Working Class Hero - The Definitive Lennon CD
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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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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.
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!
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?
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.
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)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have this double CD already and bought this for my Sister's birthday. A 'must' CD to have. All of John Lennon's songs.Published 3 months ago by shelia prior
All there for you great collection to take and play in the carPublished 4 months ago by Gary Sullivan
Brilliant selection of songs - takes me back to my early teens when started to become a part of this new music...!Published 6 months ago by Gyuri