John Lennon's Mind Games

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Funny, I think this might be his most compositionally rich solo album (or, if not, it's close): title track, "Bring on the Lucie," "Out the Blue," "Only People," "I Know (I Know)," "You Are Here" ... plus, a couple of OK rock tunes in "Tight A$" and "Meat City."

But the production - it's well put together, but man if it doesn't just seem sonically flat somehow. So, I wonder if that's the main reason why it's not more well-liked or if there's something in the compositions and the personality of this album that also explains it.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Monday, 9 October 2006 04:54 (seventeen years ago) link

I bought this yesterday, actually. The only song I had heard from it previously was the title track. I had sort of the opposite reaction - I didn't mind the production at all, I think it's just lacking the songs. I remember after hearing Plastic Ono Band for the first time I was blown away, first listen. I think Mind Games was recorded right after his lost weekend...if so, it makes sense. It sounds like an "aw, fuck it" album. I really love Lennon's music, and even just reading about his life and personality, up until the lost weekend. Then his music and his life feels tossed off, at least to me.

Then again, I have listened to this album in its entirity a total of one time, so I could be way off here.

Zachary Scott (Zach S), Monday, 9 October 2006 06:06 (seventeen years ago) link

Mind Games is pre-"Lost Weekend".

Worth reading May Pang's and Fred Seaman's books if you're interested in Lennon.

Bob Six (bobbysix), Monday, 9 October 2006 06:41 (seventeen years ago) link

haven't heard it in a long time, but "meat city" is a great track, doesn't sound remotely like anything else he ever recorded.

one problem i always had with later solo lennon, which is surprising considering his rep - he's so damn drippy and sentimental!

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Monday, 9 October 2006 07:03 (seventeen years ago) link

As close to perfunctory as John got.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Monday, 9 October 2006 10:04 (seventeen years ago) link

"Mind Games" sounded good on car radio: soupy symphonic swirling. Helped if you were high on beer and a weak hit of "acid" though.

m coleman (lovebug starski), Monday, 9 October 2006 10:50 (seventeen years ago) link

"Sounding perfunctory" is, I would imagine, at the heart of a lot of people's negative perspective on this album. And I've probably thought that myself, but I'm questioning it now. Why the assumption that he was less inspired on this album than on, say, Imagine or Double Fantasy, given the real sweetness of all those compositions I listed above?

'73 is kind of a gray area for me with Lennon - post-radicalism and pre-lost weekend. Don't know if it is for others, but if so I wonder if that affects the tendency to judge this album as being "close to perfunctory." I just heard a tape of Lennon guest-DJing on the radio in L.A. in '74 and he had so much spirit and enthusiasm - I think that's affecting why I'm thinking now that he was really working on making a good album with Mind Games (and, yes, was maybe fairly inspired).

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Monday, 9 October 2006 16:14 (seventeen years ago) link

Another factor maybe is the fact that his politics only manifest on "Bring on the Lucie" (which is a simple song) and at the end of "Mind Games" - reduced fervor adding to the interpretation that he was just going through the motions?

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Monday, 9 October 2006 16:35 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh, I forgot "Only People," which is also political. Some people have criticized that lyric for being simplistic, but I've always liked that tune.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Monday, 9 October 2006 16:39 (seventeen years ago) link

The anonymous self-production suits the dull songwriting. I've tried to work up an interest in this album for years and failed. I prefer Walls & Bridgers, with all its grotesque mid '70s accomodations.

Double Fantasy is simply a better album, Tim, from my point of view.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Monday, 9 October 2006 16:40 (seventeen years ago) link

"Mind Games" has the two chorus/no verse thing going on, which I love.

Zachary Scott (Zach S), Monday, 9 October 2006 16:51 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh, I definitely think Double Fantasy is better, too, but the deck is a little stacked there with seven tracks by John and seven by Yoko. It's certainly a much better sounding record. (xp)

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Monday, 9 October 2006 16:52 (seventeen years ago) link

That's very interesting, Zach! Both those sections are very like choruses.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Monday, 9 October 2006 16:53 (seventeen years ago) link

Not to derail this thread, but has anyone seen The U.S. vs. John Lennon yet?

darin (darin), Monday, 9 October 2006 17:57 (seventeen years ago) link

It's his worst album if you discount Rock n' Roll which I like by the way.

Ice Cream Electric (Ice Cream Electric), Monday, 9 October 2006 22:34 (seventeen years ago) link

worse than sometime in nyc?

anyway I agree it is not exceptional, compared with what came before, or with Walls & Bridges, which I feel is very underrated.

kyle (akmonday), Monday, 9 October 2006 22:36 (seventeen years ago) link

Ohh, I'd forgotten about Sometime in New York City. I think I had blocked it out of my mind. Awful record!!

Ice Cream Electric (Ice Cream Electric), Monday, 9 October 2006 22:39 (seventeen years ago) link

I'm not gonna argue wit you guys, but given your stated opinion, I'm curious as to whether you think "Mind Games," "Bring on the Lucie," "Only People," "Out the Blue," and "I Know (I Know)" is not a fairly awesome set of John Lennon tunes?

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Monday, 9 October 2006 23:03 (seventeen years ago) link

"Mind Games"'s equivocation, coming after years of almost Manichean position-taking, irked me for a long time until I realized that this was John's intention.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 10 October 2006 00:12 (seventeen years ago) link

What do you think he's being equivocal about??

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Tuesday, 10 October 2006 00:20 (seventeen years ago) link

Peace on earth, etc.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 10 October 2006 01:02 (seventeen years ago) link

I don't agree with that.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Tuesday, 10 October 2006 01:09 (seventeen years ago) link

We're playing those mind games together,
Pushing the barrier, planting seeds,
Playing the mind guerilla,
Chanting the mantra peace on earth,
We all been playing mind games forever,
Some kinda druid dudes lifting the veil.
Doing the mind guerilla,
Some call it magic, the search for the grail,
Love is the answer and you know that for sure,
Love is flower you got to let it, you got to let it grow,
So keep on playing those mind games together,
Faith in the future outta the now,
You just can't beat on those mind guerillas,
Absolute elsewhere in the stones of your mind,
Yeah we're playing those mind games forever,
Projecting our images in space and in time,
Yes is the answer and you know that for sure,
Yes is the surrender you got to let it, you got to let it go,
So keep on playing those mind games together,
Doing the ritual dance in the sun,
Millions of mind guerrillas,
Putting their soul power to the karmic wheel,
Keep on playing those mind games forever,
Raising the spirit of peace and love, not war,
(I want you to make love, not war, I know you've heard it before)

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Tuesday, 10 October 2006 01:19 (seventeen years ago) link

Tim, you're so literal. Look at the verbs ("playing," "projecting"), the use of "some," how John undercuts "yes is the surrender" with "keep on playing those mind games."

The song parodies hippie drivel yet its author is conflicted enough to realize that there might be truth in that drivel.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 10 October 2006 01:23 (seventeen years ago) link

"Mind games" = the actions of people, in time and space, affecting positive and/or negative cosmic impacts. Given the metaphor of "games," one would naturally use the verb playing. "Projecting" also relates to the cosmic subject matter.

The subject of "surrender" is, I think, also of a spiritual nature and I don't see how it has anything to do with any kind of "equivocation."

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Tuesday, 10 October 2006 01:31 (seventeen years ago) link

It is given John's politics and how it tainted (er, influenced) his songwriting post-197-.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 10 October 2006 01:32 (seventeen years ago) link

*1970 to 1973.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 10 October 2006 01:36 (seventeen years ago) link

All he's saying, Alfred, is "you've gotta let it go," i.e., move on. But keep on playin' the mind guerilla! That's not equivocation.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Tuesday, 10 October 2006 01:36 (seventeen years ago) link

Mindgames is pleasant enough but it ain't no Walls and Bridges which is the great lost Lennon album.

It bemuses me to see the praise for Double Fantasy, which still sounds like the slight MOR it was universally reviewed as on release to me.

SG (asylum), Tuesday, 10 October 2006 13:20 (seventeen years ago) link

Great title track anyway, even though the most underrated Lennon Track - "#9 Dream" - was on the next album.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Tuesday, 10 October 2006 13:40 (seventeen years ago) link

better than 'ice and on fire' or 'leather jackets', as least as good as 'too low for zero' or 'breaking hearts'

dave q (listerine), Tuesday, 10 October 2006 14:26 (seventeen years ago) link

SG otm.

Double Fantasy (and Milk and Honey) are quite poor.

I'm sure Lennon would have come round to this view - he was a harsh critic of his own music.

Walls and Bridges is a more interesting album than either Mind Games or Double Fantasy.

Bob Six (bobbysix), Tuesday, 10 October 2006 15:39 (seventeen years ago) link

the slight MOR it was universally reviewed as on release

That's just false.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Tuesday, 10 October 2006 15:44 (seventeen years ago) link

I am a little surprised that even Geir cannot muster some enthusiasm for the group of tracks that I mentioned!

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Tuesday, 10 October 2006 15:48 (seventeen years ago) link

"the slight MOR it was universally reviewed as on release

That's just false."

Maybe its just my poor memory but the the reviews of DF in 1980 were pretty slamming, as much from sheer disappointment as anything. Big things were expected of JL, and it was, and I use the word again, universally agreed, that he didn't deliver. It was (and is) MOR. Well, written but rather vapidly recorded.

Now, if you want the REAL Lennon goods from 1980, listen to the original 12" of Walking on Thin Ice, as cutting edge as anything at it time, and a record that slotted right into the NY No Wave sound.

Or the Cheap Trick / Lennon take of I'm Losing You...with the balls still intact. Real nasty vocal too, reminiscent of the live take of Money on Anthology 1.

SG (asylum), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 04:46 (seventeen years ago) link

double fantasy is uneven but i think the songs are basically there: "watching the wheels" is one of his finest songs ever, "woman" is a great song slightly ruined by slick production (the demo, on the lennon anthology, is gorgeous), and i've still got a soft spot for "starting over." whereas i can barely remember most of walls & bridges.

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 05:01 (seventeen years ago) link

It sucked like the majority of 70s Lennon sucked. Sucked. Just sucked.

The Real Esteban Buttez (EstieButtez1), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 05:15 (seventeen years ago) link

are you the new mr snrub?

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 05:45 (seventeen years ago) link

Hello, my name is Mr Snrub, and I come from...some place far away. Yesss, that'll do. Anyway, I say we invest that money back in Mark Chapman's next parole hearing.

The Real Esteban Buttez (EstieButtez1), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 05:55 (seventeen years ago) link

Is the 12" version of Walking on Thin Ice substantially different than, say, the one on the Yoko Ono best of (AKA the only Yoko Ono album I own)?

Zachary Scott (Zach S), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 06:17 (seventeen years ago) link

Great title track anyway, even though the most underrated Lennon Track - "#9 Dream" - was on the next album.
-- Geir Hongro (geirhon...) (webmail), Yesterday 2:40 PM. (later) (link)

For once, OTM.

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 07:52 (seventeen years ago) link

Lennon was disappointed with the production on Double Fantasy and said he would have liked to record something with the sound Springsteen got on "The River". Lennon was apparently a big Madness fan around 1980 and also claimed to have been listening to Joy Division and Wire in interviews shortly before he died. I've only heard the version of "Walking On Thin Ice" from the Disco Not Disco compilation and that sounds amazing. Was Lennon primarily responsible for this? He also was aware of the B52s and sent Ringo Starr a postcard in 1979 telling him to strive for something as great as "Heart Of Glass". It's interesting to speculate whether Lennon would have settled into the Armani Prince's Trust brigade in the mid 80s when the likes of Clapton, Bowie, Harrison etc all officially became Q magazine "legends from the past". Would he have played Live Aid? No doubt he would have eventually recorded again with McCartney circa 1987/88 followed by Stones type corporate world tours with the reformed Beatles.

David Gunnip (David Gunnip), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 09:56 (seventeen years ago) link

I see him more likely as going down the Bill Laswell/CellulOid route.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 10:03 (seventeen years ago) link

Lennon plays the keyboards and fantastic wonky guitar solo on "...Thin Ice."

Does anyone have any interviews in which he specfically praises Wire and Joy Division? I assumed this was urban legend (he did, however, cite The B-52's ["It sounds just like Yoko's music!"] and Lene Lovich).

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 10:06 (seventeen years ago) link

It was in that NME Originals Lennon issue a couple of years back. He supposedly told the NME over the phone that he was looking forward to touring the UK in early 1981 and that he was listening to JD and Wire.

David Gunnip (David Gunnip), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 10:09 (seventeen years ago) link

Part of Fred Seaman's job was to keep Lennon supplied with interesting new music. It's him that drew his attention to Lene Lovitch & co. Left to himself, apparently Lennon used to tune into muzak stations.

btw I didn't know #9 dream was underrated? I've always liked it - it's definitely aimed at George, right?

I'm in a minority, but Watching the Wheels, always struck me as superior Lennon filler rather than a good song. I agree with Albert Goldman that I'm Losing You is the last good song he wrote.

Bob Six (bobbysix), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 11:23 (seventeen years ago) link

A book of Lennon interviews would be an amazing thing to read. Both the "Lennon Remembers" and Playboy 1980 Q&A's are big favorites. In the latter he talks a lot about loving the B-52's and Pretenders: "I love all that punky stuff."

Matos-Webster Dictionary (M Matos), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 15:05 (seventeen years ago) link

The Playboy 1980 interview may be my favorite interview of a major rock and roller, ever. I love when he tears into George without a trace of guile.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 15:31 (seventeen years ago) link

The Andy Peebles BBC radio interviews (The Lennon Tapes) from Dec 6 1980 are the ones I'd love to hear in full. Part of it was on Youtube for a while but was then taken off. His Rolling Stone interview from Oct 1980 is available on the web. In fairness to Lennon, he didn't talk much nonsense during the late 70s when interviewed. He was aware by the mid 70s that he and his contemporaries were mostly past it -- in one interview he talked about the constant "product" that was being churned out by the Stones, McCartney etc. and he was probably dead right to get off the threadmill for a few years and take it easy in New York raising his child. What more was the man expected to give? As he said in the Playboy interview "we gave it our all". He also said that a band reunion might mean McCartney, Harrison, Starr and himself on stage together but it wouldn't be the Beatles, which made real sense. It's just a big pity it all ended at a point when he was really enjoying life and set to become significant part of the 1980s, not musically speaking, but a big world presence. There's a good scene in one of the Lennon docs where Yoko One and himself are strolling through Central Park on a nice autumn morning in 1980 and they stop to sign a couple of autographs. Yeah, big pity he didn't experience the 80s and 90s. The guy was alright for all his faults and he mostly spoke sense in his 30s unlike some of the other "rock n'roll creeps" as he put it.

David Gunnip (David Gunnip), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 19:15 (seventeen years ago) link

Worth noting that there was, I believe, a U.S. tour planned for Double Fantasy.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 19:20 (seventeen years ago) link

It would have been crap.

Bob Six (bobbysix), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 20:15 (seventeen years ago) link

I don't know if it would have been crap. The live Lennon I've heard is enthusiastic, but sloppy. Mostly because every concert he did in the seventies was a one-off. With no time to rehearse or sharpen up his chops they were bound to be a bit disappointing; however, given a consistent tour schedule he would have been fine. As an aside I like "Live Peace in Toronto" even the Yoko side. "Don't Worry Kyoko" is one of my favorite tracks. The garage band riff that underpins the song is aces in my book.

There certain songs on Mind Games I like just fine, but there's too much filler and the production drains the life out of the good songs.

Ice Cream Electric (Ice Cream Electric), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 20:45 (seventeen years ago) link

He suffered badly from stage-fright, so never toured. (on his own yeah of course..)

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 12 October 2006 07:37 (seventeen years ago) link

The original Geffen 12" of WOTI was simply longer with more guitar etc, and was a slightly tougher mix it seems. The version on Disco Not Disco is a NY club edit issued by Polydor a couple of years later (maybe by Francois K...I've seen his name credited with a mix).

I think you have to give Lennon more credit for WOTI than simply guitar and keyboards. Jack Douglas said many years ago that whilst it was Yoko's song, he was the driving force behind it, and I think its a fairly clear pointer to where he wanted to go. Lets face it, you can draw a fairly direct line from from Cold Turkey and POB to a song like walking on Thin Ice...much more so than Double Fantasy which is the one album from his post Beatles work that doesn't really fit with the others.

SG (asylum), Tuesday, 17 October 2006 22:54 (seventeen years ago) link

On that 1975 Tomorrow show interview recently put up on Youtube Lennon talks about his fondness for Disco and Reggae. Funny hearing him speculate on what bands would sound like in 1988.

David Gunnip (David Gunnip), Wednesday, 18 October 2006 09:30 (seventeen years ago) link

And Walking On Thin Ice is a disco record if its anything, in the Walter Gibbons / Arthur Russell style

SG (asylum), Thursday, 19 October 2006 01:17 (seventeen years ago) link

I see him more likely as going down the Bill Laswell/CellulOid route.

If he had died in 1970, this might have seemed a natural progression. However, he lived for ten years more, and just prior to his death, he recorded the slick (but great) pop album "Double Fantasy", which doesn't give too many hints in that particular musical direction.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Thursday, 19 October 2006 01:31 (seventeen years ago) link

I don't know as that Double Fantasy (or "Walking on Thin Ice," for that matter) itself gives clues as to what his direction beyond 1980 would have been either, though. Seems very speculative.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Thursday, 19 October 2006 01:45 (seventeen years ago) link

Whatever else, Double Fantasy is a deliberate attempt of Lennon's to posit himself as a Comeback Kid, older and wiser, redeemed by fatherhood, etc -- in short, a comeback acceptable to the pop audience. For the reasons I sorta prefer the Milk & Honey sessions; in toto they inject a welcome ambivalence. But I have no idea what he would have done had he lived and don't pretend to speculate.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Thursday, 19 October 2006 01:55 (seventeen years ago) link

*For these reasons

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Thursday, 19 October 2006 01:55 (seventeen years ago) link

"If he had died in 1970, this might have seemed a natural progression. However, he lived for ten years more, and just prior to his death, he recorded the slick (but great) pop album "Double Fantasy", which doesn't give too many hints in that particular musical direction."

Dunno, there seem to be plenty of clues here and there that he was less than happy with the Double Fantasy sound, and perhaps would've liked a rawer sound..whether thats true or not, I guess we will never know.

SG (asylum), Thursday, 19 October 2006 02:22 (seventeen years ago) link

Well another Lennon article a few years back claimed he really liked Bowie's Heros (the song) and would have loved to have done something as good. No doubt Lennon would have eventually had the big mid 80s snare drum and keyboard sound if he had lived -- nobody seemed able to avoid going down that route no matter what their intentions.

David Gunnip (David Gunnip), Thursday, 19 October 2006 09:04 (seventeen years ago) link

John said he liked lots of things to lots of people. I suspect he wanted to cover his ass so that if he made a move in Lene Lovich, Bowie, or the Pretenders' territory he'd at least have a model.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Thursday, 19 October 2006 10:25 (seventeen years ago) link

People would like to think Lennon would have moved in an art-rock/post-punk direction, but in fact that seems to be the direction he was moving away from. A lot of his late sixties / early seventies output was proto art rock. By 1980, art rock was arguably at its critical height: Bowie was releasing Scary Monsters, Talking Heads with Remain In Light etc etc. It was very much in the air. But instead, Lennon put out an album that was almost the antithesis of all that.

Revivalist (Revivalist), Thursday, 19 October 2006 10:35 (seventeen years ago) link

'double fantasy' vs 'little creatures' vs 'never let me down'

steve 'scratch' perry (listerine), Thursday, 19 October 2006 10:36 (seventeen years ago) link

Easy: Little Creatures > Double Fantasy > Never Let Me Down

Revivalist (Revivalist), Thursday, 19 October 2006 10:38 (seventeen years ago) link

He gave a brief press conference while he was in the Far East in 1977 and when asked about punk etc he didn't really know anything about it. He seems to to have tuned out from following the music scene in the late 70s and then maybe got into things again during 1980. He said in the Playboy interview that he was wasn't really a music fan or an "in people follower" and didn't really listen to albums, only what he heard on the radio.
George Harrison on the other hand hated everything about punk -- he said this on an Irish radio interview in 1988.

David Gunnip (David Gunnip), Thursday, 19 October 2006 10:47 (seventeen years ago) link

"Double Fantasy" is the better of the three. It may well be his best solo album (OK, "Imagine" was probably slightly better), whereas the two others showed acts on the way down and obviously not genius anymore.

By 1980, art rock was arguably at its critical height: Bowie was releasing Scary Monsters, Talking Heads with Remain In Light etc etc. It was very much in the air. But instead, Lennon put out an album that was almost the antithesis of all that.

And he had been doing for quite some time. Before his late 70s "housewife years", he released "Mind Games", "Walls And Bridges" and a contractual obligation album of old rock'n'roll covers, none of which were exactly avant garde. And, judging from the "Double Fantasy" album, his wife - which was the one who turned him into all that crazy stuff in the first place - was getting increasingly softer too.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Thursday, 19 October 2006 10:48 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh come on, Plastic Ono Band is better than either Imagine or Double Fantasy.

Revivalist (Revivalist), Thursday, 19 October 2006 10:51 (seventeen years ago) link

"Plastic Ono Band" is awful. The worst thing ever done by any ex-Beatle. The only listenable track is "Love".

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Thursday, 19 October 2006 10:53 (seventeen years ago) link

You have to be joking! "Mother" is one of the best things he's ever done, within or without the Beatles.

Revivalist (Revivalist), Thursday, 19 October 2006 11:13 (seventeen years ago) link

Mother is just a tuneless pile of unmusical screaming, from a man desperate to distance himself from the genius music he used to create with Paul McCartney in the past.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Thursday, 19 October 2006 13:33 (seventeen years ago) link

five years pass...

Reminded again how much I like this album!

Listening to the clips of the 2010 remaster on iTunes - sounds OK but I wonder if it's clipping in spots (end of clip on "Only People")? Never heard the remixed version (the 2002 CD). New version is the original mix.

timellison, Tuesday, 31 January 2012 00:44 (twelve years ago) link

Anyone read Tim Riley's new bio? It's fantastic -- as magisterial and insightful as Tell Me Why.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 00:45 (twelve years ago) link

"Aisumasen" sounds distorted, too...

timellison, Tuesday, 31 January 2012 00:48 (twelve years ago) link

this thread was pretty interesting until Geir showed up

Full Frontal Newtity (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 00:48 (twelve years ago) link

This album's pretty awesome.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 00:53 (twelve years ago) link

The Andy Peebles interviews and His Last Official Interview are all back on YouTube.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 01:25 (twelve years ago) link

still waiting for the reissue of Live Peace In Toronto

demolition with discretion (m coleman), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 12:01 (twelve years ago) link

I haven't seen this before. John & Yoko on the David Frost show in August 1968 discussing the You Are Here show.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wVkgz9qCTZg#!

Darin, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 02:27 (twelve years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVkgz9qCTZg&feature=youtu.be

Darin, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 02:29 (twelve years ago) link

eight years pass...

new mix too pretty
https://open.spotify.com/track/4LgPHW98WGoir4NVH4ewLF?si=HfxNvlC5T4myVDXPCo8l2w

corrs unplugged, Friday, 18 September 2020 08:55 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

https://storeuk.johnlennon.com/products/mind-games-the-ultimate-mixes-super-deluxe-box-set

a $1,700 deluxe edition housed in a reproduction of a 1968 Yoko art piece?

satisfying assembly video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDkE8U_adTE

but aah lol

maf you one two (maffew12), Saturday, 18 May 2024 00:26 (one month ago) link

lol i had to roll my eyes when it revealed it's just two CDs and two LPs ...

budo jeru, Saturday, 18 May 2024 19:27 (one month ago) link

this is the only solo john i revisit with any regularity. love this record

budo jeru, Saturday, 18 May 2024 19:29 (one month ago) link

kind of hilarious that the most elaborate box is for one of his least necessary and loved albums.

I? not I! He! He! HIM! (akm), Saturday, 18 May 2024 19:42 (one month ago) link

Keep on playing those

calstars, Saturday, 18 May 2024 19:52 (one month ago) link

Some kind of druid dude liftin' the veil.

timellison, Saturday, 18 May 2024 21:03 (one month ago) link

soul powah

calstars, Saturday, 18 May 2024 21:30 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4hHbFJIO_o

StanM, Monday, 1 July 2024 15:01 (one week ago) link

I just listened to Mind Games for the first time yesterday, a vinyl copy that I picked up for $5.

$5 seems about right. The box seems more appropriate for a big Lennon over-all box, not for such a middling album.

Cow_Art, Monday, 1 July 2024 16:12 (one week ago) link

I’m listening to (and enjoying) Tim’s recommended tracks and finding Yoko’s blended background vocals with the other singers on tracks like “You Are Here” to be wildly in keeping with Paul and Linda’s backgrounds that same decade.

Finding these tunes are more enjoyable when not stalked by the specter (Spector?) of the title track.

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 5 July 2024 07:50 (one week ago) link

The only one of the new mixes on Apple yet is Aisumasen. Not sure what I think - the vocals are much more the centerpiece. Long been looking for a good sounding version of this.

timellison, Friday, 5 July 2024 18:04 (one week ago) link

There are three mixes of it now!

timellison, Friday, 5 July 2024 18:07 (one week ago) link

Aisumasen (I’m Sorry) (Tim’s mix sorry not sorry)

calstars, Friday, 5 July 2024 18:58 (one week ago) link

for such a middling album

take it back!

budo jeru, Friday, 5 July 2024 19:00 (one week ago) link

I checked on Discogs and I don't think there's any version of the 2002 mix that's not at collector prices.

timellison, Friday, 5 July 2024 19:08 (one week ago) link

That shirt rules but look at this dumb marketing of mindfulness shit

https://store.johnlennon.com/products/mind-games-meditation-stones

brimstead, Friday, 5 July 2024 19:36 (one week ago) link

Why would you need stones to meditate?

calstars, Friday, 5 July 2024 19:43 (one week ago) link

Some kind of category error for "stones" there, maybe it focuses the mind on the illusion of materiality.
https://store.johnlennon.com/cdn/shop/files/PRODUCT_JLEN24_ECOMM_MINDGAMES_STONES-2.png

assert (matttkkkk), Friday, 5 July 2024 19:51 (one week ago) link

John Lennon’s rogue-like trading card Games

calstars, Friday, 5 July 2024 20:10 (one week ago) link


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