from: London Spy
Almost a quarter of a century after the murder of John Lennon, a previously unheard collection of the former Beatle’s music is to be released.
Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, is planning to create a new album of songs from demo tape recordings made by her husband during the final years of his life.
The tapes are expected to be reworked by modern musicians, with Lennon’s original vocals.
“I have to wait for the right moment to do this,” Ono tells the German magazine Stern. “He was a songwriter and he wanted the songs to be presented correctly.”
Ono hasn’t been without success herself recently. Last month, she had a surprise number one hit in the US Billboard charts with a dance remix of Walking on Thin Ice, a song she first recorded with Lennon in 1980.
The prospect of new Lennon material, meanwhile, is causing much excitement: “John was notorious for recording demos, only to then throw them into the back of the cupboard,” says Beatles biographer Keith Badman.
“Yoko has a lot of material and would have kept quiet if she didn’t think it was good enough to be released.”
Meanwhile, relations between Ono and Lennon’s former collaborator Sir Paul McCartney have been particularly frosty recently, following Macca’s decision to reverse the pair’s songwriting credits to McCartney-Lennon on a recent live album.
Badman adds: “Yoko will be asking modern musicians to work on the songs – but I don’t think Paul should expect a call.”