John LennonSeptember 9, 1971
'70s Pop℗ 2010 EMI Records Ltd
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Imagine is the second studio album by John Lennon 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, 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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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
℗ 2010 EMI Records Ltd
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In April 1973, three years after news broke that The Beatles would not work again as a group, two compilation albums were released. Called simply 1962-1966 and 1967-1970, each became known by the dominant colour in its artwork. Just as their 1968 double LP was soon called the ‘White Album’, the 1973 collections were forever referred to as the ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’ albums. Together, they included the 26 A-sides of The Beatles’ British singles and a further 27 tracks from the catalogue.

The 1967-1970 album includes eleven hit songs plus a single not released in the UK - ‘The Long And Winding Road’ - which became The Beatles’ twentieth and final American number one. Remarkably, so many of the classics featured - ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’, ‘A Day In The Life’, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, ‘Here Comes The Sun’, ‘Across The Universe’ - had only been available on albums.

The tracks on the ‘Blue’ album were made in the era that followed The Beatles’ decision to stop doing concert tours, which had become musically frustrating and frequently dangerous. After August 1966, they were able to focus all their energies on songwriting and pioneering work in the studio. The first disc released in this new phase of their career was the double A-side ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’/‘Penny Lane’. Its arrival in February 1967, showed the extent of The Beatles’ ambitions in musical and technical experimentation. ‘They didn’t just write songs, they wrote records’, reflected producer T Bone Burnett. ‘That was a first, I think. Nobody had done that before.’

The group’s adventurous work with producer George Martin on the majority of the tracks on the ‘Blue’ album sounded revolutionary when first released. Groundbreaking art and mainstream popularity do not often converge, but did so in 1967 with the critical and commercial success of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. What The Beatles created in a recording studio, changed everything. As Mark Ronson confirms: ‘Everything that we take for granted - they absolutely invented it. It’s because you have the best band of all time with the best producer of all time.’ Producer Rick Rubin agrees: ‘It’s the reference point for everything. It’s the bar that’s set so high that you can never reach it. But thank God it’s there, because we all strive.’
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