Gimme Some Truth

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Much grander than the single-disc Power to the People but not nearly as lavish as the 11-disc Signature Box, the four-disc Gimme Some Truth is the middle ground of Apple/EMI's 2010 John Lennon reissue series: a collection of four thematic collections offered at a reasonable price. Breaking any artist's work into themes is tricky, but the topics here are broad enough to give the compilers some wiggle room: Working Class Hero contains Lennon's protest songs, Woman his songs of love and women ("Mother" and "My Mummy's Dead" don't quite qualify as romantic tunes, after all), Borrowed Time features songs about "life," and his rock & roll numbers are presented on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Much grander than the single-disc Power to the People but not nearly as lavish as the 11-disc Signature Box, the four-disc Gimme Some Truth is the middle ground of Apple/EMI's 2010 John Lennon reissue series: a collection of four thematic collections offered at a reasonable price. Breaking any artist's work into themes is tricky, but the topics here are broad enough to give the compilers some wiggle room: Working Class Hero contains Lennon's protest songs, Woman his songs of love and women ("Mother" and "My Mummy's Dead" don't quite qualify as romantic tunes, after all), Borrowed Time features songs about "life," and his rock & roll numbers are presented on a disc called Roots, oddly sharing its title with the controversial original unofficial release of Rock 'n' Roll (indeed, this Roots disc winds up containing the entirety of Rock 'n' Roll). Some of the selected songs may not quite fit the themes but the 72 cuts here contain much of Lennon's solo best, making this a good thorough overview for those who need more than the hits but don't want to invest in full albums. It's at a very nice price point, too.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2010
  • Label: Capitol
  • EAN: 5099990664229
  • Catalog Number: 06642
  • Sales rank: 37,959

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Working Class Hero (3:49)
  2. 2 Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) - Plastic Ono Band (3:25)
  3. 3 Power To the People - Plastic Ono Band (3:21)
  4. 4 God (4:11)
  5. 5 I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (6:06)
  6. 6 Gimme Some Truth (3:13)
  7. 7 Sunday Bloody Sunday - Yoko Ono (5:01)
  8. 8 Steel and Glass (4:38)
  9. 9 Meat City (2:52)
  10. 10 I Don't Wanna Face It (3:23)
  11. 11 Remember (4:35)
  12. 12 Woman is the Nigger of the World (5:16)
  13. 13 I Found Out (3:37)
  14. 14 Isolation (2:53)
  15. 15 Imagine (3:03)
  16. 16 Happy Xmas (War is Over) - Harlem Community Choir (3:33)
  17. 17 Give Peace a Chance - Plastic Ono Band (4:50)
  18. 18 Only People (3:27)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mother (5:35)
  2. 2 Hold On (1:50)
  3. 3 You Are Here (4:09)
  4. 4 Well Well Well (5:57)
  5. 5 Oh My Love (2:46)
  6. 6 Oh Yoko! (4:17)
  7. 7 Grow Old With Me (3:19)
  8. 8 Love (3:24)
  9. 9 Jealous Guy - Flux Fiddlers (4:16)
  10. 10 Woman (3:33)
  11. 11 Out the Blue (3:22)
  12. 12 Bless You (4:39)
  13. 13 Nobody Loves You (When You're Down and Out) (5:10)
  14. 14 My Mummy's Dead (0:49)
  15. 15 I'm Losing You (3:59)
  16. 16 (Just Like) Starting Over (3:57)
  17. 17 No. 9 Dream (4:46)
  18. 18 Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) (4:06)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Mind Games (4:13)
  2. 2 Nobody Told Me (3:35)
  3. 3 Cleanup Time (2:57)
  4. 4 Crippled Inside (3:48)
  5. 5 How Do You Sleep? (5:36)
  6. 6 How? (3:43)
  7. 7 Intuition (3:07)
  8. 8 I'm Stepping Out (4:07)
  9. 9 Whatever Gets You Thru the Night (3:28)
  10. 10 Old Dirt Road (4:11)
  11. 11 Scared (4:39)
  12. 12 What You Got (3:08)
  13. 13 Cold Turkey - Plastic Ono Band (5:03)
  14. 14 New York City (4:31)
  15. 15 Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird of Paradox) (2:55)
  16. 16 Borrowed Time (4:31)
  17. 17 Look At Me (2:53)
  18. 18 Watching the Wheels (3:32)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Be-Bop-A-Lula (2:37)
  2. 2 You Can't Catch Me (4:52)
  3. 3 Medley: Rip It Up/Ready Teddy (1:34)
  4. 4 Tight AS (3:37)
  5. 5 Ain't That a Shame (2:32)
  6. 6 Sweet Little Sixteen (3:02)
  7. 7 Do You Wanna Dance (2:53)
  8. 8 Slippin' and Slidin' (2:17)
  9. 9 Peggy Sue (2:05)
  10. 10 Medley: Bring It on Home to Me/Send Me Some Lovin' (3:40)
  11. 11 Yer Blues - Plastic Ono Band (3:45)
  12. 12 Just Because (4:29)
  13. 13 Bony Moronie (3:49)
  14. 14 Beef Jerky (3:27)
  15. 15 Ya Ya (2:20)
  16. 16 Hound Dog (3:05)
  17. 17 Stand By Me (3:33)
  18. 18 Here We Go Again (4:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Lennon Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Chuck Berry Composer
Sam Cooke Composer
Buddy Holly Composer
Ben E. King Composer
John Lennon Composer, Producer, Drawing
Paul McCartney Composer
Harry Nilsson Composer
Lloyd Price Composer
Gene Vincent Composer
Albert Collins Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Yoko Ono Composer, Producer, Art Direction
George Martin Producer
Norman Petty Composer
Phil Spector Composer, Producer
Jerry Allison Composer
Fats Domino Composer
Jack Douglas Producer
Bobby Freeman Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Eddie Bocage Composer
Anthony DeCurtis Liner Notes
Richard Penniman Composer
Peter Nash Memorabilia
Paul Hicks Remastering
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell Composer
Tex Davis Composer
John Marascalco Composer
Sean Magee Remastering
Iain Macmillan Cover Photo, Back Cover Photo
Leo Price Composer
Alex Wharton Remastering
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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    We can all shine on and on and on!

    Thirty years after his death, his music and his spirit still lives on. It seems that John Lennon is still around. If you may recalled, there was a four cd box set called Lennon. It was released in 1990 to commemorate the 50th birthday of John Lennon at that time. As we celebrated his 70th birthday (had he lived), the music of John Lennon continues. In addition to the John Lennon Signature Box Set and the new best of Power to the People: The Hits, John Lennon and Beatles fans (including myself) can add another cd collections in your Christmas stocking.

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  • Posted October 29, 2010

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    Shine On? You Bet! Thirty Years And Counting...

    In this recent summer of Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and Tea Parties, hearing John Lennon's music again, borne out of the hostilities of 1960's, sounds just as vital in this current hostile age. A product of a post-World War II broken home, Lennon created some of the finest music ever made with The Beatles. When they broke up in 1970, Lennon seemed more preoccupied with bettering himself and the world around him than with real fame. This was coming from the man who once was asked, "Do you have a message for the youth of America?" and he responded, "Yes, buy more Beatles albums!"

    All of Lennon's solo albums have been remastered and re-released and there's a boxed set, "Gimme Some Truth", which manages to put most of those songs into a better context. The first three discs contain material mostly from "Plastic Ono Band" (1970), "Imagine" (1971) and "Double Fantasy" (1980). Yet, this set manages to take the better moments from the overproduced "Some Time In New York City" (1972) and make them sound more relevant. The material on the fourth disc features cover tunes, much of which are from 1975's "Rock and Roll". But that disc seems irrelevant, especially in light of the fact that Lennon's roots in music were evident on The Beatles' earliest album.

    Still, you can't go wrong with this collection. "Gimme Some Truth" plays alongside "Sunday Bloody Sunday", long before U-2 turned it into a mega-hit. The wonderful outtakes "I'm Stepping Out" sounds great before "Whatever Gets You Through The Night", which Lennon did with Elton John. His metal-pounding cover of Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame" predates Cheap Trick's cover of that by about four years. And despite its demo quality, "Grow Old With Me", with a gorgeous George Martin string arrangement is heartbreakingly touching.

    With Lennon's solo albums now being remastered and reissued, there are a few individual albums definitely worth having. Top of the must-have list is "Plastic Ono Band", with a primal, erupting rage that even grunge rock can't match. "Imagine" is another, which remains a yearning, timeless classic. Most impressive is the reissue of "Double Fantasy". It is now a 2-disc set, featuring the original album and an alternative version of that record. What emerges from listening to this is not only was Lennon more assured of himself and his talents but that even Yoko Ono's performances were fine, definitely the foundation for much of New Wave and alternative music.

    Upon listening to this music with its remastered sound, I realized that Lennon's music, particularly by the time "Double Fantasy" was made, was full of optimism and positive ideas. This only seems to make his loss all the more tragic, particularly in light of our current social climate. But thank God the music is still with us and still has something to say.

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