Celebrate The Release Of ‘John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band – The Ultimate Collection’ On The Beatles Channel

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

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The Beatles Channel (Ch. 18) is celebrating the Friday, April 23rd release of the John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band – The Ultimate Collection and 50 years of his debut solo studio album with exclusive specials throughout the week.

See the full programming schedule below.

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Recorded in 1970 after The Beatles broke up, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band saw John teaming up with the Plastic Ono Band — featuring Ringo Starr on drums, Klaus Voorman on bass, and producer Phil Spector — to create what John later called “the best thing I’ve ever done.” The iconic album features classic tracks such as “Mother,” “Working Class Hero,” “Hold On,” “God,” and more.

Fully authorized by Yoko Ono Lennon and from the same audio team that worked on 2018’s Imagine – The Ultimate Collection, the eight-disc John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band – The Ultimate Collection has been newly mixed and boasts 87 never-before-heard recordings. Listeners will explore the album’s recording sessions at EMI Studios 2 & 3, Abbey Road, along with Lennon’s post-Beatles singles — “Give Peace A Chance,” “Cold Turkey,” and “Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)” — plus scores of unreleased and rare demos, outtakes, and conversations.

Broadcast Schedule (all times ET)


Fab Fourum

Fab Fourum hosts Dennis Elsas, Bill Flanagan, and Tom Frangione welcome Plastic Ono Band member and longtime Beatles friend/collaborator Klaus Voorman and engineer Rob Stevens, who mixed the new John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band – The Ultimate Collection.

Saturday, April 24th at 7 am

Sunday, April 25th at 6 pm


Kevin Howlett Plastic Ono Band Mini Specials

Beatles historian Kevin Howlett presents a series of seven mini specials featuring music and stories from John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman, Billy Preston, and more dedicated to the John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band – The Ultimate Collection.

Chapter 1

Friday, April 23rd at 12 pm

Sunday, April 25th at 11 am

Chapter 2

Friday, April 23rd at 9 pm

Sunday, April 25th at 10 pm

Chapter 3

Saturday, April 24th at 2 am

Monday, April 26th at 12 pm

Chapter 4

Saturday, April 24th at 11 am

Tuesday, April 27th at 2 pm

Chapter 5

Saturday, April 24th at 3 pm

Wednesday, April 28th at 12 am

Chapter 6

Saturday, April 24th at 9 pm

Thursday, April 29th at 6 am

Chapter 7

Sunday, April 25th at 3 am

Thursday, April 29th at 1 pm


Bill Flanagan Plastic Ono Band Insights

Starting Friday, April 23rd, join Bill Flanagan throughout the weekend as he spotlights various selections from John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band – The Ultimate Collection and offers commentary about the album.

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