likely would have called for. Nevertheless, Lennon's songs at this point in their development were often quite strong, tougher than those on Double Fantasy in general, and the ad libs and studio chatter that might not have made the final cut give us more of a glimpse of Lennon's delightfully quirky personality. "Nobody Told Me," the advance single off the album, is a rollicking, quizzical piece of work, maybe the best thing to come out of John's 1980 sessions, despite the unfinished-sounding transition to the chorus. "Borrowed Time," another single, is a thoughtful, sparely worded meditation on growing older attached to a Caribbean beat. Yoko's contributions, while not as strong as John's, are surprisingly listenable -- the reggae-based "Don't Be Scared," in particular -- and more current in texture, and her lyrics do tend to answer John's songs. As the album comes toward the close, the tone turns sentimental, culminating with one of John's loveliest tunes, "Grow Old With Me," as presented on a home-recorded cassette in lieu of a studio recording. The ironies of this song and some of the other Lennon material are obviously poignant in the light of the cruel events of December 8, 1980; that and the fact that these songs haven't been as exposed as much as those on Double Fantasy lead some to prefer this sequel.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2010
Label: Capitol
UPC: 5099990599125
catalogNumber: 05991
Rank: 9022

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Lennon   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Soloist,Rhythm Box
John Tropea   Guitar
Earl Slick   Guitar
Howard Johnson   Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Maelen   Percussion
Yoko Ono   Piano,Vocals,Soloist
Elliott Randall   Guitar
Gordon Grody   Background Vocals
Billy Alessi   Background Vocals
Carlos Alomar   Background Vocals
Pete Cannarozzi   Synthesizer
Paul Griffin   Piano
Yogi Horton   Drums
Neil Jason   Bass Guitar
Tony Levin   Bass Guitar
Steve Love   Guitar
Hugh McCracken   Guitar
Andy Newmark   Drums
Wayne Pedziwiatr   Bass Guitar
Allan Schwartzberg   Drums
George Small   Piano
Ed Walsh   Synthesizer
Kurt Yahjian   Background Vocals
Arthur Jenkins   Percussion
Bob Alessi   Background Vocals
Pete Thom   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer,Producer
Yoko Ono   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Michael Barbiero   Engineer,Remixing
Bob Heimall   Artwork
Robert Browning   Poetry
Bill Levy   Artwork
Kishin Shinoyama   Cover Photo
Nishi F. Saimaru   Cover Photo
Paul Du Noyer   Sleeve Notes
Elizabeth Barrett Browning   Poetry
Jon Smith   Engineer
Steve Thompson   Remixing

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Milk and Honey 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great cd one of Lennons best. I wish I still had this cd. My ex girlfriend got it all disgustung and when you touched it it burnt your hand. I hate throwing things out but I did well my friend threw it up in the air but still I almost cryed it is a great cd. But it is Lennons second best album his best is John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply awesome...John so energetic on this CD, so obviously enjoying what he did best, creating music. On this CD you can hear that he was finally having fun with his creativity. So awesome.