Anthology

John Lennon
 
Anthology - The Full Set
Anthology - The Full Set
Anthology - Front of C.D. 1 Anthology - Front of C.D. 2
Anthology - Front of C.D. 1 Anthology - Front of C.D. 2
Anthology - Front of C.D. 3 Anthology - Front of C.D. 4
Anthology - Front of C.D. 3 Anthology - Front of C.D. 4

Label Capitol
Catalogue No. 830 6142
Release date 2nd November 1998
Total time Disc 1 - 65:53
Disc 2 - 65:14
Disc 3 - 63:37
Disc 4 - 73:07
U.K. L.P. Chart Detail :
Entry Date :14th November 1998
Highest Position :62
Weeks in Chart :1
Detail : John Lennon's official "bootleg" release, collecting together many tracks already known to collectors.
Credited to John Lennon

It was in 1988 that Yoko first promised us a retrospective of John's solo career, and 10 years later this box set was the result. Four C.D.'s containing a collection of off-cuts, outtakes, home demos, live recordings and audio verite moments.
Many of the pieces have already been heard on bootlegs and tapes from the "Lost Lennon Tapes" radio show broadcast in America.

The box is a big solid affair, housing what first looks like five C.D.'s, but the fifth is an excellent 60 page book. Each C.D. is in a three way opening pack, with a drawing on the front cover, a unique picture of John inside, a picture of something to do with John, a quote from John (shown below) and a track listing (with erroneous timings).
All the cover drawings are by John, the art concept being by Yoko.

A condensed version of this Box Set called Wonsaponatime was released one day after the full set.

"I hope you enjoy this box. This is the John that I knew, not the John that you knew through the press, the records and the films. I am saying to you, here is my John. I wish to share my knowledge of him with you. It was an incredible honour for me to have been with him."
Yoko.

For a cross-reference index of this set combined with The Complete Lost Lennon Tapes 22 c.d. set, see The John Lennon Outtake Cross Reference


C.D. 1 - Ascot

"Sometimes you wonder,
            I mean really wonder.
       I know we make our own reality
            and we always have a choice.
       but how much is
            pre-ordained?"

No. Track Composer Recording Information Time
1 Working Class Hero Lennon 1970 - From the 8-track Plastic Ono Band sessions
A previously unavailable take, similar to the final version.
4:19
2 God Lennon 1970 - From the 8-track Plastic Ono Band sessions
A previously unavailable take.
3:32
3 I Found Out Lennon 1970 - Home recording
This track has appeared on bootlegs.
It is very similar to the demo on Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 8
3:47
4 Hold On Lennon 1970 - Excerpt from the 8-track Plastic Ono Band sessions
A previously unavailable take.
0:43
5 Isolation Lennon 1970 - From the 8-track Plastic Ono Band sessions
A previously unavailable take, starts with the end of a take in progress, a break down, a discussion of the cause and then another take.
3:46
6 Love Lennon 1970 - From the 8-track Plastic Ono Band sessions
A previously unavailable take solo on acoustic guitar. It starts with the end of a take in progress, a break down, a discussion of the cause and then another take.
2:43
7 Mother Lennon 1970 - From the 8-track Plastic Ono Band sessions
A previously unavailable take, starts with a brief warm-up, then straight into the take.
3:49
8 Remember Lennon 1970 - From the 8-track Plastic Ono Band sessions
A previously unavailable take recorded 9th October 1970 on John's 30th birthday. It starts with the end of a version clearly too quick, after a few words a slower version is laid down which John messes up the lyrics to.
2:44
9 Imagine (Take 1) Lennon 1971 - From the 8-track "Imagine" sessions
This take has appeared on bootlegs.
3:21
10 "Fortunately" * spoken * 1969 - John and Yoko in brief discussion, a vignette from a bed-in.
Actually recorded by the BBC for their 24 Hours documentary, "The World of John and Yoko". Recorded at The Bull, Lower Melford in Suffolk on 6th December 1969.
Also appears in the 1988 film "Imagine: John Lennon"
0:19
11 Baby Please Don't Go Ward 1971 - From the 8-track "Imagine" sessions
This track has been available in longer form on bootleg.
Previously available on Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 9
4:04
12 Oh My Love Lennon-Ono 1971 - From the 8-track "Imagine" sessions
Previously heard on bootleg, this includes George Harrison messing up a guitar intro, and apologising.
2:53
13 Jealous Guy Lennon 1971 - From the 8-track "Imagine" sessions
Previously available on bootleg.
4:10
14 Maggie Mae Traditional 1979 - Home recording
John repeating an ad-lib heard in "Let It Be".
0:52
15 How Do You Sleep Lennon 1971 - From the 8-track "Imagine" sessions
Previously unavailable version, starts with take 4 breaking down, take 5 being a false start then straight into take 6.
5:20
16 God Save Oz Lennon-Ono 1971 - John's guide vocal on the 8-track master for Bill Elliott and the Elastic Oz Band
Previously unavailable version.
3:27
17 Do The Oz Lennon-Ono 1971 - The original master 2-track mix of the single.
Previously available.
3:08
18 I Don't Want To Be A Soldier Lennon 1971 - From the 8-track "Imagine" sessions.
Previously available on bootleg, this has the end of take 1, then into take 2.
5:20
19 Give Peace A Chance Lennon 1969 - From the 4-track rehearsal tapes prior to the master recording at the Montreal Bed-in 1st June 1969.
Previously unavailable version.
1:52
20 Look At Me Lennon 1970 - From the 8-track Plastic Ono Band sessions
Previously unavailable version.
2:50
21 Long Lost John Traditional 1970 - From the 8-track Plastic Ono Band sessions
Previously unavailable version, although John had done this before during the "Let It Be" sessions.
2:14


C.D. 2 - New York City

"If I'd lived in Roman times,
            I'd have lived in Rome.
       Where else? Today America is the
            Roman Empire and
New York is Rome itself."

No. Track Composer Recording Information Time
1 New York City Lennon 1972 - Home recording,
This has appeared on bootleg in much longer form.
(See Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 7)
0:55
2 Attica State (live) Lennon-Ono 1971 - Live at the Apollo, 17th December
Previously unavailable version of this live performance.
4:25
3 Imagine (live) Lennon 1971 - Live at the Apollo, 17th December
Available on many bootlegs.
3:11
4 Bring On The Lucie Lennon 1973 - From the 16-track "Mind Games" sessions,
Previously unavailable alternate take.
4:07
5 Woman Is The Nigger Of The World Lennon-Ono 1972 - Home recording
Much longer version is on Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 6
0:39
6 Geraldo Rivera - One To One Concert * spoken * 1972 - John being introduced at the concert One To One of 30th August 0:39
7 Woman Is The Nigger Of The World (live) Lennon-Ono 1972 - Live at the evening performance of the One To One concert of 30th August 5:14
8 It's So Hard (live) Lennon 1972 - Live at the evening performance of the One To One concert of 30th August 3:09
9 Come Together (live) Lennon-McCartney 1972 - Live at the evening performance of the One To One concert of 30th August 4:19
10 Happy Xmas Lennon-Ono 1971 - Rough mix
Previously unavailable early mix.
3:32
11 Luck Of The Irish (live) Lennon-Ono 1971 - Live in Ann Arbor, 10th December at "John Sinclair" benefit concert
Previously available on Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 3, although with a different intro !
3:42
12 John Sinclair Lennon 1971 - Live in Ann Arbor, 10th December at "John Sinclair" benefit concert
Previously available on Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 3
3:43
13 The David Frost Show * spoken * 1971 - John talking about John Sinclair, recorded 16th December, broadcast 13th January 1972 0:52
14 Mind Games (I Promise) Lennon 1973 - Home recording
Erroneously dated as 1973, when in fact this is a 1970 Tittenhurst, Ascot home demo.
Previously available on Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 2
1:01
15 Mind Games (Make Love, Not War) Lennon 1973 - Home recording
Erroneously dated as 1973, when in fact this is a 1970 Tittenhurst, Ascot home demo.
Previously available on Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 1
1:14
16 One Day At A Time Lennon 1973 - From the 16-track "Mind Games" sessions
Previously unavailable alternate take.
3:13
17 I Know Lennon 1973 - Home recording
This version has been previously bootlegged.
(See Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 14)
3:13
18 I'm The Greatest Lennon 1973 - John's guide vocal from the 16-track rehearsals for a song given to Ringo.
This take sounds different to previously bootlegged versions.
3:37
19 Goodnight Vienna Lennon 1974 - John's demo on 16-track of a song given to Ringo.
Previously available on Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 1
2:42
20 Jerry Lewis Telethon * spoken * 1972 - On 6th September, John and Yoko appeared with Elephants Memory, on the annual Labor Day fund-raiser for Muscular Dystrophy, and performed, "Imagine", "Now Or Never" and a reggae version of "Give Peace A Chance". This clip just features chants calling for "John" and "Yoko", and words from Jerry Lewis. 1:59
21 "A Kiss Is Just A Kiss" Hupfeld 1976 - home vignette.
Previously available, this is from an interview recorded by Elliot Mintz on 1st January 1976.
This improvised lyric change to "As Time Goes By" was authorised, and permitted for this release as a courtesy to the Estate of John Lennon.
A nice gesture by the copyright holders !
0:11
22 Real Love Lennon 1980 - Piano demo. John is heard to say "Take 4".
Not the same as "Lost Lennon Tapes" versions.
4:13
23 You Are Here Lennon 1973 - From the 16-track "Mind Games" sessions
Previously unavailable alternate take.
4:55


C.D. 3 - The Lost Weekend

"Yes, We were seperated in the early Seventies,
            She kicked me out.
          Suddenly, I was on a raft alone
      in the middle of the universe.
I was just trying to hide
          what I felt in the bottle.
                    I was just insane.
    It was the lost weekend...."

No. Track Composer Recording Information Time
1 What You Got Lennon 1974 - Home recording
Previously unheard demo.
1:14
2 Nobody Loves You When You Are Down And Out Lennon 1974 - From the 16-track "Walls And Bridges" sessions
Previously unreleased take, allegedly Take 19.
5:38
3 Whatever Gets You Through The Night
(home)
Lennon 1974 - Home recording
A snippet taken from a piece heard before as a 6 minute composing sequence.
Previously available on Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 2
0:38
4 Whatever Gets You Through The Night
(studio)
Lennon 1974 - From the 16-track "Walls And Bridges" sessions
Previously unavailable alternate take.
3:33
5 Yesterday (parody) Lennon-McCartney 1974 - From the 16-track "Walls And Bridges" sessions,
"Whatever Gets You ..." starts then breaks down, before john briefly parodies "Yesterday"
Previously unavailable.
0:33
6 Be Bop A Lula Davis-Vincent 1974 - From the 16-track "Rock 'n' Roll" NYC sessions
Previously unavailable, this is Take 2.
2:52
7 Rip It Up/Ready Teddy Blackwell-Marascalo 1974 - From the 16-track "Rock 'n' Roll" NYC sessions
Containing extra verses, this is a previously unavailable alternate take.
2:32
8 Scared Lennon 1974 - From the 16-track "Walls And Bridges" sessions
Previously unavailable, this is Take 4.
5:02
9 Steel And Glass Lennon 1974 - From the 16-track "Walls And Bridges" sessions
Previously unavailable, this is Take 8.
4:46
10 Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird Of Paradox) Lennon 1974 - From the 16-track "Walls And Bridges" sessions
Previously unavailable alternate take.
2:58
11 Bless You Lennon 1974 - From the 16-track "Walls And Bridges" sessions
Previously unavailable alternate take.
4:15
12 Going Down On Love Lennon 1974 - Instructions only from the 16-track "Walls And Bridges" sessions
Between takes 5 and 6 - This segment just has John telling the band how to play the song.
Previously unavailable segment.
0:54
13 Move Over Ms. L Lennon 1974 - From the 16-track "Walls And Bridges" sessions
Previously unavailable alternate take.
3:10
14 Ain't She Sweet Yellen-Ager 1974 - Vignette, parody version
Previously unavailable snippet.
0:28
15 Slippin' And Slidin' Penniman-Bocage-Collins-Smith 1974 - From the 16-track "Rock 'n' Roll" NYC sessions
Previously unavailable, this is Take 5.
2:28
16 Peggy Sue Allison-Holly-Petty 1974 - From the 16-track "Rock 'n' Roll" NYC sessions
Previously unavailable alternate take.
1:18
17 Bring It On Home To Me/
Send Me Some Lovin'
Cooke-Price-Marascalo 1974 - From the 16-track "Rock 'n' Roll" NYC sessions
Previously unavailable alternate take.
3:50
18 Phil And John 1 * spoken * 1973 - From the 16-track "Rock 'n' Roll" L.A. sessions,
Control room to studio banter, previously unavailable.
2:13
19 Phil And John 2 * spoken * 1973 - From the 16-track "Rock 'n' Roll" L.A. sessions,
Control room to studio banter, previously unavailable.
2:00
20 Phil And John 3 * spoken * 1973 - From the 16-track "Rock 'n' Roll" L.A. sessions,
Control room to studio banter, previously unavailable.
0:54
21 "When in doubt, ...." * spoken * 1973 - From the 16-track "Rock 'n' Roll" L.A. sessions,
Brief Lennon profanity, previously unavailable.
0:09
22 Be My Baby Barry-Breenwich-Spector 1973 - From the 16-track "Rock 'n' Roll" L.A. sessions
A shorter version is on Lost Lennon Tapes - Volume Eighteen
4:32
23 Stranger's Room Lennon 1980 - Home recording
A demo that would eventually become the Double Fantasy track "I`m Losing You", this version has been bootlegged.
Previously available on Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 10
3:17
24 Old Dirt Road Lennon-Nilsson 1974 - From the 16-track "Walls And Bridges" sessions
Previously unavailable, this is Take 12.
3:54


C.D. 4 - Dakota

            "It's fear of the unknown.
Unknown is what it is.
          Accept that it's unknown
    and it's plain sailing."

No. Track Composer Recording Information Time
1 I'm Losing You Lennon 1980 - From the 16-track "Double Fantasy/Milk And Honey" sessions
Previously bootlegged version.
4:06
2 Sean's "Little Help" Lennon-McCartney 1979 - Home recording,
Sean and John discussing "With A Little Help From My Friends"
A shorter version is on Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 1
0:57
3 Serve Yourself Lennon 1980 - Home recording
This is a fast acoustic demo version with John doing a heavy scouse accent.
Previously bootlegged version.
3:47
4 My Life Lennon 1980 - Home recording
Early demo of "(Just Like) Starting Over"
Takes 1 and 3 are on Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 3, this previously unavailable version sounds like Take 2.
2:36
5 Nobody Told Me Lennon 1980 - From the 16-track "Double Fantasy/Milk And Honey" sessions
Previously unavailable alternate take.
3:31
6 Life Begins At 40 Lennon 1980 - Home recording
A shorter version is on Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 1
2:23
7 I Don't Wanna Face It Lennon 1980 - From the 16-track "Double Fantasy/Milk And Honey" sessions
Previously unavailable alternate take.
3:31
8 Woman Lennon 1980 - Home recording (Bermuda demo)
Previously available on Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 4.
4:01
9 Dear Yoko Lennon 1980 - From the 16-track "Double Fantasy/Milk And Honey" sessions
Previously unavailable alternate take.
2:33
10 Watching The Wheels Lennon 1980 - Home recording (Bermuda demo),
Acoustic demo version, previously bootlegged.
Previously available on Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 6
3:04
11 I'm Stepping Out Lennon 1980 - From the 16-track "Double Fantasy/Milk And Honey" sessions
Previously bootlegged take, available on Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 13
4:19
12 Borrowed Time Lennon 1980 - Home recording (Bermuda demo)
Previously bootlegged take, available on Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 6.
3:57
13 The Rishi Kesh Song Lennon 1980 - Home recording
The opening minute (the Happy Rishikesh song) has been bootlegged, but there appears to be another tune tacked on after.
Previously available on Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 1
2:26
14 Sean's "Loud" * spoken * 1979 - Home recording,
Sean wants it LOUD, John gives him some loud guitar notes.
A much longer version is on Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 5 where it was listed as "A Nice Noise".
0:33
15 Beautiful Boy Lennon 1980 - From the 16-track "Double Fantasy/Milk And Honey" sessions
Previously unavailable alternate take.
4:11
16 Mr. Hyde's Gone
(Don't Be Afraid)
Lennon 1980 - Home recording
Previously unavailable demo.
2:41
17 Only You Rand-Ram 1974 - John's guide vocal on the 16-track master for a song given to Ringo.
Previously bootlegged take.
3:24
18 Grow Old With Me Lennon 1980 - Home recording,
Overdubbed with orchestration by George Martin
The original demo had appeared on "Milk And Honey".
3:18
19 Dear John Lennon 1980 - Home recording
Previously bootlegged demo.
Available on Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 2
2:13
            Something More
20 The Great Wok * spoken * 1979 - Home recording
Previously bootlegged piece, available on Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 8
3:13
21 Mucho Mungo Lennon 1976 - Home recording, acoustic demo.
A longer version is on Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 1
1:24
22 Satire 1 * spoken * 1979 - Home recording,
Dylan parody of "Knocking On Heavens Door"
Previously released on Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 3 as "Lord, Take This Makeup Off Of Me".
2:20
23 Satire 2 * spoken * 1979 - Home recording,
Dylan parody, john reading from a paper
Previously released on Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 3 as "News Of The Day".
4:34
24 Satire 3 * spoken * 1979 - Home recording,
Dylan parody, "The Best Things In Life Are Free"
A much shorter version is on Complete Lost Lennon Tapes Vol. 5
0:45
25 Sean's "In The Sky" * spoken * 1979 - Home recording,
John, Yoko and Sean talking,
Previously unavailable snippet.
1:22
26 It's Real * spoken * 1979 - Home recording
Previously unavailable closing piece.
1:05



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