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John Lennon 11/3/1998

Review

During the great John Lennon revival of the late '80s, Yoko Ono licensed to have the Westwood One Radio Network air scores of unreleased home recordings and demos as the Lost Lennon Tapes radio show. At the time, there was endless speculation about when highlights would be released, likely as a box set. The proposed set never materialized, yet most of the material was heavily bootlegged, as the producers and Ono must have suspected. Despite the bootlegs, Ono didn't agree to an official collection of unreleased Lennon material until 1998, after the Beatles' Anthology series proved a critical and commercial success. Hence, the birth of Lennon's Anthology -- a four-disc box set, comprised entirely of unreleased home recordings, demos, and outtakes, many of which have never been previously bootlegged. As it's constructed, it's more of an aural biography than a music album. All the dialogue snippets, half-finished songs, throwaways, and parodies ensure that it's never casual listening, yet that very approach creates an intriguing portrait of Lennon -- a portrait of the man, not the artist. As such, there aren't really any forgotten treasures buried on the collection, even if many of these songs and takes are either completely unheard of or legendary among collecting circles. For every small pleasure, such as the Cheap Trick-backed version of "I'm Losing You," there is a small disappointment, such as how the Dylan diatribe, "Serve Yourself," doesn't quite live up to its legend. Ultimately, it doesn't matter if there are no major works or revelations, just a few good alternate tracks, because Anthology goes a long way toward capturing Lennon with all of his strengths and weaknesses. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  2. 1 Working Class Hero [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 4:21
  3. 2 God [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 3:33
  4. 3 I Found Out [Home Recording][Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 3:48
  5. 4 Hold On [Excerpt][Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 0:44
  6. 5 Isolation [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 3:47
  7. 6 Love [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 2:45
  8. 7 Mother [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 3:49
  9. 8 Remember [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 2:44
  10. 9 Imagine [Take 1][Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 3:23
  11. 10 Fortunately [Vignette from "Bed-in"][Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 0:20
  12. 11 Baby Please Don't Go [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 4:5
  13. 12 Oh My Love [From 8 Track Imagine Sessions][Outtake][Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 2:56
  14. 13 Jealous Guy [Outtake][Previously Unreleased][From 8 Track Imagine Sessions] John Lennon 4:11
  15. 14 Maggie Mae [Home Recording][Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 0:54
  16. 15 How Do You Sleep? [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 5:22
  17. 16 God Save Oz [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 3:28
  18. 17 Do the Oz [Previously Unreleased][Original Master 2-Track Mix] John Lennon 3:11
  19. 18 I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 5:20
  20. 19 Give Peace a Chance [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 1:54
  21. 20 Look at Me [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 2:52
  22. 21 Long Lost John [Previously Unreleased][From 8 Track Plastic Ono Band Sessions] John Lennon 2:15
  23. 1 New York City [Home Recording][Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 0:56
  24. 2 Attica State [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 4:28
  25. 3 Imagine [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 3:9
  26. 4 Bring on the Lucie (Freda Peeple) [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 4:8
  27. 5 Woman Is the Nigger of the World [Home Recording][Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 0:39
  28. 6 Geraldo Rivera [Previously Unreleased][One to One Concert] John Lennon 0:40
  29. 7 Woman Is the Nigger of the World [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 5:14
  30. 8 It's So Hard [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 3:10
  31. 9 Come Together [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 4:20
  32. 10 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) [Rough Mix] John Lennon 3:32
  33. 11 The Luck of the Irish [Previously Unreleased] Plastic Ono Band 3:41
  34. 12 John Sinclair [Previously Unreleased] Plastic Ono Band 3:43
  35. 13 The David Frost Show [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 0:53
  36. 14 Mind Games [Previously Unreleased][I Promise] John Lennon 1:3
  37. 15 Mind Games [Previously Unreleased][Make Love, Not War] John Lennon 1:15
  38. 16 One Day (At a Time) [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 3:14
  39. 17 I Know (I Know) [Previously Unreleased][Home Recording] John Lennon 3:12
  40. 18 I'm the Greatest [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 3:37
  41. 19 (It's All da-Da-Down to) Goodnight Vienna [Previously Unreleased][16 Track Demo] John Lennon 2:45
  42. 20 Jerry Lewis Telethon [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 2:1
  43. 21 A Kiss Is Just a Kiss (As Time Goes By) John Lennon 0:12
  44. 22 Real Love [Previously Unreleased][Home Recording] John Lennon 4:14
  45. 23 You Are Here [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 4:55
  46. 1 What You Got [Home Recording][Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 1:16
  47. 2 Nobody Loves You (When You're Down and Out) [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 5:39
  48. 3 Whatever Gets You Thru the Night [Previously Unreleased][Home Recording] John Lennon 0:39
  49. 4 Whatever Gets You Thru the Night [Previously Unreleased][Studio Recording] John Lennon 3:34
  50. 5 Yesterday [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 0:34
  51. 6 Be-Bop-A-Lula [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 2:53
  52. 7 Rip It up/Ready Teddy [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 2:32
  53. 8 Scared [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 5:3
  54. 9 Steel and Glass [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 4:47
  55. 10 Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird of Paradox) [Sweet Bird of Paradox] John Lennon 2:59
  56. 11 Bless You [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 4:15
  57. 12 Going Down on Love [Previously Unreleased][Instructions Only] John Lennon 0:54
  58. 13 Move Over Ms. L. [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 3:10
  59. 14 Ain't She Sweet [Vignette][Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 0:28
  60. 15 Slippin' and Slidin' [Unreleased Take][Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 2:28
  61. 16 Peggy Sue [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 1:19
  62. 17 Bring It on Home to Me/Send Me Some Lovin' [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 3:51
  63. 18 Phil and John, Pt. 1 [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 2:14
  64. 19 Phil and John, Pt. 2 [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 2:1
  65. 20 Phil and John, Pt. 3 [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 0:55
  66. 21 When in Doubt, Fuck It [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 0:11
  67. 22 Be My Baby [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 4:33
  68. 23 Stranger's Room [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 3:18
  69. 24 Old Dirt Road [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 3:54
  70. 1 I'm Losing You [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 4:6
  71. 2 Sean's Little Help [Previously Unreleased][Home Recording][Vignette] John Lennon 0:59
  72. 3 Serve Yourself [Previously Unreleased][Home Recording] John Lennon 3:49
  73. 4 My Life [Previously Unreleased][Home Recording] John Lennon 2:37
  74. 5 Nobody Told Me [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 3:32
  75. 6 Life Begins at 40 [Previously Unreleased][Home Recording] John Lennon 2:24
  76. 7 I Don't Wanna Face It [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 3:33
  77. 8 Woman [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 4:1
  78. 9 Dear Yoko [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 2:32
  79. 10 Watching the Wheels [Home Recording][Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 3:5
  80. 11 I'm Stepping Out [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 4:19
  81. 12 Borrowed Time [Previously Unreleased][Home Recording] John Lennon 3:58
  82. 13 The Rishi Kesh Song [Previously Unreleased][Home Recording] John Lennon 2:28
  83. 14 Sean's Loud [Previously Unreleased][Vignette][Home Recording] John Lennon 0:35
  84. 15 Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 4:12
  85. 16 Mr. Hyde's Gone (Don't Be Afraid) [Previously Unreleased][Home Recording] John Lennon 2:42
  86. 17 Only You [Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 3:25
  87. 18 Grow Old With Me [Home Recording][Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 3:20
  88. 19 Dear John [Home Recording][Previously Unreleased] John Lennon 2:19
  89. 20 The Great Wok [Home Recording] John Lennon 3:14
  90. 21 Mucho Mungo [Home Recording] John Lennon 1:26
  91. 22 Satire, Pt. 1 [Home Recording] John Lennon 2:22
  92. 23 Satire, Pt. 2 [Home Recording] John Lennon 4:36
  93. 24 Satire, Pt. 3 [Home Recording] John Lennon 0:47
  94. 25 Sean's in the Sky [Home Recording][Vignette] John Lennon 1:25
  95. 26 It's Real [Home Recording] John Lennon 1:6

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