Working Class Hero: The Definitive Lennon

Working Class Hero: The Definitive Lennon

by John LennonJohn Lennon


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Summing up John Lennon's solo career isn't an easy task, what with all the twists and turns that it took along the way -- but this 38-track retrospective does a fine job of touching all the bases he touched. Unlike many similar compilations, Working Class Hero isn't structured chronologically. Instead, the producers -- including Yoko Ono herself -- arranged the music more or less thematically, framing it with Lennon's most uplifting compositions. As such, the album begins with the one-two punch of "(Just Like) Starting Over" and "Imagine" before moving into raised-fist political anthems like "Instant Karma" and "Power to the People." Unlike earlier collections of Lennon's solo work, there's a fairly strong concentration on his activist period, represented not only by the oft-played "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" but also by still-controversial offerings such as the stark "God" and "Woman Is the Nigger of the World." The roller-coaster sequencing befits Lennon's legacy, with easygoing rockers like "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" rubbing elbows with white-knuckled acoustic soul-barers like "Mother." As Ono put it, "[John] laid his life on the line to speak out the truth for all of us. Enjoy this incredible selection of songs of wisdom and power, and know that John is now in the heart of each of us, helping to heal ourselves and our planet."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2005
Label: Emi Europe Generic
UPC: 0094634008020
catalogNumber: 340080

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Lennon   Primary Artist
Plastic U.F.Ono Band   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Ben E. King   Composer
John Lennon   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Yoko Ono   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
George Martin   Producer,Audio Production
Phil Spector   Producer,Audio Production
Jack Douglas   Producer,Audio Production
Rob Stevens   Producer,Audio Production
Mike Stoller   Composer
Drew Lorimer   Cover Illustration
Ian MacMillan   Cover Photo

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