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Rock 'n' Roll [Original recording remastered]

John Lennon Audio CD
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If John Lennon had only been one of the four members of the Beatles, his artistic immortality would already have been assured. The so-called "smart Beatle," he brought a penetrating intelligence and a stinging wit both to the band's music and its self-presentation. But in such songs as "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)," ... Read more in Amazon's John Lennon Store

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  • Audio CD (27 Sep 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B0002X4TRA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,260 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Be-Bop-A-Lula
2. Stand By Me
3. Rip It Up/Ready Teddy
4. You Can't Catch Me
5. Ain't That A Shame
6. Do You Want To Dance
7. Sweet Little Sixteen
8. Slippin' And Slidin'
9. Peggy Sue
10. Bring It On Home To Me/Send Me Some Lovin'
11. Bony Moronie
12. Ya Ya
13. Just Because
14. Angel Baby
15. To Know Her Is To Love Her
16. Since My Baby Left Me
17. Just Because (Reprise)

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BBC Review

Quite simply, John Lennon recorded Rock‘N’Roll in order not to be sued.

Morris Levy, owner of the publishing on You Can't Catch Me, agreed not to call in m’learned friends over the resemblance of parts of The Beatles’ song Come Together to that Chuck Berry composition if Lennon acquiesced to recording some of his copyrights – a lucrative scenario for Levy. However, once this deal was struck, inveterate old-school rocker Lennon found himself enthused by the idea of a retro album. He even dug up a picture of himself for the cover in his full pre-moptop bequiffed glory.

On paper, the concept was a killer. Anyone who remembered Lennon tearing through the likes of Chuck Berry’s Rock and Roll Music on Beatles albums knew he had the capacity for an almost berserk commitment to songs he loved. But the origins of this record in grubby coercion seemed to curse the sessions, which were marked by the mental deterioration of original producer Phil Spector. Levy himself, thinking Lennon was welching on their deal, put out a mail order version using rough mixes, the confusion engendered by which may have been responsible for the pitiful initial sales of Rock‘N’Roll, although lukewarm reviews didn't help.

Part of the critical disdain was down to the fact that Lennon seemed uninterested in playing the songs of Chuck Berry, Larry Williams, Little Richard et al the way he had at a thousand gigs and BBC sessions, and opted instead for re-tooling. Tracks like a snail’s-pace Do You Wanna Dance?, a bizarrely ornate Sweet Little Sixteen and a heavy metal Bony Moronie are perplexingly lacking in the swing and pace that was the point of rock‘n’roll in the first place. However, once the shock of this has dissipated, the tracks can be heard to possess a steamhammer power and – courtesy of Spector’s kitchen-sink-and-all modus operandi – an exquisite richness.

Though there is very little subtlety, there is evident affection throughout, excellent musicianship and some fun post-modern nods to the audience, including what seems a deliberate attempt to make You Can't Catch Me resemble the swamp-rock of Come Together as much as possible. On all tracks, Lennon’s singing is superb, especially a passionate and epic Stand by Me. Meanwhile, a slinky Slippin' and Slidin' and a breakneck Peggy Sue demonstrate that nobody can teach this man anything about generating primal rock excitement.

--Sean Egan

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Product Description

(2004/EMI) 17 tracks - remixed & remasteredMedium 1
  1. Be-Bop-A-Lula
  2. Stand By Me
  3. Medely: Rip It Up/Ready Teddy
  4. You Can't Catch Me
  5. Ain't That A Shame
  6. Do You Wanna Dance
  7. Sweet Little Sixteen
  8. Slippin' And Slidin'
  9. Peggy Sue
  10. Medley: Bring It On Home To Me/Send Me Some
  11. Lovin'
  12. Bony Moronie
  13. Just Because

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good cleanup job 17 Oct 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As you may or may not know Yoko has been getting all of John's albums remixed and/or remastered over the past few years and releasing one per year round about the anniversary of his birthday. This year (2004) has seen the re-release of Rock 'n' Roll. This is one of my favourite Lennon albums as it is good to hear him take a step back from all of those deep and meaningful songs he was writing and just go back to his roots with some good old rock 'n' roll standards that he used to listen to as a teenager. Initial sessions were in 1973 Phil Spector (who better to record this stuff with) and then later the album was finished in 1974, with John producing things himself although keeping to the wall of sound style recording of the earlier sessions. This give the album a certain originality even though the songs are all covers. Phil's wall of sound style of recording could make the sound muddy at times though but the folk at Abbey Road have certainly cleaned the recordings up enough to make a difference. On this release we get a couple of outtakes (albeit released previously) and a previously unreleased reprise of 'Just Because' in which John says hi to Paul, George and Ringo. Another nice bonus could've been the 'Roots' version of 'Be My Baby', but we can't have everything. Now the only regular albums still to be reissued in this way are Walls & Bridges and S.T.I. New York City, so it looks like we'll be getting more releases like this for the next couple of years at least.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Rock 'N' Roll 11 Aug 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This album is certainly one of the least appreciated of John Lennon's, but in my eyes this is 39 minutes or so of rock 'n' roll as it's meant to be.
In this collection of covers, which features some of rock 'n' roll's classic songs, Lennon showed the world that, along with his many other musical talents (displayed with the Beatles and also in his solo output), he could rock with best of them; most songs being as good as the originals, if not better (typified by 'Stand By Me').
The album also has a fresh feel to it as well, which helps to create an atmosphere that if you were to close your eyes, you'd think Lennon was playing live in the same room as you.
Simply amazing at the worst of times, 'Rock 'N' Roll' is as good an album of this genre as you'll get.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dr Winston O'Boogie in full flow 7 Sep 2000
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album having heard his version of 'Stand By Me' on 'Lennon Legend'. Although I don't particularly like his version of 'Stand By Me', I knew Lennon's capabilities, and was not disappointed by this album. Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of this album is that Lennon seems to be enjoying himself much more than he does on previous efforts like 'Imagine' and 'Plastic Ono Band'. (That is not to say those albums are bad - far from it!) 'Rock 'n' Roll' is a fun album. It's best tracks are 'You Can't Catch Me' (in which Lennon integrates some of 'Come Together'), the 2 medleys, 'Slippin' and a Slidin'', and the flippant 'Ya Ya'. This is hardly clever music with the sophisication of Plastic Ono band', but it's rock 'n' roll. It's not meant to be. Such good fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Highly Enjoyable Listen - Recommended 10 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD
Long story short here, I was sitting in a pub on New Year's Day last and a friend of the family and I got talking about John Lennon and his back catalogue. To my surprise, he suggested that I purchase this album, stating it was brilliant. So, just a couple of days ago, I went out and bought it. Prior to this event, I had been eyeing this album up; I liked the promise: Lennon returning to his roots and taking a break from it all. Was I happy with the result?

Absolutely! I have to say that this album is a highly enjoyable listen all round and is also a real heartwarmer. Put simply, Lennon returns to his teenage roots with this album and does a fine job, really. In being an album of covers, you can expect to find the likes of 'Be-Bop-a-Lula', 'You Can't Catch Me', 'Ain't That a Shame' and 'Sweet Little Sixteen' included here, all of these songs Lennon loved and performed (in some cases) as a teenager with the Quarrymen in Liverpool.

Just a quick comment here, without a doubt, the standout track for many is going to be 'Stand By Me'. Before buying the album, I had heard this song briefly before. When I sat down to listen to the album then, this song completely blew me away. Now, 'Stand By Me', whether it be this cover here or the original, is not a song that I particularly like. For some reason, it always reminds me of a death scene in any given soap opera! Sorry, just me here. Anyhow, rest assured, Lennon really delivers on this song and does not fail to make it his own. That also goes for the rest of the songs on the album - you can literally hear how Lennon is enjoying himself while performing each track and he really makes the covers his own.

Finally, a quick note on the packaging, it is pretty much the same style as 'The Beatles Stereo Boxset'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John's Love 9 Dec 2011
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Its clear that John loved the rock-n-roll music that he grew up listening to. This hommage to those songs is well crafted and produced. His houmor comes out as well as there is no big band, wife or record company standing over him. It is just a private project that I think gave him a lot of satisfaction.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars john lennon, rock and roll
I chose this rating because the cd was unplayable,i would not recommend this recording unless the copy I received was a one off.
Published 3 months ago by john spoors
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old rock n' roll
Great to hear john belting out the some of the classic rock tunes from the late fifties and early sixties.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. L. M. Hobbs
4.0 out of 5 stars SBM
His version of 'Stand By Me' on this is the best I've heard. The whole album's great. And I liked the selective-colour on the cover photo.
Published 9 months ago by Nik Watt
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated Rock and Roll from John Lennon
This could have been great if the complete album with extra tracks and re-mixed by Yoko Ono were on the recording. George Fazakas
Published 14 months ago by G. S. Fazakas
5.0 out of 5 stars Had the LP version
Hd the LP version, so I brought the CD, JL Brilliant got most og JL Cd's as I was replacing the LP's I had
Published 16 months ago by P M Ilsley
5.0 out of 5 stars Bit slow
Bought the CD as a NY birthday gift, but it was quite slow to arrive so was slightly concerned, however it was obviously a busy time re Christmas deliveries and it did arrive
Published 19 months ago by Ms. Judith A. Sansom
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic
Lennon - Legend

Peasants Hero Rock On - Excellent album for rockers Imagine John in the Cavern giving it everything.
Published 20 months ago by BowAnAt
5.0 out of 5 stars Lennon,s - Rock&Roll
This is agreat CD and should be a must for any Lennon fan or anybody who wants a blast of good old rock & roll that has been given a slant
from John Lennon,it feels like a... Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2011 by Caplock
4.0 out of 5 stars John Lennon Rock 'N' Roll
A great CD. Had this on vinyl when it first came out, a real Lennon classic, some great rock 'n' roll standards done in the inextricable Lennon style. Read more
Published on 29 July 2011 by Digger
4.0 out of 5 stars Must-listen for John Lennon fan.
I am discovering John Lennon as Beales fan.

Belatedly as Beatles fan, I am realising that Beatles' innovation depends largely on John Lennon as artist. Read more
Published on 8 July 2011 by mlake
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