Thursday, October 16, 2008

Beef Jerky by John Lennon – ****

First released: 1974

The b-side of "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" and a "Walls and Bridges" album track, Beef Jerky is a rare Lennon instrumental. Lennon probably was inspired by Billy Preston’s knack for having a hit record with an instrumental song ("Outa-Space", "Space Race") that he figured he’d try one of his own. He succeeded quite well, but never issued it as an a-side, so it made #1 by default.

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