Rock 'N' Roll
 : Rock 'N' Roll

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by: John Lennon

Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0724387432925
Edition: Rmst ed.
Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
Item Dimensions: 5050021550
Label: Capitol / EMI
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Capitol / EMI
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: November 02, 2004
Publisher: Capitol / EMI
Release Date: November 02, 2004
Studio: Capitol / EMI

Disc 1:
  1. Be-Bop-A-Lula
  2. Stand By Me
  3. Medley: Rip It Up/Ready Teddy
  4. You Can't Catch Me
  5. Ain't That A Shame
  6. Do You Wanna Dance
  7. Sweet Little Sixteen
  8. Slippin' And Slidin'
  9. Peggy Sue
  10. Medley: Bring It On Home To Me/Send Me Some Lovin'
  11. Bony Moronie
  12. Ya Ya
  13. Just Because
  14. Angel Baby
  15. To Know Her Is To Love Her
  16. Since My Baby Left Me
  17. Just Because (Reprise)
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
2004 reissue of the classic 1974 album includes four bonus tracks, 'Angel Baby', 'To Know Her Is To Love Her', 'Since My Baby Left Me', & 'Just Because' (Reprise).
Conceived at a time when John Lennon was struggling to regain his footing as a solo artist, Rock ‘n’ Roll afforded the hardly ancient ex-Beatles (he was only 33 when work began on the LP) a chance to revisit his Liverpool roots. Feeling nostalgic, Lennon enlisted Phil Spector to guide him through rewordings of tunes from early heroes Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, and Little Richard. Sounds easy enough. Something about the ‘70s made thirtysomething musicians long for the ‘50s (around the time Lennon began work on this project, the Band released the all-oldies collection Moondog Matinee) and Lennon certainly had the vocal chops to take on any rocker. The Spector sessions, however, fell apart, producing only four songs that made it to vinyl. Lennon took over production and completed the album the following year, actually helming most of the album’s highlights. "Stand by Me" proved to be a perfect dramatic vehicle for Lennon and scored as a single. The likes of "Be-Bop-A-Lula," "Slippin’ and Slidin’," and "Just Because" were comfortable fits for "Dr. Winston O’Boogie." And though "Do You Wanna Dance" and "Sweet Little Sixteen" are misbegotten attempts to slow down and reimagine the originals, by any fair gauge, there’re are three winners here for every misstep. The remixed and remastered reissue comes with four bonus tracks that rank with the final cuts. Conceived perhaps as something of a stopgap title, Rock ‘n’ Roll has aged well and serves as a tribute not only to the fathers of rock & roll, but to Lennon the vocalist and producer. --Steven Stolder

Average Rating: none

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