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01. (Just Like) Starting Over (3:55)
02. Kiss Kiss Kiss (2:41)
03. Cleanup Time (2:57)
04. Give Me Something (1:34)
05. I'm Losing You (3:58)
06. I'm Moving On (2:19)
07. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) (4:01)
08. Watching The Wheels (3:59)
09. I'm Your Angel (3:08)
10. Woman (3:32)
11. Beautiful Boys (2:54)
12. Dear Yoko (2:33)
13. Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him (4:02)
14. Hard Times Are Over (3:20)

Written by John Lennon (1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12 tracks) &
Yoko Ono (2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 14 tracks).

Vocals: John Lennon & Yoko Ono.
Backing Vocals: Benny Cummings Singers-Kings Temple Choir, Cassandra Wooten,
Cheryl Mason Jacks, Eric Troyer & Michelle Simpson.
Bass-Guitar: Tony Levin.
Concertina: Randy Stein.
Drums: Andy Newmark.
Guitars: Earl Slick, Hugh McCracken & John Lennon.
Horns: David Tofani, George "Young" Opalisky, Grant Hungerford,
Howard Johnson, John Parran, Roger Rosenberg, Ronald Tooley & Seldon Powell.
Keyboards: George Small.
Percussion: Arthur Jenkins, Jr.
Synthesizer "Oberheim": Ed Walsh.

 

The most distinctive thing about Double Fantasy, the last album John Lennon released during his lifetime, is the very thing that keeps it from being a graceful return to form from the singer/songwriter, returning to active duty after five years of self-imposed exile. As legend has it, Lennon spent those years in domestic bliss, being a husband, raising a baby, and, of course, baking bread. Double Fantasy was designed as a window into that bliss and, to that extent, he decided to make it a joint album with Yoko Ono, to illustrate how complete their union was. For her part, Ono decided to take a stab at pop and while these are relatively tuneful for her, they nevertheless disrupt the feel and flow of Lennon's material, which has a consistent tone and theme. He's surprisingly sentimental, not just when he's expressing love for his wife ("Dear Yoko," "Woman") and child ("Beautiful Boy [Darling Boy]"), but when he's coming to terms with his quiet years ("Watching the Wheels," "Cleanup Time") and his return to creative life. These are really nice tunes, and what's special about them is their niceness -- it's a sweet acceptance of middle age, which, of course, makes his assassination all the sadder. For that alone, Double Fantasy is noteworthy, yet it's hard not to think that it's a bit of a missed opportunity -- primarily because its themes would be stronger without the Ono songs, but also because the production is just a little bit too slick and constrained, sounding very much of its time. Ultimately, these complaints fall by the wayside because Lennon's best songs here cement the last part of his legend, capturing him at peace and in love. According to some reports, that perception was a bit of a fantasy, but sometimes the fantasy means more than the reality, and that's certainly the case here. ---Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusic Review

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John Lennon - Gimme Some Truth (2010) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/rock/102-johnlennon/7307-john-lennon-gimme-some-truth-2010.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/rock/102-johnlennon/7307-john-lennon-gimme-some-truth-2010.html John Lennon - Gimme Some Truth (2010)

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CD1 - Working Class Hero

1. Working Class Hero
2. Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)
3. Power To The People
4. God
5. I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die
6. Gimme Some Truth play
7. Sunday Bloody Sunday
8. Steel And Glass
9. Meat City
10.I Don’t Wanna Face It
11.Remember
12.Woman Is The Nigger Of The World
13.I Found out
14.Isolation
15.Imagine
16.Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
17.Give Peace A Chance
18.Only People

CD2 - Woman

1. Mother
2. Hold On
3. You Are Here
4. Well Well Well
5. Oh My Love
6. Oh Yoko!
7. Grow Old With Me
8. Love
9. Jealous Guy
10.Woman play
11.Out The Blue
12.Bless You
13.Nobody Loves You (When You're Down And Out)
14.My Mummy's Dead
15.I'm Losing You
16.(Just Like) Starting Over
17.#9 Dream
18.Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)

CD3 - Borrowed Time

1. Mind Games
2. Nobody Told Me
3. Cleanup Time play
4. Crippled Inside
5. How Do You Sleep?
6. How?
7. Intuition
8. I'm Stepping Out
9. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night
10.Old Dirt Road
11.Scared
12.What You Got
13.Cold Turkey
14.New York City
15.Surprise Surprise (Sweet Bird Of Paradox)
16.Borrowed Time
17.Look At Me
18.Watching The Wheels

CD4 - Roots

1. Be-Bop-A-Lula
2. You Can't Catch Me
3. Medley: Rip It Up/Ready Teddy
4. Tight A$
5. Ain't That a Shame
6. Sweet Little Sixteen
7. Do You Wanna Dance
8. Slippin' and Slidin'
9. Peggy Sue
10. Medley: Bring It On Home/Send Me Some Lovin'
11.Yer Blues (Live)
12.Just Because
13.Boney Moronie
14.Beef Jerky
15.Ya Ya
16.Hound Dog (Live)
17.Stand By Me play
18.Here We Go Again

 

Much grander than the single-disc Power to the People but not nearly as lavish as the 11-disc Signature Box, the four-disc Gimme Some Truth is the middle ground of Apple/EMI’s 2010 John Lennon reissue series: a collection of four thematic collections offered at a reasonable price. Breaking any artist’s work into themes is tricky, but the topics here are broad enough to give the compilers some wiggle room: Working Class Hero contains Lennon’s protest songs, Woman his songs of love and women (“Mother” and “My Mummy’s Dead” don’t quite qualify as romantic tunes, after all), Borrowed Time features songs about “life,” and his rock & roll numbers are presented on a disc called Roots, oddly sharing its title with the controversial original unofficial release of Rock 'n' Roll (indeed, this Roots disc winds up containing the entirety of Rock 'n' Roll). Some of the selected songs may not quite fit the themes but the 72 cuts here contain much of Lennon’s solo best, making this a good thorough overview for those who need more than the hits but don’t want to invest in full albums. It’s at a very nice price point, too. ---Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusic Review

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John Lennon - Imagine (1971) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/rock/102-johnlennon/4443-john-lennon-imagine-1971.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/rock/102-johnlennon/4443-john-lennon-imagine-1971.html John Lennon - Imagine (1971)

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01. Imagine
02. Crippled Inside
03. Jealous Guy
04. It's So Hard
05. I Don't Want To Be A Soldier Mama
06. Give Me Some Truth
07. Oh My Love
08. How Do You Sleep?
09. How?
10. Oh Yoko!

Personnel:
    John Lennon – vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, piano, harmonica (10), whistling (3)
    George Harrison – electric guitar (6, 7), slide guitar (5, 6, 8), dobro (2)
    Klaus Voormann – bass (all except 2), upright bass (2)
    Nicky Hopkins – piano (all except 1, 4, 7), electric piano (7)
    Alan White – drums (1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10), Tibetan cymbals (7), vibraphone (3)
    Jim Keltner – drums (2, 3, 5)
    Jim Gordon – drums (4)
    John Barham – harmonium (3), vibraphone (9)
    King Curtis – saxophone (4, 5)
    Joey Molland – acoustic guitar (5)
    Tom Evans – acoustic guitar (5)
    John Tout – acoustic guitar (2), piano (uncredited originally)
    Ted Turner – acoustic guitar (2)
    Rod Linton – acoustic guitar (2, 6, 10)
    Andy Davis – acoustic guitar (6, 10)
    The New York Philharmonic (credited as "The Flux Fiddlers") – orchestral strings
    Phil Spector – backing vocals (10)
    Michael Pinder – tambourine (5)
    Steve Brendell – upright bass (2), maracas (5)

 

After the harrowing Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon returned to calmer, more conventional territory with Imagine. While the album had a softer surface, it was only marginally less confessional than its predecessor. Underneath the sweet strings of "Jealous Guy" lies a broken and scared man, the jaunty "Crippled Inside" is a mocking assault at an acquaintance, and "Imagine" is a paean for peace in a world with no gods, possessions, or classes, where everyone is equal. And Lennon doesn't shy away from the hard rockers -- "How Do You Sleep" is a scathing attack on Paul McCartney, "I Don't Want to Be a Soldier" is a hypnotic antiwar song, and "Give Me Some Truth" is bitter hard rock. If Imagine doesn't have the thematic sweep of Plastic Ono Band, it is nevertheless a remarkable collection of songs that Lennon would never be able to better again. --- Stephen Thomas Erlewine, allmusic.com

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John Lennon - Lost Lennon Tapes Broadcast (1988) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/rock/102-johnlennon/12517-john-lennon-lost-lennon-tapes-broadcast-premiere-show.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/rock/102-johnlennon/12517-john-lennon-lost-lennon-tapes-broadcast-premiere-show.html John Lennon - Lost Lennon Tapes Broadcast (1988)

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CD1
Yoko
Hallelujah I Love Her So (May 60, Rehearsal)
Moovin And Groovin (May 60, Rehearsal)
Beatles First Interview (7 Oct 62)
Love Me Do
John (1 Jan 76, Elliot Mintz interview)
Twist And Shout
Sweet Little Sixteen (23 july 63, BBC Radio)
A Hard Days Night
John (1 Jan 76, Elliot Mintz interview)
Tomorrow Never KnowsPress Conference (Aug 66, Chicago)
Nowhere Man
John (Aug 65, Los Angeles)
Lucy In The Sky with Diamonds 
Strawberry Fields Forever (Nov 66, Demo)
Strawberry Fields Forever 
John and Yoko (Dec 80, BBC)
Help
John (Dec 80, BBC)
Give Peace A Chance
John (10 Oct 71, Elliot Mintz interview)

CD2
Instant Karma 
John (10 Oct 71, Elliot Mintz interview)
Power To The People 
John (10 Oct 71, Elliot Mintz interview)
Imagine 
John (16 Apr 73, Elliot Mintz interview)
How Do You Sleep
John (16 Apr 73, Elliot Mintz interview)
Mind Games 
John (16 Apr 73, Elliot Mintz interview)
Woman Is The Nigger Of The World 
Peggy Sue (Sept 71, Clock film)
John (1 Jan 76, Elliot Mintz interview)
Whatever gets You Through The Night
John (1 Jan 76, Elliot Mintz interview)
Stand By Me
John (1 Jan 76, Elliot Mintz interview)
# 9 dream

CD3
Woman (1980, Studio session)
John (Dec 80, BBC Radio)
Watching The Wheels (Piano demo)
Watching The Wheels (Jun 80, Demo)
Studio Dialogue (Aug 80)
Watching The Wheels
Be-Bop-A-Lula (Aug 80, Studio)
John (Dec 80, BBC Radio)
Starting Over
Im Losing You (1980, Demo)
Im Losing You (Aug 80, Outtake)
Im Losing You
Beautiful Boy (1980, Demo)
Beautiful Boy
John (Dec 80, BBC Radio)
Woman
Clean-up time (Aug 80, Studio session)
Clean-up Time
Medley

Westwood One Lost Lennon Tapes Broadcast
Week of Jan,18 1988 Premiere Show

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John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band (1970) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/rock/102-johnlennon/4439-john-lennon-plastic-ono-band-1970.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/rock/102-johnlennon/4439-john-lennon-plastic-ono-band-1970.html John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band (1970)

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01. Mother – 5:34
02. Hold On – 1:52
03. I Found Out – 3:37
04. Working Class Hero – 3:48
05. Isolation – 2:51
06. Remember – 4:33
07. Love – 3:21
08. Well Well Well – 5:57
09. Look At Me – 2:52
10. God – 4:08
11. My Mummy's Dead – 0:48
Bonuses:
12. Power To The People – 3:20
13. Do The Oz (Lennon/Yoko Ono) – 3:08

Personnel:
- John Lennon - vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, piano
- Yoko Ono - wind
- Ringo Starr - drums
- Klaus Voormann - bass
- Billy Preston - piano on 10
- Phil Spector - piano on 07, production
- Alan White - drums and percussion (12,13)
- Mal Evans - tea and sympathy

 

The cliché about singer/songwriters is that they sing confessionals direct from their heart, but John Lennon exploded the myth behind that cliché, as well as many others, on his first official solo record, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. Inspired by his primal scream therapy with Dr. Arthur Janov, Lennon created a harrowing set of unflinchingly personal songs, laying out all of his fears and angers for everyone to hear. It was a revolutionary record -- never before had a record been so explicitly introspective, and very few records made absolutely no concession to the audience's expectations, daring the listeners to meet all the artist's demands. Which isn't to say that the record is unlistenable. Lennon's songs range from tough rock & rollers to piano-based ballads and spare folk songs, and his melodies remain strong and memorable, which actually intensifies the pain and rage of the songs. Not much about Plastic Ono Band is hidden. Lennon presents everything on the surface, and the song titles -- "Mother," "I Found Out," "Working Class Hero," "Isolation," "God," "My Mummy's Dead" -- illustrate what each song is about, and chart his loss of faith in his parents, country, friends, fans, and idols. It's an unflinching document of bare-bones despair and pain, but for all its nihilism, it is ultimately life-affirming; it is unique not only in Lennon's catalog, but in all of popular music. Few albums are ever as harrowing, difficult, and rewarding as John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. --- Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusic Review

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John Lennon - Power To The People (The Hits) (2010) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/rock/102-johnlennon/9545-john-lennon-power-to-the-people-the-hits-2010.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/rock/102-johnlennon/9545-john-lennon-power-to-the-people-the-hits-2010.html John Lennon - Power To The People (The Hits) (2010)

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01.Power To The People 		play
02.Gimme Some Truth 
03.Woman 
04.Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) 
05.Whatever Get You Through The Night 
06.Cold Turkey 
07.Jealous Guy 
08.#9 Dream 
09.(Just Like) Starting Over 
10.Mind Games 
11.Watching The Wheels 
12.Stand By Me 
13.Imagine 				play
14.Happy Xmas (War Is Over) 
15.Give Peace A Chance
 

 

Part of the 2010 reissue campaign that also included the John Lennon Signature Box and the Gimme Some Truth collection, Power To The People brought together 15 of Lennon's hit singles together on one disc. The collection was issued as a single CD, a CD/DVD 'Experience Edition' that featured videos for the songs, and as digital downloads. The mixes were Lennon's original ones, but were digitally remastered at Abbey Road Studios by a team led by Allan Rouse and overseen by Yoko Ono. The DVD also contained remastered audio. The only video not also included on the Lennon Legend is for the song Gimme Some Truth, which was never actually issued as a single. --- www.beatlesbible.com

 

 

Released as part of Apple/EMI’s extensive 2010 John Lennon remasters series, the single-disc Power to the People: The Hits covers familiar territory, but then again, that’s the point of this collection. It’s not designed to dig deep into John's catalog, it’s designed as the latest iteration of the canon, replacing 1997’s Lennon Legend, the last big-budget single-disc compilation. Power to the People is five cuts shorter than Lennon Legend, ditching album cuts “Love” and “Borrowed Time,” swapping the charting singles, “Mother” and “Nobody Told Me,” for the non-charting “Gimme Some Truth” and the actual number 18 hit “Mind Games,” but the end result is the same: Power to the People feels interchangeable with its predecessors because it is another collection with “Imagine,” “Instant Karma,” “Whatever Gets You Through the Night,” “Jealous Guy,” “(Just Like) Starting Over,” “Watching the Wheels,” “Stand by Me,” “#9 Dream,” “Give Peace a Chance,” “Power to the People,” and “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).” The remasters are excellent so if you are in need of a tight Lennon comp this is a good choice but if you already have a hits collection, there’s no reason to replace it. [There is also a Deluxe Edition of Power to the People which contains videos for all 15 songs, some of them original clips and some of them edits of footage assembled after the single’s initial release.] ---Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusic Review

 

 

Urodził się 70 lat temu, zginął z ręki szaleńca w wieku 40 lat. Obie rocznice stały się okazją do wznowienia dorobku płytowego najbardziej zbuntowanego i najbardziej rockowego beatlesa. John miał opinie artysty singlowego, co oznacza talent do tworzenia świetnych piosenek, do pisania hitów. Mamy tu wiec oczywiście „Imagine”, „Mind Games”, „(Just Like) Starting Over”. Jest duet z Eltonem Johnem w manifescie swobody seksualnej „Whatever Gets You thru the Night”. Był tez Lennon artysta mocno zaangażowanym w sprawy społeczne i pozostawił klasyke rockowego protestu, jak utwory „Give Peace a Chance” czy „Power to the People”. A jezeli ktoś uzna (słusznie), że wybór przebojów to zbyt mało, może sięgnac po piekną edycję „John Lennon Signature Box (11 CD)” i zasłuchać sie w „oczyszczonych” albumach. --- Daniel Wyszogrodzki

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John Lennon - Rock 'N' Roll (1981) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/rock/102-johnlennon/21781-john-lennon-rock-n-roll-1981.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/rock/102-johnlennon/21781-john-lennon-rock-n-roll-1981.html John Lennon - Rock 'N' Roll (1981)

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01 - Be-Bop-A-Lula 
02 - Stand By Me 
03 - Medley 
       - Rip It Up 
       - Ready Teddy 
04 - You Can't Catch Me 
05 - Ain't That A Shame 
06 - Do You Want To Dance 
07 - Sweet Little Sixteen 

Side Two.
01 - Slippin' And Slidin' 
02 - Peggy Sue
03 - Medley 
       - Bring It On Home (Cooke) 
       - Send Me Some Lovin' 
04 - Bony Moronie 
05 - Ya Ya 
06 - Just Because 

    John Lennon: Guitars, vocals
    Jesse Ed Davis: Guitar
    Jim Calvert: Guitar
    Eddie Mottau: Acoustic guitar
    José Feliciano: Acoustic guitar
    Michael Hazelwood: Acoustic Guitar
    Steve Cropper: Guitar
    Klaus Voormann: Bass guitar, answer vocal on "Bring It On Home to Me"
    Leon Russell: Keyboards
    Ken Ascher: Keyboards
    Michael Lang: Keyboards
    Jim Keltner: Drums
    Hal Blaine: Drums
    Gary Mallaber: Drums
    Arthur Jenkins: Percussion
    Nino Tempo: Saxophone
    Jeff Barry: Horn
    Barry Mann: Horn
    Bobby Keys: Horn
    Peter Jameson: Horn
    Joseph Temperley: Horn
    Dennis Morouse: Horn
    Frank Vicari: Horn

 

Although the chaotic sessions that spawned this album have passed into rock & roll legend and the recording's very genesis (as an out-of-court settlement between John Lennon and an aggrieved publisher) has often caused it to be slighted by many of the singer's biographers, Rock 'n' Roll, in fact, stands as a peak in his post-Imagine catalog: an album that catches him with nothing to prove and no need to try. Lennon could, after all, sing old rock & roll numbers with his mouth closed; he spent his entire career relaxing with off-the-cuff blasts through the music with which he grew up, and Rock 'n' Roll emerges the sound of him doing precisely that. Four songs survive from the fractious sessions with producer Phil Spector in late 1973 that ignited the album, and listeners to any of the posthumous compilations that also draw from those archives will know that the best tracks were left on the shelf -- "Be My Baby" and "Angel Baby" among them. But a gorgeous run through Lloyd Price's "Just Because" wraps up the album in fine style, while a trip through "You Can't Catch Me" contrarily captures a playful side that Lennon rarely revealed on vinyl. The remainder of the album was cut a year later with Lennon alone at the helm, and the mood remains buoyant. It might not, on first glance, seem essential to hear him running through nuggets like "Be Bop A Lula," "Peggy Sue," and "Bring It on Home to Me," but, again, Lennon has seldom sounded so gleeful as he does on these numbers, while the absence of the Spector trademark Wall-of-Sound production is scarcely noticeable -- as the object of one of Lennon's own productions, David Peel once pointed out, "John had the Wall of Sound down perfectly himself." Released in an age when both David Bowie and Bryan Ferry had already tracked back to musical times-gone-by (Pin-Ups and These Foolish Things, respectively), Rock 'n' Roll received short shrift from contemporary critics. As time passed, however, it has grown in stature, whereas those other albums have merely held their own. Today, Rock 'n' Roll sounds fresher than the rock & roll that inspired it in the first place. Imagine that. ---Dave Thompson, AllMusic Review

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John Lennon – Acoustic (2004) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/rock/102-johnlennon/158-lennon-acoustic.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/rock/102-johnlennon/158-lennon-acoustic.html John Lennon – Acoustic (2004)

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1. Love
2. Working Class Hero
3. Well Well Well
4. Look at Me
5. God
6. My Mummy's Dead
7. Cold Turkey
8. I'm a Man
9. Luck of the Irish (Live)
10. John Sinclair (Live)
11. Woman is the Nigger of the World
12. What You Got
13. Watching the Wheels
14. Dear Yoko
15. Real Love
16. Imagine (Live)
17. It's Real
John Lennon - guitar, vocals

 

The 2004 compilation Acoustic collects 16 tracks featuring John Lennon alone (more or less) backed only by his acoustic guitar. It's a good idea for a compilation, but the execution is problematic. First of all, Lennon's solo albums didn't have all that many solo acoustic songs on them; they were carefully constructed in a studio, often featuring layers of overdubs, even on such emotionally direct albums as Plastic Ono Band. So producer Yoko Ono has chosen to rely primarily on demos and home recordings for this compilation -- a choice that may not sit well with casual fans lured in by the simple, classy title, thinking that this is a more polished affair than it is. More problematic is that this 16-track collection is a hodgepodge of nine cuts previously released on the 1998 rarities box Anthology and seven previously unreleased tracks. Home recordings and demos are by their nature music that appeals primarily to die-hard fans, of which Lennon has many. However, those very fans will already own over half of this collection on the box set, and they'll not only wonder why they have to buy these songs again, but why the seven "new" songs didn't appear on Anthology in the first place, especially since they are very good. Of particular note: a lean, mean version of "Well Well Well" with a heavily phased vocal; a folky, laid-back "God"; a revved-up, tense "Cold Turkey" where John uncannily mimics Marc Bolan's high-pitched, lamb-like warble; a terrific, rollicking "What You Got" that cuts to the quick of the song; and a simple, light "Dear Yoko." These are all well worth hearing, but it's hard to recommend Acoustic as an album not only because of the recycling but because of the haphazard liner notes that never acknowledge when the recordings were cut (outside of the live tracks taken from a 1971 Ann Arbor, MI, rally for John Sinclair and a cut from an Attica benefit concert that year), nor offer any liner notes or context. The booklet simply offers fake book arrangements for the 16 tracks here, complete with lyrics, a chord chart, transcribed chatter ("I just wanted you to go and A&R it. OK, I'll try it."), and the meaningless instructions of "Flat Tuning," which presumably means that John's guitar was slightly out of tune when he cut the song (it's hard to tell, since "flat tuning" is not a musical term). This booklet along with the repeated recordings makes Acoustic feel like less than the sum of its parts, but those hardcore fans will likely buy it anyway because these seven previously unreleased tracks are worth hearing. But they'll grumble when they lay their money down. ---Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusic Review

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John Lennon – Lennon Legend (The Very Best Of John Lennon) [1997] http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/rock/102-johnlennon/2597-lennon-legend.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/rock/102-johnlennon/2597-lennon-legend.html John Lennon – Lennon Legend (The Very Best Of John Lennon) [1997]

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01-Imagine
02-Instant karma!
03-Mother (single edit)
04-Jealous guy
05-Power to the people
06-Could turkey
07-Love
08-Mind games
09-Whatever gets you thru the night
10-#9 Dream
11-Stand by me
12-(Just like)Starting over
13-Woman
14-Beautiful boy(darling boy)
15-Watching the wheels
16-Nobody told me
17-Borrowed time
18-Working class hero
19-Happy xmas (war is over)
20-Give peace a chance.
John Lennon - Arranger, Composer, Guitar, Keyboards, Producer, Vocals Yoko Ono - Composer, Performer, Producer, Vocals Elton John - Vocals (Background)

 

Lennon Legend was released in the fall of 1997 in England to replace the deleted John Lennon Collection, and the 20-track collection is remarkably similar to its predecessor, replicating a full 16 tracks and deleting the relatively nonessential "I'm Losing You," "Dear Yoko," and "Move Over Ms. L" in favor of "Borrowed Time," "Mother," "Nobody Told Me," and "Working Class Hero." Even if the disc isn't sequenced in strict chronological order, the end result is the strongest single-disc Lennon collection yet. It might not offer everything of worth that Lennon recorded -- the Plastic Ono Band and Imagine albums remain essentials, and there are great-to-good songs scattered among his later solo records -- but it does function as an excellent sampler and introduction to his solo career. ---Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusic Review

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John Lennon – Live in New York 1972 (1986) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/rock/102-johnlennon/10317-john-lennon-live-in-new-york-1972-1986.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/rock/102-johnlennon/10317-john-lennon-live-in-new-york-1972-1986.html John Lennon – Live in New York 1972 (1986)

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1."New York City" – 3:38
2."It's So Hard" – 3:18
3."Woman is the Nigger of the World" – 5:30
4."Well Well Well" – 3:51
5."Instant Karma!" – 3:40
6."Mother" – 5:00						play
7."Come Together" – 4:21
8."Imagine" – 3:17
9."Cold Turkey" – 5:29
10."Hound Dog" – 3:09
11."Give Peace a Chance" – 1:00			play

Personnel
John Lennon: vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards
Yoko Ono: keyboards
Jim Keltner: drums
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Elephant's Memory:
Wayne 'Tex' Gabriel: lead guitar
Gary Van Scyoc: bass guitar
Stan Bronstein: saxophone
Adam Ippolito: keyboards
Richard Frank Jr.: drums

 

John Lennon's concert appearances during his solo years were rare and scattered about, so any live document is worth hearing. Yet this one, the fabled One to One concert at Madison Square Garden, doesn't live up to its legend, however noble the cause (a benefit for the Willowbrook School for Children). Much of the problem, one suspects, is that Lennon concerts tended to be quick, casual one-offs; this material might have really rocked if John had broken the tunes in on the road first. Also, the Plastic Ono Elephants Memory Band is a fairly crude bunch of bashers, with Stan Bronstein's flailing sax and surprisingly poor drumming, despite the support of Jim Keltner. So Lennon is pretty much left to his own devices. In the first few numbers he sounds distracted, not in full command, even disconnected from the band. A core primal scream piece "Well Well Well" is given a perfunctory run-through; "Instant Karma" sounds stiff, with embarrassing drum breaks ("We'll get it right next time," John says); and he makes only one reference to his Beatle past with a heavy-handed "Come Together." Things do improve later on when "Mother" and "Cold Turkey" work up a good lather, and "Hound Dog" is not bad, although the concluding "Give Peace a Chance" is limited to the brief excerpt included on Shaved Fish. Phil Spector was the original producer of the recording, and it's one of his murkier jobs, not nearly as focused as his work on The Concert for Bangla Desh in the very same arena the year before. More from the concert, including some of Yoko's numbers, can be found on the companion video cassette released at the same time. ---Richard S. Ginell, AllMusic Review

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