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Imagine [Original recording remastered]

John Lennon Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B003Y8YXFS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,836 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Imagine (2010 - Remaster)
2. Crippled Inside (2010 - Remaster)
3. Jealous Guy (2010 - Remaster)
4. It's So Hard (2010 - Remaster)
5. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (2010 - Remaster)
6. Gimme Some Truth (2010 - Remaster)
7. Oh My Love (2010 - Remaster)
8. How Do You Sleep? (2010 - Remaster)
9. How? (2010 - Remaster)
10. Oh Yoko! (2010 - Remaster)

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Brand new 2010 digital remaster of the classic John Lennon album. Considered together, Imagine and its startling predecessor, Plastic Ono Band, paint a vivid picture of the state of John Lennon immediately post-Beatles. If Plastic Ono Band found John working out his hitherto repressed feelings about childhood and stardom, then the abiding impression of Imagine is John's one certainty in this storm of doubts and recrimination: his love for Yoko. "Jealous Guy", with its peerless vocal and a spot-on arrangement for strings, is sublime. "Oh MyLove" is all delicacy and melodiousness. "Oh Yoko!" is a celebratory finale with none of the cloying self-obsession of John and Yoko's home movies.
On two other songs where Yoko is not the dominant theme, she is nevertheless invoked through the "oh no, oh no" refrain. That's not to say that lovesongs predominate. Half of the material covers similar terrain to Plastic Ono Band, but the themes are balanced by hope and even light-heartedness. "Crippled Inside" is leavened by its country stylings including Dobro, courtesy of George Harrison, who also spices up two of the album's pivotal tracks, "Gimme Some Truth" and "How Do You Sleep?" (the latter isa vitriolic attack on Paul McCartney). Outside of Plastic Ono Band, this may be Lennon's finest solo album.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Imagine... 6 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
"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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars imagine another remaster 6 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There isnt much to say about this release except that the album is brilliant. And of course its a classic. Much has already been said about the album so I will just add comments about this release.
The remastered sound is excellent and the album sounds better than ever. The packaging is the currently fashionable Eco type with the semi mock vinyl presentation. There is no tray for the CD disc but it has to slip inside the cardboard cover. This was something I found a pain since its much to tight a fit. But other than that it is an excellent presentation.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic remaster of a classic album! 6 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
Mastered from the original 1971 mixes - this is as good as the original mixes are going to sound. I've owned the original 80s CD Release and the original 1971 Vinyl and this is the best Imagine has sounded. Don't hesitate if you're a fan. Bear in mind the mixes themselves are not up to today's standards, but the Abbey Road mastering engineers have done a superb job with the source material. Tape hiss intact too - which means no unnecessary noise reduction used. Imagine that!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagine 22 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
Imagine is one of my favourite albums and my favourite John Lennon album.
Recorded in his home studio (Ascot Sound Studios in Tittenhurst Park)in 1971 it reached number one in the US and UK charts.

The Band : John Lennon, George Harrison' Klaus Voorman, Alan White, Nicky Hopkins and others.

Producer : John Lennon/Phil Spector.

Composer : John Lennon, except "Oh my love" which is credited Lennon/Ono.

The songs :

1 Imagine : The title track became Lennon's signature song and was written as a plea for peace. It was inspired by a poem by Yoko and musically influened by "Beethovan's" "Moonlight sonata". It is a simple and beautiful song with a lyric which asks the listener to consider what the world could be like, stripped of what he see's as distractions to peace. Imagine is a plea for the unity of all the peoples of the world and an imagination of how this could be done without the constraints of religion or politics. 5/5

2 Crippled Inside : Great rocker of a song with a fantastic lyric which states that however you project yourself to the outside world there is one thing you can't hide. It's when you're crippled inside. George Harrisons playing of a "Dobro" (stringed instrument) on this track is worthy of special notice. 4/5

3 Jealous Guy : The music was written in 1968 and was originally composed as "Child of Nature" during the songwriting sessions in India in 1968 that led to The Beatles' double-album The Beatles. The lyric and title were re-written in 1971 and the result is a song of great sensitivity, pain and beauty. 5/5

4 It's So Hard : Great funky Blues track, "sometimes I feel like going down". King Curtis overdubbed some great sax in "New York" during the final mixing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic is a classic in any audio format .... 13 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
Those with sensitve ears and a love of fine detail may miss the original 33.3 rpm version, but its hard for Lennon's Misses (did n't she re-mix this?) or others to detract from this album's charm.
Its more 'commercial' than much of Lennon's Yoko-infulenced material, but its more lyrical, poignant, naive and real than most other music of the period or since.
Buy it and keep it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of all time 14 Nov 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Lennon excelled himself in 1971 with the album, Imagine. Recorded at his home at Tittenhurst Park, it represents his first reconciling of his bare emotional statements to a more commercial musical interpretation.
All of the tracks here are excellent, particularly the moving "Jealous Guy", the gutsy and satirical "Gimme Some Truth" and the unusual "I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier", but the crowning glory is the evergreen "Imagine", rightly considered to be one of the greatest pop songs ever written. Although some of its sentiments may ring through as unrealistic as the end of the 1990's approaches, but the beautiful melody and airy arrangement cannot be ignored.
Apart from some muddy and poorly executed production in places, this album is a masterpiece of popular music making.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lennon
This one of the best albums I have heard with the evergreen Imagine sung with real heart by John Lennon.
Published 14 days ago by Mrs. L. M. Hobbs
4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic album that shows what a fantastic singer and...
I had the CD version in the seventies and absolutely loved it, so I finally downloaded the album. Timeless classics that show what a brilliant song writer and singer he was.
Published 1 month ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars John Lennon update
This was a really late, actually into the Christmas holiday season order, and yet the CD arrived as expected in just three days - and that included a weekend! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. D. Sherlock
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly 5 star album
A faultless Lennon Album. Two in a row after his previous band imploded. Only the over exposure of the title track mars the experience. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Prus Dad
5.0 out of 5 stars real rebel
first the best the last.John was a legend and still is.listen to gimme some truth.really listen to the words of the title track.i don't wanna be a soldier,haunting. Read more
Published 7 months ago by bigt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recording
Timeless masterpiece which has been expertly reworked to give great sound reproduction. Now on the I pad, laptop and in the car. Brilliant just brilliant.
Published 11 months ago by gordon corbett
5.0 out of 5 stars What review could I write?
Someday someone will claim Lennon was a modern day saint.

Received quickly and in good contion

The interesting part of this version is it contains 'How do you... Read more
Published 11 months ago by just Jack
4.0 out of 5 stars imagine
Came as they said with good packing' its in good condition and plays well, with some of my favorite songs. very pleased with this purchase!
Published 11 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars 5
Imagine is a masterpiece from John, very excellent music. John is a very interesting person and You also hear this in his music. Excellent!
Published 14 months ago by Eder Leopold
1.0 out of 5 stars This reveals John's hypocrisy
I have no respect for this album. John Lennon claimed to be a man of peace but on the very same album where he preaches about some ideal world free of hate, he writes an entire... Read more
Published 20 months ago by M. Rosin
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