John Lennon In High Resolution

In honor of John Lennon's 74th birthday on October 9, eight studio albums, two compilations, and the John Lennon Signature Box are making their high resolution debuts. All titles have been digitally remastered in 24-bit for the first time from John Lennon's original mixes.

Imagine and Rock 'N' Roll are available today in 24/96 resolution. Other tiles coming later this month include Double Fantasy, Mind Games, Walls And Bridges, Plastic Ono Band, Sometime In New York City, and Milk And Honey all in 24/96. Two compilations, Power To The People and the 72-track Gimme Some Truth, will be released in 24/44.1. The John Lennon Signature Box will follow in November which includes "the eight remastered albums and an EP of Lennon's non-album singles, all newly remastered in hi-res 96kHz/24bit digital resolution, plus several rarities available exclusively within the box set in 44.1kHz/24bit digital resolution" according to the press release.

Imagine and Rock 'N' Roll are available right now from your 'local' high res distributor.

DH's picture

It does seem to be remastered from the original master tape (mix).
But I believe the 2010 CD remaster (not the 2002)also was from this tape.
To me the hi-res doesn't sound way different from the 2010 CD. It's a good download, but if you have the 2010 CD and aren't a mad JL fan, you might pass.

Drtrey3's picture

I have a very nice, older Japanese pressing of Imagine and the sound is flat and compressed. My money says that the HD version will sound the same. I would love to be wrong, but I think that is how John made recordings by and large. McCartney's records are less compressed and sound more lifelike to me overall. Someone buy the download and let us know.


DH's picture

but if you didn't like the original, you probably won't like this.

Drtrey3's picture

I just do not enjoy it as a sonic masterpiece. Fun music though! The title song has an understated but passionate vocal, nice and haunting to me. How Do You Sleep is great, intense rock and it is fun in an angry sort of way. So I like the record, but I am not at all certain that it was recorded in a way that would benefit from the extra bits.

mlknez's picture

This is not John Lennon in Hi-res. It is John Lennon in the original res (not high) but resampled in a high-res container. None of John Lennon's work was ever recorded in hi-resolution and remastering it does not increase resolution over the master recording.

mbonarigo's picture

It's called analog tape. You may recall that he died in the dawn of the digital era.

If analog mastered to 24/96 isn't hi-rez digital, then what is?

mlknez's picture

The JAS (Japan Audio Society) and the correct definition of a high-resolution file is:

Microphone - Response performance of 40khz or above during recording

Recording - 96khz/24bit or above

I/O Interface - 96khz/24bit or above

Decoding - Playability of 96khz/24bit or above

DSP - Processing of 96khz/24bit or above

D/A Conversion - DAC processing 96khz/24 bit or above

Amplification - Performance of 40khz or above

Only 2 companies currently output commercially available files that adhere to the JAS standard of High-Res audio. AIX Records and 2L Records.

The very best analog tape machine ever was able to record at 17khz without distortion and only could use 10 bits of dynamic range.