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John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band [Original recording remastered]

John Lennon Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B003Y8YXFI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,543 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Mother (2010 - Remaster) 5:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Hold On (2010 - Remaster) 1:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I Found Out (2010 - Remaster) 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Working Class Hero (2010 - Remaster) 3:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Isolation (2010 - Remaster) 2:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Remember (2010 - Remaster) 4:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Love (2010 - Remaster) 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Well Well Well (2010 - Remaster) 5:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Look At Me (2010 - Remaster) 2:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. God (2010 - Remaster) 4:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. My Mummy's Dead (2010 - Remaster)0:510.99  Buy MP3 

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Brand new 2010 digital remaster of the classic John Lennon album. Lennon's 1970 official solo debut is as remarkable for its startling contrast to the Beatles as it is for the passion and force of its songwriting. Stripped-down, gripping, and emotionally resonant, Plastic Ono Band has little to do with the hook-heavy pop of his early Beatles work, or the psychedelic, word-salad approach of his songs on Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road. Instead, this is an album of intensely confessional songs that lay bare the personal demons Lennon was trying to exorcise at the time--the ghosts of fame, family, faith, and individual identity, amongthem.

The sound of the album is straightforward and hard-hitting. Spare, lean rock arrangements with piano, drums, bass, and guitar frame the songs effectively, letting Lennon's narratives carry the weight. The songs are shot through with bitterness ("I Found Out"), disillusionment ("God"), and regret ("Mother"), but there are also moments of hope in "Hold On" and the achingly beautiful "Love", which ranks alongside the very best of Lennon's ballads. Lennon was undergoing primal scream therapy during these sessions and the results can be heard, overtly (the strained vocals of "Well, Well, Well"), and in the rage and anguish of his harrowingly honest songwriting. This is one of the finest singer/songwriter albums of this or any era.

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Essential 2010 reissue of 1970 album remastered from the original tapes! Includes 'Working Class Hero'.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Honest Album You'll Ever Hear 15 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
In the spring of 1970 John & Yoko came off Heroin, stuck to a microbiotic diet and travelled to California to undergo a series of theropy sessions with Dr Arthur Janov, the author of the book The Primal Scream.
The Primal scream is a process of anger relief that allows you regress to times of trouble and release the pain caused by them.
This caused john to go back to his childhood and finally come to terms with the death of his Mother,Julia, who was killed in a road accident by an off duty police officer.
This, the resulting album is the most brutally honest piece of work ever produced by a pop star. The songs have very few overdubs and feature very basic arrangements of of Guitar/Piano (Lennon), Bass (Klaus Voormann) and Drums (Ringo Starr).
They deal with the death of his mother (Mother, My Mummy's Dead), The Beatles split (I found Out, God)a generally unhappy childhood (Remember,Working Class Hero, Look at Me) and songs that look to the future (Hold On, Love).
Every single song on this album is there for a purpose and every one is a masterpiece. The heights of which John would never reach again. This is his best solo work and indeed the best album of any solo Beatle.
There is both rock and ballads here and I cannot recommmend this album highly enough.
I am ignoring the extra tracks on this album as they have no buisness being there. If ever there was a case for less is more, than this is it. How Yoko allowed these pointless add ons, I will never understand. This is a serious peice of work not a flimsey pop record. Power to the people is not relevant to this work and was recorded after this album was released. Who would want to hear Power to the People after My Mummys Dead?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Angry and yet very touching 20 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is an album that is mixed with emotion from pain to love to anger to sorrow. It is awe inspiring and probably John's best solo work. It was this album, (with Imagine) that showed the gulf in talent between Lennon and McCartney for me. Especially in their solo careers.
"John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band" mixes Dr Janov's Primal Scream Therapy in "Mother" with the Dylanesque "Working Class Hero" the very eerie "My Mummy's Dead" and the Athiestic, (in every way),"God" with the Line 'I don't believe in Beatles....'. Which was John's way of saying, 'we're not getting back together, I said I wouldn't be singing "She love's you" when I'm thirty and I meant it.'
I remember when I bought that album after hearing the song "Working Class Hero" my Mum saying to me that it was the only time she accepted the use of the word f***.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Shocking! 25 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
"N.M.E. said "Lennon put his balls on the line and the train ground to a halt out of sheer respect" As a 12 year old, I listened to this in awe and amazement! The first track "Mother" was so full of pain and honesty, it stopped you in your tracks. I had lost my own mother at 9 years old, so I could relate to the loss. Other tracks like "Working Class Hero", still sound great to me. "God" was a jaw breaker with its " I don't believe in list.......finishing with the Beatles, and "the dream is over, so my dear friends you just have to carry on", had their ever been such honesty on a record? Other great tracks like "Remember", the beautiful "Love" ,"Isolation" "Look at me" (could easily have been on the "White" album) were superb tracks, with not quite the publicity of the more famous tracks. Some friends of mine didn't like the album, too personal, too much pain, but to me it stands up as a great piece of work."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album of Lennon's solo career. 6 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this album when I was 9 in 1981 shortly after Lennon's death. It was my fathers scratchy record when I first heard the anger,sadness,sorrow,rage and fury on this record. What makes this album so great is Lennon's willingness to put it all on the line. For someone of Lennon's musical stature,it really took alot of courage to make this album in my opinion. Of course he did make the naked album cover a few years before,but this was his first offical solo album away from The Beatles. So in that context,it took alot of balls to make this. The musicmanship is not what this album is about. Lets be honest,Lennon was an average guitar and piano player. The entire album rides on Lennon's intensity and emotion. The other three former Beatles could have never pulled this off. I've listened to this album quite a few times since 1981,and it really stands the test of time. It is truly a one of a kind album that is not for the casual Lennon fan. It may be too intense for the casual listener who may expect a sappy user friendly like 'Imagine' type of tune. The song Well Well Well made my girlfriend flee the room in horror when I was listening to the 'screaming' track earlier...she was expecting 'Imagine'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars marvellous 31 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
this is genius, it's so great it's up there with the best of the beatles albums.I used to think all things must pass was the best solo beatles album, but it isn't. Lennon's voice is amazing and songs that i didn't think much of before which were on the legend album (mother,working class hero) now sound superb. All the tracks are standouts, but i like god,isolation and love the best.Oh and "hold on", but they're all so great. An album to adore and cherish, and it confirms lennon's genius yet again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Sweet deal.
Published 1 month ago by Vladimir Kucera
1.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift for someone else
I just did not appreciate the Plastic Ono Band because of the Plastic Ono in it. I wish the Beatles would have left their wives out of their recordings. Read more
Published 1 month ago by V. MOORE
3.0 out of 5 stars A Daunting Experience
It's difficult to know where to start with comments on Lennon as a solo artist. Immersing yourself in his music can be a daunting experience simply due to the myths that surround... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Peter Steward
3.0 out of 5 stars working-class heroes don't go to art school
This album aspires to grownup realism after the Beatles' sunny daydreaming, but lacks a grownup's sense of personal responsibility. Read more
Published 2 months ago by gille liath
3.0 out of 5 stars Do you want to be depressed..BUY THIS
Put the titles together. Mother,hold on,I found out,working class hero ,isolation. Remember,Love,well well well,look at me GOD,my Mummy's dead. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tony Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Still love this album.
Lennon's best album for me and sounding good as ever. Very raw music but clearly honest. Packaging is good quality too.
Published 8 months ago by Mrs Joan Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Lennons first of two.
When JL's first band split it was of into the great wide open and therapy. Happily for us it provided this five star album. Although very stark it is still a joy to listen to.
Published 10 months ago by Prus Dad
5.0 out of 5 stars Plastic Ono Band...
In my opinion this is the finest album John Lennon ever produced...It is so honest and true you can't dishonour it by saying you don't 'like' it... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. C. J. Withers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, now pay your taxes
One of the last items I bought from these dodgy dealers before the tax avoidance scandal broke. I refuse to give my hard-earned money to a greedy corporation that is stealing money... Read more
Published 15 months ago by richard carr
4.0 out of 5 stars Soundcheck!
Ordered it,Came on time!I Once had an original this is remastered and has lost quality?!
It`s decent but if i was to give advice,Look for the original!
Published 15 months ago by TomPINDUB
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