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Format: CD
Label: CAP
Catalog: 9059912
Rel. Date: 10/05/2010
UPC: 5099990599125

Milk & Honey
Artist: John Lennon And Yoko Ono
Format: CD
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''Milk and Honey'' is an album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono released in 1984. It is the first posthumous release of Lennon's music, having been recorded in the last months of his life during and following the sessions for ''Double Fantasy''.

''Milk and Honey'' was the duo's projected follow-up to ''Double Fantasy'', though Lennon's death caused a temporary shelving of the project. It took Ono three years to be able to resume work to complete it. Ono's material largely comprises new recordings, which she undertook during the album's preparation in 1983, which give her songs a more commercial and contemporary edge. Conversely, Lennon's material, being rough takes and rehearsal recordings, has a more casual feeling.

"Nobody Told Me", a song Lennon had intended for Ringo Starr's upcoming album ''Stop and Smell the Roses'', was released as a single and became a worldwide Top 10 hit. Other singles from the album were "I'm Stepping Out" and "Borrowed Time".

The album title is a reference to John and Yoko's relationship, "milk and honey" being an expression for an Asian/Caucasian mixed-race couple. The cover is an alternate take from the same photo session that produced the front cover of ''Double Fantasy'', though this time it appears in colour.

Predictably, the reaction to ''Milk and Honey'' was less fanatical than the one that greeted ''Double Fantasy'', but it was still well-received, peaking at #3 in the UK and #11 in the U.S., where it went gold.

After a falling out with David Geffen, whose Geffen Records had initially released ''Double Fantasy'', Ono moved future projects to Polydor Records, which initially released ''Milk and Honey''. EMI, home of Lennon's entire recorded output—including that with The Beatles— acquired this and all Lennon releases in the late 1990s.

Jack Douglas, who had co-produced ''Double Fantasy'' with Lennon and Ono, also had input into the initial sessions for ''Milk and Honey'', though Ono declined to credit him after their professional relationship soured following Lennon's death.

In 2001, Yoko Ono supervised the remastering of ''Milk and Honey'' for its CD reissue, adding three bonus tracks, including a 22-minute excerpt from John Lennon's last interview in the late afternoon of 8 December 1980, hours before his death.

The songs "Let Me Count the Ways" and "Grow Old with Me" were written by John and Yoko to each other using inspiration from poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning. They are presented in their demo form. - Wikipedia

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