A Toot and a Snore in ’74 (album di John Lennon e Paul McCartney del 1974)

A TOOT AND A SNORE IN ’74 è un album bootleg che ritrae una intera giornata di registrazioni effettuate nel 1974 a Los Angeles con protagonisti i due ex-Beatles John Lennon e Paul McCartney, coadiuvati nell’occasione da un giovanissimo Stevie Wonder. Nonostante l’autenticità di queste registrazioni non sia stata smentita dai due protagonisti principali, il materiale non è mai stato rilasciato ufficialmente probabilmente anche per la scarsa qualità del suono, ma esiste in supporto fisico solo grazie all’etichetta Mistral che pubblicò tutto su CD e cassetta nel 1992.

L’antefatto fu una visita di McCartney al suo vecchio compagno Lennon, messi ormai da parte i dissapori legati allo scioglimento dei Beatles, sfociata nella proposta di andare in studio per una jam session senza grosse pretese, a cui presero parte il già citato Wonder alle tastiere più vari altri turnisti e musicisti ospiti, tra cui figuravano anche la signora Linda McCartney e May Pang, amante di Lennon con quest’utimo che in quel momento viveva un periodo di distacco da Yoko Ono. Il set, che vedeva John alla chitarra e voce e Paul inusualmente alla batteria, partì con una jam blues abbastanza superficiale, cui seguì una cover di Lucille, classico di Little Richard. Successivamente ci furono 3 tentativi di accennare Stand By Me con Lennon abbastanza furioso e contrariato con i suoi fonici che a sua detta non riuscivano a rendere al meglio la voce, ed infine si chiuse con un medley promosso da Wonder su due brani di Sam Cooke, Cupid e Chain Gang, seguiti da un canto popolare intitolato Take this hammer. Tutte le registrazioni furono comunque abbastanza foriere di difficoltà tecniche ed un suono assolutamente precario non sicuramente degno degli standard dei presenti.

Il titolo (letteralmente: una tirata ed una sniffata), che ovviamente non fu autorizzato dagli attori principali, allude al copioso uso di cocaina durante la sessione, cosa che tra l’altro si può udire nettamente in un momento di conversazione nel quale Lennon offre una striscia a Wonder. Pur non avendo un grande valore dal punto di vista tecnico, comunque a livello storico-filologico l’album ha una sua importanza in quanto siamo di fronte all’ultimo incontro dei due grandi amici-nemici nello stesso studio di registrazione.

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