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John Lennon|Plastic Ono Band (The Ultimate Mixes)

Plastic Ono Band (The Ultimate Mixes)

John Lennon

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The cliché about singer/songwriters is that they sing confessionals direct from their heart, but John Lennon exploded the myth behind that cliché, as well as many others, on his first official solo record, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. Inspired by his primal scream therapy with Dr. Arthur Janov, Lennon created a harrowing set of unflinchingly personal songs, laying out all of his fears and angers for everyone to hear. It was a revolutionary record -- never before had a record been so explicitly introspective, and very few records made absolutely no concession to the audience's expectations, daring the listeners to meet all the artist's demands. Which isn't to say that the record is unlistenable. Lennon's songs range from tough rock & rollers to piano-based ballads and spare folk songs, and his melodies remain strong and memorable, which actually intensifies the pain and rage of the songs. Not much about Plastic Ono Band is hidden. Lennon presents everything on the surface, and the song titles -- "Mother," "I Found Out," "Working Class Hero," "Isolation," "God," "My Mummy's Dead" -- illustrate what each song is about, and chart his loss of faith in his parents, country, friends, fans, and idols. It's an unflinching document of bare-bones despair and pain, but for all its nihilism, it is ultimately life-affirming; it is unique not only in Lennon's catalog, but in all of popular music. Few albums are ever as harrowing, difficult, and rewarding as John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Mother (Ultimate Mix)
00:05:35

John Lennon, Producer, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Simon Gibson, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN LECKIE, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono, Producer, Audio Concept, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Lush, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil McDonald, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Voormann, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Stephens, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono Lennon, Producer - Eddie Klein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Hilton, Production Coordinator, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Sam Gannon, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

2
Hold On (Ultimate Mix)
00:01:52

John Lennon, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Simon Gibson, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN LECKIE, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono, Producer, Audio Concept, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Lush, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil McDonald, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Voormann, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Stephens, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono Lennon, Producer - Eddie Klein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Hilton, Production Coordinator, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Sam Gannon, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)/Lenono Music

3
I Found Out (Ultimate Mix)
00:03:37

John Lennon, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Simon Gibson, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN LECKIE, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono, Producer, Audio Concept, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Lush, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil McDonald, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Voormann, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Stephens, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono Lennon, Producer - Eddie Klein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Hilton, Production Coordinator, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Sam Gannon, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)/Lenono Music

4
Working Class Hero (Ultimate Mix)
00:03:47

John Lennon, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Simon Gibson, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN LECKIE, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono, Producer, Audio Concept, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Lush, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil McDonald, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Stephens, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono Lennon, Producer - Eddie Klein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Hilton, Production Coordinator, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Sam Gannon, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

5
Isolation (Ultimate Mix)
00:02:52

John Lennon, Producer, Organ, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Simon Gibson, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN LECKIE, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono, Producer, Audio Concept, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Lush, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil McDonald, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Voormann, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Stephens, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono Lennon, Producer - Eddie Klein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Hilton, Production Coordinator, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Sam Gannon, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)/Lenono Music

6
Remember (Ultimate Mix)
00:04:32

John Lennon, Producer, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Simon Gibson, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN LECKIE, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono, Producer, Audio Concept, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Lush, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil McDonald, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Voormann, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Stephens, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono Lennon, Producer - Eddie Klein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Hilton, Production Coordinator, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Sam Gannon, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

7
Love (Ultimate Mix)
00:03:22

John Lennon, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Gibson, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN LECKIE, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono, Producer, Audio Concept, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Lush, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil McDonald, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Stephens, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono Lennon, Producer - Eddie Klein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Hilton, Production Coordinator, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Sam Gannon, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

8
Well Well Well (Ultimate Mix)
00:05:57

John Lennon, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Simon Gibson, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN LECKIE, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono, Producer, Audio Concept, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Lush, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil McDonald, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Voormann, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Stephens, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono Lennon, Producer - Eddie Klein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Hilton, Production Coordinator, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Sam Gannon, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

9
Look At Me (Ultimate Mix)
00:02:53

John Lennon, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Simon Gibson, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN LECKIE, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono, Producer, Audio Concept, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Lush, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil McDonald, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Stephens, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono Lennon, Producer - Eddie Klein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Hilton, Production Coordinator, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Sam Gannon, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)/Lenono Music

10
God (Ultimate Mix)
00:04:12

John Lennon, Producer, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Simon Gibson, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN LECKIE, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Hicks, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono, Producer, Audio Concept, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Lush, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil McDonald, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Voormann, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Stephens, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono Lennon, Producer - Eddie Klein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Hilton, Production Coordinator, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Sam Gannon, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)/Lenono Music

11
My Mummy's Dead (Ultimate Mix)
00:00:51

John Lennon, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Simon Gibson, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN LECKIE, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono, Producer, Audio Concept, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Lush, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil McDonald, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Stephens, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono Lennon, Producer - Eddie Klein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Hilton, Production Coordinator, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Sam Gannon, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

12
Give Peace A Chance (Ultimate Mix)
00:04:54

John Lennon, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Simon Gibson, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono, Producer, MainArtist - Ken Scott, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - André Perry, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono Lennon, Producer - Simon Hilton, Production Coordinator, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Sam Gannon, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)/Lenono Music

13
Cold Turkey (Ultimate Mix)
00:05:02

John Lennon, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Simon Gibson, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Webb, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono, Producer - Phil McDonald, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ken Scott, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono Lennon, Producer - Simon Hilton, Production Coordinator, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Sam Gannon, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Trow, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Corlett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)/Lenono Music

14
Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) (Ultimate Mix)
00:03:20

John Lennon, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Simon Gibson, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono, MainArtist - Phil McDonald, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Stephens, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono Lennon, Producer - Simon Hilton, Production Coordinator, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Sam Gannon, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)/Lenono Music

Album Description

The cliché about singer/songwriters is that they sing confessionals direct from their heart, but John Lennon exploded the myth behind that cliché, as well as many others, on his first official solo record, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. Inspired by his primal scream therapy with Dr. Arthur Janov, Lennon created a harrowing set of unflinchingly personal songs, laying out all of his fears and angers for everyone to hear. It was a revolutionary record -- never before had a record been so explicitly introspective, and very few records made absolutely no concession to the audience's expectations, daring the listeners to meet all the artist's demands. Which isn't to say that the record is unlistenable. Lennon's songs range from tough rock & rollers to piano-based ballads and spare folk songs, and his melodies remain strong and memorable, which actually intensifies the pain and rage of the songs. Not much about Plastic Ono Band is hidden. Lennon presents everything on the surface, and the song titles -- "Mother," "I Found Out," "Working Class Hero," "Isolation," "God," "My Mummy's Dead" -- illustrate what each song is about, and chart his loss of faith in his parents, country, friends, fans, and idols. It's an unflinching document of bare-bones despair and pain, but for all its nihilism, it is ultimately life-affirming; it is unique not only in Lennon's catalog, but in all of popular music. Few albums are ever as harrowing, difficult, and rewarding as John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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