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Double Fantasy (Remst) [Original recording remastered]

Lennon John Audio CD
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1. (Just Like) Starting Over 0
2. Kiss Kiss Kiss
3. Cleanup Time
4. Give Me Something
5. I'm Losing You
6. I'm Moving On
7. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)
8. Watching The Wheels
9. Yes I'm Your Angel
10. Woman
11. Beautiful Boys
12. Dear Yoko
13. Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him
14. Hard Times Are Over
15. Help Me To Help Myself
16. Walking On Thin Ice
17. Central Park Stroll (Dialogue)

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Strange as it seems now, the last album John Lennon released in his lifetime was intended as a comeback, or rather as a parting wave at retirement: "Watching the Wheels" and "Beautiful Boy" celebrate the joys he found outside the star system, and "(Just Like) Starting Over" is a slightly awkward rocker about rejoining the domestic world that's also sort of about rejoining the pop world. The studio-pro arrangements are a little too slick, but Lennon rarely sounded happier. Ono, whose songs alternate with his in a series of thematic diptychs, was taking a stab at channeling her artier impulses into pop and is generally less successful--her voice works in a context of art-weirdness, but not as well in conventional tunes. This 2000 remastered reissue is fleshed out with a demo of "Help Me to Help Myself" and Ono's solo version of "Walking on Thin Ice," which was recorded on the same day her husband was shot to death. --Douglas Wolk

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5.0 out of 5 stars John Lennon's Final Masterpiece June 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album was given to me on record as a birthday present on my eleventh birthday back in 1981.I've had it ever since.Sadly(thanks to Mark David Chapman)it turned out to be John Lennon's final masterpeice.I just love the way John and Yoko share lead vocals throughout the album.It's a big part of what makes this album special.John's emotional singing style and smash hits (Just Like)Starting Over and Woman,combined with Yoko's own unique singing style.I pity Yoko after she sang Hard Times Are Over,if you know what I mean.Regardless,this album has to be regarded as a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album GREAT MAN!!! Oct. 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
I had to write this review after reading the only review on this album.This album (Lennon Tracks NOT YOKO!)is a fantastic album by a man at forty years old looking to the future and writing about it.Songs like Starting Over and Watching The Wheels to Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)shows a man reflecting on life and how good it is.To say this album is mediocre is down right ignorant.This album is a great addition to your lennon collection and a must have!!!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Two Amusing Anecdotes April 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'd just like to share two stories as told by Albert Goldman is his fascinating biography of John Lennon -- one general, one specific to this album.
First, Goldman tells how Yoko Ono was incapable of singing in tune or in time. Hence, this necessitated her recording innumerable takes of each of her songs, then leaving the producer to splice a usable "take" together, the logic being that she couldn't sing the same note off-key EVERY time!
In the second story Goldman explains how the strange programming of DOUBLE FANTASY came about. Basically Yoko Ono used to release her own solo albums at the same time Lennon released his because, as a publicity-monster (her only real talent) she felt that the attention garnered by Lennon for his projects would help her sales. Unfortunately for her, this never worked, and her albums never sold, regardless of when they were released.
So, for the DOUBLE FANTASY-project Ono talked Lennon into a sort of conceptual marriage "dialogue," where their songs would alternate with every track. It was a diabolically ingenious way of forcing people to listen to Yoko Ono songs, whether they wanted to or not!
I remember when this album came out and friends complained of having to stand by the stereo to listen to it so that they'd be able lift the turntable arm to skip over each Yoko Ono song as it came up. Fortunately, today we have programmable CD players!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great work on both ends March 26 2004
By Da Man
Format:Audio CD
While Double Fantasy may be better known for what happened 3 weeks after it's release, I think it's a great cd that would've stood the test of time regardless.
I am tired of reading constant Yoko-bashing in the reviews of this cd. I am a fan of both John and Yoko, but Yoko is definately one of my top 10 favorite female artists of all time. People who bash her DON'T GET HER. If you appreciate the works of somebody like David Bowie or Prince (both I think are awesome by the way), I think you will have an easier time "getting" Yoko. DO NOT COMPARE HER WITH THE BEATLES!! DO NOT COMPARE HER WITH PAUL McCARTNEY AND WINGS!! She is her own style of music and someone expecting her to sound like The Beatles are setting themselves up for a fall. This is the most mainstream she ever got. Yoko's 1980-1984 output was her best ever IMO. Tho I also enjoy her recent forays into dance music. She doesn't have a good singing voice, but any Yoko fan can tell you that she is not exactly supposed to be a Streisand/Celine type. Walking On Thin Ice (which is a bonus track on this) is an brilliant underrated gem that FINALLY got the recognition it deserved last year when it went to #1 on the dance singles chart, and it earned that. It's a great record that from John's very last recording session on that fateful day in Dec 1980.
John had three smash hits off this album. Starting Over is a timeless record that still sounds fresh 24 years later. Woman is a gorgeous love song. And the other songs are great too.
I don't think enough words can be said about what a shame this album (along with Milk And Honey) closed the chapter on one of rock's greatest artists. Double Fantasy showed the world that John and Yoko (who successfully proved that DF was no fluke with the Season Of Glass and It's Alright albums that followed) were both ready to take the 1980's by storm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A regular John album Feb. 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
First, anyone who thinks that the Yoko stuff on this album is bad should try to realize that Yoko was on a lot of John's stuff before this album. This is nothing new. By the time this album came out we had had a lot of Yoko. Not that we all dug it but we grew used to her and John's music etc. etc. So... When this album came out I was thrilled to see a new John and Yoko album. Because they were a pair, not two seperate people. Anyone that loved John's music for what it was and understood his love for Yoko realized that that was a part of John. This is in a sense a perfect record. John loved Yoko, Yoko loved John. Period. Do you think that John wanted or cared to put out the perfect "Beatle" sounding record? His life is reflected on this album and Yoko was the center of his Universe. Period. Sean also. This is a masterpiece because it is real. If you don't like it that's cool too... but one thing for sure it's way John felt at the time. Is this album re-mixed? I hope not. (I don't have this re-release) Haven't heard this version yet. I hated the others "Mind Games", "Plastic Ono Band". I must say that Yoko did have bad judgement on those projects. Why re-paint the Mona Lisa?
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Lennon...nothing else has to be said !!!
John Lennon is one of the greatest writer/musicians/humanitarians of our time !!! this album was made at a time in John's life when he had finally found himself and was finally at... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Geoff
2.0 out of 5 stars Far from terrible but not great!
In all due respect, I just don't understand why people would give this CD five stars. A five star album is a perfect record, good in every way, no flaws. This is far from that. Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2006 by Phantom Gtowner
3.0 out of 5 stars Three stars for Lennon!
If Yoko's tunes had been left off this album I would've given it five stars. But since it's a John/Yoko collaboration- I'll give it three.
God, I miss John Lennon. Read more
Published on June 23 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic John Lennon Material
Now here's a perfect example of why John and Yoko shouldv'e
kept off of their own respective albums. Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by Andre' S Grindle
3.0 out of 5 stars John Lennon Can Sing...... Yoko Ono Can't
I'm sure I'll piss off many of the readers and reviewers here... but I need to continue to be honest about the music I listen to. Read more
Published on May 18 2004 by R. Gorham
5.0 out of 5 stars Lennon and Ono are divine
This is a great album! Too bad so many Beatles fans who insist that Ono single-handedly broke up the Beatles don't give her half a chance. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2004 by R. L. Fernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars As many stars as I can give it!!!!!!!!!
Well I must say that I have had this album for about 2 months and never listened to it all the way through until just now. Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2004 by Eric Kriner
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh Yes To Ono!
I'm sick and tired of low-conscious reviewers putting down Yoko Ono. These are the same morons who skip Revolution 9
when they pretend to listen to The White Album. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2003 by Jeffrey W. Richman
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