by John Lennon


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After the harrowing Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon returned to calmer, more conventional territory with Imagine. While the album had a softer surface, it was only marginally less confessional than its predecessor. Underneath the sweet strings of "Jealous Guy" lies a broken and scared man, the jaunty "Crippled Inside" is a mocking assault at an acquaintance, and "Imagine" is a paean for peace in a world with no gods, possessions, or classes, where everyone is equal. And Lennon doesn't shy away from the hard rockers -- "How Do You Sleep" is a scathing attack on Paul McCartney, "I Don't Want to Be a Soldier" is a hypnotic antiwar song, and "Give Me Some Truth" is bitter hard rock. If Imagine doesn't have the thematic sweep of Plastic Ono Band, it is nevertheless a remarkable collection of songs that Lennon would never be able to better again.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2010
Label: Capitol
UPC: 5099990650222
catalogNumber: 06502
Rank: 3564

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Lennon   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Mouth Organ
George Harrison   Dobro,Guitar,Slide Guitar
King Curtis   Saxophone
Nicky Hopkins   Piano,Electric Piano
Yoko Ono   Whip
Alan White   Bass,Drums,Tibetan Finger Cymbals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Jim Gordon   Drums
John Barham   Drums,Harmonium
Steve Brendell   Maracas,Upright Bass
Rod Linton   Acoustic Guitar
John Tout   Acoustic Guitar
Ted Turner   Acoustic Guitar
Klaus Voormann   Bass,Upright Bass
Joey Badfinger   Acoustic Guitar
Tommy Badfinger   Acoustic Guitar
Mike Pinder   Tambourine

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Drawing,Whistle
Yoko Ono   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Artwork,Art Direction,Cover Design
Phil Spector   Producer
Jack Douglas   Engineer
Phil McDonald   Engineer
Roy Sicala   Engineer
Shelly Yakus   Engineer
Torrie Zito   Strings Orchestrator
Eddie Beer   Engineer
Eddie Klein   Engineer
Eddie Veal   Engineer
Paul Hicks   Remastering Engineer
Dan Richter   Personal Assistant
Sean Magee   Remastering Engineer
Paul Du Noyer   Sleeve Notes
Eddie Offor   Engineer

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Imagine 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think John Lennon is so great and this album really shows him and what he thinks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The song IMAGINE, played in the manner of a hymn, promotes Karl Marx's formula for an ideal world: the abolition of religion, the abolition of capitalism. In his native Liverpool, such thoughts were openly expressed by the working-class, so I doubt that John Lennon was trying to be controversial. Nevertheless, in the United States, almost nobody points out that IMAGINE is a work of received wisdom. It's a beautiful melody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is awesome! I am a huge JOHN LENNON fan and he is brilliant! This is his BEST work ever! BUY IT TODAY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutly the best of John Lennon's career.The music of a vulnerable man comes shining through as a tribute to his very traumatic life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'v enjoyed listing to john lennon's music my favorite song is ''imagine'' it's so calm and relaxing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
good song, been listening to it since HS
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is really an amazing album. At first, when I got it, I wasn't really like ''OMG,'' but then I just fell in love with it. There are so many gorgeous melodies, awesome guitar playing, wonderful lyrics (duh, its John Lennon), and its just an overall classic album. By the way, ''Imagine'' the song is NOT the best song on this album. That's really how perfect it is. I probably listen to other Lennon albums more, but this one definitely deserves 5 stars because it is brilliant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Lennon's Imagine, even though it is his most popular work. There is a maturity in the best songs from Imagine that was only hinted at previously. We should be happy that he went back to his old style of writting, pre Ono. If you already own Imagine is it worth buying again? The depth, clarity and overall sound quality has been greatly improved. Imagine had become very familiar to most folks just from all the radio airplay most of the songs had received over the years. But since time has passed, so has the radio play. So if you love the songs, want to hear them the way they were inteneded, buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this CD and I love John Lennon. Each song is different from one another, and the title track makes you really think about the world around you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Imagine" may not have been as groundbreaking or as superb as "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band," but it's certainly more listenable. There is not much that can really be said for the opening title track, except that it has probably had more effect on people as a whole than any other popular song of the 20th century. The way that the piano softly fluctuates as Lennon fantasises about a world with no religion, countries, war, bloodshed or possessions and invites us to do also, and then a lush string quartet - which never goes over the top and always stays in a tender and controlled mood - is introduced as John sings, "you may say I'm a dreamer but I'm not the only one, I hope someday you'll join us and the world will live as one" to convict us that it really would work, if only we would all let it be more than a dream - inspires awe. The other masterpiece of the album is "Jealous Guy," one of John's tenderest and sincerest odes to his wife in which he apologises for an un-named incident and acknowledges his own frailty: "I'm just a jealous guy." There's also the diatribe "How Do You Sleep?" aimed directly at Beatles collaborator and close friend Paul McCartney, with such cruel but irresistible lines as, "The only thing you done was 'Yesterday'." The album basically swings from the political to the confessional - in fact, "Imagine" is probably the most exemplary and typical demonstration of John Lennon's work as a whole - even if "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band" is just a little bit better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great addition to my collection.Buy it you will love it!
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