John Lennon - Imagine

 (The Ultimate Collection)



Total download size: 1.4 GB Total play length: 1:02:22
Cover art included, liner notes not included


The original Imagine album has been faithfully remixed from the ground up by Paul Hicks at Abbey Road Studios under the supervision of Yoko Ono Lennon. Hicks utilized high-definition 24-bit/96kHz audio transfers of the album’s original first-generation multitrack recordings for the task and the result is that the instruments and vocal now have a completely new level of clarity.

A truly unique expanded edition of one of the most iconic albums of all time. This new edition takes us on incredibly personal journey through the entire songwriting and recording process – from the very first writing and demo sessions at John’s home studio at Tittenhurst Park through to the final co-production with Phil Spector – providing a remarkable testament of the lives of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in their own words.

“Imagine was created with immense love and concern for the children of the world. I hope you enjoy it,” says Yoko Ono Lennon

While sifting through boxes upon boxes of the original tapes, engineer Rob Stevens discovered something truly remarkable that had gone unnoticed all these years. “Early 2016, during the gestation period of this project, I'm in the Lennon archives with my people going through tape boxes that have labeling that's unclear, misleading, or missing entirely,” says Stevens. “There's a 1" 8-track that says nothing more on the Ascot Sound label than John Lennon, the date, and the engineer (Phil McDonald), with DEMO on the spine. No indication of what material was on the tape. One delicate transfer to digital later, the “Imagine” demo, subsequently enhanced superbly by Paul Hicks, appears within this comprehensive set. It was true serendipity.”

This completely never-before heard original demo, a sparse home recording of Lennon on piano and vocal playing one of his most famous songs, globally launches Imagine.

In 1971, John Lennon and Yoko Ono conceived and recorded the critically acclaimed Imagine at their Georgian country home, Tittenhurst Park, in Berkshire, England, and in the state-of-the-art studio they built in the grounds, as well as at the Record Plant in New York. The title track’s universally appealing lyrics were inspired by Ono Lennon’s “event scores” in her 1964 book Grapefruit, and she was officially co-credited as a writer on the track in June 2017. Upon release, the album went to #1 in six countries – Australia, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, U.K. and U.S.

The best-selling single of Lennon’s solo career, the titular song was famously written as a plea for world peace. It remains one of the most legendary songs of all time and has earned numerous accolades. BMI designated it one of the top 100 most-performed songs of the 20th century, the Recording Academy

Inducted into the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted it into their 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Additionally, the Guinness World Records British Hit Singles book named it the second best single of all time and Rolling Stone ranked it number three in their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” The song has been covered by everyone from Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ray Charles, Madonna, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Diana Ross, Herbie Hancock and Joan Baez.

This new edition takes listeners on incredibly personal journey through the entire songwriting and recording process – from the very first writing and demo sessions at Lennon’s home studio at Tittenhurst Park through to the final co-production with Phil Spector – providing a remarkable testament of the lives of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in their own words.

The original Imagine album has been faithfully remixed from the ground up by Paul Hicks at Abbey Road Studios under the supervision of Yoko Ono Lennon. Hicks utilized high-definition 24-bit/96kHz audio transfers of the album’s original first-generation multitrack recordings for the task and the result is that the instruments and vocal now have a completely new level of clarity.

The stereo version of the Imagine album proper and its related remixed singles and extras, such as the politically charged “Power To The People,” “God Save Us,” “Do The Oz” and the holiday classic “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” comprise Disc 1. Both album and singles outtakes encompass Disc 2 alongside a quartet of what have been dubbed Elements Mixes, including strings-only versions of “Imagine” and “How?” as well as the vocals-only version of “Oh My Love” and the piano, bass, and drums instrumentation for “Jealous Guy.” The Elements Mixes have been created from a few basic elements from the original multitrack recordings to reveal deeper levels of detail and clarity in the sources used for the master mixes that were either buried or summed to mono in order to open them up and present them on a wider, clearer, and brighter soundstage.

Engineer Rob Stevens helmed what are known as the Raw Studio Mixes on Disc 3. These mixes capture the exact moment John and The Plastic Ono Band recorded each song raw and live on the soundstage located at the center of Ascot Sound Studios at John & Yoko’s home in Tittenhurst. The tracks are devoid of effects (reverb, tape delays, etc.) and a far cry from the finished product. Highlights include the extended renditions of iconic Imagine tracks like “I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die,” “How Do You Sleep?” and “Oh Yoko!”



1. Imagine (Ultimate Mix)
2. Crippled Inside (Ultimate Mix)
3. Jealous Guy (Ultimate Mix)
4. It's So Hard (Ultimate Mix)
5. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (Ultimate Mix)
6. Gimme Some Truth (Ultimate Mix)
7. Oh My Love (Ultimate Mix)
8. How Do You Sleep? (Ultimate Mix)
9. How? (Ultimate Mix)
10. Oh Yoko! (Ultimate Mix)
11. Power To The People (Ultimate Mix)
12. Well (Baby Please Don't Go) (Ultimate Mix)
13. God Save Us (Ultimate Mix)
14. Do The Oz (Ultimate Mix)
15. God Save Oz (Ultimate Mix)
16. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (Ultimate Mix)
17. Imagine (Elements Mix)
18. Jealous Guy (Elements Mix)
19. Oh My Love (Elements Mix)
20. How? (Elements Mix)
21. Imagine (Demo)
22. Imagine (Take 1)
23. Crippled Inside (Take 3)
24. Crippled Inside (Take 6 - Alternate Guitar Solo)
25. Jealous Guy (Take 9)
26. It's So Hard (Take 6)
27. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (Take 11)
28. Gimme Some Truth (Take 4)
29. Oh My Love (Take 6)
30. How Do You Sleep? (Takes 1 & 2)
31. How? (Take 31)
32. Oh Yoko! (Bahamas, 1969)
33. Power To The People (Take 7)
34. God Save Us (Demo)
35. Do The Oz (Take 3)
36. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (Take 21 - Raw Studio Mix)
37. Imagine (Take 21 - Raw Studio Mix)
38. Crippled Inside (Take 21 - Raw Studio Mix)
39. Jealous Guy (Take 21 - Raw Studio Mix)
40. It's So Hard (Take 21 - Raw Studio Mix)
41. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (Take 21 - Raw Studio Mix)
42. Gimme Some Truth (Take 21 - Raw Studio Mix)
43. Oh My Love (Take 21 - Raw Studio Mix)
44. How Do You Sleep? (Take 21 - Raw Studio Mix)
45. How? (Take 21 - Raw Studio Mix)
46. Oh Yoko! (Take 21 - Raw Studio Mix)
47. Imagine (Take 21 - Raw Studio Mix)
48. Jealous Guy (Take 21 - Raw Studio Mix)
49. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (Take 21 - Raw Studio Mix)
50. How Do You Sleep? (Take 1 - Raw Studio Mix)
51. How Do You Sleep? (Takes 5 & 6 - Raw Studio Mix)
52. Imagine (Evolution Documentary - Mono)
53. Crippled Inside (Evolution Documentary - Mono)
54. Jealous Guy (Evolution Documentary - Mono)
55. It's So Hard (Evolution Documentary - Mono)
56. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (Evolution Documentary - Mono)
57. Gimme Some Truth (Evolution Documentary - Mono)
58. Oh My Love (Evolution Documentary - Mono)
59. How Do You Sleep? (Evolution Documentary - Mono)
60. How? (Evolution Documentary - Mono)
61. Oh Yoko! (Evolution Documentary - Mono)

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