John Lennon and Yoko Ono “Double Fantasy”

 

 

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#791 in the Series) is John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Double Fantasy

I remember the day when Double Fantasy was released. It was full of hope and promise for the future.  That hope would soon turn into the deepest of sadness as John would be killed just three short three weeks later.

This was the first piece of music that John had given us in well over a half a decade. We did have a compilation (Shaved Fish) and an album of old covers (Rock and Roll) so we were starved to hear what John had to say.

Double Fantasy didn’t knock out the critics’ right out of the box, but the fans and radio didn’t care about their thoughts. “(Just Like) Starting Over” was as an appropriate and heartfelt lead off song to an album as I’d ever heard. John indeed did look at this as the beginning of what was to be the next phase in his life and his musical career. We wonder what could have been?

John’s songs were interspersed with those of Yoko’s. In retrospect, her additions had much to do with the critic’s malaise but that was John’s call. So be it. I know all the stories about her and how many feel she was directly involved with The Beatles demise, but I never bought it and I also never really understood the harsh criticism against her as a person. The cause of the  breakup was much deeper than that. She was good enough for John but not good enough for us? Seriously?

“Woman” and “Beautiful Boy (Darling Sean)” clearly give us a view into what John loved the most, his family. He also seemed to be at peace with that next phase of his life and expressed that in “Watching The Wheels.”

I write this on what would have been John Lennon’s 72nd birthday.  He’ll never be forgotten. People will be listening to his music centuries from now the same way that we listen to the classical compositions of the 18th century and before.

“Breathe”

— Larry Carta

Accolades and Tidbits

  • Double Fantay was the first album released on Geffen Records.
  • Double Fantasy won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
  • Hit #1 twice on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart
  • “(Just Like) Starting Over” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.
  • ‘Walking on Thin Ice’ peaked at #58
  • “Watching the Wheels” peaked at #10
  • “Woman” peaked at #2

Track Listing

Side One

  1. “(Just Like) Starting Over”   John Lennon  3:56
  2. “Kiss Kiss Kiss”  Yoko Ono  2:41
  3. “Cleanup Time”  John Lennon  2:58
  4. “Give Me Something”  Yoko Ono 1:35
  5. “I’m Losing You”  John Lennon 3:57
  6. “I’m Moving On”  Yoko Ono 2:20
  7. “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)”  John Lennon 4:02

Side Two

  1. “Watching the Wheels”  John Lennon 3:35
  2. “Yes, I’m Your Angel”  Yoko Ono 3:08
  3. “Woman”  John Lennon 3:22
  4. “Beautiful Boys”  Yoko Ono 2:55
  5. “Dear Yoko”  John Lennon 2:34
  6. “Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him”  Yoko Ono 4:02
  7. “Hard Times Are Over”  Yoko Ono 3:20

Personnel

  • John Lennon – Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals
  • Yoko Ono – Vocals
  • Benny Cummings – Vocals
  • Matthew Cunningham – Dulcimer
  • Robert Greenidge – Drums (Steel), Percussion
  • Grant Hungerford – Horn
  • Cheryl Mason Jacks – Vocals
  • Arthur Jenkins – Percussion
  • Howard Johnson – Horn
  • Kings Temple Choir – Vocals
  • Tony Levin – Bass
  • Cheryl Mason – Vocals
  • Hugh McCracken – Guitar
  • Andy Newmark – Drums
  • George Opalisky – Horn
  • J.D. Parran – Horn
  • Seldon Powell – Horn
  • Roger Rosenberg – Horn
  • Michaelle Simpson – Vocals
  • Earl Slick – Guitar

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