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  posted on 10/15/2007 at 04:48 PM
Just what to mention the John Lennon Darfur cd.

OK, its been out since June, but I don't recall seeing it discussed on this site.

I picked it up last week and I'm loving it.

I can't say Iím a major fan of John Lennon solo work across the board, but this CD really showcases his songwriting talent, which frankly was for the most part less evident to me when he performed the songs himself.

For me, it's a great way to revisit Lennonís work, while getting exposure to other artists.

 
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  posted on 10/15/2007 at 05:10 PM
I have the iTunes version which has about twice the songs and I like some of it and don't like some of it. Some of it is really excellent.

I am a huge fan of Lennon, solo or with The Beatles, however I totally understand when someone isn't a huge fan. (Of course I think I might be like that with a lot of the music I'm into). I think a couple reasons that people don't like some of Lennon's original solo material is because that he really just recorded the songs with whatever group of people he was working with at the time, without trying to be extremely creative about it. Of course this stark approach worked on the Plastic Ono Band album. But albums like Mind Games & Walls and Bridges are full of excellent songs that some find boring due to not having any variation between songs as far as instrumentation. And that is probably why the IMAGINE album is a favorite because that is probably his most versatile album as far as different musicians and arrangements. Sometimes hearing people cover songs opens up a song that might have otherwise been overlooked. Especially when you're looking at the songs from something like Milk and Honey, where he never had a chance to finish them, put proper vocals or harmonies on or anything. - There are several complete (as far as music & lyrics go) songs that he wrote and only recorded a rough cassette demo on at home that always make me feel like we really lost something that could've been incredible. I even sometimes fantasize about taking a song like "I Know (I Know)" from Mind Games and putting some different instrumentation on it, but leaving John's parts in tact. (There are several great Lennon harmonies on that track). - Anyway, what songs were you really liking on the album?

 

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  posted on 10/16/2007 at 07:58 AM
First let me clarify, when I say Iím not a major fan of his solo work, I donít mean to imply that I donít like it. Thereís plenty of his solo work that I love, its just not as consistently great as his work with the Beatles (IMO).

You point about instrumentation is well taken.

To your question...songs I particularly like on the albumÖ

Instant Karma - U2 (OKÖI already loved Lennonís version)
Mother - Christina Aguilera (this song is particularly elevated for me by the performance)
Give Peach a Chance - Aerosmith
Imagine - Avril Lavigne (OK...I already loved Lennonís versionÖOne of the greatest set of lyrics ever IMO)
Nobody Told me - -Big and Rich
Working Class Hero - Green Day (another one highly elevated for me by the performance)


 

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  posted on 10/16/2007 at 02:53 PM
Cool. Yeah, I guess I didn't take it that way, I just spew out thoughts about music for no reason sometimes!

Anyway, yeah, I agree with those choices. I think the Big & Rich is a good example of how good some of that unfinished material might've been. I was surprised at it. I know there were a couple other things that I really liked too but I'm at work and can't remember what they are!

 

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  posted on 10/16/2007 at 02:56 PM
I usually stay away from Beatle ( and John) covers.
I did hear a little clip of the Green Day song and thought it was pretty good though,

 

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