Working Class Hero:definitive Lennon CD (2005)

Artist: John Lennon

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Capitol Records commemorates the 65th anniversary of John Lennon's birth with the release of Working Class Hero - The Definitive Lennon. The double CD set, executively produced by Yoko Ono, will offer the most comprehensive collection of Lennon's hit singles and key album tracks to date - 38 songs in all, with a combined playing time of over two and one-half hours.

Born in Liverpool, England on October 9, 1940 and assassinated in New York City just over forty years later (December 8, 1980), Lennon rendered a vision of life that was simultaneously reflective, utopian and poignantly realistic. Reflecting his social activism ("Give Peace A Chance," "Power To The People," "Gimme Some Truth," "Woman Is The Nigger Of The World"), idealism ("Imagine," "Mind Games," "Instant Karma!"), his hedonistic "lost weekend," as he called the 18 months he spent separated from Yoko Ono in the early 1970's ("Nobody Loves You When You're Down And Out," "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night," the rollicking duet with Elton John that gave him his first #1 single as a solo artist), and the happiness he found in later years as a self-described "househusband," ("(Just Like) Starting Over," "Watching The Wheels," "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)"), Working Class Hero - The Definitive Lennon captures him in all his complexity.

Mastered from the most up-to-date sources, the collection includes material from John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970), Imagine (1971), Sometime In New York City (1972), Mind Games (1973), Walls and Bridges (1974), Rock 'N' Roll (1975), Double Fantasy (1980), Live In New York City (recorded in 1972, but not released until 1986) as well as numerous singles and tracks from Milk and Honey (1984) and Anthology (1998), the posthumous collections of Lennon's unreleased recordings.

Specifications

Label Capitol Records
SKU 64009705
UPC 094634039123
UPC 14 00094634039123
Format CD
Release Date 10/4/2005
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Author John Lennon
Compilation Appearance Rushmore
Compilation Appearance Now That's What I Call Christmas!
Compilation Appearance Royal Tenenbaums (Collector's Edition) (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Captain Fantastic (SACD Hybrid)
Compilation Appearance Captain Fantastic (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance The Us Vs John Lennon
Compilation Appearance Children Of Men
Compilation Appearance Rockabye Baby Lullaby Renditions Of C
Compilation Appearance Goin Home:tribute To Fats Domingo
Compilation Appearance 100 Greatest
Compilation Appearance Revolutions In Sound:warner Bros. Rec
Compilation Appearance Here & There
Compilation Appearance Captain Fantastic
Compilation Appearance Rubber Soul: U.S. Version – Mini LP Replica
Compilation Appearance Mr Peabody & Sherman (osc)
Associated Artist/Work Beatles (The)
Technical Info
Producer Yoko Ono; Jack Douglas; John Lennon; Phil Spector; Rob Stevens; George Martin; Yoko Ono; Jack Douglas; John Lennon; Phil Spector; Rob Stevens; George Martin
CatalogID 40391
Lable Name Capitol
Released 10/04/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00094634039123
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: John Lennon.
Photographers: Ivor Sharp; Ian MacMillan; Spud Murphy ; Bob Gruen; Peter Fordham.
Arranger: John Lennon.
Although 2005's WORKING CLASS HERO: THE DEFINITIVE LENNON covers a lot of familiar ground, including all of John Lennon's best-known hits, it's hard to complain when the material is so amazing. In fact, the most striking thing about this two-disc set is how Lennon continued to produce so many consistently strong tunes in the shadow of all the immortal classics he penned with the Beatles. The truth, however, is that Lennon's solo material is nakedly confessional, honest, and emotionally riveting in a way his Beatles' work seldom was.
WORKING CLASS HERO represents these qualities admirably by showing Lennon at his most anguished ("Cold Turkey") and reflective ("Watching the Wheels"), alongside moments of pure joy ("(Just Like) Starting Over") and aching poignancy ("Love"). Lennon the outraged rebel ("Gimme Some Truth") is balanced by Lennon the wistful idealist ("Imagine," "Give Peace a Chance"), with the collection hitting all points in between. So while it's not full of surprises or essential material for hardcore Lennon fans who already own his solo albums, this 38-song compilation does offer a well-assembled overview of his finest moments.
Disc 1
0 DISC 1:,DISC 2:
1 (Just Like) Starting Over,Woman
2 Imagine,Mind Games
3 Watching The Wheels,Out the Blue
4 Jealous Guy,Whatever Gets You Thru the Night
5 Instant Karma! (We All Shine On),Love
6 Stand By Me,Mother
7 Working Class Hero,Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)
8 Power To The People,Woman Is The Nigger Of The World
9 Oh My Love,God
10 Oh Yoko!,Scared
11 Nobody Loves You (When You're Down and Out),#9 Dream
12 Nobody Told Me,I'm Losing You
13 Bless You,Isolation
14 Come Together ,Cold Turkey
15 New York City,Intuition
16 I'm Stepping Out,Gimme Some Truth
17 You Are Here,Give Peace A Chance
18 Borrowed Time,Real Love
19 Happy Xmas (War Is Over),Grow Old With Me
Disc 2
0 DISC 1:,DISC 2:
1 (Just Like) Starting Over,Woman
2 Imagine,Mind Games
3 Watching The Wheels,Out the Blue
4 Jealous Guy,Whatever Gets You Thru the Night
5 Instant Karma! (We All Shine On),Love
6 Stand By Me,Mother
7 Working Class Hero,Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)
8 Power To The People,Woman Is The Nigger Of The World
9 Oh My Love,God
10 Oh Yoko!,Scared
11 Nobody Loves You (When You're Down and Out),#9 Dream
12 Nobody Told Me,I'm Losing You
13 Bless You,Isolation
14 Come Together ,Cold Turkey
15 New York City,Intuition
16 I'm Stepping Out,Gimme Some Truth
17 You Are Here,Give Peace A Chance
18 Borrowed Time,Real Love
19 Happy Xmas (War Is Over),Grow Old With Me
Product Attributes
Artist Lennon,John
Label Capitol Records
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