As always with box sets and compilations, most people would probably exchange a track or two on this set for a substitute of their preference. I thought it would be interesting to record some such thoughts here. Here are a few of mine:
. Bring on the Lucie (Freda People)-- how did this one *not* get on the Working Class Hero disc? If I'd been overseeing the preparation of this collection, the first suggestion I'd have made would probably have been to replace Meat City with this one. What the heck was Meat City doing in the middle of a CD of political and social statements, anyway? It would have been better placed on Roots, possibly in the position now occupied by Sweet Sixteen, probably my least favorite of the 'Rock 'n' Roll' covers.
- One Day at a Time. In case you haven't guessed, yes, I do like 'Mind Games.' I know it's not a common favorite, but sue me. Anyway, I think this one might have been much more apropos for a disc about romance than, say, Hold On. I wouldn't have sequenced it directly after Mother, though. I think it would go best after Well Well Well and before Oh Yoko! (Oh My Love, which is a wonderful song, could be moved elsewhere.)
I also think 'Rock 'n' Roll People', an outtake recording first issued on 'Menlove Ave.' in the '80s, could have had a place on 'Roots.' It's not one of Lennon's greatest songs, but it definitely shows his deep connection to the popular music of the '50s and early '60s. Perhaps 'Rock 'n' Roll People' could have been the track in place of 'Sweet Sixteen', with 'Meat City' substituting for the live 'Hound Dog.'
Then there's 'Going Down on Love'. I think this one could have slotted in right after 'Mother' and would have led very smoothly into the beautiful 'You are Here.'
I would also be tempted to rearrange the whole 'Roots' disc in terms of its sequence. I'm not sure what I'd follow 'Be-Bop-a-Lu-La' with (as I'd retain that one as the opener), but 'You Can't Catch me' would likely be track 3, followed by Peggy Sue. Slippin' and Slidin' would also be pushed forward, say around track 6, as would 'Do you Want to Dance.' Actually, how about 'Slippin' and Slidin'' as that track 2?
Anyway, those are some of my thoughts. Anyone else got anything?