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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lost weekend? not musically.........
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...
Published on 16 Mar 2009 by yerblues

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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 tunes.
"Down and out" and "Steel and Glass", are pretty good, but the stand out for me is "# 9 Dream", one of the best songs he ever wrote. Where the rest of the album chugs along pretty...
Published on 15 Oct 2011 by Mr. G. O' Carroll


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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
This review is from: Walls and Bridges (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
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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. But it did, and Elton John introduced a surprise guest to his audience later that year. This reissue of "Walls and Bridges" includes their live performance of "Whatever Gets You Through The Night". That's great but our friends at EMI are not being as generous as they'd like you to think. At that show John also performed "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "I Saw Her Standing There", which have surfaced on bootlegs in the past so why not here now?
"Walls and Bridges" is, then, not only a document, a diary almost of a turbulent time in John Lennon's life. It is also a collection of high quality, emotionally charged and mostly sad songs given a deceptively lush setting. That's California for you I suppose. Ignore the "lost weekend" dismissals, this is Lennon in great musical if not personal shape.
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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
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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
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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
This review is from: Walls & Bridges (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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5.0 out of 5 stars nax, 2 Nov 2003
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential Lennon, 21 Feb 2005
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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. 'What You Got' is a great rocker with another great line, if not exactly original: 'you don't know what you got....until you lose it'. So true. Then there is 'Scared' with a thoroughly harrowing lyric and great minor key melody (again), this time on stomping piano. This track could have been on the first solo album JL Plastic Ono Band but this one is if anything, even more personal. 'Hatred and jealousy, gonna be the death of me' Lennon screams he Really Means It.
Side 2 (of the vinyl album) opened with No 9 Dream, which Lennon himself dismissed (somewhat) as 'craftsmanship'. Who cares? It's a truly beautiful melody and a great ghostlike vocal. 'Surprise Surprise' is about as close to a thowaway as there is on this album, but even here the harmony vocals of Elton John take this rather ordinary song to a higher level. And by the way Elton's contribution to 'Whatever Gets You Thru The Night' does the same to greater effect (listen to the lacklustre version on the Lennon anthology and you will know what I mean!). 'Steal and Galss' is Son Of 'How Do You Sleep', this time (presumably) aimed at Allen Klein. Less convincing in its delivery no doubt because the resentment on this occasion was rather less severe. A great song all the same. 'Beef Jerky' is an amusing if lightweight instrumental which brings us to the closing number 'Nobody Loves You' which is probably even more effective on the Anthology version (a rare event). Again, a beautiful number, full of very personal and moving sentiment. The album version is perhaps a little over produced in its Spectoresque strings and horn section, but this is basically very minor criticism. The middle eight 'well I get up in the morning' section brings goosepimples on both versions. A very moving song. 'Ya Ya' brings things down to earth int he same way as 'Her Majesty' did at the end of 'Abbey Road'. ,
All in all, this album is a triumph , about the definition of Triumph Out Of Adversity if you ask me. Ringo at the time in 1974 called it the best album of the last 5 years. And he was probably right. But now, 30 years on, it is more than that. More than that.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The work of a man depressed and disillusioned, 12 Dec 2001
This review is from: Walls & Bridges (Audio CD)
This is by no means John Lennon at his finest hour. He wrote and recorded this album during his "lost weekend" when Yoko and him separated for eighteen months. You can tell.
Having said that, it is still a brilliant piece of emotive music. It lacks the finesse of Plastic Ono Band, but it more than makes up for it in other ways. Stand-out tracks are Steel and Glass, Scared and Nobody Loves You When You're Down And Out.
It's quite odd that the two singles that he released from the album were more uplifting than the rest of the album, but nevertheless this is a great chronicle of Lennons life. He has an album full of songs for every aspect of his private life, and this is the side of him that is upset that his wife has left him. But it still contains the stamp of class.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars remastered walls and bridges, 6 Oct 2010
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There isnt much to say about this release except that the album is brilliant. And of course its a classic. Much has already been said about the album so I will just add comments about this release.
The remastered sound is excellent and the album sounds better than ever. The packaging is the currently fashionable Eco type with the semi mock vinyl presentation. There is no tray for the CD disc but it has to slip inside the cardboard cover. This was something I found a pain since its much to tight a fit. But other than that it is an excellent presentation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of John's Best, 5 Sep 2008
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Hailed at the time by one Richard Starkey MBE as 'the best album this year by anybody', Walls and Bridges is a fine effort, with some great material and musicians.

Number Nine Dream is possibly the best track but Scared, Noboby Loves You, Old Dirt Road and What You Got are also highlights. Steel and Glass, another highlight, is musically like How Do You Sleep: John later suggested that the song was about himself, not Allen Klein as speculated.

The sound is better than my worn out LP, but the cover is not: the LP had a multifold cover where you flipped the segments over to put different glasses on John and the back of the flip pieces had a photo of John poking his tongue out! The CD age does have its drawbacks.

The bonus material is welcome, but there is more material available from the show with Elton John. A 45 EP issued at the time also had Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and I Saw Her Standing There - so where are these, please?

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