The U.S. vs. John Lennon

The U.S. vs. John Lennon

by John Lennon


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The U.S. vs. John Lennon

Since it's the soundtrack to a documentary detailing the U.S. government's decision to stage all-out war on John Lennon -- in large part due to his protest of the "other" war they were staging in Vietnam -- it's not surprising that this disc homes in on the more politically potent songs from the singer's early-'70s catalog. And while many of the tunes reside in similar topical territory, each captures a distinct emotional vibe -- a testament to Lennon's greatness as a writer. Even in the midst of turmoil, Lennon usually exuded an ultimately optimistic feel, an emotion conveyed in the strains of the classic rallying cry "Power to the People" and the elegiac "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)." Those songs, of course, are buoyed by bold, outsized arrangements and a sense that the studio was absolutely overflowing with musicians. When exploring the darker recesses of his psyche, however, Lennon chose to go it all but alone, a decision that adds to the laser-like precision of withering acoustic tracks like "Working Class Hero." The 21-song set is rounded out by some lesser-known but equally worthy material, most notably "John Sinclair" (the song that sicced the feds on Lennon's tail in the first place) and a previously unreleased live version of the searing protest screed "Attica State." The U.S. vs. John Lennon is a fine overview of Lennon's work in the immediate wake of the Beatles' split, as well as an enlightening lesson about taking on those in power and ultimately emerging victorious.

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Release Date: 09/26/2006
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0094637491225
catalogNumber: 74912

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