Welcome to The Beatles Rarity of the Week. Despite the tragedy that occurred in December 1980 that John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy album is reminiscent of, I’ve always appreciated the music on the album. However, when the ‘stripped down’ remix of the album was released in 2010, I thought it breathed new life into the music and trumped the original album by making it seem somewhat over-produced in comparison.
The album’s original producer in 1980, Jack Douglas, said that after listening to John and Yoko’s demos of the music that he would have a hard time making the music better since they demos were so intimate. For the same reason Double Fantasy Stripped Down with it’s more simplistic sound gives us more guitar and up-front vocals and less brass and strings – which, at least for me is an overall pleasing effect for the ears.