Menlove Ave.

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Menlove Ave.
Compilation album by John Lennon
Released 3 November 1986
Recorded Late 1973, mid-1974, October 1974
Genre Rock
Length 42:20
Label Parlophone/EMI
Producer John Lennon, Phil Spector
John Lennon chronology
Live in New York City
(1986)
Menlove Ave.
(1986)
Imagine: John Lennon
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Blender 3/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B+[3]

Menlove Ave. is a 1986 album by English rock musician John Lennon. It is the second posthumous release of Lennon's music, having been recorded during the sessions from his albums Walls and Bridges and Rock 'n' Roll. Menlove Ave. was released under the supervision of Yoko Ono, Lennon's widow.

Background[edit]

The album itself comprises session outtakes from the Rock 'n' Roll sessions with Phil Spector in late 1973, which comprises the first half of Menlove Ave. (save for "Rock and Roll People" which is from the Mind Games sessions).[4] The remainder features rehearsal recordings in mid-1974 for Walls and Bridges.

The title refers to Lennon's childhood home, 251 Menlove Avenue, in Liverpool. Menlove Avenue is a long road in South Liverpool, part of the Liverpool ring road. While it is mainly residential, it is also a primary route - the A562. It also passes Woolton Village where Lennon and Paul McCartney first met.

Album cover[edit]

The artwork for the release was effected by artist Andy Warhol, just months before Lennon's 1980 death.

Reception[edit]

Failing to chart in the United Kingdom, Menlove Ave. managed to reach number 127 in the United States, making it Lennon's least-successful album. Possibly due to this, Menlove Ave. has not been printed since 1986.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and produced by John Lennon, except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Here We Go Again" (written by Lennon and Phil Spector; produced by Spector) – 4:50
  2. "Rock and Roll People" – 4:21
  3. "Angel Baby" (written by Rosie Hamlin; produced by Spector) – 3:42
  4. "Since My Baby Left Me" (written by Arthur Crudup; produced by Spector) – 3:48
  5. "To Know Her Is to Love Her" (written and produced by Spector) – 4:37
Side two
  1. "Steel and Glass" – 4:10
  2. "Scared" – 4:17
  3. "Old Dirt Road" (written by Lennon and Harry Nilsson) – 3:53
  4. "Nobody Loves You (When You're Down and Out)" – 4:29
  5. "Bless You" – 4:05

Notes

  • Tracks 1, 3-5 are recorded in late 1973. While 3, 4 and 5 were included as bonus tracks on the 2004 remaster of Rock 'n' Roll, Track 1 ("Here We Go Again") was not, and appears only here.
  • Track 2 is recorded for, but left off, Mind Games.
  • Tracks 3-5 appeared as bonus tracks in the 2004 remastered version of Rock 'n' Roll.
  • Tracks 6-10 are rehearsal recordings for Walls and Bridges in mid-1974.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Menlove Ave. at AllMusic
  2. ^ http://www.blender.com/guide/reviews.aspx?id=2413[dead link]
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (31 March 1987). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Calkin, Graham. "Mind Games". Jpgr.co.uk. Retrieved 27 January 2013.