John Lennon. Gimme Some Truth.
London, England – June 29, 2010 – Eight of John Lennon’s classic solo albums and other standout recordings have been digitally remastered from his original mixes for a global catalogue initiative commemorating the music legend’s 70th birthday, which falls on October 9.
Overseen by Yoko Ono, John Lennon’s “Gimme Some Truth” campaign will launch on 4 October (5 October in North America) with the worldwide release of eight remastered studio albums and several newly-compiled titles.
Double Fantasy, 1980’s GRAMMY Award winner for Album of the Year, will be presented in a newly remixed 'Stripped Down' version remixed and produced by Yoko Ono and Jack Douglas, co-producers of the original mix with John Lennon. The new stripped down version of the album comes in an expanded 2CD and digital edition pairing the new version with Lennon’s original mix, remastered.
The campaign’s other new collections include:
· A hits compilation in two editions titled Power To The People: The Hits
· A 4CD set of themed discs titled Gimme Some Truth
· A deluxe 11CD collectors box with the remastered albums, rarities, and non-album singles, titled the John Lennon Signature Box
All of the remastered albums and collections will be available on CD and for download purchase from all major digital service providers
YOKO ONO said: “In this very special year, which would have seen my husband and life partner John reach the age of 70, I hope that this remastering / reissue programme will help bring his incredible music to a whole new audience. By remastering 121 tracks spanning his solo career, I hope also that those who are already familiar with John’s work will find renewed inspiration from his incredible gifts as a songwriter, musician and vocalist and from his power as a commentator on the human condition. His lyrics are as relevant today as they were when they were first written and I can think of no more apposite title for this campaign than those simple yet direct words 'Gimme Some Truth'.”
The albums have been digitally remastered from Lennon’s original mixes by Yoko Ono and a team of engineers led by Allan Rouse at EMI Music’s Abbey Road Studios in London and by George Marino at Avatar Studios in New York. All of the remastered titles will be packaged in digisleeves with replicated original album art and booklets with photos and new liner notes by noted British music journalist Paul Du Noyer. The albums to be reissued are:
· John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970)
· Imagine (1971)
· Some Time In New York City (1972)
· Mind Games (1973)
· Walls and Bridges (1974)
· Rock ‘n’ Roll (1975)
· Double Fantasy Stripped Down (2010) / Double Fantasy (1980)
· Milk and Honey (1984)
YOKO ONO added: “Double Fantasy Stripped Down really allows us to focus our attention on John’s amazing vocals. Technology has advanced so much that, conversely, I wanted to use new techniques to really frame these amazing songs and John's voice as simply as possible. By stripping down some of the instrumentation the power of the songs shines through with an enhanced clarity. Double Fantasy Stripped Down will be complemented by the original album in the 2CD format. It was whilst working on the new version of this album that I was hit hardest emotionally, as this was the last album John released before his passing."
Power To The People: The Hits gathers 15 of Lennon’s most popular songs, and will be available as a 15-track single-disc and digital package, and as an Experience Edition with additional content. Both versions will be packaged in digisleeves with booklets including a new liner note essay by Du Noyer.
Gimme Some Truth, to be packaged in a slipcase with rare photos and a new liner notes essays by respected American music journalist and author, Anthony DeCurtis, presents 72 of Lennon’s solo recordings on four themed CDs:
· ‘Roots’ – John’s rock ‘n’ roll roots and influences
· ‘Working Class Hero’ – John’s socio-political songs
· ‘Woman’ – John’s love songs
· ‘Borrowed Time’ – John’s songs about life
The John Lennon Signature Box is a deluxe 11CD and digital collection of the eight remastered albums, a disc of rare and previously unreleased recordings, and an EP of Lennon’s non-album singles. The CDs will be housed in digisleeves within a deluxe box including a collectible limited edition John Lennon art print and a hardbound book featuring rare photos, artwork, collages, poetry, and new liner notes by DeCurtis.
One of the world’s most celebrated songwriters and performers of all time, John Lennon was killed at the age of 40 on December 8, 1980. Lennon has been posthumously honoured with a Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award and two special BRIT Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Music, and he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him in the Top 5 of the magazine’s “100 Greatest Singers Of All Time” list.
In celebration of his 70th birthday on 9 October, 2010, John Lennon’s life and music will be specially feted with a variety of commemorative releases and events around the world. Please visit www.johnlennon.com for official announcements and updates.
Photo: Iain Macmillan. © Yoko Ono.
The Next McCartney on 3rd May 11:
“Yea! John! Gimme some truth!”
wasimsouk on 3rd Oct 10:
“Hi all. So, we lost john way too soon, i was 2 when he died!
I will be buying(probably) Rock 'n' roll(because i dont have it) and that's about it. I have the 2005 rm of "walls and bridges" and "mind games"
I bought imagine in 2001 rm.
I will be buying the albums i don’t have singly, it is more convenient for me.
I have always and will always have a soft spot for john.
Long live The beatles!”
alvesf on 1st Sep 10:
“I need this collection.”
rock'n'roll on 11th Aug 10:
“I agree with you, ImagineJohnLennon. But one question: how much is it going to cost? Does anybody know? JOHN LENNON LIVES ON FOREVER!!”
MrShaken on 10th Aug 10:
“A lot of 'purists' seem to be up in a bunch here and there over this, but I think it's the best idea I've ever heard for Lennon's solo work. It needs to be remixed badly. If people want the old mixes, they can get the old CD's or LP's. I'm glad we're going to hear the Lennon solo work in better clarity. They've always been a bit muddy on the ears and I'll be curious to hear the Lost Weekend stuff with a new mix.
papabear on 5th Aug 10:
“Let us wonder, if he was still alive, what would he be writing, who would he have collaborayed with, and maybe another year and a reuinion was on the cards. I saw them in '64 and '65”
lennonismyguy on 4th Aug 10:
“i'll be the one waiting at the door to target desperatly waiting for them to open so i can run screaming inside and buy this CD, then i will have my mum drive me home and we'll both be screaming the whole ride home because we'll be so excited, and then i'll run to my room, rip open my CD player and blast that glorious CD...i've got it all planned out :) )”
r.s. rules on 1st Aug 10:
“Lennon is cool but i prefer the drumming sort”
rafael_szot on 27th Jul 10:
“As much as I love John and his solo work, I feel that this is remaster campain is unnecessary. I have already bought Lennon's solo albums Twice (the original CDs and the remixes). The Beatles remasters were hugely antecipated, but I fear that these new remasters will be seen as another marketing campain. I have been buying EVERYTHING Beatles-related for over 15 years but I am not sure I want to spend money on music I have already bought two or three times.”
paddobeatle1957 on 6th Jul 10:
“As a 1st generation Beatles fan I'm sorry to say this but unlike the Beatles Remasters which were way overdue for a make over, I'm finding it a tad hard to be excited by the prospect of these new releases. Yeah it's John's 70th but aside from the "deluxe" re-packaging, the 8 original albums were only remastered very recently..the earliest being 2000 & the latest in 2005 (Some Time In NYC - albeit missing the "live jam" with Frank Zappa & the Mothers) with the rest in between, On top of that we've had 3 "best ofs" the most recent a 2CD 38 track "Working Class Hero - The Definitive Lennon" from 2005 which included mostly newly remastered tracks. That's not counting the 2 film soundtracks as well as 1991's 4 CD box "Lennon" & "Acoustic". Rarities - 4 CD "Anthology" & it's "Wonsaponatime" companion single disc.”
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