John Lennon - Double Fantasy

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Double Fantasy is a studio album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, originally released in November 1980 by Geffen Records.

Released just three weeks before he was murdered, Double Fantasy was at once John Lennon‘s great comeback effort and tragic final release of his lifetime. The album was a true collaboration with Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono, with songs pretty much alternating throughout the album’s sequence between songs written and sung by Lennon and those written and sung by Ono. While the album was initially panned by critics as a work that seemed irredeemably self-absorbed, most changed their tune after Lennon’s death and the subsequent deluge of popular support, which served to propel the record to the top of the charts worldwide.

We will never know whether a critical rehabilitation would have naturally occurred when people got over their initial shock: first, at the fact that half of Lennon’s comeback album after a five-year absence was composed of cuts by wife Yoko Ono, and secondly at John’s evident lack of interest in living up to his previous image of scornful rock ‘n’ roll revolutionary.

However, it has to be said that much of the world has an erroneous impression of this album's contents. It is a far, far tougher record than is understood by those who have only heard “(Just Like) Starting Over”, “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)”, “Watching The Wheels” and “Woman”. The heavy airplay they received created an impression among those who did not possess the album of a soporific, gushing work on which John let his domestic bliss overwhelm his usual descriptive and analytical gifts. This impression will have put many off purchasing the album - and prevented them from apprehending that it contains some biting music not even hinted at in those songs. Ditto for its nuanced examination of marriage.

Completely unexpectedly, Yoko’s songs are just as good as her husband’s, an example being “Kiss Kiss Kiss”, in which avant-garde drop-outs and spoken-word Japanese overdubs go hand in hand with piercing guitar work. She consistently sings beautifully, banishing forever memories of her infamous caterwauling on the Live Peace in Toronto album. Not that John is slack: his “Cleanup Time” is powerful rock which incongruously celebrates his househusband status, and while “Dear Yoko” sees him giving thanks to his wife simply for existing, such sentimentality doesn't preclude a delightful strutting old-time rock ‘n’ roll backdrop.

Meanwhile, on three pulsating tracks sequenced together – “Give Me Something” (Yoko), “I'm Losing You” (John) and “I'm Moving On” (Yoko) – the couple seem to be engaging in a dialogue about the sometimes perilous terrain of marriage. In a perfect symbol of the way that the two have become one, the closing “Hard Times Are Over” is a Yoko track that, in its vulnerability and surrender to love, would make you swear it was a John song.

Check out the tracks: “(Just Like) Starting Over”; “Woman” and Watching The Wheels”. 

This 2015 reissued LP with remastered audio, reproduced artwork and digital download is pressed in Germany on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

(0600753571026)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

(Just Like) Starting Over

3:56

A2

Kiss Kiss Kiss (Yoko Ono)

2:41

A3

Cleanup Time

2:58

A4

Give Me Something (Yoko Ono)

1:35

A5

I’m Losing You

3:57

A6

I’m Moving On (Yoko Ono)

2:20

A7

Beautiful Boy

4:02

B1

Watching The Wheels

3:35

B2

Yes, I’m Your Angel (Yoko Ono)

3:08

B3

Woman

3:32

B4

Beautiful Boys (Yoko Ono)

2:55

B5

Dear Yoko

2:34

B6

Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him (Yoko Ono)

4:02

B7

Hard Times Are Over (Yoko Ono)

3:20

SKU 0600753571026
Record Label Geffen Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 5357102
Country DE - Germany
Release Date (Year) 30 October 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 17 November 1980
Barcode # 0600753571026
Shipping Weight 0.2950kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Original Album Artwork Replicated, Digital Download, Reissue, Remastered Audio, 2015 John Lennon Vinyl LP Reissue Series
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Format VINYL LP

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