JOHN LENNON Mind Games Sessions 1973

Mind Games Sessions 1973
More Top Shelf Studio Outtakes

I, for one, am a big fan of what Yoko Ono has done with the John Lennon reissues. Remixing the original master tapes to strip away some of the unnecessary echo and over-production – in essence, stripping away some of Lennon’s own insecurities – to get to the heart of the material. That’s what these Mind Games outtakes remind me of. Sure, there’s a lot of fumbling around as JL searches for the right way to present his songs, but the clean production – sans the spectre of Phil Spector’s undue influence – makes these bootlegged studio recordings sound like you’re right in there at the sessions with Lennon and his pals. We’ve got some stellar outtakes from Imagine and Plastic Ono Band in the archives. (@320)

Mind Games (4:10)
Tight A$ (4:24)
Tight A$ (4:44)
Tight A$ (4:15)
Aisumasen (I’m Sorry) (4:42)
Aisumasen (I’m Sorry) (4:44)
One Day (At A Time) (3:19)
One Day (At A Time) (3:15)
One Day (At A Time) (3:15)
Bring On The Lucie (Freda People) (4:17)
Bring On The Lucie (Freda People) (4:08)
Intuition (2:52)
Out The Blue (4:10)
Out The Blue (4:11)
Out The Blue (3:21)
Only People (3:04)
Only People (2:51)

I Know (I Know)
I Know (I Know) (3:40)
I Know (I Know) (3:48)
I Know (I Know) (0:58)
I Know (I Know) (3:40)
You Are Here (4:38)
You Are Here (4:56)
Meat City (2:29)
Rock ‘n’ Roll People (4:20)
Rock ‘n’ Roll People (3:08)
Rock ‘n’ Roll People (6:02)
Rock ‘n’ Roll People (2:42)
Rock ‘n’ Roll People (3:00)
Mind Games (US Promo 45 Version) (4:14)
Meat City (45 Version) (2:49)
Radio Spot #1 (0:57)
Radio Spot #2 (0:42)


  • Anonymous
    March 17, 2010 - 16:20 | Permalink

    Thank you, Willard! This isn't a fave album of Lennon's for me, but maybe this will change that. Looking forward to hearing it!


  • Capt. Willard
    March 17, 2010 - 16:23 | Permalink

    Me neither. But it's cool hearing the un-doctored tapes of the guys in the studio. Maybe I'm just a sucker for this kind of stuff. Thanks for commenting.

  • Capt. Willard
    March 17, 2010 - 14:40 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • side3
    March 17, 2010 - 22:24 | Permalink

    It is pretty weak…but "Mind Games" and "Tight A$" are great tracks.

  • Anonymous
    March 17, 2010 - 23:38 | Permalink

    Great find, nice to see this uncovered!

  • Anonymous
    March 18, 2010 - 05:15 | Permalink

    Thanks WIllard, I hope we never get to the end of the river.

  • Art Ducko
    March 18, 2010 - 09:16 | Permalink

    More goodies from our John. Now we need some outtakes from George to round it out. And are there bootlegs from the "Ringo" album sessions? That would be great.

  • Anonymous
    March 18, 2010 - 14:20 | Permalink

    Willard, I was looking at the Lennon remasters listed on cduniverse. Are these the Yoko re-do's you were talking about? I hadn't heard anything about the production of the songs being toned down.

  • Capt. Willard
    March 18, 2010 - 17:27 | Permalink

    Imagine is from 2000 and Mind Games is from 2002. Some of the remixing is not radically different, but it's clarity should be immediately noticeable. Some of the vocals still retain (what I've been calling) over-production, but you'll hear the differences. The die hards were all yammerin' about it, but I appreciated the fresh approach. I think Rock N Roll might have benefited, too, but I can't remember now.

  • Capt. Willard
    March 18, 2010 - 17:40 | Permalink

    … and mine both say "Digitally Remixed And Remastered."

  • Pete
    March 18, 2010 - 23:42 | Permalink

    Alas, still his weakest IMHO, but what a fascinating subject. I'd just note that Lennon was notorious in Beatles days for asking for his vocals to be "treated" so it's not just the solo work. Thanks again, Captain!

  • Capt. Willard
    March 18, 2010 - 23:59 | Permalink

    Unfortunately, during his solo years he didn't have Mac and Martin there to slap some sense into him. Thanks for commenting.

  • Anonymous
    March 19, 2010 - 01:19 | Permalink

    Thanks for these. I respectfully dissent from the remixed accolade. For good or for bad, the recording(s) were how they were, and not to be tampered with by the Ocean Child from Hell.

  • Anonymous
    March 19, 2010 - 02:17 | Permalink

    LOL! Yammerin'! :D Thanks!

  • Capt. Willard
    March 19, 2010 - 03:09 | Permalink

    Yeah, but we've all already got the original versions. What can be bad about having extra or or twice as much?

  • squirrellevel
    March 30, 2010 - 22:34 | Permalink

    For me, this is not his weakest effort. That would be Sometime In NYC. This one has a few gems, such as the formentioned title track. If any Lennon fan listens to "Out of the Blue" and doesn't feel some deep shit– well, you're weird. Aisumasen, Bring on the Lucie, I Know (I Know) and You Are Here are all good in my book, too.

  • Kevin K.
    April 15, 2010 - 17:27 | Permalink

    I heard the remastered "Mind Games" in 2002 and was impressed by how good it sounded. At the same I thought, "This isn't the same as it used to be." Should quality triumph over intent? I dunno.

    Same thing with "All Things Must Pass." Loved how the original vinyl version sounded, hated the first muddy CD release, and was disappointed to read that George remixed it and stripped away some of the reverb I liked so much. All I want is a CD of "ATMP" to sound like the original.

  • Clive
    May 6, 2010 - 04:44 | Permalink

    I have this stuff and it's good.
    It also, as you said exposes a lot of Johns weaknesses too.
    Ever hear the acoustic demos of #9 Dream? Around where he's trying to come up with a chorus/bridge lyric and he just keeps repeating "and you know that it's right" and it hit me – he copped a good bit of that tune from Thunderclap Newmans "Something In The Air". It's on either the "Over Walls and Under Bridges" boot or "Sir Winston O'Boogie" boot. Not to be misunderstood, let me add #9 Dream is still a favorite of mine.

    To be fair there's also a stripped down version of "Steel and Glass" that blows the release off the map.
    It's just acoustic guitar, possibly played by Lennon or Jesse Ed Davis and an electrifying slide by the late great Jesse Ed – it's fantastic!

    I can give you both boots if you want 'em Willard.

    okay, I'm listening to it now and there's also bass, drums and vocal on the SAG outtake – didn't mean to be misleading.

  • Capt. Willard
    May 6, 2010 - 12:29 | Permalink

    I think I have both those, so I'm good. Thanks for the offer and the comments.

  • Jorge Morales
    June 7, 2013 - 19:59 | Permalink

    Hola Willard por favor please re-up. Muchas gracias

    • Willard
      June 7, 2013 - 21:45 | Permalink

      New links up, thanks.

  • Jorge Morales
    June 8, 2013 - 02:09 | Permalink

    Capt. Willard, Muchas gracias por su gentileza y celeridad. un blog de lujo.

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