Double Fantasy

~ Release group by John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Double Fantasy 12" Vinyl 14 Geffen Records XGHS 2001 [none]
Double Fantasy Vinyl 14 Geffen Records GEF 99 131
Double Fantasy 12" Vinyl 14 Geffen Records GEF 99 131
Double Fantasy 12" Vinyl 14 Geffen Records P-10948J [none]
Double Fantasy 12" Vinyl 14 Geffen Records K99131 [none]
Double Fantasy 12" Vinyl 14 AMIGA 8 55 879 [none]
Double Fantasy CD 14 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CDP-591425 [none]
Double Fantasy 12" Vinyl 14 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 64 7914251 077779142514
Double Fantasy CD 14 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CDP 7 91425 2 077779142521
Double Fantasy CD 14 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDCD 600 015775160026
Double Fantasy ("Digitally Remixed and Remastered") CD 17 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 724352873920
Double Fantasy ("Digitally Remixed and Remastered") CD 17 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) TOCP-70399 4988006859371
Double Fantasy (2010 remaster) CD 14 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 5099990599026
Double Fantasy SHM-SACD 14 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) UIGY-9650 4988005861467
Double Fantasy CD 14 Geffen Records 2001-2, 299 131 [none]
Double Fantasy ("Digitally Remixed and Remastered") Digital Media 17 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) [none]
Double Fantasy CD 14 Geffen Records M2G-2001 075992719520
Double Fantasy CD 14 Geffen Records 2001-2 075992719520
Bootleg
Double Fantasy 12" Vinyl 14 Santa Records (Russian pirate label) AA 0003 [none]

Relationships

remixes: Double Fantasy Stripped Down
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000110669 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/73013 [info]
Wikidata: Q599833 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Double Fantasy [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/john_lennon_and_yoko_ono/double_fantasy/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/c34z [info]

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Upon its release, Double Fantasy by no means attracted universal acclaim. Within weeks of that initial scepticism, however, a work that had at first seemed irredeemably self-absorbed was transformed into poignant by John Lennon's murder at the hands of a gun-wielding ex-fan.

We will never know whether a critical rehabilitation would have naturally occurred when people got over their initial shock: first, at the fact that half of Lennon's comeback album after a five-year absence was composed of cuts by wife Yoko Ono, and secondly at John's evident lack of interest in living up to his previous image of scornful rock'n'roll revolutionary. However, it has to be said that much of the world has an erroneous impression of this album's contents. It is a far, far tougher record than is understood by those who have only heard (Just Like) Starting Over, Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy), Watching the Wheels and Woman. The heavy airplay said cuts (all Lennon songs) received created an impression among those who did not possess the album of a soporific, gushing work on which John let his domestic bliss overwhelm his usual descriptive and analytical gifts. This impression will have put many off purchasing the album - and prevented them from apprehending that it contains some biting music not even hinted at in those songs. Ditto for its nuanced examination of marriage.

Completely unexpectedly, Yoko's songs are just as good as her husband's, an example being Kiss Kiss Kiss, in which avant-garde drop-outs and spoken-word Japanese overdubs go hand in hand with piercing guitar work. She consistently sings beautifully, banishing forever memories of her infamous caterwauling on the Live Peace in Toronto album. Not that John is slack: his Cleanup Time is powerful rock which incongruously celebrates his househusband status, and while Dear Yoko sees him giving thanks to his wife simply for existing, such sentimentality doesn't preclude a delightful strutting old-time rock'n'roll backdrop.

Meanwhile, on three pulsating tracks sequenced together - Give Me Something (Yoko), I'm Losing You (John) and I'm Moving On (Yoko) - the couple seem to be engaging in a dialogue about the sometimes perilous terrain of marriage. In a perfect symbol of the way that the two have become one, the closing Hard Times Are Over is a Yoko track that, in its vulnerability and surrender to love, would make you swear it was a John song.