JOHN LENNON Released ‘IMAGINE’ Album 50 Years Ago Today

Back in time

9 September 2021

Artist: JOHN LENNON and Plastic Ono Band
Liverpool, 9 October 1940 – New York, 8 December 1980

Anniversary album: IMAGINE – 2nd solo LP
Released: 9 September 1971 – 50 years ago today

Rolling Stone wrote at the time: Imagine is John’s Self-Portrait. Most of it centers around issues which have already been dealt with on POB, only here handled less passionately and, strangely, less fastidiously as well. For POB, in its singing and instrumental work, was as much a triumph of artifice as of art. It managed to sound both spontaneous and careful, while Imagine is less of each. Even though it contains a substantial portion of good music, on the heels of POB it only seems to reinforce the questioning of what John’s relationship to rock really is. Full review here.

Turn Up The Volume: After the brilliant John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band debut LP
rocker Lennon wanted to rock again, which lead to an average longplayer, except
for a few exceptions and of course, the single Imagine (we’re all tired of hearing it,
meaning that it was a 24-Carat gold classic), a song they even know on Mars.

– IMAGINE –

– GIMME SOME TRUTH –

Full album…

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JOHN LENNON: History

‘POWER TO THE PEOPLE’ by JOHN LENNON/PLASTIC ONO BAND Released 50 Years Ago Today

Top singles from the past…

12 March 2021

Band: JOHN LENNON & PLASTIC ONO BAND

Song: POWER TO THE PEOPLE
B-side: Open Your Box (Yoko Ono)
Released: 12 March 1971 – 50 years ago today

Score: No 7 in the UK, no 11 in the US

Say you want a revolution
We better get on right away
Well you get on your feet
And out on the street

Singing power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on

PLASTIC ONO BAND: Biography

RIP John Lennon

Debut Longplayer JOHN LENNON And PLASTIC ONO BAND Released 50 Years Ago Today

11 December 2020

Band: JOHN LENNON/PLASTIC ONO BAND

Album: PLASTIC ONO BAND

Released: 11 December 1970 – 50 years ago today
Score: #8 in the UK, #6 in the US, #1 in Japan,
Canada and The Netherlands.

AllMusic / Stephen Erlewine: “It’s an unflinching document of bare-bones
despair and pain, but for all its nihilism, it is ultimately life-affirming; it is unique
not only in Lennon’s catalog, but in all of popular music. Few albums are ever as harrowing, difficult, and rewarding as John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.”
Full review here. Score: 5/5.

John Lennon: “You’re just left with yourself all the time, whatever you do anyway.
You’ve got to get down to your own God in your own temple. It’s all down to you, mate.”

Yoko Ono: “My husband John Lennon was a very special man. A man of humble
origin, he brought light and hope to the whole world with his words and music.”

Turn Up The Volume: Lennon always was my favourite Beatle – the rocker, the big
mouth, the challenger, the dreamer, the maverick, the misfit, the open-minded musician/human – and this solo debut is his best post-Beatles work. Imperishable passionateness.”

Outstanding tracks: Mother / Working Class Hero

– MOTHER –

– WORKING CLASS HERO –

Full album…

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JOHN LENNON: Facebook / YOKO ONO: Facebook

5 Memorable Albums Turning 50 in 2020…

The best of the past

Here are 5 Memorable Albums, selected by
Turn Up The Volume, turning 50 in 2020!

1. ‘Funhouse’ by THE STOOGES

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2. ‘Loaded’ by THE VELVET UNDERGOUND

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3. ‘After The Gold Rush’ by NEIL YOUNG

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4. John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band by JOHN LENNON/PLASTIC ONO BAND

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5. ‘Moondance’ by VAN MORRISON

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