Isolation (John Lennon song)

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"Isolation"
Song by John Lennon from the album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
Released 1970
Recorded 26 September – 9 October 1970
Genre Blues rock
Length 2:51
Label Apple/EMI
Writer John Lennon
Producer John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Phil Spector
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band track listing

"Isolation" is a 1970 song appearing on John Lennon's first official solo album release, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. It ends side one of the album, and is the fifth track.

Personnel[edit]

The musicians who performed on the original recording were as follows:[1]

Cover versions[edit]

The song was covered by Snow Patrol in 2005, for Make Some Noise, Amnesty International, which was later released on the 2007 benefit album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur.

Harry Nilsson, a close friend of Lennon's, also recorded this song. His version is available on the 2008 reissue of Aerial Pandemonium Ballet.[2]

Joe Cocker included his cover version in 1987 album Unchain my Heart.[3]

Matthew Sweet released an acoustic version on his 1992 promotional-only CD Goodfriend—Another Take on "Girlfriend". That disc was subsequently included in the 2006 "Legacy Edition" of his 1991 album Girlfriend.

Sponge did a cover version in 1995 for the tribute album Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon.[4]

Maxïmo Park did a 90-second cover version as a B-side, which was also released on the 2006 compilation album Missing Songs.[5]

Ann Wilson, lead singer of Heart, recorded a cover version of this song for her 2007 solo release Hope & Glory.[6] A live version of "Isolation" performed by Heart was released as a UK only bonus track on the Dreamboat Annie Live album.

Britt Daniel from Spoon has also performed the song live when playing solo.

Pedro Aznar an Argentina bassist, who also played on Pat Metheny Group, covered this song on an album called David y Goliath in 1995.

Kevin Hewick often includes "Isolation" in the cover version section of his longer live sets.

Roger Waters, former bassist and singer of Pink Floyd, cites "Isolation" as one of his favourite songs of all time.[7]

Ian Hunter from Mott The Hoople covers this song regularly during his live shows.

Mercury Rev covered the song on Instant Karma - A Tribute to John Lennon (2002).[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blaney, John (2005). John Lennon: Listen To This Book. Guildford, Great Britain: Biddles Ltd. p. 59. ISBN 0-9544528-1-X. 
  2. ^ Thomas, Stephen. "Aerial Pandemonium Ballet - Harry Nilsson : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Chrispell, James. "Unchain My Heart - Joe Cocker : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Thomas, Stephen. "Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon - Various Artists : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Phares, Heather. "Missing Songs - Maxïmo Park : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Tamarkin, Jeff. "Hope & Glory - Ann Wilson : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Roger Waters likes "Isolation"". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  8. ^ "Uncut Presents: Instant Karma 2002; a Tribute to John Lennon: Various Artists: Amazon.com: Music". Amazon.com. 2002-01-01. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 

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