John LennonSeptember 9, 1971
'70s Pop℗ 2010 EMI Records Ltd
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Imagine is the second solo studio album by English musician John Lennon, released in September 1971 on Apple Records. Co-produced by Lennon, his wife Yoko Ono and Phil Spector, the album's musical arrangements are noticeably more elaborate and lush compared to the basic, small-group arrangements of his first album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.
The album was recorded throughout 1971 at Ascot Sound Studios, Abbey Road Studios and the Record Plant in New York City. For the album, Lennon enlisted help from numerous musicians, including his former Beatles bandmate George Harrison, Nicky Hopkins, Klaus Voormann, Alan White and Jim Keltner. Its lyrics reflect peace, love, politics, Lennon's experience with primal scream therapy, and following a period of high personal tensions, an attack on former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney in the song "How Do You Sleep?". The album's title track is widely considered to be Lennon's signature song. Extensive footage from the sessions was recorded for a scrapped documentary; bits of footage were later released on the documentary film Imagine: John Lennon.

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Imagine (Remastered)3:07
Crippled Inside (Remastered 2010)3:52
Jealous Guy (Remastered 2010) (feat. The Plastic Ono Band & The Flux Fiddlers)4:17
It's So Hard (Remastered 2010)2:29
I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama (Remastered 2010)6:08
Gimme Some Truth (Remastered 2010)3:17
Oh My Love (Remastered 2010)2:48
How Do You Sleep? (Remastered 2010)5:39
How? (Remastered 2010)3:46
Oh Yoko! (Remastered 2010)4:20
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January 1, 2010
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The television movie Magical Mystery Tour was devised, written and directed by The Beatles. In the UK, the colour film was first transmitted in black and white on 26 December 1967. Consequently, the impact of some special effects was diminished by watching in monochrome and this may have contributed to the bafflement and disappointment experienced by some viewers. On the other hand, many in the large viewing audience were simply expecting some light entertainment for Christmas, not an experimental fantasy. In America, the film was not shown on TV, which made the artwork on the US album seem all the more mysterious. Nevertheless, The Beatles’ music showcased in Magical Mystery Tour was an undeniable success.

The Beatles’ latest material from the film was released in the UK on an unusual format - a double-EP - with three tracks on each seven-inch disc. The songs range in style from the wistful ballad ‘The Fool On The Hill’ and uplifting ‘Your Mother Should Know’ to the ethereal ‘Blue Jay Way’ written by George Harrison. ‘I Am The Walrus’ is as wildly experimental as the film in which it was featured. But The Beatles trusted listeners to be as adventurous and open-minded as they were as record makers. Jeff Lynne’s life was changed when he heard ‘I Am The Walrus’: ‘The actual sound of it was just like something from outer space to me. The cello parts are just unbelievable.’

In the USA and other countries, EP releases were no longer considered viable. Instead, the six new film songs were compiled into an album with current hit ‘Hello, Goodbye’ and tracks previously released on singles. Now regarded as one of the greatest singles ever released, in February 1967 ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’/‘Penny Lane’ had heralded what was to be a year of groundbreaking recordings. The second Beatles single of the year, ‘All You Need Is Love’, was performed at Abbey Road during a live global TV broadcast on 25 June. The ambitious Our World programme was the first to link five continents by satellite, allowing an audience of 350 million to be introduced to The Beatles' specially written anthem.

Magical Mystery Tour is a perfect companion to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Together, the two albums include all of the group’s 24 recordings released in 1967 - the peak year of what is often described as The Beatles’ ‘psychedelic’ period. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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