Walls & Bridges

Walls & Bridges

by John Lennon
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/2010
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
5099990650826
catalogNumber:
06508
Rank:
8569

Tracks

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
Winston O'Boogie   Guitar
Winston O'Reggae   Acoustic Guitar
Mel Torment   Piano
Rev. Fred Ghurkin   Acoustic Guitar
Kaptain Kundalini   Guitar
Dwarf McDougal   Acoustic Guitar
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
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

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