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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The cliché about singer/songwriters is that they sing confessionals direct from their heart, but John Lennon exploded the myth behind that cliché, as well as many others, on his first official solo record, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. Inspired by his primal scream therapy with Dr. Arthur Janov, Lennon created a harrowing set of unflinchingly personal songs, laying out all of his fears and angers for everyone to hear. It was a revolutionary record -- never before had a record been so explicitly introspective, and very few records made absolutely no concession to the audience's expectations, daring the listeners to meet all the artist's demands. Which isn't to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The cliché about singer/songwriters is that they sing confessionals direct from their heart, but John Lennon exploded the myth behind that cliché, as well as many others, on his first official solo record, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. Inspired by his primal scream therapy with Dr. Arthur Janov, Lennon created a harrowing set of unflinchingly personal songs, laying out all of his fears and angers for everyone to hear. It was a revolutionary record -- never before had a record been so explicitly introspective, and very few records made absolutely no concession to the audience's expectations, daring the listeners to meet all the artist's demands. Which isn't to say that the record is unlistenable. Lennon's songs range from tough rock & rollers to piano-based ballads and spare folk songs, and his melodies remain strong and memorable, which actually intensifies the pain and rage of the songs. Not much about Plastic Ono Band is hidden. Lennon presents everything on the surface, and the song titles -- "Mother," "I Found Out," "Working Class Hero," "Isolation," "God," "My Mummy's Dead" -- illustrate what each song is about, and charts his loss of faith in his parents, country, friends, fans, and idols. It's an unflinching document of bare-bones despair and pain, but for all its nihilism, it is ultimately life-affirming; it is unique not only in Lennon's catalog, but in all of popular music. Few albums are ever as harrowing, difficult, and rewarding as John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The cliché about singer/songwriters is that they sing confessionals direct from their heart, but John Lennon exploded the myth behind that cliché, as well as many others, on his first official solo record, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. Inspired by his primal scream therapy with Dr. Arthur Janov, Lennon created a harrowing set of unflinchingly personal songs, laying out all of his fears and angers for everyone to hear. It was a revolutionary record -- never before had a record been so explicitly introspective, and very few records made absolutely no concession to the audience's expectations, daring the listeners to meet all the artist's demands. Which isn't to say that the record is unlistenable. Lennon's songs range from tough rock & rollers to piano-based ballads and spare folk songs, and his melodies remain strong and memorable, which actually intensifies the pain and rage of the songs. Not much about Plastic Ono Band is hidden. Lennon presents everything on the surface, and the song titles -- "Mother," "I Found Out," "Working Class Hero," "Isolation," "God," "My Mummy's Dead" -- illustrate what each song is about, and charts his loss of faith in his parents, country, friends, fans, and idols. It's an unflinching document of bare-bones despair and pain, but for all its nihilism, it is ultimately life-affirming; it is unique not only in Lennon's catalog, but in all of popular music. Few albums are ever as harrowing, difficult, and rewarding as John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2010
  • Label: Capitol
  • EAN: 5099990650529
  • Catalog Number: 06505
  • Sales rank: 15,528

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mother (5:36)
  2. 2 Hold On (1:52)
  3. 3 I Found Out (3:37)
  4. 4 Working Class Hero (3:47)
  5. 5 Isolation (2:52)
  6. 6 Remember (4:32)
  7. 7 Love (3:22)
  8. 8 Well Well Well (5:57)
  9. 9 Look at Me (2:53)
  10. 10 God (4:12)
  11. 11 My Mummy's Dead (0:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Plastic Ono Band Primary Artist
John Lennon Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Indexed Contributor
Billy Preston Piano
Ringo Starr Drums
Yoko Ono Wind
Phil Spector Piano
Klaus Voormann Bass
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer, Producer
Yoko Ono Producer, Art Direction, Back Cover Photo
Phil Spector Producer
Mal Evans Artwork
John Leckie Engineer
Richard Lush Engineer
Phil McDonald Engineer
Andy Stevens Engineer
Eddie Veal Engineer
Paul Hicks Remastering Engineer
Dan Richter Cover Photo
Sean Magee Remastering Engineer
Paul Du Noyer Sleeve Notes
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