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The John Lennon Collection

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All songs by John Lennon, besides the place famous.

The back and front cowl pictures for The John Lennon Collection have been taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz on 8 December 1980; Lennon was murdered later that night by Mark David Chapman at Lennon’s residence The Dakota.[7][8]

As Lennon’s first posthumous launch, The John Lennon Collection did extraordinarily nicely, reaching no 1 within the UK[1] and peaking at quantity 33 within the US the place it could finally attain triple platinum. The album bought 300,000 copies within the first week, and 1 million by its third week within the UK.[1] In the UK, “Love” was excerpted as a single,[nb 5] (that includes a model of the music with out the gradual fade-ins) and managed to succeed in quantity 41. “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” was launched because the B-side to “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”, which was launched by Geffen, in a brand-new image sleeve, within the US.[nb 6][6]

In the US, the 1989 CD re-issue of The John Lennon Collection not solely included the 2 bonus tracks but additionally the 2 songs initially excluded from the US launch, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” and “Stand by Me” (these have been additionally regarded as ‘bonus tracks’ within the US), thereby making the track-listing now equivalent in each international locations.

In 1989, after EMI acquired the rights to the Double Fantasy materials, The John Lennon Collection was remastered and reissued worldwide with two bonus tracks for its CD launch,[nb 4] “Move Over Ms. L” and “Cold Turkey” (the previous being the one formally launched Lennon observe beforehand unavailable on any UK album, the latter the one UK hit single initially excluded from the compilation). “Move Over Ms. L” was the extra notable inclusion: initially meant for Walls and Bridges however lower on the final minute, it was launched because the B-side to “Stand by Me”.[2] The CD was launched within the UK on 23 October 1989.[1] “Less Christmassy than it sounds, [‘Cold Turkey’] is now restored on CD,” wrote Mat Snow in Q, “and is assured to poop any get together of sentimental Lennonism – presumably why it is saved until final; 1970’s Plastic Ono Band album aside, it stays his most discomfortingly intense work.”[3]

The EMI choices on the album are much like these on Shaved Fish, Lennon’s 1975 compilation album, however with out the singles “Cold Turkey”, “Mother” and “Woman Is the Nigger of the World.” The 1975 hit single “Stand by Me” and “Love”, a well-liked observe from the John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band album, have been added. The different half consisted of lots of the tracks from Double Fantasy. In the US, the album was issued with a barely completely different observe itemizing,[nb 3] with “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” and “Stand by Me” excluded.[1]

The album was initially scheduled for launch in late 1981, however was held again a 12 months as a consequence of legalities owing to the truth that half the songs on the album have been licensed to EMI and the opposite half, songs from Double Fantasy, have been licensed to Geffen.[1] It was finally launched on 1 November 1982 by Parlophone within the United Kingdom,[nb 1] and on 8 November by Geffen within the United States.[nb 2][1] It was the primary Lennon album to be issued following his loss of life in 1980. The album contains most of Lennon’s hit singles and different tracks from his solo albums recorded with EMI from 1970–75, in addition to all however certainly one of his compositions (observe 3 – “Cleanup Time”) from his ultimate album Double Fantasy, which was initially distributed by Geffen Records in America and EMI/Parlophone within the United Kingdom.[1]

The John Lennon Collection is a posthumous compilation album of music from John Lennon’s solo profession.

1 November 1982 (UK)
8 November 1982 (US)

1 November 1982 (UK)
8 November 1982 (US)

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