Chris Willman
November 05, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

EW reviews two John Lennon albums

Hard to believe, but there was a period when counterculturalists generally dismissed pre-Revolver rock as quaint, to which John Lennon’s ’75 oldies-covers project Rock ‘n’ Roll provided historic correction. Widely panned then, Rock has aged well, though it sacrifices some rockabilly energy in scaling a Spectorian wall of sax. (Phil started, then left, the project; some Spector outtakes appear as bonus tracks.) Acoustic, a rarities-packed disc of demos, provides greater collector bounty, even if ”John Sinclair” sounds more dated than Rock’s ”Bony Moronie” ever did. Both: B+

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