John Lennon: Watch an Animated Video for the Previously Unheard ‘It’ll Be Me. (Jam),’ from ‘John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band Ultimate Collection’

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The John Lennon estate has shared another preview of John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band — The Ultimate Collection, a special new revisiting of the first proper studio album from Lennon outside his work with the Beatles.

Below, watch a new animated video for “It’ll Be Me. (Jam),” a previously unreleased jam/cover recording from the album sessions featuring Lennon on vocals and guitar and Ringo Starr on drums, as well as Klaus Voormann on bass and Billy Preston on piano.

The set will be released on April 16 in a variety of formats.

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Last week, a new reconstructed and remastered video for the track “Mother” was shared ahead of the reissue as a tribute to Lennon’s mother, Julia.

More on John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and the album’s legacy, per a news release:

Inspired by the primal scream psychotherapy he and wife Yoko Ono had been practicing with Dr. Arthur Janov, John, joined by the minimalist Plastic Ono Band – Ringo Starr on drums and Klaus Voorman on bass, and producer Phil Spector – confronted his demons, professed his love for his wife, railed against false idols and declared the dream was over on his most personal album.

As for the details regarding the Super Deluxe set:

Fully authorized by Yoko Ono Lennon, who oversaw the production and creative direction, and from the same audio team that worked on 2018’s critically acclaimed Imagine – The Ultimate Collection, including triple GRAMMY®-Award winning engineer Paul Hicks and mixers/engineers Rob Stevens and Sam Gannon, the Ultimate Collection puts listeners in the center of the studio and explores the album’s 1970 recording sessions at EMI Studios 2 & 3, Abbey Road along with John’s post-Beatles singles, “Give Peace A Chance,” “Cold Turkey” and “Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)” from inception to the final master through scores of unreleased and rare demos, rehearsals, outtakes, jams and studio conversations, revealing how these beloved songs came to be. Everything in this expansive box set has been newly mixed from scratch from brand new 192kHz/24bit hi-res transfers. In addition to the various new mixes, the set boasts 87 never-before-heard recordings.

This deluxe revisiting of John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band comes on the heels of the 40th anniversary of Lennon’s tragic death in 1980, as well as what would’ve been his 80th birthday.

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