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Double Fantasy Stripped Down

Double Fantasy Stripped Down

1 Oct 2010
4.2 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

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Digital Booklet: Double Fantasy Stripped Down
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  • Original Release Date: 1 Oct. 2010
  • Release Date: 4 Oct. 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI UK Beatles
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Yoko Ono Lennon, licensed exclusively to Capitol Records, LLC. Manufactured by Capitol Records, LLC., 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood, California 90028. All rights reserved. Unauthorized repro
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  • Total Length: 1:32:56
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  • ASIN: B0042YOW68
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,076 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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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.
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Firstly I'm not quite sure why this album gets panned sometimes. It got panned on release (before John was killed) with Charles Shaar Murray calling it "a lousy album" in the NME - wonder what John would have said? He wrote a personal letter to CSM when he reviewed Shaved Fish in 1975 and actually reviewed his review (with typical Lennon humour naturally!). After his death of course everyone bought it and raved about it but now it gets a mixed response.

John wrote and sang these songs in the only way he knew how - with honesty and from the heart and it's the sound of a very happy man which makes it all the more tragic given what happened. I guess some people would prefer that he'd suffered more for his art in the style of Imagine or Plastic Ono Band. I doubt he cared, by 1980 he was singing for himself, Yoko and Sean and who could blame him? They are still beautiful songs today. Plus it's very easy with the benefit of 30 years hindsight to say that the original album sounds dated as some people have, all music dates to a certain degree, which doesn't necessarily make it bad.

Listening to the new version now brings back memories of hearing it for the first time around 1980/81. It does sound a little rough where endings haven't been faded for example (Woman stops abruptly) so in that sense it can sound a little unfinished but mostly the new mix does sound good. Yoko's songs in particular benefit with Kiss Kiss Kiss rocking and the band sounding really tight together. Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him is completely reworked although it might have been good if more had been made of a John/Yoko duet on it, perhaps trading verses.

Many people have complained that it's not in the box set but at least it's available separately.
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I doubt I would have bought this had I not heard a sample beforehand, but what an improvement in most of the songs. Apart from 'Woman,' which I always thought worked well as it was, you hear here how good John's voice was when he was working on this album, and how muted the original production rendered it. Here it is as if you're in the production booth, and that brilliant voice comes through so clearly. A revelation.
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I have to say, I wasn't expecting much from this, Double fantasy was never a 'favourite' of mine, but listening to this 'stripped down' version, my feelings are changing. From the first few phrases I heard of John's voice on 'Just Like Starting Over' I got goosebumps and a tear rolled from my eye, the sound is so clear, direct and personal, and the songs suddenly have a new life and energy. The tracks loose the tacky backing singers and they feel more 'John' songs. He sounds like he's having alot of fun being in the studio and suddenly this album becomes something else. The songs sound far more personal and more direct. The main reason is John's voice is brought to the front, is clearer and louder, but this doesn't destroy the track and isn't overbaring.=, Indeed, I feel that without many of the overdubs (a few are still left in, John's double track vocal harmony's for one) somehow bring out a 'band sound' more, I noticed more of John's superb rhythm guitar playing and the 'patchwork' of the band is much better shown and not so hidden. The session band too is much better shown. They a damn good band! A wonderful buy for any Lennon fan. This is a loving tribute to a great artist.
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