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Plastic Ono Band [Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

John LennonAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 10, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1970
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00004WGEL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,823 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mother
2. Hold On
3. I Found Out
4. Working Class Hero
5. Isolation
6. Remember
7. Love
8. Well Well Well
9. Look At Me
10. God
11. My Mummy's Dead
12. Power To The People
13. Do The Oz

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222 of 242 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars difficult but worthwhile November 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
It's easy to see John Lennon around the time of "Plastic Ono Band" (1970) as an angry, thirty year old lashing out like an adolescent at those whom he believed had let him down, but his creative energy was at such an intense point that the resulting work transformed that anger into something surprisingly mature; Paul's breakup album ("McCartney") is equal parts pretty, well-constructed pop and boring filler, while George's ("All Things Must Pass") is a clearinghouse for an excellent barrel-full of sometimes very spiritual songs he was unable to air while still a member of The Beatles. John's breakup album, though, is by turns tormented, bitter, iconoclastic and tender, but overall unrelentingly confessional, probably the closest thing in rock music to Sylvia Plath's "Ariel" poems: sharp, brutal and personal, yet profoundly universal on the whole.
To be fair, some of this can be melodramatic stuff. The funeral bells tolling at the beginning of "Mother" are a heavy-handed opening, but the songs on this album arguably warrant that kind of introduction: this isn't going to be an easy ride, and you should know what you're getting yourself into. Borne of primal therapy, a number of these compositions address elemental human issues ("Mother," "Love," "Isolation," "God") in such a simple, straightforward manner that it's easy to see something of ourselves in Lennon's observations. "Love" may, in fact, be the last word on that particular subject, stripping away the complexities that emotion arouses to reveal the essence of the little engine that governs us all.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first John solo album August 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Not only was this John's real first solo album (apart from the experimental stuff he did with Yoko in the late Sixties), it was the first of his solo albums I got too. Those earlier albums weren't done in active competition with The Beatles, and were done mostly out of artistic exploration and having a little fun, something done on the side to keep busy between recording sessions. This album was the one that announced John's presence as a viable solo artist. I'm glad I have it on vinyl; I believe that the bonus tracks "Power to the People" and "Do the Oz" do majorly detract from this classic album, in addition to having nothing in common with the original eleven tracks.

These songs are raw, emotional, deeply personal and painful. John was letting out his pain in song, sometimes little more than Primal Screams set to music ("Well Well Well" and "Remember"). He was mad at the world and deeply depressed for so many reasons, and was finally letting loose with his inner turmoil in all of its stark naked glory, like it or not. Forget John's angry tough macho image, the guy with a huge chip on his shoulder; underneath he was just a sweet wounded little boy who missed his mommy and needed a big hug. People who knew him said that underneath his hard outer shell he was very sweet, sensitive, and tender.

The songs I connect to most on this record are "Mother" (the first time I heard it, before I had this album, I couldn't stop sobbing because of how intense, personal, and sad it was), "I Found Out" (so aggressive and raw, and an attack on organised religions), "Working Class Hero" (most radio stations only play the censored version), "Love" (so simplistic and yet so true and deep), and "God.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thirty Four Years To Finally Appreciate This Album August 18, 2004
By Simonn
Format:Audio CD
I remember the release of this album. I was 11 at the time. I remember the "establishment" being stunned senseless by it. There was scorn at its unmusicality, moral outrage at its foul language, shocked recoil at its emotional intensity. And I remember the youth of the day (the older kids I looked up to) getting behind its rampaging intensity like a battering ram to say "Yeah ... we feel like this too!". When I first heard it I ran away as fast as I could. It was too wierd. To me it was the work of an insane madman - and the DO NOT TOUCH mental tag has remained for 34 years.

Until now.

For what reason I am not quite sure, but I am revisting The Beatles. It began with a what-the-heck listening to All Things Must Pass, which I had never heard, and was pulled up short by it's excellence. Now I am on an 'odyssey' to re-encounter music from the 'Fab Four' as I approach my autumn years. With Lennon, I began with Mind Games and found myself captivated by a man grappling intensely with major questions of philosophy, personal meaning, and social ethics - and extraodinarily, doing it in a genre of music he helped create. On the strength of favourable reviews here on Amazon, I decided I would tackle Plastic Ono Band. I purchased the CD and, listening to it now with ADULT ears, what I hear astounds me!

Lennon is pushing music's capacity to carry emotion to its ABSOLUTE limits. He has stripped it bare of lush production values (orchestras, choirs, brass sections) and instead uses the most basic of elements - drums, bass, guitar, voice and reverb. With just these he INSISTS we concentrate on what he's saying, and DEMANDS we get the emotion and passion he is feeling. As I listen, I realise this is the recording of a very rare sort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
it was exactly what i expected
Published 14 days ago by Jack Summers
5.0 out of 5 stars I have to say I like these better
I didn't buy these 2000 remasters when they came out since I already had the cds from the 80's. That was a big mistake on my part. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Roone
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it 30 yrs ago thats why i wanted it ...
Repacement for lost lp. Liked it 30 yrs ago thats why i wanted it back. DUR!
Published 1 month ago by robert stankiewicz
5.0 out of 5 stars Head Beatle
This album is a master work by John Lennon. He lays bare his emotions and shares them with his audience. The music is very personal and spontaneous. A True Classic !
Published 6 months ago by jim crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars John Lennon
As soon as this album came out in 73-74?, I loved it. It was shocking to me to experience. Really different. Read more
Published 7 months ago by JunePearl
5.0 out of 5 stars Roll on John
There must be a million reviews worth more time tan anything I can say. A legend. I'm happy to join another, Bob, singing Roll on John
Published 8 months ago by just Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything of John's - top of my charts.
Have always loved this album & now cd - it reaches to the core of you, as most of his work does if you listen. I miss him terribly!
Published 9 months ago by Deborah L. Earl
5.0 out of 5 stars one of (if not the greatest)musical statement made, post Beatles.
FM radio has always played out the title track from the album Imagine, with a given implication that it is Lennon's masterwork, his finest moment after being in that crazy-ass band... Read more
Published 10 months ago by robb sososikwitit
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage
Try to forget for a second that Lennon was murdered, and also leave aside the news-shattering phrases like "...more popular than Jesus..." and the like. Read more
Published 12 months ago by EMG
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, it's John Lennon! It's great!
Hey, it's John Lennon! It's great! These are some of his more obscure songs, but the genius is still there.
Published 13 months ago by Craig
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