Walls and Bridges

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Walls and Bridges was recorded during John Lennon's infamous "lost weekend," as he exiled himself in California during a separation from Yoko Ono. Lennon's personal life was scattered, so it isn't surprising that Walls and Bridges is a mess itself, containing equal amounts of brilliance and nonsense. Falling between the two extremes was the bouncy Elton John duet "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night," which was Lennon's first solo number one hit. Its bright, sunny surface was replicated throughout the record, particularly on middling rockers like "What You Got" but also on enjoyable pop songs like "Old Dirt Road." However, the best moments on Walls and Bridges come...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Walls and Bridges was recorded during John Lennon's infamous "lost weekend," as he exiled himself in California during a separation from Yoko Ono. Lennon's personal life was scattered, so it isn't surprising that Walls and Bridges is a mess itself, containing equal amounts of brilliance and nonsense. Falling between the two extremes was the bouncy Elton John duet "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night," which was Lennon's first solo number one hit. Its bright, sunny surface was replicated throughout the record, particularly on middling rockers like "What You Got" but also on enjoyable pop songs like "Old Dirt Road." However, the best moments on Walls and Bridges come when Lennon is more open with his emotions, like on "Going Down on Love," "Steel and Glass," and the beautiful, soaring "No. 9 Dream." Even with such fine moments, the album is decidedly uneven, containing too much mediocre material like "Beef Jerky" and "Ya Ya," which are weighed down by weak melodies and heavy over-production. It wasn't a particularly graceful way to enter retirement.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2010
  • Label: Capitol
  • EAN: 5099990650826
  • Catalog Number: 06508
  • Sales rank: 9,042

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Going Down On Love - Little Big Horns (3:57)
  2. 2 Whatever Gets You Thru the Night (3:27)
  3. 3 Old Dirt Road (4:13)
  4. 4 What You Got - Little Big Horns (3:09)
  5. 5 Bless You (4:37)
  6. 6 Scared - Little Big Horns (4:41)
  7. 7 No. 9 Dream - The 44th Street Fairies (4:46)
  8. 8 Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird of Paradox) - Lolly & Stan (2:57)
  9. 9 Steel and Glass - Little Big Horns (4:39)
  10. 10 Beef Jerky - Little Big Horns (3:31)
  11. 11 Nobody Loves You (When You're Down and Out) - Little Big Horns (5:12)
  12. 12 Ya Ya (1:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Lennon Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Elton John Organ, Piano, Vocal Harmony, Guest Appearance
Julian Lennon Drums
Harry Nilsson Background Vocals
Howard Johnson Baritone Saxophone
Jesse Ed Davis Guitar
Nicky Hopkins Piano, Electric Piano
Jim Keltner Drums
Arthur Jenkins Percussion
Bobby Keys Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Mottau Acoustic Guitar
Klaus Voormann Bass
Ken Asher Organ, Conductor, Electric Piano, Clavinet, Mellotron
Rev. Thomas Ghurkin Piano
Dr. Winston O'Boogie Guitar
Dr. Winston O'Reggae Acoustic Guitar
Mel Torment Piano
Rev. Fred Ghurkin Acoustic Guitar
Kaptain Kundalini Guitar
Dwarf McDougal Acoustic Guitar
Dr. Winston O'Ghurkin Guitar
Hon. Jon St. John Johnson Guitar
Booker Table & the Maitre D's Guitar
Technical Credits
John Lennon Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Paintings
Harry Nilsson Composer, Lyricist
Yoko Ono Art Direction
Greg Calbi Mastering
Shelly Yakus Engineer
Ken Asher Orchestration
M. Robinson Composer
Paul Hicks Remastering Engineer
Roy Kohara Art Direction
Sean Magee Remastering Engineer
Paul Du Noyer Sleeve Notes
Jim Iovine overdub engineer
L. Dorsey Composer
Tom Rabstnek Mastering
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