October 05, 2010
Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Album Rock, Rock & Roll, Contemporary Pop/Rock

Album Review

The crown jewel in Apple/EMI’s extensive 2010 John Lennon remasters series, Signature Box contains all of the solo studio albums Lennon released during his lifetime (minus the trio of experimental duet LPs with Yoko Ono released on Apple and Zapple), his first posthumous album Milk and Honey, a disc of non-LP singles, a disc of home demos, but not the 2010 showcase item Double Fantasy Stripped Down, which is available only as a bonus on the indvidual reissue of Double Fantasy. It is, in other words, close enough to complete to perhaps invite a little bit of quibbling about what is absent -- Live Peace in Toronto could fit in nicely with this batch and there are outtakes from Menlove Ave missing but the real niggling comes with the home demo disc, which emphasizes demos and alternate takes of songs from Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, leaving behind demos of songs Lennon gave away, including “I’m the Greatest” and “Goodnight Vienna,” which he handed over to Ringo, and songs that never made it to one of his records. Ultimately, this is nitpicking because Signature Box is handsomely produced and contains the best-sounding Lennon remasters -- remastered by the team that did the acclaimed 2009 Beatles remasters, using the original mixes, not the recent remixes -- which is enough to make this more than worthwhile for the serious Lennon fan.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Mother
  2. Hold On
  3. I Found Out
  4. Working Class Hero
  5. Isolation
  6. Remember
  7. Love
  8. Well Well Well
  9. Look At Me
  10. God
  11. My Mummy's Dead
  12. Imagine
  13. Crippled Inside
  14. Jealous Guy
  15. It's So Hard
  16. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die
  17. Gimme Some Truth
  18. Oh My Love
  19. How Do You Sleep?
  20. How?
  21. Oh Yoko!
  22. Woman Is The Nigger Of The World
  23. Sisters, O Sisters
  24. Attica State
  25. Born In A Prison
  26. New York City
  27. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  28. The Luck Of The Irish
  29. John Sinclair
  30. Angela
  31. We're All Water
  32. Cold Turkey
  33. Don't Worry Kyoko
  34. Well (Baby Please Don't Go)
  35. Jamrag
  36. Scumbag
  37. Au
  38. Mind Games
  39. Tight A$
  40. Aisumasen (I'm Sorry)
  41. One Day (At a Time)
  42. Bring on the Lucie (Freda People)
  43. Nutopian International Anthem
  44. Intuition
  45. Out the Blue
  46. Only People
  47. I Know (I Know)
  48. You Are Here
  49. Meat City
  50. Going Down On Love
  51. Whatever Gets You through The Night
  52. Old Dirt Road
  53. What You Got
  54. Bless You
  55. Scared
  56. #9 Dream
  57. Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird Of Paradox)
  58. Steel And Glass
  59. Beef Jerky
  60. Nobody Loves You (When You're Down And Out)
  61. Ya Ya
  62. Be-Bop-A-Lula
  63. Stand By Me
  64. Medley: Rip It Up/Ready Teddy
  65. You Can't Catch Me
  66. Ain't That A Shame
  67. Do You Wanna Dance
  68. Sweet Little Sixteen
  69. Slippin' and Slidin'
  70. Peggy Sue
  71. Medley: Bring It On Home To Me/Send Me Some Lovin'
  72. Bony Moronie
  73. Ya Ya
  74. Just Because
  75. (Just Like) Starting Over
  76. Kiss Kiss Kiss
  77. Cleanup Time
  78. Give Me Something
  79. I'm Losing You
  80. I'm Moving On
  81. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)
  82. Watching the Wheels
  83. Yes, I'm Your Angel
  84. Woman
  85. Beautiful Boys
  86. Dear Yoko
  87. Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him
  88. Hard Times Are Over
  89. I'm Stepping Out
  90. Sleepless Night
  91. I Don't Wanna Face It
  92. Don't Be Scared
  93. Nobody Told Me
  94. O' Sanity
  95. Borrowed Time
  96. Your Hands
  97. (Forgive Me) My Little Flower Princess
  98. Let Me Count the Ways
  99. Grow Old With Me
  100. You're the One
  101. Power To The People [*]
  102. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) [*]
  103. Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) [*]
  104. Cold Turkey [Single Version] [*][Version]
  105. Move Over Ms L. [*]
  106. Give Peace A Chance [*]
  107. Mother [#][*]
  108. Love [#][*]
  109. God [#][*]
  110. I Found Out [#][*]
  111. Nobody Told Me [#][*]
  112. Honey Don't [#][*]
  113. One Of The Boys [#][*]
  114. India, India [#][*]
  115. Serve Yourself [#][*]
  116. Isolation [#][*]
  117. Remember [#][*]
  118. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) [#][*]
  119. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die [#][*]