Milk and Honey (album)

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Milk and Honey
Studio album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Released 9 January 1984 (UK)
27 January 1984 (US)
Recorded August–December 1980, 1983
Genre Rock
Length 36:49
Label Polydor
Producer John Lennon, Yoko Ono
John Lennon chronology
The John Lennon Collection
(1982)
Milk and Honey
(1984)
Live in New York City
(1986)
Yoko Ono chronology
It's Alright (I See Rainbows)
(1982)
Milk and Honey
(1984)
Starpeace
(1985)
Singles from Milk and Honey
  1. "Nobody Told Me"
    Released: 6 January 1984
  2. "Borrowed Time"
    Released: 9 March 1984
  3. "I'm Stepping Out"
    Released: 15 July 1984

Milk and Honey is an album credited to John Lennon and Yoko Ono released in 1984. It is Lennon's eighth and final studio album, and the first posthumous release of Lennon's music, having been recorded in the last months of his life during and following the sessions for their 1980 album Double Fantasy. It was assembled by Yoko Ono in association with the Geffen label.

Background[edit]

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.

Music and lyrics[edit]

"Nobody Told Me", a song Lennon had intended for Ringo Starr's 1981 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 songs "Let Me Count the Ways" and "Grow Old with Me" were written by Lennon and Ono to each other using inspiration from poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning. They are presented in their demo form.

Album title[edit]

The album title came from Ono, who explained that it referenced their journey to the US, "the land of milk and honey". "But also, in the Scripture, the land of milk and honey is where you go after you die, as a promised land", Ono went on to say. "So it's very strange that I thought of that title. Almost scary – like someone up there told me to call the next album Milk and Honey."[1] The cover is an alternative take from the same photo session that produced the front cover of Double Fantasy, though this time it appears in colour.

Release[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A[3]
MusicHound 2.5/5 stars[4]
Paste 3/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[7]
Uncut 2/5 stars[8]

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. 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 No. 3 in the UK and No. 11 in the US, where it went gold. 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.

Aftermath[edit]

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 Lennon's last interview in the late afternoon of 8 December 1980, hours before his death.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "I'm Stepping Out" (John Lennon) – 4:06
  2. "Sleepless Night" (Yoko Ono) – 2:34
  3. "I Don't Wanna Face It" (Lennon) – 3:22
  4. "Don't Be Scared" (Ono) – 2:45
  5. "Nobody Told Me" (Lennon) – 3:34
  6. "O' Sanity" (Ono) – 1:05
Side two
  1. "Borrowed Time" (Lennon) – 4:29
  2. "Your Hands" (Ono) – 3:04
  3. "(Forgive Me) My Little Flower Princess" (Lennon) – 2:28
  4. "Let Me Count the Ways" (Ono) – 2:17
  5. "Grow Old with Me" (Lennon) – 3:07
  6. "You’re the One" (Ono) – 3:56
Bonus tracks

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Robert Christgau review
  4. ^ Gary Graff & Daniel Durcholz (eds), MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, Visible Ink Press (Farmington Hills, MI, 1999; ISBN 1-57859-061-2), p. 667.
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  6. ^ Rolling Stone review
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  8. ^ Mullholland, Garry (November 2010). "John Lennon – Remasters". Uncut. p. 108. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
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