Remastered from the Original Tapes by Sean Lennon & Greg Calbi as Part of Secretly Canadian's Yoko Ono Reissue Project / Accompanying Download Card includes Bonus Tracks
If Two Virgins is the ecstatic first kiss shared between two of pop culture's greatest lovers, then Life with the Lions is the sound of the pair validating their love as something impenetrable and timeless. It's when we, the listener, begin to fully understand that the scope of their recording efforts was much more than a recording collaboration, and something closer to a performative documentary, a declaration of "Our life and our love is our art every nitty, gritty part of it."
The collection begins with a more straightforward piece of improvised music, edited down from a live performance at Cambridge University's Lady Mitchell Hall in March 1969. The entirety of Side B was recorded in a patient suite at London's Queen Charlotte Hospital where Ono was admitted with pregnancy complications and ultimately lost a child, John Ono Lennon II. Available on vinyl for the first time in decades, Unfinished Music, No. 2: Life with the Lions has been remastered from the original tapes by Sean Lennon and Greg Calbi and comes complete with an accompanying download featuring the bonus tracks "Song for John" and "Mulberry," which did not appear on the original release.
Secretly Canadian couldn't be more proud to be a part of re-introducing Yoko Ono's seminal work. The first batch to be reissued will be 1968's Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins, 1969's Unfinished Music No. 2: Life with the Lions, and 1970's Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, all out November 2016, with more to come in 2017. Comprised of 11 studio albums, the reissue project's focus is to painstakingly reconstruct the original vinyl packaging, to thoroughly excavate and appropriately curate the treasure-laden archives of never-before-seen photos and ephemera, and to re-master the audio, all for the purpose of creating the definitive editions of this timeless work. In addition to making the vinyl available for the first time in decades, each album will also be available digitally for the first time ever.