Power To The People

This disc was auctioned in July 2000

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
1971 RR 45 RPM Power To The People
Apple (No #) (10 Inch Acetate) VG-EX 6


For either the Beatles or John Lennon completist, this rare acetate will undoubtedly pique interest. In the single's original form, Yoko Ono's "Open Your Box" was to be the flip to Lennon's "Power to the People." A tad skittish about the song title and content ("Open your box, open your trousers...open your legs") record execs pushed for the more acceptible B-side, "Touch Me." The initial pairing never made it past this acetate, and "Open Your Box" was promptly shelved. Not until the extensive 'Ono Box' would the general public hear the tune. Attractive Apple label display their information readily, and the sound on this acetate more than warrants Near Mint. Light surface lines present but not audible. .

See another U.S. Apple acetate - here
See a UK Apple acetate - here

Recorded 22 January 1971 at EMI Studios. Several different takes and arrangements of "Power To The People" have surfaced and at least three acetates. It's very possible some of those takes are from or similar to the acetates. However, my guess is this is the standard take and mix.