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  • Audio CD (November 3, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00000DG1T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,819 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'm Losing You
2. Working Class Hero
3. God
4. How Do You Sleep
5. Imagine
6. Baby Please Don't Go
7. Oh My Love
8. God Save Oz
9. I Found Out
10. Woman Is The Nigger of the World
11. A Kiss Is Just A Kiss
12. Be Bop A Lula
13. Rip It Up/Ready Teddy
14. What You Got
15. Nobody Loves You When You're Down And Out
16. I Don't Wanna Face It
17. Real Love
18. Only You
19. Grow Old With Me
20. Sean's "In The Sky"
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John Lennon Wonsaponatime UK CD album

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If The John Lennon Anthology is the musical equivalent of a scholarly four-part biography that looks terrific on the bookshelf and is enjoyable to page through now and then, Wonsaponatime is the condensed popular-press bio that one can actually settle down with and digest. Consisting of 21 solo Lennon tracks cut between 1969 and 1980, Wonsaponatime, like the bulky Anthology, offers a selection of home, live, and studio recordings that have been buried for decades. Each part of the ex-Beatle's solo career is represented, from his probing Plastic Ono Band phase (truly the highlights here), through his misbegotten counterculture-icon-in-the-making state, into his more-focused, less-inspired mid-'70s recordings, and closing with his final-days comeback sessions. It's not all the Lennon an aficionado could ask for, but it's enough for casual fans. --Steven Stolder

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This was a hard album to listen to as a Lennon fan.
Tyler Swagger
There is something else about most of these recordings that is striking: John's voice sounds great.
the dirty mac
If your a Beatle fan and John fan, this is the album to have.
PETER BATT

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By the dirty mac on March 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
On the heels of the success of the Beatles ANTHOLOGY albums in the mid-1990s, Capitol decided to give John Lennon's solo career similar treatment in 1998 by releasing a four disc box set of his previously unreleased, if widely bootlegged, songs and alternate takes. This CD is a single disc distillation of highlights from that box set.
Every phase of Lennon's solo career is here. The best tracks include an unplugged performance of "God" that is every bit as gripping as the version on PLASTIC ONO BAND. Take 1 of "Imagine," featuring a harmonium and lacking Phil Spector's strings, is quite beautiful in its own way. "God Save Oz" brims with Lennon's enthusiasm and wry wit. The alternate take of "I'm Losing You" rocks harder than the version on DOUBLE FANTASY. That song and "I Don't Wanna Face It" demonstrate that Lennon was still capable of making vital music at the age of 40. Both make one wonder about the great music he might have made later in the 1980s, had he not been taken from us so prematurely.
"Real Love" may be the song with the most emotional resonance. The liner notes don't say so, but it's a safe assumption that this is the demo that Yoko Ono gave to the three surviving Beatles, which they then overdubbed and turned into a "new" Beatle song in 1995. As embellished by Paul, George and Ringo, it was an exuberant and slightly speeded up song. But this demo, with John alone at the piano, is a much more somber piece.
There is something else about most of these recordings that is striking: John's voice sounds great. In his days with the Beatles he had a lot of success using studio tricks to distort his vocals on songs like "Tomorrow Never Knows," "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Come Together." Unfortunately, this technique spilled over into his solo career with mixed results.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By legoguy on August 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album is amazing. I would reccomend it to anyone who likes real rock and roll. It sounds like an ex-Beatle who is doing his own thing and you can hear how he influenced The Beatles' music. The CD opens with a killer song, "Losing You", and I have to say that "god" is the most nihilistic piece of music I have ever heard. I actually like these versions of "Working Class Hero" and "Imagine" better than the released versions although I may be in the minority. Wonsaponatime may not be for everyone, but it is a true picture of Rock and Roll.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rick Holly on February 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you are like me and already have every other John Lennon album and a number of bootlegs most of this stuff is not new. On the other hand the quality of much of it is vastly improved. Buy it if only for the first track. CHEAP TRICK with Lennon on I'M LOSING YOU. Why this version wasn't used on the STRATING OVER album is a complete mystery to me (and Rick Neilson). This is Lennon rocking harder than he had in years. It'sworth the price of the CD just for this. Buy it used if you have to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Didn't you always think that none of the Beatles came close to achieving the artistic beatitude of their group years on any of their solo disks? Sure, Lennon's first two albums were pretty good, but flawed, and the ones that came later were either marred by too much mediocrity or too much Yoko. He drank too much, used too many drugs, and it showed, unfortunately. If you're like me, you valued Lennon, but held back from fully embracing him because, in part, he didn't really seem like he was trying hard enough. If that's how you felt...Buy this album and begin to reappraise the man's work. Yoko has done a great job in creating a work that shows better than any of his individual solo records or even his best-of collections what he was trying to do. Some of this stuff corrects mistakes that were made in his solo career. The offhand jazz-folk version of "What You Got" turns a dull, overproduced album cut into a great chant. Versions of "Working Class Hero" and "Imagine" may not be better than the released verions, but stripped of production flourishes, they offer a rawer look at the performer at work. Boiling versions of "I'm Losing You" and "I Don't Want to Face It" make clear that the Double Fantasy sessions were hot ones. But most wondrous is the selection of love songs. You start thinking maybe Lennon was the greatest writer of love songs in pop history; "Oh My Love," "Real Love" and "Grow Old With Me" are penetratingly beautiful. I'm saving up for the Anthology, but til then, this record is...like having the Beatles back.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brendan Connor on January 30, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The other reviewers have adequately described the original Lennon songs on this album and their artistic merit. I just want to point out that the cover songs (e.g., Be Bop A Lula, Rip It Up, Only You) are also dramatically improved over similar material on his "rock and roll" album (and, for that matter, the "menlove avenue" album). Specifically, he's sober (I think), and the songs (both voice and back-up) are VERY clear and punchy without having to resort to a 'wall of sound'.
If you bought this CD and like this version of "down and out" and you would like to hear more songs from that era that capture his passion without the glitzy distractions and muddled production of the original album, but you don't want to shell out $$$ for the anthology, then you should check out the last five tracks on the "menlove avenue" CD (one of which is also "down and out").
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