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|John Lennon||Primary Artist|
|Ben E. King||Composer|
|John Lennon||Composer, Producer, Drawing|
|Yoko Ono||Composer, Producer, Art Direction|
|Phil Spector||Composer, Producer|
|Anthony DeCurtis||Liner Notes|
|Richard Wayne Penniman||Composer|
|Robert "Bumps" Blackwell||Composer|
|Iain Macmillan||Cover Photo, Back Cover Photo|
Posted January 6, 2011
Thirty years after his death, his music and his spirit still lives on. It seems that John Lennon is still around. If you may recalled, there was a four cd box set called Lennon. It was released in 1990 to commemorate the 50th birthday of John Lennon at that time. As we celebrated his 70th birthday (had he lived), the music of John Lennon continues. In addition to the John Lennon Signature Box Set and the new best of Power to the People: The Hits, John Lennon and Beatles fans (including myself) can add another cd collections in your Christmas stocking.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 29, 2010
In this recent summer of Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and Tea Parties, hearing John Lennon's music again, borne out of the hostilities of 1960's, sounds just as vital in this current hostile age. A product of a post-World War II broken home, Lennon created some of the finest music ever made with The Beatles. When they broke up in 1970, Lennon seemed more preoccupied with bettering himself and the world around him than with real fame. This was coming from the man who once was asked, "Do you have a message for the youth of America?" and he responded, "Yes, buy more Beatles albums!"
All of Lennon's solo albums have been remastered and re-released and there's a boxed set, "Gimme Some Truth", which manages to put most of those songs into a better context. The first three discs contain material mostly from "Plastic Ono Band" (1970), "Imagine" (1971) and "Double Fantasy" (1980). Yet, this set manages to take the better moments from the overproduced "Some Time In New York City" (1972) and make them sound more relevant. The material on the fourth disc features cover tunes, much of which are from 1975's "Rock and Roll". But that disc seems irrelevant, especially in light of the fact that Lennon's roots in music were evident on The Beatles' earliest album.
Still, you can't go wrong with this collection. "Gimme Some Truth" plays alongside "Sunday Bloody Sunday", long before U-2 turned it into a mega-hit. The wonderful outtakes "I'm Stepping Out" sounds great before "Whatever Gets You Through The Night", which Lennon did with Elton John. His metal-pounding cover of Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame" predates Cheap Trick's cover of that by about four years. And despite its demo quality, "Grow Old With Me", with a gorgeous George Martin string arrangement is heartbreakingly touching.
With Lennon's solo albums now being remastered and reissued, there are a few individual albums definitely worth having. Top of the must-have list is "Plastic Ono Band", with a primal, erupting rage that even grunge rock can't match. "Imagine" is another, which remains a yearning, timeless classic. Most impressive is the reissue of "Double Fantasy". It is now a 2-disc set, featuring the original album and an alternative version of that record. What emerges from listening to this is not only was Lennon more assured of himself and his talents but that even Yoko Ono's performances were fine, definitely the foundation for much of New Wave and alternative music.
Upon listening to this music with its remastered sound, I realized that Lennon's music, particularly by the time "Double Fantasy" was made, was full of optimism and positive ideas. This only seems to make his loss all the more tragic, particularly in light of our current social climate. But thank God the music is still with us and still has something to say.
Posted October 27, 2010
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Posted October 24, 2010
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