Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Only Known Plastic Ono Band Film Is Set For June Release

There's so much awesomeness potential floating around this release that we don't know exactly where to start, but we'll do our best. Long story short: The Plastic Ono Band, of John Lennon's eponymous first solo release was not long for this world. The short lived super group brought in Eric Clapton and Ringo Starr (among others) to join Lennon for what is arguably his best solo record. After the record's release, the band quickly dissipated, and Lennon went on to work more independently.

However, before the band's demise, they did manage to deliver a show in Toronto that demonstrated just how solid a combo they were. Specifically, the show roped in Clapton to join Yoko Ono and John Lennon for a set that highlighted blues classics, a couple of Beatles tunes, and a large selection from the forthcoming record. The show was released as a live record, but surprisingly also filmed by the noted rock filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker.

Oddly, the film has long gone in and out of official release (we've never seen a DVD), despite its rarity and historical significance. Come June 23rd, that's all going to change: Shout Factory is releasing the full film as a DVD, and let us just say, it looks tasty.