The first true proper solo album by John Lennon
– plus an extra LPs worth of alternate takes! Recorded after a few non-Beatles records with Yoko Ono, and at the same time as Yoko's much wilder album with a similar title! This one, though, is John
at his best – very personal and exposed, in similar territory to Paul McCartney on his first solo record – and the whole thing is a fantastic testament to the humanity that Lennon
always brought to his music, even at a time when some might have accused him of going off the deep end with some of his more experimental music. The record's got a relatively stripped-down vibe, although isn't entirely just voice and guitar – as other elements are brought in at just the right level to expand the sound without losing the Lennon
at the core. Titles include "Mother", "Hold On", "I Found Out", "Working Class Hero", "Isolation", "Remember", "Love", "Well Well Well", "Look At Me", "God", and "My Mummy's Dead". The Ultimate Collection includes new stereo and 5.1 mixes, outtakes, demos, raw studio mixes, jams, and live material – plus a really cool 132 page book with an essay, photos, lyrics, archival documents, and detailed notes on each track.
(In great shape!)