Lennon Legend - The Very Best of John Lennon
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- Tracks: Imagine, Instant Karma (We All Shine On), Mother, Jealous Guy, Power to the People, Cold Turkey, Love, Mind Games, Whatever Gets You Through the Night, #9 Dream, Stand by Me, (Just Like) Starting Over, Woman, Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy), Watching the Wheels, Nobody Told Me, Borrowed Time, Working Class Hero, Happy Xmas (War Is Over), Give Peace a Chance
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Top Customer Reviews
To begin with, the sound is stunning. Most of the songs have been remixed in 5.1 and are almost revelatory in their clarity and power.
The only problem I have with the release are some of the actual videos themselves. It should be noted that all of the video used itself looks fabulous, considering it was primarily sourced from obsolete analog formats. Here goes:
1. Imagine: More or less the same footage we've all come to know and love, with much greater clarity.
2. Instant Karma: This is a live performance, and really great to watch.
3. Mother: A simple montage of photos, but effective. Can someone explain the strange addition of Brian Epstein in this video however?
4. Jealous Guy: Footage of John singing the vocal track in the studio, mixed with the boat rowing footage from Imagine.
5. Power to the People: A truly bad video visually, it looks like a seventh grade slide-show presentation
6. Cold Turkey: Another live performance synched to the studio version.
7. Mind Games: This has some really wonderful footage of John wandering around NYC mingling with people, dancing, and such. One of the better videos, and only marred by a quick shot of John from the morgue. I found that element really distasteful.
8. Whatever Gets You Through the Night: This video is superb. It features a number of John's drawings animated and colorized.
9. #9 Dream: This is an interesting video with footage from one of John and Yoko's short films called Smile. Something about the footage of John really struck me, as he appears so natural and relaxed.Read more ›
1. Nice to see the OTHER version of the TOTP 'Instant Karma'. The one on the DVD is the black polo neck version. The one on the 'John Lennon Video Collection' was the flowery shirt/denim jacket version.
2. REALLY annoyed to see that for 'Cold Turkey' they've overdubbed the single version on to of the live version footage from 'Live In NYC'. The video made for the single is GREAT. Why substitute this??
3. The video for 'Mind Games' is so lovely to see. John wandering around surrounded by people who are obviously surprised and pleased to see him. Imagine wandering around NY (im not sure thats where it is , having never been , but I presume it is) and seeing JOHN LENNON! What GREAT footage and it saddens me watching it when you realise that was it was this ability, for him to wander around and not get TOO hassled, that ultimately killed him. Fantastic film but also, the saddest on the whole of the DVD. Made me cry in fact! I so wish I could wander about outside and bump into the late great Winston O'Boogie! I look at all those people in the video and think 'You lucky baskets!' :(
4. Loads of the videos have had stuff added in and/or taken away so that means in order to still have the originals we need to hold on to our vidoes of the 'John Lennon Video Collection'. For example 'Give Peace A chance' has been changed, there's lots of footage missing of the bed in recording with footage of war and conflict and marches added in. I would have prefered to have the ORIGINAL promo made in the 60's for the promotion of the single AT THE TIME. Lots of the 84 videos have also been tampered with.Read more ›
If you happily open the DVD at this holiday season and think it would be cool to go first to "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," you will hear the anti-war song originally released in December 1971. Depending on your point of view, the song was either intentionally ironic, or, blindly idealistic. This music-video version contains footage from the present day (including the aftermath of 9/11/01 in New York City) and it is intensely painful to watch. The 2003 spin on the original message ("war is over if you want it") says that "even though you may really, really want it, war is not over." Try finding that sentiment on a Hallmark card!
You may not feel like watching the remainder of the DVD. But, if you do are very, very brave and choose to continue, you will find track after track of reworked images of John and Yoko edited to the beat of the music. You may get pretty sick of watching the happy couple captured for eternity in endless images repeated on screen.
There are some gems on the DVD, however. Lennon's last live performance in 1975 is captured on film as he performs "Imagine" at a black-tie gala. And, Lennon's wit and wisdom is alive and kicking in the upbeat "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night" which has been transfored into a video with kick-ass animation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was a gift for my life, Worked fine. She loved it. Will buy from here againPublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
For the classic song "#9 Dream," Ono has edited herself into the original video. There you will find her mouthing the backup vocals that were sung on the original hit... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Spike3
A wonderful dvd of john lennon you got have if like him. To bad we lose him when we did.Published 8 months ago by DONNIEE W.
It brought chills to my heart and soul. What a loss we all feel with John's untimely death.Published 11 months ago by Maxie Maxwell
I liked this Music Video...Some of the songs were great...Some songs were not good...It had many good pieces of music...I am glad I bought it.... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jerry A. Wappula