The Complete Lost Lennon Tapes, Volume 1 (discs 1-8)
From the early days of the Beatles up to the last days of his life John Lennon made frequent use of his home tape machine; recording demos, oldies, comedy skits and love letters to Yoko, it seems the man was fascinated with preserving every step of the artistic process. It's no surprise then, that the amount of Lennon bootlegs is incredibly vast, while the quality of most of those, both aurally and aesthetically, leaves much to the imagination. The 1998 John Lennon Anthology was an enormous success in terms of getting a decent chunk of these home recordings, demos and studio outtakes to the public, and for many this four disc set covering his post-Beatle decade was a revelation in terms of the wealth of material collected and the high quality of the recordings. But for more savvy collectors, the infamous Lost Lennon Tapes radio series was the end all source of unreleased gems. Originally broadcast in 1988, this Westwood One program was hosted by Lennon's close friend Elliot Mintz, who over the course of the its 35 episode run had the good sense (or undying respect for his pal) to not talk over the intros or outros to any of the tunes, thus allowing home listeners to get the bootleg train rolling. After several incarnations from vinyl to cassette and CD, a 22 volume Complete Lost Lennon Tapes was compiled onto 3 CD-ROMs in 1999, and the sketchbook of one of modern music's most prodigious talents found a new media for a new century. Presented here (with links and tracklist in comments) are the eight volumes which comprise the first CD-ROM. The highlights are innumerable and the set is downright overwhelming, but in the best way possible. Volumes 9-22 will follow in the coming weeks, so don't be a stranger.
Update: Tracks 20-28 on Disc 8 were not contained in the original zip file. You can now download them here. My apologies for this oversight.