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John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
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Recently, I have listened to this album for the first and I’m only now finding words to describe it. It’s so incredibly honest, emotional, and disenchanted. These lyric they sum it all up: 

Yoko and me
And that’s reality

The dream is over
What can I say?

But strangely, though I’m a very emotional, I didn’t even nearly cry when listening to God . The reason is that this song like the whole album is not only brutally honest; it also gives the listener hope. We just have to carry on, we can deal with our past like John did and we can finally reach a point where we can say ‘I live in the present, in this very moment and it’s ok like that’. Giving the world and your fans a message like that is so generous –  it’s a sign that John is a very beautiful person.

Musically, I also find it remarkable how John uses the piano in some pieces. The smashing chords in ‘Mother ‘ contribute a lot to the painful feeling of the piece. The sequence ‘Remember’ – ‘Love’ is also an astonishing example. In the former, the piano really grooves and gives the song a drive, however, in the latter, the piano plays this beautiful, gentle, and comforting melody.

What a gorgeous album!

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Not once does the diversity seem forced -- the genius of the record is how the vaudevillian "When I'm 64" seems like a logical extension of "Within You Without You" and how it provides a gateway to the chiming guitars of "Lovely Rita. - Stephen T. Erlewine on Sgt Pepper's

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Isolation is a standout as well. A perfect song listen to when you’re feeling down. It begins so gentle, and almost pitiful, before going into some of John’s most grungey and emotionally tormented vocals. 

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When I woke up today, the only thing that I wanted to hear was Plastic Ono Band. It was weird that I was dying to listen to this album despite the surrounding greatness from before and after. I think that John represents himself the best on this album. I can see John physically naked on Two Virgins but figuratively naked on Plastic Ono Band. Every song or fragment can be interpreted as a piece of John as they together become him. Listening to the album, despite of the melancholy nature, I was able to celebrate John as he was. 

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sir walter raleigh said
Isolation is a standout as well. A perfect song listen to when you’re feeling down. It begins so gentle, and almost pitiful, before going into some of John’s most grungey and emotionally tormented vocals.   

I can’t recall where I read it, but I understand ‘Isolation ‘ was a standout in Julian’s mind as well.

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sir walter raleigh said
Isolation is a standout as well. A perfect song listen to when you’re feeling down. It begins so gentle, and almost pitiful, before going into some of John’s most grungey and emotionally tormented vocals.   

It’s my favourite solo career Lennon song. I love it for the reasons you describe. It has tenderness and raw power. I love the concept of a man sitting down, playing the piano and singing about his troubles. 

It’s a toss up between Plastic Ono Band and Imagine in terms of what album I prefer. 

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I’ve been loving Mind Games a lot as of late. You Are Here is the big standout this time around. Such a fantastic song, its hard to believe you don’t see it atop people’s best song ever lists. 

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sir walter raleigh said
I’ve been loving Mind Games a lot as of late. You Are Here is the big standout this time around. Such a fantastic song, its hard to believe you don’t see it atop people’s best song ever lists.   

The outtake on the ‘Anthology’ box set is beautiful.

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I’ve been loving Mind Games a lot as of late. You Are Here is the big standout this time around. Such a fantastic song, its hard to believe you don’t see it atop people’s best song ever lists.   

His harmony/falsetto voice is probably my favourite, even more than his straight rock routine. Which is saying something.

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The outtake on the ‘Anthology’ box set is beautiful.

  

Sounds like Nicky Hopkins on the Fender Rhodes. Absolutely love his playing on this take. Well, I’ve loved note he’s ever played, but he really kills it here. 

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I listened to this again recently and was struck by how brilliant it was. God again brought me to tears.

“While I will admit to a certain cynicism, the fact is that I’m a naysayer and hatchet man in the fight against violence. I pride myself in taking a punch and I’ll gladly take another - because I choose to live my life in the company of Ghandi and King. My concerns are global. I reject absolutely revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. I love you, Sheriff Truman.”

 

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I have always thought of John as the most talented Beatle and this is the one album I would take if I were to be exiled on a desert island.

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Any one else noticed how “well well well” closely resembles the early takes of “helter skelter” ?

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Martha said
Recently, I have listened to this album for the first and I’m only now finding words to describe it. It’s so incredibly honest, emotional, and disenchanted. These lyric they sum it all up: 

Yoko and me
And that’s reality
The dream is over
What can I say?

But strangely, though I’m a very emotional, I didn’t even nearly cry when listening to God . The reason is that this song like the whole album is not only brutally honest; it also gives the listener hope. We just have to carry on, we can deal with our past like John did and we can finally reach a point where we can say ‘I live in the present, in this very moment and it’s ok like that’. Giving the world and your fans a message like that is so generous –  it’s a sign that John is a very beautiful person.

Reading this again brought back the very memories you refer to. Years after John recorded the song we can still live by his message. Back then, John decided to live for today and let the past stay in the past. We have no other choice. John is gone, and it hurts….but “that’s reality.” We carry on living for today. And living is beautiful. It’s all there is.

On the topic of Well Well Well, I love how John laughs at the end, because his voice is gone from all the yelling. Love how he injected humour there, considering the grungy tone it established beforehand. 

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Timothy said

Martha said
Recently, I have listened to this album for the first and I’m only now finding words to describe it. It’s so incredibly honest, emotional, and disenchanted. These lyric they sum it all up: 

Yoko and me
And that’s reality
The dream is over
What can I say?

But strangely, though I’m a very emotional, I didn’t even nearly cry when listening to God . The reason is that this song like the whole album is not only brutally honest; it also gives the listener hope. We just have to carry on, we can deal with our past like John did and we can finally reach a point where we can say ‘I live in the present, in this very moment and it’s ok like that’. Giving the world and your fans a message like that is so generous –  it’s a sign that John is a very beautiful person.

Reading this again brought back the very memories you refer to. Years after John recorded the song we can still live by his message. Back then, John decided to live for today and let the past stay in the past. We have no other choice. John is gone, and it hurts….but “that’s reality.” We carry on living for today. And living is beautiful. It’s all there is.

NOW is a GIFT…  that’s why we call it THE PRESENT…:-)

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NOW is a GIFT…  that’s why we call it THE PRESENT…:-)  

I’m pinching that.

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just listened to this album for the first time yesterday. played it about 3 or 4 times after. and this album makes me feel so depressed. the beginning and end are just depressing. the songs are great, not a rotten apple in the bunch. lennon feels more personal in his singing and writing than he did in the beatles. in the first song “mother” he felt like he was about to burst into tears. when listening, i wanted to get away just because the album made me feel depressed and awful. but i stuck with it. and i’m glad i did. there’s some good stuff here. god is a highlight of this album to me. hold on is also really sweet sounding. all in all, good album, but holy crap it’s emotionally hard for me to get through.

next up in the solo stuff list is a couple singles. an a-side and a b-side of paul’s and then an a-side by john. and then ram. and i really need some of paul’s positivity after listening to this.

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I never understood why God is such a favorite for people, but then I have always had faith in God .

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I never understood why God is such a favorite for people, but then I have always had faith in God .

  

I also have believed in God for my whole life. I love the song, but I’ve never thought that “God is a concept by which we measure our pain” was particularly poignant. It is the rest of the “I don’t believes as well as “the dream is over” section that make this song one of his best. 

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Yes, I think the melody/delivery is more poignant than the lyric there. I feel like ‘God is a concept with which we weather our pain’ might have been more accurate. ahdn_john_08_gif

My personal favourites from this album are Love and Look At Me because I like John’s ballads. ahdn_george_06

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The melody is incredible. I’d tolorate much worse lyrics and still love the song. “I just believe in me, Yoko and Me” is the best line

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