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Rock 'N' Roll [Original recording remastered]

John LennonAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 1975
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B003Y8YXGW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,685 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Digitally remastered edition of this 1975 studio album from the Rock icon. Features Lennon's unique versions of Rock 'n' Roll classics like 'Stand By Me', 'Aint That A Shame', 'Sweet Little Sixteen' and many more.

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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You should have been there-Dr. Winston O'Boogie November 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
On the verge of retirement from music, John Lennon went back to the music he loved as a kid. "Rock 'n' Roll" came out just at the right time; punk was about to explode and bands like The Clash, Elvis Costello and the Attractions were only a couple of years away from revitalizing rock'n'roll. "Rock 'N'Roll" shows Lennon trying to catch his breath after a whirlwind of twelve years in the spotlight. Featuring superlative remakes of "Be-Bop-A-Lula", "Stand By Me" (which Lennon makes very much his own with his passionate almost pleading vocal), "You Can't Catch me" (one of the Chuck Berry songs that Lennon supposedly stole from for "Come Together". Beyond the hypnotic opening and a couple of lines, it's a very different song) and a stunning version of "Peggy Sue", it's clear that after "Walls & Bridges" that Lennon was looking to the past to inspire him. In fact, "Rock 'N' Roll" acts as a perfect bridge to Lennon's last finished album "Double Fantasy" that would come out five years later.

What matters here is whether or not the remixing/remastering process has improved the album. Yes and yes. While one can argue about remixing an album, Yoko Ono and remix engineer Peter Cobbin focus on cleaning up the album without making it sound sterile. There's still plenty of grit in these performances but the detail and sonic clarity has been improved enourmously.

We get four bonus tracks two of which have been released before on the "John Lennon Anthology" boxed set or "Menlove Ave" album. The four tracks provide an interesting glimpse into what oculd have been a much different album. It's fun to have them available all in one spot. A reprise of "Just Because" is particularly touching as Lennon continues his monologue that concluded that song and says "Hi to Ringo, Paul and George".
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Re-release of a John Lennon Album of Rock and Roll November 7, 2004
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The original 1975 album was one of Mr. Lennon's post-Beatles projects. The album cover by Jurgen Vollmer features a young John Lennon (1960?) in a doorway of a Hamburg nightclub before a performance. In those days, the Beatles did covers of the American rock and roll classics of the 1950's that so heavily influenced their early work. This album is a homage to Mr. Lennon roots.

Begun as part of a settlement to a plagiarism lawsuit in 1973, Mr. Lennon turned to Phil Spector again (he completed the "Let It Be" record when the Beatles dissolved the band). But the collaboration foundered on the overproduction excesses of Mr. Spector and Mr. Lennon completed the album himself in 1975.

All of this material has been released before either on the original album or the "Menlove Avenue." The ballads are not as successful as the rockers (such as "Peggy Sue") that Mr. Lennon so clearly enjoys here. The reprise of "Just Because" is priceless for a typical John Lennon Christmas greeting to various persons. The sound is digitally remastered and sounds great. If you are a John Lennon fan , then you will like this album.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting remastered CD! November 2, 2004
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This is an exciting album! Originally released in 1975, this CD remains John's tribute to some of his musician heroes. Now this album has been digitally remastered for re-release on CD with four bonus songs, making this a wonderful John Lennon CD to own. Lennon's voice and musical accompaniment here are very strong; he was in first class shape for these recordings. Lennon's prowess as a uniquely talented singer and musician creates a selection of songs performed in a very special style. On this CD John rocks, sings romantic ballads with reggae beats added in, and emotes all the emotions of love, lust, sadness, and honest expression. The production of the CD also allowed Lennon to perform songs reminiscent of his younger and more innocent youthful life before fame with The Beatles. The intensity, the power of John's voice displays the passion he felt about these songs and their writers.

John pays tribute to quite a few great talents here: Chuck Berry ("Sweet Little Sixteen," "You Can't Catch Me"), Buddy Holly ("Peggy Sue"), and Ben E. King ("Stand By Me") are just a few. John loved and worshiped these people and this tribute is John's way of thanking them for inspiring him and not just a tribute.

The four bonus tracks are: a medley of "Bring It On Home To Me" and "Send Me Some Lovin'," "Bony Moronie," "Ya Ya," and "Just Because." Phil Spector produced some of the songs here.

The insert doesn't include liner notes but the credits are listed completely. There are great black and white photos of John from Yoko's personal collection.

The CD is a must have for John's fans as well as Beatles' fans. Fans of rock and roll legends like Buddy Holly and Little Richard can also delight in this CD. Buy this album and enjoy John's music. John was a treasure to us all; and through John's music on CDs such as this one he lives on.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hindsight isn't necessarily 20/20, but.... November 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
At the time Rock'n'Roll came out, I was not excited about it; in fact, anything but. I thought Lennon's career had taken some heavy hits. In the previous two years he'd followed up the respectable Imagine LP with the god-awful Sometime in NYC, he emabarrassed himself repeatedly during his lost weekend, managed to put out two more workmanlike, mediocre LPs and, finally, released Rock'n'Roll before 'retiring' for five years to be with his son.

So I bought it, just like I bought everything that every ex-Beatle released. I didn't have great expectations, but, still, it WAS John Lennon so I did have some goosebumps when I put it on the turntable. I listened to it all the way through, but it was a job. It sounded to me like it was recorded in someone's garage with a hand held mic. So I put it on the shelf, and pretty much left it there.

Over the years, I've gone back to it once or twice, and the production wasn't quite as bad as I thought (but pretty close). What was a revelation was the Rock'n'Roll outtakes that were included on Anthology. Man, the sound was up front and glorious! It made me realise that most of the problem with Rock'n'Roll was the mix...that the performances underneath were pretty damned inspired. Then when they started remixing and remastering Lennon's catalog, I got really excited. I imagined that they would make the whole LP sound as good as those Anthology outtakes.....

....well, that was wishful thinking. The sound on the studio tracks on Anthology, ALL the studio tracks on anthology, was just stunning. And I realize they couldn't have changed the "sound" of Rock'n'Roll that much. It just wouldn't have sounded like the same album. So, to be fair, what we get is a pretty good comprimise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars JOHN LENNON WAS A GREAT TALENT. AS WELL AS SOMEONE WHOM TRIED TO ...
JOHN LENNON WAS A GREAT TALENT. AS WELL AS SOMEONE WHOM TRIED TO MAKE THINGS BETTER.
IT IS UNFORNATURE THAT THOSE FROM THE FACIST NEOCONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN PARTY, HATED HIM... Read more
Published 1 day ago by JAMES KAPPEL
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful cd, I bought this album when it brand ...
Wonderful cd, I bought this album when it brand new and at first I was disappointed because it was a bunch of old stuff, John Lennon makes the old stuff cool again.
Published 6 days ago by paul r shaar
5.0 out of 5 stars Crisp, deep, lots of clarity
I've always wanted a better sounding version of this record than the pressing I have from the late 70s/early 80s or the CD I got in the 90s. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BTLSFN
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic bit of 1900- music history
It's all there Fantascic bit of History and Johns voice here you can hear it like never before.

I already have it in my LP arcive but I wont to save it there. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Maude Heléne Gullberg
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun listen
U cannot go wrong with John Lennon produced by Phil Spector, even if it's a collection of played-to-death rock n roll oldies. Read more
Published 5 months ago by robb sososikwitit
5.0 out of 5 stars simply classic album
I`m a great fan of classic Rock`n`Roll and of John Lennon and this Cover Album is in my opinion one of the best ever made! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Warfar
4.0 out of 5 stars a interesting salute to older rock.
This is by any standard this is J.l.'s weakest solo release. It's a tribute disc really and on that level it's as good as any tribute cd. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael Dobey
5.0 out of 5 stars Lennon playing his early inspirations
Great interpretations of old classics by an early admirer. Lennon gets better the older I get. Beatles still are the best. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bill Harbin
4.0 out of 5 stars Some great classic songs.
Some classic songs by a unique artist. A do not get into a lot of Lennon's music but this was a great collection of songs.
Published 8 months ago by Norman Bergen
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
It's Lennon......Great tunes, but his reworking of "Stand by Me" gives you chills and makes your hair stand on end.
Yes John!!!! I'll stand by you!
Published 8 months ago by Patrick
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