Working Class Hero: The Definitive Lennon [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Summing up John Lennon's solo career isn't an easy task, what with all the twists and turns that it took along the way -- but this 38-track retrospective does a fine job of touching all the bases he touched. Unlike many similar compilations, Working Class Hero isn't structured chronologically. Instead, the producers -- including Yoko Ono herself -- arranged the music more or less thematically, framing it with Lennon's most uplifting compositions. As such, the album begins with the one-two punch of "Just Like Starting Over" and "Imagine" before moving into raised-fist political anthems like "Instant Karma" and "Power to the People." Unlike earlier collections of ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Summing up John Lennon's solo career isn't an easy task, what with all the twists and turns that it took along the way -- but this 38-track retrospective does a fine job of touching all the bases he touched. Unlike many similar compilations, Working Class Hero isn't structured chronologically. Instead, the producers -- including Yoko Ono herself -- arranged the music more or less thematically, framing it with Lennon's most uplifting compositions. As such, the album begins with the one-two punch of "Just Like Starting Over" and "Imagine" before moving into raised-fist political anthems like "Instant Karma" and "Power to the People." Unlike earlier collections of Lennon's solo work, there's a fairly strong concentration on his activist period, represented not only by the oft-played "Happy Xmas War Is Over" but also by still-controversial offerings such as the stark "God" and "Woman Is the Nigger of the World." The roller-coaster sequencing befits Lennon's legacy, with easygoing rockers like "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" rubbing elbows with white-knuckled acoustic soul-barers like "Mother." As Ono put it, "[John] laid his life on the line to speak out the truth for all of us. Enjoy this incredible selection of songs of wisdom and power, and know that John is now in the heart of each of us, helping to heal ourselves and our planet."
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There sure hasn't been a shortage of John Lennon compilations over the years, but there hasn't been a new collection since 1997's Lennon Legend and there haven't been any two-CD sets covering his entire career -- until 2005's Working Class Hero: The Definitive Lennon, that is. Released on October 4, 2005, this surely was intended as a tie-in to the Broadway show Lennon: The Musical, but it wound up appearing ten days after the musical concluded its disastrous run. Even if the show did tank, it provided the occasion for this strong collection. Working Class Hero may tread familiar territory -- not only does it have all the usual suspects, from "Instant Karma" to "Just Like Starting Over," it has them in a sequencing that feels familiar, even it doesn't correspond to any specific previous release -- but that's fine, because it provides a rather thorough overview of Lennon's best-known solo songs. In many cases, these are often his best, but there are surely some great songs missing here, particularly because the comp emphasizes material with a slight romantic bent or songs that play into the myth of St. John meaning, mixed alongside the hits there are plenty of songs about Yoko and being a father, and rockers are given short shrift. But these are minor complaints: anybody who wants a succinct yet comprehensive compilation of most of Lennon's solo best should be satisfied with this.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2005
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 094634008020
  • Catalog Number: 340080
  • Sales rank: 3,314

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 (Just Like) Starting Over (3:57)
  2. 2 Imagine - Flux Fiddlers (3:02)
  3. 3 Watching the Wheels (3:31)
  4. 4 Jealous Guy - Flux Fiddlers (4:13)
  5. 5 Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) - Plastic Ono Band (3:21)
  6. 6 Stand by Me (3:26)
  7. 7 Working Class Hero (3:48)
  8. 8 Power to the People - Plastic Ono Band (3:22)
  9. 9 Oh My Love - Flux Fiddlers (2:44)
  10. 10 Oh Yoko! - Flux Fiddlers (4:17)
  11. 11 Nobody Loves You (When You're Down and Out) - Plastic Ono Band (5:07)
  12. 12 Nobody Told Me (3:34)
  13. 13 Bless You - Plastic Ono Band (4:38)
  14. 14 Come Together (4:23)
  15. 15 New York City - Invisible Strings (4:31)
  16. 16 I'm Stepping Out (4:06)
  17. 17 You Are Here - Plastic U.F.Ono Band (4:08)
  18. 18 Borrowed Time (4:30)
  19. 19 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - Harlem Community Choir (3:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Woman (3:33)
  2. 2 Mind Games - Plastic U.F.Ono Band (4:12)
  3. 3 Out the Blue - Plastic U.F.Ono Band (3:23)
  4. 4 Whatever Gets You Thru the Night - Philharmonic Orchestrange (3:26)
  5. 5 Love - Plastic Ono Band (3:25)
  6. 6 Mother - Plastic Ono Band (5:34)
  7. 7 Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) (4:01)
  8. 8 Woman Is the Nigger of the World - Invisible Strings (5:16)
  9. 9 God - Plastic Ono Band (4:10)
  10. 10 Scared - Philharmonic Orchestrange (4:36)
  11. 11 #9 Dream - Philharmonic Orchestrange (4:47)
  12. 12 I'm Losing You (3:56)
  13. 13 Isolation - Plastic Ono Band (2:52)
  14. 14 Cold Turkey (5:03)
  15. 15 Intuition - Plastic U.F.Ono Band (3:09)
  16. 16 Gimme Some Truth - Flux Fiddlers (3:15)
  17. 17 Give Peace a Chance (4:50)
  18. 18 Real Love (4:12)
  19. 19 Grow Old with Me (3:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Lennon Primary Artist
Plastic U.F.Ono Band Track Performer
Technical Credits
Ben E. King Composer
John Lennon Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Jerry Leiber Composer
Yoko Ono Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
George Martin Producer, Audio Production
Phil Spector Producer, Audio Production
Jack Douglas Producer, Audio Production
Rob Stevens Producer, Audio Production
Mike Stoller Composer
Nick Webb Mastering
Steve Rooke Mastering
Drew Lorimer Cover Illustration
Ian MacMillan Cover Photo
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Working Class Hero - Yes he was

    I have been looking for a collection of Lennon songs like this for quite a while.... This is perfect.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    An excellent collection of John's solo work.

    If you can't afford to buy all of John Lennon's works, this collection has all the essential cuts from his post Beatles efforts. Prime cuts with no filler.

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