By Steve Newton
Last weekend’s enormously successful Record Store Day was proof that–all around the world–vinyl is the preferred format for serious music fans in 2015.
Three days after that joyous celebration of the 12-inch platter, Universal Music Canada has announced that John Lennon, arguably the greatest pop songwriter of all time, will be lauded with a nine-LP boxed collection set for release on June 9.
The package, simply titled Lennon, with include all eight of the ex-Beatle’s solo studio albums: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970), Imagine (’71), the two-disc Some Time in New York City (’72), Mind Games (’73), Walls and Bridges (’74), Rock ‘n’ Roll (’75), Double Fantasy (’80) and Milk and Honey (’84).
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Each of the Lennon collection’s LPs is an authentic reproduction of its U.K. original, in its sound and visual presentation. In keeping with the original album artwork, Imagine contains reproductions of its two postcards, poster and inner bag, Some Time in New York City includes reproductions of its original postcard and inner sleeve, Walls and Bridges includes its sleeve with two fold-over flaps, an eight-page booklet and inner sleeve, and Mind Games, Double Fantasy, and Milk and Honey also include reproductions of their original inner sleeves.
The collection’s albums are all out-of-print worldwide on vinyl, with the exception of previous LP re-masters of Imagine and Rock ‘n’ Roll, which are in print in the United States. Lennon is the first complete collection of John Lennon’s solo studio albums to be released on vinyl, and the individual LPs will be released on August 21.