The song's theme is more upbeat than most of the songs on Plastic Ono Band. Lennon considered releasing it as a single, but was dropped in favor of " Mother ". The single version is a remix of the original track, which most notably differs in having the piano intro and outro played by Phil Spector mixed at the same volume as the rest of the song; on the original album version, these parts begin much quieter and increase in volume. An alternate take of the song appears on the John Lennon Anthology box set as well as the Acoustic album The picture on the sleeve for release of "Love" was taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz on 8 December —the day of Lennon's murder. Like the British issue, the original version of the song was released as a single again in October for the Japanese market only with the Japanese edition of another compilation Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon , and gained moderate success on Japan's Oricon chart. The musicians who performed on the original recording were as follows: .