Lennon product to be announced
Word got to us that a new John Lennon release will be out to celebrate 80 years since he was born. John Lennon was born on October 9th, 1940, and a book about the Plastic Ono Band recording sessions is the one item announced so far.
What we would really like to see though, is this: In 2013, producer Jack Douglas announced that he was undertaking a project, commissioned by Yoko, to get the “One to One” concerts up to modern standards, including re-examining the footage filmed of both the matiné and evening concerts, bringing a coherent ultimate John and Yoko concert experience to life in 5.1 surround sound. Footage earlier deemed unusable for the 1985 video cassette/laser disc releases has now been improved enough by new techniques to be slated for inclusion. Apparently, Douglas finished the project some time ago, but no publication date has been announced. Perhaps the 80th anniversary of John Lennon’s birth will be a good occasion to release a DVD/Blu-ray from the concerts?
I know, we also blogged about this five years ago, when the 75th anniversary was imminent. But this is the one Lennon project we are most interested in coming to fruition.
Meanwhile, the initial ABC Special from 1972 has been brushed up and shown on TV around the world. Here is the rather amusing commercial from when French channel Arte promoted their airing of it in 2017.
But I guess we’ll probably be disappointed yet again, and just get another greatest hits compilation.