Double Fantasy

Performers John Lennon/Yoko Ono

Capitol/EMI Records | October 5, 2010 | Compact Disc

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The one unreleased item among Apple/EMI's exhaustive 2010 John Lennon reissue campaign was Double Fantasy Stripped Down, a revision of the original 1980 album supervised by Yoko Ono and producer Jack Douglas. The intent of this new mix is to give the recording a greater sense of intimacy, but Double Fantasy isn’t Let It Be: it doesn’t have a heavily bootlegged original early incarnation, it only exists in its final form; it’s not an album that was designed as a raw back-to-basics record, it was constructed as a slick studio affair. Stripped Down attempts to take only one coat of varnish off of Double Fantasy, stripping away reverb and backing vocals, dampening some of the brighter colors and adding some studio chatter to give the illusion of eavesdropping on the studio, trimming the length of some tracks slightly, lengthening a couple other imperceptibly, boosting John’s voice to the front of the mix. Apart from “(Just Like) Starting Over,” where the removal of the doo wop backing vocals undercuts the loving oldies homage of the song, the changes are so subtle that they’re felt more than heard, cumulatively not affecting the impact of the album all that much. Ultimately, Stripped Down sounds like a rough mix waiting for all the polish that made Double Fantasy feel like a full, complete album. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 5, 2010

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Capitol/EMI Records

UPC: 5099990599026

Found in: Singer/Songwriter

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Double Fantasy

Double Fantasy

Performers John Lennon/Yoko Ono
Guest Artist(s) Howard Johnson, Tony Levin

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 5, 2010

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Capitol/EMI Records

UPC: 5099990599026


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: STRIPPED DOWN: --
1.(Just Like) Starting Over --
2.Kiss Kiss Kiss --
3.Cleanup Time --
4.Give Me Something --
5.I'm Losing You --
6.I'm Moving On --
7.Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) --
8.Watching the Wheels --
9.Yes, I'm Your Angel --
10.Woman --
11.Beautiful Boys --
12.Dear Yoko --
13.Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him --
14.Hard Times Are Over --
0.DISC 2: ORIGINAL ALBUM: --
1.(Just Like) Starting Over --
2.Kiss Kiss Kiss --
3.Cleanup Time --
4.Give Me Something --
5.I'm Losing You --
6.I'm Moving On --
7.Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) --
8.Watching the Wheels --
9.Yes, I'm Your Angel --
10.Woman --
11.Beautiful Boys --
12.Dear Yoko --
13.Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him --
14.Hard Times Are Over --

Editorial Notes

The one unreleased item among Apple/EMI's exhaustive 2010 John Lennon reissue campaign was Double Fantasy Stripped Down, a revision of the original 1980 album supervised by Yoko Ono and producer Jack Douglas. The intent of this new mix is to give the recording a greater sense of intimacy, but Double Fantasy isn’t Let It Be: it doesn’t have a heavily bootlegged original early incarnation, it only exists in its final form; it’s not an album that was designed as a raw back-to-basics record, it was constructed as a slick studio affair. Stripped Down attempts to take only one coat of varnish off of Double Fantasy, stripping away reverb and backing vocals, dampening some of the brighter colors and adding some studio chatter to give the illusion of eavesdropping on the studio, trimming the length of some tracks slightly, lengthening a couple other imperceptibly, boosting John’s voice to the front of the mix. Apart from “(Just Like) Starting Over,” where the removal of the doo wop backing vocals undercuts the loving oldies homage of the song, the changes are so subtle that they’re felt more than heard, cumulatively not affecting the impact of the album all that much. Ultimately, Stripped Down sounds like a rough mix waiting for all the polish that made Double Fantasy feel like a full, complete album. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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