John Lennon

Plastic Ono Band (2021 Reissue)


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Super Deluxe CD/BluRay/Book Box Set

Completely remixed from original multitracks, overseen by producer Yoko Ono Lennon, featuring Ringo Starr, Klaus Voormann, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston & Phil Spector.

Ultimate Mixes, Outtakes, Elements, Raw Studio, Evolution, Demos, Jams & Yoko Live Sessions.

2 Blu-Ray Audio Discs: 159 new mixes, 11+ hrs, HiRes 192/24: Stereo, 5.1 Surround & Dolby Atmos.

6 CDs: 102 new mixes, 6+ hrs.

132 page hardback book with rare photos, memorabilia & extensive notes.

Poster & 2 postcards.

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Plastic Ono Band was the debut solo album by John Lennon.  Released on December 11th 1970, John and Yoko had started writing and demoing at Abbey Road (EMI Studios) in the summer, with recording sessions during September/October

After the break-up of The Beatles that year, John and Yoko embarked on a period of self-reflection and experimentation, with the results that the songs and sessions for Plastic Ono Band were heavily influenced by his immersion in Arthur Janov’s primal therapy. John was able to find emotional depth and honesty within himself that few artists had ever done before, with John saying to Rolling Stone “now I write all about me and that’s why I like it.  It’s me.” .  The result is perhaps the most honest and emotionally raw album that anyone has ever released, let alone someone who was one of the four most famous musicians on the planet.  With a small core band comprised of just Ringo Starr on drums and old friend Klaus Voorman on bass, co-produced by Phil Spector, the album peaked at 8 in the UK charts and 6 in the USA.  It has come to be regarded by many as John’s finest solo work and has continued to grow in stature and reverence and has often featured in various Best Of lists through the years since.  Not only does this album feature some of John’s best-loved and most impactful songs – Mother, Working Class Hero, Isolation, God – but this new set also includes the singles Give Peace A Chance, Cold Turkey and the classic Instant Karma! (We All Shine On).

Released on the same day was Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band album, the couple regarding the release as a pair of albums rather than two entirely separate projects, albeit of course it not achieving the same sort of coverage or chart success as John’s.

Coming as this does hot on the heels of last year’s much loved and well-reviewed “Gimme Some Truth” set and “Imagine” before that, the audio has been completely remixed from the original studio tapes as part of the ongoing John Lennon Ultimate Mix series.  The aim for this mix process is to achieve three things:  to remain faithful and respectful to the original recordings; to ensure that the sound is sonically clearer overall and to increase the clarity of John’s vocals.  As Yoko says, “it’s about John” and this new mix shows that it is his voice that brings the biggest emotional impact of the album.

This multi-format release included a CD/BD Super Deluxe Box with 130 page book featuring many exclusive and new photos, track-by-track notes in the words of John and Yoko, lots of tape boxes and full breakdown and descriptions of the audio content.  As well as the new Ultimate Mix, we have 5 further CD discs, each focusing on different and new aspects ,including: original outtakes, demos, Elements Mixes (focusing on individual aspects of the songs to reveal unheard elements), Evolution Mixes (the story of each song from demo to complete recording), Raw Mixes (unadorned studio takes that place you inside the room almost sitting alongside the band) and a further disc of studio Jams.   There are two Blu-ray Audio discs that feature hi-res stereo (192/24) versions of all the above as well as surround mixes in 5.1 and Dolby Atmos.  Further material only available on BD includes the Yoko Ono Band/Plastic Ono Band Live Sessions  from the original recording sessions and featuring Ringo Starr and Klaus Voorman.

Tracklist

Super Deluxe CD Box

CD1 - The Ultimate Mixes album and singles

  1. Mother
  2. Hold On
  3. I Found Out
  4. Working Class Hero
  5. Isolation
  6. Remember
  7. Love
  8. Well Well Well
  9. Look At Me
  10. God
  11. My Mummy’s Dead
  12. Give Peace A Chance
  13. Cold Turkey
  14. Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)

CD2 - The Ultimate Mixes/Out-takes album and singles

  1. Mother / Take 61
  2. Hold On / Take 2
  3. I Found Out / Take 1
  4. Working Class Hero / Take 1
  5. Isolation / Take 23
  6. Remember / Rehearsal 1
  7. Love / Take 8
  8. Well Well Well / Take 2
  9. Look At Me / Take 2
  10. God / Take 27
  11. My Mummy’s Dead / Take 2
  12. Give Peace A Chance / Take 2
  13. Cold Turkey / Take 1
  14. Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) / Take 1

CD3 - The Elements Mixes album and singles

  1. Mother
  2. Hold On
  3. I Found Out
  4. Working Class Hero
  5. Isolation
  6. Remember
  7. Love
  8. Well Well Well
  9. Look At Me
  10. God
  11. My Mummy’s Dead
  12. Give Peace A Chance
  13. Cold Turkey
  14. Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)

CD4 - The Raw Studio Mixes album and out-takes

  1. Mother / Take 64/93
  2. Hold On / Take 32
  3. I Found Out / Take 3 Extended version
  4. Working Class Hero / Take 9
  5. Isolation / Take 29
  6. Remember / Take 13
  7. Love / Take 37 Extended version
  8. Well Well Well / Take 4 Extended version
  9. Look At Me / Take 9
  10. God / Take 42
  11. My Mummy’s Dead / Take 1
  12. Give Peace A Chance / Take 4 Extended version
  13. Cold Turkey / Take 2
  14. Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) / Take 10
  15. Mother Out-take / Take 91
  16. I Found Out Out-take / Take 7
  17. God Out-take / Take 1

CD5 - The Evolution Mixes Album only

  1. Mother
  2. Hold On
  3. I Found Out
  4. Working Class Hero
  5. Isolation
  6. Remember
  7. Love
  8. Well Well Well
  9. Look At Me
  10. God
  11. My Mummy’s Dead

CD6 - The Jams Live & Improvised / The Demos Album

  1. Johnny B. Goode
  2. Ain’t That A Shame
  3. Hold On
  4. Hold On
  5. Glad All Over
  6. Be Faithful To Me
  7. Send Me Some Lovin’
  8. Get Back
  9. Lost John
  10. Goodnight Irene
  11. You’ll Never Walk Alone
  12. I Don’t Want To Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Want To Die
  13. It’ll Be Me
  14. Honey, Don’t
  15. Elvis Parody (Don’t Be Cruel, Hound Dog, When I’m Over You)
  16. Matchbox
  17. I’ve Got A Feeling
  18. Mystery Train
  19. You’re So Square
  20. I Don’t Want To Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Want To Die
  21. Lost John
  22. Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking For A Hand In The Snow)
  23. Mother
  24. Hold On
  25. I Found Out
  26. Working Class Hero
  27. Isolation
  28. Remember
  29. Love
  30. Well Well Well
  31. Look At Me
  32. God
  33. My Mummy’s Dead

Blu-Ray 1: All tracks in Stereo 24/192, Dolby Atmos and 5.1 Surround Sound

  1. The Ultimate Mixes Album and Singles
  2. The Ultimate Mixes Out-takes
  3. The Elements Mixes Album and Singles
  4. The Demos Album and Singles

Blu-Ray 2: All tracks in Stereo 24/192. Dolby Atmos and 5.1 Surround Sound

  1. The Raw Studio Mixes Album and Singles
  2. The Raw Studio Mixes Out-takes
  3. The Evolution Mixes Album and Singles
  4. The Jams Live and Improvised
  5. Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band The Live Sessions

2CD

CD1: The Ultimate Mixes album and singles

  1. Mother
  2. Hold On
  3. I Found Out
  4. Working Class Hero
  5. Isolation
  6. Remember
  7. Love
  8. Well Well Well
  9. Look At Me
  10. God
  11. My Mummy’s Dead
  12. Give Peace A Chance
  13. Cold Turkey
  14. Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)

CD2: The Ultimate Mixes/Out-takes album and singles

  1. Mother / Take 61
  2. Hold On / Take 2
  3. I Found Out / Take 1
  4. Working Class Hero / Take 1
  5. Isolation / Take 23
  6. Remember / Rehearsal 1
  7. Love / Take 8
  8. Well Well Well / Take 2
  9. Look At Me / Take 2
  10. God / Take 27
  11. My Mummy’s Dead / Take 2
  12. Give Peace A Chance / Take 2
  13. Cold Turkey / Take 1
  14. Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) / Take 1

2LP

Side A: The Ultimate Mixes album and singles

  1. Mother
  2. Hold On
  3. I Found Out
  4. Working Class Hero
  5. Isolation

Side B: The Ultimate Mixes album and singles

  1. Remember
  2. Love
  3. Well Well Well
  4. Look At Me
  5. God
  6. My Mummy’s Dead

Side C: The Ultimate Mixes/Out-takes album and singles

  1. Mother / Take 61
  2. Hold On / Take 2
  3. I Found Out / Take 1
  4. Working Class Hero / Take 1
  5. Isolation / Take 23

Side D: The Ultimate Mixes/Out-takes album and singles

  1. Remember / Rehearsal 1
  2. Love / Take 8
  3. Well Well Well / Take 2
  4. Look At Me / Take 2
  5. God / Take 27
  6. My Mummy’s Dead / Take 2

CD

  1. Mother
  2. Hold On
  3. I Found Out
  4. Working Class Hero
  5. Isolation
  6. Remember
  7. Love
  8. Well Well Well
  9. Look At Me
  10. God
  11. My Mummy’s Dead
  12. Give Peace A Chance
  13. Cold Turkey
  14. Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)
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