The 1998 compilation "John Lennon Anthology" featured outtakes and demos from Lennon's post-Beatles career. With "Acoustic," Yoko Ono has compiled a similar set featuring her late husband's acoustic r

The 1998 compilation "John Lennon Anthology" featured outtakes and demos from Lennon's post-Beatles career. With "Acoustic," Yoko Ono has compiled a similar set featuring her late husband's acoustic recordings. Though the similarities are obvious—this collection, some of which appears on "Anthology," also captures the artist in the act of creation at home and in the studio—Ono has aimed "Acoustic" squarely at guitarists. The 20-page CD booklet includes the complete lyrics along with guitar tablature, photos of Lennon playing acoustic guitars and a dedication by Ono to future guitarists. The reason becomes clear when listening to this diverse selection. Whether it's the guttural blues of demo "Well Well Well" or a live performance of the achingly sorrowful "The Luck of the Irish," at its core, Lennon's music, like his message, is uncomplicated. That everyman simplicity contributes to the universal and timeless nature of his music. On the same date, Capitol released a remixed and remastered version of Lennon's 1975 covers album, "Rock 'N' Roll," with four bonus tracks.—CW