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  • Audio CD (2 Nov. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00000DG1Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Working Class Hero (Anthology Version)
  2. God (Anthology Version)
  3. I Found Out (Anthology Version)
  4. Hold On (Anthology Version)
  5. Isolation (Anthology Version)
  6. Love (Anthology Version)
  7. Mother (Anthology Version)
  8. Remember (Anthology Version)
  9. Imagine (Anthology Version)
  10. "Fortunately" (Anthology Version)
  11. Baby Please Don't Go (Anthology Version)
  12. Oh My Love (Anthology Version)
  13. Jealous Guy (Anthology Version)
  14. Maggie Mae (Anthology Version)
  15. How Do You Sleep? (Anthology Version)
  16. God Save Oz (Anthology Version)
  17. Do The Oz (Anthology Version)
  18. I Don't Want To Be A Soldier (Anthology Version)
  19. Give Peace A Chance (Montreal Bed-In, 1969) (Anthology Version)
  20. Look At Me (Anthology Version)
  21. Long Lost John (Anthology Version)

Disc: 2

  1. New York City (Anthology Version)
  2. Attica State (Anthology Version)
  3. Imagine (Anthology Version)
  4. Bring On The Lucie (Freda Peeple) (Anthology Version)
  5. Woman Is The Nigger Of The World (Anthology Version)
  6. Geraldo Rivera (Anthology Version)
  7. Woman Is The Nigger Of The World (Anthology Version)
  8. It's So Hard (Anthology Version)
  9. Come Together (Anthology Version)
  10. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (Anthology Version)
  11. Luck Of The Irish (Anthology Version)
  12. John Sinclair (Anthology Version)
  13. The David Frost Show (Anthology Version)
  14. Mind Games (I Promise) (Anthology Version)
  15. Mind Games (Make Love, Not War) (Anthology Version)
  16. One Day At A Time (Anthology Version)
  17. I Know (I Know) (Anthology Version)
  18. I'm The Greatest (Anthology Version)
  19. Goodnight Vienna (Anthology Version)
  20. Jerry Lewis Telethon (Anthology Version)
  21. "A Kiss Is Just A Kiss" (As Time Goes By) (Anthology Version)
  22. Real Love (Anthology Version)
  23. You Are Here (Anthology Version)

Disc: 3

  1. What You Got (Anthology Version)
  2. Nobody Loves You (When You're Down And Out) (Anthology Version)
  3. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night (Anthology Version)
  4. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night (Anthology Version)
  5. "Yesterday" (Parody) (Anthology Version)
  6. Be-Bop-A-Lula (Anthology Version)
  7. Rip It Up / Ready Teddy (Anthology Version)
  8. Scared (Anthology Version)
  9. Steel And Glass (Anthology Version)
  10. Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird Of Paradox) (Anthology Version)
  11. Bless You (Anthology Version)
  12. Going Down On Love (Instructions Only) (Anthology Version)
  13. Move Over Ms. L (Anthology Version)
  14. Ain't She Sweet (Anthology Version)
  15. Slippin' And Slidin' (Anthology Version)
  16. Peggy Sue (Anthology Version)
  17. Bring It On Home To Me / Send Me Some Lovin' (Anthology Version)
  18. Phil And John 1 (Anthology Version)
  19. Phil And John 2 (Anthology Version)
  20. Phil And John 3 (Anthology Version)
  21. "When In Doubt, Fuck It" (Anthology Version)
  22. Be My Baby (Anthology Version)
  23. Stranger's Room (Anthology Version)
  24. Old Dirt Road (Anthology Version)

Disc: 4

  1. I'm Losing You (Anthology Version)
  2. Sean's "Little Help..." (Anthology Version) (Feat. Sean Lennon)
  3. Serve Yourself (Anthology Version)
  4. My Life (Anthology Version)
  5. Nobody Told Me (Anthology Version)
  6. Life Begins At 40 (Anthology Version)
  7. I Don't Wanna Face It (Anthology Version)
  8. Woman (Anthology Version)
  9. Dear Yoko (Anthology Version)
  10. Watching The Wheels (Anthology Version)
  11. I'm Stepping Out (Anthology Version)
  12. Borrowed Time (Anthology Version)
  13. The Rishi Kesh Song (Anthology Version)
  14. Sean's "Loud" (Anthology Version) (Feat. Sean Lennon)
  15. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) (Anthology Version)
  16. Mr. Hyde's Gone (Don't Be Afraid) (Anthology Version)
  17. Only You (Anthology Version)
  18. Grow Old With Me (Anthology Version)
  19. Dear John (Anthology Version)
  20. The Great Wok (Anthology Version)
  21. Mucho Mungo (Anthology Version)
  22. Satire 1 (Anthology Version)
  23. Satire 2 (Anthology Version)
  24. Satire 3 (Anthology Version)
  25. Sean's "In The Sky" (Anthology Version)
  26. It's Real (Anthology Version)

Product Description


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. --Rickey Wright

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By A Customer on 9 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
What more could a budding John Lennon fan ask for?
This large collection of Lennon's work seems to sum up perfectly what John Lennon was about to so many fans-A great songwriter that wrote a hell of a lot of good songs. I found the small but chunky book a useful insight into periods of Lennon's life and I also really appreciated the information about some of the previously unreleased Lennon home recordings!
My favourite CD out of the four has to be the Dakota CD. Not only was this period of his song writing my favourite, it was also his last. I thoughroughly enjoyed listening to alternative takes of my favourite Lennon songs like "I'm Losing You" and "Woman".
This collection of John Lennon's work is a real treat for all his fans and I would recommend it to everyone!
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The set spans John's years as a solo artist from 1970 to 1980. I've always felt John's solo albums were over-produced by himself and Phil Spector, John's voice seemed to get lost in the recordings, however in this set his voice is to the fore and the songs sound 10 times better than than do on his albums. Disc 1 ASCOT: (the best) revolves about his first two solo albums, Plastic Ono Band and Imagine. Disc 2 NEW YORK CITY: John's political phase with Sometime In New York City and Mind Games.
Disc 3 THE LOST WEEKEND: John's famous "Lost Weekend" which features Walls And Bridges and Rock N'Roll. And finally Disc 4 DAKOTA: which features many rare demos as well as his Double Fantasy and Milk & Honey albums. However I should state this set is probably only for hardcore fans of Lennon, but true fans will cherish listening to John singing Real Love on his own, a diffrent version of Imagine, a live Come Together from Madison Square Garden and John chatting with Sean at the Dakota.
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By S P Mead TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 May 2016
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The "John Lennon Anthology" is a beautifully presented boxset. If you're a fan of Lennon, then I thoroughly recommend this collection of music. It consists of 4 CD's, and 94 tracks. The outer box is deluxe, and very sturdy - with some fantastic art work. Once you open it up, you find each CD in a plastic/card sleeve, each in it's own 'drawer'. Alongside the CD's is a very attractive booklet - with track listings and photos.

The four CD's are arranged in a chronological order, and reflect the development in Lennon's solo work. They are: "Ascot" (1970-71); "New York City" (1972-73); "The Lost Weekend" (1974-75); and "Dakota" (1980).

The tracks consist of alternative takes, demos, home recordings, unfinished songs - and other previously unreleased material. In total, there's 4 and a half hours of songs (and snippets of dialogue) from Lennon.

These are not "perfect" songs. Rather, these are - at best - works-in-progress. But they provide insight into Lennon's thought and creativity, and allow you to experience "the making of" the music. It's as if you're a fly on the wall while Lennon is thinking about how to arrange the songs.

As a big fan of Lennon, I fully enjoyed this collection. It's in a similar vein to the Beatles 'Anthology' albums - so if you liked them, you'll probably enjoy this too.

I also suggest that, to complement this collection, you consider the Signature Box.
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What can i say about this boxset? Firstly i bought it Pre-Owned which is totally out of character for me but it wasn't disappointed. It arrived quickly and in the most mint condition. Anthology is the ultimate collection of John Lennon demos and alternative versions available and offers breathtakingly good listening. In fact some tracks actually make my hair stand on end. Very happy with this purchase. Highly recommended.
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By A Customer on 18 July 2000
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When listening to a releases from ex-Beatles I think you should always ask yourself the following question: "would I even be listening to this if it wasn't by an ex-Beatle?". In the case of some of the Fab-fours solo outings the honest answer is no. Ringo aside I am thinking mainly of some of McCartneys 70's albums and unfortunatley Lennons 1980 comeback material. I have yet to hear a bad Harrison release, although his later albums are currently unavailable. During the early 70's Lennons solo records were on the whole superb albums. The let down was either the production, eg Mind Games or the Yoko involvement on Sometime in New York City. On this box set the Imagine/Plastic Ono Band tracks are excellent alternative versions. Why can't they re-master the original album to this quality? The late 70's tracks show that Lennon had lost none of his cynicism or wit and the home demos of some of the material are better than the released versions. As a music fan this is music you would have in your collection regardless of the artists previous group or status.
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I have had this since it came out, and I have never regretted it. No, it isn't perfect, but was John Lennon perfect anyway?
This consists of four CD's, plus a John Lennon Book with the lyrics to all the CD tracks. There are a fair few unreleased tracks on the album, so it is worth listening to those!
It is a pity that "Number 9 Dream" and "Instant Karma" are not on this set, but I can't really be choosy! It has pride of place in my collection!
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