Imagine (The Ultimate Collection)

John LennonSeptember 9, 1971
Rock℗ This Compilation ℗ 2018 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group) / Yoko Ono Lennon
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Imagine is John Lennon's second studio album after his departure from the Beatles. Recorded and released in 1971, the album's musical arrangements are more elaborate compared to the basic, small-group arrangements of his first album, the critically acclaimed John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.
Imagine is the most popular of Lennon's solo albums and the title track is considered by many to be one of Lennon's finest songs. In 2012, the album was voted 80th on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time".

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Disc 1

Songs
ArtistPopularity
1
Imagine (Ultimate Mix)3:06John Lennon
2
Crippled Inside (Ultimate Mix)3:51John Lennon
3
Jealous Guy (Ultimate Mix)4:14John Lennon
4
It's So Hard (Ultimate Mix)2:29John Lennon
5
I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (Ultimate Mix)6:08John Lennon
6
Gimme Some Truth (Ultimate Mix)3:18John Lennon
7
Oh My Love (Ultimate Mix)2:47John Lennon
8
How Do You Sleep? (Ultimate Mix)5:39John Lennon
9
How? (Ultimate Mix)3:45John Lennon
10
Oh Yoko! (Ultimate Mix)4:20John Lennon
11
Power To The People (Ultimate Mix)3:26John Lennon
12
Well (Baby Please Don't Go) (Ultimate Mix)4:07John Lennon
13
God Save Us (Ultimate Mix)3:15Bill Elliott
14
Do The Oz (Ultimate Mix)3:12Elastic Oz Band
15
God Save Oz (Ultimate Mix)3:31John Lennon
16
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (Ultimate Mix) (feat. The Harlem Community Choir)3:35John Lennon

Disc 2

Songs
ArtistPopularity
1
Imagine (Elements Mix)2:14The Flux Fiddlers
2
Jealous Guy (Elements Mix)4:14The Plastic Ono Band
3
Oh My Love (Elements Mix)1:57John Lennon
4
How? (Elements Mix)3:37The Flux Fiddlers
5
Imagine (Demo)3:18John Lennon
6
Imagine (Take 1)3:06John Lennon
7
Crippled Inside (Take 3)3:52John Lennon
8
Crippled Inside (Take 6 / Alternate Guitar Solo)3:48John Lennon
9
Jealous Guy (Take 9)2:18John Lennon
10
It's So Hard (Take 6)2:33John Lennon
11
I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (Take 11)4:36John Lennon
12
Gimme Some Truth (Take 4)3:38John Lennon
13
Oh My Love (Take 6)2:49John Lennon
14
How Do You Sleep? (Takes 1 & 2)5:59John Lennon
15
How? (Take 31)3:46John Lennon
16
Oh Yoko! (Bahamas, 1969)5:02John Lennon
17
Power To The People (Take 7)3:28John Lennon
18
God Save Us (Demo)2:58John Lennon
19
Do The Oz (Take 3)6:50John Lennon
20
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (Alternate Mix) (feat. The Harlem Community Choir)3:23John Lennon

Disc 3

Songs
ArtistPopularity
1
Imagine (Take 10 / Raw Studio Mix)3:12John Lennon
2
Crippled Inside (Take 6 / Raw Studio Mix)3:50John Lennon
3
Jealous Guy (Take 29 / Raw Studio Mix)4:21John Lennon
4
It's So Hard (Take 11 / Raw Studio Mix)2:42John Lennon
5
I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (Take 4 / Extended / Raw Studio Mix)7:56John Lennon
6
Gimme Some Truth (Take 4 / Extended / Raw Studio Mix)3:40John Lennon
7
Oh My Love (Take 20 / Raw Studio Mix)2:47John Lennon
8
How Do You Sleep? (Take 11 / Extended / Raw Studio Mix)6:00John Lennon
9
How? (Take 40 / Raw Studio Mix)3:55John Lennon
10
Oh Yoko! (Take 1 / Extended / Raw Studio Mix)6:15John Lennon
11
Imagine (Take 1 / Raw Studio Mix)3:25John Lennon
12
Jealous Guy (Take 11 / Raw Studio Mix)4:27John Lennon
13
I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (Take 21 / Raw Studio Mix)5:17John Lennon
14
How Do You Sleep? (Take 1 / Raw Studio Mix)8:41John Lennon
15
How Do You Sleep? (Takes 5 & 6 / Raw Studio Mix)7:02John Lennon

Disc 4

Songs
ArtistPopularity
1
Imagine (Evolution Documentary)6:50John Lennon
2
Crippled Inside (Evolution Documentary)3:59John Lennon
3
Jealous Guy (Evolution Documentary)6:15John Lennon
4
It's So Hard (Evolution Documentary)6:50John Lennon
5
I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (Evolution Documentary)7:06John Lennon
6
Gimme Some Truth (Evolution Documentary)5:11John Lennon
7
Oh My Love (Evolution Documentary)7:31John Lennon
8
How Do You Sleep? (Evolution Documentary)7:34John Lennon
9
How? (Evolution Documentary)8:45John Lennon
10
Oh Yoko! (Evolution Documentary)3:56John Lennon
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Genres
Total length
4:31:54
Tracks
61
Released
September 9, 1971
Label
℗ This Compilation ℗ 2018 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group) / Yoko Ono Lennon
File type
MP3
Access type
Streaming and by permanent download to your computer and/or device
Internet connection
Required for streaming and downloading
Playback information
Via Google Play Music app on Android v4+, iOS v7+, or by exporting MP3 files to your computer and playing on any MP3 compatible music player
After the longest wait yet for the ‘official’ next album, there was widespread and heightened anticipation of what The Beatles would do to follow Sgt. Pepper. Issued on 22 November 1968, the stark white cover of their ninth UK album signalled they had, once again, overturned all expectations. Called simply The Beatles, but forever to be known as ‘The White Album’, the double-LP may be the most eclectic album ever released. The Beatles seemed determined to write and play in every style imaginable.

The origins of the music are rooted in The Beatles’ visit to Rishikesh, India where they studied transcendental meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Their trip in March 1968 was a communal experience that reinforced the group’s unity. It certainly inspired a prolific phase of songwriting. In May, before sessions began at EMI Studios, The Beatles taped acoustic demo versions of 27 songs at George Harrison’s house. They began recording these new compositions at Abbey Road on 30 May and studio work occupied most of their time until the final date on 16 October 1968. ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘Revolution’ were the first songs to be heard from the sessions when they were released as a stand-alone single on 30 August 1968. It is doubtful whether any other artist would have even considered leaving off their album such a monumental hit single.

The juxtaposition of loud and soft is one of the reasons ‘The White Album’ is so surprising. The raucous rocker ‘Helter Skelter’ precedes the delicate ‘Long Long Long’. The pastoral calm of ‘Mother Nature’s Son’ is placed between the fiery ‘Yer Blues’ and the wildness of ‘Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey’. As usual, there are many humorous touches - as heard in ‘The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill’, ‘Rocky Raccoon’, ‘Piggies’ and ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’. In 1968, The Beatles changed their approach to recording. As Ringo remembered: ‘On “The White Album” we ended up being a band again and that’s what I always love.’ Conversely, more than ever before, it was not considered necessary for all of The Beatles to play on every song. Only sixteen out of 30 tracks featured the participation of all four. Uncredited, Eric Clapton played lead guitar on ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’.

It was clear to everyone in 1968 that The Beatles had recorded an album that was in sharp contrast to its predecessor. As George Harrison explained: ‘We always tried to make things different. There was no chance of a new record ever being like the previous one.’ The group’s remarkable achievement in creating ‘The White Album’ is that, despite such dazzling diversity within the collection, each track is stamped with the unmistakable sound of The Beatles.
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