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Best John Lennon album?
30 September 2008
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rain
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Hi. First post here!

What do people think is the best John Lennon album? Most people say either Plastic Ono Band or Imagine, but I think Walls And Bridges is just as good.

29 January 2009
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I like Double Fantasy, and Imagine.

25 July 2009
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i think Plastic Ono Band is his best album because it's so personal and deep. God is also his best song he did solo. it's incredible. Walls & Bridges was good too and i honestly liked Sometime in New York City. great songs on there

26 July 2009
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I've got Sometime In NYC on vinyl. I've not listened to it for about 15 years. I seem to remember it has the odd good song, but is weighed down by the Yoko songs and some somewhat crude political efforts. It certainly wasn't Lennon at his most poetic.

I agree with you about God – Lennon's vocals on that are stunning.

I recently bought Live Peace In Toronto on CD, although I've had it on vinyl for ages. Again, it's spoilt by the Yoko songs, but I love the Lennon-fronted ones. The film is well worth seeing too.

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25 October 2009
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Think I have to select Wall & Bridges.  I recall buying it the day it was released and then playing it to death for months on end.

A close second has to be Double Fantasy because it was the comeback album. However we only had a few days to appreciate it before "you know what" happened and then, of course, it took on a completely different significance.

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7 November 2009
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I'd have to say Double Fantasy, followed closely by john lennon/plastic ono band

15 November 2009
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Imagine just because, Plastic Ono band is second to me

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4 February 2010
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Start to finish, Plastic Ono Band is his best. Double Fantasy is great but it's not a proper John Lennon solo album – it's John & Yoko. Now, if you combine his material from Double Fantasy with Milk And Honey you might end up with his best solo album…

9 July 2010
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John's solo stuff is just kind of scary. Some of it is heart-wrenching to listen to because of the pain, torment, love and always the honesty in his work. It's very blunt stuff. Love is real, real is love; Look at me. Who am I supposed to be?; How do you sleep?

My favorite album of his is Acoustic just because it's the John I like the best. It's simple, he's just talking, really. Sometimes his songs were overdone in the 70's and became too much for me, but I respect what he was trying to do.

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11 November 2010
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John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Imagine, Double Fantasy (including his stripped down songs) and Walls and Bridges all tie for the lead.

I don't really like Mind Games though

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14 November 2010
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I'd say John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.

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14 November 2010
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rain said:

Hi. First post here!

What do people think is the best John Lennon album? Most people say either Plastic Ono Band or Imagine, but I think Walls And Bridges is just as good.


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15 November 2010
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Dear Prudence said:

rain said:

Hi. First post here!

What do people think is the best John Lennon album? Most people say either Plastic Ono Band or Imagine, but I think Walls And Bridges is just as good.


I hate to be a pill, but I thought you were Joe.
 

It's not being a pill! I thought he was Joe, until I read his post and saw his name. He just uses the same avatar.

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MeanMrs.Mustard said:

Dear Prudence said:

rain said:

Hi. First post here!

What do people think is the best John Lennon album? Most people say either Plastic Ono Band or Imagine, but I think Walls And Bridges is just as good.


I hate to be a pill, but I thought you were Joe.
 

It's not being a pill! I thought he was Joe, until I read his post and saw his name. He just uses the same avatar.

Ok. :D
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15 November 2010
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Lennon Legend is great, but I'm not sure if that counts because it's a collection of greatest hits…

Sad to say I don't own any other albums by him.

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15 November 2010
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Oh crap. That Rain account was me, back when nobody was using this forum and I was trying to kick-start a discussion. I think it's the only time I did it by pretending to be someone else, but it obviously backfired once I added the avatars (and they're all linked to the same email accounts, hence the same pic showing up).

Kind of embarrassing to be found out. At least I only made one post using that account…

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ROFLMAOOOO!! So after all it was you. apple01And I just can't believe there was a time when nobody used this forum a-hard-days-night-ringo-7

 

Ok guys I think I asked this before but my Beatle Winter vacations project is to listen to all their solo albums. So what do you recommend me guys? to get John albums the order they were released?

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If you're going to get them all you may as well do them in sequence. Otherwise get Plastic Ono Band and Imagine first, then Walls And Bridges and Double Fantasy. Some Time In New York City is duff, and Mind Games is Lennon treading water. The live albums (Live Peace In Toronto 1969 and Live In New York City) are pretty good in places though.

I don't much care for Milk And Honey or Menlove Ave – they're studio outtakes released posthumously. Likewise don't bother with the experimental trilogy with Yoko unless you're feeling brave.

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15 November 2010
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Ok I think I'll go the order you recommend them. I've been listening to the Beatles for so long that now I want more, so I prefer to try their best solo stuff and I want to start with John, his work is more familiar to me because we had more John albums than Paul's around home when I was a kid. Thanks Joe!!

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15 November 2010
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Wow – a post from Joe posing as someone else – too funny. Nice pseudonym though (said Zig!).

I recently purchased the Lennon Box Set and am left a bit disappointed. I seem to remember liking John's solo stuff a lot but now that I am rediscovering it, I don't like it as much as I recall. I don't regret buying the set because there is still a lot of great music, but I wish I had been a bit more selective.

GniknuS said it well above (on post #9!) – "Sometimes his songs were overdone in the 70's and became too much for me, but I respect what he was trying to do."

And Joe – I agree with you on the political songs. They just don't have the same sense of timelessness of songs like Imagine. I have a feeling you two may have been talking about the same songs. 

My favorite is Plastic Ono Band. When I got the box set, it was for my birthday (Nov 6). This was the first time I had heard the song Remember. Therefore, it was the first time I heard Lennon yell at the end of the song something along the lines of "Remember, remember the fifth of November!" followed by an explosion sound. Keep in mind, I was listening to it in the dark with headphones on, with an altered state of consciousness on the sixth of November. I nearly jumped out of my skin.

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