Saturday, October 9, 2010

John Lennon's 70th Birthday

In order to commemorate John Lennon's 70th birthday, his solo albums have been re-issued and here are the details.

- As part of EMI's global reissue campaign, eight remastered solo albums were released this week, along with the expanded two-CD Double Fantasy Stripped Down, the compilation Power to the People: The Hits and the four-CD set Gimme Some Truth. The 11-CD John Lennon Signature Box holds the remastered albums, non-album singles and 13 previously unreleased home recordings, plus essays by Lennon's two sons and widow Yoko Ono.

- Complementing the reissues release is a numbered, limited edition of the John Lennon Box of Vision, a lavish collectible case with a 166-page hardbound book of LP artwork, a detailed discography and a storage system built to carry all of Lennon's CD releases. Created by Jonathan Polk and licensed by Ono to mark the 70th birthday, the $125 set is wrapped in a silver-inked Lennon portrait with a reproduction of his "Baby Grand" line drawing. Details:

- Ozzy Osbourne's cover of How?, from Lennon's Imagine album, is available at iTunes, with proceeds pegged for Amnesty International. In the video, streaming exclusively on AOL's, the metal god visits Beatles landmarks in New York and lays flowers at the Lennon memorial in Central Park.

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