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John Lennon - Filming The Fantasies

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Scan submitted/created by [C Mortlock, cmortlock@bluemeanies.clara.co.uk]
HQ Scans:
Publisher: Voxx
Reference :VOXX 0009-01
Date :2000
Made In :
Quality :
Booklet & packaging :
Total duration:

Comments
Tracks 1-18: last studio filming session (18 August 1980). They proudly list it as "FIRST TAPE TO CD TRANSFER". Not true. It's available on "Alternates Of Free As A Bird, Real Love And 14 Other Songs" (FAAB 164). It was also available (on vinyl) on "Before Play" (Gnat Records). One should note that these tracks come from a hidden microphone in the studio not from the video tape. The video tape has not surfaced yet. Maybe it has been destroyed because John didn't liked it at all. At first, excerpts of it were intended to be used for a video clip of "(Just Like) Starting Over" but John hated the video and suggested it to be "sunk in the pool"...

Track 19: John's last filmed interview. Supposedly recorded in October 1980 (Tilleul's note: I've not been able to trace anything like a filmed interview in Oct 1980 in Keith Badman's book).

Track 20: John's (in)famous diary tape. Recorded 5 September 1979. Not for everyone's ears...

Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   
 
She's A Woman(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
Rehearsal
18 Aug 1980
John Lennon
John jamming in the studio with the band.
 
Dialogue(John Lennon Section)
Studio chat
Version validated
Studio Dialogue
18 Aug 1980
John Lennon
 
C'mon Everybody(Cochran/Capehart/Sheeley)
Song
Rehearsal
18 Aug 1980
John Lennon
John jamming in the studio with the band.
2.
She's A Woman(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
Rehearsal
18 Aug 1980
John Lennon
John jamming in the studio with the band.

Followed by a chat.
3.
Rip It Up(Blackwell/Marascalco)
Song
Rehearsal
18 Aug 1980
John Lennon
John jamming in the studio with the band.

Followed by more chat.
4.
Mannish Boy(Morganfield/McDaniel/London)
Song
Rehearsal
18 Aug 1980
John Lennon
John jamming in the studio with the band.
5.
Be-Bop-A-Lula(Vincent/Davis)
Song
Rehearsal
18 Aug 1980
John Lennon
John jamming in the studio with the band.

Followed by a chat.
6.
I'm Losing You(Lennon)
Song
Rehearsal
18 Aug 1980
John Lennon
John jamming in the studio with the band.

Followed by a chat.
7.
(Just Like) Starting Over(Lennon)
Song
Rehearsal
18 Aug 1980
John Lennon
John jamming in the studio with the band.

Followed by a chat.
8.
I'm Losing You(Lennon)
Song
Rehearsal
18 Aug 1980
John Lennon
John jamming in the studio with the band.

Followed by a chat.
9.
Dialogue(John Lennon Section)
Studio chat
Version validated
Studio Dialogue
18 Aug 1980
John Lennon
Chat, riffs, tuning, camera setup
10.
I'm Losing You(Lennon)
Song
Rehearsal
18 Aug 1980
John Lennon
John jamming in the studio with the band.

Followed by more chat & riffs.
11.
I'm Losing You(Lennon)
Song
Rehearsal
18 Aug 1980
John Lennon
John jamming in the studio with the band.

Followed by more chat & riffs.
12.
I'm Losing You(Lennon)
Song
Rehearsal
18 Aug 1980
John Lennon
John jamming in the studio with the band.

Complete version.
13.
Dialogue(John Lennon Section)
Studio chat
Version validated
Studio Dialogue
18 Aug 1980
John Lennon
Chat & riffs
14.
Dream Lover(Darin)
Song
Rehearsal
18 Aug 1980
John Lennon
John jamming in the studio with the band.
15.
Stay(Williams)
Song
Rehearsal
18 Aug 1980
John Lennon
John jamming in the studio with the band.
16.
Dialogue(John Lennon Section)
Studio chat
Version validated
Studio Dialogue
18 Aug 1980
John Lennon
More chat & riffs
17.
Mystery Train(Parker/Phillips)
Song
Rehearsal
18 Aug 1980
John Lennon
John jamming in the studio with the band.
18.
Dialogue(John Lennon Section)
Studio chat
Version validated
Studio Dialogue
18 Aug 1980
John Lennon
More chat & riffs
19.
Interview(John Lennon Section)
Interview
John Lennon
New York - Unknown Interviewer
Oct 1980
John Lennon
Listed as "John's Last Filmed Interview"
20.
Interview(John Lennon Section)
Other type of track
Version validated
Version details available
John Lennon
New York - John Lennon (Diary Tape)
5 Sep 1979
John Lennon
John's Audio Tape Diary (5 September 1979)
Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   


Song Song Studio chat Studio chat
TV/Radio chat/jingle TV/Radio chat/jingle Interview Interview
Cover by another artist Cover by another artist Film Music/Orchestral Film music/orchestral
Concert intro/announcement Concert intro/announcement Advertising Advertising
Song by another artist Song by another artist Medley title Medley title
Book chapter Book chapter
Other type of track Other


Reviews

Review by: Bill S., django6@lycos.comOn 12 Jan 2001
A must-have for the Lennon fan!
Tracks 1-18: warm-up jamming, mostly on oldies.
Some surprises (I'm A Man!!!), great free-associational
lyrics (often obscene) to the old songs, and a nice
opportunity to hear John interact with the studio
people, the people filming the video, and the musicians.
Track 19: a 23-minute conversation between John and
journalist Robert Hilburn. John seems very comfortable
here and explains a lot about his working methods
and his solo career. There are odd sound effects and
little snippets of what sounds like soundtrack music
in the background here and there...almost like video-game
sounds.
Track 20: the cover calls this "the infamous diary tape"
(it's about 13 minutes)
and it will certainly be an eye-opener for most listeners.
It's a mix of childhood memories (the revolting one
about the guy who put margarine in his hair will be
hard to forget!), philosophizing, and comments on everyday
activities. I don't want to spoil the surprise of any
of this, so you'll have to hear it for yourself. Just
imagine you're Lennon's psychiatrist, listening to this.

Overall, this is an essential Lennon boot. I don't know
that you will play the whole thing that often, but the
music part is raw and exciting, and you'll probably be
playing the diary tape for friends, saying "you won't
believe this..."
Review by: Rich,On 01 Aug 2001
Voxx does a better job marketing their sloppy sounding CDs' then producing a solid product.

This is a hidden microphone recording, not a copy of the audio reel from the film. In other words, the sound is muddy, the instruments are muffled or bleed, and the dialog is hard to follow.

There are a few highlights, such as an improvised smutty version of ""Starting Over" and some neat jam sessions of oldies like "Honey Don't." However it is not enough to save the consumer from shelling out their hard earned dough.

Even the interview is poor quality sound, making it difficult to follow the conversation, and the topper is the sound engineer drowning out the interview at times working with noisy equipment in the background. Very frustrating.

The lost diary tapes are the ultimate recordings that were never intended to be heard by anyone. It is a home tape of John reliving some dreary moments in his teen years, including a tale of being sexually abused by neighbors. Very sad.
Save your money, the jam sessions are nothing special over all, and the diary tapes reflect very private moments that were stolen from Yoko home, with the intent of making money, at the expense of a man who should rest in peace.

Review by: Chris KAT, cfkat@yahoo.comOn 19 Nov 2001
A lot of impromptu jamming here of tunes from Lennon's late 50's period. Some real gems like Mystery Train and Dream Lover. The sound quality is not the best, but you hear the music, the spontanaity of the jams, mostly instituted by Lennon.

The so-called infamous diary is quite sad. It's like a best friend pouring his heart and soul, talking to you privately, about quite a bit of a lot of "stuff". This was never meant to be heard by the public, like calling Paul Simon "The singing dwarf" and calling Dylan, McCartney and Jagger "company men" and calling their latest contributions "a lot of shit". He was especially irritated by Dylan's "You gotta serve somebody", accusing Dylan wanting to become, "A Waiter for Christ", and that "the words [lyrics] were just embarrassing".
This was the private side of Lennon. I found it quite sad that this tape was stolen and now available to the public. It quite sad. This tape was never meant to be heard.
Review by: StarshyneOn 19 Dec 2001 at 06:15 CEST
I agree that this is a "must have" for all of you Lennon fans. But really....the "stars wars" sounds in the background I find to be REALLY distracting. I wish there was a way to edit that out, and not miss any of the real content. The diary is interesting...but not what it is made out to be.

Review by: craig braelow xOn 05 Apr 2002 at 08:19 CEST
I BOUGHT IT ANY WAY
Review by: amadeo2099On 01 Jan 2003 at 04:33 CEST
Contrary to what most of the other reviews here say, I think the highlight of this CD, the "Infamous" Diary Tape, is quite a treasure. Yes it's extremely sad, and it sucks for Yoko that it was stolen etc. but you get to hear what John really felt about things, a lot of people see him as the happy teeny bopper he was back in the day, but here we find John as he really is, and i personally love him even more for it. John Lennon Pure and Raw, as he really was.
Review by: RapillardOn 21 Jun 2003 at 03:29 CEST
For complete list only ! you just hear the voice of john not the band - almost an interview CD
Review by: kurtmaxOn 20 Apr 2004 at 03:48 CEST
Until the video is released this is probably the best we'll get of this session. Muffled.
The interviews are eye openers. For complete list only! Not a CD to play at a casual party.
Review by: mike hilliardOn 21 Aug 2004 at 14:43 CEST
The filmed 8/18/80 session is fun in places-but lennon sounds like he is singing in the wrong key lot of the time and the band doesn't sound like they know the material. Someone in the band keeps playing the McCartney tune "She's A Woman"-which Lennon goes along with to a point-then he finally has enough and explodes at them.

I found myself fascinated at the diary portion-but a little ashamed of myself for listening to an obviously
VERY personal recording. Very sad listening indeed-John was all too human.
Review by: nwolfstaOn 07 Feb 2010 at 14:49 CEST
Listening to this is a great experience. I know some think that this violates Lennon's privacy, but what can I say? I love Lennon and I'm eager to hear anything he has said. The highlight of this CD is not the music, but rather the commanding studio presence that Lennon had. Lennon clearly knows what he wants to do with his songs and he directs his musicians to do so. While they are revealing, the interview and diary portions are just a bonus. There is nothing that could take anything away from John Lennon as a musician.


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Filename: voxx0009
Originally filled by: François Vander Linden, beatleg@easynet.be
Date of creation: 06 Oct 2001 23:59:59
Last filled by: Aidanymous
Last Revision Date : 12 Feb 2012 20:59:19
Online on : 16 Dec 2001
Type of media: Bootleg CD


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