JOHN LENNON - ODDITIES

May 25, 2012 – 12:19 pm

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Inside pages:

Page 02-23 / Page 03-22 / Page 04-21 / Page 05-20 / Page 06-19 / Page 07-18

Page 08-17 / Page 09-16 / Page 10-15 / Page 11-14 / Page 12-13

JOHN LENNON
Oddities [His Masters Choice HMC 015, 2CD]

Outtakes and demos.

This is what Philip Cohen commented:

“Come Together” (Live 1972) - Both the first show and second show versions have been released officially (the first show version is available on “Live in New York City”, and the second show version is on the 4-CD box set “The John Lennon Anthology”).

Lennon recorded many takes of the home demo and studio versions of many of these songs. While demo versions or outtake versions of some of these songs were offered on “The John Lennon Anthology”, the book included with that box set gives musician and studio credits, but it does not include take numbers, so it is not possible to determine if there is any overlap. Even listening to the takes on the bootleg may not give definitive answers, since John Lennon didn’t vary the arrangements much in the studio. (For example, there are many takes of “How Do You Sleep?” that have identical instrumental arrangements, but slight variations in the vocal performance.)

As far as official CD releases are concerned, the John Lennon vaults have been emptied. John had a generally good idea what songs were good enough to bring into the studio. There are no further unreleased songs (as opposed to takes) from his studio sessions.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Meanwhile, Stuart, at collectorsmusicreviews.com, wrote:

Following the path taken by their first release, “Oddities” scoops up what they have spare & presents them all within the Gazette format that was first issued last year. This isn’t a scraping of the barrel affair, far from it, despite the fact that we get to hear some new upgrades and longer takes than heard on the “Anthology” series, we also herald the premiere of several new to bootleg takes that have never been heard before [such as Gimme Some Truth, I’ve Got A Feeling, John Sinclair and Aisumasen (Call My Name)].
Click here for the full write-up.

Thanks to MrBeatleg for sharing the tracks on Demonoid.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Please Do Not Hammer The Links. Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. The tracks should still be around. Please try again later. Kindly email us at mybigo@bigozine.com if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Disc 1
Track 101. Love (Takes 24-25) (7.1MB)
Track 102. Glad All Over Jam (2.0MB)
Track 103. Hold On John (Rock Version) (5.4MB)
Track 104. Hold On John (Take 24) (5.3MB)
Track 105. Crippled Inside (Outtake) (10.4MB)
Track 106. Jealous Guy (Outtake) (6.6MB)
Track 107. It’s So Hard (Outtake) (3.9MB)
Track 108. Gimme Some Truth (Outtake) (6.7MB)
Track 109. How Do You Sleep (Outtake) (12.6MB)
Track 110. Oh My Love (Outtakes - Rehearsal) (34.1MB)
Track 111. Crippled Inside (Outtake) (6.1MB)
Track 112. Honey Don’t/Don’t Be Cruel/Matchbox (Oct 1970) (8.0MB)
Track 113. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (Demo) (5.3MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. I’ve Got A Feeling (Demo) (3.0MB)
Track 202. God Save Us (Demo) (3.1MB)
Track 203. Woman Is The Nigger Of The World (Demo) (3.5MB)
Track 204. John Sinclair (Demo) (4.0MB)
Track 205. Mind Games (Demo) (3.2MB)
206. Mind Games-Make Love Not War (Demo) - *Omitted
Track 207. Aisumasen (Call My Name) (Demo) (6.1MB)
Track 208. Freeda People (Demo) (1.6MB)
Track 209. I Know (I Know) (Demo) (5.1MB)
210. You Are Here (Outtake) - *Omitted
Track 211. Meat City (Demo 1) (4.1MB)
Track 212. Meat City (Demo 2) (6.4MB)
Track 213. Meat City (Demo 3) (6.0MB)
Track 214. Here We Go Again (Demo) (5.2MB)
Track 215. Whatever Gets You Through The Night (Demo) (7.1MB)
Track 216. What You Got (Demo) (5.6MB)
Track 217. Steel And Glass (Demo 1) (3.4MB)
Track 218. Steel And Glass (Demo 2) (7.1MB)
Track 219. Nobody Loves You When You Are Down And Out (Demo) (5.3MB)
Track 220. You Send Me (Demo) (3.5MB)
Track 221. Attica State (Live 1971) (6.3MB)
Different mix from version on The John Lennon Anthology.

Track 222. Come Together (Rehearsal 1972) (6.8MB)
223. Come Together (Live 1972) - *Omitted

*Tracks 6 and 10 - The John Lennon Anthology.
Track 23 - Live In New York City / The John Lennon Anthology.

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  1. 14 Responses to “JOHN LENNON - ODDITIES”

  2. Should be an interesting listen. Thanks!

    By Tom on May 25, 2012

  3. Thanks Big O and MrBeatleg.
    I cannot get enough of this type of Lennon material.

    By xavieronassis on May 25, 2012

  4. Thank you for posting this, I had almost given up finding it! Great quality outtakes.

    By Ernie Clark on May 25, 2012

  5. Winston O’Boogie.

    Thanks BigO and original uploader

    By JALtheImpaler on May 26, 2012

  6. Another fine collection of Lennon rarities from our friends at HMC. Excellent selection of tracks and fine sound quality. “Whatever gets you thru the night?” An evening of music by Sir John Lennon.

    By Belmo on May 26, 2012

  7. Thanks

    By George Martini on May 26, 2012

  8. I don’t want to spil the fun for BigO, because I’m extremely grateful for the great music they offer here, but here is a link to a FLAC version including the three omitted songs: http://www.guitars101.com/forums/f145/john-lennon-oddities-stu-flac-141300.html#post1007898

    By Walter on May 27, 2012

  9. I first heard, and taped (Track 112. Honey Don’t/Don’t Be Cruel/Matchbox Oct 1970), off the Lost Lennon Tapes radio program. I think it is THE greatest, impromptu performance I have ever heard. I’ve been hoping to replace that old, poor quality tape I made and this just makes my day!

    By Bob on May 28, 2012

  10. This is very nice.
    Heard this before but great download.

    Rijn

    By Rijn B on May 29, 2012

  11. i love this shit

    By tman on May 30, 2012

  12. BigO, it appears that the artwork for pages 10-15 is truncated, with just a few lines showing.

    By 4yrsnojob on Jun 1, 2012

  13. Hello 4yrsnojob

    Thanks for your note. Just checked and the artwork’s fine. It’s likely you had a disrupted download. Please try again.

    By bigozine2 on Jun 2, 2012

  14. If you want the omitted tracks you can find these on You Tube.

    By Creatist on Jun 4, 2012

  15. thank you thank you thank you!! Just when I think I’ve heard all the Lennon that exists, more shows up…and I re-discover his unbelievable genius.

    By peskypesky on Jul 14, 2012

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