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13
Feb

John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Milk And Honey (1984) – Lp

John Winston Ono Lennon, (born John Winston Lennon; 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer and songwriter who co-founded the Beatles / Yoko Ono  (born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, songwriter, and peace activist who is also known for her work in performance art and filmmaking. She is the second wife and widow of singer-songwriter John Lennon.

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Artist:  John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Title:  Milk And Honey
Year:  1984
Format:  LP
Label:  Polydor Records
Catalog#  817160-1

Milk and Honey is an album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono released in 1984. It is Lennon’s eighth and final studio album, and the first posthumous release of Lennon’s music, having been recorded in the last months of his life during and following the sessions for their 1980 album Double Fantasy. It was assembled by Yoko Ono in association with the Geffen label.

The sessions for 1980’s Double Fantasy were supposed to yield two albums, the second to be released at a future time, but Lennon‘s assassination tragically halted the project in its tracks. A bit over three years later, Yoko Ono issued tapes of many of the songs planned for that album under the title Milk and Honey, laid out in the same JohnYokoJohnYoko dialogue fashion as its predecessor. Not unexpectedly, it’s a rougher, less polished product, lacking the finishing touches and additional takes that Lennon most likely would have called for. Nevertheless, Lennon‘s songs at this point in their development were often quite strong, tougher than those on Double Fantasy in general, and the ad libs and studio chatter that might not have made the final cut give us more of a glimpse of Lennon‘s delightfully quirky personality. “Nobody Told Me,” the advance single off the album, is a rollicking, quizzical piece of work, maybe the best thing to come out of John‘s 1980 sessions, despite the unfinished-sounding transition to the chorus. “Borrowed Time,” another single, is a thoughtful, sparely worded meditation on growing older attached to a Caribbean beat. Yoko‘s contributions, while not as strong as John‘s, are surprisingly listenable — the reggae-based “Don’t Be Scared,” in particular — and more current in texture, and her lyrics do tend to answer John‘s songs. As the album comes toward the close, the tone turns sentimental, culminating with one of John‘s loveliest tunes, “Grow Old With Me,” as presented on a home-recorded cassette in lieu of a studio recording. The ironies of this song and some of the other Lennon material are obviously poignant in the light of the cruel events of December 8, 1980; that and the fact that these songs haven’t been as exposed as much as those on Double Fantasy lead some to prefer this sequel.

 

Side one
1.   I’m Stepping Out  (4:05)
2.  Sleepless Night  (2:33)
3.  I Don’t Wanna Face It  (3:21)
4.  Don’t Be Scared  (2:44)
5.  Nobody Told Me  (3:35)
6.  O’Sanity  (1:04)

Side two
1.  Borrowed Time  (4:30)
2.  Your Hands  (3:04)
3.  (Forgive Me) My Little Flower Princess  (2:28)
4.  Let Me Count The Ways  (2:16)
5.  Grow Old With Me  (3:05)
6.  You’re The One  (3:56)

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12
Nov

John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Double Fantasy (1980) – Lp

John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (born John Winston Lennon; 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer and songwriter who co-founded the Beatles (1960-70), the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With fellow member Paul McCartney, he formed a celebrated songwriting partnership.

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Artist:  John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Title:  Double Fantasy
Year:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  Geffen Records
Catalog#  GEF 99131

Double Fantasy is a 1980 album released by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It is the seventh and final studio album released by Lennon (apart from his work with The Beatles) during his lifetime. Though initially poorly received, the album is notable for its association with Lennon’s murder three weeks after its release, whereupon it became a worldwide commercial success, and went on to win the 1981 Album of the Year at the 24th Annual Grammy Awards.

The most distinctive thing about Double Fantasy, the last album John Lennon released during his lifetime, is the very thing that keeps it from being a graceful return to form from the singer/songwriter, returning to active duty after five years of self-imposed exile. As legend has it, Lennon spent those years in domestic bliss, being a husband, raising a baby, and, of course, baking bread. Double Fantasy was designed as a window into that bliss and, to that extent, he decided to make it a joint album with Yoko Ono, to illustrate how complete their union was. For her part, Ono decided to take a stab at pop and while these are relatively tuneful for her, they nevertheless disrupt the feel and flow of Lennon‘s material, which has a consistent tone and theme. He’s surprisingly sentimental, not just when he’s expressing love for his wife (“Dear Yoko,” “Woman”) and child (“Beautiful Boy [Darling Boy]”), but when he’s coming to terms with his quiet years (“Watching the Wheels,” “Cleanup Time”) and his return to creative life. These are really nice tunes, and what’s special about them is their niceness — it’s a sweet acceptance of middle age, which, of course, makes his assassination all the sadder. For that alone, Double Fantasy is noteworthy, yet it’s hard not to think that it’s a bit of a missed opportunity — primarily because its themes would be stronger without the Ono songs, but also because the production is just a little bit too slick and constrained, sounding very much of its time. Ultimately, these complaints fall by the wayside because Lennon‘s best songs here cement the last part of his legend, capturing him at peace and in love. According to some reports, that perception was a bit of a fantasy, but sometimes the fantasy means more than the reality, and that’s certainly the case here.

 

Side one
1.  (Just Like) Starting Over  (3:55)
2.  Kiss Kiss Kiss  (2:41)
3.  Cleanup Time  (2:57)
4.  Give Me Something  (1:34)
5.  I’m Losing You  (3:58)
6.  I’m Moving On  (2:19)
7.  Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)  (4:01)

Side two
1.  Watching The Wheels  (3:59)
2.  I’m Your Angel  (3:08)
3.  Woman  (3:32)
4.  Beautiful Boys  (2:54)
5.  Dear Yoko  (2:33)
6.  Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him  (4:02)
7.  Hard Times Are Over  (3:20)

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