John Lennon: Watch ‘Mother’ Video in Reconstructed/Remastered 4K; from ‘John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band Ultimate Collection’


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As detailed originally last week, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, the first proper studio album from John Lennon outside his work with the Beatles, will be revisited on April 16 as John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band — The Ultimate Collection.

On Friday, the video for Lennon’s classic album track “Mother” was unveiled in remastered and reconstructed 4K. Its release was timed to coincide with the 107th birthday of John’s mother, Julia, as well as Mothering Sunday (which comes up this weekend in the U.K.).

Here’s the gorgeous refresh of the “Mother” video:

Here’s a bit more on the “Mother” video:

Through the use of John’s personal photos, the video explores layers in the meaning of the lyrics and performance of the song – telling the story of John’s relationships with his mother and father figures, including fractured memories from his childhood and important moments in his life. We see parental figures gone too soon and desperately missed: his mother Julia, father Alfred, his Aunt Mimi and Uncle George Smith who raised and housed him for most of his childhood and teens, and manager Brian Epstein. We see John with his wife Yoko Ono Lennon (who he nicknamed “Mother” in 1980, five years after they had become parents with Sean), we consider John as a father, with sons Julian Lennon and Sean Ono Lennon, and then explore themes of John himself as absent and gone too soon, missed sorely by his wife, sons, extended family and the world. Produced by Yoko Ono Lennon, directed and edited by Simon Hilton with 3D compositing by David Frearson, the video was first created in 2003 for the DVD release, “Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon,” and includes photographs by Bob Gruen, Stanley Parkes, Geoff Rhind, Robert Freeman, Jack Mitchell, Iain Macmillan, Paul Goresh, Joyce Ravid and many others.

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.

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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.

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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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