Today’s Plastic Ono Band session, which took place at Trident Studios, was less well-documented than most Beatles and/or Abbey Road sessions. “Times and takes unknown,” says The Beatles Bible. “The personnel was the same as before: Lennon on guitar and vocals, joined by Eric Clapton on guitar, Klaus Voormann on bass guitar and Ringo Starr on drums. Yoko Ono was also present, and may have played some electric piano.”

But at the end of the day, John had a take of “Cold Turkey” that he deemed worthy of release. By Beatles standards, and especially compared to the slickness of Abbey Road, it is raw and noisy — which is just how John wanted it.

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