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Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon Limited Edition
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However, this CD is different, and here's why. "Shaved Fish" was the first (or, should I say, Apple) greatest hits package. This was released in 1975. Needless to say, "Shaved Fish" is outdated and terribly incomplete. Next we have the "Imagine" sound track collection which ventures back into John's Beatle days and includes songs like Revolution, Help, The Ballad of John and Yoko, etc. This Imagine sound track collection falls into the same trap that hurt the George Harrison Greatest hits collection back in 1976 -- It included too many Beatle numbers.
Well, the Lennon Legend avoids all the pitfalls of the past. For openers, it is timely. This CD covers John's Apple years as well as the Dakota period. This CD includes the very best John has to offer as a solo artist. No, you are not going to be treated to any of John's Beatle numbers on this CD.
The sound quality on these "remastered" tunes are absolutely outstanding. John's voice and the instrumentation never sounded better. Those of us who still have vinyl immediately notice the difference in sound quality.
I do have one complaint about this CD. The Imagine Sound Track collection included John's version of Real Love. Listening to John's version of Real Love, you would immediately notice that the version the "reunited" Beatles included in Anthology 2 is different then the direction John was going with this tune. The Lennon Legend CD should have included John's version of Real Love to make this collection truly complete.
As it stands, this CD is definitely a plus for any collection.
One caveat: On my sound sytems, there's some apparent distortion and the treble sounds a little noisy, especially on the older material. I recommend listening to the CD (if you can) before purchasing. On the other hand, it may just be my system, and an equalizer (or higher-quality equipment) might solve the problems on the (mostly older) songs where I heard this. I suppose there's some kind of audiophile debate between preserving the original sound and "cleaning it up," ultimately it depends on personal taste. For me, this was a bit of a problem., but check the other reviewers' comments (at least one of whom complimented the sound quality!)
Liner notes include 11 photos of Lennon in the studio and with Yoko, release date and format. Wish there was information on personnel, I'd like to know the drummer on the 1970 "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band!"
But let's give due credit: This is simply an outstanding selection of songs from a multitalented genius. It's so good, in fact, that you may be wonder if you should have bought the recently issued 4-CD "John Lennon Anthology." If you're a big fan, and have the budget and the time to listen, I'd recommend this more complete set.Read more ›
On the other hand, this collection brings focus back to John's other important singles and album tracks that were left off of Collection (in favor of a healthy sampling from Double Fantasy). I was rather surprised to see the credit change on Give Peace A Chance (McCartney was always listed as co-writer even though he wasn't). Yes it does correct a mistake but it seems....petty given the circumstances.
The best tracks here remind me why I liked Lennon in the first place--his frankness and rock and roll spirit. If you're looking to have one album to represent Lennon this would be a fine selection.
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I have owned four single disc John Lennon greatest hits collections. Shaved Fish, the one that came out soon after his death, this one, and the new Power To The People. Read morePublished 25 days ago by andyandy68
Never understood the genius of the Beatles until I bought this CD. My music tastes generally suck just to let you know. I own many greatest hits compilations and soundtracks. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great album, all the songs you want to hear are on this CD - 20 of them! I can't critique the recording quality, but it sounds full and rich to me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer Sue
A collector's Cd, his music transcends the passage of time.Published 1 month ago by Robert A. Castillo
If you don't love this then you weren't around during his day.Published 3 months ago by Sally Charters