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Favorite John Solo Song?
16 August 2012
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GeorgeTSimpson
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I don't hate lennon, he's my fourth favourite musician (after paul, george and denny lane) I love many of his beatles songs and I love one of his revolver songs: And Your Bird Can Sing, and I also wrote that in the what's your favourite revolver song thread. He was the best beatles on their first four albums (which I don't really like but I prefer john's songs on that albums over paul's and george's), and he was the best beatle on Rubber Soul and yellow submarine by far (in my opinion). He was as good as paul on help! and nearly as good on White Album but again, that's just my opinion. I need to buy glasses and I wanna buy some that look like john's (if they aren't too expenisive). Honestly, I'm a big john fan (I just don't like his solo songs very much)

Edit: My three favourite beatles albums are Abbey Road, White Album and Rubber Soul. Maybe john wasn't involved very much in Abbey Road but he was in White Album and Rubber Soul

Once there was a way to get back homewards. Once there was a way to get back home; sleep pretty darling do not cry. And I will sing a lullaby
16 August 2012
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GeorgeTSimpson said

I don't hate lennon, he's my fourth favourite musician (after paul, george and denny lane) . Honestly, I'm a big john fan (I just don't like his solo songs very much)

Edit: My three favourite beatles albums are Abbey Road, White Album and Rubber Soul. Maybe john wasn't involved very much in Abbey Road but he was in White Album and Rubber Soul

Denny Laine?! (is in my ears and in my eyes!)

I apologize for exaggerating; I don't believe you hate John Lennon. Also, I was mistaken - I thought you posted your top 3 albums as Abbey Road, SPLHCB, and "...Naked".

I just want to play. I’d like to think I could work opposite Sinatra, B.B. King, the Beatles, or a polka band... - Jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, 1967
16 August 2012
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No problem vonbontee :)

Edit: Sometimes things I write look a bit different than I actually meant them because I'v been learning english for three years only. About denny laine: He sang some of my favourite songs: go now, picassos's last words (drink to me) and no words (the latter two together with paul). He also co-wrote mull of kintyre which is one of my favourite songs, so he is one of my favourite musicians

Once there was a way to get back homewards. Once there was a way to get back home; sleep pretty darling do not cry. And I will sing a lullaby
16 August 2012
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Long John Silver said

I was never sure who "made up" the riff, was it Eric? I know he plays it on the record but did he "compose it"... not sure if that is the right word lol. As riff sounds like something John would make during that period (Yer Blues and Revolution).

Undoubtedly John made it up himself - like you say, it sounds rough and basic enough, and it's credited to Lennon.

(I'd say John also wrote the main riff for the b-side too, "Don't Worry Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking For A Hand In The Snow)". That's one intense 45!)

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17 August 2012
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Yup, too bad he didn't keep that rough guitar sound a bit longer (though it can still be heard on some songs on Plastic Ono Band).

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17 August 2012
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There are so many...

Particular stand outs: Imagine (well duh), Instant Karma, Gimme Some Truth, Watching The Wheels, the entirety of Plastic Ono Band (except My Mummy's Dead), Mind Games and #9 Dream. And Jealous Guy. And New York City. And (Just Like) Starting Over. And You Are Here. And Ain't That A Shame...

And I neeeeeeeeed her all the time
17 August 2012
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The Walrus said
There are so many...

Particular stand outs: Imagine (well duh), Instant Karma, Gimme Some Truth, Watching The Wheels, the entirety of Plastic Ono Band (except My Mummy's Dead), Mind Games and #9 Dream. And Jealous Guy. And New York City. And (Just Like) Starting Over. And You Are Here. And Ain't That A Shame...

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Awww, Walrus...why don't you like "My Mummy's Dead"? a-hard-days-night-john-2

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17 August 2012
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Long John Silver said

Yup, too bad he didn't keep that rough guitar sound a bit longer (though it can still be heard on some songs on Plastic Ono Band).

...as well as MANY songs on Yoko's own POB album! Lennon, Starr and Voormann were really one of the alltime great hard-rock trios.

I just want to play. I’d like to think I could work opposite Sinatra, B.B. King, the Beatles, or a polka band... - Jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, 1967
18 August 2012
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Is there any way to isolate Yoko? If yes, then I can actually try to listen to whole album.

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19 August 2012
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vonbontee said

...as well as MANY songs on Yoko's own POB album! Lennon, Starr and Voormann were really one of the alltime great hard-rock trios.

amen to that VonBontee!!

 

It's hard to say my favorite Lennon solo song. I'm very fond of I found out. a-hard-days-night-john-1

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
19 August 2012
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Long John Silver said

Is there any way to isolate Yoko? If yes, then I can actually try to listen to whole album.

Haha. We want Yoko RockBand multitracks!

Or you could listen to the link below. The first 40 seconds are Yoko-less! After that there are many intervals where she shuts up for 4-5 seconds at a time. As for the rest, you can maybe just pretend she's an additional guitar feeding back, or an air-raid siren, or a monkey on fire!

I just want to play. I’d like to think I could work opposite Sinatra, B.B. King, the Beatles, or a polka band... - Jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, 1967
19 August 2012
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I have the Happy Xmas multis somewhere and unfortunately Yoko is a main ingedient, its simply not possible wthout a heck of a lot of editing far beyond my abilities to remove her vocal without at the same time omitting parts of the song. That sounds nasty but i can just about get thru Bungalow Bill, Happy Xmas is far more difficult.

 

There is a Her Blues jam from the Plastic Mac 'Rock and and Roll Circus' 1968 sessions which have wonderful guitar, bass and drums groove, so damn good that you can bypass the howling.

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19 August 2012
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vonbontee said

Long John Silver said

Is there any way to isolate Yoko? If yes, then I can actually try to listen to whole album.

Haha. We want Yoko RockBand multitracks!

Or you could listen to the link below. The first 40 seconds are Yoko-less! After that there are many intervals where she shuts up for 4-5 seconds at a time. As for the rest, you can maybe just pretend she's an additional guitar feeding back, or an air-raid siren, or a monkey on fire!

So it's Some Time in New York all over again...

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19 August 2012
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I think "Why" is interesting, her voice reminds me of my grandma and Samis, I can just imagine Yoko dancing around with a shaman drum and shrieking as she does, also it takes some balls to record something like that and face the public ridicule

19 August 2012
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I'm currently in the process of delving into the Beatles' solo work (in particular, John), so please excuse me if my answers are somewhat ignorant by sticking to his more popular tunes. 

Love, Mind Games, Imagine, Intuition (a surprisingly underrated and catchy song), (Just Like) Starting Over, God (very intense), Jealous Guy, Working Class Hero, Nutopian International Anthem (just kidding). There are several more that I really like, but I'd probably consider the ones I just listed to be at the top of my list.

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21 September 2012
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All my favourites are ones that are fairly well known but I just think to myself that there is a reason that they are the most well-known. (Jealous Guy, Woman, Love ...). It´s probably because they are among his best although there are a few that no one talks about that I love. (Is it me or does nobody ever mention Nobody Told Me?).

I also love Dear Yoko, I often find myself singing it.two-virgins

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21 September 2012
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My favorite is "It's So Hard". Being a fan of hard rocking Blues songs, this one is right in my wheelhouse.

I am also a fan of a good double entendre...and John was a master at that!a-hard-days-night-john-1

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21 September 2012
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(Is it me or does nobody ever mention Nobody Told Me?).

Famfouremily, I had that song running through my head just this morning, apropos of nothing! Strange days indeed, most peculiar mama...

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21 September 2012
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Johns tracks from Milk and Honey are actually very good, I Dont Wanna Face It is one of my absolute faves and i really do like Nobody Told Me, its really grown on over the years. Same goes for Borrowed Time but it isnt one i like to think about due to what happened.

I put Johns songs from Double Fantasy and Milk and Honey together in itunes since they are from the same sessions and they make a really strong collection of songs.

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21 September 2012
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I'll bet you wish Yoko would re-package both albums keeping hers and John's songs separate!

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