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Officially gutted. Paid £45 for this. Hey ho. And as per every Beatles post on here I expect this to get the freezing treatment, which is a shame for those looking for a Beatles/Lennon bargain. But, here goes.........

The story The John Lennon Anthology tells--that of the questing former Beatle who took five years off to raise his son before returning with an album of peaceful reflections on the househusband life--isn't new, but for all its monumental status, it does help bring Lennon into focus again as a person and a musician. Since his murder in 1980, Lennon-the-man-of-peace has too often obscured the rocker, the dad, the flawed human being in the public consciousness. While this massive stack of odds and ends--studio outtakes and chatter, live and alternate versions, demos--is necessarily diffuse, it does a great service. It restores the iconic Lennon to normal size.
Some of the set's most striking moments come at its beginning, in eight previously unreleased takes of songs that filled most of 1970's Plastic Ono Band. One of rock's most uncompromised albums, it found him angry, sad, and reflective to bursting. The tapes included on Anthology, though, feature a Lennon who, if not happy, is fully in his element--making rock & roll. Even as he's making dry runs for exorcising demons, he's still the guy who fell for the music as a Liverpool teenager; on an early, shuffling version of "Hold On", he leads his guitar line into the main riff of Bill Doggett's "Honky Tonk".

Elsewhere, we get long looks at the fits and starts of Lennon's years as a solo artist and as part of a duo with Yoko Ono. He slips from the grace of "Imagine" and "It's So Hard" into the raw polemics and lousy rhymes of "John Sinclair" and "Attica State".

The honesty of Lennon's vocals throughout his career is often commented on, and they provide some of the greatest treasure here. Whether an alternate of the pained 1974 "Nobody Loves You When You're Down and Out", the joyfully full-on rocking of "Be Bop a Lula" and "Move Over Ms L", or a gorgeous "Be My Baby", it's the voice that's the window to this man's soul. We also see how pained he was at his temporary separation from Yoko, as he even inserts a line of "Jealous Guy" into the demo for the rollicking "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" and abashed pleads for "one more chance" on a similar tape of "Mind Games".

Finally, there are the many moments of good humour--the outlines of "I'm the Greatest" and "Goodnight Vienna" for Ringo, the loose-as-a-goose "Be Bop a Lula". Anthology is flawed, but its wide-ranging picture of Lennon's post-Beatles years is that of someone you'd love to have spent some time with.

Disc 1
Working Class Hero
I Found Out
Hold On
Baby Please Don't Go
Oh My Love
Jealous Guy
Maggie Mae
How Do You Sleep
God Save Oz
Do The Oz
I Don't Want To Be A Soldier
Give Peace A Chance
Look At Me
Long Lost John

Disc 2
New York City
Attica State
Bring On The Lucie
Woman Is The Ni**er Of The World
Geraldo Rivera - One To One Concert
Woman Is The Ni**er Of The World
It's So Hard
Come Together
Happy Xmas
Luck Of The Irish
John Sinclair
The David Frost Show
Mind Games
Mind Games
One Day At A Time
I Know
I'm The Greatest
Goodnight Vienna
Jerry Lewis Telethon
'A Kiss Is Just A Kiss'
Real Love
You Are Here

Disc 3
What You Got
Nobody Loves You When You're Down And Out
Whatever Gets You Through The Night
Whatever Gets You Through The Night
Be Bop A Lula
Rip It Up/Ready Teddy
Steel And Glass
Suprise, Suprise
Bless You
Going Down On Love
Move Over Ms. L
Ain't She Sweet
Slippin' And Slidin'
Peggy Sue
Bring It On Home To Me/Send Me Some Lovin'
Phil And John 1
Phil And John 2
Phil And John 3
'When In Doubt, F**k It'
Be My Baby
Stranger's Room
Old Dirt Road

Disc 4
I'm Losing You
Sean's 'Little Help'
Serve Yourself
My Life
Nobody Told Me
Life Begins At 40
I Don't Wanna Face It
Dear Yoko
Watching The Wheels
I'm Stepping Out
Borrowed Time
The Rishi Kesh Song
Sean's 'Loud'
Beautiful Boy
Mr. Hyde's Gone
Only You
Grow Old With Me
Dear John
The Great Wok
Mucho Mungo
Satire 1
Satire 2
Satire 3
Sean's 'In The Sky'
It's Real
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Don't like the man.
Love him or hate him - it's a great deal. Heat added. :)
Have you ever heard the track 'Attica State'? It's the equivalent of stabbing yourself in the ear with a sharpened broom handle.
Ignorant Pom
Have you ever heard the track 'Attica State'? It's the equivalent of stabbing yourself in the ear with a sharpened broom handle.

LOL, couldn't have put it better myself! :thumbsup:
Ignorant Pom
Don't like the man.

Pity, he speaks so highly of you!
Ignorant Pom
Have you ever heard the track 'Attica State'? It's the equivalent of stabbing yourself in the ear with a sharpened broom handle.

C'mon. Its not even that good. Anything that Yoko got her hands on (or voice) is not good.

However, the boxset is littered with some excellent stuff.

As with any artist/band you aint gonna like every track they did

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