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Rock - Released January 1, 1971 | Apple

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Rock - Released January 1, 2010 | Apple

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Rock - Released January 1, 1973 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

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Rock - Released November 29, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Jazz - Released August 28, 2015 | ACT Music

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Rock - Released January 1, 2010 | Apple

Booklet Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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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Alternative & Indie - Released May 15, 2020 | Prolifica Inc.

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 6, 2014 | ITNO - Columbia

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 25, 2020 | Domino Recording Co

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Pop/Rock - Released October 2, 2020 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

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Rock - Released June 1, 2009 | Nonesuch

In preparation for its 1965 Christmas season releases, Elektra Records wanted to capitalize on the Beatles' enormous popularity by producing an album of tongue-in-cheek classical arrangements of their songs. Enlisting the talented Joshua Rifkin to arrange 13 Lennon & McCartney songs in takeoffs of Handel and Bach, and employing the top studio musicians in New York at the time, Elektra got more than a novelty record. Of all the silly parodies and over-the-top tributes that appeared in the wake of Beatlemania, The Baroque Beatles Book still holds up well today, and is most notable for its clever arrangements. Rifkin's humor (somewhat in the vein of Peter Schickele's P.D.Q. Bach recordings) is tempered by his remarkable skills in imitating Baroque counterpoint and instrumental techniques. Anyone who knows the Beatles' albums from Please Please Me to Help! will recognize the tunes immediately, and Rifkin's pastiches of Handel's Royal Fireworks Music, Bach's cantatas, trio sonatas, and the Goldberg Variations -- or is it the Harmonious Blacksmith? -- will amuse classical buffs. The performances by the Baroque Ensemble of the Merseyside Kammermusikgesellschaf, led by Rifkin from the harpsichord, are all sharp and professional, though the sound is a little dry and lacking in resonance; these airless recordings are unlikely to satisfy audiophiles. But judged as a whole, this package is quite impressive for only five weeks' work, and delightful for its freshness and wit. © TiVo
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Jazz - Released January 1, 2003 | Minnehaha Music

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Metal - Released February 28, 2020 | The Label Group

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Christmas Music - Released November 16, 2020 | City Slang

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Karaoke - Released July 9, 2020 | Sing2Music Productions Pty Ltd

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Rock - Released July 1, 2020 | Artistfy Music

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Pop - Released March 15, 2019 | Universal Music AS

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Bossa Nova & Brazil - Released September 4, 2020 | Uns Produções

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  • Gimme Some Truth!
    Gimme Some Truth! John Lennon’s Gimme Some Truth, an extensive 4-disc compilation album, was released in 2010. Is the Autumn 2020 version an anniversary re-release? Has the music industry got to the stage where it just reissues compilations every ten years? No, not quite. This version actually celebrates Lennon’s ...
  • The Qobuz Minute #23
    The Qobuz Minute #23 Presented by Barry Moore, The Qobuz Minute sweeps you away to the 4 corners of the musical universe to bring you an eclectic mix of today's brightest talents. Jazz, Electro, Classical, World music ...