Monday, November 28, 2022

VA - John Lennon's Jukebox [2004] (2 x CDs)



VA - John Lennon's Jukebox [2004] (2 x CDs)

John Lennon's jukebox is a KB Discomatic jukebox made in the UK using a Swiss-made mechanism which Lennon bought in 1965. Lennon filled it with forty singles to accompany him on tour. John Lennon's Jukebox also refers to the compilation CD album closely based on the jukebox's musical contents.

The jukebox surfaced in an auction of Beatles memorabilia at Christie's and was sold for £2,500 ($4,907) to Bristol-based music promoter John Midwinter. Midwinter spent several years restoring the box and researching the discs, which had been catalogued in Lennon's handwriting. As Midwinter's health began to deteriorate, he became anxious that a story of the jukebox and its music should feature in a documentary. Eventually, The South Bank Show broadcast a documentary on the jukebox in 2004 in which many of the represented artists, along with Sting, were interviewed. The project (which was commissioned only a few days after Midwinter died) was developed by Steve Day for the British television production company Initial, headed by Malcolm Gerrie, and commissioned by Melvyn Bragg.

The 2004 compilation album named John Lennon's Jukebox contains thirty-four of the singles' A-sides and seven of their B-sides. The album contains several songs that are believed to be part of John Lennon's original choice. The album is subtitled "a collection inspired by music from his own collection" and some of the songs on the album are different versions from the ones that could have been included in the jukebox. For instance, the version of "Some Other Guy" by The Big Three is not the one that was in the original jukebox; instead, it is a mid-1970s recording by the same group in the style of the Richie Barrett original (including the use of an electric piano). (Wikipedia)



Track lists


01 Wilson Pickett In The Midnight Hour 2:33

02 Fontella Bass Rescue Me 2:53

03 Smokey Robinson & The Miracles The Tracks Of My Tears 2:54

04 Otis Redding My Girl 2:54

05 Len Barry 1, 2, 3 2:23

06 Tommy Tucker Hi Heel Sneakers 2:48

07 Jimmy Mccracklin The Walk 2:46

08 Timmy Shaw Gonna Send You Back To Georgia 2:23

09 Contours First I Look At The Purse 2:57

10 Gary U.S. Bonds New Orleans 2:50

11 Bobby Parker Watch Your Step 2:43

12 Derek Martin Daddy Rollin' Stone 2:25

13 Larry Williams Short Fat Fannie 2:26

14 Little Richard Long Tall Sally 2:08

15 Bruce Channel Hey! Baby 2:19

16 Bob Dylan Positively 4th Street 3:54

17 Lovin' Spoonful Daydream 2:19

18 Donovan Turquoise 7:02

19 Buddy Holly Slippin' And Slidin' 3:33


01 Gene Vincent Be-Bop-A-Lula 2:35

02 Chuck Berry No Particular Place To Go 2:42

03 Paul Rever And The Raiders Steppin' Out 2:14

04 Lovin' Spoonful Do You Believe In Magic 2:05

05 Big Three Some Other Guy 2:48

06 Isley Brothers Twist And Shout 2:31

07 Larry Williams She Said 'yeah' 1:50

08 Buddy Holly Brown Eyed Handsome Man 2:04

09 Little Richard Slippin' And Slidin' 2:40

10 Gary U.s. Bonds Quarter To Three 2:32

11 Little Richard Ooh My Soul 2:11

12 Gene Vincent Woman Love 2:32

13 Miracles Shop Around 2:48

14 Animals Bring It On Home To Me 2:42

15 James Ray With The Hutch Davie Orchestra If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody 1:56

16 Miracles What's So Good About Goodbye 2:21

17 Larry Williams Bad Boy 2:16

18 Edwin Starr Agent Double O Soul 2:40

19 Miracles I've Been Good To You 3:32

20 Barrett Strong Oh I Apologise 2:21

21 Miracles Who's Lovin' You 3:03




  1. Fantastic....can almost see him listening to these and dreaming.......................


  2. Very interesting story indeed, the sort of crazy car boot sale find we all dream of...

    1. Hi harry the dog,
      I hope you enjoy listening to it.