As we first reported to you last year, work continues on a massive reissue for John Lennon’s only fully rehearsed solo concert performance from 1972. Producer Jack Douglas, best known for his work with Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, and Lennon's final 1980 songs on Double Fantasy and Milk And Honey, is now restoring the two iconic shows for an upcoming release. On August 30th, 1972, Lennon and Yoko Ono were backed by Elephants Memory for a pair of shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. The performances -- known as the One To One concerts -- included an afternoon matinee and an evening performance, and benefited the Willowbrook House, with the proceeds from the shows going to help establish new accommodations for the mentally handicapped inhabitants of the former Willowbrook institution in Long Island, New York.
Elephants Memory bassist Gary Von Scyoc gave an update on the project during a chat with Hit-Channel.com, and said, "I think we are getting really close. Yoko seems to go in circles, of like five years circles. It is due. I have heard some things, I don’t want to divulge anything here. I will be the last person to know the final release date, but I just met my friend Jack Douglas and I know that it will be released soon. We worked with Jack Douglas on Yoko’s (1973) album, Approximately Infinite Universe."
Last fall, Jack Douglas, who was behind the boards for the 2010 Double Fantasy Stripped Down collection, revealed to us that unlike the 1986 LP and VHS versions of the '72 show -- called, Live In New York City -- he plans to include material from both the afternoon and evening charity concerts. Douglas told us that he wants fans to be able to relive the moment with the benefit of modern technology: "What I'm proposing is that we get the One To One concert, get it to be at its proper status and sound and do a stereo and 5.1 (mix) that are worthy of the experience and make a proper DVD and get it to the fans. I would hope that we would do everything that I could get my hands on as far as footage and sound. That event really deserves more than, than we have right now."
There's been no release date for the 1972 live collection.
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