On this date August 7th, 1980 John Lennon began recording what would be his final album- Double Fantasy at The Hit Factory in New York. It had five years since the release of his previous album – an album of covers called “Rock n’ Roll” which he co-produced with Phil Spector. Back in the 70’s taking 5 years off between albums was unheard of. It seemed like a surprise when the news came out that a new album was being recorded. Double Fantasy would be released on November 17th, 1980.
Because of his assassination a few weeks later it is hard to listen to this album critically. Too much emotion goes with it. 7 of the songs were John’s and 7 were Yoko Ono songs. Watching The Wheels for me is one of the best John solo songs. Overall his songs are pretty strong. Yoko’s songs were pretty conventional songs- for Yoko.