CDP 7 46769 2 Mind Games
Produced by John Lennon
Released on November 2, 1973
UK CHART POSITION #13 . . . US CHART POSITION #9 . . . GOLD RECORD (11/30/73)
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G iven the uneven nature of John’s recorded output, this stands as one of his better solo efforts. It’s not the stunning artistic statement of Plastic Ono Band or Imagine, merely a collection of likeable songs that tone down the politics and the pain in favor of pleasing melodies and a certain playfulness. Where “Imagine” was stark and powerful, “Mind Games” is saturated and sweeping; in lieu of the minimalist approach that “Love” took, Lennon offers the chatty “One Day (At A Time).” The title track has since entered the hallowed hall of career keepers, while “Bring On The Lucie” and “Out The Blue” scratch at the door on any given day. The rest of the record is simply pleasant pop (“Only People,” “Intuition”) and affectionate tokens (“You Are Here”), perhaps slightly better than what George and Paul were writing around the same time. Mind Games has been aligned with the lamentable Lost Weekend (a term I’ve always found distastefully trite), a glimpse of which is given in the powerful “Aisumasen,” where John invokes better times (“Oh Yoko!”) in the line “All I had to do was call your name.” Mind Games only offers glimpses of genius like this, but enough of the old Beatles magic sparkles in the seams to make some of these songs feel like minor miracles (at least to the faithful). The only unflattering wrinkles occur on “Tight A$” and “Meat City,” a pair of noisy tracks unbefitting the polished pop around them. Yes, there are better albums from John to choose from, but only a few.

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TRACK LISTING

  1. MIND GAMES    4:10
  2. TIGHT A$    3:35
  3. AISUMASEN (I'M SORRY)    4:41
  4. ONE DAY (AT A TIME)    3:27
  5. BRING ON THE LUCIE (FREDA PEEPLE)    4:11
  6. NUTOPIAN INTERNATIONAL ANTHEM    0:03
  7. INTUITION    3:05
  8. OUT THE BLUE    3:19
  9. ONLY PEOPLE    3:21
  10. I KNOW (I KNOW)    3:56
  11. YOU ARE HERE    4:06
  12. MEAT CITY    2:52

    Expanded reissue bonus tracks
  13. AISUMASEN (I'M SORRY) (HOME VERSION)
  14. BRING ON THE LUCIE (FREDA PEEPLE) (HOME VERSION)
  15. MEAT CITY (HOME VERSION)

    All titles composed by John Lennon

CREDITS

JOHN LENNON/DR. WINSTON O'BOOGIE & LOS PARANOIAS -- vocals, extra sensory percussion, guitar, clavinet, cover
KEN ASCHER -- piano, organ, mellotron
MICHAEL BRECKER -- sax
GORDON EDWARDS -- bass
JIM KELTNER -- drums
SNEAKY PETE -- pedal steel
DAVID SPINOZZA -- guitar
Rick Marotta -- drums (5,12)
Something Different -- background chorus
Dan Barbiero -- engineer
Roy Cicala -- engineer
Dennis -- disease
Yoko Ono -- space
Bob Gruen -- mountain

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/GER November 2, 1973 Apple LP PCS 7165 lyric sleeve
US November 2, 1973 Apple LP SW-3414 lyric sleeve
AUS'L 1973 Apple LP PCSO 7165 lyric sleeve
ARG   Apple LP 8012  
MEX 1973 EMI LP SLEM-500 lyric sleeve
BRA 1974? Apple LP SBTL 1028 inner sleeve
YUG   Jugoton LP LSAP 73034  
JPN 1977 Odeon/Toshiba LP EAS-80706 booklet
UK 1980 Music for Pleasure LP/CS MPF 50509  
US 1980? Capitol LP SN-16068  
AUS'L   Axis LP AX1009  
FRA   Music for Pleasure LP 2M 026-05.491  
UK 1987 Parlophone CD CDP 7 46769 2 lyric sleeve
JPN 1988 EMI CD CP32-5464 lyric sleeve
JPN October 14, 2002 EMI CDX TOCP-67075 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
EUR/ARG 2002 EMI CDX 542 425 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
US November 2, 2002 Capitol CDX/CSX 42425 digital remaster w. bonus tracks

 

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