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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 (3 Oct. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000ASTEC2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. (Just Like) Starting Over
2. Imagine
3. Watching The Wheels
4. Jealous Guy
5. Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)
6. Stand By Me
7. Working Class Hero
8. Power To The People
9. Oh My Love
10. Oh Yoko!
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Disc: 2
1. Woman
2. Mind Games
3. Out The Blue
4. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night
5. Love
6. Mother
7. Beautiful Boy
8. Woman Is The Nigger Of The World
9. God
10. Scared
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Disc: 1

1. (Just Like) Starting Over
2. Imagine
3. Watching The Wheels
4. Jealous Guy
5. Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)
6. Stand By Me
7. Working Class Hero
8. Power To The People
9. Oh My Love
10. Oh Yoko!
11. Nobody Loves You (When You're Down And Out)
12. Nobody Told Me
13. Bless You
14. Come Together
15. New York City
16. I'm Stepping Out
17. You Are Here
18. Borrowed Time
19. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Disc: 2

1. Woman
2. Mind Games
3. Out The Blue
4. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night
5. Love
6. Mother
7. Beautiful Boy
8. Woman Is The Nigger Of The World
9. God
10. Scared
11. #9 Dream
12. I'm Losing You
13. Isolation
14. Cold Turkey
15. Intuition
16. Gimme Some Truth
17. Give Peace A Chance
18. Real Love
19. Grow Old With Me

BBC Review

Not only would John Lennon have turned 65 this year, but it's also the 25th anniversary of the day that the man known as Dr Winston O'Boogie had his return to the music world cruelly curtailed. Hence Working Class Hero.

Any anthology of Lennon's work draws comparisons with his songwriting partner. Whereas Macca can be hailed as the keeper of the pop flame, hitting the singles charts with unerring accuracy for at least 20 years after the Beatles' demise, John was always more of an albums man -perhaps (inaccurately) leading to his perception as the serious Beatle. The fact was that John loved the three-minute thrill of rock 'n' roll just as much as Paul. But a compilation like this doesn't quite gel.

Yes, we all need to own copies of ''#9 Dream'', ''Instant Karma'' and ''Mind Games'', but to really appreciate Lennon's contribution to modern music you'd be better off avoiding this lazier route. Why not invest in copies of Plastic Ono Band, and Imagine instead? It's a more rewarding journey... --Chris Jones

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Greg Farefield-Rose on 10 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
For some artists the music buying consumer may want just a single disc compilation with all the hits. For other more treasured acts, he or she may want a bit more. This is the right John Lennon compilation for me and I would recommend it to you as well…
Working Class Hero is a two CD Best Of featuring all of the obvious hits and the best album tracks. As well as the songs everyone knows and John’s more left-field singles, we are also treated to half the tracks from the brilliant, cathartic Plastic Ono Band LP, some nice ballads from the under-rated Mind Games album and several other album choices. These gems are wisely intermingled with the big hits rather than there being one Hits CD and an Other Songs companion disc – such an arrangement would of course result in the second album only being played very rarely by the casual Lennon fan.
The music itself holds up surprisingly well after all these years with the skip button only being required for a handful of the 38 songs. One reason for its timelessness is that the solo Lennon never consciously tried to sound modern, meaning that the production and arrangements do not hark back to a particular period and consequently now sound dated. Another more obvious reason is the superb emotional and musical quality of the songs present…
Any track selection quibbles are minor and personal rather than major oversights with the Definitive Lennon pretty much being what it says on the case. The Plastic Ono Band LP aside, all of John‘s solo albums are patchy whereas a single volume compilation containing just the mainstream hits only tells half the story. Working Class Hero: The Definitive Lennon is the ideal solution. Highly recommended.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. Matheson on 24 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have to say I was concerned about buying this. I have heard Imagine just too many times and many of the tracks are too familiar. Whats nice about this collection is that most of the less well know tracks serve as great reminders to lennon's talent. It is a terrific summary of a brilliant solo career. Several reviewers have criticised this release for 'cashing in'. Well 38 damn fine tracks on one release seems like a good idea to me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Picard TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I'd just like to direct this review mainly towards the negative reviewers who feel the need to be petulant and sarcastic. To get to the point, I've grown up listening to The Beatles and John Lennon's work. I'm 18, and have always admired the boys individual talents - most notably John and George. The reason I bought this album, like many other people, was because I wanted the majority of Lennons work (both the material we all know, companied by some I haven't heard in a long while) in just one album. Rather than buying a range of countless different albums for a selection of songs, this has all the ones I wanted one 2 discs.

What I like about the song selection is that it proves Lennon spread his work out equally - what made others hits from others was just how much they applied to society. As a Mersey lad myself, I find no better feeling that walking around the Albert Dock before Uni, and listening to 'Real Love' around the Pier-Masters house.

To sum up, I just can't say enough how dissapointed I am with the negative reviews. No-body asked these people to buy, or slate the album, so if they have the original CD's/LP's (of which few of us do) why bother making a nuisance? Top marks for the CD, top marks for Lennon of course!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. K. FLORA on 14 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
If you are looking to explore the music of John Lennon and want a great compilation then this is the best on the market, of all the compilations available this one goes a little more in depth than the usual'hits' packages and my personal faves have always been songs that aren't the ones everyone knows.
Get this compilation today , it's well worth investing in and the music here is a cut above most stuff you'll ever here- then again it's Lennon so what did you expect?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By yerblues on 13 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is easily the best 'solo' lennon compilation available to date. The track selection is excellent and draws from most of the solo albums. The running order is not chronological, which makes the listening more interesting. Personally, I would have left off certain posthumously released tracks to include more from Imagine, Plastic ono Band, and 'Rock and Roll', Strangely there's nothing included from 'Live Peace in Toronto 1969'.

Apart from the well known classic songs, highlights for me include the George Martin produced ' Grow Old with Me'- which is painfully beautiful and extremely moving...and tracks from Walls and Bridges (an album i didnt like upon first release)...hearing the remastered 'scared' bless you' '#9 Dream' and 'Nobody loves you when you're down and out' again after so long has been a slice of heaven! and has completely revised my opinion on that 'lost weekend' album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Fennessy on 29 April 2011
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As a Beatles fan, I came to this album by accident. I already have one Lennon collection - The John Lennon Collection - which was pretty good for a single cd but I was looking for more and was considering buying one or more of the original albums, e.g. Plastic Ono Band or Imagine. The previously mentioned collection lacks depth and doesn't include great songs like "Working Class Hero" or "Gimme Some Truth" (heart felt and powerful lyrics a Dylan would be proud of). Both these classics are on this collection, with a whole lot more besides. I have no hesitation in recommending this compilation to someone who has heard Lennon songs they like but never bought one of his albums - I can't pretend to be an expert on his solo material but this is a pretty impressive collection. There isn't a bad song on this album (I'm even beginning to like "Starting Over" after all these years) and some very, very good ones. Some songs surely need no introduction (e.g. "Imagine" or "Jealous Guy") but "Instant Karma" always gets me going (who said McCartney was the one who came up with the catchy tunes!)and "Watching The Wheels" is a poignant expression of someone who is fed up with playing the same old tired games rather than a cop-out in my opinion. "God" is still a powerful defence of freedom of thought and refusal to bow to fundamentalism all these years down the line (I dunno why but it seems all the more relevant today). And I think, on this latter point, that's one of the things that makes Lennon great - his relevance in an age that relevance has become a dirty word, something to be discarded with the faded dreams of the hippie revolution. What makes him relevant still is that despite the "dreaming", this idealist always had a hard-edged pragmatic side and a biting sense of humour.Read more ›
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