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Apologies if you've all done this kind of thing before, (I'm new!) but as I've been asked to give a talk on the life of John Lennon through his music (at my daughter's music school) I'm trying to define a kind of 'essential JL' playlist, possibly avoiding the obvious things (like Imagine), maybe including a few 'obscurities' and covering all his musical activity during his lifetime (and beyond?).

Anyone got any suggestions? Let's make it a JL Top 10..or 15..or 20, whatever you will!

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14 April 2011
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Hmm... I'm not sure if you can really make an essential John Lennon without Imagine. Other than that, I think Jealous Guy, Girl and In My Life are must haves, as well as Mother. Working Class Hero should be on there, but I'm not sure about the profanities. a-hard-days-night-ringo-13

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Well, God's pretty important, but I will stick to lesser known stuff. Like She Said She Said, Mr, Kite, Beautiful Boy, I'm Only Sleeping and the ever essential In my Life of A Day In The Life.

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'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

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Here are some that give a rounded view of different aspects of his character over the years.

Beatles:
John as rocker:
Twist And Shout
John as introspective: You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
John as surrealist: I Am The Walrus
John as experimenter: Revolution 9 (really).

Solo: God, Isolation, Gimme Some Truth, Jealous Guy, (Just Like) Starting Over. I also like Angel Baby, Be My Baby, Do The Oz, for no particular reasons.
Love songs: Woman usually gets a mention, but consider Out The Blue or Love instead.
Political/protest songs: Woman Is The Nigger Of The World is the obvious one, but consider Attica State or The Luck Of The Irish instead. Those both have Yoko on too, which is useful if you're trying to present a rounded picture of his life.
Similarly, he could be a bastard. How Do You Sleep? pretty much says it all.
If I was doing this, I'd finish with Dear John from Anthology. It's heartbreaking.

Here's a list of Lennon songs: http://www.beatlesbible.com/people/john-lennon/songs/

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I agree with all the previous suggestions and I would add 'Instant Karma' and 'Cold Turkey', for me both essential Lennon.a-hard-days-night-john-2

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Thanks guys for all your ideas. Some good suggestions there. yes, Mother, God, In my Life and others are also my choices, plus Give Peace, Walrus and others.

 

Joe: I was thinking of doing it chronologically, but working on the different aspects of his character is a nice slant.... I'll have to re-write everything!

I'd never heard that "Dear John" before; sadly, I don't have the Lennon anthology.

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Joe said:

If I was doing this, I'd finish with Dear John from Anthology. It's heartbreaking. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....8z_WSAAoBk

Oh, I love it. Thanks Joe.

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In My Life

I'm Only Sleeping

Mother

Watching The Wheels

Strawberry Fields Forever

Bless You

Jealous Guy

Crippled Inside

 

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This Boy is essential because of the energy brought to that performance.
You could do it year by year because John essentially described himself.
If I Fell, In My Life, I'm Only Sleeping, Strawberry Fields, Happiness Is A Warm Gun….not sure about '69, maybe Come Together. I'd agree with most of the solo stuff save for Cold Turkey.
My favorite John solo track is Look At Me, the Acoustic version.

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Thanks again ..

 

for 69 I'd opted for Give Peace A Chance and .... The Ballad of John & Yoko (which doesn't seem to be too popular round here!!)

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"I Know, I Know" is the ultimate apology.

"Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" shows how truly honest (and crass) he could be.

"Beautiful Boy" showed his dedication as a new father.  (Is there a song of his about Julian?)

"Nobody Told Me" highlights the philosopher.

 

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toryst said:

"Beautiful Boy" showed his dedication as a new father.  (Is there a song of his about Julian?)

Good Night was for Julian.

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Cry Baby Cry was probably for Julian.

How about Across The Universe for '69? Even though it was technically written in '68, I listened to a part of the Lost Lennon Tapes last night and he talked about that track and how he was "psychologically destroyed" when no one was interested in making the tune any better. Whether he was talking about the Get Back sessions or not is debatable, but his lack of material and input on that album could have just been him "getting back" at the others for not bringing any enthusiasm to Across The Universe.

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