Double Fantasy Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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this is the second one I received that skips! I sent the first one back already. not happy at all!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love this album, CD player in my car not only broke but ate this CD. So now I resorted to a tape player at work and listen to the radio. This collection sends me over the moon.Published 4 months ago by Second Wind
Unfortunately, these reviews seem to be clouded by people's love of the Beatles and Lennon. In my opinion, this album represents the final effort of his dwindling creative juices. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stan Kroon