Double Fantasy Original recording remastered
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Japanese limited release celebrating the opening of the John Lennon museum in Japan. Includes an ironic bonus two track single: '(Just Like) Starting Over' (Single Version) & Yoko's 'Walking on Thin Ice', which was originally recorded the night of Lennon's assassination.
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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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.
I recall the first time I listened to it. Things started nicely with Starting Over and Woman. And then things went decidedly wrong. A wild, screeching voice was heard emanating from my CD player. Had I put in more than one CD and was the player on random play? Retrieving the cover I discovered to my shock that there were several Ono songs on the album. Oh NO! was right. It became clear to me why everyone laughed at the Christmas party when I was so enthusiastic about getting Double Fantasy as my gift.
I promptly deposited Double Fantasy in the garbage and went out and bought The John Lennon Collection which features the best Lennon tracks from Double Fantasy. If you are considering buying this dreadful album I would encourage you to check out The John Lennon Collection instead.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Sept. 13 2006 by Phantom Gtowner
I had to write this review after reading the only review on this album.This album (Lennon Tracks NOT YOKO! Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2004 by Ralph Mauro
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
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. Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by John Profetto
Now here's a perfect example of why John and Yoko shouldv'e
kept off of their own respective albums. Read more
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 morePublished on May 18 2004 by R. Gorham
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. Read morePublished on April 23 2004 by Mr. Hasta Pasta
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 morePublished on Feb. 14 2004 by R. L. Fernandez