Produced by Jack Douglas and John Lennon and Yoko Ono
I was listening to this album today and I realized that the album also celebrated its 40th anniversary along with the untimely death of Lennon. Now I wanted to take a look at this album.
This album story is that it was John’s first album after being retired from music for 5 years. He was taking care of Sean and had no intention of recording again until these songs came to him. They were recording material for two albums, the other being Milk and Honey released after John had passed.
Now I read various sources like Wikipedia that downgrade this album’s success. It received mixed reviews. I could understand the negative reviews for Yoko’s songs, they are not for everyone lets be honest, not a knock on her she has her audience. I think they should have released separate albums. I think Lennon’s songs on the album were among his best. And I don’t think Paul was writing masterpieces like Hey Jude at that time to hold John to that standard and criticize the songs for being too focused on his domestic bliss. But John always wrote about his life and that is why I always loved his music.
Starting Over is one great rock track and I think it would have done well in the charts in time, to say all its success was due to what happened is unfair. Woman is a beautiful ballad as well as Watching the Wheels.
Looking back on it and imagining Lennon would have lived on, his songs were great and he was on his way to keep writing and who knows what might have been.
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” John Lennon “Beautiful Boy”.