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5.0 out of 5 stars "...and the singers going to sing a song.", 5 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Double Fantasy Stripped Down (Audio CD)
Before I go any further, I have to admit to being a John Lennon die-hard, but that doesn't mean I praise everything released under his name (I slated the Signature box set) but I'm going to give this a full five stars. Why? Because it's damn good!

I`m not going to suggest that `Double Fantasy' was his best release, not by a long way, but the `stripped down' version presented here on the first CD is nothing short of superb. Okay, the songs themselves are the same, but the way in which they're presented is a world away from 1980. Hell, even the Yoko Ono songs are improved. Every track has been pared of its backing, leaving just the guitars, drums and pianos in place and in doing so, whereas they were previously buried too deep, the vocals have been brought to the fore. In fact, if you close your eyes, you might even start believing Lennon is singing directly to you. The clarity of his voice is awesome; every enunciation can be heard as if you're standing next to him.

`Cleanup Time', which can be seen as a completely different version being nearly a minute longer due to the fadeout and an extra verse midway through , and `I'm Losing You' are crystal clear. Both `Starting Over' and `Dear Yoko' have diction unheard before, the latter extended by 30 seconds as it continues Lennon' s spoken outro to a full close - this time you can hear what he's saying - but it's `Beautiful Boy' and `Watching the Wheels' that make you sit up. The latter makes you believe you were there when it was recorded, whilst the former, free from its double tracking, overdubbing and sound effects, is turned into a folk song. On the other hand, `Woman', given the same treatment, simply makes you want to cry. You can hear things in the vocals that weren't there previously. (Yes, I know they were there, but they couldn't be made out.) Other than the examples mentioned, all the tracks have different timings than their counterparts because of a few seconds of count-ins, etc at the start and slightly earlier fade-outs.

Listen to this and you'll realise why John Lennon was credited as having one of the best voices around.
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Initial post: 8 Oct 2010 08:20:36 BDT
Mark Barry says:
Spot on review - details I wanted to read too.

I often feel that 'unplugged' performances give us an intimacy from artists that their polished studio versions lack.

Have you heard the "Old Friends" 3CD box set by Simon & Garfunkel - beautiful outtakes in stunning sound quality.

Regards, Mark
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