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Plastic Ono Band [6 CD/2 Blu-ray Box Set]
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Completely remixed from original multitracks, overseen by producer Yoko Ono Lennon, featuring Ringo Starr, Klaus Voormann, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston & Phil Spector. Ultimate Mixes, Outtakes, Elements, Raw Studio, Evolution, Demos, Jams & Yoko Live Sessions. 2 Blu-Ray Audio Discs: 159 new mixes, 11+ hrs, HiRes 192/24: Stereo, 5.1 Surround & Dolby Atmos. 6 CDs: 102 new mixes, 6+ hrs. 132-page hardback book with rare photos, memorabilia & extensive notes. Poster & 2 postcards.
- Product Dimensions : 10.12 x 9.96 x 1.97 inches; 3.7 Pounds
- Manufacturer : Capitol
- Original Release Date : 2021
- Date First Available : March 4, 2021
- Label : Capitol
- ASIN : B08XL9QVHX
- Number of discs : 8
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Basically, the 6 CD’s and 2 densely-packed blu-rays discs present the same programming: they unspool the album’s songs in the same order as on the released form. The heart of the package is the deep glimpse it gives into Lennon’s Process, singing and playing guitar or piano while working with drummer Ringo Starr and bassist Klaus Voormann. In the 6 CD’s, we get (and I’ll avoid spoilers):
CD 1) THE ULTIMATE MIXES - ALBUM & SINGLES - The actual released performances of these 11 songs, newly remixed, in two forms of PCM Stereo (192/24 & 96/24) as well as a 5.1 mix in both Dolby Atmos and Dolby 5.1 Surround formats. (Note: the original album’s Ultimate remix is the only segment of this box set actually presented in Surround - all others are 192/24 and 96/24 stereo. Early word had it that the whole thing had been mixed in 5.1. Not so!)
CD 2) THE ULTIMATE MIXES - THE OUTTAKES. Previously unreleased versions of all the songs, mixed with full effects and the sonic treatments of the final album's new Ultimate mixes.
CD 3) THE ELEMENTS MIXES - The master takes of the album’s songs, with focus on sounds previously less audible in the multitracks, or omitted altogether at the time of original release. The outstanding example is already becoming well known: Lennon’s haunting vocal on “Mother,” mixed as a cappella and revealing its majesty and emotion with no cushion whatsoever.
CD 4) THE RAW MIXES & OUTTAKES The master takes of the album’s songs, sometimes in much longer forms, wherein we now often get to hear what happened after they faded out on the released versions. Also, none of the normal effects used on the final album are present here - these mixes are totally unadorned and all the more powerful for the live performances they basically are. A disc to get lost in!
CD 5) THE EVOLUTION DOCUMENTARY Fascinating and generous glimpses into the many versions explored by the musical team as they aim toward the final masters. There are many cameos on these in-progress and inspired performances : George Harrison, Billy Preston, Phil Spector, Eric Clapton, Alan White, and various choral groups contributing to songs like “Give Peace A Chance” and “Instant Karma.” Much dialogue and silliness are present, too, in delightful contrast to the serious material being produced.
6) THE JAMS & THE DEMOS - First up are the improvisations which happened between takes; usually favorite old rock n roll songs by Lennon’s musical inspirations - Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Elvis, Sam Cooke. The warmth and happiness radiating from these quick takes are sweet interludes during a very intense work process. And, after those jams, we hear each album song in either home-recorded demo versions, or otherwise very early studio performances, with Lennon performing some of them solo.
The 2 Blu-Rays have basically the same program on them, except they are packed with, I believe, 17 more tracks from Lennon’s sessions (I guess the CD’s didn’t have enough room for all of them to be included). These 2 discs are a beautiful illustration of the studio sessions’ narrative, with the mood and the sound both soaring. Then, in the last portion of Bluray 2, a real treat is included : the uncut jams by the trio which produced the basic tracks of Yoko Ono’s companion album of the time, YOKO ONO/PLASTIC ONO BAND. In this incarnation, the recordings are sometimes thrillingly long improv tracks, which can churn along for many minutes before Ono joins the band, deep into their explorations of a groove. To those who enjoyed her 1970 twin to Lennon’s collection, this will likely be a real treat. The process can be understood better than ever before, and the time spent hearing Lennon playing the most singular guitar parts of his career is a genuine privilege. That this album of Ono’s turned out to be vastly influential in the music world is illustrated to this day by the many records made which owe a clear debt to its stark emotional depths.
Overall, the sound is brilliant and crisp. The bass guitar by Klaus Voormann has never sounded so deep and strong; his added presence really allows an examination of his innovative accompaniments. And Ringo Starr outdoes himself as well, playing with simple but powerful authority, giving the deepest kind of creative support to Lennon’s songs. It’s a beautiful, organic unit, this version of The Plastic Ono Band. Would that they had done far more…
The original tapes were always gorgeous, and that’s made even clearer by these new mixes. Truth to tell, though I thought I would race through this box and listen to everything in a huge sitting once I got it, I can’t bring myself to. Instead, what I felt very clearly when it arrived was that I have the opportunity to virtually attend the sessions for an album I’ve adored since the day it came out, and through which I long ago arrived at some of my defining standards about what makes for great performances. No one ever gave more on a microphone or through a guitar than John Lennon, and I’m being careful to savor every one of these recorded moments. For me, there’ll never be another like him, nor another album this great. At least that’s how I feel 50 years on from its original release. Nothing has surpassed his achievement here, and by now, I’m convinced no one can or will. So I’ll be going through these tracks slowly, knowing I’ll never again have the chance to hear them for the first time.
By Steven Pettinga on April 24, 2021