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MP3 Music, October 5, 2010
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There are 55 songs common to both LENNON and GIMME SOME TRUTH. The 18 songs on LENNON that are not on GST include: "Blue Suede Shoes," "Money," and "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" (all from LIVE PEACE IN TORONTO 1969), "Well (Baby Please Don't Go)" (from LIVE JAM), "It's So Hard," "John Sinclair," "Come Together" (LIVE IN NYC), "Aisumasen (I'm Sorry)," "One Day (At A Time)," "Going Down On Love," "Angel Baby," "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night," "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," and "I Saw Her Standing There" (all live with the Elton John Band), "Dear Yoko," Forgive Me (My Little Flower Princess)," "Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him" (the Lennon-sung version), and "Grow Old With Me" (the original demo from MILK AND HONEY).Read more ›
There is little point here partaking again in that interminable debate about which Beatle had the best solo career. Neither do I particularly want to get into the discussion about what is or is not included. What is important is the chance to reassess this music in light of the remastering and ascertain whether this themed approach to presenting Lennon's music works over the 4 CDs of this mini box set which to be fair is excellently packaged, with a beautifully annotated booklet and card sleeves. The 4 themes contained here are - Working Class Hero (politics and controversy), Woman (love), Borrowed time (life episodes) and Roots (Rock n Roll)
The themes do broadly fit and such an approach has been applied to other major artists in the past but obviously in the last analysis it's the songs that are the clincher. What is fascinating about the remastering is how the underrated parts of Lennon's canon come to the fore.Read more ›
So that said, this c.d. contains most everything else, it is missing a few songs, NYC is thankfuly absent (2-3 songs made the mix). I see no point in reviewing the songs per se, really, who is not familiar with the music contained within the songs...what I want to know about a reissue is what is the sound quality.
In my mind the sound is very clear, there are some ragged sounding songs, I think that has to do more with the way they were played than recorded...I did notice a little hiss at the end of remember other than that, Yoko did a fantastic job overseeing the remaster...I have seen some complain they do not like the sequence, you know, when I was looking at it, I was not happy either, but, by doing it this way, all the songs seem to fit (with a couple of minor exceptions) it prevents the dated songs (still love them anyway) from taking focus and for me, it does work.
I have seen people complain that it does not contain unrealesed material, no, really, 72 songs for $30 and you want MORE...ok, buy the anthology, lots of unreleased material there, yep 4 discs worth.
Overall, this is a nice trip down memory lane, it is nearly complete, with mostly the "best bits" as the Brits are want to say and if you really, really want Yoko, by all means spend the extra $120 and buy the big box.
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I love the way these John Lennon classic's are put together! Instead of chronological order they made four unique greatest hits. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Leo Hott
This is the best John Lennon collection of his hits for the money, whether you get the physical CD or the digital version. Read morePublished 14 months ago by A Fan
You cannot go wrong with classic Lennon! Highly recommended for any fan of the Fabs or JOL ... (Man oh man, can you believe it's been 34 years now since he's gone????? Amazing!)Published 20 months ago by PMFPS