Seventeen years after it first hit shelves, John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Milk and Honey will be re-released on October 23 with added ingredients.
The digitally remastered reissue will include three bonus tracks and excerpts from Lennon’s final interview, taped hours before his death on December 8, 1980. Lennon and Ono worked on the album’s material during that year, though the record didn’t hit shelves until 1984. The bulk of the couple’s final recordings appeared on 1980′s Double Fantasy, which was re-released last year.
Milk and Honey features them performing solo as well as collaborating. The bonus tracks are: Lennon’s previously unreleased home recording of “I’m Stepping Out”; “I’m Moving On,” a previously unreleased home recording sung by Ono; and “Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him,” featuring Lennon singing Ono’s song from Double Fantasy. That track was previously featured on the 1990 box set Lennon.
The reissue comes on the heels of an all-star benefit tribute to Lennon that featured performances by Lou Reed, Dave Matthews, Stone Temple Pilots and others (see “John Lennon Tribute Assumes New Meaning In Tragedy’s Wake.” )