The 2010 Reissue: "Grow Old With Me" Doesn't Have The Reverb
Dave Sigmon | Connecticut, USA | 10/05/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Intended as the sequel to "Double Fantasy", this joint successor surpasses that record. It has the same studio clarity but is devoid of the slickness that slightly marred its predecessor. John's songs are well-crafted and its less-labored approach makes them more striking than if he had further produced them to completion. Even his child-like ditty "Forgive Me (My Little Flower Princess)" has a captivating melody and strong singing. "I Don't Wanna Face It" is a sobering and witty account of his five years in retreat. He rips himself apart at his own hypocrisy and makes it into a garage rocker that rocks hard at every turn. The reggaefied "Borrowed Time" brings his past state of mind to an optimistic present that would prove prophetically too short. The most substantial piece of irony lies in his paean to lifetime commitment, "Grow Old With Me". His agile high-pitch is delectably unadorned with just his piano and rhythm box. Yoko keeps her end of the bargain with her most tuneful and contemporary efforts. "Don't Be Scared", another reggae, imparts encouragement. And her greatest, "You're The One", flashes plenty of perspicacity. At their best they could fracture the barriers between art and entertainment. Just one caution, this reissue doesn't include the reverb on "Grow Old With Me" that was apparent on the 1984 vinyl release. However, that's okay because this redigitalization has improved sound over prior remasters and easily warrants a repurchase. This is a damn great and underappreciated record."
2010 remaster review
PAC MAN | NEW YORK | 10/06/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow, the sound on this 2010 remaster is incredible. Milk and Honey was never remixed so this new remaster actually sounds better. It's hard to believe these were demos. The package is also very nice. Nice job"