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Imagine (1971)

Artist: John Lennon
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Format: CD
Sku: 60398231
UPC: 724352485826
UPC 14: 00724352485826
Release Date: 4/11/2000
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Imagine ~ John Lennon
2. Crippled Inside ~ John Lennon
3. Jealous Guy ~ John Lennon
4. It's So Hard ~ John Lennon
5. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama ~ John Lennon
6. Gimme Some Truth ~ John Lennon
7. Oh My Love ~ John Lennon
8. How Do You Sleep? ~ John Lennon
9. How? ~ John Lennon
10. Oh Yoko! ~ John Lennon
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: John Lennon (electric guitar); John Tout, Joey Badfinger, Tommy Badfinger, Andy, Ted Turner, Rod Linton (acoustic guitar); George Harrison (dobro); King Curtis (saxophone); Nicky Hopkins (piano); John Barham (harmonium); Klaus Voormann (bass instrument); Jim Gordon , Jim Keltner (drums); Alan White (cymbals); Steve Brendell (maracas); Mike Pinder (tambourine).
Muze PNote 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 My Love" 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.
Muze PNote 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 love songs 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 is a vitriolic attack on Paul McCartney). Outside of PLASTIC ONO BAND, this may be Lennon's finest solo album.

Producer: John Lennon; Yoko Ono; Phil Spector (Compilation)

Engineer: Philip McDonald; Eddie Klein

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist George Harrison
Muze Guest Artist King Curtis
Muze Guest Artist Ringo Starr

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Captain Fantastic
Muze Music Compilations Here & There
Muze Music Compilations Rushmore
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Christmas!
Muze Music Compilations Royal Tenenbaums (Collector's Edition) (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations The Us Vs John Lennon
Muze Music Compilations Children Of Men
Muze Music Compilations Goin Home:tribute To Fats Domingo
Muze Music Compilations The Essential Now That's What I Call Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Symphony/british:closing 2012 Olympic
Muze Music Compilations Mr Peabody & Sherman (osc)
Muze Music Compilations Rubber Soul: U.S. Version – Mini LP Replica
Muze Music Compilations Captain Fantastic (SACD Hybrid)
Muze Music Compilations Captain Fantastic (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Listen Whitey Sound/black Power 67-74
Muze Music Compilations Funny People
Muze Music Compilations Funny People
Muze Music Compilations Icon:very Special Christmas

Associated Artists and Works

Beatles (The)
The Beatles: Stereo Box Set ~ Beatles (The)
Elephant's Memory
Nilsson, Harry
Original Soundtrack
The U.S. VS. John Lennon ~ Original Soundtrack
Shine On

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/14/2000
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1971
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 5248582
Music Label Name Label : Capitol/EMI Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00724352485826

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (10/28/71, p.48)
- "...On the evidence of IMAGINE, I don't think that John has resolved the manner in which a masterpiece and an artistic dead-end like POB can succesfully be followed....But then, great artists, of whom John is one, are nothing if not resourceful..."

Q (7/00, p.140)
- Included in Q's "The Best Male Angst Albums Of All Time"

Q (4/00, pp.104-5)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...a strange, contrary record with touches of genius....extraordinarily beautiful....it is a signpost to one of the 20th Century's major figures....proof that genius is a series of fleeting moments..."

Mojo (Publisher)
(4/00, p.106)
- "...Contains both the best and worst of the man - the idealist and the ranter, the righteous and the vindictive anger....So you take your choice between the pantheistic songs or the pissed-off plodders..."

NME (Magazine)
(9/18/93, p.19)
- Ranked #34 in NME's list of The Greatest Albums Of The '70s.

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