Lennon Legend: The Very Best Of John Lennon
Capitol Records, 1997
REVIEW BY: Tom Lancing
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 08/07/1998
When John Lennon was shot on December 8, 1980, the world was shocked and saddened. I, on the other hand, was unmoved. At the ripe age of 9 I was barely aware of the fact that there was hair on my head, let alone that a great musician was shot dead. Only now after years of listening to his music am I aware of what the world lost.
Now, I have to be honest. I never cared for what causes Lennon and Yoko were fighting for, or what they did for world peace. I love his music. Period!
Lennon Legend consists of 20 songs that can only make up a fraction of his incredible work. Running almost 78 minutes, this album is perfect from start to finish. Composed of some of his more popular work like "Imagine," "Instant Karma" and even "Happy Christmas (War is Over)," Lennon marvels us with his ability to record pop songs, ballads and even some hints of reggae. I personally enjoy the great work with percussion. Listen to track 16, "Nobody Told Me," and see if you can hear the wood block and cowbells in the background. In a word: Incredible. Granted some of Lennon's songs can be a bit of a downer, "Mother" and "Working Class Hero" come to mind rather quickly. But, we must remember, Lennon always had a point to make and he chose his music as his outlet to make those points. Even if they are depressing.
There is something on this album for everyone. A worthwhile investment and I recommend it to everyone.
|Damn! nobody's going to review "Anthology", that set is loaded with Alternates and Out-takes. I know it's expensive, but it's a nice set, with some great music. Thanks for all the other reviews of John's music, I always think of him at this time of year. Peter S., DV Reader|