It was 36 years ago today (January 27th, 1984) that John Lennon's first original posthumous album, Milk And Honey, was released. Lennon's tracks were culled from the summer1980 sessions recorded at New York's Hit Factory during the same time as that year's Double Fantasy collection. The unfinished, live-in-studio takes were never intended for release in such primitive form, but were held back for a 1981 release once it was decided that Double Fantasy would would feature half original songs from Yoko Ono. Milk And Honey featured an alternate color shot from the same photo session as 1980's Double Fantasy.
Unlike Double Fantasy, which features songs all recorded in 1980, several of Yoko's tracks were then-recent songs recorded in Manhattan and San Francisco. Milk And Honey, was the only musical Lennon album released on the Polydor label. The previous December Ono and Polydor released the spoken word collection, Heart Play – Unfinished Dialogue. The album featured edited excerpts from David Scheff's 1980 interview with the Lennon's for Playboy.
Following both Lennon's death and the 1981 Album of The Year Grammy Award for Double Fantasy, the chart placings for Milk And Honey were disappointing — with the album failing to crack the Top 10 in the U.S., stalling at Number 11 and peaking at Number Three in the U.K. To date the album has only been certified Gold for sale of 500,000 units.