Picks and Pans Review: The John Lennon Collection

updated 12/13/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/13/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

John Lennon

Perhaps financially strapped record companies cannot be blamed for working their golden hens overtime during the holiday season. Certainly there is no music that has been repackaged more than the Beatles'. This latest release features an almost arbitrary batch of their most familiar songs. There isn't even an interesting set of liner notes. There is a little better excuse for gathering some of Lennon's solo works, since several are on LPs no longer readily available (though six cuts are from the Double Fantasy album). This LP contains mostly ballads that display the self-indulgent, flower-child side of John's expansive artistic personality.

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