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Fans of John Lennon will love this amazing new compilation of acoustic versions
of some of Lennon’s best solo work. Lennon’s raw talent is on full display
throughout this CD, along with his political activism. Lennon was brutally
honest, and this collection includes some concert clips with Lennon speaking to
the audience. In the introduction to “John Sinclair,” Lennon rails against
apathy, acknowledging that flower power may not have worked, but that was no
reason to give up on worthy causes like peace and justice. In “The Luck of the
Irish,” Lennon harshly criticizes the English rule over the Irish, calling it
genocide. Lennon never pulled any punches, and it’s refreshing to see this side
of him on display on this CD.
With that honesty came real passion for the issues he cared about along with the
music itself, and the music is naturally the main attraction here. The version
of “Imagine” is wonderful, and the CD opens with a memorable version of “Working
Class Hero.” “God” is another wonderful live recording, as Lennon explains how
he doesn’t believe in things like God, the Beatles and Buddha, but rather
believes in himself. It’s classic Lennon. My favorite track is “Dear Yoko.” I’ve
always liked the song, but this acoustic version is even better than the
This compilation of stripped-down Lennon recordings offers a very entertaining
glimpse of a musical genius at work. Lennon fans will love it, and younger fans
looking for great music should pick it up as well.