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Personnel: John Lennon.

Recording information: 1969 - 1980.

Although 2005's WORKING CLASS HERO: THE DEFINITIVE LENNON covers a lot of familiar ground, including all of John Lennon's best-known hits, it's hard to complain when the material is so amazing. In fact, the most striking thing about this two-disc set is how Lennon continued to produce so many consistently strong tunes in the shadow of all the immortal classics he penned with the Beatles. The truth, however, is that Lennon's solo material is nakedly confessional, honest, and emotionally riveting in a way his Beatles' work seldom was.

WORKING CLASS HERO represents these qualities admirably by showing Lennon at his most anguished ("Cold Turkey") and reflective ("Watching the Wheels"), alongside moments of pure joy ("(Just Like) Starting Over") and aching poignancy ("Love"). Lennon the outraged rebel ("Gimme Some Truth") is balanced by Lennon the wistful idealist ("Imagine," "Give Peace a Chance"), with the collection hitting all points in between. So while it's not full of surprises or essential material for hardcore Lennon fans who already own his solo albums, this 38-song compilation does offer a well-assembled overview of his finest moments.

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. (Just Like) Starting Over
  2. Imagine
  3. Watching The Wheels
  4. Jealous Guy
  5. Instant Karma
  6. Stand By Me
  7. Working Class Hero
  8. Power To The People
  9. Oh My Love
  10. Oh Yoko
  11. Nobody Loves You When You're Down And Out
  12. Nobody Told Me
  13. Bless You
  14. Come Together - (Live)
  15. New York City
  16. I'm Stepping Out
  17. You Are Here
  18. Borrowed Time
  19. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Disc 2:
  1. Woman
  2. Mind Games
  3. Out Of The Blue
  4. Whatever Gets You Through The Night
  5. Love
  6. Mother
  7. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)
  8. Woman Is The Nigger Of The World
  9. God
  10. Scared
  11. #9 Dream
  12. I'm Losing You - (Anthology Version)
  13. Isolation
  14. Cold Turkey
  15. Intuition
  16. Gimme Some Truth
  17. Give Peace A Chance
  18. Real Love
  19. Grow Old With Me
Release date Australia
October 6th, 2005
Capitol/EMI Records
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