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Double Fantasy [Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

John Lennon, John Lennon & Ono Yoko Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Oct 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00004WGEK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,571 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. (Just Like) Starting Over
2. Kiss Kiss Kiss
3. Cleanup Time
4. Give Me Something
5. (I Know) I'm Losing You
6. I'm Moving On
7. Beautiful Boy
8. Watching the Wheels
9. Yes, I'm Your Angel
10. Woman
11. Beautiful Boys
12. Dear Yoko
13. Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him
14. Hard Times Are Over
15. Help Me to Help Myself
16. Walikng On Thin Ice
17. Central Park Stroll

Product Description

BBC Review

Upon its release, Double Fantasy by no means attracted universal acclaim. Within weeks of that initial scepticism, however, a work that had at first seemed irredeemably self-absorbed was transformed into poignant by John Lennon’s murder at the hands of a gun-wielding ex-fan.

We will never know whether a critical rehabilitation would have naturally occurred when people got over their initial shock: first, at the fact that half of Lennon’s comeback album after a five-year absence was composed of cuts by wife Yoko Ono, and secondly at John’s evident lack of interest in living up to his previous image of scornful rock‘n’roll revolutionary. However, it has to be said that much of the world has an erroneous impression of this album's contents. It is a far, far tougher record than is understood by those who have only heard (Just Like) Starting Over, Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy), Watching the Wheels and Woman. The heavy airplay said cuts (all Lennon songs) received created an impression among those who did not possess the album of a soporific, gushing work on which John let his domestic bliss overwhelm his usual descriptive and analytical gifts. This impression will have put many off purchasing the album – and prevented them from apprehending that it contains some biting music not even hinted at in those songs. Ditto for its nuanced examination of marriage.

Completely unexpectedly, Yoko’s songs are just as good as her husband’s, an example being Kiss Kiss Kiss, in which avant-garde drop-outs and spoken-word Japanese overdubs go hand in hand with piercing guitar work. She consistently sings beautifully, banishing forever memories of her infamous caterwauling on the Live Peace in Toronto album. Not that John is slack: his Cleanup Time is powerful rock which incongruously celebrates his househusband status, and while Dear Yoko sees him giving thanks to his wife simply for existing, such sentimentality doesn't preclude a delightful strutting old-time rock‘n’roll backdrop.

Meanwhile, on three pulsating tracks sequenced together – Give Me Something (Yoko), I'm Losing You (John) and I'm Moving On (Yoko) – the couple seem to be engaging in a dialogue about the sometimes perilous terrain of marriage. In a perfect symbol of the way that the two have become one, the closing Hard Times Are Over is a Yoko track that, in its vulnerability and surrender to love, would make you swear it was a Johnsong.

--Sean Egan

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Product Description

(2000/CAPITOL) 17 tracks;Medium 1
  1. (Just Like) Starting Over
  2. Kiss Kiss Kiss
  3. Cleanup Time
  4. Give Me Something
  5. I'm Losing You
  6. I'm Moving On
  7. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)
  8. Watching The Wheels
  9. Yes I'm Your Angel
  10. Woman
  11. Beautiful Boys
  12. Dear Yoko
  13. Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him
  14. Hard Times Are Over
  15. Help Me To Help Myself
  16. Walking On Thin Ice
  17. Central Park Stroll (dialogue)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great improvement to the original record! 9 May 2002
Format:Audio CD
Even though this CD is largely similar to the original Double Fantasy record it does have two major plus sides (in my opinion). The addition of the erie "Help me to help myself" and the great Yoko Ono song "Walking on thin ice"
The sound quality of the CD is superb (even the home recording sounds great) and I really like the inner sleeve of the CD and all the charming pictures of John and Yoko that are included.
Of course whenever anyone reviews this album they end up commenting on how sad it is this John Lennon died shortly after its release, but I prefer to look on it as an album with great songs on it and a really uplifting feel, to know that by this time in John's life he had started creating some real classics again and wished to continue doing so.
Don't miss out on a great opportunity, get this album, it's really worth it!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well I never! 17 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
Can't believe I'm really saying this but on coming back to it after a break of 20+ years I discover that what makes this album so special is . . . Yoko Ono's contribution. Well, who would have thought it! Maybe back in 1980 we were all so shocked by John Lennon's assassination that we wanted to apportion blame, maybe Yoko was still being smeared as "the woman who broke up The Beatles", who knows, maybe she was simply too far ahead of the rest of us. Whatever the reason there is some fine original music here and most of us missed it at the time.
Most of the John Lennon songs on Double Fantasy have long since gone down in the archives as classics and deservedly so - (Just like) Starting Over, Beautiful Boy, Watching the Wheels and Woman - if these four had been the only decent songs on the album, the price were already justified and I'd have nothing much to add to myriad earlier reviews BUT they aren't the only decent songs, not by a long chalk.
Double Fantasy should have had an even greater impact had Lennon lived long enough for the album to become popular on its own merits rather than always being thought of as "the tragic final output of an ex-Beatle". It is a celebration of marriage, parenthood and partnership, subtitled "Double Fantasy: a Heart Play by John Lennon and Yoko Ono". For a long time Yoko was referred to as Yoko? OH NO! down our way but her songs display a degree of diversity and sometimes even originality which (can I really be saying this) far outstretches her husband's. . . .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A light weight farewell 6 Jan 2000
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Format:Audio CD
It is a tragedy of popular music that John Lennon's final album was one he considered more of a 'hello' than a 'goodbye'. The album while not without its merits is somewhat lightweight. Lennon deliberately themed the album as a discussion between him and Yoko Ono. The downside of this was his rejection of rockier versions of his songs backed by the band Cheap Trick, their version of 'Losing You' brings the potential of the song to fruition. Watching the Wheels is Lennon's answer to those who asked what he had been doing for the last 4 years and while a good song it is somewhat light weight. Lennon remarked before his death that he wished he had produced a stronger sound sadly we will never get to hear what his next work may have been.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mature 10 April 2005
Format:Audio CD
Ah the Summer of 1980! In July we had Bjorn Borg beating John McCenroe in what Must be the greatest tennis match of all time. Easily. And then we had the premiere of the video of possibly the greatest Abba song of them all in August on 'Top Of The Pops'. 'The Winner Takes It All'. And then later that month, the news that John Lennon was returning to the studio after five years of Nothing to record a new album. To those reading who are under the age of 40: this was the greatest news you could ever hope to receive at the time and came as a complete shock. The rest of you fans over 40, you know what I'm taking about. 'Walls And Bridges' was Six Years Old and the press had made Lennon out to be Howard Hughes to the point where you actually almost believed it. Then suddenly we started seeing pictures in the Daily Mail of a clean shaven (and cool looking it must be said) Lennon strolling through the streets of New York with Yoko on his way to a recording studio. A Recording Studio. The prospect of new songs from Lennon was nothing short of Incredible And Unbelievably Exciting.
We heard as the weeks went by that this would be a joint affair between John and Yoko, seven songs each. And I will own up to how I reacted to that news at the time: Thoroughly Pissed Off. Obviously with hindsight this reaction seems ridiculous and of course we are now grateful for what we got. Plus the fact that by now we would probably have had another 50 songs from him. At least. OK, to the album in question.:
The lead off single 'Starting Over' is an enjoyable romp without really attempting to be anything more. Here Lennon was not at all self conscious, indeed thoroughly confident in his vocal and lyrically this song sets the tone for at least Lennon's contributions to the album. Blissful domesticity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't lose with John and Yoko
How can I review such beauty? I love this album. I even love the album cover! Wonderful addition to my collection.
Published 7 months ago by ruthenium
2.0 out of 5 stars A sad end
What might have been we will never know. Would the 1980s and beyond have given us more of the great promise of I'm Losing You in the version where Lennon is backed by Cheap Trick,... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Guv
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Album
It is an amazing Album, wanted it on CD so I could listen to it in the car, John Lennon was so incredible.
Published 12 months ago by Mrs Elizabeth Mead
4.0 out of 5 stars The difficult post house husband album with Mrs Screechy in tow
First things second. Yono did not break up the Beatles. Her art although crap is international and on the scale of the abstract she is a Spaniard in her own write. Read more
Published on 7 July 2012 by "Belgo Geordie"
4.0 out of 5 stars Lennon more alive than ever
Fresher than he'd have been if he hadn't had a long break, John came back with a vengeance, 'Just Like Starting Over' having the brandnewness of someone starting from the beginning... Read more
Published on 22 Nov 2011 by J. I. De Beresford
4.0 out of 5 stars "Double Fantasy " Still Poignant
"Its hard to listen to this album without thinking of when it came out, and then being left with it after he died, it has so many memories. Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2011 by Glenn Kitteridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Never forgotten
This was Johns last studio album just before he was murdered. What a tragic loss to the Pop World this man was. It was a return after an hiatus of 5 years. Read more
Published on 26 Nov 2010 by Mrs B
4.0 out of 5 stars Yoko makes it for me...
I heard this for the first time in 10 years today and I have to say that, for me, Yoko Ono makes this album. Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2010 by Mr. S. Barlow
3.0 out of 5 stars An honest assessment
I'm trying to judge this album as a piece of art on its own which is difficult because it was released only one month before his senseless murder. Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2009 by Gary 78
5.0 out of 5 stars Double Epiphany
Over the years I have, on many occasions, revisited and revised my opinion on numerous albums. However, I don't think I've ever been as surprised at what I found when I put this... Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2009 by E. Van Genderen
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