May 15, 2010 – 3:49 am

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Out Of The Blue [Toasted Condor, 1CD]

Various demos and rough mixes. Very good soundboard.

Out of The Blue is a collection of 1970s John Lennon studio outtakes. Watching The Wheels and Only You are the same takes offered officially on the “Anthology” 4-CD box. Jealous Guy and Nobody Told Me are different takes, which are not available officially. - Philip Cohen

For many mainstream listeners, the four-CD Anthology boxset is probably the first time they encountered John Lennon’s home recordings. [For the more hardcore Beatles fans, the Abbey Road sessions provide a good idea of what it was like in the studio.] And for the Lennon fans, the Lost Lennon Tapes would have been a good place to start and recent releases such as The Lost Home Tapes 1965-1969; John Lennon - At Home; Come On, Listen To Me and older releases such as Listen To This… are worthwhile companion albums.

Out Of The Blue is a 1989 mix-and-match compilation that not only lets you in on the creative process but practically gives the listener a front-row view of the works in progress. Partly because of Lennon’s personality [imagined or perceived] and the song selection, the result is a captivating hour where the listener walks away feeling as if he or she has a private sharing with Lennon.

Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.

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.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Julia (early demo) (4.1MB)
Track 02. Out Of The Blue (early rough mix) (5.8MB)
03. Watching The Wheels (acoustic demo) - omitted
Track 04. Jealous Guy (alternate take) (6.0MB)
Track 05. Rock Island Line (home tape) (3.8MB)
Track 06. Here We Go Again (acoustic demo, take 2) (4.1MB)
07. Only You (demo) - omitted
Track 08. Cold Turkey (demo) (4.9MB)
Track 09. Maybe Baby/Rave On (acoustic) (4.3MB)
Track 10. Move Over Ms. L (studio run through) (4.0MB)
Track 11. Send Me Some Lovin’ (acoustic) (4.7MB)
Track 12. It’s So Hard (alternate version) (3.3MB)
Track 13. Happy Xmas (War Is Over (demo) (4.5MB)
Track 14. Nobody Told Me (rough mix) (4.6MB)
Track 15. I Found Out (alternate mix) (5.5MB)
Track 16. Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird Of Paradox) (demo) (4.4MB)
Track 17. Imagine (alternate mix) (4.6MB)
Track 18. Sexy Sadie (demo) (3.4MB)
Track 19. Mind Games (early mix) (5.6MB)
Track 20. Woman (basic track, reference vocal) (4.5MB)
Track 21. God Save Us (demo) (2.7MB)
Track 22. Strawberry Fields Forever (earliest demo) (2.7MB)

John Lennon Anthology [4CD] is the best of John Lennon’s music in a box so far. Click on the link to order the set.


  2. Beautiful!!

    By Paul on May 15, 2010

  3. Thank you so very very much for this great Lennon collection!!

    By Steven on May 15, 2010

  4. The Walrus was Paul! Honest!

    By Ringo on May 15, 2010

  5. Real Gear! Thanx, cheeky, baby…

    By Timmy on May 15, 2010

  6. Nice collection of Lennon rarities on the old CONDOR label from 1989! Folks who don’t already have these will greatly appreciate them! By the way, the correct title should be OUT THE BLUE* (for the song and the CD title), *see Mind Games.
    Thanks again Big O!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Jeff on May 16, 2010

  7. Great stuff once again. Thanks

    By Rick D on May 16, 2010

  8. where can we find “watching the wheels, acoustic demo” and “only you, demo”?

    By walter on May 21, 2010

  9. Hi Walter

    Both tracks can be found on the John Lennon Anthology Boxset. Follow the link at the end of the item.


    By Admin on May 21, 2010

  10. Thanks yet again, BigO! I inserted the omitted tracks from my Anthology box and completed this great boot. You guys are really on a roll.

    By Brad P on May 21, 2010

  11. another excellent disc. Thanks

    By Matt on May 25, 2010

  12. Looks interesting.. think I’ll check this one out.. I have the boxset… plus a few other “collections” of unreleased stuff..

    By Tom on Nov 2, 2013

  13. I inserted the two omitted tracks too. Great stuff, thanks Big O!!

    By Ernie Clark on Nov 2, 2013

  14. Truly a great post BigO. Thanks

    By JB on Nov 2, 2013

  15. Wonderful. Thankx so much.
    Lennon, sitting on the bed, with the red stratocaster. Often told about.

    Omitted tracks: Are there similar takes or mixes available to make it kind of complete?

    By Kint on Nov 3, 2013

  16. Watching The Wheels (acoustic demo)

    By ed on Nov 7, 2013

  17. john lennon /blind audition on the voice

    By joko bono on Nov 7, 2013

  18. Here are the Omitted tracks

    Watching The Wheels (acoustic demo)

    Only You

    By e on Nov 10, 2013

  19. Anything Lennon is awesome!

    By Gary Breeden on Nov 11, 2013

  20. Ah, thanks for helping! Now I can get it complete. Before it´s gone again… Great. Thank you!!

    By Kint on Nov 12, 2013

  21. Hey BigO can you fix…Track 04 - Jealous guy anf Track 11 - send me some loving and Track 17 - Imagine ……thanks

    By Sarah Novak on Oct 19, 2015

  22. sarah novak did you see the post I left for you on the latest john lennon page?

    By dropkick sarge on Oct 19, 2015

  23. Yes I did thank you so much dropkick sarge. Wow that will keep me going for weeks ! i really appreciate the link…

    By Sarah Novak on Oct 19, 2015

  24. : )

    By dropkick sarge on Oct 19, 2015

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