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1998

Anthology

John Lennon
Produced by Yoko Ono & Rob Stevens

Track Listing

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Lennon Anthology by Yoko Ono

In person, John was a much more attractive man than the one you saw in photos and films. He had very fair, delicate skin and soft, sandy hair with a touch of red in it when the light hit a certain way. I would kid him and say, ‘You’re a red head!’ He would say, ‘Never!’ But the way he laughed, I knew that that idea had been suggested before. When he grew his beard, it was very definitely predomi­nantly red. He had three small but distinct moles straight down the center of his broad forehead, end­ing where the third eye was.

Buddah was supposed to have had one mole in the center of his fore­head, and that was considered in the Oriental Physiognomy as a sign of a very wise man. I always thought John’s oval and well-chiselled classic face looked very much like a Kabuki mask or a face you’d expect to see in a Shakespearean play. And he carried his body with a certain lightness that gave grace to his movements. He was in his twenties when I met him. I was eight years older. But I never thought of him as somebody younger than me.

John Lennon & Yoko Ono at Tittenhurst Park, Photo by Peter Fordham ©1971 Yoko Ono

When you were near him, the strong mental vibe he sent out was too heavy for a young person. Some people are born old. That was John. His slumming, clown­ing and acting the entertainer was just a kind of play acting he enjoyed. But it was obvious to any­body around him that he was actually a very heavy dude: not a prince, but a king.

London, then, was a gathering place of the new aristocrats in music art and films.They exuded new energy with a certain elegance of self-made people who would change the class structure in England, and would go on to change the world in a big way. John and I got together in that atmosphere. So we were very surprised that the so-called hip society of the times, to which we both belonged, turned against us as soon as we announced our unity. It seemed as though they had a separate standard for John, or shall we say that their hipness ended at the point where John, their ring-leader, chose an oriental woman as his partner. This was in the 60’s in “Swinging London!” It made us feel as though, suddenly, the wind of the Middle Ages was blowing around us.

They say that Venus is jealous of lovers. Forget Venus. In our case it was the whole world. But as far as we were concerned, we felt so lucky that we had found each other. Aside of the fact that we were both rebellious and emotional, we were true opposites. John was tallish. I was smallish. John made music for the people. I made music for the avant-garde, though I did not think of my music in those terms at the time (I thought I was big time). John was humble, in a way only a very successful person could be. I was proud, like most people living in an Ivory Tower, who never had to test the big water. Coming from a semi-working class background. John was street-wise. I was totally inexperienced when it came to the games of the real world. And we felt so, so lucky that we fell in love with each other. It was a blessing neither of us expected at that time in our lives. We couldn’t take our eyes off one another. We couldn’t get enough of each other. But the outside pressure was very strong. It was so strong, that sometimes we had to separate from each other in order to protect our love. We thought we were clever, that we did everything right, and nothing and nobody could tear us apart. Never, never, never. But it happened: our separation. So sudden, too. He was taken away from me for good.

Even now, I think there are people who still cannot reconcile themselves to the idea that I had been in John’s life. To those people, I’d like to say, I’m sorry that we had hurt you. But that’s what happened.That’s how it was.

When we made Double Fantasy, our last album together, we used a photo of us kissing for the cover. There was a phone call from our record company. They wanted the album cover to be John alone, looking like he was a bach­elor and available. When I reported that to John, he was livid. ‘They don’t want their white boy to be kissing an oriental woman…Okay, from now on we won’t release any photo unless we’re both in it! No. From now on we won’t release any photo unless it’s a photo of us looking at each other.’ I started laughing. John smiled, too. But he said, ‘Tell them I’m serious.’ That game was over when John passed away. The whole world was calling our office to get John’s picture without me in it. I remembered what John had said, but of course, it was a different time. I kept releasing John’s photos and his work for the next 18 years, getting a new name “professional widow” for it.

I continue to distribute John’s work for many reasons: first for John, who was a communicator/artist/musician, who would have liked for his work to go on; second, for the fans who want more, more and more; and third, for the family, including myself, who are proud of Father John’s work and would like to see his work out there for a long time to come.

Detail from Anthology Book Photo by Iain MacMillan ©1971 Yoko Ono

Frankly, I was very reluctant to do this project: The Lennon Anthology. By now I was used to listening to John’s music for various projects. ‘We want your okay to cover this song.’ ‘We want to use this part of a song for a commercial,’ etc. But these tracks are different from those songs. These are never before released home tapes and studio outtakes, showing John at his most relaxed and natural. I knew it would be hard for me to just go through them, to listen to the huge volume of tapes. EMI kept suggesting that I do this project. They were very patient and very sensitive to my feelings. However, it was ‘for the millions of fans around the world. It would make them so happy.’ I knew that was true. But what about what I would have to go through in the process?! But I said ‘yes.’

Sure enough, it was very hard for me. As I listened to John’s voice on the tapes, I felt as though I was going through a time warp, and that John was actually in the same room with me, sipping coffee as we used to in the long sessions at home or in the studio. Are we in Ascot? I felt the birds singing. The Oak trees were making a shuffling noise with their leaves in the garden. Are we in Bank Street? Isn’t it time to get up in the morning? I had to pinch myself and remem­ber that it was a different time. Whatever that was – that period in our lives – was over – gone.

I couldn’t stop the tears running down my cheek. It was so hard. It was so sad. I took the first rough stringing to Sean. ‘Sean, there’s something you might enjoy hearing…’ He cried, too. Then I realized that he was coming from a slightly different place from me. ‘Mom, he was so good…’ Sean’s take was about his dad’s musicianship. ‘Thank you, Sean. You’re making your mom feel better!’ Then I cried again, because it was so beautiful. John would have liked that his now grown son, a musician himself, liked what dad did.

I hope you enjoy this box. This is the John that I knew, not the John that you knew through the press, the records and the films. I am saying to you, ‘here’s my John.’ I wish to share my knowledge of him with you. He was brilliant, he was happy, he was angry, he was sad. Above all, he was a genius who worked hard to give his best to the world. I loved him. It was nice to know that such a person was part of our generation, our century, and the human race. It was an incredible honour for me to have been with him.

Anthology Booklet Slipcase Photo by Iain Macmillan, 1971 ©1971 Yoko Ono

Sleeve notes

Disc 1: Ascot

Working Class Hero from the 8-track Plastic Ono Band sessions, 1970
Produced by John and Yoko and Phil Spector
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar

God from the 8-track Plastic Ono Band sessions, 1970
Produced by John and Yoko and Phill Spector
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar
Ringo Starr: drums
Klaus Voormann: bass

I Found Out home recording, 1970
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar

Hold On excerpt from the 8-track Plastic Ono Band sessions, 1970
Produced by John and Yoko and Phil Spector
John Lennon: vocal and electric guitar
Ringo Starr: drums
Klaus Voorman: bass

Isolation from the 8-track Plastic Ono Band sessions, 1970
Produced by John and Yoko and Phil Spector
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic piano
Ringo Starr: drum
Klaus Voormann: bass

Love from the 8-track Plastic Ono Band sessions, 1970
Produced by John and Yoko and Phil Spector
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar

Mother from the 8-track Plastic Ono Band sessions, 1970
Produced by John and Yoko and Phil Spector
John Lennon: vocal and electric guitar
Ringo Starr: drums
Klaus Voorman: bass

Remember from the 8-track Plastic Ono Band sessions, 1970
Produced by John and Yoko and Phil Spector
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic piano
Ringo Starr: drum
Klaus Voormann: bass

Imagine take 1 from the 8-track Imagine sessions 1971
Produced by John and Yoko and Phil Spector
John Lennon: Vocal and piano
Alan White: drums
John Barham: harmonium
Klaus Voormann: bass
Nicky Hopkins: electric piano

“Fortunately” vignette from “Bed: In” 1969

Baby Please Don’t Go from the 8-track Imagine sessions, 1971
Produced by John and Yoko and Phil Spector
John Lennon: vocal and electric guitar
Jim Gordon: drums
Klaus Voormann: bass
Bobby Keys: saxophone

Oh My Love the 8-track Imagine sessions, 1971
Produced by John and Yoko and Phil Spector
John Lennon: vocal and piano
Nicky Hopkins: electric piano
Klaus Voormann: bass
George Harrison: electric guitar

Jealous Guy from the 8-track Imagine sessions, 1971
Produced by John and Yoko and Phil Spector
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar
Klaus Voorman: bass
Jim Keltner: drums
Nicky Hopkins: piano
John Barham: harmonium

Maggie Mae home recording, 1979
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar

How Do You Sleep? from the 8-track Imagine sessions, 1971
Produced by John and Yoko and Phil Spector
John Lennon: vocal and electric guitar
Klaus Voorman: bass
Nicky Hopkins: electric piano
Alan White: drums
George Harrison: slide guitar

God Save Oz John’s guide vocal on the 8-track master
for Bill Elliott and Elastic Oz Band, 1971
Produced by John and Yoko and Phil Spector

Do the Oz the original master 2: track mix of the UK single, 1971
Produced by John and Yoko and Phil Spector
John & Yoko: vocals
with Elastic Oz Band

I Don’t Want to Be A Soldier from the 8-track Imagine sessions, 1971
Produced by John and Yoko and Phil Spector
John Lennon: vocal and electric guitar
Klaus Voormann: bass
Jim Gordon: drums
Jim Keltner: percussion

Give Peace A Chance from the 4: track rehearsal tapes prior to the master recording
Montreal Bed: In, June 1, 1969
Produced by John and Yoko
Recorded by John & Yoko and the Plastic Ono Band

Look At Me from the 8-track Plastic Ono Band sessions, 1970
Produced by John and Yoko and Phil Spector
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar

Long Lost John from the 8-track Plastic Ono Band sessions. 1970
Produced by John and Yoko and Phil Spector
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar
Klaus Voormann: bass
Ringo Starr: drums

Disc 2: New York City

New York City home recording, 1972
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar

Attica State live at the Apollo, 1971
Produced by John and Yoko
John & Yoko and the Plastic Ono Band

Imagine live at the Apollo, 1971
Produced by John and Yoko
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar

Bring On the Lucie (Freda Peeple) from the 16-track Mind Games sessions, 1973
Produced by John Lennon
John Lennon: Vocal
Ken Ascher: keyboards
David Spinozza: electric guitar
Gordon Edwards: bass
Jim Keltner: drums

Woman Is the Nigger or the World home recording, 1972
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar

Geraldo Rivera One to One Concert at Madison Square Garden, 1972

Woman Is the Nigger of the World live at Madison Square Garden, performance from show 2, 1972
Produced by Yoko Ono
John Lennon: vocal and electric guitar
Stan Bronstein: saxophone
Wayne “Tex” Gabriel: lead guitar
John Ward: bass
Gary Van Scyoc: bass
Jim Keltner: drums
Rick Frank: drums
Adam Ippolito: keyboards
Yoko Ono: electric piano

It’s So Hard live at Madison Square Garden performance from show 2, 1972
Produced by Yoko Ono
John Lennon: vocal and electric guitar
Stan Bronstein: saxophone
Waynelex “Tex” Gabriel: lead guitar
John Ward: bass
Gary Van Scyoc: bass
Jim Keltner: drums
Rick frank: drums
Adam Ippolito: keyboards
Yoko Ono: electric piano

Come Together live at Madison Square Garden performance from show 2, 1972
Produced by Yoko Ono
John Lennon: vocal and electric guitar
Stan Bronstein: saxophone
Wayne “Tex” Gabriel: lead guitar
John Ward: bass
Gary Van Scyoc: bass
Jim Keltner: drums
Rick frank: drums
Adam Ippolito: keyboards
Yoko Ono: electric piano

Happy Xmas rough mix, 1971
Produced by John and Yoko and Phil Spector
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar
Yoko Ono: vocal
and the Plastic Ono Band with Harlem Community Choir

Luck of the Irish live in Ann Arbor, 1971
Produced by John and Yoko
John Lennon: vocal and acounic guitar
Yoko Ono: vocal and percussion
and the Plastic Ono Band

John Sinclair live in Ann Arbor, 1971
Produced by John and Yoko
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar
Yoko Ono: percussion
and the Plastic Ono Band

The David Frost Show Broadcast: January 13, 1972

Mind Games (I Promise) home recording, 1973
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic piano

Mind Games (Make Love, Not War) home recording, 1973
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic piano

One Day At A Time from the 16-track Mind Games sessions, 1973
Produced by John Lennon
John Lennon: vocal
Ken Ascher: keyboards
David Spinozza: electric guitar
Gordon Edwards: bass
Jim Keltner: drums

I Know home recording, 1973
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar

I’m the Greatest John’s guide vocal from the 16-track rehearsals for Ringo Starr, “Ringo” LP, 1973
Produced by Richard Perry
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic piano
Klaus Voormann: bass
George Harrison: electric guitar
Ringo Starr: drums

Goodnight Vienna 16-track demo for Ringo Starr “Goodnight Vienna” LP, 1974
Produced by John Lennon
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic piano
Ringo Starr: drums
Lon Van Eaton: guitar
Jesse Ed Davis: guitar

Jerry Lewis Telethon 1972

“A Kiss Is Just A Kiss” vignette, home recording

Real Love home recording, 1980
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic piano

You Are Here from the 16-track Mind Games sessions, 1973
Produced by John Lennon
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar
Ken Ascher: keyboards
David Spinozza: electric guitar
Gordon Edwards: bass
Jim Keltner: drums

Disc 3: The Lost Weekend

What You Got
home recording, 1971
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar

Nobody Loves You When You’re Down and Out from the 16-track Walls and Bridges sessions, 1971
Produced by John Lennon
John Lennon: vocal
Jim Keltner: drums
Dwarf McDougal: acoustic guitar
Klaus Voormann: bass
Nicky Hopkins: acoustic piano
Ken Ascher: electric piano

Whatever Gets You Thru the Night (home) home recording, 1974
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar

Whatever Gets You Thru the Night (studio) from the 16-track Walls and Bridges sessions, 1971
Produced by John Lennon
John Lennon: vocal and electric guitar
Jim Keltner: drums
Jesse Ed Davis: electric guitar
Eddie Mottau: acoustic guitar
Klaus Voormann: bass
Ken Ascher: electric piano
Arthur Jenkins: percussion

Yesterday (parody) from the Walls and Bridges sessions, 1974

Be Bop A Lula from the 16-track Rock’N’Roll NYC sessions, 1974
Produced by John Lennon

Rip It Up/Ready Teddy from the 16-track Rock’N’Roll NYC session, 1971
Produced by John Lennon

Scared from the 16-track Walls and Bridges sessions, 1974
Produced by John Lennon
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic piano
Jim Keltner: drums
Jesse Ed Davis: electric guitar
Eddie Mottau: acoustic guitar
Klaus Voormann: bass
Nicky Hopkins: acoustic piano
Ken Ascher: electric piano
Arthur Jenkins: percussion

Steel and Glass from the 16-track Walls and Bridges sessions, 1974
Produced by John Lennon
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar
Jim Keltner: drums
Jesse Ed Davis: electric guitar
Eddie Mottau: acoustic guitar
Klaus Voormann: bass
Nicky Hopkins: acoustic piano
Ken Ascher: clavinet
Arthur Jenkins: percussion

Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird of Paradox) from the 16-track Walls and Bridges sessions, 1974
Produced by John Lennon
John Lennon: vocal
Jim Keltner: drums
Jesse Ed Davis: electric guitar
Eddie Mottau: acoustic guitar
Klaus Voormann: bass
Ken Ascher: clavinet

Bless You from the 16-track Walls and Bridges sessions. 1974
Produced by John Lennon
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar
Jim Keltner: drums
Jesse Ed Davis: electric guitar
Eddie Mottau: acoustic guitar
Klaus Voormann: bass
Ken Ascher: electric piano
Arthur Jenkins: percussion

Going Down On Love (instructions only) from the Walls and Bridges sessions, 1974
Produced by John Lennon

Move Over Ms. L from the 16-track Walls and Bridges sessions, 1974
Produced by John Lennon
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar
Jim Keltner: drums
Jesse Ed Davis: electric guitar
Eddie Mottau: acoustic guitar
Klaus Voormann: bass
Ken Ascher: clavinet

“Ain’t She Sweet.” vignette, 1974
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar
Nicky Hopkins: acoustic piano

Slippin’ and Slidin’ previously unreleased take
from the 16-track Rock’N’Roll NYC sessions, 1974
Produced by John Lennon

Peggy Sue from the 16-track Rock’N’Roll NYC sessions, 1974
Produced by John Lennon

Bring It On Home To Me/Send Me Some Lovin’ from the 16-track Rock’N’Roll NYC sessions, 1974
Produced by John Lennon

Phil and John 1 from the Rock’N’Roll LA sessions, 1971

Phil and John 2 from the Rock’N’Roll LA sessions, 1973

Phil and John 3 from the Rock’N’Roll LA sessions, 1973

“When In Doubt, Fuck It” from the Rock’N’Roll LA sessions, 1973

Be My Baby from the Rock’N’Roll LA sessions 1973
Produced by Phil Spector

Stranger’s Room home recording, 1980
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic piano

Old Dirt Road from the 16-track Walls and Bridges sessions, 1974
Produced by John Lennon
John Lennon: vocal
Jim Kelmer: drums
Jesse Ed Davis: electric guitar
Eddie Mottau: acoustic guitar
Klaus Voormann: bass
Nicky Hopkins: acoustic piano
Ken Ascher: electric piano

Disc 4: Dakota

I’m Losing You from the 16-track Double Fantasy/Milk and Honey sessions, 1980
Produced by John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Jack Douglas
John Lennon: vocal and electric guitar
Rick Nielsen: guitar
Tom Petersson: bass
Bun E. Carlos: drums
George Small: electric piano

Sean’s “Little Help” vignette, home recording, 1979

Serve Yourself home recording, 1980
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar

My Life home recording, 1980
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar

Nobody Told Me from the 16-track Double Fantasy/Milk and Honey sessions, 1980
Produced by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
John Lennon: vocal and electric guitar
Earl Slick: electric guitar
Hugh McCracken: electric guitar
Tony Levin: bass
George Small: keyboards
Andy Newmark: drums
Arthur Jenkins: percussion

Life Begins At 40 home recording, 1980
John Lennon: vocal, acoustic guitar and rhythm box

I Don’t Wanna Face It from the 16-track Double Fantasy/Milk and Honey sessions, 1980
Produced by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
John Lennon: vocal and electric guitar
Earl Slick: electric guitar
Hugh McCracken: electric guitar
Tony levin: bass
George Small: keyboards
Andy Newmark: drums

Woman home recording, 1980
John Lennon: vocal, acoustic guitars and rhythm box

Dear Yoko from the 16-track Double Fantasy/Milk and Honey sessions, 1980
Produced by John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Jack Douglas
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar
Earl Slick: electric guitar
Hugh McCracken: electric guitar
Tony Levin: bass
George Small: keyboards
Andy Newmark: drums

Watching the Wheels home recording, 1980
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar

I’m Stepping Out from the 16-track Double Fantasy/Milk and Honey sessions, 1980
Produced by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
John Lennon: vocal and electric guitar
Earl Slick: electric guitar
Hugh McCraken: electric guitar
Tony Levin: bass
George Small: keyboards
Andy Newmark: drums
Arthur Jenkins: percussion

Borrowed Time home recording, 1980
John Lennon: vocals, acoustic guitars and rhythm box

The Rishi Kesh Song home recording, 1980
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar

Sean’s “Loud” vignette, home recording, 1979

Beautiful Boy from the 16-track Double Fantasy/Milk and Honey sessions, 1980
Produced by John Lennon. Yoko Ono and Jack Douglas
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar
Earl Slick: electric guitar
Hugh McCraken: acoustic guitar
Tony Levin: bass
George Small: keyboards
Arthur Jenkins: percussion

Mr. Hyde’s Gone (Don’t Be Afraid) home recording, 1980
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic piano

Only You John’s guide vocal on the 16-track master for Ringo Starr’s recording of “Only You”
Produced by Richard Perry
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar
Jesse Ed Davis: electric guitar
Billy Preston: electric piano
Ringo Starr: drums
Jim Keltner: drums
Harry Nilsson: backing vocals

Grow Old With Me originally a home recording, 1980
John Lennon: vocal, acoustic piano and rhythm box
Produced by George Martin
Assistant Producer: Giles Martin
Engineered by Andy Strange, Peter Cobbin and Steve Orchard
Assisted by Ricky Graham and Chris Clark Recorded at Abbey Road
Mixed at Air Studios
Audio Restoration by Tony Cousins and Crispin Murray at Metropolis Mastering

Dear John home recording
John Lennon: vocal & acoustic guitar

Something More:

The Great Wok home recording, 1979

Mucho Mungo home recording, circa 1976
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar

Satire 1 home recording, 1979
John lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar

Satire 2 home recording, 1979
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar

Satire 3 home recording, 1979
John Lennon: vocal and acoustic guitar

Sean’s “In The Sky” vignette, home recording, 1979

It’s Real home recording, circa 1979
John Lennon: whistling and acoustic guitar

Executive Producer: Yoko Ono
Producer: Yoko Ono & Rob Stevens

Chief Engineer: Rob Stevens
Additional Engineering and Chief Assistant: Mike Rew
Assistant Engineers: Chris Habeck. Mike Anzelowitz
Digital Editing and Processing: Paul Goodrich
Studios: Quad Recording and Merlin Studios
Mastering: George Marino at Sterling Sound

Production Coordinators: Karla Merrifield & Michael Phillips
Capitol Records Project Coordination: Dave Ayers

Art Concept Yoko Ono
Art Direction and Design: Roger Gorman/Reiner Design NYC

Liner Notes: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Anthony DeCurus and Rob Stevens

All Drawings by John Lennon

© 1998 Yoko Ono Lennon

CD and Booklet Photography Credits: Apple Corps., Pete Fordham, Bob Gruen/Star File, Yoko Ono Lennon, Lenono Photo Archive, Iain MacMillan, Karla Merrifield, Nishi F. Saimaru, David Nutter, Ben Ross, Kishin Shinoyama/PPS David Spindel, Allan Tannenbaum

Book cover photographer Iain MacMillan.
Inside book covers and CD discs: Karla Merrifield
Facing flap photography: Peter Fordham

SPECIAL THANKS TO
Sean Lennon, Samuel Havadtoy, Brian Hendel, Elliot Mintz, Peter Shukat, Rupert Perry, Gareth Hopkins, Mike Heatley, Allan Rouse, Gary Gersh, Roy Lott, Liz Heller, John Ray, Tommy Steele, Lou Mann, Eimear Bradbury, Maggi Sikkens, Denise Knudson, Lance Tan, Bill Schnee, Mickey Diage, Michael Frondelli, Glenn Korman, Bobby Gordon, Ron Stephan, Kyle Gann, Lynne Clifford, Patrick Rionbn, Mandi Newall, Bea Soong, Helen Barden

David Frost Show clip Courtesy of EYEMARK Entertainment
Jerry Lewis Telethon clip Courtesy of Muscular Dystrophy Association

Capitol Records has endeavoured to compile complete discographic information, but because of the passage of time that was not always possible.

 

 

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1998 – Original Stereo version: CD

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