Lennon solo albums in vinyl box set

John Lennon on vinylEight of John Lennon’s solo albums have been newly cut to vinyl for a box set that touches down June 9.

The albums will be sold separately in late August. The Universal Music box set streets for about $200.

The set marks the debut on vinyl of the remastering jobs of 2010 “by Yoko Ono and a team of engineers led by Allan Rouse at Abbey Road Studios in London and by George Marino at Avatar Studios in New York.”

“These LPs have been newly cut to vinyl from those 96k digital files for Lennon, cut by Sean Magee at Abbey Road Studios and manufactured for the world by Optimal Media in Germany.”

Optimal did last summer’s “The Beatles in Mono” box set. Magee of Abbey Road worked on that set as well.

The new Lennon vinyl albums include the three most popular solo works by the former Beatle, “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band,” “Imagine” and “Double Fantasy.”

Universal bills the set as the first collection of Lennon’s solo albums to be released on vinyl (although EMI had a box set in the UK in 1978).

The new LPs are reproductions of the original U.K. releases, including inner sleeves, postcards and poster (“Imagine”).

The Lennon vinyl set had been anticipated. Universal confirmed the release and its contents in an email to music fans of April 21.

Here are the eight albums:

  • 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 (1980)
  • Milk and Honey (1984)

MIA, many Lennon fans will point out, is “Live Peace in Toronto 1969,” which was included with the 1978 set.

George Harrison’s set “The Apple Years 1968-75,” with his first six albums, dropped last September.

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