Steel and Glass
|"Steel and Glass"|
|Song by John Lennon from the album Walls and Bridges|
|Published||Lennon Music/ATV Music Ltd.|
|Released||26 September 1974 (US)
4 October 1974 (UK)
|Walls and Bridges track listing|
In 1973, before work began on Mind Games, Lennon recorded an acoustic demo of "Steel and Glass". While Lennon's ideas were taking shape, it was largely based upon a single piano chord - from the final studio recording. Before recording Walls and Bridges in July 1974, Lennon spent somewhat 10 days in pre-production at Sunset Studios and Record Plant East, New York. During this time he rehearsed a few songs with the musicians he had recruited for the sessions. John Lennon admitted to a Detroit radio station, during an interview in 1974, that he reused "licks" from a certain song, in response to the interviewer bringing up the similarity of Steel and Glass, and what he was wondering could be a second part to the Paul McCartney dig "How Do You Sleep?".
An alternative take of "Steel and Glass" was included on the posthumous collection Menlove Ave., released in 1986. Take 8 was released on the 1998 box set John Lennon Anthology. Take 9 was the master used for Walls and Bridges.
The musicians who performed on the original recording were as follows:
- John Lennon - vocals, acoustic guitar
- Nicky Hopkins - piano
- Jesse Ed Davis - electric guitar
- Eddie Mottau - acoustic guitar
- Ken Ascher - clavinet
- Klaus Voormann - bass
- Arthur Jenkins - percussion
- Jim Keltner - drums
- Bobby Keys, Steve Madaio, Howard Johnson, Ron Aprea, Frank Vicari - horns
- "John Lennon: Steel and Glass". beatlesbible.com. Retrieved 20 July 2011.