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Plastic Ono Band (2021)

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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.

Released: April 2021
Label: Apple

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Tracklist

Super Deluxe CD Box / Deluxe Digital
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

15. CD3 - The Elements Mixes album and singles
Mother
16. Hold On
17. I Found Out
18. Working Class Hero
19. Isolation
20. Remember
21. Love
22. Well Well Well
23. Look At Me
24. God
25. My Mummy’s Dead
26. Give Peace A Chance
27. Cold Turkey
28. 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

1CD / Standard Digital
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)