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Double Fantasy Stripped Down [+Digital Booklet]

4 Oct 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Oct 2010
  • Release Date: 1 Oct 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI UK Beatles
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Yoko Ono Lennon, licensed exclusively to Capitol Records, LLC. Manufactured by Capitol Records, LLC., 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood, California 90028. All rights reserved. Unauthorized repro
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  • Total Length: 1:33:13
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  • ASIN: B0042YOW68
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,599 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Antoine on 17 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD
Firstly I'm not quite sure why this album gets panned sometimes. It got panned on release (before John was killed) with Charles Shaar Murray calling it "a lousy album" in the NME - wonder what John would have said? He wrote a personal letter to CSM when he reviewed Shaved Fish in 1975 and actually reviewed his review (with typical Lennon humour naturally!). After his death of course everyone bought it and raved about it but now it gets a mixed response.

John wrote and sang these songs in the only way he knew how - with honesty and from the heart and it's the sound of a very happy man which makes it all the more tragic given what happened. I guess some people would prefer that he'd suffered more for his art in the style of Imagine or Plastic Ono Band. I doubt he cared, by 1980 he was singing for himself, Yoko and Sean and who could blame him? They are still beautiful songs today. Plus it's very easy with the benefit of 30 years hindsight to say that the original album sounds dated as some people have, all music dates to a certain degree, which doesn't necessarily make it bad.

Listening to the new version now brings back memories of hearing it for the first time around 1980/81. It does sound a little rough where endings haven't been faded for example (Woman stops abruptly) so in that sense it can sound a little unfinished but mostly the new mix does sound good. Yoko's songs in particular benefit with Kiss Kiss Kiss rocking and the band sounding really tight together. Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him is completely reworked although it might have been good if more had been made of a John/Yoko duet on it, perhaps trading verses.

Many people have complained that it's not in the box set but at least it's available separately.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Quiverbow TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD
Before I go any further, I have to admit to being a John Lennon die-hard, but that doesn't mean I praise everything released under his name (I slated the Signature box set) but I'm going to give this a full five stars. Why? Because it's damn good!

I`m not going to suggest that `Double Fantasy' was his best release, not by a long way, but the `stripped down' version presented here on the first CD is nothing short of superb. Okay, the songs themselves are the same, but the way in which they're presented is a world away from 1980. Hell, even the Yoko Ono songs are improved. Every track has been pared of its backing, leaving just the guitars, drums and pianos in place and in doing so, whereas they were previously buried too deep, the vocals have been brought to the fore. In fact, if you close your eyes, you might even start believing Lennon is singing directly to you. The clarity of his voice is awesome; every enunciation can be heard as if you're standing next to him.

`Cleanup Time', which can be seen as a completely different version being nearly a minute longer due to the fadeout and an extra verse midway through , and `I'm Losing You' are crystal clear. Both `Starting Over' and `Dear Yoko' have diction unheard before, the latter extended by 30 seconds as it continues Lennon' s spoken outro to a full close - this time you can hear what he's saying - but it's `Beautiful Boy' and `Watching the Wheels' that make you sit up. The latter makes you believe you were there when it was recorded, whilst the former, free from its double tracking, overdubbing and sound effects, is turned into a folk song. On the other hand, `Woman', given the same treatment, simply makes you want to cry. You can hear things in the vocals that weren't there previously.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Davie on 17 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD
Worth buying for Clean Up Time alone. I was not particularly fond of this song on the original. However, listening to the stripped down version with Lennon happily ad-libbing his way constructively and melodically through the chorus etc, the song has been transformed into a delight. Its re-arrangement in line with the printed lyrics too was a good productive move. Stripped down is all about heightening the presence of Lennon's voice and for this too I am grateful to Yoko and the production team. Well done.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jill Knight on 5 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD
I doubt I would have bought this had I not heard a sample beforehand, but what an improvement in most of the songs. Apart from 'Woman,' which I always thought worked well as it was, you hear here how good John's voice was when he was working on this album, and how muted the original production rendered it. Here it is as if you're in the production booth, and that brilliant voice comes through so clearly. A revelation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AMarsh01 on 25 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD
I've always had a soft spot for this album, so was curious what this stripped down version would sound like. If you're a Lennon fan, and wondering which of these remastered albums to get, then get this one! Yes, the songs are familiar, but freed of its 1980's "bells and whistles" production, and with the unfamiliar arrangements, you could almost believe this was a new album. In fact, even Lennon's vocals sound like alternative takes. 'Watching the Wheels' really shines now - bass, drums, a single piano, and John's vocal. The whole thing really comes to life now. Another classic is 'Woman' which has never sounded sweeter. Now just John's acoustic guitar and vocal, bass, and drums - this is easily one of the best songs John wrote, full stop. In fact, the whole thing now sounds like the happy cousin of Plastic Ono Band (and thats a good thing). Buy it!
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