efghijiloveyou, I've only recently listened to Double Fantasy Stripped Down because I hadn't thought the material to be all that great on the original release. But like you said, I think I underrated the material as a result of the production. I'd always considered "Cleanup Time" to be a throwaway. Stripped down, it reveals itself as a much better song. The production covered up some cool stuff, like "Bubble, bubble, toil and NO trouble".
Although not a big fan of Yoko's stuff, I must admit that I always kind of liked "Hard Times Are Over", thought it wasn't too bad. However, I just love the Stripped Down version.
Why in God's name they ever mixed out John's priceless commentary throughout that song boggles my mind. It adds such a nice touch to the song that I immediately added it to my iPod playlists. "Hard times are over, hear ye, hear ye, come what may", "Collection will be taken, it's an offer you cain't refuse, heh-heh-heh-heh-heh!" and the "When I hold you in my armchair" reference to 'Happiness is a Warm Gun' just transform the song into a favorite for me.