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John Lennon

Classic Album: Plastic Ono Band DVD

Review by Gary Hill

This whole Classic Album series is pretty cool. It provides an indepth look into both the recording process and the end result of some discs that certainly deserve the title "classic." This time they are turning their attention to the Plastic Ono Band album by John Lennon and the video (as is the case with all in this series) is a true treasure.

While it's a surprise and a real shame that there is apparently no footage of this incredible recording session, there is plenty here to please both hardcore fans of Lennon and the Beatles and those whose interests lie more in the wider environment of classic rock music in general.

Perhaps the most intriguing and captivating element of this video is the way sound engineers who worked on the disc give us an inside the mixing board retelling of the disc. They work with the equipment to separate out various tracks letting us gain a new insight into the recording process and the music itself. This alone is worth the price of admission and should be of special interest to musicians and engineers the world over.

It's not as if that's all you get, though. The whole documentary is insightful featuring some rare vintage footage (although, as mentioned before none of the actual sessions), interviews with many of those who were involved in the process and much more. All in all, this is a great release that, while worth getting just for the listen in at the mixing board, has plenty more to offer.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2008  Volume 3 at
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