Rock N Roll

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rock 'n' Roll has long been one of John Lennon's least appreciated albums, partially because an album of covers has never been embraced by a fan base that loves him as a singer/songwriter, and partially because the production on the 1975 album has dated poorly. Over the years, its reputation has grown somewhat, at least among Lennon fanatics, since it is true that John was one of the greatest rock & roll singers, and it's a pleasure to hear him sing this set of oldies. That doesn't erase the biggest problem with the record: the production and the arrangements. This is the sound of '70s studio pros cutting loose with talk boxes, fuzz and slide guitars, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rock 'n' Roll has long been one of John Lennon's least appreciated albums, partially because an album of covers has never been embraced by a fan base that loves him as a singer/songwriter, and partially because the production on the 1975 album has dated poorly. Over the years, its reputation has grown somewhat, at least among Lennon fanatics, since it is true that John was one of the greatest rock & roll singers, and it's a pleasure to hear him sing this set of oldies. That doesn't erase the biggest problem with the record: the production and the arrangements. This is the sound of '70s studio pros cutting loose with talk boxes, fuzz and slide guitars, clavinets, and way too many horns, playing arrangements that are just a little too show biz for their own good witness how Lee Dorsey's easy-rolling "Ya Ya" turned into a lively little number that would have sounded perfect on a television variety show. The 2004 reissue of Rock 'n' Roll -- whose production is "personally supervised by Yoko Ono" -- attempts to remedy those problems through a remix that pushes up the guitars and drums, pushes down keyboards and horns, and tries to bury, even remove, talk boxes. It's marginally successful in making Rock 'n' Roll sound leaner, but it's no tougher than in its original incarnation because it's still more show biz than street. Which doesn't necessarily make it a bad listen. After all, Lennon is a great rock & roll singer, he's having a good time here, and the album is enhanced by four bonus tracks -- including the outtake "Angel Baby," featured on Roots, the legendary, controversial, unofficial early version of Rock 'n' Roll, but not its companion cut, "Be My Baby," which remains in the vaults the other three bonus tracks are "To Know Her Is to Love Her," a reprise of "Just Because," and a take on Elvis Presley's version of Arthur Crudup's "My Baby Left Me," here inaccurately titled "Since My Baby Left Me," which suggests it's a cover of the Ivory Joe Hunter chestnut when it's not. This makes the package worth getting for hardcore Lennon fans even if they'll likely gripe that there is a total lack of liner notes, which is a fair complaint, considering that there are many interesting stories surrounding this record, but no amount of remixing can enhance the album's deservedly mixed reputation.
Rolling Stone - Anthony DeCurtis
A touching, heartfelt tribute to the music that made John Lennon who he was.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2001
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724387433021
  • Catalog Number: 874330
  • Sales rank: 98,380

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Lennon Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Chuck Berry Composer
Sam Cooke Composer
Lee Dorsey Composer
Buddy Holly Composer
Ben E. King Composer
John Lennon Arranger, Producer, Drawing
Lloyd Price Composer
Gene Vincent Composer
Albert Collins Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Norman Petty Composer
Phil Spector Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jerry Allison Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Roy Cicala Engineer, Remixing
Peter Cobbin Remixing
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Composer
Fats Domino Composer
Bobby Freeman Composer
Lee Kiefer Engineer
Clarence Lewis Composer
Morgan Robinson Composer
James H. Smith Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Shelly Yakus Engineer
Eddie Bocage Composer
Rosie "Rosalie" Hamlin Composer
Richard Penniman Composer
Steve Rooke Mastering
Roy Kohara Art Direction
Jurgen Vollmer Cover Art
Tex Davis Composer
John Marascalco Composer
Jim Lovine Remixing
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    John Lennon Remaking The Oldies, BETTER.

    First of all, Lennon's version of "Stand by Me" is HAUNTING. I was even thinking it would be a great first dance song for a bride & groom at a wedding. Also, a MUST listen to is his version of Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue". It will give you chills. If you didn't know it, you would think it was Buddy himself! A fantastic album. Definitely worth it. Just makes me miss his great talent.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Stand By Me Redeems The Rest Of The Album

    While Stand By Me is available on various John Lennon collections, this is the album which first featured his version of the old Ben E. King number. I'm pretty sure the lead guitar is John's. I think it is not only the centerpiece of the album, but, after Imagine, this song is John's most sincere performance of the 1970s. The other songs are performed in a very frenetic way. The songs were meant to sway and they don't here. John's is pretty good voice but he's a little hoarse sometimes. That worked famously with Twist and Shout in 1962 but he doesn't really compensate here for the fact that he's running on pure adreneline. The choice of songs is great, but performances are forced. This arrangement Ain't That A Shame influenced Cheap Trick's version, but Cheap Trick slowed it down and retained the joy of the old original. But Stand By Me is anthemic. I think it's a great track.

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