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"Wonsaponatime" is a single disc that features selected tracks from the John Lennon Anthology, a 4-CD boxed set. There aren't any tracks on Wonsaponatime that are not also on the Anthology. Like the Anthology, it was released on Nov. 3, 1998 (US) and Nov. 2, 1998 (UK).

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Rating: 5.0
Feb 4, 2007
Arlo
This album is worth it just for the alternate version of "I'm Losing you." this version rocks 20 times harder than the original, and is a must have for Lennon fans. I really dig all the other unreleased songs too.

Rating: 3.5
Jan 28, 2004
blubberblase01
I think this album is very interresting if you want to know about backgrounds.If you want to listen to (very)good music you should enjoy John Lennon's official albums.For myself I would say I just agree with both.The album shows that John Lennon was not only a spirit or a legend.He was a human,too!Now I want to talk about the songs on this album.The version of I'M LOSING YOU spreads more rock-feeling than the one you can listen to on DOUBLE FANTASY.But that doesn't mean that it has to be better because I miss the harmony in this version.The versions of WORKING CLASS HERO and GOD aren't very different to their published versions.I think the version of HOW DO YOU SLEEP is even better than the one you can find on IMAGINE.I think so 'cause you can feel all emotions of John Lennon when he wrote this song and his shout 'Tell me!' before saying 'How do you sleep at night?' harmonies good with the whole song.Everytime I'm listen to IMAGINE(take 1) I'M so glad that it didn't appear on the album IMAGINE because of the organ in the background.It doesn't work together with the other parts of this song.This version shows besides that he was of course a human because of the failure by saying 'SHARING for today' instead 'LIVING for today.To take BABY PLEASE DON'T GO on WONSAPONATIME is usefull 'cause you can't find it on IMAGINE.Without confusing 'Love' and 'Lover' there isn't any different to the IMAGINE-version of OH MY LOVE.I think GOD SAVE OZ and I FOUND OUT are very sensfull because I never heard them before listening to WONSAPONATIME.Especially the text of I FOUND OUT is very good.Just if you hear 'I seen through religion from Jesus to Paul'.You find a very good live-version of WOMAN IS THE NIGGER OF THE WORLD with a good insertion of instruments."A KISS IS JUST A KISS" is only nonsense and BE BOP A LULA isn't very different to the ROCK'N'ROLL-version.It's the same with RIT IT UPREADY TEDDY.SEAN'S "IN THE SKY" is only senseless.Altogether I think WONSAPONATIME is quite good!

Rating: 4.0
Dec 22, 2003
"love hurts!", said Chopboy
Minus 1 point because first of all this album should have been arranged in chronological order so that it's more fun and enjoyable to listen to. They should have deleted some tracks that sound like the master version, Bebopalula, for example. But this album shows that John was a happy boy inside the studio, ha's a clown ha ha! "How do you Sleep" here is better. Lennon beginners should have this CD. You'll here John joking inside the studio which is opposite from what his songs reflect of him. Have a nice day! Goodbye!

Rating: 4.5
Feb 27, 2002
BluJay (14yo Lennon fan)
In comparison to the Lennon Collection compilation, this is brilliant, this is because it is not made up of final glossed tracks, but of rough demos and unreleased material. The album opens with one of Lennon's greatest love songs, but, in a rougher more aggresive form (this being 'I'm Losing You') making it more enjoyable to listen to than the glossy 'McCartney like' master. After the introduction, in whatever form, there are two of John's greatest solo tracks ('Working Class Hero' and 'God') though these songs are easy to listen to, the latter does leave a little to be desired in comparison to the master on the 'Primal Scream' album. Tracks 4-7 are taken from 'Imagine', but, without the Spector effect, have a better, rougher more pure sound. The plan piano/vocal 'Imagine' has a greater effect than the synthesised master. 'How do you sleep' is one of Johns greatest tracks, but, with the lyrics unfinished and what sound like broken instruments (as on 'Ifound Out), the effect is even more spectacular, you really get the feeling John hates Paul. The single 'God Save Oz' is a refreshing break from the heaviness of 'Oh My Love' and 'Baby please don't go', and, though the sound is more jolly, the message is the same as in a lot of Lennon's solo career: get up and do something! Tracks 9 + 10 ('I found Out' and 'Woman is the nigger of the world') are two of Johns best political songs. Tracks 11 - 13 are not written by Lennon, and, therefore, I feel need not be mentioned. The sadness in 'What you got' speaks of how people don't know how lucky they are till it's to late. Track 15 is an incredibly honest truthful song about life: 'nobody loves you when your old and grey, everyone loves you when your six foot in the ground', and 'Ill scratch your back, and you knife mine' the wailing vocal and whispered counting in add to the sad but honest effect of this song, this song could also be seen as John singing about his sate of mind at the time: just before he went into his period of no creativity. 'I don't wanna face it' is one of my favourite lennon songs because it reminds me how ridiculous human beings are : they're always ready to criticize others, then they try to look at themselves and suddenly see that there's someone else they think is worse than them. 'Real Love' and 'Only You' are both love songs, inspired by Yoko, the first of which was reproduced by the other Beatles in 1994. 'Grow old with me' shows that even though she was manipulating him, John still loved Yoko. 'Sean's in the sky' is just a small peice of dialogue of John, Yoko and Sean, showing that, at last, in 1979, John had found a stable life. 'Serve Yourself' is Johns greatest vitrilotic song, not only does it attack Bob Dylan for being a reborn christian, but it also attacks stereotypes and is an anti war song. One of the best Lennon compilations.

Rating: 3.0
Apr 16, 2001
Bart Williams
One of the more unfortunate aspects of being a fan of the Beatles is the fact that the market is saturated with various different compilations and box sets etc. So does the world really want (or need more importantly) a collection of out-takes of Lennon's solo tracks and previously unreleased demos. Wonsaponatime, featuring highlights (21 tracks) from Lennon Anthology, proves to be a mixed bag. To the more casual John Lennon fan, Wonsaponatime is very inessential, but to the more ardent fan, it may tempt them into buying the full thing (Lennon Anthology). Despite all this, the music inside is still interesting enough (most of the time). It starts with an early version of I'm Losing You (1980)which is actually a much better version than the finished one that appeared on Double Fantasy. It is made more powerful by the heavy use of electric guitar, unlike the soupy orignal. The very fact though that I'M Losing You was first is frustrating enough, as it prevents the Lennon solo story from being told. Working Class Hero and God (Both 1970) don't actually tell us that much more about how Lennon works (assuming the first versions you heard were the originals from the Plastic Ono Band album). How Do You Sleep and Imagine (take one) are more intersting, the latter exposes the weaknesses of the ex-beatles voice, whereas the former suprises by sounding a lot weaker without Phil Spectors usually over the top Wall Of Sound production. The cover versions on the album, Baby Please Don't Go, A Kiss Is Just A Kiss, Be Bop A Lula and Rip It Up/Ready Teddy are all a bit pointless, especially when you know that there are so many better songs from Lennon Anthology that could have been included in replace of these supposed 'highlights'. The excellent and elegent Real Love (later recorded by the three beatles as a 'comeback single') is very much welcome as is Grow Old With Me, which sounds all the better thanks to the string arrangement added by Beatles producer George Martin. The climax to Wonsaponatime is the Bob Dylan parody, Serve Yourself, which shows just how exciting Lennon can be. It is exactly the kind of song that made Lennon so interesting on the Plastic Ono Band and Imagine albums. His voice sounds raw, his lyrics untampered (You may believe in Marx/You may believe in Marks and Spencer/And you may believe in bloody Woolworths)and he is in full Liverpool rant throughout. Wonsaponatime cannot be recommended to those who are already unfamiliar with Lennon's work. But to those who are, it certainly provides an interesting enough (if slightly inconcise and wrongly ordered) insight into his much written about solo carrer. Wonsaponatime certainly allows the music to speak for itself.

Rating: 3.0
Dec 13, 2000
laurie marks
Most compilations once were 'Greatest Hits',and yet this album is far from that. Other compilations have more recently become a window on the production progress of an artist's music, most notably the Beatles Anthology or, indeed, Lennon's Box Set. This album is a sampler from that box set and the purpose behind its separate release remains something of a mystery. On the one hand, you could buy it and save money on the box set, and yet it is certainly material aimed at real fans and not casual listeners. Presumably real fans would want the full boxed set and buy it anyway. So why the extra release ? This disc does not sound like a "Best Of" the box set, with its esoteric tracks of John, Yoko & Sean dialogue, the rough and uninspired "Serve Yourself", and some rough cuts of "Real Love" and "Baby Please Don't Go". On the other hand, it has tracks which do not readily fit the groove of giving us an intimate look of how various songs were created, since it has a live number "Woman is the Nigger" and a pleasant George Martin orchestral overdub on "Grow Old With Me". All fine tracks lifted from the box set but which ultimately leave this album on its own sounding confused and all over the place. It has some wonderful music, as most Lennon albums do - the alternative versions of "I'm losing You" with its stronger drive, "Imagine" with more of a group feel to it, the beguiling "Oh My Love" sounding similar to the official release are some of the tracks which lift this album out of the mire of listening to a ramshackled version of "I Found Out", hardly one of his best songs anyway, the home demo of "What You Got" and the pettiness of "How Do You Sleep ?", again similar to the official cut. It is good to hear 2 tracks from the Rockn Roll sessions without the Spector Wall of Sound treatment on them. Overall, this is neither a particularly well thought out sampler from the box set, nor a best of compilation, nor even a linked series of songs. It has no apparent theme binding it as a collection and therefore the better tracks can only go so far in raising its rating upwards. As a collector, it's worth an occasional listen, but is far from one of the best Lennon albums.

Rating: 2.5
Jun 19, 2000
Sir Frankie Crisp
This is overall a pretty good summary of the anthology set, however not only will it make the listener crave the set itself but this disc is still missing some of the better tracks from the set and has some average songs in their place. The best track from the set, "Imagine (Live)" is probably purposely not here, but instead is the still interesting but nowhere near as rewarding first take of the song--the first major slipup of this disc. "Long Lost John" would have been a nice addition here too, "Attica State" is another one of the sets classic highlights. These could have been rplaced with "Real Love" and "I Don't Want to Face It" and there would still be some extra leftover time. The biggest tragedy of this single disc set--well besides the imagine live--is the missing"Life Begin'sat 40" and "The Rishi Kesh Song", which I believe if added would have clearly made this disc stronger and wetted the buyers appetites for more even stronger. But this is a one disc compilation from a 4 disc set, which makes it nearly impossible for it to hold up overall. It is adequate, don't get me wrong, but of course it cannot hold up to the entire set and is pretty much unnecessary then. Capital should have--and thankfully it didn't for all of those student collectors out there--added a free CDROM clip, or interview, or something along those lines to make this CD sell better, but alas it didn't and this is what is left--an ok album but nothing special.

Rating: 4.5
Dec 2, 1999
skywriter
This album combines some of the best and most revelatory tracks from the recently released Lennon Anthology collection. Much like the Beatles anthology, these are studio outtakes and home recordings, refreshing in their simplicity, and they give us a perfect insight into one of the most creative minds of the century, taking away the facade of sarcasm and intellectualism, humanizing an icon of modern music. Suitably picked to display Lennon's incredible diversity, they seem to be a mirror of his emotions. After the much-publicized break-up of the Beatles, Lennon pursued his solo career. Though somewhat patchy, there is no doubt that he equaled if not surpassed the standards he had set with the Beatles. He expressed all his pain and joy, his anger and his thoughts through his music. And it shows. From the larynx loosening rocker 'I'm Losing You' to the bitter irony of success in 'Working Class Hero'… "There's room at the top, they are telling you still...but first you must learn to smile when you kill...." Tongue firmly in cheek, in a way only he could, Lennon describes the pain and angst he felt at being outcast from the artistic community in the sixties (after he married Japanese artist Yoko Ono) in the gentle but passionate 'Nobody Loves you When You're Down and Out'. In a London that was supposedly 'liberal', Lennon exposes the hypocrisy of the pseudo-intellectual artistic aristocrats who preached love and racial equality and then turned their backs as soon as their icon John Lennon married an Oriental woman. "I scratch your back, and you knife mine...." A few old rock 'n' roll numbers of the fifties surface on this album, as Lennon displays his roots covering such classics as 'Be Bop a Lula' and 'Baby, Please Don't Go'. Lennon admitted that rock 'n' roll music was probably the greatest influence in his life....even though he was the one to take rock music to the next plane. Lennon also makes powerful socio-political statements thus defining the kind of 'rock with a conscience' that bands like U2 later practised. In 'Woman is the Nigger of the World' he makes a hard-hitting statement for feminism that was just starting to rise in the early seventies. The lyrics penned by Yoko Ono, were considered too controversial and the song was banned on radio. He slams Dylan's newfound pseudo-religious fervour in a furiously acoustic home recording 'Serve Yourself'. With lyrics that bring out his dark sense of humour, almost brutal guitar strumming and classic Liverpool accent he makes an effective statement for religious and social freedom... "We're gonna set you free, yeah… Bomb ya back into the f***in' Stone Age if you won't be like me, you know, get down on your knees and pray…" In much the same mood, he also attacks former Beatles member Paul McCartney's unabashed commercialism with 'How do you Sleep?' and questions the concept of God, declaring that he no longer believes in Jesus, or magic, or Hitler, or the Kennedys or Elvis or the Beatles...only in Yoko and himself.... "that's reality". "God is a concept...by which we measure our pain." But this album isn't all anger and hurt. A few gentle ballads find their way in. With 'Only you' and 'Oh My Love', Lennon displays a softer side, not often seen, and with the beautifully penned 'Grow Old With Me', proves that he is more than capable of writing classic love songs. This song must rank as one of the greatest love songs ever. A couple of vignette home recordings are also on this album, young Sean Lennon asking his parents where he came from and learning that he arrived in a 'little cardboard box, with a little blanket inside'. These recordings display a side to Lennon most people could never imagine. A doting father and a loving husband, not the witty intellectual people know him as. But what Lennon album would be complete without what is probably the greatest song of the century. With 'Imagine', Lennon surpassed all standards he had set previously as a Beatle and as a solo artist. Startlingly simple in terms of musical arrangements, with profound lyrics and an indescribable passion, 'Imagine' cannot be aptly described in words...it can only be experienced. The version presented here is Take 1, , without too much of the accompaniment that further elevated it to it's anthemic status. First time listeners may not find this album too appealing. It's possible that even Beatles fans may not be too impressed with this album. But this isn't John the Beatle anymore. This is just plain John Lennon....doing his kind of music, in his own inimitable way. This is John. Brilliant. Happy. Lost. Angry. Sad. A genius who gave his best to the world. In his own words, "I was the dreamweaver, but now I'm reborn.... I was the walrus....but now...I'm John."

Rating: 1.0
Mar 1, 1999
R
This album is an embarrassment. It adds confusion to the Lennon discography only partly offset by its subtitle. If it is: "Once Upon A Time", as in the beginning of a story, then why aren't the songs in chronological order? And if it the beginning of the story, then why not just make it disk number one of the rarities anthology, somewhat like what was done with the Beatles anthology? If it is meant for someone who wants just some of the Anthology rarities, then why doesn’t it contain the best of them? “Working Class Hero”, “God”, and “Oh My Love” are too similar to the originals to be very interesting. “Serve Yourself” is a good example of Lennon’s harsh side (both in its language and in its direct insult of other people) and “Sean's In The Sky” is a good illustration of the John, Yoko and Sean, but his sweet side is better represented by his songs than by the stomach churning “A Kiss Is Just A Kiss (As Time Goes By)”. “Woman Is The Nigger Of The World (Live)” cooks, but “I Found Out”, “Baby Please Don't Go”, “God Save Oz”, and “Grow Old With Me” are simply bad or bad versions. Meanwhile, “Dear John” and “Mucho Mungo” are notably missing from this collection, ensuring that if you want the best rarities you will still have to buy the anthology (which collects most of the best rarities in existence). This marketing strategy for maximizing profits is definitely below Yoko’s usual standards and is in extra-poor taste considering that the artist is deceased.

Rating: 4.0
Jan 9, 1999
Gander
"Wonsaponatime" is a great album mainly because it contains some great John Lennon music but also because the liner notes make some revealing discoveries concerning Yoko Ono. For the first time in years, she comes across not as a "professional widow" but as someone who cares and admires John Lennon's music. Read her liner notes and you'll gain a fresh appreciation for her avant garde music. The album itself contains plenty of great John Lennon music. The first track, "I'm Losing You" with Cheap Trick shows the potential "Double Fantasy" could have had if Rick and Bun E. had played on the whole LP. That album would have had a lot edgier of an edge than the laid back and sleepy one it got with studio musicians. Bottom line: the original "I'm Losing You" rocks! "Be Bop A Lula" and "Ready Teddy/Rip it Up" sans overdubs show the potential "Rock and Roll" could have had if the songs had been mixed right. I think Yoko should have whoever mixed these tracks for "Wonsaponatime" re-mix "Mind Games", "Walls and Bridges" and "Rock and Roll". They'd sound a lot better and dispell some of the negative comments these albums have received over the years. "Grow Old With Me" as produced by George Martin is fantastic. Jeff Lynne did a good job with "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love" but Martin's genius really shines through on "Grow Old with Me". It doesn't sound like it was based on a home demo at all. The final standout track is "I don't wanna Face it." I'm not a fan of studio musicians but Earl Slick really shows off his guitar chops on this track. It's no wonder that Slim Jim Phantom and his buddy Rocker wanted Slick in their mid 80's band. The rest of the tracks on the album aren't standouts but none suck so I would recommend this record to any John Lennon fan. Of course, true John Lennon fans would already have the 4 cd anthology. Speaking of anthologies, maybe Capitol should boil down the three Beatles Anthologies to one greatest CD. Then the casual fan wouldn't have to wade through a lot of superfluous stuff to hit the real treasures. And as far as Yoko being a professional widow .....if that means she is rationing unreleased John lennon music so I can hear fresh stuff for the rest of my life, I say more power to her.

Rating: 4.5
Dec 28, 1998
Laura W
I recently received Wonsaponatime for Christmas. I asked for it because I couldn't afford the Anthology. I was suprised first off for it's packaging. It's very well done and the pictures were very nicely put together. The music is terrific too, considering these were John's earlier unfinished work. I thought the sound quality on "I'm Losing You" and "Working Class Hero" were terrific. I thought Rip it up/Ready Teddy was a terrific rocker and I thought the sound was again great. I thought the remake of "Grow Old With Me" was lacking sound quality. But considering that John only recorded that song once, I let that slide. You can tell that George Martin produced it (notice the flute section?). All in all, that song was done to the best of its ability. Some parts of the album were quite humorous like "A Kiss is Just a Kiss", and "Sean's in the Sky." Perhaps the most hilarious of all was the last song on the album, "Serve Yourself." I had never heard that song before and it was hilarious considering that it's a home recording. And I'm usually not amused by profanity, but you had to laugh when John used his old Irish voice. This cd, full of home recordings and demos, was worth buying. I'd recommend it to anyone; especially the money deprived like me.

Rating: 3.5
Dec 21, 1998
Aaron
Wonsaponatime is overall not a very bad album, although some of the tracks make me wonder why they were chosen from the Anthology, rather than some more seemingly suitable selections. "I'm Losing You" gets the CD off to a nice, heavy start, a good Lennon song featuring lyrics that you can relate to with a strong musical base. Some other highlights include a previously unreleased rendering of "Imagine", John's not so flattering ode to Paul "How Do You Sleep," and my personal favorite by Lennon, "God." The clips from his non-musical life, "A Kiss is Just a Kiss," and "Sean in the Sky" give a voyeuristic facet to the album, letting you listen in on conversations between John, Yoko, and Sean. Another great track, "Serve Yourself" is an informal angst fest as John screams about the search for religion and spiritual enlightenment. This is rather humorous, and lets you see, in Yoko's words, "her John." "Real Love" is a very beautiful song, although one of the few worth listening to on the last quarter of the album. All together, the album represents John very nicely in all his moods and opinions. After reading the introduction by Yoko, reading the lyrics, and listening to the music, it is not hard to see why John Lennon is considered one of the great innovative thinkers of our time.

Rating: 2.5
Dec 20, 1998
Nate
I received "Wonsaponatime" as an early Christmas present. I really wanted this album. However, I was sorely disappointed when I began to listen to it. I guess I held Lennon in such high reguard, that I didn't realize what he was really like. He seemed that he was anti-Christ at times and completely against God. For example in "God," he moans "I don't believe in Bible" and "I don't believe in Jesus." However, in one of the best songs on the disc, "Grow Old With Me," he sings "God bless our love, God bless our love." His use of the f-word was a little unerving. Sometimes, it wasn't even necessary. Lennon, in my opinion, was an extremely gifted and intelligent song writer. He could have easily found other words to express his anger and frustrations. "Grow Old With Me," to me, is a very touching piece. If only he could have finished it. It makes me sad to think about what we lost and what his family and friends lost. He said "The best is yet to be," but what the best was supposed to be, we'll never know. This album, shows Lennon at his best and his worst. He apparently recorded several versions of "Imagine." This disc only features one. It just so happens to be the first take. Lennon knew what he wanted the first time. Other noteables are "Real Love" and "Oh My Love." I believe this album is for the die-hard Lennon fans. As for me, his greatest hits will do.

Rating: 3.5
Nov 27, 1998
Working Class Hero
The John Lennon Anthology is a must have for any real fans of John. It contains almost everything the Lennon fan could ever want: the complete Lennon. All sides of his music were displayed. Can Wonsaponatime accomplish the same? Probably not, it only has 1/5 the tracks, and it's a "Greatest Hits" album. Anyone who has The John Lennon Collection knows that a lot of John's best stuff was left behind, in favor of his biggest radio hits. Wons does much of the same, it is in itself a good collection of Lennonalia, but only includes the songs that Yoko and the other designers thought would be most popular. It jumps from track to track, still telling you a story, but skipping over way too many chapters. While it does include such gems as "Baby Please Don't Go" an R&B inspired jam which will earworm worse than any other song Lennon ever made (and that is a good thing), it lacks such songs as "Dear John," a Dakota disc track in which John sings to himself, telling himself to slow down and enjoy life. In addition to being a simply bearutiful song, it also has great historic value, it is said to be John's final song. While Wons lacks most of the wonderful Dakota disc, it makes up for it with "A Kiss Is Just a Kiss" a 12 second little burst of pillow-talk with Yoko? Please. While Wons is a great little record, packed with Lennon, Lennon, Lennon; it simply does not come anywhere near its big brother, the Anthology box. I recommend Wons only if you are a very fair-weathred fan, or if you just don't have the cash to go blowing it on CD's. Anthology is the main course; Wonsaponatime is just the appetizer that makes you hungry for it.

Rating: 4.5
Nov 18, 1998
bluefox
i bought this yesterday, even though it means me going without a dress to the end of year dinner (don't ask), for two very good reasons. 1. there is no way i can see me being able to buy the anthology set, nor have i seen it on the shelf in hicksville, tas. 2. i deserved it. i am most pleased at my decission. even before i got home i was cryinging about the beauty of the purchase i'd made. the written intro by yoko is so sweet and heartfelt, the cover art is great. unfortunately, or fortunately, while i was listening to it first time through, my bestfriend, who is not a lennon fan, rang me up. so i turned it up, sat right infront of the speakers and shared it with him. "Imagine (take one)" moved us both to tears. it is truly beautiful. far more touching and personal than the final edit that is so familiar to us all. i would reccomend this album, merely on the strength of this song, but wait, there's still more! the album is littered with snippets of conversation, relaxed, witty, and somehow familiar, although hitherto unheard. they are most refreshing. "Serve Yourself" is a real giggle. oh! i could wax lyrical about this for hours, and later i probably will... just get it, it's awesome. my life is enhanced by having "WONSAPONATIME" as a part of it.

Rating: 5.0
Nov 7, 1998
Nathaniel C. Otte
When I found out about "Wonsaponatime," I felt happy that I didn't have to wait too long to buy the anthology. I decided to buy this album to keep myself satisfied while I get the money for the box. When I got home, I was just absolutely transfixed. "I'm Losing You," features Cheap Trick as a backup group. Other highlights include a run-through of "Working Class Hero," the hilarious "Serve Yourself," the first take of "Imagine," the beautiful "Nobody Loves You When You're Down and Out," and Beatles producer George Martin pays homage to Lennon by spicing up "Grow Old With Me" with an orchestra; Lennon would have been pleased with this new version, I am. This album is a must-have for anyone wanting to buy the anthology but can't wait to get all the money they need to buy the big thing. Thank you, Yoko, for releasing this, and I look forward to buying the anthology.

Rating: 3.5
Nov 5, 1998
John Mill
Great disc especially if you are one of those wanting to buy the Anthology but just have not scraped up the cash yet. Working Class Hero as I said in my Anthology review is as good as it gets its simply great. His voice on this is so raw and great. Nobody Loves You When You Are Down And Out is teriffic it is so sparse and bare. It is even better in my opinion then the released version. We could have done without the little tidbits of dialog and replaced them with some other songs such as Happy Xmas or even some stuff that did not make it onto the box such as Instant Karma from TOP OF THE POPS or the Cold Turkey and No. #9 Dream demos. Another good track on this is Real Love. I like the bootlegged TAKE 1 better but this one is just as good and beats out the Imagine soundtrack take by a longshot!!!!! Oh and BTW my opinion on Grow Old With Me it would have been better if the Beatles reworked this instead of Yoko so for now I'll either stick with the Milk abd Honey version or the stripped down bootleg version Well Wonsaponatime

Rating: 5.0
Nov 5, 1998
David "wonderwall" Dorn
i had been waiting to purchase the entire Lennon Anthology upon it's release, however financial realities do not always allow for such hopes to translate into reality. however i could not wait to save up the money ,so i went ahead and purchased "Wonsaponatime". track number one, the alternate take of "i'm losing you" sounds more urgent and real than the somewhat sterile version on "double fantasy". i feel that this version is far superior and mirror the frustrations expressed in the lyrics much more than the version on "double fantasy". i feel that the version of "imagine" on this album equals the version we are all familiar with.i particularly like the use of the harmonium on this version. this version sounds more etherial than the more familiar version. the version of "i found out" (which is one of my favorite songs of all time anyway) is quite excellent. the sound quality is muddy, but this adds a really gritty feel to the song (which the plastic ono version had anyway, this version even more so). the "wonsaponatime" version of "i found out" almost sounds like a blues record from the 20's or something.another stand out is the stripped version of "real love" which at first listen i realized was much more beautiful in it's original simplicity than the "beatles/threatles" version recorded for the "beatles anthology". the piano intro sounds like a sunrise to me. i know that sounds bizarre but... other stand outs on this album include "baby please don't go" which is a song none of the other beatles could have pulled off in such a way, i told my roommate that that song proved that john was the beatle with real soul. also the version of "grow old with me" was touched up most tastefully, i couldn't help but notice that george martin is credited with producing it, if only the other three had gotten him to do the anthology "real love" and "free as a bird" rather than jeff lynne... now i can't wait to get the full "Lennon anthology".

 

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