Anticipated John Lennon
tribute album to include
Lennon tribute: Watching the wheels turn -- slowly.
The good folks at Capitol Records and Yoko Ono are letting a John Lennon tribute album age like a fine bottle of Bordeaux. Though no one will say why it's taken four years for the powers that be to get off their collective arses to put out the yet-untitled disc, speculation abounds that weak sales of Hollywood Record's Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon, released nearly three years ago without Ono's blessing, gave Capitol pause.
Then again, it may just be Capitol
wasn't jumping for joy over the artists who expressed interest in the project
(mailing in schlocky Lennon cover tunes) and it's taken this long to get
an album's worth of releasable material. And it just may take a little
longer. In fact, for every year the album's been in production, there's
an equal number of artists almost cinched to appear on the tribute. Thus
far, only David Bowie ("Mother"), Sinead O'Connor ("Mind Games"), Paula
Cole ("Working Class Hero") and Everclear ("Instant Karma") have passed
muster with a hodgepodge of other artists still in negotiations to hop
on board. One manager had all but forgotten his artist recorded a song
for the album and asked when or if it was ever going to come out. Right
now, bet your band's
Ben Folds Five are considering taking on "God," "Hold On" or two other tunes for the album; Elliott Smith may contribute "Jealous Guy," a song he often performs in concert; Robbie Robertson is eyeing "Watching the Wheels;" and Steve Winwood may lay claim to the coup de grace "Imagine."
According to a source close to the
project, Capitol is also courting Bruce Springsteen and the three remaining
members of the Beatles -- Paul, George and Ringo -- to pay homage to Lennon.
Other artists in consideration for the project include Peter Gabriel,
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