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John Lennon Anthology
Box set by John Lennon
Released 2 November 1998
Recorded June 1969 - Late 1980
Genre Rock
Length 4:27:51
Label Capitol/EMI
Producer Yoko Ono and Rob Stevens
Professional reviews
John Lennon chronology
Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon
(1997)
John Lennon Anthology
(1998)
Wonsaponatime
(1998)

John Lennon Anthology is a box set of home demos, alternative studio outtakes and other unreleased material recorded by John Lennon over the course of his solo career from "Give Peace a Chance" in 1969 up until the 1980 sessions for Double Fantasy and Milk and Honey.

The anthology was divided by its compiler and co-producer, Yoko Ono, into four discs representing four eras in Lennon's career: "Ascot"; "New York City"; "The Lost Weekend" and "Dakota".

John Lennon Anthology reached #62 in the UK and #99 in the US, where it went gold.

Contents

Track listing

All songs by John Lennon, except where noted.

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Disc 1 (Ascot)

  1. "Working Class Hero" – 4:19
  2. "God" – 3:32
  3. "I Found Out" – 3:47
  4. "Hold On" – 0:43
  5. "Isolation" – 3:46
  6. "Love" – 2:43
  7. "Mother" – 3:49
  8. "Remember" – 2:44
  9. "Imagine (take 1)" – 3:21
  10. "'Fortunately'" – 0:19
  11. "Baby Please Don't Go" (Walter Ward) – 4:04
  12. "Oh My Love" (John Lennon/Yoko Ono) – 2:53
  13. "Jealous Guy" – 4:10
  14. "Maggie Mae" (Trad. Arr. John Lennon/Paul McCartney/George Harrison/Richard Starkey) – 0:52
  15. "How Do You Sleep?" – 5:20
  16. "God Save Oz" (John Lennon/Yoko Ono) – 3:27
  17. "Do the Oz" (John Lennon/Yoko Ono) – 3:08
  18. "I Don't Want to Be a Soldier" – 5:20
  19. "Give Peace a Chance" – 1:52
  20. "Look at Me" – 2:50
  21. "Long Lost John" (Trad Arr. John Lennon) – 2:14

Disc 2 (New York City)

  1. "New York City" – 0:55
  2. "Attica State" (live) (John Lennon/Yoko Ono) – 4:25
  3. "Imagine" (live) – 3:11
  4. "Bring on the Lucie (Freda Peeple)" – 4:07
  5. "Woman Is the Nigger of the World" (John Lennon/Yoko Ono) – 0:39
  6. "Geraldo Rivera - One to One Concert" – 0:39
  7. "Woman Is the Nigger of the World" (live) (John Lennon/Yoko Ono) – 5:14
  8. "It's So Hard" (live) – 3:09
  9. "Come Together" (live) (John Lennon/Paul McCartney) – 4:19
  10. "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" (John Lennon/Yoko Ono) – 3:32
  11. "Luck of the Irish" (live) (John Lennon/Yoko Ono) – 3:42
  12. "John Sinclair" (live) – 3:43
  13. "The David Frost Show" – 0:52
  14. "Mind Games (I Promise)" – 1:01
  15. "Mind Games (Make Love, Not War)" – 1:14
  16. "One Day At A Time" – 3:13
  17. "I Know" – 3:13
  18. "I'm the Greatest" – 3:37
  19. "Goodnight Vienna" – 2:42
  20. "Jerry Lewis Telethon" – 1:59
  21. "'A Kiss Is Just a Kiss'" (Herman Hupfield) – 0:11
  22. "Real Love" – 4:13
  23. "You Are Here" – 4:55

Disc 3 (The Lost Weekend)

  1. "What You Got" – 1:14
  2. "Nobody Loves You When You're Down and Out" – 5:38
  3. "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night (home)" – 0:38
  4. "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night (studio)" – 3:33
  5. "Yesterday (parody)" (John Lennon/Paul McCartney) – 0:33
  6. "Be-Bop-A-Lula" (Gene Vincent/Tex Davis) – 2:52
  7. "Rip It Up/Ready Teddy" (Robert Blackwell/John Marascalco) – 2:32
  8. "Scared" – 5:02
  9. "Steel and Glass" – 4:46
  10. "Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird of Paradox)" – 2:58
  11. "Bless You" – 4:15
  12. "Going Down on Love" – 0:54
  13. "Move Over Ms. L" – 3:10
  14. "Ain't She Sweet" (Yellen/Ager) – 0:28
  15. "Slippin' and Slidin'" (Richard Penniman/Bocage/Collins/Smith) – 2:28
  16. "Peggy Sue" (Jerry Allison/Buddy Holly/Norman Petty) – 1:18
  17. "Bring It On Home to Me/Send Me Some Lovin'" (Sam Cooke/Lloyd Price) – 3:50
  18. "Phil and John 1" – 2:13
  19. "Phil and John 2" – 2:00
  20. "Phil and John 3" – 0:54
  21. "'When in Doubt, Fuck It'" – 0:09
  22. "Be My Baby" (Phil Spector/Ellie Greenwich/Jeff Barry) – 4:32
  23. "Stranger's Room" – 3:17
  24. "Old Dirt Road" (John Lennon/Harry Nilsson) – 3:54

Disc 4 (Dakota)

  1. "I'm Losing You" – 4:06
  2. "Sean's 'Little Help'" – 0:57
  3. "Serve Yourself" – 3:47
  4. "My Life" – 2:36
  5. "Nobody Told Me" – 3:31
  6. "Life Begins at 40" – 2:23
  7. "I Don't Wanna Face It" – 3:31
  8. "Woman" – 4:01
  9. "Dear Yoko" – 2:33
  10. "Watching the Wheels" – 3:04
  11. "I'm Stepping Out" – 4:19
  12. "Borrowed Time" – 3:57
  13. "The Rishi Kesh Song" – 2:26
  14. "Sean's 'Loud'" – 0:33
  15. "Beautiful Boy" – 4:11
  16. "Mr. Hyde's Gone (Don't Be Afraid)" – 2:41
  17. "Only You" (Ande Rand/Buck Ram) – 3:24
  18. "Grow Old with Me" – 3:18
  19. "Dear John" – 2:13
  20. "The Great Wok" – 3:13
  21. "Mucho Mungo" – 1:24
  22. "Satire 1" – 2:20
  23. "Satire 2" – 4:34
  24. "Satire 3" – 0:45
  25. "Sean's "In the Sky" " – 1:22
  26. "It's Real" – 1:05

Recording notes

Disc 1

  • Tracks 1, 2, 4-8, 20 & 21 taken from 8-track John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band sessions (1970)
  • Track 3 & 14 taken from home recordings (1970 & 1979, respectively)
  • Tracks 9, 11-13, 15 & 18 taken from 8-track Imagine sessions (1971)
  • Track 10 excerpted from BBC documentary 24 Hours: The World of John and Yoko (1969)
  • Track 16 taken from 8-track master for Bill Elliott and the Elastic Oz Band (1971)
  • Track 17 taken from original 2-track master single mix (1971)
  • Track 19 taken from 4-track rehearsal tapes prior to master recording (1969)

Disc 2

  • Tracks 1 & 5 taken from home recording (1972)
  • Track 2 & 3 taken from live performance at the Apollo (1971)
  • Tracks 4, 16 & 23 taken from 16-track Mind Games sessions (1973)
  • Tracks 6-9 taken from live performance at One to One concert (1972)
  • Track 10 taken from rough mix (1971)
  • Tracks 11 & 12 taken from John Sinclair benefit concert (1971)
  • Track 13 taken from audio (1971)
  • Tracks 14 & 15 taken from home recording (1970)
  • Track 17 taken from home recording (1973)
  • Track 18 taken from 16-track rehearsals. Song later given to Ringo Starr (1973)
  • Track 19 taken from 16-track demo. Song later given to Ringo (1974)
  • Track 20 taken from audio (1972)
  • Track 21 taken from home vignette (1976)
  • Track 22 taken from piano demo (1980)

Disc 3

  • Tracks 1 & 3 taken from home recording (1974)
  • Tracks 2, 4, 5, 12, 13 & 24 taken from 16-track Walls and Bridges sessions (1974)
  • Tracks 6-11, 15-22 taken from 16-track Rock 'n' Roll sessions
    • Tracks 6-11, 15-17 from 1974; tracks 18-22 from 1973
  • Track 14 taken from home vignette (1974)
  • Track 23 taken from home recording (1980)

Disc 4

  • Tracks 1, 5, 7, 9, 11 & 15 taken from 16-track Double Fantasy/Milk and Honey sessions (1980)
  • Tracks 2, 14, 20 & 22-26 taken from home recordings (1979)
  • Tracks 3-4, 6, 8, 10, 12-13, 16, 18 & 19 taken from home recordings (1980)
    • Track 18 overdubbed with orchestration by George Martin. Original demo appears on Milk and Honey.
  • Track 17 taken from 16-track master. Given to Ringo Starr (1974)
  • Track 21 taken from home recording (1976)

Wonsaponatime

Wonsaponatime
Compilation album by John Lennon
Released 2 November 1998
Recorded September 1970 -
Late 1980
Genre Rock
Length 69:45
Label Capitol/EMI
Producer Yoko Ono and Rob Stevens
Professional reviews
John Lennon chronology
John Lennon Anthology
(1998)
Wonsaponatime
(1998)
Acoustic
(2004)

Wonsaponatime is a collection of home demos, alternative studio outtakes and unreleased material recorded by John Lennon and serves as a one disc distillation of the highlights from the simultaneously released John Lennon Anthology box set. Released in 1998, many of Wonsaponatime's tracks have been edited down from their versions on John Lennon Anthology.

Wonsaponatime failed to reach the US charts but peaked at #76 in the UK.

Track listing

All songs by John Lennon, except where noted.

  1. "I'm Losing You" – 3:56
  2. "Working Class Hero" – 3:58
  3. "God" – 3:16
  4. "How Do You Sleep?" – 5:00
  5. "Imagine" – 3:05
  6. "Baby Please Don't Go" (Walter Ward) – 4:04
  7. "Oh My Love" (John Lennon/Yoko Ono) – 2:43
  8. "God Save Oz" (John Lennon/Yoko Ono) – 3:20
  9. "I Found Out" – 3:47
  10. "Woman Is The Nigger Of The World" – 5:14 Live
  11. "'A Kiss Is Just A Kiss'" (Herman Hupfield) – 0:11
  12. "Be-Bop-A-Lula" (Gene Vincent/T. Davis) – 2:40
  13. "Rip It Up/Reddy Teddy" (Blackwell/Marascalo) – 2:26
  14. "What You Got" – 1:14
  15. "Nobody Loves You When You're Down And Out" – 5:02
  16. "I Don't Wanna Face It" – 3:31
  17. "Real Love" – 4:07
  18. "Only You" (Buck Ram/Ande Rand) – 3:24
  19. "Grow Old With Me" – 3:18
  20. "Sean's "In The Sky" " – 1:22
  21. "Serve Yourself" – 3:47

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