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Plastic Ono Band [+Digital Booklet]

4 Oct 2010

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Digital Booklet: Plastic Ono Band
Digital Booklet: Plastic Ono Band
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  • Original Release Date: 1 Oct. 2010
  • Release Date: 1 Oct. 2010
  • Label: EMI UK Beatles
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 39:29
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  • ASIN: B0042YFA1Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,074 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By "harry_trotter" on 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Clarke on 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 By "iloveflorida" on 6 July 2003
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. St Thomas on 22 May 2002
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The Beatles in a solo context is always hard to categorise or summarise. Saying one artists work is overall better than the work of their former colleagues or associates is folly. Each member of The Beatles brought different aspects to the whole "work", so therefore when they are separated, it is easier to see what the contribution was they provided on an individual standpoint. "Plastic Ono Band" is by far Lennon's best solo album, though I find the songs from 1971's "Imagine" are more memorable, if less focused. Their's a raw intensity on Lennon's first real solo album that he never matched in The Beatles or on his own, some of the songs bordering on punk (ie "I Found Out"). The benefits of Janov's Primal Scream therapy are throughout this album, but as a showcase for Lennon's thoughts or standpoint about himself as a person, it is as indecisive as the man himself throughout his life. What you do have here is a brilliantly played and executed album, with alot of emotion in it, but I cannot say that I remember how many of the songs go a few years away from it. The standouts are "Mother", "Isolation", "Working Class Hero", "I Found Out". When Lennon was in good form, he made McCartney look somewhat amateurish, and I feel the only real contender in the Beatles solo works was Harrison, not because he's dead as well, but because his work shows an open honesty that Lennon tended to hide behind caustic commentary, rather than lay bare what was within. I still say Harrison's "All Things Must Pass" is by far the best of the solo Beatles work, if we are going to merit them as if they were still a band, but Lennon's Plastic Ono Band is a very close runner up based on sheer power and abrasiveness. Though not as melodically strong as "Imagine" is, which makes it a harder album to
absorbe, it is a must have Lennon fan or observer's first choice.
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