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Originally released in 1975,
John Lennonís Rock 'n' Roll was his tribute
to his teenage idols, including Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Ben E.
King and Buddy Holly. The album has now been remastered and remixed under the
supervision of Yoko Ono and includes four bonus tracks.
The best track on the album is Lennonís cover of ďStand by Me,Ē which rivals the
quality of the original. Lennon is clearly enjoying himself as he rocks his way
through some of his favorite songs. The album shows Lennonís love of early rock
music, and there are no departures into Lennonís activism or political views.
That, of course, was the whole point behind the album.
Lennon fans that have to gets their hands on all his material will be pleased,
and fans of the early Beatles sound will probably enjoy the disc. Fans of
Ď50s-style rock should also consider this CD. For those of us who admired Lennon
for his bold lyrics and willingness to push the envelope musically, this CD
wonít be at the top of our list. Itís still, however, another reminder of the
extraordinary talent that music fans miss so much.