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Walls and Bridges [Original recording remastered]

John Lennon Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Nov 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B000AYQLX6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,846 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Going Down On Love
2. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night
3. Old Dirt Road
4. What You Got
5. Bless You
6. Scared
7. #9 Dream
8. Surprise Surprise
9. Steel And Glass
10. Beef Jerky
11. Ya Ya
12. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night (Live With Elton John) (Bonus Track)
13. Nobody Loves You (When You’re Down And Out) (Alternate Version) (Bonus Track)
14. John Interview With Bob Mercer (Bonus Track)

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The careful burnishing of John Lennon's daunting legend usually obscures one telling fact: the former Beatle endured a long and troubling artistic slump in the mid-'70s. Indeed, his five-year retirement/househusband phase may have been one of the shrewdest career moves he ever made. Cut in Los Angeles during his prolonged "lost weekend" estrangement from Yoko Ono, Walls and Bridges too often sacrifices the sublime for the ridiculous--that is, when it's not being altogether superfluous. Still, "Whatever Gets You Through the Night," Lennon's boisterous collaboration with Elton John, scored him his first No. 1 record as a solo artist, and compelling tracks like "Steel and Glass," "Going Down on Love," and "#9 Dream" belie the artistic genius Lennon was literally drowning in copious rounds of Brandy Alexanders during the period. --Jerry McCulley

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Our product to treat is a regular product. There is not the imitation. From Japan by the surface mail because is sent out, take it until arrival as 7-14 day. Thank you for you seeing it.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lost weekend? not musically......... 16 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
After initially disliking this album and feeling it was inferior to Mind Games (i was 13 at the time), I filed it away for over 30 years. Now, after hearing the remastered cd this week I have completely revised my opinion.... For me it now ranks as a major piece of work and is up there with the best of Lennons solo output. Supported by first class musicians - jim keltner (drums) klaus voormann (bass), Nicky Hopkins (piano) Bobby Keys (sax)- there are several songs that easily rank with anything off Imagine and Plastic Ono Band i.e. Going down on love, Scared, Bless you, #9 Dream, Nobody loves you when you are down and out...The remaining songs are all strong, even the instrumental Beef Jerky is enjoyable. Lennon is in fine voice - his vocals, especially in Scared and Nobody Loves you .. send shivers as his best work does..

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Working Weekend 4 Jan 2006
By Dudley Serious VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Upon Yoko booting John out of the house in 1973, Lennon spent his so-called "lost weekend" in Los Angeles with various boozy mates until reuniting with Mrs Lennon late in '74. The phrase "lost weekend" is misleading though, because if John was at a low ebb personally, he was productive artistically, making an album of rock'n'roll covers and this seriously underrated set, "Walls and Bridges".
Spending his time in L.A. where the sun always shone and the wine always flowed, this album is John's most "American", with a stack of sax, brass and strings fleshing out the sound, more than a hint of a soul swagger and a warm, mellow west coast production. The musical arrangements and production style contrast markedly with the lyrical content, which dwells on feelings of loneliness and loss. The opening track "Going Down on Love" for example, with its laid back funk and cool sax, includes lyrics such as "You know I'm drowning in a sea of hatred".
Other titles like "Scared" and "Nobody Loves You (When You're Down and Out") add to the expressions of cynicism and desire to recapture something missing in his life. Yoko for a start, perhaps. And a longing for a renewed sense of direction generally. He sounds happiest when he escapes into the other-worldly realms filled with memories of better times evoked on "Old Dirt Road" and most famously on "#9 Dream". That sense of searching and yearning carries over to the album's artwork, depicting a number of John's paintings from primary school days.
The most famous song here is "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night". The story goes that Lennon agreed to play live with Elton John if this single reached no.1, little thinking it would.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lennon in contemplative mood 17 Nov 2005
By David's
Format:Audio CD
It is inappropriate to rate a Lennon album other than at the level of enjoyment perhaps. Certainly not comparitively, i.e better,as good as or not as good as Imagine, the album which tends to be the yardstick for his other albums to match up to. Walls and Bridges is a certain mood album, early morning music, as the NME described it. The mood is certainly not uplifting, how could it be with songs such as Going Down on Love, Scared and Nobody Loves You? These are strong but doleful songs. However, No 9 Dream is pure Lennon and harks back to his Walrus and Lucy creativity. The opening bars lead into an ethereal, vocal and melodically enchanting experience. The album is worth purchasing for this song alone, I never tire of not just listening to it but being carried away by it. Steel & Glass is Lennon at his best vocally. Few, if any rock singers, could hold a note for as long and as emotionally felt as Lennon does. Even the fade out humming is laden with emotional content. A major criticism of mine is the smothering of a brilliant voice with layers of instruments. Nobody Loves You should be a classic Lennon accoustic guitar number, but his unfortunate lack of confidence in the quality of his voice is drowned out instead by heavy handed brass and fiddle sections. Elton John adds spice to the two jaunty tracks that he appears on, and Harry Nilson is a wise partner on the bluesy, laid back Old Dirt Road. All in all, it is a mood album albeit excellent one, and stands apart from his other albums because of this.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece 6 Nov 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
One of the three untouchable peaks of Lennon's solo career (with POB & Imagine), W&B is a nearly perfect blue eyed soul album. The songs are strong and the production beautifully understated. His last great album......
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5.0 out of 5 stars For the purist 31 Aug 2010
By Davie
Format:Audio CD
The remastered version of W&B has weakened in particular the rich drumming in #9 Dream especially the drumbeat link to the second part of the song. I'm sticking to this original rich album production as Lennon intended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nax 2 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
Walls and Bridges is underated horribly and should have already been remastered and remixed like the other albums. Songs like old dirt road and Steel and Glass are some of his best. This album is fabulous. Easily my favourite lennon album.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential Lennon 21 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
A few too many negative things have been said about this album about this album over the years, despite the ecstatic reaction to it at least in the US on its original release more than 30 years ago. Lennon treading water, depressing, notasgoodasimagine and such like.
It is in fact a truly remarkable piece of work. Lost Weekend or not, this is Lennon's creativity and genius on highly visible display here, on nearly every track. The opener 'Going Down On Love' is a less arresting opener as, say 'Imagine' was three years earlier. But in its haunting minor key melody and gripping lyrics and peerless vocal it is a minor masterpiece. When Lennon sings 'will somebody please please help me?' he really means it. This album continues the return to form which 'Mind Games' was from the previous year, and the main reason is that Lennon is writing about personal experience as opposed to fighting some political cause. And this is what he does best, with only very a few exceptions The second number 'Whatever Gets You Thru The Night' is a joyous ode to survival in the midst of adversity. In this case, losing Yoko no less... which we know was No Minor Event. And the lyrics are very witty and amusing, in particular the timeless trio of 'Don't need a sword to cut thru flowers', 'Don't need a watch to waste your time' and 'Don't need a gun to blow your mind'. Great stuff indeed and you can throw these lines into conversation 30 years on and guarantee an 'Oh that's good' reaction!
'Old Dirt Road' is hardly a classic as a song (when Nilsson covered it in 1980 it became a bit ordinary) but what it does beautifully is convey an atmosphere. Would have worked well on the soundtrack to 'Blazing Saddles' for example.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of an Album! 1974
John did not make many solo albums in his short life,but this one stands 2nd to 'Mind Games' for me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tony Fox
3.0 out of 5 stars WELL WELL WELL
Published 5 months ago by STAVROS K
5.0 out of 5 stars best lennon album
In my opinion this is the best john lennon solo album,i prefer this by a small margin to imagine and plastic ono band. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Stefano Biggi
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Listening
Really chuffed to have this back in my collection, has been sadly missed, many a happy hour back in the 70's listening to this one
Published 16 months ago by vicman
3.0 out of 5 stars Walls And Bridges
This is not one of J.L.'s better releases. However it is still worth listening to, and having in a collection.
Published on 17 April 2012 by P. J. Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Walls And Bridges
Title : Walls And Bridges
Released 1974
Highest chart position. UK 6 USA 1
All songs written and composed by John Lennon, except "Old Dirt Road", by John Lennon... Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2011 by Raymond Porter
2.0 out of 5 stars Creative Wall
Sorry to be a party pooper, but to me ,this is a pretty ordinary album. To much Slick L.A, muso type backing, and in most case's Lennon just doesn't have any good ,memorable... Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2011 by Mr. G. O' Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars John's best.
This is a great John Lennon album. Good songs, not TO personal and LESS therapy than some other releases.
He was se rounded by good musicians. Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2011 by daniel dewaele
5.0 out of 5 stars Lennon rocks
I bought this CD of 'Walls and Bridges' to replace a cassette that no longer plays. What a joy to hear it again. Read more
Published on 5 April 2011 by Judi Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars remastered walls and bridges
There isnt much to say about this release except that the album is brilliant. And of course its a classic. Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2010 by Miss M. Potter
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