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Rock 'N' Roll Original recording remastered

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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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  • Audio CD (October 5, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B003Y8YXGW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,408 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By C. Hutton on November 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
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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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Pfannenstiel on November 8, 2004
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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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