We all know how monumental an anniversary the big 52 is, and now, in celebration of John Lennon’s classic first solo effort Plastic Ono Band reaching the renowned landmark, a deluxe reissue package is set for release.
The collection will include new stereo mixes (dubbed the ultimate mixes), alternate takes and demos will be joined in a brilliantly illustrated boxset by a hardcover photobook, an iconic ‘WAR IS OVER’ poster and a few other goodies. Perhaps most excitingly of all for avid fans is the news that the set will also include previously unreleased tracks.
Amidst the glut of new material is also this gloriously HD restored video footage of Lennon and Ono demoing ‘Give Peace A Chance’. On May 31st, 1969, Lennon and Ono recorded the song as we know it during their famous Bed-In For Peace in Montreal.
However, for this casual performance, they were stationed in the Sheraton Oceanus Hotel in the Bahamas, where this uber casual performance was filmed by Nic Knowland. The footage is the earliest known outing for the now-iconic track.
The chorus is very much in place, but the rest of the loosely structured song remained in a work in progress. The most striking thing, however, is the startling quality of the video restoral that manages to catapult you back in time.
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band – The Ultimate Collection is set for release on the 24th of April via Capitol/UMe.
You can check out the demo footage, below.