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John Lennon Remastered

by Matthew Cookson
Issue No. 2222

The cover of Imagine

The cover of Imagine

To mark what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday, his partner Yoko Ono has overseen the remastering and reissuing of his post-Beatles solo work.

His earliest albums are the best, with lyrics and music reflecting his newly radicalised political beliefs and emotions.

The first, Plastic Ono Band, is a stripped down musical affair that deals with alienation, his parents’ abandonment of him and his mother’s death.

Imagine contains the eponymous title track, Lennon’s most famous solo song, which is a hymn to a socialist world without oppression.

While political and musical disillusionment led to a decline in his later work, even the weaker of these eight albums has something to recommend it.

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Tue 5 Oct 2010, 17:44 BST
Issue No. 2222
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