Plastic Ono Band

Plastic Ono Band

by Plastic Ono Band

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2010
Label: Capitol
UPC: 5099990650529
catalogNumber: 06505
Rank: 4146

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Plastic Ono Band   Primary Artist
John Lennon   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Billy Preston   Piano
Ringo Starr   Drums
Yoko Ono   Wind
Phil Spector   Piano
Klaus Voormann   Bass

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer,Producer
Yoko Ono   Producer,Art Direction,Back Cover Photo
Phil Spector   Producer
Mal Evans   Artwork
John Leckie   Engineer
Richard Lush   Engineer
Phil McDonald   Engineer
Andy Stevens   Engineer
Eddie Veal   Engineer
Paul Hicks   Remastering Engineer
Dan Richter   Cover Photo
Sean Magee   Remastering Engineer
Paul Du Noyer   Sleeve Notes

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John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Considering that the previous long-player of new songs that John Lennon was involved with before 'Plastic Ono Band' was the Beatles' 'Abbey Road', 'POB' must have come across as the most shocking, disturbing album of all time (at the time in 1970). But in fact 'POB' is of course John Lennon freed from the restraints and requirements of the Beatles (Paul McCartney in particular), freed from the myths, the facade and b/s that felt was the Beatles (as per his Rolling Stone 1971 interview, as per his time in Primal Scream therapy)...musically, 'POB' has some of the best power-trio playing (except for a few piano-based tracks, one with Billy Preston, much of the album is John, Ringo, and Klaus Voorman on bass), pre-dating punk and alt-rock many many years (one has to hear Yoko Ono's 'POB' counterpart as well, it's an even harder listen than Lennon's for obvious reasons, but it's the same power trio) Mother, God, I Found Out, Well Well Well, and Working Class Heroes are outstanding 'bare it all' tracks, pulling no punches and making no apologies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is great! Each song has a message and it is just a good CD overall.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The CD is perfect but I don't agree with the bonus tracks "Power to the People" and "Do the Oz". They simply changed Lennon's ideas for the album. You better turn off the player after "My Mummy"s dead".
Guest More than 1 year ago
Following the break-up of the Beatles, an acrimonious John Lennon set about to break away from the group and its entire image. John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band is a personal, independent album with no traces of Beatle John. This is the man, honestly pouring out all his emotion, pain and anger onto record. It was recorded after he and Yoko Ono had attended primal-scream therapy sessions with LA psychiatrist Dr. Arthur Janov, and Lennon was, perhaps for the first time, coming to terms with the tragic death of his mother. The album begins with funeral bells, before John comes in with the heartbreaking words, "Mother you had me, but I never had you." The end of the track features him literally screaming and howling out the words, "Mama don't go, daddy come home," in one of the most moving and incredibly painful scenes ever depicted on record. There are some frank and yet beautiful confrontations of painful issues on tracks such as "Isolation" and "Remember"; however, the most chilling moment comes with the final track, so bluntly called, "My Mummy's Dead," where Lennon mourns over his mother's death in a blunt and monotonous voice over a tune set to "Three Blind Mice." John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band is an incredibly painful and at times uncomfortable listening experience, but it is truly rewarding, and deserves a place in every rock fan's collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not sure if this is a reveiw as much as fan mail, but if it is John Lennon what you hear is from his heart & mind. I anxiously awaited this music when it first came out & I feel the emotions of the world in everything he does. All of them are fav's of mine ! But, I LOVE everything I've heard from 4 lads from Liverpool since 1964, and always will ! Rock ON !!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album has many good songs on it like Love and Working Class Hero! Some songs are stupid, but this is overall a pretty decent album. I liked it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Incredibly intense. Lennon reveals his entire soul, just lets everything out. It's stunning, but not for the faint of heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago