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Walls & Bridges [Original recording remastered]

John LennonAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 22, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000AYQLX6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,911 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Going Down On Love (remixed)
2. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night (remixed)
3. Old Dirt Road (re-mastered)
4. What You Got (remixed)
5. Bless You (re-mastered)
6. Scared (re-mastered)
7. #9 Dream (remixed)
8. Surprise Surprise (remixed)
9. Steel & Glass (remixed)
10. Beef Jerky (remixed)
11. Nobody Loves You (When You're Down And Out) (re-mastered)
12. Ya Ya (remixed)
13. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night (Live with Elton John)
14. Nobody Loves You (When You're Down And Out) (alternative version)
15. John interviewed by Bob Mercer

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2005 reissue features a mixture of remixed and remastered tracks and three bonus tracks, 'Whatever Gets You Thru The Night' (Live With The Elton John Band), 'Nobody Loves You (When You're Down And Out)' (Alternative Version) and John Interviewed By Bob Mercer. Capitol. 2005.

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The careful burnishing of John Lennon's daunting legend usually obscures one telling fact: the former Beatle endured a long and troubling artistic slump in the mid-'70s. Indeed, his five-year retirement/house-husband phase may have been one of the shrewdest career moves he ever made. Cut in Los Angeles during his prolonged "lost weekend" estrangement from Yoko Ono, Walls and Bridges too often sacrifices the sublime for the ridiculous--that is, when it's not being altogether superfluous. Still, "Whatever Gets You Through the Night," Lennon's boisterous collaboration with Elton John, scored him his first No. 1 record as a solo artist, and compelling tracks like "Steel and Glass," "Going Down on Love," and "#9 Dream" belie the artistic genius Lennon was literally drowning in copious rounds of Brandy Alexanders during the period. --Jerry McCulley

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116 of 124 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Lennon Album December 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
My personal favorite John Lennon album is 1974's "Walls And Bridges," which may seem like an odd choice to some people since the album is considered to be one of John's "weakest" releases (and recorded during John's "lost weekend" period, when he was separated from Yoko Ono). Personally, I don't understand the criticism at all. "Walls And Bridges" a "weak" album? Nonsense! Whatever personal problems Lennon was going through during this period, I think he still cranked out a fantastic album. Mind you, I enjoy all of John's solo stuff, including such classics as "Plastic Ono Band," "Imagine," and his songs on "Double Fantasy," but there's just something about "Walls And Bridges" that appeals to me the most. What else can I say? I think the songs, the production, and of course, John's singing and songwriting is just wonderful on this disc. There are memorable melodies and performances throughout "Walls And Bridges." Great songs include "Going Down On Love," the #1 hit "Whatever Gets You Through The Night" (featuring Elton John), the jazz-rock throwdown "What You Got," the gorgeous feel of "Bless You," the atmospheric dreamscapes of "#9 Dream," the powerful "Steel And Glass," the funky instrumental "Beef Jerky," and the classic Lennon ballad "Nobody Loves You (When You're Down And Out)". These songs are absolutely amongst Lennon's best work, so don't tell me that this album is weak. If I'm alone in my opinion that "Walls And Bridges" is the best solo album Lennon ever recorded, then so be it. Maybe I'm just weird. But I totally love John Lennon's "Walls And Bridges" and I always have. I hope you will, too.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Weekend Album November 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
"Walls and Bridges" was the remains of the "lost weekend". Alcohol dominated Lennon's life during this period. The album isn't as tough sounding as other Lennon albums from earlier and, in fact, it seems Lennon was trying to rediscover his sense of melody and produce something as lush as McCartney's "Ram". While "Walls and Bridges" doesn't measure up to Lennon's first two solo albums, it more than compensates with melodic, rich songs that feature some of the most interesting arrangements of any from his solo career. While the music is a tad inconsistent with filler, the best tracks here compare well to Lennon's best material as a solo artist.

The new reissue has a mix of remixed/remastered tracks for the album. While this edition sounds improved compared to the cloudy first edition, it isn't as large a difference as "Mind Games" or even "Sometime in New York City" (which always sounded a bit muddy to me). The good news is that the best tracks here stand up very well to Lennon's best material; "Going Down on Love", "#9 Dream", "Nobody Loves You When You're Down and Out", "Surprise, Surprise" and others may lack the fire of the primal scream albums but they make up for it with some of Lennon's best vocal performances. it also features Lennon's biggest #1 hit until his death "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" recorded with Elton John. Fans know the story that John predicted it would be a #1 and bet Lennon that it would be. John challenged Lennon to appear in concert with him for the number if it did become a #1 hit. True to his word, Lennon did appear and Lennon performs the song with John (it is missing his performance of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" which Elton John sang lead vocals on as it was his single at the time).
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Record! June 14, 2006
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Forget what the critics say concerning his "lost weekend" period. The songs on this album are among his best written. #9 Dream, Steel and Glass, Bless You, When You're Down are among the best songs on this album. "Whatever Gets You through the Night" was his number 1 song co-written with Elton John, and as much as I like that song, it isn't even close to being the best on the album.

While I think that his first solo (Plastic Ono Band) was his best, this is my second favorite.

Buy it, you'll like it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars John Comes Full Circle July 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
On this outstanding album, John fends for himself, for the first time in his professional life without Yoko AND Paul. It also is one of his few albums that feature no other Beatle. His band is comprised of such "Fifth Beatles" as Klaus Voorman, Jim Keltner, and Nicky Hopkins. It seems he is now totally screamed out, and has had his say about political problems in the world. He has been stiffed by Yoko - and moves on now much more easily than he did, when dealing with the abandonment of his mother and father. He even has a little bit of Julian on the album.

He seems to be comfortable with himself - the music is accessible, with the expected depth. I have always considered it a letter he is writing to Paul, George, Ringo, Yoko, his fans - heck, even Cynthia and Julian.

#9 Dream connects with Beatles material in more ways than its title. It is one of the 10 or so best Beatles solo tracks, in terms of having a "Beatles" sound to it. "Nobody Loves You When You're Down and Out", is "Isn't It A Pity" written sideways. He seems to have the same need to write this as George had with his similarly-penned number. It is a continuation of the Beatles story. Songs like this allowed us to get to know the Beatles personally, and to be able to connect their problems in life with our own.

Steel and Glass, of course, is penance for his "Stick it, Paul" rant, "How Do You Sleep?" from Imagine. YaYa is a return to a Hamburg favorite.

In "God" John says "I was the Walrus", and "I don't believe in Beatles." On this entire album, John seems to say, "well, okay - maybe I am kind of a walrus, and well, maybe I do believe in a little bit of Beatles."

John's personal and professional development is shared with the world in his music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lost weekend and a lost masterpiece
Lost weekend , lost masterpiece ...just an amazing record, going down on love, old dirt road ,bless you,scared,#9 dream ,steel and glass , nobody loves you when your down and... Read more
Published 11 days ago by dubub
5.0 out of 5 stars "Is just good music.
As Lennon said: "Is just good music..."
Published 28 days ago by ernesto perez
4.0 out of 5 stars ... overly critical of this Lost Weekend album but I like it.
Some are overly critical of this Lost Weekend album but I like it.
Published 1 month ago by R. Raiz
2.0 out of 5 stars sad
Very sad music. I bought this years ago and listened to it again today. It feels like John is in despair and looking to the other side for comfort.
Published 1 month ago by Nancy M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, for all Beattles fans
I like Beatles music, so this purchase was a must for me. Added to my general interest, I visited the Beatles Museum in London. It is quite small but worth a view. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert M. Nied
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
thanks
Published 3 months ago by Gary Preston
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD cd / album
GOOD cd / album.
I have a Japanese import from years ago and it has a very cool gatefold jacket PLUS cool stuff inside the sleeve, record reviews etc.
Published 3 months ago by paul r shaar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i like this
Published 3 months ago by Dane Capo
4.0 out of 5 stars Funky, sardonic, hip and au courant. Thank you John Yoko, Klaus, Jesse...
Not going to rate this album based on who/where/what influenced John Lennon at this point in time. THis album is good because it has some great pop music, a couple of cool... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Matthew Z. Pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars More Lennon!
I couldn't believe I didn't already have this. It is wonderful to listen to, as I knew it would be. I have listened to his music for most of my life and am so happy to have another... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Connie Graff Godby
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What, no bonus tracks?
I'm fine with sticking to the original running time, but I'm extremely ticked that the original album art was not reproduced for these reissues. With what they're charging for the Signature Set, it's inexcusable to fudge the packaging yet again.
Oct 8, 2010 by LP Quagmire |  See all 6 posts
What is the difference between the 2005 and 2010 Lennon remasters?
Uhh, I would think you'd want the 2010 since it's remastered from the ORIGINAL mixes, not remixed.
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