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Thursday, April 09, 2009

John Lennon etc.


4-9-09 John Lennon etc.


Uh, ex-Beatle…John & Yoko…The Plastic Ono Band!


7" COLD TURKEY / DON'T WORRY KYOKO APPLE US 1813

1969? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, my 2nd favorite John Lennon 45.

LP DOUBLE FANTASY GEFFEN US GHS 2001

1980 14 TRKS U.S. pressing; I was working in the music business when this came out, so my view of it will forever be influenced thereof. Let’s just say it’s not my favorite John Lennon album (that would be “Plastic Ono Band”).

7" GIVE PEACE A CHANCE / REMEMBER LOVE APPLE US 1809

1969 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, another non-LP 45!

7" HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) APPLE US 1842

1972? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, green vinyl

CD5 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) EMI UK CDR 6627

2003 3 TRK CD Single CD5

CD IMAGINE CAPITOL US CDP 746641.2

1971 10 TRKS original version

LP IMAGINE APPLE US SW-3379

1971 10 TRKS poster, postcard

7" IMAGINE / WORKING CLASS HERO APPLE UK R 6009

1971 2 TRKS no pic sleeve; are the lyrics of “WCH” edited on this 45?

CD IMAGINE TOSHIBA JPN TOCP-70392

1971 10 TRKS ('00 master) ('07 issue) kami sleeve, inserts (poster & postcard)

7" INSTANT KARMA / WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND? APPLE US 1818

1970 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, still my favorite John Lennon 45!!

CDx4 JOHN LENNON (Collection) (4CD boxed set) TOSHIBA JPN TOCP-6281-4

1990 73 TRK Collection, booklet (70's recordings) found very inexpensively

CD LEGEND (Collection) EMI CANADA 21854.2

1997 20 TRK Collection, purchased for $1 – still trying to get all of the ‘single versions’ on CD

LP LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY CAPITOL US SV-12451

1986 11 TRKS Live, 1972

CD LIVE PEACE IN TORONTO 1969 CAPITOL US 90428.2

1970 8 TRKS Live, 1969

LP LIVE PEACE IN TORONTO 1969 APPLE UK CORE 2001

1970 8 TRKS Live, 1969 – a UK original, sadly, no calendar for me! Eric Clapton! Alan White!

CD MIND GAMES CAPITOL US CDP 746769.2

1973 12 TRKS

LP MIND GAMES APPLE US SW-3414

1973 12 TRKS

7" MIND GAMES / MEAT CITY APPLE US 1868

1973 2 TRKS with pic sleeve; “Meat City” is sure a great track…

7" NOBODY TOLD ME / YOUR HANDS POLYDOR JPN 7DM 0100

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD PLASTIC ONO BAND PARLOPHONE UK CDP 746770.2

1970 11 TRKS

LP PLASTIC ONO BAND APPLE NL 5C 062-04703

1970 11 TRKS Dutch pressing

CD PLASTIC ONO BAND TOSHIBA JPN TOCP-70391

1970 13 TRKS ('00 master) ('07 issue) (2 x bonus tracks)

7" POWER TO THE PEOPLE / OPEN YOUR BOX APPLE UK R 5892

1971 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, I think “Open Your Box” is the same song as “Touch Me”…

7" POWER TO THE PEOPLE / TOUCH ME APPLE US 1830

1971 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD ROCK 'N' ROLL TOSHIBA JPN CP32-5452

1975 13 TRKS ('88 issue)

LP ROCK 'N' ROLL APPLE US SK-3419

1975 13 TRKS original issue

CDx2 SOME TIME IN NEW YORK CITY TOSHIBA JPN CP25-5466/7

1972 16 TRKS Live, with Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention

LPx2 SOME TIME IN NEW YORK CITY APPLE UK PCSP 716

1972 16 TRKS Live, with Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, which is why I always took an interest in this title. The FZ material also appears on some Zappa CD’s…I’ve never ‘compared’ the differing versions, however.

7" STAND BY ME / MOVE OVER MRS. L APPLE US 1881

1975 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

LP TWO VIRGINS APPLE US T-5001

1968 2 TRKS with paper wrapper; no, I probably don’t need / want a CD of this title!

CD U.S. VS. JOHN LENNON, THE (O.S.T.) CAPITOL US 74912.2

2006 21 TRK Collection O.S.T.; the music seems remixed, to me. Still, good sound!

CD UNFINISHED MUSIC No. 2: LIFE WITH THE LIONS RYKODISC US RCD 10412

1968 7 TRKS ('97 issue) (2 x bonus tracks) Purchased for the bonus tracks, honest!

CD WALLS AND BRIDGES CAPITOL US CDP 746768.2

1974 12 TRKS original CD issue

LP WALLS AND BRIDGES APPLE US SW-3416

1974 12 TRKS ‘gimmicks’ cover, insert

CD WEDDING ALBUM RYKODISC US RCD 10413

1969 5 TRKS ('97 issue) (3 x bonus tracks) Purchased for the bonus tracks, honest!

7" WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT APPLE US 1874

1974 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7" WOMAN IS THE NI**ER OF THE WORLD APPLE US 1848

1972 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


I recently found CD’s of the “Wedding Album” and “Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions” – I never knew they had bonus tracks (B-sides!). Man, both are right up there with George Harrison’s “Electronic Sound” album (BTW, that’s the only album we ever played at my GF’s house that made the cat look up!) – also on the “Zapple” label. Was the “Zapple” imprint the label designated for the overly self-indulgent releases by Beatles members?


“Plastic Ono Band” pleased and shocked. Where were the recent 45’s? They remained 45’s for a number of years. I remember reading that book of interviews with Mr. Lennon, by the guy from Rolling Stone. Dang. And who can forget the National Lampoon parody – “Genius Is Pain” on “Radio Dinner” – thank you, Christopher Guest!


Never really ‘got’ the “Mind Games” LP, and I’ve tried again, in the CD age. Same is true for everything by Mr. Lennon thereafter, as far as I am concerned.

Oh, I do have a Yoko Ono collection:


MIDSUMMER NEW YORK / MRS. LENNON APPLE US 1839 7" 1972? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve


I never got the Rykodisc Yoko Ono CD box set. A friend of mine said to me, “Yeah, that boxed set has GREAT sound…but it’s Yoko Ono!”. I do like the 1 x Yoko Ono 45 that I have kept for all these years. Ever heard it?


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