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John LennonAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (November 2, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000641ZJ0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,256 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Working Class Hero (Acoustic)n
2. Love (Acoustic)
3. Well Well Well
4. Look At Me
5. God
6. My Mummy's Dead
7. Cold Turkey
8. The Luck Of The Irish
9. John Sinclair
10. Woman Is The Nigger Of The World
11. What You Got
12. Watching The Wheels
13. Dear Yoko
14. Real Love
15. Imagine
16. It's Real

Editorial Reviews

John Lennon was celebrated for the ornate and avant-garde adornments he brought to the Beatles, but he also at times responded to a powerful impulse to strip his music to its raw essence. Indeed, Lennon would have flourished in the unplugged era, when the nakedness of his best lyrics and the cutting directness of his astonishing voice would have been in the fore. Since John never got around to doing an acoustic collection, the task has fallen to Yoko Ono, who's pulled together 16 skeletal Lennon tracks, including seven previously unreleased selections. Of particular note are riveting newly surfaced Plastic Ono Band demos of "Well Well Well," "God," and "My Mummy's Dead," and a harsher-than-the-electric version of "Cold Turkey." Three early '70s live recordings and a smattering of later demos flesh out the collection. The booklet includes lyrics, tablature, and chord diagrams, though the liner notes are unfortunately skimpy. --Steven Stolder

Product Description

7 songs available for the first time on an official release. A "Must Have" collection featuring the worlds favorite acoustic Lennon tracks together on one CD.

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124 of 131 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lennon stripped bare November 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Lennon was often at his best when his music was stripped down to the bare essentials. "Acoustic" certainly lives up to its stark title; we get 16 tracks that Lennon recorded either as demos or as guide tracks to help the backing musicians to learn a particular song. All of it is drawn from Lennon's solo years and the bulk of this has been released before on "The John Lennon Anthology". The seven tracks that haven't been released before include a stunning acoustic version of "Cold Turkey", an acoustic guitar version of The Beatles reunion track "Real Love" (which saw release on "Anthology" in its piano/vocal version sans overdubs), "Watching the Wheels" Lennon's explanation of his retirement from the circus of rock'n'roll. The most interesting tracks, though, stem from the time of "Plastic Ono Band" with Lennon creating acoustic demo versions of the key tracks from that classic album.

Yoko tries to cover Lennon's entire solo career with selections that appeared on every solo album (with the exception of "Mind Games" and the posthumous "Milk & Honey"). The most dated are the protest songs "John Sinclair" and "Woman is the Nigger of the World". "Luck of the Irish" and "John Sinclair" were recorded live for a political rally in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1971 while the stunning version of "Imagine" comes from his appearence at the Apollo Theater in 1971. "God" is clearly a home demo (as is "Well Well Well") with probably the worst sound of any of the songs on the CD. Nevertheless, fans will want to have this even if the sound isn't always stellar. Yoko and engineer Rob Stevens have cleaned these up without polishing them with additional overdubs as much as possible.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just John and his guitar... November 2, 2004
By Nico
Format:Audio CD
I got this CD today because I'm a major, major John Lennon fan. Truth is, you don't really need to get this album if you have his box set, because a lot of the tracks on here are on that- but not all of them. And still I'm glad I bought it. The sound quality is excellent, and many times its like hearing him right there in the room with you. I don't even need to get into the songs because this is John Lennon and his music is absolutely beautiful. I mean, these are many of his demos I'm talking about! The man was just something else.

Anyway, I really adore the version of Dear Yoko on here. The song could be a little hokey on "Double Fantasy" but is sounds much more gentle and beautiful on here. The live version of Imagine is amazing. The version of God on here is not the same as the one on the Anthology box, and the intro is hillarious. Maybe I'm just biased but I love everything on here plain and simple. Its just so direct and so inspiring. In my opinion, John was really writing some of his best stuff towards the end of his life, and things like Watching the Wheels and Real Love are testaments to that. So sad...

The booklet has all the lyrics and guitar tabs for each song as well. Nice pictures. Wish there were more. Of course, with John, I always wish there was more, more, more...
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff! November 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I've been a Lennon fan ever since I can remember...John was always my favorite Beatle and his solo work was phenomenal..After his death I began collecting his catalog and practically have everything he has released and was eagerly anticipating the release of this CD. I picked it up this today at Border's and have been listening to it all afternoon and love it! It's John stripped down to his guitar and listening to classic songs like Imagine, Love and God was very cool indeed! I especially like The Luck of the Irish..which sounds fresh and new! I think for anyone who admired John and his music this will be a treat! As for some of the previous negative reviews..all I can say is, for me..the music speaks for itself..I don't look at it as being cast off demos..etc..the music is great and sung with sincerity and as Yoko put it in the liner notes, from his heart...John was a genius who gave the world his talent and musicianship..God knows we can use a little bit of inspiration now...Give Peace a Chance!!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle and intimate November 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I looked forward to the release of this CD and was not disappointed when I bought it. It gives us a look at a different side of John Lennon. Most Lennon/Beatle fans are familiar with his work on electric guitar and piano, but this is a nice collection of songs done solely on acoustic guitar. Many of the versions of songs on this CD probably were not intended by John for release since they are mostly home recordings, rehearsals, demos, etc. Ironically, he often felt insecure about his singing and preferred to use studio sound effects to enhance/disguise his voice. This CD is very refreshing because it features John Lennon relaxed and singing primarily for personal enjoyment, not public consumption. Overall the vocals are very good and the guitar work is impressive and refreshing. However, I did not give it 5 stars because in some points the vocals sound mechanical as if over digitalized.

I recommend this CD, especially for fans who want an intimate, gentle look at a fascinating figure in music history.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to my John Lennon collection
I am a huge John Lennon and I am very happy to have found this cd on Amazon. It's a great album and I love John's acoustic sound.
Published 2 days ago by Purdue Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD is a must have!
John Winston Ono Lennon was so talented it breaks my heart to know he was just getting back in the groove. Read more
Published 17 days ago by "Wild Bill" Latvala
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed listening to this CD
Published 29 days ago by Bonny Lynn Browne
4.0 out of 5 stars Acoustic John Lennon
This is what you get. The recordings are not real studio quality, some live. But it is John, and he sings with the heart. Yoko makes a non endearing appearance.
Published 4 months ago by Gene
1.0 out of 5 stars lennon acoustic
i'm a huge john lennon fan, but save your money . there's only a few songs are worth listening to.
Published 4 months ago by Lorraine
3.0 out of 5 stars What it is
For some reason people see fit to release every thing the Beatles recorded whether or not it was ever meant to be heard by the general public. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael L. Knapp
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Lennon album I dont have
This is great it has John Lennon doing songs in Acoustic, They sound "GREAT" I must have for Lennon fans
Published 7 months ago by Gizmo
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-Have for John Lennon fans!
Great Great Great!!!! This CD is a Great addition to my collection! This is Lennon and his guitar...Raw. I found it by accident, glad I did.
Published 11 months ago by R. Romero
5.0 out of 5 stars John at his personal best
I have been a lifelong Beatles / John Lennon fan, and when this CD came out it is now one of my personal favorites. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Steve Lukas
3.0 out of 5 stars Lennon stripped down
Could have included a lot more stripped down songs with just Lennon and his acoustic guitar. I've heard numerous songs with just John and his guitar when he was writing them and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by William Davidson
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