John Lennon‘s albums have been digitally remastered and are set to be released to celebrate the iconic singer’s 70th birthday.
The reissues include eight of Lennon’s solo records, plus a greatest hits collection and a four-disc anthology titled Gimme Some Truth. The reissues and compilations, each digitally remastered from the original mixes, will hit stores on October 5th (four days before Lennon’s 70th birthday) and will also be available for download through all major digital retailers.
In addition to the reissue of the eight albums — John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Imagine, Some Time In New York City, Mind Games, Walls and Bridges, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Double Fantasy Stripped Down/Double Fantasy and the posthumous release Milk and Honey — an 11-disc collection called John Lennon Signature Box will feature all of the solo albums plus an EP of Lennon’s non-album singles and a bonus disc of rare and previously unreleased recordings. The set will come with a collectible limited edition art print and a hardbound book with rare photos, poetry, artwork and new liner notes, which were written by Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis. Like the recent Beatles’ reissues, each album will be housed in a digi-sleeve that mirrors its original packaging.
Ono is also planning commemorative events to coincide with Lennon’s 70th birthday; details will be announced soon at John Lennon’s official website.
Yoko Ono said of the project, “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.”
Lennon would have turned 70 on October 9. He was shot dead in New York in December 1980.