Set for release on April 16th is the John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band – The Ultimate Collection deluxe box set. The collection features Lennon's 1970 mainstream solo debut completely remixed from the original multi-tracks. The set features 159 new mixes on six CD's and two Blu-Ray discs in Stereo, 5.1 & Dolby Atmos — plus a 132-page book, along with a poster and postcards.
According to the press release:
The collection features John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voormann, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Alan White, and Phil Spector, and contains Ultimate Mixes, Out-Takes, Elements, Raw Studio and Evolution Mixes; Demos, Jams and Yoko Ono Live Sessions.
Produced and Supervised by Yoko Ono Lennon using the same team that mixed and engineered Imagine (The Ultimate Collection) including triple Grammy Award winner Paul Hicks, Rob Stevens, and Sam Gannon.
On September 11th, 1971 John Lennon appeared on The Dick Cavett Show and spoke frankly about his current state of affairs: “A long time ago I said that I didn't want to be singing 'She Loves You' when I'm 30. I said that when I was about 25, or something. Which, in a roundabout way, meant that I wouldn't be doing whatever I was doing then at 30. Well, I was 30 last October and that's about when my life changed, really.”
Back in 2008 Ringo Starr appeared on the VH1 Classic Albums episode for John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and spoke candidly about his bandmate and friend: “I mean, he was always brave. He would put it out there and the consequences were sometimes very harsh — but he would always put it out there. That's why you could not not love him. Y'know, I wouldn't like to be interviewed on a lot of records (laughs) — but this, I don't mind, because it's a beautiful record.”