Yoko Ono and John Lennon
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John Lennon And Yoko Ono's 'Wedding Album' Arriving In White Vinyl
On Feb. 18, the 86th birthday of Yoko Ono, Secretly Canadian and Chimera Music announced that a vinyl and digital reissue of 1969's experimental Wedding Album that Ono created with John Lennon will be released on March 22. That date is the first New Music Friday occurring just after the 50th anniversary of the couple's March 20, 1969 wedding.
Wedding Album was the third in a trio of experimental albums the couple produced together in 1969 and featured only two tracks in its original version. Titled "John & Yoko" and "Amsterdam," both tracks were over 20 minutes in length, exemplifying Ono's avant-garde sound-art. The original was released on vinyl, cassette and 8-track with elaborate packaging that is recreated for the album's white-vinyl reissue, which arrives just weeks before Record Store Day on April 13 and will likely to appeal to collectors. It will also be available in CD and digital.
Like the original, the reissue's packaging includes a copy of the couple's marriage certificate, a picture of the couple's wedding cake and other souvenirs including drawings by both Lennon and Ono of their wedding and their 1969 honeymoon "Bed-In for Peace." Lennon later said, "It was like our sharing our wedding with whoever wanted to share it with us."
Wedding Album is available for pre-order and is the latest in an ongoing series of reissues covering Ono's work from 1968 through 1985. Ono also released her latest album Warzone in Oct. 2018, musically emphasizing her commitment as a peace-activist by revisiting and reinterpreting more than a dozen of her previous tracks. "I like to create things in a new way," Ono said about her latest album. "Every day things change."