The John Lennon Collection (1982)

This is the story of a boy what onsatime belonged in a band BEATLES. One day, he met a beautyfull woman, married her and, as a wedding present, they gave the world three minutes of PEACE. The world liked it so much that John and Yoko gave the same gift again for XMAS. Then John decided to be a STAR but, before he could, he needed to stand in the COLD to collect himself. Because the people liked peace but didn’t know how to use it, John and his wife, Yoko, gave the world a new gift, POWER. Sum peeple complained that John and Yoko didn’t have anything pretty to give, so the pear opened up their treasure box and showed them LOVE, IMAGINATION & JEALOUSY. Then everybody was HAPPY. Except John and Yoko. So they decided to live apart from each other to find happiness. John thought he was happy playing GAMES and following his DREAMS, but there was no light in his world anymore, only NIGHT. John and Yoko realized that they were only happy when they were together, so they decided to MOVE back together and STAND BY one another for the rest of their lives. And for five years, they stopped giving gifts to the world, who was always asking for something and never happy with anything anyway, and gave a single special gift to one another, which they called Sean. John loved Sean so much he spent all day with him. At first, peeple waited for John to get bored with Sean, thinking he would come back and give them more presents like in the old days. But he didn’t, and soon everyone forgot about him. Then, one day, a beautiful present arrived from John and Yoko unexpectedly. Inside it were songpictures of everything that had happened in the last five years: how John had loved his BEAUTIFUL BOY, spent his days WATCHING everybody else work, how he felt when he was LOSING his wife, and more. His wife, DEAR YOKO, gave as many as John, even though she couldn’t sing very well. And suddenly, it became clear that John had been busy all this time becoming a man, and with his WOMAN was STARTING a new journey. This was the story of a boy what onsatime belonged in a band BEATLES but now he belongs to the world.

Original LP Version
A1. Give Peace A Chance (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
A2. Instant Karma!
A3. Power To The People
A4. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night
A5. #9 Dream
A6. Mind Games
A7. Love
B1. Imagine
B2. Jealous Guy
B3. (Just Like) Starting Over
B4. Woman
B5. I’m Losing You
B6. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)
B7. Watching The Wheels
B8. Dear Yoko

All songs written by John Lennon unless noted.

Original Expanded Cassette Version
A1. Give Peace A Chance
A2. Instant Karma!
A3. Power To The People
A4. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night
A5. #9 Dream
A6. Mind Games
A7. Love
A8. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
A9. Imagine
A10. Jealous Guy
B1. Stand By Me (Ben E. King/Jerry Lieber/Mike Stoller)
B2. (Just Like) Starting Over
B3. Woman
B4. I’m Losing You
B5. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)
B6. Watching The Wheels
B7. Dear Yoko
B8. Move Over Ms. L
B9. Cold Turkey

The Players
Original album coordination and compilation by John David Kalodner.

The Pictures
Photographs by Annie Liebovitz. Art direction by Chris Worf.

The Plastic
Released on elpee and expanded cassette on November 8, 1982 in the UK (Parlophone, EMTV/TCEMTV-37), the US (Geffen, GHSP-2023), Australia (Parlophone, PLAY-1021), Brazil (EMI, 31C 066-78224), Colombia (EMI, 11946/29146), Germany (Odeon, 064 78224), Japan (EMI Odeon, EAS-91055) and Mexico (EMI, LEMT/CEMT, 1101) with lyrics innersleeve; reached #1 on the UK charts and #33 on the S charts (RIAA-certified 3x platinum record). Most elpee versions (except, notably, UK/US) feature 17 tracks and include “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” and “Stand By Me.”

  1. Re-issued on expanded compact disc in October 1989 in the US (Capitol, CDP 591516) and Taiwan (EMI, CDP 7915162) with 19 tracks.

3 thoughts on “The John Lennon Collection (1982)

  1. Here’s a lot more I can add… John Lennon was acutely aware of the fact that the number 9 dominated his life. He was born at 6:30 PM on October 9, 1940. His son Sean was born on October 9, 1975. Brian Epstein first saw The Beatles at The Cavern on November 9, 1961. He secured their recording contract with EMI on May 9, 1962, and the debut record, “Love Me Do”, was issued on Parlophone R 4949.

    The bus John took to art college was the 72 (7 plus 2 making 9). John first met Yoko on November 9, 1966. When John and Yoko first moved together to The Dakota, their first apartment was 72.

    Some of John’s songs included “Revolution 9”, “#9 Dream” and “One After 909”, the latter of which he wrote at his mother’s house at 9 Newcastle Road, Wavertree, Liverpool.

    When John moved his Aunt Mimi from Liverpool to Sandbanks in Dorset, her address was 126 Panorama Road, the combination of the figures striking John with his lucky number.

    He even once joked to Ray Coleman that one of his most important songs contained nine keywords: “All we are saying is give peace a chance.”

    When John went gambling in Las Vegas, the number he repeatedly chose on the roulette wheel was 9…and he usually lost with it.

    When John was in Paris with The Beatles in 1964, he received a threatening note which made him nervous: “I am going to shoot you at 9 tonight.”

    John sold Tittenhurst Park to Ringo on September 9, 1973. He believed that a message in the stars read that the combined names of John Ono Lennon and Yoko Ono Lennon contained the letter O nine times.

    When John was shot dead on December 8, 1980, the five-hour time difference meant that it was December 9 in England. His body was taken to Roosevelt Hospital. It was situated on 9th Avenue, Manhattan.

  2. As always, Miles, you’ve made it better. Thanks. Astrology is probably a bit of a stretch, but even God believed in numerology.

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