Way back in March, 2014 we flagged that there was a thorough Yoko Ono solo reissue program in the pipeline and it was to include all of her early, long-out-of-print Apple and Zapple Record releases. Since that time it has gone decidedly quiet….
Now comes news that it is finally going to happen – and soon:
Chimera Music and the Secretly Canadian label, have just announced that eleven solo Yoko Ono titles will be coming out in three groups of releases over the next twelve months or so.
The first grouping of three reissues is due out on November 11 – on CD, on vinyl, and as digital downloads. First titles are:
Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins (originally issued on Apple in 1968):
Bonus track on the CD, and on vinyl (via a download card), will be ‘Remember Love’.
Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With the Lions (originally issued on Zapple in 1969):
Bonus tracks on the CD, and on vinyl (via a download card), will be ‘Song for John’ and ‘Mulberry’.
Yoko Ono: Plastic Ono Band (originally issued on Apple in 1970):
Bonus tracks on the CD, and on vinyl (via a download card), will be: ‘Open Your Box’, ‘Something More Abstract’, ‘The South Wind’, and the never-before-heard ‘Why (Extended Version)’.
The release project overs studio albums issued between 1968 and 1985 and will painstakingly reconstruct the original vinyl packaging, along with never-before-seen photos and ephemera (although from these two “bundle offer” pack shots on the Chimera site it looks like the record labels and CDs will depict grapefruits instead of Apple, and that the vinyl will be white and/or clear):
The audio is re-mastered from the original tapes by Greg Calbi and Sean Lennon. In addition to making the vinyl available for the first time in decades, each album will also be available digitally for the first time. The complete list of titles and release groupings is:
Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins (1968)
Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With Lions (1969)
Plastic Ono Band (1970)
Approximately Infinite Universe (1973)
Feeling the Space (1973)
A Story (recorded in 1974, released as part of Ono Box in 1992)
Season of Glass (1981)
It’s Alright (I See Rainbows) (1982)
Unfinished Music No. 3: Wedding Album (1969)