The John Lennon Collection
|The John Lennon Collection|
|Greatest hits album by John Lennon|
|Released||1 November 1982|
|Recorded||June 1969 – October 1980|
Geffen Records (US)
|Producer||John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Phil Spector, Jack Douglas|
|John Lennon chronology|
|Singles from The John Lennon Collection|
The John Lennon Collection is a retrospective compilation album of music from John Lennon's solo career.
Release and selection
The album was originally scheduled for release in late 1981, but was held back a year due to sort out the legalities owing to the fact that half the songs on the album were licensed to EMI and the other half, songs from Double Fantasy, were licensed to Geffen. It was eventually released on 1 November 1982 by Parlophone in the UK,[nb 1] and a week later on the 8th, by Geffen in the US.[nb 2] It was the first Lennon album to be issued following his death in 1980. The album includes most of Lennon's hit singles and other tracks from his solo albums recorded with EMI from 1970–75, as well as all but one of his tracks from his final album Double Fantasy, which was initially distributed by Geffen Records in America and EMI/Parlophone in the United Kingdom.
The EMI selections on the album are similar to those on Shaved Fish, Lennon's 1975 compilation album, but without the singles "Cold Turkey", "Mother" and "Woman Is the Nigger of the World." These were substituted with the 1975 hit single "Stand by Me" and "Love", a popular track from the John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band album. The other half consisted of many of the tracks from Double Fantasy. In the US, the album was issued with a slightly different track listing,[nb 3] with "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" and "Stand by Me" excluded.
In 1989, after EMI acquired the rights to the Double Fantasy material, The John Lennon Collection was remastered and reissued worldwide with two bonus tracks for its CD release,[nb 4] "Move Over Ms. L" and "Cold Turkey" (the former being the only officially released Lennon track previously unavailable on any UK album, the latter the only UK hit single originally excluded from the compilation). "Move Over Ms. L" was the more notable inclusion – originally intended for Walls and Bridges but cut at the last minute; it was released as the B-side to "Stand by Me". The CD was released in the UK on 23 October 1989. "Less Christmassy than it sounds, ['Cold Turkey'] is now restored on CD," wrote Mat Snow in Q, "and is guaranteed to poop any party of sentimental Lennonism – presumably why it's kept till last; 1970's Plastic Ono Band album apart, it remains his most discomfortingly intense work."
In the US, the 1989 CD re-issue of The John Lennon Collection not only included the two bonus tracks but also the two songs originally excluded from the US release, "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" and "Stand by Me" (these were also thought of as 'bonus tracks' in the US), thereby making the track-listing now identical in both countries.
As Lennon's first posthumous release, The John Lennon Collection did extremely well, reaching number 1 in the UK and peaking at number 33 in the US where it would eventually reach triple platinum. The album sold 300,000 copies in the first week, and 1 million by its third week in the UK. In the UK, "Love" was excerpted as a single in the UK,[nb 5] (featuring a version of the song without the slow fade-ins) and managed to reach number 41. "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" was released as the B-side to "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)", which was released by Geffen, in a brand-new picture sleeve, in the US.[nb 6]
The front and back covers for The John Lennon Collection were taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz on 8 December 1980, the day Lennon was murdered.
All songs by John Lennon, except where noted.
- Side one
- "Give Peace a Chance" – 4:52
- Originally credited to Lennon–McCartney, the credit was revised in the 1990s to cite only Lennon as its composer.
- "Instant Karma!" – 3:20
- "Power to the People" – 3:16
- "Whatever Gets You thru the Night" – 3:17
- "#9 Dream" – 2:46 (4:46 on 1989's CD reissue)
- Edit of 1974 full length version on Walls and Bridges.
- The full length version was included on 1989's CD reissue of the compilation.
- "Mind Games" – 4:12
- "Love" – 3:22
- Released as a single unique to this collection. Originally released in 1970 on John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.
- "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" (Lennon/Yoko Ono) – 3:33
- Originally excluded from US version of this compilation, included on 1989 re-issue.
- Side two
- "Imagine" – 3:02
- "Jealous Guy" – 4:14
- "Stand by Me" (Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller/Ben E. King) – 3:25
- Originally excluded from US version of this compilation, included on 1989 re-issue.
- "(Just Like) Starting Over" – 3:55
- "Woman" – 3:25
- "I'm Losing You" – 3:57
- "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" – 4:01
- "Watching the Wheels" – 3:31
- "Dear Yoko" – 2:33
- 1989 CD bonus tracks
- "Move Over Ms. L." – 2:56
- Originally released in 1975 as "Stand by Me"'s B-Side..
- "Cold Turkey" – 5:01
Certifications and sales
|Austria (IFPI Austria)||Gold||25,000x|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Platinum||100,000^|
|Japan (Oricon Charts)||205,000|
|Norway (IFPI Norway)||Gold||25,000*|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||3× Platinum||900,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||3× Platinum||3,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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