John Lennon / High Resolution Japanese SHM-SACDs to be issued


Seven John Lennon solo albums will be reissued at the end of this year in Japan on the hi-res SHM-SACD format.

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970), Imagine (1971), Some Time In New York City (1972), Mind Games (1973), Walls and Bridges (1974), Rock ‘n’ Roll (1975) and Double Fantasy (1980) will enjoy the usual lavish Japanese SACD packaging (see these photos of The Police’s Zenyatta Mondatta) but will also be available as in standard resolution ‘red book’ SHM-CD editions. The ‘platinum’ version of the latter shares the same SACD packaging.

These physical releases coincide with the announcement that the hi-res audio will also be available to download via various providers, if that’s your how you prefer to buy your music.

These new Japanese sets are expected to use the 2010 remastering which arguably means that the CD versions aren’t going to sound a whole lot different to what has already been released. Unlike other titles issued on the SHM-SACD/CD format in the last 18 months or so, a new flat transfer isn’t being created for each album, which means we might need to manage expectations in terms of how much different/better the SACDs sound.

We will find out soon enough though with Japanese retailers showing a release date of 3 December 2014 for these Lennon sets.


John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band / SHM-SACD


Imagine / SHM-SACD


Some Time In New York City / SHM-SACD


Mind Games / SHM-SACD


Walls and Bridges/ SHM-SACD


Rock ‘N’ Roll / SHM-SACD


Double Fantasy/ SHM-SACD

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I bought all of the SHM CDs – the discs are plain with small text and apple logo around the rim of the CD, they do not replicate the vinyl labels.

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I’d be curious as well, especially about Plastic Ono Band


I’m curious how “Double Fantasy” sounds if someone would kindly post their thoughts?

Philip Cohen

It should be noted that these will obviously be the more low-fidelity original 1970’s mixes(versus the 1990’s remixes). Yoko & EMI decided to revert back to the original mixes starting with the “Signature Box”.

Mike Cloud

So what’s the point of a new SACD release?

DJ Control

So this would be Universal’s first stab at releasing Lennon stuff…Yes?