Imagine Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, April 11, 2000
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If you already own Imagine is it worth buying again? It depends on how much you like the album. The depth, clarity and overall sound quality has been greatly improved. You won't hear any striking differences in the mix as Yoko Ono and engineer Peter Cobbin have remained faithful to the original mix as much as possible. I've read several reviews here about how the sound doesn't "jump out" at you like the outtakes from the Anthology boxset. There's a simple reason for this; the outtakes were no frills takes without overdubbing. Additionally, those tracks were unfamiliar to most fans (except those who had the bootleg boxset)and that unfamiliarity (along with the minor differences between the different takes)allowed one to listen to them with a fresh set of ears. Imagine has become overfamiliar to most folks just from all the radio airplay most of the songs have received over the years.
The booklet isn't a huge improvement over the original CD booklet. It does have some rare and previously unpublished photos. The lyrics were printed on both the original album sleeve and the CD reissue and they are here as well. What this album lacks is a bit more information on the recording sessions themselves. It would have been interesting to see Imagine reissued in a simliar fashion to McCartney's Band On The Run reissue from last year.Read more ›
You should note that this CD was not only "remastered" but "remixed" under the direction of Yoko Ono, John's widow. This gave me some pause as I considered that the integrity of the original music might be compromised in an attempt to update or modernize the sound of this classic album. However, there is nothing to fear. The remastering and remixing is perfect-the music and vocals are given room to breath as each musical element can be clearly heard. This especially helps songs like "I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier" which previously sounded cramped and cluttered. The music, and especially John's voice, are remarkably clear. What this new version also shows is that while John may not have been the most technically polished singer he was certainly one of rock's more emotional vocalists-he sings each song with great feeling and care. The very timbre of his voice communicates deep seeded emotions. Moreover, the inclusion of "Jealous Guy," one of the best love songs Lennon ever wrote, is worth the price of this CD alone.
His first projects outside The Beatles were three LPs, released from 1968 to 1969, on which he collaborated with unconventional, Japanese "performance artist" and his soon-to-be wife, Yoko Ono on a series of experimental tracks, consisting of freeform instrumental noodling, sound effects and spoken or screamed voices (The first of which, the infamous Two Virgins, featured a nude photograph of the somewhat unkempt duo on its cover). Meanwhile a series of the couple's unusual, low-budget films, including a 40-minute video starring Mr. Lennon's penis, appeared at modish art exhibits and film festivals. As projects such as these surfaced and the two became inseparable, it appeared that Mr. Lennon's post-Beatles career would be incorporated into Ms. Ono's aura of avant-gardism and uncompromising weirdness. Then, in December of 1970, he released the album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, which, despite its title, was his first non-Beatles project not to feature his spouse's equal creative footing. Although it was stunning display of lyrical sophistication and bare-boned emotional outpouring, the album would hardly be the typical John Lennon album, with its sheer bleakness and seething antipathy. Still, Mr.Read more ›
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I've always loved this collection of his songs, have the record but a CD player ruined one as a gift
so I ordered this.
I like to Imagine that he was not murdered in cold blood outside his home. Anything of John's is top rate for me. Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by Deborah L. Earl