Come Together: A Night For John Lennon’s Words and Music
2008, Eagle Vision
As a Beatle and Lennon fan it is somewhat difficult to view other people doing their recordings with an open and un-opinionated mind. Lennon is one of the most influential songwriters of all time and his words and music are timeless and instantly recognizable. Having other artist cover and change his music is just blasphemous. As a writer and journalist I will view this event with an open mind.
The biggest downfall or annoyance of this release is all the references to the firefighters. NYC and the whole 9/11 events. It is a bit much and over the top. With that said……..
After a couple of viewings I will concentrate on the positives of the release.
- Having Billy Preston perform on “Imagine” was fitting as he had a relationship with John and The Beatles. He played on Beatle LP’s so his presence at the event is appropriate.
- Stone Temple Pilots, Scott Wieland in particular capture the emotion and energy that John had during “Revolution”. There version is one of the show’s highlights.
- Having Sean Lennon perform is very much a welcomed treat as he is very much like his father.
- Cyndi Lauper’s version of “Strawberry Fields Forever” is different yet intriguing to watch. She changes the song slightly and strips it down and still it is enjoyable to hear.
- Lou Reed adds in his own distinct vocals and style to “Jealous Guy”. It is very different compared to John’s original but Reed gives it a whole different tone.
- Sean doing “This Boy” with Rufus Wainwright (as with his previous performance on the DVD) is a nice piece as you get to see some of his father’s characteristics in him.
- The very strange part was when he performed “Julia” and dedicated it to Yoko. His performance here was dead on as it was just him and an acoustic.
The disc ends off with everyone on stage doing “Give Peace A Chance” and “Power To The People”. Shaggy’s rapping (or whatever you call it) is brutal and painful to hear and totally ruins what could have been an excellent finale. At least he doesn’t butcher “Power To the People”…Right On!