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Working Class Hero - The Definitive Lennon CD

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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 (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

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

Product Description

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LENNON JOHN

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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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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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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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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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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By S P Mead TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 May 2016
Format: Audio CD
This is a two-disc compilation album featuring 38 tracks from the 'solo' years of John Lennon's career as a singer-songwriter. It's titled 'The Definitive Lennon' - and it is definitive, as it offers a wider selection of material than the other 'best of' CD's of Lennon (e.g. 'Legend' or 'Shaved Fish'). This album was released in 2005 to commemorate what would have been Lennon's 65th birthday. It includes all of his 'hits' together with several less well known songs. If you're after a compilation album of Lennon's music, I fully recommend this item.

The tracks included are listed below. All the songs were written by Lennon (unless stated otherwise). I also cite the album they're from, as well as the year of first release.

CD 1

1. "(Just Like) Starting Over" from Double Fantasy (1980)
2. "Imagine" from Imagine (1971)
3. "Watching the Wheels" from Double Fantasy (1980)
4. "Jealous Guy" from Imagine (1971)
5. "Instant Karma!" ~ non-album single (1970)
6. "Stand by Me" (King/Leiber/Stoller) from Rock 'n' Roll (1975)
7. "Working Class Hero" from John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970)
8. "Power to the People" ~ non-album single (1971)
9. "Oh My Love" (Lennon/Ono) from Imagine (1971)
10. "Oh Yoko!" from Imagine (1971)
11. "Nobody Loves You (When You're Down and Out)" from Walls and Bridges (1974)
12. "Nobody Told Me" from Milk and Honey (1984)
13. "Bless You" from Walls and Bridges (1974)
14. "Come Together" (Lennon/McCartney) from Live in New York City (1986)
15. "New York City" from Some Time in New York City (1972)
16. "I'm Stepping Out" from Milk and Honey (1984)
17.
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