It's always heartbreaking reading anything about John Lennon and Yoko Ono's album Double Fantasy. What should have been a new beginning turned into a tragic final album. Still, listening to Lennon's songs gives us a great snapshot of where he was at and how he was feeling about returning to music. It's even more poignant to listen to in its stripped down version, where each song is presented as a live studio performance without all the 80s production washing over it, because John and Yoko were hoping to hit the road in support of the album. Also, the songs are just great in that state.
There were a few books that came out around the 30th anniversary, and they're worth checking out if you're interested in that period of Lennon's career. The best one is Starting Over: The Making Of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy, by Ken Sharp. Sharp talks to all the major players involved in the making of the album, and it's exciting to read about Lennon's transition from hesitant to exhilarated over his return to music.
The whole reason I'm bringing this up, is because Jack Douglas, who speaks of his experience producing Double Fantasy in Starting Over, was just interviewed by Gothamist about his experiences working with John and Yoko. He also talks about working with bands like Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, and legends like George Martin. He worked with John and Yoko as early as the Imagine album, Yoko's Approximately Infinite Universe album, and he was around during John's "Lost Weekend". The best parts are when he talks about Double Fantasy, and what it was like to work with two huge personalities. It's a very interesting read.
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It's in two parts, so look for the link to part two!