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You Don't Have To Go Cold Turkey

  • Aug 31, 2008
Rating:
+5
Pros:

A great selection of songs



Cons:

Where is Working Class Hero?



The Bottom Line:

Best selling songs would be a more apt title.  But you can never go wrong with John Lennon.



Greatest Hits collections are something of a misnomer. Most of the time what you get is a compilation of the biggest selling songs. That is just what is offered with The John Lennon Collection. By no means am I trying to say it is a bad group of songs, but to profile Lennon's career in just 19 songs is like doing a synapses of Steven King's work, using a few of his short stories. It just does not seem complete.

Of course you get the radio hits that have been staples for years now such as: "Give Peace A Chance", "Instant Karma", "Mind Games" and "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night" and there is nothing wrong with any of these tunes. I can listen to each one over and over without getting tired of hearing them. But with six of the nineteen songs coming from the album Double Fantasy, I think that the song selection has a lot more to do with what Yoko wanted than anything else. There are some great songs off that album; "(Just Like) Starting Over" is a classic. Not to mention the very beautiful "Watching The Wheels". I just think that it was a little heavy on material from just one disc.

Sure you get samples from throughout his solo career, but he produced such a wealth of great music that it seems this disc is heavily weighted toward his later work. Most of the early stuff can be had on his first compilation Shaved Fish.

I do have to say that just as a sampler, it is a good start for someone who doesn't know much of Lennon's music. You can hear some of the versatility that made him a legend. From the beautiful "#9 Dream" to one of the greatest songs ever recorded "Imagine" are included for your listening pleasure, but there is so much more to his music. Maybe because some of my favorite works are not on here. Such as: God, Mother and one of his best works, Working Class Hero. The exclusion of this quality of music is why I am hard pressed to call it a "Greatest" hits collection.

Every song that I have mentioned is a fantastic piece of music. This album is filled with them. But almost every disc that he put out is a work of art. (With a couple of exceptions). So here is the dilemma, you have a record filled with exceptional music. But the greatest? When there is other collections that include a broader range of his work out there, it is hard to tell you this one is a must have. I guess its like choosing flavors of ice cream. You know they are all good, so how can you make up your mind.

I am very glad that they included his remake of the rock and roll classic "Stand by Me". I have always felt that this is the best version of the song period. For anyone who has not heard it, make sure you do get the opportunity to do so.

It was also good to hear the addition of "Cold Turkey". This is almost a forgotten piece by John and seldom heard any more but one of his best. It is included in this reissue of the CD that I have.

If you are just looking for some great music, then you cannot go wrong with this disc. If you are trying to find out what Lennon music is all about, this is a good starting point too. (I think the double disc collection entitled Working Class Hero might be a better choice). There are few that can do what Lennon has done. He has set a standard of songwriting that is far superior to the abilities of such mere mortals as we hear from today.

Maybe it is the fact that I have loved his music for so long that I cannot seem to get satisfaction in this album. I keep wanting more. If that is a drawback, then the marketing department must have done something right in putting it together. There is little doubt that you will be looking for more of his albums after hearing this one.

Track listing:

1. Give Peace A Chance
2. Instant Karma
3. Power To The People
4. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night
5. #9 Dream
6. Mind Games
7. Love
8. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
9. Imagine
10. Jealous Guy
11. Stand By Me
12. (Just Like) Starting Over
13. Woman
14. I'm Losing You
15. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)
16. Watching The Wheels
17. Dear Yoko
18. Move Over Ms. L
19. Cold Turkey

He was one of the greatest artist ever. It was a sad day when a nut decided to deprive the world of his talent. His music will go on forever though. I am not one to try and talk you out of any album by John, only to say that there are better choices for your money than this one. But there is still nothing wrong with it either.

Recommended:
Yes

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Producers: John Lennon, Phil Spector, Yoko Ono, Jack Douglas. THE JOHN LENNON COLLECTION was originally released on vinyl by Geffen. The CD has 4 extra tracks and contains the complete unedited version of "Happy X-mas" and the single version of "Stand By Me." Original master tapes were used as sources tapes for this disc. Lennon's solo career began with Unfinished Music No 1 - Two Virgins. The sleeve depicted him and Ono standing naked, and the cover became better known than the disjointed sound effects contained within. Three months later Lennon issued Unfinished Music No 2 - Life With The Lions. The Plastic Ono Band enjoyed radical hits with 'Give Peace A Chance', 'Cold Turkey' and 'Instant Karma'. The groundbreaking John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band, released in January 1971 was both brilliant and disturbing. The following year Sometime In New York City was issued. At the end of a comparatively quiet 1973, Lennon released Mind Games, an album that highlighted problems between him and Yoko. November 1974,...
Song List: Disc 1
1. Give Peace a Chance
2. Instant Karma
3. Power to the People
4. Whatever Gets You Thru the Night
5. #9 Dream (French, 2 minutes edited)
6. Mind Games
7. Love
8. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
9. Imagine
10. Jealous Guy
11. Stand by Me (with strings on intro)
12. Starting Over, (Just Like)
13. Woman
14. I'm Losing You
15. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)
16. Watching the Wheels
17. Dear Yoko
18. Move Over Ms. L
19. Cold ...
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Label: Capitol/EMI Records
Artist: John Lennon
Release Date: February 06, 1990

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