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IMAGINE THERE'S
A REISSUE

John Lennon’s cherished 1971 album Imagine will receive its first-ever deluxe treatment as Geffen/UMe releases the six-disc box set, John Lennon: Imagine: The Ultimate Collection on 10/5, a few days ahead of what would have been his 78th birthday.

The 140-track collection is spread across four CDs and two Blu-ray discs, and includes raw studio mixes, 5.1 surround sound mixes, a Quadrasonic Album Mix and previously unheard demos, outtakes and isolated track elements.

Imagine will also be released as a two-CD Deluxe Edition, one-CD remaster, and two LP 180-gram heavyweight black vinyl edition as well as two LP limited edition 180-gram clear vinyl. The digital Ultimate Collection will include all audio from the four CDs and the Deluxe and Standard will also have digital equivalents. 

Yoko Ono oversaw the production and creative direction.

Remixer Paul Hicks says in the book included in the Super Deluxe, “Yoko was very keen that these Ultimate Mixes should achieve three things—to be totally faithful and respectful to the originals, be generally sonically clearer overall and should increase the clarity of John’s vocals. ‘It’s about John’ she said. And she was right. His voice brings the biggest emotional impact to the album.”

The set also includes The Evolution Documentary, a unique track-by-track audio montage that details the journey of each song from demo to master recording via instructions, rehearsals, recordings, multi-track exploration and studio chatter. 

Lennon and Ono conceived and recorded 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.

Early in the process of creating an expanded edition of Imagine, engineer Rob Stevens discovered in early 2016 that numerous tape boxes had incorrect or misleading labels. Written on the box for the demo of “Imagine,” for example, was John Lennon, the date and the name of the engineer (Phil McDonald), with “DEMO” written on the spine.

In addition to the album reissue, the films Imagine and Gimme Some Truth will be re-released in September in remastered HD with new, unreleased content and Thames & Hudson is publishing the book Imagine John Yoko on 10/9.

 

John Lennon: Imagine – The Ultimate Collection

CD1 – Imagine
The Album - The Ultimate Mixes Disc 1

Remix in Stereo 16-44.1

Remixed Stereo Album, Singles & Extras 

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

The Singles & Extras

  1. Power To The People
  2. Well… (Baby Please Don’t Go)
  3. God Save Us
  4. Do The Oz
  5. God Save Oz
  6. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

CD2 - The Ultimate Mixes Disc 2

New Mix in Stereo 16-44.1

Elements Mixes and Album & Single Outtakes

Elements Mixes

  1. Imagine (strings only)
  2. Jealous Guy (piano, bass & drums)
  3. Oh My Love (vocals only)
  4. How? (strings only)

Album outtakes

  1. Imagine (demo)
  2. Imagine (take 1)
  3. Crippled Inside (take 3)
  4. Crippled Inside (take 6 – alt guitar solo)
  5. Jealous Guy (take 9)
  6. It’s So Hard (take 6)
  7. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (take 11)
  8. Gimme Some Truth (take 4)
  9. Oh My Love (take 6)
  10. How Do You Sleep? (takes 1 & 2)
  11. How? (take 31)
  12. Oh Yoko! (Bahamas 1969)

Singles outtakes

  1. Power To The People (take 7)
  2. God Save Us (demo)
  3. Do The Oz (take 3)
  4. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (alt mix)

CD3 - Raw Studio Mixes

New Mix in Stereo 16-44.1

Extended Album Tracks & Outtakes – Live At Ascot Sound Studios

Extended Album Versions - Live

  1. Imagine (take 10)
  2. Crippled Inside (take 6)
  3. Jealous Guy (take 29)
  4. It’s So Hard (take 11)
  5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die

(take 4 – extended)                                                        

  1. Gimme Some Truth (take 4 – extended)
  2. Oh My Love (take 20)
  3. How Do You Sleep? (take 11 – extended)
  4. How? (take 40)
  5. Oh Yoko! (take 1 extended)

Outtakes - Live

  1. Imagine (take 1)
  2. Jealous Guy (take 11)
  3. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (take 21)
  4. How Do You Sleep? (take 1)
  5. How Do You Sleep? (takes 5 & 6)

CD 4 - The Evolution Documentary

New Mix in Mono 16-44.1

The story of each song on a journey from demo to master via instructions, rehearsals, recordings, multitrack exploration and studio chat. Album tracks only.

Blu-ray Disc 1 – Imagine - The Ultimate Mixes

Remixed Stereo Album, Singles, Extras & Outtakes

The Outtakes

New Mix in 5.1 & Stereo 24-96

  1. Imagine (demo)
  2. Imagine (take 1)
  3. Crippled Inside (take 3)
  4. Crippled Inside (take 6 alt guitar solo)
  5. Jealous Guy (take 9)
  6. It’s So Hard (take 6)
  7. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (take 11)
  8. Gimme Some Truth (take 4)
  9. Oh My Love (take 6)
  10. How Do You Sleep? (takes 1 & 2)
  11. How? (take 31)
  12. Oh Yoko! (Bahamas 1969)
  13. Power To The People (take 7)                        
  14. God Save Us (demo)
  15. Do The Oz (take 3)
  16. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (alt mix)

The Quadrasonic Mixes

Remastered in Quad 4.0 24-96

Original 1971 Quadsonic Album Remastered

Blu-ray Disc 2 – In the Studio and Deeper Listening

The Raw Studio Mixes – Extended Album Versions – Live

New Mix in 5.1 & Stereo 24-96

Experience, in immersive Surround Sound, the moment John and The Plastic Ono Band record each song live, from a sonic soundstage at the center of Ascot Sound Studios at John & Yoko’s home in Tittenhurst

  1. Imagine (take 10)
  2. Crippled Inside (take 6)
  3. Jealous Guy (take 29)
  4. It’s So Hard (take 11)
  5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (take 4 – extended)
  6. Gimme Some Truth (take 4 – extended)
  7. Oh My Love (take 20)
  8. How Do You Sleep? (take 11 – extended)
  9. How? (take 40)
  10. Oh Yoko! (take 1 – extended)

The Raw Studio Mixes – Outtakes - Live

New Mix in 5.1 & Stereo 24-96

  1. Imagine (take 1)
  2. Crippled Inside (take 2)
  3. Crippled Inside (take 6 alt guitar solo)
  4. Jealous Guy (take 11)
  5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (take 21)
  6. How Do You Sleep? (take 1)
  7. How Do You Sleep? (takes 5 & 6)
  8. How? (takes 7-10)
  9. How? (take 40 alt vocal)
  10. Oh Yoko! (take 1 tracking vocal)

The Elements Mixes

From the Master Multitracks

New Mix in 5.1 & Stereo 24-96

Mixes from elements of the original multitracks that demonstrate some of the instrumentations from ‘behind the scenes’

  1. Imagine (strings)
  2. Crippled Inside (upright bass & drums)
  3. Jealous Guy (piano, bass & drums)
  4. It’s So Hard (strings)
  5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (guitar, bass & drums)
  6. Gimme Some Truth (electric piano & guitar)
  7. Oh My Love (vocals)
  8. How Do You Sleep? (strings)
  9. How? (strings)
  10. Oh Yoko! (acoustic)

The Evolution Documentary

New Mix in Mono 24-96

The story of the songs from demo to master in rehearsals, studio chat and mixed multitrack elements

  1. Imagine
  2. Crippled Inside
  3. Jealous Guy
  4. It’s So Hard
  5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die
  6. Gimme Some Truth
  7. Oh My Love
  8. How Do You Sleep?
  9. How?
  10. Oh Yoko!
  11. Power To The People
  12. Well… (Baby Please Don’t Go)
  13. God Save Us/God Save Oz
  14. Do The Oz
  15. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
  16. Tittenhurst Park

Imagine John & Yoko – The Elliot Mintz Interviews

New Mix in Mono 24-96

Tribute by DJ and family friend Elliot Mintz featuring revealing, philosophical, honest and humorous interviews with John & Yoko.                       

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