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Song by John Lennon

from the album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

Released 1970
Recorded 26 September - 9 October 1970
Genre Rock/pop
Length 2:51
Label Apple/EMI
Writer John Lennon
Producer John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Phil Spector
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band track listing
"Working Class Hero"

"Isolation" is a 1970 song appearing on John Lennon's first official solo album release, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.

Roger Waters, former member of Pink Floyd, cites "Isolation" as one of his favourite songs of all time.

Cover versions

The song was covered by Snow Patrol in 2005, for Make Some Noise, Amnesty International, which was later released on the 2007 benefit album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur.

Joe Cocker included his cover version in 1987 album Unchain my heart.

Sponge did a cover version in 1995 for the tribute album Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon.

Maxïmo Park did a 90-second cover version as a B-side, which was also released on the 2006 compilation album Missing Songs.

Ann Wilson, lead singer of Heart, recorded a cover version of this song for her 2007 solo release Hope & Glory.

Britt Daniel from Spoon has also performed the song live when playing solo.

Harry Nilsson, an American singer-songwriter, covered the song on his 1971 album Ariel Pandemonium Ballet.

Pedro Aznar an Argentina bassist, who also played on Pat Metheny Group, covered this song on an album called "David y Goliath" in 1995.


The musicians who performed on the original recording were as follows:[1]


  1. ^ Blaney, John (2005). John Lennon: Listen To This Book. Guildford, Great Britain: Biddles Ltd.. p. 59. ISBN 0-9544528-1-X.  


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