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 on: May 24, 2016, 07:24:44 PM 
Started by Hombre_de_ningun_lugar - Last post by Hombre_de_ningun_lugar
John has always been my favorite beatle, including the solo careers. However, not every solo album by John attracts my ears. I've found that I'm not fond of the two extremes of John's solo career: his first, under-produced and sad album (Plastic Ono Band); and his last, over-produced and happy album (Double Fantasy). I'm not taken into account less relevant works like the early expermental records or the posthumous Milk And Honey.

I think John in 1970 was a dead John, because the live John would never have concluded an album with the phrase "the dream is over". And John in 1980 was a fake John, because the true John would never have jumped to that over-sugary wagon. Thus, the John I prefer is that from 1971-1975: more authentic, resurrected and still free from 5 years of househusband contamination. But paradoxically, Plastic Ono Band is his most critically acclaimed album and Double Fantasy may have been his most chart-successful work (though his sad death had something to do with that). So I guess I'm swimming against the current here...

Anyway, there are four John's albums that I really need: Imagine (1971), Mind Games (1973), Walls And Bridges (1974) and Rock 'N' Roll (1975). I'm afraid Sometime In New York City (1972) is too Yoko-contamined for my liking. The four mentioned albums are the source of essential songs like "Imagine", "Jealous Guy", "Oh My Love", "Mind Games", "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night", "#9 Dream" and "Stand By Me". They also contain some hidden gems like "How?", "Out The Blue", "Steel And Glass" and "Slippin' And Slidin'". I think the introspective, ironic and nostalgic John can be found in those records, which may not be constantly brillant, but I spend a good time listening to them.

What about you? Which John's albums do you need or listen more frequently?

 on: May 24, 2016, 04:48:40 PM 
Started by nimrod - Last post by In My Life
Those are some lovely places you visited Kev. And you and Gwyneth look great too. I can see why you didn't want  the trip to end!

 on: May 24, 2016, 04:30:41 PM 
Started by nimrod - Last post by Dmitry
Thanks Kev for sharing! Great photos indeed! It seems it was a very interesting trip.

 on: May 24, 2016, 01:33:31 PM 
Started by nimrod - Last post by zipp
Great photos. After all that activity I suggest you relax!

 on: May 24, 2016, 08:55:31 AM 
Started by nimrod - Last post by nimrod
On Board

The Big Bhudda Kho Samui, Thailand

Bangkok River

Downtown Bangkok

Notre Dam Saigon

City Hall Saigon

The Opera House Saigon

 on: May 24, 2016, 08:45:55 AM 
Started by nimrod - Last post by nimrod
The Peak Hong Kong

Marina Bay Singapore

Marina Bay Hotel Singapore

Kuta Beach, Bali

Gwyneth with our floating hotel in Darwin Australia

Tip of Cape York, Queensland Australia

Its a hard life this cruising (Queensland coast)

 on: May 24, 2016, 08:23:21 AM 
Started by nimrod - Last post by Klang


 on: May 24, 2016, 12:13:03 AM 
Started by ibanez_ax - Last post by tkitna

I like this one a lot.

Forgot about Uncle Groovy.  They released a 2013 record with Suzie Chunk called "One Vowel Away From The Truth" that I liked a bunch.

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 on: May 23, 2016, 03:05:09 AM 
Started by ibanez_ax - Last post by ibanez_ax

 on: May 22, 2016, 06:03:23 AM 
Started by Ovi - Last post by Hello Goodbye

Yossarian lives!

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