1. "#9 Dream" will appear on just about everybody's "#1 Greatest Song Ever Made" list. You seem to be thrown by the #9 in the title.
2. John's "Imagine" and "Walls And Bridges" solo albums are pretty darn good. Nothing on the level of his Beatles and first solo album....but really how many albums by any artist are? That stuff he did with Elephant's Memory and his "New York" album are flat out bad. His comeback album has songs that rank up there with his best work. "Beautiful Boy" and "Woman" are outstanding songs.
3. "Most disappointing solo career"? Clearly you jest. But I'll play along. If a man's previous band scores a 1,000 out of 1,000...don't you think anything he does after that would be viewed a disappointment? He couldn't possibly score higher than 1,000, so he had nowhere to go but down...or to use your word "disappointment." And, by the way, you are forgetting the fact that John's fist solo album is the greatest album ever made. (Rolling Stone placed it at #1 in their Greatest Rock Albums list.)
Obviously "#9 Dream" does not get the radio play that "Imagine" does and is it the first song people think of when they think of Lennon? Of course not. But it is a popular Lennon solo tune. I don't think I have ever heard anybody say, "I never heard of that song."
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I don't not think I have never ever not heard anybody not say, "I have never not heard of that song.
"Most disappointing solo career"? Clearly you jest. But I'll play along. Oh -- That stuff he did with Elephant's Memory and his "New York" album are flat out bad. And Mind Games and Walls and Bridges were no prize pigs. Rock 'n' Roll sucked. As did Milk and Honey. Double Fantasy and Imagine were mediocre. John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band is overrated. Nothing on the level of his Beatles albums. And they weren't all that either.
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Is there really any other reason to make a record other than try to make some money.
My God, Elvis went in to the recording studio for the first time ever in order to record a song for his momma. But we all later found out that Elvis was really messed up in the head. Everybody else goes into a recording studio to cut a record hoping to make some dough. And to be fair to Elvis, even he wised up after cutting that record for Gladys. Money. Make lots of money. Money for nothing.