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Author Topic: Dr. Ebbetts - Lennon's "Plastic Ono Band" - CD Review!  (Read 2975 times)
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« on: April 28, 2006, 06:07:10 AM »

I find myself listening to PLASTIC ONO BAND again (Dr. Ebbetts new release) with uneasiness, as I've never been a fan of Lennon's "Primal Scream" phase, and overly indulgent introspective "me me me" lyric writing--especially on this album. It's not one where you listen for a sense of joy. The music is simplistic, with a amatuerish guitar and piano and a plodding bass with slow/mid-tempo songs, and Lennons "Primal Screaming"-- that just grates on my nerves at times. The album sounds like it's partial "White Album" and partial polished studio demos. Certainly un-Phil Spector, especially with him at the helm!

What I do enjoy about this version from Dr. Ebbetts is that it's the original mix mastered from virgin vinyl. The latest legit cd is a remix and it suffers. It's lost it's harsh guitar that I liked on I Found Out and Well Well Well. The remix version from 2000 is a bit brighter and open but luckily the feel of the original album is retained on the Dr. Ebbetts mastering. It's so clean that you would never know it's source is vinyl! It has better low end and Voorman's plodding bass stands out more promenently. The guitars were recorded "hotter" on the original mix--and on the remix they are softened and lessen the anger in the music that corresponds to Lennon's lyrics. Dr. Ebbetts version retains a warmth that is missing from the 2000 Capitol remix.

The packaging always surprises me. The album cover has more color and contrast. The discs are (of course) silver cd-rs with thermal jet ink printing that mimics EMI/Apple/Capitol to a "t". The graphics on the disc and booklet (which contains lyrics)are sharp and clear and
the paper is heavy stock and very durable.

All in all, another essential Dr. Ebbetts release that you need in your collection since EMI/Capitol messed with the original mix which makes the remix the sanctioned and only legit version available to purchase. I'd go out of my way for the Dr. Ebbetts version. He's doing true fans an immeasurable service which we should all be thankful for!

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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2006, 03:55:13 AM »

I had no idea it was remixed...how a bout he 1st issue CD's in the 1980's or 90's are they the original mix?
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2006, 08:10:57 AM »

I had no idea it was remixed...how a bout he 1st issue CD's in the 1980's or 90's are they the original mix?
Yes, the old CDs have the original mix, but they are all noise-reduced, considerably so.
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2006, 09:28:57 AM »

So its vinyl agin!!!!!!!!!! Grin Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2006, 08:34:27 PM »

Well I got the LP, so *yawn*
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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2006, 08:40:59 PM »

Is the disc label a white apple?
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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2006, 04:15:58 PM »

I find myself listening to PLASTIC ONO BAND again (Dr. Ebbetts new release) with uneasiness, as I've never been a fan of Lennon's "Primal Scream" phase, and overly indulgent introspective "me me me" lyric writing--especially on this album. It's not one where you listen for a sense of joy. The music is simplistic, with a amatuerish guitar and piano and a plodding bass with slow/mid-tempo songs, and Lennons "Primal Screaming"-- that just grates on my nerves at times. The album sounds like it's partial "White Album" and partial polished studio demos. Certainly un-Phil Spector, especially with him at the helm!


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Well, of course it's not the kind of record you can put on when you've invited your buddies over for a barbecue, but I don't think it's more selfindulgent than say Pet Sounds and it certainly has some deeper psychological and philosophical insights.

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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2006, 09:54:59 PM »

POB is probably the most personal collection of stuff that came out of Lennon.  It's like a letter to every Beatles fan that says "it's over".

I don't think anything on the album sounds primitive or amateurish.  The arrangements might be simplistic, but I dig the piano on songs that feature it (Especially Isolation, Remember and Love) and the guitar on this album is a really unique sound, even to Lennon's other stuff.  And God is a really ballsy powerful song.  I have to admit I usually turn the album when it's over.  Seems like a good song to end it.

And even though the screaming is an aquired taste, at least he means it.  It's better than the screaming on 'Revolution'.

I haven't heard the original mix, so I'll keep an eye out for the Dr. Ebbett's.  If you guys haven't heard any of The Beatles Dr. Ebbett's output, you're missing out.  Way better than those shitty EMI releases.
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