John Lennon ‎– Imagine - 1971 Rock 180 Grm LP

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John Lennon ‎– Imagine

Apple Records ‎– 0600753570951, Apple Records ‎– 5357095
Back To Black –
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, 180 Gram
21 Aug 2015


A1 Imagine 2:59
A2 Crippled Inside 3:43
A3 Jealous Guy 4:10
A4 It's So Hard 2:22
A5 I Don't Want To Be A Soldier 6:01


B1 Give Me Some Truth 3:11
B2 Oh My Love 2:40
B3 How Do You Sleep? 5:29
B4 How? 3:37
B5 Oh Yoko! 4:18



Companies, etc.

Published By – Lenono Music
Published By – Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Published By – EMI Blackwood Music Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Calderstone Productions Limited
Copyright (c) – Calderstone Productions Limited
Pressed By – Optimal Media GmbH – BE72560
Record Company – Universal Music Group
Published By – Ono Music, Inc.
Published By – Northern Songs Ltd.
Overdubbed At – Record Plant, N.Y.C.
Recorded At – Ascot Sound Studios


Arranged By – Lennon* (tracks: A1 to B1, B3 to B5), Lennon/Ono* (tracks: B2)
Cover [Design], Photography By [Cover Photo], Artwork By [Whip and Mirror], Cover [Cloud Piece On Cover] – Yoko Ono
Engineer [Ascot Sound Studios] – Eddie Beer, Eddie Klein, Eddie Veal, Eddie Offor*, Philip McDonald*
Engineer [Record Plant] – Jack Douglas, Roy Sicala*, Shelly Yukus*
Engineer [This & That At Record Plant] – Al Steckler*, Arlene*, Tom*
Featuring – The Flux Fiddlers
Management [John & Yoko's Personal Assistant] – Dan Richter
Orchestrated By [String Orchestrations] – Torrie Zito
Other [Food By] – Val & Diana
Producer – John & Yoko*, Phil Spector
Typography – George Maciunas
Vocals [Uncredited] – John Lennon
Written-By – John Lennon
Written-By [Uncredited] – Yoko Ono (tracks: A1)


℗ 2010, © 2015 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group).

Includes a printed inner sleeve with lyrics and credits, a poster, two postcards. Copies that are distributed in Europe are part of the Back To Black series and include a download code. Copies that are distributed in the US are not part of this series and do not include a download code.

Made in Germany

John Tout is incorrectly credited with playing the acoustic guitar on track A2. He actually played the piano on this track, per a May 1998 interview with Opening Out. External links are not allowed, so here is the information quoted/taken from that interview:

Was the track you did "Crippled Inside"?
Yes it was. That's the one that I worked on just bashing out chords. They put me down as a guitarist. That was an administrative error on somebody's part. It wasn't anything serious, it was just John Lennon doing his usual/unusual stuff.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A - Etched): BE 72560-01 A1
Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B - Etched): BE 72560-01 B1
Rights Society: BIEM/SDRM
Label Code: LC 01846

With Imagine John was finally able to just be himself, not Beatle John and not Primal scream John but just John. The songs are simple but beautiful in their artistry. The songs here represent the hopes and fears and courage of a man unparalleled in recent history for his importance on the planet to young people FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE. In many ways he was the King of Youth, a title he would have hated and certainly walked away from. On this record you get to hear all sides of this fascinating character of John in full swing;at times playful,scared, mean, sorrowful, idealistic,honest,sadly broken, and STILL HIGHLY inventive and incredibly sensitive. This was an artist at the top of his form--post band days. The Beatles as a band could no longer contain these four giant musicians without constraining them . Here John gets free and leaves the sweetest note possible to his fans for centuries to come.

He was singing about change in world consciousness from one of self absorbed selfishness to one of caring and sharing with all on earth. The ability to live in harmony with all the people on the earth.....the END to all wars, destruction, and man's inhumanity to man

"It is produced by him, Phil Spector and Yoko Ono, and features one other Beatle helping out – namely George Harrison. Long-time Beatle collaborator Klaus Voormann is on bass, Alan White plays drums for some tracks (including the song “Imagine” itself), Jim Keltner, Jim Gordon (also on drums), and Nicky Hopkins on keyboards. There’s even two alto sax solos from the legendary King Curtis on “It’s So Hard” and “I Don’t Wanna Be a Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die”.

What can be said about the title track, probably the most famous and commercially successful solo John Lennon song of all time?

It's certainly a love/hate song for many fans and critics alike. For some it’s a radical message of hope, an anthem for world peace. For others it is simplistic, naïve and even hypocritical. “Imagine the rich and successful ex-Beatle with no possessions!” came the cry. At the time, some religious groups were also deeply offended by the opening line: “Imagine there’s no heaven”.

Over the course of the years though attitudes to have softened, and the song is now part of the lexicon of thinking big about love and peace. It has been played at all sorts of events, from the Olympics, to concerts for peace, fundraisers for world hunger, and recently by a pianist outside the Bataclan Theatre in Paris where so many died at the hands of terrorists. That video immediately went viral. And the song has been covered by such a myriad of artists ranging from Neil Young, Queen, Lisa Minelli, even Lady Gaga.

Yoko Ono says: “When I think of “Imagine”, I think that maybe just for that it was good that [John and I] met – with all the difficulties and trouble that we went through, all the crying I had to do because of the fact that I met John Lennon. That’s how I feel about the song.”

The album embraces a wealth of other sounds and styles. Imagine is much more than just one, hugely famous song. The track “Crippled Inside” is pointed in its message but light-hearted in approach musically with its honky-tonk style piano. It's been likened to Lennon parodying Bob Dylan. “Jealous Guy” is beautiful, mature songwriting and a musically inventive song – a self-referential Lennon revealing his darker feelings and insecurities.

In contrast to “Jealous Guy”, Lennon demonstrates his undoubted rock prowess with “I Don’t Wanna Be a Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die” and “Gimme Some Truth”, an angry, passionate rant aimed primarily at one Richard Nixon, POTUS at the time, for his role in continuing to prosecute the war in Vietnam. It did nothing to help Lennon when he later sought a Green Card to allow him to live and work in the United States, something which took him years.

“Oh My Love”, “How?”, and “Oh Yoko” are each in their way tender, delicate and lovely songs.

The one standout among them though is “How Do You Sleep?”, a pointed tirade of vitriol aimed squarely at Paul McCartney for supposed slights directed at Lennon on his Ram album, released a month before the sessions for Imagine began. Lennon had taken exception to some perceived mild criticism and let Paul have it with both barrels. Thankfully the officially released version of the song is toned down from what it could have been."

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Condition New
Format LP, 180 Gram
Label Apple Records
Artist Beatles
Color Black