John Lennon’s Back Catalog Overhauled

 

It’s always a great
day when we can drop the word “Beatles” into a new item!

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Beatles auteur and solo provocateur John Lennon would have
been 70 on October 9, so naturally that provides some great marketing opps: eight
of Lennon’s classic solo albums and other standout recordings have been
digitally remastered, and while this is hardly the first time the legend’s back
catalogue has been revisited for remastering, these are being promoted as
coming from Lennnon’s “original mixes.”

 

Overseen by Yoko Ono, John Lennon’s “Gimme Some Truth” campaign
will launch on October 5 with the worldwide release of those eight remastered
studio albums and several newly-compiled titles.

 

Double Fantasy,
1980’s GRAMMY Award winner for Album of the Year, will be presented in a newly
remixed ‘Stripped Down’ version remixed and produced by Yoko Ono and Jack
Douglas, co-producers of the original mix with John Lennon. The new stripped
down version of the album comes in an expanded 2CD and digital edition pairing
the new version with Lennon’s original mix, remastered. 

 

The campaign’s other new collections include:

 

  • A hits compilation in two editions titled Power To The People: The Hits
  • A 4CD set of themed discs titled Gimme
    Some Truth
  • A deluxe 11CD collectors box with the remastered albums, rarities, and
    non-album singles, titled the John Lennon
    Signature Box

 

All of the remastered albums and collections will be
available on CD and for download purchase from all major digital service
providers

 

Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono issued a statement: “In this very
special year, which would have seen my husband and life partner John reach the
age of 70, I hope that this remastering / reissue programme will help bring his
incredible music to a whole new audience. By remastering 121 tracks spanning
his solo career, I hope also that those who are already familiar with John’s
work will find renewed inspiration from his incredible gifts as a songwriter,
musician and vocalist and from his power as a commentator on the human
condition. His lyrics are as relevant today as they were when they were first
written and I can think of no more apposite title for this campaign than those
simple yet direct words ‘Gimme Some Truth’.”

 

The albums have been digitally remastered from Lennon’s
original mixes by Yoko Ono and a team of engineers led by Allan Rouse at EMI
Music’s Abbey Road Studios in London and by
George Marino at Avatar Studios in New
York.  All of
the remastered titles will be packaged in digisleeves with replicated original
album art and booklets with photos and new liner notes by British music
journalist Paul Du Noyer. The albums to be reissued are:

 

  • John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970)
  • Imagine (1971)
  • Some Time In New York City (1972)
  • Mind Games (1973)
  • Walls and Bridges (1974)
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll (1975)
  • Double Fantasy Stripped Down (2010) / Double Fantasy (1980)
  • Milk and Honey (1984)

 

YOKO ONO added:  “Double
Fantasy Stripped Down really allows us to focus our attention on John’s amazing
vocals. Technology has advanced so much that, conversely, I wanted to use new
techniques to really frame these amazing songs and John’s voice as simply as
possible. By stripping down some of the instrumentation the power of the songs
shines through with an enhanced clarity. Double Fantasy Stripped Down will be
complemented by the original album in the 2CD format. It was whilst working on
the new version of this album that I was hit hardest emotionally, as this was
the last album John released before his passing.”

 

Power To The People:
The Hits
gathers 15 of Lennon’s most popular songs, and will be available
as a 15-track single-disc and digital package, and as an Experience Edition with additional content.  Both versions will be packaged in digisleeves
with booklets including a new liner note essay by Du Noyer.

 

Gimme Some Truth,
to be packaged in a slipcase with rare photos and a new liner notes essays by American
music journalist and author, Anthony DeCurtis, presents 72 of Lennon’s solo
recordings on four themed CDs:

 

  • ‘Roots’ – John’s rock ‘n’ roll
    roots and influences
  • ‘Working Class Hero’ – John’s
    socio-political songs
  • ‘Woman’ – John’s love songs
  • ‘Borrowed Time’ – John’s songs about life

 

The John Lennon
Signature Box
is a deluxe 11CD and digital collection of the eight
remastered albums, a disc of rare and previously unreleased recordings, and an
EP of Lennon’s non-album singles. The CDs will be housed in digisleeves within
a deluxe box including a collectible limited edition John Lennon art print and
a hardbound book featuring rare photos, artwork, collages, poetry, and new
liner notes by DeCurtis.

 

 

 

 

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