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What would your essential solo John Lennon collection be?
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Of his solo work, what songs would you put on your essential John Lennon collection? 

Here is a playlist I made on Spotify for him:

 

I'm sure that everyone will differ at least a little in places. Some might even be longer than mine. 

And with this, I've posted my first topic to the forum! ahdn_ringo_09beatlemaniacs_02_gif

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Looks like a good list. I do love Watching The Wheels and stuff from the Rock and Roll album for sure!

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"Imagine "
"Instant Karma (We All Shine On)"
"Working Class Hero
"Jealous Guy "
"God "
"Out the Blue"
"Love"
"Whatever Gets You Through The Night"
"#9 Dream" 
"Starting Over"

 

Oh . . . and "Now and Then" as a bonus track - remastered original and a newly produced version by Paul and whoever he chooses. Kind of like how that last Michael Jackson album had the new versions and the originals

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"Cold Turkey " - the New Yoko live version: My favorite John solo song, the live performance (youtube link here) sounds much better than the studio recording version: raw, poignant, wild, and impressive screams (really love that part, I can't quit listening to it, it makes you shiver, and somehow it feels not only pain but also quite dirty  : P....)

 

"Instant Karma ": I think this song is about Paul but maybe I think too much. Still, it's a fun song (was John the first one to come up with the term "superstar"?), and has some sad dark humor (karma got you instead, poor John ....)

 "Mother ": Full of emotions....Can't explain, you have to listen to it to feel his pain...

"Jealous Guy " & "Now and Then": John's best post-beatle love songs: remorseful, haunting, nostalgic...I think they are about Paul but again maybe I think too much.

 "Nobody loves you (when you are down and out)": I love it simply because John was being so true here.

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tomomi said
"Jealous Guy " & "Now and Then": John's best post-beatle love songs: remorseful, haunting, nostalgic...I think they are about Paul but again maybe I think too much.

Paul has said that John told him that he wrote Jealous Guy for Paul, so while you still might think too much, you were right on with that oneapple01

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Little Piggy Dragonfly said

tomomi said
"Jealous Guy " & "Now and Then": John's best post-beatle love songs: remorseful, haunting, nostalgic...I think they are about Paul but again maybe I think too much.

Paul has said that John told him that he wrote Jealous Guy for Paul, so while you still might think too much, you were right on with that oneapple01

Thanks for the quote I think it was from Paul's phone conversation with Hunter Davis. And it is said on the cassette of Now and Then there is a note in John's handwriting: "for Paul". That's why I think they are both about Paul.

To me Jealous Guy and Now and Then are essentially the same song, addressing to the same person, someone John loved but hurt badly, he clearly missed this person and regretted about what he had done.

I categorize them as confession songs (cold turkey and mother are confession songs too, all brutal confession songs), the pain in these songs distinguish them from normal love songs. They are not deeper, but the pain and mixed emotions make them haunting.

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tomomi said
"Cold Turkey " - the New Yoko live version: My favorite John solo song, the live performance sounds much better than the studio recording version: raw, poignant, wild, and impressive screams (really love that part, I can't quit listening to it, it makes you shiver, and somehow it feels not only pain but also quite dirty  : P....)

"Instant Karma ": I think this song is about Paul but maybe I think too much. Still, it's a fun song (was John the first one to come up with the term "superstar"?), and has some sad dark humor (karma got you instead, poor John ....)

 "Mother ": Full of emotions....Can't explain, you have to listen to it to feel his pain...

"Jealous Guy " & "Now and Then": John's best post-beatle love songs: remorseful, haunting, nostalgic...I think they are about Paul but again maybe I think too much.

 "Nobody loves you (when you are down and out)": I love it simply because John was being so true here.

I'm glad to see someone shares my opinion on this 

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Power To The People  

instant karma 

cold turkey 

mother

working class hero

love

Look At Me

imagine

jealous guy

oh yoko

mind games 

aisumasen

bring on the lucie

out the blue

you are here

going down on love

bless you

#9 dream

nobody loves you

just like starting over

beautiful boy

Watching The Wheels

woman

Grow Old With Me

now and then 

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I made a greatest hits, and that is good enough for me, as I cannot listen all the way through any of his LPs.

But in my iTunes I borrowed of few of his CDs. I have his 4 disc Anthology with is really good, and Acoustic which of course is also very good.  So basically anything of his in some type of greatest hits is basically really good!

Same with Georges stuff,  but unfortunately cannot say the same for ol’ Ringo! 

MACCA wins it for me, hands down! a-hard-days-night-paul-11

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk38/rickdelsie/The%20Beatles/parlunread_zps28270d9d.gif BEATLES Music gives me Eargasms!  apple01

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I created a playlist titled Go Johnny Go that contains my 65 favorites from his proper albums/singles. Knowing John's fascination with the number 9, I kinda wish the list had 63 songs instead. I can't bear deleting 2 of them.

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Expert Textpert said
Power To The People  

instant karma 

cold turkey 

mother

working class hero

love

Look At Me

imagine

jealous guy

oh yoko

mind games 

aisumasen

bring on the lucie

out the blue

you are here

going down on love

bless you

#9 dream

nobody loves you

just like starting over

beautiful boy

Watching The Wheels

woman

Grow Old With Me

now and then 

I wonder whether John got some inspirations from Japanese music, because "mind games" and "Watching The Wheels " sound quite oriental to me...

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I bet he did.

"This Beatles talk bores me to death.” —John Lennon 

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I never thought of that, @tomomi , he probably did.

“She wasn't doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.”  - J.D. Salinger

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tomomi said 

I wonder whether John got some inspirations from Japanese music, because "mind games" and "Watching The Wheels " sound quite oriental to me...

I always felt that way about 'Beautiful Boy'.

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