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Digitally remastered edition of this 1971 studio album from the Rock icon. Features 'Imagine', 'Crippled Inside', 'Gimme Some Truth' and 'Jealous Guy'.
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Digital Booklet: Imagine
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 2010)
  • Rmst ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B003Y8YXFS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,888 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Edgar Olivares on October 19, 2010
Format: Audio CD
John's back catalog was repackaged to commemorate what would have been his seventieth birthday. This album ranks up with "Plastic Ono Band" as one of his best solo works although this one is a little more accessible. The classic title track and "Jealous Guy" are the two big hits but all the other tracks are great as well. He searches for answers in "Gimme Some Truth" and "How?". There's the anti-war "I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier" and the mellow "Oh My Love". "Oh Yoko!" sounds very catchy while "Crippled Inside" seems autobiographical. Then there's "How Do You Sleep?" (with George playing guitar), where he is clearly talking to Paul. The booklet features sleeve notes and some photos, one of which has John holding a pig by its ears-a parody of Paul's "Ram" cover. The packaging is okay but it's the kind that's prone to scratches on the disc but that's a minor complaint.

John continued to write great songs after The Beatles as this album attests.It is a winner from start to finish that every music fan should have. If you already have the 2000 version, you might not need this but it's still great to have.
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"Imagine", by John Lennon, is the crown jewel of his solo recording career. Released 40 years ago, it still stands as his best and most popular album ever. The title track is to this day, an anthem for peace, and remains a classic rock radio staple. The album is filled with quality musicianship and songwriting. The song "How Do You Sleep", is an obvious attack on Paul McCartney, and the fact that George Harrison appears on the song, playing some of the most stinging solo guitar of his career, speaks volumes about the relationship between Paul, and the other Beatles during that time period. "Jealous Guy", is an apologetic ballad, that hits the listener to the core, and was later remade into a hit record by Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music. The song "Gimme Some Truth", is an all out attack on politicians and the government. The haunting "I Don't Want To Be A Soldier", is a Vietnam era anti-war song that effectively takes the listener to the plight of the draftee, and pending death. Strong stuff indeed. "Oh Yoko", is a fun catchy pop tune, that pays homage to his wife, that actually works as an answer to those who basically trashed her for being Mrs John Lennon. Along with George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass", I believe John Lennon's "Imagine", are the two greatest solo Beatle recordings ever made.
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This is a product of a true genius! Not only do we have the song of the millenium ('Imagine') by the artist of the millenium but also an excellent assortment of acoustic and rock tracks. 'It's so hard', 'I don't want to be a soldier', 'Gimme some truth' and 'How do you sleep?' show Lennon's true characteristic grit with biting fuzzy guitar and equally fitting vocals. Emotional acoustic ballads like 'How?' and 'Oh my love' go nicely with the more jolly 'Jealous guy' and the folksy 'Crippled inside' and 'Oh Yoko!'. A great performance by John, Phil Spector and the Plastic Ono's and also by George Harrison who plays brillient slide guitar. Overall, an enlightening and cheerful album which follows nicely from the outstanding melancholy album 'Lennon/Plastic Ono band'. Nobody will ever rival John's lyrical abilities and certainly won't capture John's mood in quite the same way again. We miss you John.
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Released in 1971, over a year after The Beatles went their seperate ways. John Lennon's Imagine was the first album where he really recieved recognition as a solo artist and that he wasn't just the former memeber of the biggest band in the world. Although Lennon had a couple of hit singles already including "Give Peace A Chance" and "Instant Karma" and he also had one album to his credit "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band" a year before but Imagine established him as a true solo artist. While Plastic Ono Band recieved a lot of critical acclaim, many fans were left scratching their heads over the album's raw style. This record (as I said in my review for Plastic Ono Band) sort of went back to the sound that he was known for with The Beatles. The previous record was more confessional which is why it is less produced in style. This time, he includes more echo with more guitars and an orchestra on some songs. The songs are more complex in arragements while I felt the debut included songs that were more simple.

The album opens with the title track which is Lennon's most popular but also universal song. The lyrics, while simple, make a strong statement but I always felt that was Lennon's best quality when writing lyrics. He was always direct and just said what was on his mind and it makes it even more poetic. The album closes with "Oh Yoko!" which is the happiest song on the record and a very beautiful but honest tribute to his wife. Other highlights on the album include the bittersweet "Jealous Guy" which shows a lovely side of Lennon I think. A personal favorite of mine is "I Don't Want To Be A Soilder Mama" which pre dates most of the Alternative music that came after Lennon. It's a song that sort of has to grow on you but I couldn't get enough of it after a few listens.
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