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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