John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Milk & Honey, Polydor 817 160-1 Y-1, 1984
I suppose there was never going to be a good time to release this record. It was always to be the planned follow up to Double Fantasy, and the songs were all recorded at the same time with an eye to them being on two albums. But hearing a “new” John Lennon album 3 1/2 years after his assassination still felt very raw to people.
Part of the delay was due to business reasons. Geffen Records released Double Fantasy, but after John’s death, David Geffen and Yoko Ono had a real falling out. The inner sleeve of Milk & Honey has some very personal messages from Yoko about John’s last days and a reference to “human wolves disguised as close friends”. This album originally came out on Polydor.
Seeing as it was released too late to be a follow-up record, but too soon to be a piece of history, it didn’t do as well as Double Fantasy. It went top ten around the world, meaning it’s an easy record to find now, but it’s not like this record became anything close to a legendary Lennon album. Now it is that piece of history, though, and fans can hear the last recordings John Lennon ever made.
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