I think John's solo career was great! I am, of course a crazy Beatles fan and might be a little biased. The Plastic Ono Band stands as the solid bedrock of what John was about and also stands the test of time- a truly great piece of work of the highest order, an artistic achievement. Imagine is, as John once said, a sugar-coated Plastic Ono Band, which is a pretty good assessment. It's maybe the most accessible Lennon album. Imagine, Gimme Some Truth, Jealous Guy and Oh Yoko! are of Beatles quality and are highlights of this album and of John's solo catalogue. And then there's Sometime in New York City...apart from a handful of tracks (think New York City, John Sinclair, and the underated Well (Baby Please Don't Go), which features a searing Frank Zappa lead guitar), it's a pretty dismal album, but everyone's entitled to a few mistakes, even Beatles. Mind Games came next and it's apparent John was listening to his fans and critics, cause it's a return to form. This album gets generally poor reviews from people and frankly, for the life of me, I don't know why. It's a great effort from John and contains some of his best work as a solo artist. Mind Games could easily be mistaken for a Beatles song, as could Meat City (think White Album), Out The Blue (an unbelievably great track and just NEVER talked about), and Bring on the Lucie. Aisumasen (I'm Sorry) would have fit nicely on Plastic Ono Band. I Know (I Know) and You Are Here point the way to Double Fantasy without being diminished in comparison. Even a throwaway like Tight A$ is a fun listen. Walls and Bridges gets mixed reviews usually and I agree it's got it's ups and downs, however the recently remixed WAB opened my mind up a little to lesser tracks like Going Down on Love and Bless You. I always liked Nobody Loves You (When You're Down And Out) and Surprise, Surprise(Sweet Bird of Paradox)...by the way, anyone notice how many Lennon song titles use parentheses?...Whatever Gets You Through the Night, Steel and Glass and Number 9 Dream (another Beatelsesque track) dominate this album, but I really dig Scared and especially What You Got, which is John's last real screamer, I think. The Rock 'n' Roll lp is also woefully underated. While not an album of originals (which might be the source of much of the criticism), it still stands as a strong collection of memorable performances like John's song-defining take on Stand By Me. In fact, great vocal (and musical) performances abound on this album. Rip it Up/Ready Teddy is classic Lennon, so what if he didn't write it (great drumming, too by the way). Slippin' and Slidin', You Can't Catch Me, and Ain't That A Shame are also red hot rockers. There's not much here to dislike in fact. Finally, Double Fantasy and Milk and Honey. I really consider these two one and the same, since they were recorded mostly at the same time. I think these songs get short shrift for a number of reasons. The co-insiding of John's murder and Double Fantasy's release will forever remain inseperable to many. The early eighties production. Yoko. But it's been 30+ plus years since John's death and the music has found a life outside of the times in which it was introduced, I think. Also, with the remixes and (thank you, God) the invaluable 'stripped down' version of Double Fantasy we can hear the music in a more modern setting. And if you're like me, you'll combine all the John tracks from these sessions and reveal the wonderful and balanced John Lennon album that was there all along. To Me, it sounds like what a John Lennon solo album might have sounded like in, say 1965, 1966. It's a return to his early Beatles years, especially Woman, (Just Like) Starting Over, Watching the Wheels and Dear Yoko. If taken as one album, it's probably his strongest commecial output since his early Beatles days. And just maybe his best album.