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Double Fantasy [Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

John Lennon, John Lennon & Ono YokoAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 10, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1980
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00004WGEK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,933 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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)

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

(2000/CAPITOL) 17 tracks;Medium 1
  1. (Just Like) Starting Over
  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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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lennon's sad but sweet farewell November 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Note: The Lennon songs alone deserve a five star rating.

While "Double Fantasy" was meant to be Lennon's comeback album, it ultimately served as his sweet farewell.

John Lennon was a very proficient artist throughout most of the 60s and throughout the first half of the 70s. Between 1963 and 1975, a year didn't pass by in which Lennon didn't release an album, first with the Beatles and then as a solo artist. The second half of the 70s, however, saw no new music from Lennon. Indeed, he virtually disappeared from the limelight.

In the early-to-mid 70s, before his musical hiatus, Lennon indulged in his infamous "lost weekend." During this time Lennon was separated from Yoko and indulged in drugs, alcohol and general excess. After this dark phase, Lennon took the second half of the 70s off to find himself. In that time he reconciled with Yoko, became a father, and worked on new music.

November of 1980 saw the release of "Double Fantasy." It was Lennon's first album of original material since 1974's "Wall and Bridges." Although it initially received mixed reviews from critics, it was a hit, achieving gold status within a few weeks. The album's first single "(Just Like) Starting Over" also proved to be a hit single. With a new world tour planned for 1981, Lennon was poised to make a strong comeback and take the 1980s head-on.

But then came December 8, 1980, a night in which the world was robbed of one of its biggest talents.

After Lennon's death, fans went to the record stores in droves to pick up "Double Fantasy." It became one of 1981's top sellers and earned a Grammy. Although it had initially received mixed reviews from critics, it is now regarded by fans and critics alike as one of his finest solo offerings.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic album gets royal treatment November 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Although DF isn't Lennon's (or Ono's) best work, the strongest material holds up extremely well when compared to Plastic Ono Band and Imagine. The arrangements and ensemble playing by the studio musicians on this album are fine. I personally would loved to have seen Cheap Trick record the whole album with Ono and Lennon. The one song they have on the Lennon Anthology (I'm Losing You) has much more punch and power than the final version.
How is this version when compared to previous versions of the album? George Marino's remastering is an improvement on the first CD version of the album. I'm not surprised given the tragic circumstances directly after this album was released that Yoko chose not to remix this album as well. The Mobile Fidelity Sound version of this fine album still sounds the best. What is a bit mystifying is why Capitol and Ono didn't issue this and the other reissues using HDCD, 24 bit (for an example of the improved sound with 24 bit listen to The Very Best of Badfinger) or the 20bit K2 method. Anyone of these techniques would have enhanced an already terrific album.
For those who doubted that John had the melodic ability of McCartney, this album (along with Imagine and moments on Mind Games and Walls & Bridges) demonstrates Lennon every bit the equal of McCartney as a composer of memorable melodies.
Help Me To Help Myself shows considerable improvement when compared to the bootleg that has been floating around for the better part of a decade. Although clearly a rough draft of the song, Lennon's lyric and soulful vocal raise this fine track from a curiosity to a rare gem. Yoko's Waling On Thin Ice works very well within the context of the album (although I would have reversed the sequencing and had HMTHM last as it is the perfect coda).
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52 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lennon's Final Album November 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Double Fantasy will always hold a place in music history as it was the last album released during John Lennon's lifetime. It was the first musical collaboration between John & Yoko since the late 60's when the released the two avant-garde Two Virgins albums. The songs represent Mr. Lennon's first attempt at recording original material since 1974's Walls & Bridges and they show his typical autobiographical songwriting nature. "(Just Like) Starting Over" sets the tone of the project and songs like "Woman", "Beautiful Boy", "I'm Losing You" & "Dear Yoko" speak of his family life while "Watching The Wheels" tells of his life for the previous five years. I'm not a fan of the "music" Yoko makes and the songs here do nothing to change that opinion. The real significance of Double Fantasy is that it showed that John Lennon could still make music that people wanted to listen to and music that still mattered. Unfortunately we all know the tragedy that happened shortly after the album's release which silenced one of the great voices of a generation. Mr. Lennon should be remember not only as a Beatle or musician but someone who took on the problems of the world head on and wore his heart on his sleeve. The music he made was not always the most artistic, some of the causes he took on don't seem worth the effort today and the messages he sent sometimes seemed oversimplistic like love, peace and the like, but as we approach the twenty anniversary of his passing, we need more artists who cared about things as much as he did and actually tried to change the world, even if it is only in a small way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "Is just good music.
As Lennon said: "Is just good music..."
Published 10 days ago by ernesto perez
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
It arrived on time and sounded great. I forgot how much I loved these songs. I got this as a gift for my wife, and she was happy with it.
Published 3 months ago by brian brady
5.0 out of 5 stars DOUBLE FANTASY by JOHN LENNON
I would recommend this album to anyone who is a "John Lennon" fan and wants to have something to remember him by. Read more
Published 7 months ago by todddjreese
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
Sure, it was fine up until maybe the middle of Kiss, Kiss, Kiss, where is skipped horrible. The third track was just terrible, skipping all the way through, could barely listen to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by BrettB
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
Some of the best songs written by john and some yoko songs that arnt bad :P and in AMAZING condiction
Published 13 months ago by Riley
3.0 out of 5 stars I waited five years for this piece of crap?
Right off the bat I'd like to say I love John Lennon as much as any fan.As a fan, I must be honest."Watching The Wheels" is a great song,I'd give it at least a "9". Read more
Published 15 months ago by timboslice
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC
It's John, what more to say... except he was taken way tooo sooon & there was so much more that should have followed... The world needs him now more than ever!
Published 17 months ago by Deborah L. Earl
5.0 out of 5 stars Johns' cuts are great.
John's cuts are great. Beatiful Boy, Cleanup Time, Watching the Wheels, and Woman are terrific songs worthy of any Beatle album. Yoko's cuts are great deal less than great. Read more
Published 17 months ago by H. Kipfer
1.0 out of 5 stars Well, it's Lennon but...
I am going to commit a sacrilege and blast this album. It was released the year John was shot, and has a bitter association for us Beatle fans, but in the interest of truth, it's... Read more
Published 17 months ago by E. Minkovitch
5.0 out of 5 stars It's John. What more needs to be said
Great album and would have been better without yoko. It's a shame this was his final work to leave us with.
Published 19 months ago by M. Hughey
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