The full details regarding the eagerly anticipated John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band box set will be announced on March 4th, according to an announcement on the late-Beatle's social media platforms.
On the official PlasticOnoBand.com website, a sparse announcement detailed what fans can expect from the set, with the message stating only, “Audio Box Set: 159 new mixes – announcing March 4, 2021.” The site has a countdown featuring months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, and seconds.
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band was released on December 11th, 1970 and peaked at Number Six on the Billboard 200 albums chart, spending only four weeks in the Top 10. The album fared better on the Cashbox chart, hitting Number Four — and peaking at Number Two in Record World.
The album is considered among the most harrowing and personal albums in rock, and marked Lennon's first album of original songs since the Beatles' split earlier that year. Plastic Ono Band included such classics as “Working Class Hero,” “Love,” “Mother,” “Isolation,” and “God.”
The album was promoted by Lennon on December 8th, 1970 — 10 years to the day before his murder — when he sat down with Rolling Stone's Jann Wenner for the legendary “Lennon Remembers” interview, which was designed by Lennon to demolish the Beatles myth.
During the groundbreaking December 1970 interview, Lennon was unsure how the public at large would accept the John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band album: “I don't really know where it'll sink in, where it'll lie, y'know, in the spectrum of rock n' roll, and the generation and all the rest of it. In one way, it's terribly uncommercial. Y'know, it's so miserable in a way and heavy, y'know? But it's reality. And I'm not going to veer away from it for anything.”