John Lennon is an icon, any one who disagrees is an idiot quite frankly.
i dont like Yoko Ono. Im just gonna be honest from the get go, she broke up one of the most influental bands in history and frankly she annoys me.
This album however does not annoy me. I really enjoyed it. I listened to ‘Working Class Hero’ and ‘God’ 5 times in a row. I LOVED it! As much as I dislike Yoko, I do respect her as a musician and the impact she had on music.
This album what I like to call a love letter album. Its a love letter for music fans. Its something that John Lennon sent out there into the world (well to be totally honest, it was Apple Records that sent it out. *Sidebar…if you have a few free minutes check out the Wikipedia page on Apple Records its kinda cool*)
JL/POB is widely thought of as one of Lennon’s greatest solo albums, the perfect blend of artistic and personal integrity. Its a snap shot of Lennon’s mind at the time. And what an amazing shot it is. Although I do have to say that of his 12 solo albums this ranks JUST behind 1971’s Imagine. (like you dont know the words to Imagine and kinda want to learn it in sign language ala ‘Glee’)
I dug a little deeper into ‘Working Class Hero’ and learnt a lot, its a song about the working class being “sucked into the machine of middle class” as Lennon said in a Rolling Stone interview. Its been covered by some AMAZING artists (Cyndi Lauper, Ozzy Osborne and Green Day) Green Day did a cover of it for ‘Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur’ a compilation album of various artists covering Lennon songs to benefit Amnesty International‘s campaign to well Save Darfur. Its an amazing album that has a lot of JL/POB songs on it. If you haven’t checked it out, i suggest you do.
Over all this is an awesome album that has spawned an amazing compilation album for a good cause. Take some time out of your day and check out these two albums. Good music and a good cause, you really cant go wrong.
I know i did this with ‘Thriller’ but heres another cover of my favorite song on the album, enjoy!
– until next time
be a river with me
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