Imagine

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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
One of John Lennon's finest post-Beatles recordings, IMAGINE displays the varied voices that made the former mop-top one of pop's most profoundly engaging and perplexing figures -- an idealist one minute, a cynic the next. Although Lennon's gorgeous title track has become a deserving anthem for peace, the caustic "How Do You Sleep?" -- directed at Paul McCartney -- would hardly seem like a beatnik's olive branch. These ten songs also see Lennon searching for life's most elemental building blocks: truth and love. On "Crippled Inside" and "Gimme Some Truth," Lennon seems ready to throw off the shackles of modern life -- "I've had enough of watching scenes of
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
One of John Lennon's finest post-Beatles recordings, IMAGINE displays the varied voices that made the former mop-top one of pop's most profoundly engaging and perplexing figures -- an idealist one minute, a cynic the next. Although Lennon's gorgeous title track has become a deserving anthem for peace, the caustic "How Do You Sleep?" -- directed at Paul McCartney -- would hardly seem like a beatnik's olive branch. These ten songs also see Lennon searching for life's most elemental building blocks: truth and love. On "Crippled Inside" and "Gimme Some Truth," Lennon seems ready to throw off the shackles of modern life -- "I've had enough of watching scenes of schizophrendic-ego-centric-paranoiac-prima-donnas," he asserts on the latter -- while "Oh My Love" and "Oh Yoko!" celebrate both Lennon's profound love for his wife and his belief in the power of love to transform life. Lennon presents himself as a man searching, baring himself and his own frailties check "Jealous Guy" or "How?", and one happily still in possession of his natural grace with melody. True to the songs, the arrangements are simple, with John at the piano or behind the guitar. With a light hand, producer Phil Spector adorns the tunes with impressionistic string arrangements but leaves John's deeply sincere voice at the forefront of the mix. An imaginative, fiercely honest album, IMAGINE captures a man wrestling with his powers and preserves the fruits of his labors. For this 2000 reissue, the tracks have all been digitally remixed and remastered at Abbey Road Studios under the supervision of Yoko Ono. The enhanced CD booklet, expanded from the original eight pages to 16, includes song lyrics and credits, as well as many rare photos, some taken from the simultaneously released documentary "Gimme Some Truth: The Making of Imagine."
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
After the harrowing Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon returned to calmer, more conventional territory with Imagine. While the album had a softer surface, it was only marginally less confessional than its predecessor. Underneath the sweet strings of "Jealous Guy" lies a broken and scared man, the jaunty "Crippled Inside" is a mocking assault at an acquaintance, and "Imagine" is a paean for peace in a world with no gods, possessions, or classes, where everyone is equal. And Lennon doesn't shy away from the hard rockers -- "How Do You Sleep" is a scathing attack on Paul McCartney, "I Don't Want to Be a Soldier" is a hypnotic antiwar song, and "Give Me Some Truth" is bitter hard rock. If Imagine doesn't have the thematic sweep of Plastic Ono Band, it is nevertheless a remarkable collection of songs that Lennon would never be able to better again.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 077770337919
  • Catalog Number: 03379
  • Sales rank: 20,470

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Imagine - Flux Fiddlers (3:04)
  2. 2 Crippled Inside - Flux Fiddlers (3:49)
  3. 3 Jealous Guy - Flux Fiddlers (4:14)
  4. 4 It's So Hard - Flux Fiddlers (2:27)
  5. 5 I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier - Flux Fiddlers (6:08)
  6. 6 Gimme Some Truth - Flux Fiddlers (3:16)
  7. 7 Oh My Love - Flux Fiddlers (2:45)
  8. 8 How Do You Sleep? - Flux Fiddlers (5:36)
  9. 9 How? - Flux Fiddlers (3:45)
  10. 10 Oh Yoko! - Flux Fiddlers (4:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Lennon Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Human Whistle, Track Performer, Mouth Organ
George Harrison Dobro, Guitar, Slide Guitar
Michael Pinder Percussion, Tambourine
King Curtis Saxophone
Nicky Hopkins Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Track Performer
Yoko Ono Whip
Alan White Percussion, Drums, Vibes, Tibetan Finger Cymbals
Jim Keltner Drums
Joey Molland Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Jim Gordon Drums
Andy Acoustic Guitar
John Barham Harmonium, Keyboards, Vibes
Steve Brendell Bass, Maracas, Upright Bass
Tom Evans Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Rod Linton Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
John Tout Acoustic Guitar
Ted Turner Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Klaus Voormann Bass, Upright Bass
Jim W. Gordon Drums
Tommy Banfinger Acoustic Guitar
Joey Badfinger Acoustic Guitar
Tommy Badfinger Acoustic Guitar
Flux Fiddlers Group
J&P Duo Group
Technical Credits
John Lennon Arranger, Producer
Yoko Ono Arranger, Producer, Author, Cover Design, Cover Photo
Alan White Contributor
Phil Spector Producer
Roy Cicala Engineer, overdub engineer
Peter Cobbin Remixing
Jack Douglas Engineer, overdub engineer
Phil McDonald Engineer
Eddy Offord Engineer
Roy Sicala Engineer
John Tout Contributor
Shelly Yakus Engineer, overdub engineer
Torrie Zito Orchestration
Eddie Beer Engineer
Eddie Klein Engineer
Eddie Veal Engineer
Steve Rooke Mastering
Dan Richter Personal Assistant
Eddie Offor Engineer
J&P Duo Duet
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HOW DO YOU SLEEP? HOW?

    "Imagine" may not have been as groundbreaking or as superb as "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band," but it's certainly more listenable. There is not much that can really be said for the opening title track, except that it has probably had more effect on people as a whole than any other popular song of the 20th century. The way that the piano softly fluctuates as Lennon fantasises about a world with no religion, countries, war, bloodshed or possessions and invites us to do also, and then a lush string quartet - which never goes over the top and always stays in a tender and controlled mood - is introduced as John sings, "you may say I'm a dreamer but I'm not the only one, I hope someday you'll join us and the world will live as one" to convict us that it really would work, if only we would all let it be more than a dream - inspires awe. The other masterpiece of the album is "Jealous Guy," one of John's tenderest and sincerest odes to his wife in which he apologises for an un-named incident and acknowledges his own frailty: "I'm just a jealous guy." There's also the diatribe "How Do You Sleep?" aimed directly at Beatles collaborator and close friend Paul McCartney, with such cruel but irresistible lines as, "The only thing you done was 'Yesterday'." The album basically swings from the political to the confessional - in fact, "Imagine" is probably the most exemplary and typical demonstration of John Lennon's work as a whole - even if "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band" is just a little bit better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful album!

    This is really an amazing album. At first, when I got it, I wasn't really like ''OMG,'' but then I just fell in love with it. There are so many gorgeous melodies, awesome guitar playing, wonderful lyrics (duh, its John Lennon), and its just an overall classic album. By the way, ''Imagine'' the song is NOT the best song on this album. That's really how perfect it is. I probably listen to other Lennon albums more, but this one definitely deserves 5 stars because it is brilliant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Good

    I'v enjoyed listing to john lennon's music my favorite song is ''imagine'' it's so calm and relaxing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very good songs

    I love Lennon's Imagine, even though it is his most popular work. There is a maturity in the best songs from Imagine that was only hinted at previously. We should be happy that he went back to his old style of writting, pre Ono. If you already own Imagine is it worth buying again? The depth, clarity and overall sound quality has been greatly improved. Imagine had become very familiar to most folks just from all the radio airplay most of the songs had received over the years. But since time has passed, so has the radio play. So if you love the songs, want to hear them the way they were inteneded, buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Imagine...

    I love this CD and I love John Lennon. Each song is different from one another, and the title track makes you really think about the world around you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Genius shines

    Absolutly the best of John Lennon's career.The music of a vulnerable man comes shining through as a tribute to his very traumatic life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW!

    This album is awesome! I am a huge JOHN LENNON fan and he is brilliant! This is his BEST work ever! BUY IT TODAY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good artist get the most recognition when they're already dead

    good song, been listening to it since HS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD!

    This was a great addition to my collection.Buy it you will love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love It!

    I think John Lennon is so great and this album really shows him and what he thinks.

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