No doubt some Beatles fans will be annoyed by the title claim that this two-disc sampling of John Lennon's post-Fab Four recordings is "definitive," but the 38-track set does offer a balanced overview of Lennon's solo releases and those of the numerous Plastic Ono Band variants. Singalong faves like Power To The People, Imagine, Happy Xmas (War Is Over) and Give Peace A Chance are all here. The main problem with Working Class Hero is really the song sequencing, which seems to have been put together on paper thematically. This makes for a jarring listen when Whatever Gets You Through The Night roars out from between the wistful Out Of The Blue and Love. Sonically speaking, it doesn't make sense. Also, there are no rarities, no upgrades in sound quality and, oddly, no liner notes to put this music in proper context. But if you've always wondered what Lennon did after the Beatles split, Working Class Hero will set you straight.
Remember Lennon at the tribute show at the Silver Dollar tonight (Thursday, December 8).