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Power to the People - the Hits (Remastered) [CD]

John Lennon Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B003Y8YXEO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,106 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Power To The People (2010 - Remaster)John Lennon 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Gimme Some Truth (2010 - Remaster)John Lennon 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Woman (2010 - Remaster)John Lennon 3:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) (2010 - Remaster)John Lennon 3:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night (2010 - Remaster)John Lennon 3:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Cold Turkey (Single Version) (2010 - Remaster)John Lennon 5:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Jealous Guy (2010 - Remaster)John Lennon 4:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. #9 Dream (2010 - Remaster)John Lennon 4:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. (Just Like) Starting Over (2010 - Remaster)John Lennon 3:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mind Games (2010 - Remaster)John Lennon 4:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Watching The Wheels (2010 - Remaster)John Lennon 3:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Stand By Me (2010 - Remaster)John Lennon 3:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Imagine (2010 - Remaster)John Lennon 3:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (2010 Digital Remaster)John Lennon 3:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Give Peace A Chance (2010 - Remaster)The Plastic Ono Band 4:530.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Only the most passionate, or blinkered, Lennon fan could argue that the former Beatle never released a duff solo record. Two of his long-players, 1970’s Plastic Ono Band and the following year’s Imagine, are genuinely magnificent, as shimmering today as they were while blessed by the shine of the time, by the artist’s seemingly innate pop genius. But Lennon wouldn’t produce another collection of comparable quality until 1980’s muddled, but sporadically magical, Double Fantasy – a set forever associated with his murder, just three weeks after its release.

Newcomers to Lennon (if such a person exists), then, should investigate one of his singles compilations – and Power to the People is the latest in a long line of similar packages, following the likes of 2005’s Working Class Hero, 1997’s Lennon Legend and 1982’s John Lennon Collection. What this offers that its predecessors did not is an accompanying DVD featuring videos for all of the 15 featured tracks. Of course, one could just watch these clips on the internet. But if you are without access to the ‘net (although if that’s the case, just how are you reading this?) then no doubt this bonus content will be appealing.

As for the songs, well – surely anything (fresh) yet to be written about Lennon’s most famous hits isn’t fit to print. Imagine will never not feel relevant to the modern world – it offers such a simple message, but one that still cuts deep and should resonate throughout any audience. Would the lyrics seem as affecting without the piano accompaniment? Could the song work as a rocker? Possibly not, but it doesn’t matter – as it is, Imagine is perfect. Cuts from the same album, Jealous Guy and Gimme Some Truth, are equally brilliant (what, no How Do You Sleep?) – the former excellently understated, the latter wonderfully rollicking. Lennon’s sole solo number one in the US during his lifetime, Whatever Gets You Thru the Night, is a barrelling funk number which benefits from the input of a certain Elton John. Woman – Double Fantasy’s tender heart – is sentimental without the schmaltz. Instant Karma is spiky and zesty, sounding every second the speedily recorded anthem it is. Happy Xmas (War Is Over), produced by Phil Spector, is the greatest festive hit of all time (even if that wasn’t Lennon’s intent).

Chances are you have these songs already. But it’s nice of EMI to make the effort, again, just in case…

--Mike Diver

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Product Description

JOHN LENNON Power To The People - The Hits (2010 issue UK 15-track digitally remastered CD album which gathers 15 of Lennons most popular songs including Woman Instant Karma! [We All Shine On] Jealous Guy Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Stand By Me Imagine Happy Xmas [War Is Over] Give Peace A Chance. Housed in a digipak picture sleeve containing replicated original album art and booklets with photos and new liner notes by noted British music journalist Paul Du Noyer)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Just Give Us The Truth. 8 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
Between 1969 and now, there were 19 singles issued bearing the name of John Lennon. Fourteen of those are on this `Hits' CD. But why only 14? That's a question I'd like answered. Of the five missing singles, `Nobody Told Me' was a sizeable hit whilst `Love' and `Borrowed Time' were minor ones but each is noticeable by their absence. (The other two didn't trouble the charts.) Why aren't they included here? That isn't the only question, however. `Gimme Some Truth', though only a B-side, might be the `catch-all' title for this reissue campaign but anyone looking for a Lennon collection will neither know that nor care. It might be a good tune and warrant inclusion, but so do many others.

What I find strange is that no other reviewer of this has mentioned the flaw on the sleeve. Whatever the photos show and whatever you may see or read elsewhere, `Cold Turkey' is NOT a live version. This most obvious error isn't on the two disc version. However this got past quality control is a disgrace and whoever is responsible should be reprimanded. Another thing, why doesn't this have the booklet that accompanies the double disc version instead of the fold-our sheet? It's a bit of a shambles all round.

So, the title could be thought of as a bit of a misnomer, and that could be an accusation thrown at any `best of' compilation, but what is the music like and is it worth getting. To be brutal, though the sound is good (it has been remastered after all) and many of the tracks are worth having, there are better Lennon collections available. Fifteen songs is a bit mean by anyone's standards, especially when there's space available to extend it to include those three mysteriously absent singles. Everything on here can be found on `Working Class Hero', a 38 track double, as they can on the four CD `Gimme Some Truth', which represents good value. Get those instead.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a great remastering 16 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
I have to say that I was somewhat disappointed with this compilation. Good selection of songs, but what happened to the quality of the sound? My advice to any Lennon fan looking for a compilation would be to buy Working Class Hero: The Definitive Lennon. Although a little more expensive, you get a lot more music for your money. In addition to this, it sounds a lot better. More dynamic, altogether much more satisfying. In comparison, much of Power to the People - the Hits sounds dull and lifeless. You have been warned!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YES 4 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
You may well say that the world needs another John Lennon collection about as much as it needs another Neil Diamond collection, yet unlike all the ones that have gone before, this, (with the exception of GIMME SOME TRUTH) is exclusively a collection of John's singles. Now you may also say that Lennon as a solo artist cannot be defined by his single releases because some of his best songs, like WORKING CLASS HERO and GOD, were not released as singles. Yet like most of the other inclusions in this remastering project, at nine quid this is certainly not overpriced as other recent remastering packages have been, and it's got to be worth buying if only to sample the quality of the remastering process that has been applied. If it's an improvement on the previous sound of the Lennon songs, I for one will take a closer look at the other albums Yoko has had remastered, and I may say yes to those also.

For those young enough to be relatively new to the music of the great man, this has three of his best songs in GIMME SOME TRUTH, WATCHING THE WHEELS and JEALOUS GUY, and a whole lot of popular classics like IMAGINE and HAPPY CHRISTMAS WAR IS OVER, and though every person on earth over 50 has them on previous compilations, and some of us have the original albums, this will still sell by the truckload, and rightly so for the reasons I have expressed.

UPDATE: I've heard it now, and to say I'm impressed is an understatement. Most remastering procedures include cranking up the recorded loudness, giving the impression you're actually hearing more of the music, when in reality you're hearing a 'clipped' version of the music. (See YouTube) This is what spoilt 2007's Led Zeppelin remasters and I would strongly suggest Jimmy Page consults Yoko's team.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Power to the People 14 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have always admired John Lennon and this one record I didn't have. I was not let down by the quality nor the speed of delivery once I had ordered it. Thank you.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dear oh Dear ! 7 Oct 2010
By Car57
Format:Audio CD
I was critical last year of the cardboard packaging of the Beatles remasters but this one takes the biscuit!!

More like like a CD wrapped in paper in this case !

I guess we all understand the paradox at work here, a private equity firm wishing to max out short term profits, and on the other hand the estate of John (Imagine there's no possessions) Lennon insisting on maintaining the high royalty rate !!

I know the industry is desperately trying to kill off the CD format but why mess with the crown jewels !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic ex Beatle 28 Mar 2014
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
I'm a big fan of anything by the Beatles in or out of the group ,that's GROUP not boy band how can u be a band and play no instruments and my Favorite has always been John Lennon ,Rock on ,I'd recommend this to any one of a certain age ,brillant
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5.0 out of 5 stars Power To The People. 24 Feb 2014
By David
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
An album of brilliant hits of John Lennon and Yoko. Including the xmas song three number ones as a tribute and pleasurable to listen to.
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