The albums all include songs not featured on the original versions and mark the start of a full reissue campaign for Ono, who received NME’s Inspiration prize at the NME Awards in February at Brixton O2 Academy.
‘Unfinished Music No 1: Two Virgins’ was initially released in 1968. It was recorded over one weekend at Lennon’s home and features the bonus track ‘Remember Love’.
‘Unfinished Music No 2: Life With The Lions’ was released the year after. Its second side was recorded at a suite at London’s Queen Charlotte Hospital after Ono suffered a miscarriage. Its bonus tracks are ‘Song For John’ and ‘Mulberry’.
The third album, 1970’s ‘Yoko Ono Plastic Band’, features Lennon’s former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr, as well as Beatles sleeve designer Klaus Voormann and jazz musician Ornette Coleman. It includes four bonus tracks, ‘Open Your Box’, ‘Something More Abstract’ and ‘The South Wind’ as well as an extended version of ‘Why’.
The reissues mark the first time the albums have been available digitally, as well as their first release on vinyl for many years.
Record label Secretly Canadian said that Ono’s other albums from 1971’s ‘Fly’ to 1985’s ‘Starpeace’ will also be released. Also forthcoming is a reissue of 1969’s ‘Unfinished Music No3:Wedding Album’.