The upcoming 11-disc John Lennon Signature Box set due out on October 5th, will feature 13 previously unreleased home demos recorded by Lennon between 1970 and 1980. The bonus disc featuring the Lennon demos will also include six non-LP singles tracks -- "Power To The People," "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," "Cold Turkey," "Move Over Ms. L," and "Give Peace a Chance."
The Home Tapes disc will feature the following Lennon demos: "Mother," "Love," "God," and "I Found Out" (1970); "Nobody Told Me" (1980); "Honey Don't" (unknown); "One Of The Boys," and "India , India" (1977); "Serve Yourself" (c. 1979/1980); "Isolation" and "Remember" (1970); "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" (1980); and "I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama, I Don't Wanna Die (1971)."
We asked Yoko Ono why she decided to once again go all out in celebration of Lennon's birthday -- which this October 9th marks what would've been his 70th: "It was planned by Capitol and EMI -- initially. It's the kind of thing that they've never done before; two boxes and two or three CD's and all of them, really together is presenting the ultimate John Lennon as a Renaissance man in a way."
Fred Seaman, Lennon's personal assistant for the last year of his life, recalled that Lennon thought long and hard on the material which became his final set of songs: "The official recording started in August of 1980, but the idea started in the spring of 1980 when John and I were in Cold Spring Harbor. And then in June of 1980, when we were in Bermuda. That's when John really started recording the demos and Yoko was recording her own demos. And they were on the phone and he was telling her what he was recording and she was telling him what she was recording."