Title - 'Power To The People: The Hits' (EMI)
Artist - John Lennon
Sure there have been many, oh so many Greatest Hits CDs released 'by' John Lennon over the years, but this new 2010 collection of solo recordings from the former Beatle, released to coincide with what would have been his 70th birthday, gathers 15 of Lennon's most popular songs, digitally remastered and restored to John's original audio mixes.
'Power To The People: The Hits,' may also not exactly be an original, or should we say, overly-imaginative title, but it is true to say, once listened to, that the EMI engineers did a very good job in remastering these tracks.
Basically, the collection, is a simple re-introduction to Lennon's classic solo songs, that seperated him from his Beatles work, and made him a icon. Most of John's classic standards and staples are here including his definitive "Imagine," the intimate "Whatever Gets You Through The Night: (with Elton John, who backed Lennon up on the song back in 1974,) his classic cover of "Stand By Me," and tracks from his final record 'Double Fantasy' - such as "Watching The Wheels" and the somber, "Woman."
But, if you were wondering, there is nothing from the John Lennon Plastic Ono Band or Live Peace. And, I was hoping for a few more songs. I mean, couldn't they have included more songs? And so, with the whole disc running at just under an hour, is this worth the $20.00 you'll spend on it this Christmas? Well, I say yes, but not wholeheartedly, as it could have been made oh so much more sumptuous re: some more tracks.