|John Lennon and Yoko One perform with Frank Zappa and The Mothers|
|The inner-sleeve from Lennon's release|
|The minimalist cover as released by Zappa|
Then Zappa sprung John and Yoko on the audience instead of the encore:
~~ Rare footage of Frank Zappa, Flo and Eddie and John and Yoko ~~
Frank Zappa turned the portion of John and Yoko's performance over to him after the show. As was his wont, Lennon turned the tapes over to Phil Spector, who remixed the tapes and released it in 1972 as Side 4 of the "Some Time In New York City" double-record set. Frank Zappa was extremely unhappy with the results and lawsuits were threatened before it all got settled to everyone's satisfaction. Frank Zappa tells that story:
Howard Kaylan tells the story from his point of view in his recently released autobiography Shell Shocked [reviewed here]:
If our first Fillmore show [...] was wonderful, our second was transcendent. When the concert ended and the audience stood, waiting for their encore, it felt as if a herd of elephants had entered the auditorium as the world's most famous couple walked onstage. The resulting jam was recorded by both Frank and the Fillmore and was released on two different albums. John released it as the 4th LP [sic] in his Some Times In New Your City compilation on Apple, although he took writing credit on every song, including Frank's iconic "King Kong," which h renamed and tried to publish. Frank's lawyers had to sue John's lawyers to straighten the entire thing out, and it really wasn't all that great anyway, but at least I can say that I am among a handful of people, right alongside Paul McCartney, to ever share a writing credit with the immortal John Lennon. So there.Zappa got the last laugh. He eventually released his own, remixed, versions of those recordings on the Playground Psychotics CD. He gave the songwriters the proper credits, but renamed one of the tunes "A Small Eternity with Yoko Ono."