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Favorite John Solo Song?
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15 August 2012
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FlyOn13
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“I was special. I always have been. Why didn't anyone notice me?" -John Lennon
15 August 2012
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Impossible to just pick one, so I chose four instead: 

Mind Games, Grow Old With Me, Real Life, Give Peace A Chance.  

15 August 2012
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Has this been done before? Anyway there are always new additions.

 

Bless You - possibly Johns best solo love song showing just how much he loved Yoko. The emotion and poignancy as he sings is so clear and the lyrics are up there with his best. The outtakes available to hear are every bit as good as the final version.

Jealous Guy - Have loved this ever since i first heard it - dont play it very often but every time i do im blown away. Who says Paul was the only one who could write love songs?

Instant Karma -  the crashing piano opening, Johns raw vocal, Spectors claustrophobic arrangement, the loud drums, and a great lyric. Its played often on the radio and rightly so - 40 years on and it still sounds modern.

Real Love (Take 4) - A better demo than the one used for the Beatles single and John sounds like John. Fragile vocal, gorgeous piano, intimacy (John alone at his piano). Forget the Beatles recording and play this one - you will love it from the off. There is no doubt in my head John would have recorded this in the studio for the follow up to Double Fantasy and it would have been a classic.

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15 August 2012
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"Cold Turkey" or "Just Like Starting Over". Like (welcome to the forum!) Flyon13 said, amazing songs in such opposite ways.

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

15 August 2012
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Imagine doesn't need to mention. Beside Imagine my favorite one is Working Class Hero. The lyrics... 

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16 August 2012
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I like Watching The Wheels and Oh My Love.  Beautiful Boy is very touching too, but every time I hear it, I tear up!   :(

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16 August 2012
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"God" by a million-kazillion-billion-gazillion-trillion-and-nine miles! The lyrics are powerfully simple, John's piano playing is mighty, Ringo's drumming is top-notch, the delivery itself is phenomenal; on top of it all, I think it may very well be the best vocal performance of John's entire career...

"I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know? I'm just one of those people."
16 August 2012
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Woman and (Just Like) Starting Over. I also love Instant Karman, Imagine and Gimme Some Truth, but I don't like any other john solo song. I love almost every paul solo song and most songs on All Things Must Pass, but I don't like John's, Ringo's and George's later solo songs

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16 August 2012
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Nobody Loves You, #9 Dream, Jealous Guy, Look At Me (whole Plastic Ono Band for that matter), Women, Love, Watching The Wheels, Instant Karma, Cold Turkey.... there are just too many songs to list.

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16 August 2012
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I really like Cold Turkey, as it counts as one of the few proper "songs" that John did while still technically a Beatle.  Very intense stuff, too.

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GeorgeTSimpson said

Woman and (Just Like) Starting Over. I also love Instant Karman, Imagine and Gimme Some Truth, but I don't like any other john solo song. I love almost every paul solo song and most songs on All Things Must Pass, but I don't like John's, Ringo's and George's later solo songs

Admit it: You HATE John Lennon! You don't like any of his songs off "Revolver"! You don't like the first five Beatles albums, which are some of the most John-dominant! Your three favourite albums are the ones with the least Lennon-involvement!

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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vonbontee said 

Admit it: You HATE John Lennon! You don't like any of his songs off "Revolver" either! Your three favourite albums are the ones with the least Lennon-involvement!

I don't think hate is the right word - more like "really doesn't like John Lennon"

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

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

16 August 2012
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Long John Silver
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SatanHimself said
I really like
Cold Turkey, as it counts as one of the few proper "songs" that John did while still technically a Beatle.  Very intense stuff, too.

 

I especially like the riff.

 

vonbontee said

GeorgeTSimpson said

Woman and (Just Like) Starting Over. I also love Instant Karman, Imagine and Gimme Some Truth, but I don't like any other john solo song. I love almost every paul solo song and most songs on All Things Must Pass, but I don't like John's, Ringo's and George's later solo songs

Admit it: You HATE John Lennon! You don't like any of his songs off "Revolver"! You don't like the first five Beatles albums, which are some of the most John-dominant! Your three favourite albums are the ones with the least Lennon-involvement!

Not sure if sarcasm or not, but I really got the same impression. I didn't want to comment as everyone have their opinion, but GeorgeTSimpson sure likes to emphasize how he likes him the least. Like I said, it's ok, everyone has their favorites and least favorites etc, but no need for repeating it in every discussion. 

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16 August 2012
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Not really sarcasm, more gentle teasing combined with legitimate observation. But hey, to each his own; and at least he's not NASTY about it or anything!

(And yeah, that "Cold Turkey" riff! Closest to punk that Eric Clapton has ever gotten.)

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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For me, it has to be "Imagine" -- such a simple melody but his voice does so much with it. 

But there are many honourable mentions:   "Instant Karma", "Working Class Hero", "Woman", "Tight Ass" -- and one of my favourite Lennon tracks that's often overlooked:   "Meat City"

 

John Lennon was a very gifted vocalist.

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