Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Free John Lennon download

As the late John Lennon’s 70th birthday approaches this Saturday, his estate has just released a freebie for fans.

A free download of the newly 'stripped down' Lennon classic, “(Just Like) Starting Over,” taken from “Double Fantasy Stripped Down,” is available from iTunes stores as of today.

Get your free Lennon download here.

“Double Fantasy Stripped Down” is a 2-disc set which pairs a newly remastered copy of the original album along with an alternate one in which Lennon's vocals are starker and more featured. The project was remixed and produced by Yoko Ono and Jack Douglas, who co-produced the original mix with John.

“'Double Fantasy Stripped Down' really allows us to focus our attention on John’s amazing vocals,” said Yoko. “Technology has advanced so much that, conversely, I wanted to use new techniques to really frame these amazing songs and John's voice as simply as possible. By stripping down some of the instrumentation the power of the songs shines through with an enhanced clarity. It was whilst working on the new version of this album that I was hit hardest emotionally, as this was the last album John released before his passing.”

7 other Lennon albums are being reissued today, as well, including "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band" (1970); "Imagine" (1971); "Some Time in New York City" (1972); "Mind Games" (1973); "Walls and Bridges" (1974); "Rock ‘n’ Roll" (1975); "Double Fantasy Stripped Down" (2010) / "Double Fantasy" (1980) and "Milk and Honey" (1984).

Fans will be interested in a hits compilation in two editions: "Power To The People: The Hits" and a 4-CD set of themed discs titled "Gimme Some Truth." If you wanna go big, there’s an 11-CD collectors box with the remastered albums, rarities, and non-album singles, titled "The John Lennon Signature Box." All of the remastered albums and collections will be available on CD and for download purchase from all the major digital services.

“In this very special year, which would have seen my husband and life partner John reach the age of 70, I hope that this remastering / reissue program will help bring his incredible music to a whole new audience,” said Ono. “By remastering 121 tracks spanning his solo career, I hope also that those who are already familiar with John’s work will find renewed inspiration from his incredible gifts as a songwriter, musician and vocalist and from his power as a commentator on the human condition. His lyrics are as relevant today as they were when they were first written and I can think of no more apposite title for this campaign than those simple yet direct words 'Gimme Some Truth.'”

John John Lennon

John Lennon – Gimme Some Truth (1971)

John Lennon – (Just Like) Starting Over (1980)