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Imagine (The Ultimate Mixes)

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.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Imagine
00:03:06

David Nadien, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Gershman, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - George Ricci, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Lesberg, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Torrie Zito, Conductor/Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Beal, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Charles McCracken, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - George Duvivier, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Lennon, Producer, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Kermit Moore, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Douglas, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alan White, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Emanuel Vardi, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - John Pintavalle, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Raimondi, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Hicks, Mixer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shelly Yakus, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Phil McDonald, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Voormann, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Cicala, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Brown, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Emanuel Green, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Glickman, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Leo Kahn, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Coletta, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Reuben Cohen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aaron Rosand, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Raoul Poliakin, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Sophos, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Katzman, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Julius Brand, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Ginsberg, Unknown, Other - Frederick Buldrini, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Yoko Ono Lennon, Producer - Eddie Klein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joseph Malignaggi, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Buonconsiglio, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Stanley Karpienia, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Julius Shachter, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Theodore Isreal, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Morris Gluckman, Unknown, Other

℗ 2018 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

2
Crippled Inside
00:03:51

Nicky Hopkins, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Lennon, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - GEORGE HARRISON, Dobro, AssociatedPerformer - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Jack Douglas, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alan White, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Hicks, Mixer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shelly Yakus, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono, Producer - Phil McDonald, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Voormann, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Cicala, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Brendell, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Ted Turner, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Reuben Cohen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rod Lynton, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Yoko Ono Lennon, Producer - Eddie Klein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

3
Jealous Guy
00:04:14

David Nadien, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nicky Hopkins, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Gershman, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - George Ricci, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Lesberg, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Torrie Zito, Conductor/Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Beal, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Charles McCracken, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - George Duvivier, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Lennon, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Whistle, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Kermit Moore, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Douglas, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alan White, Vibraphone, AssociatedPerformer - Emanuel Vardi, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - John Pintavalle, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Raimondi, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Hicks, Mixer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shelly Yakus, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono, Producer - Phil McDonald, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Voormann, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Cicala, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Barham, Harmonium, AssociatedPerformer - Alfred Brown, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Emanuel Green, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Glickman, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Leo Kahn, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Coletta, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Reuben Cohen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aaron Rosand, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Raoul Poliakin, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Sophos, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Katzman, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Julius Brand, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Ginsberg, Unknown, Other - Frederick Buldrini, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Yoko Ono Lennon, Producer - Eddie Klein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joseph Malignaggi, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Buonconsiglio, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Stanley Karpienia, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Julius Shachter, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Theodore Isreal, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Morris Gluckman, Unknown, Other

℗ 2018 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

4
It's So Hard
00:02:29

David Nadien, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Gershman, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - George Ricci, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Lesberg, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Torrie Zito, Conductor/Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Beal, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JIM GORDON, Drums, Tambourine, AssociatedPerformer - Charles McCracken, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - George Duvivier, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - King Curtis, Saxophones, AssociatedPerformer - John Lennon, Producer, Electric Guitar, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Kermit Moore, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Douglas, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Emanuel Vardi, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - John Pintavalle, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Raimondi, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Hicks, Mixer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eddy Offord, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shelly Yakus, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono, Producer - Klaus Voormann, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Cicala, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Brown, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Emanuel Green, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Glickman, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Leo Kahn, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Coletta, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Reuben Cohen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aaron Rosand, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Raoul Poliakin, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Sophos, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Katzman, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Julius Brand, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Ginsberg, Unknown, Other - Frederick Buldrini, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Yoko Ono Lennon, Producer - Joseph Malignaggi, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Buonconsiglio, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Stanley Karpienia, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Julius Shachter, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Theodore Isreal, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Morris Gluckman, Unknown, Other

℗ 2018 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

5
I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die
00:06:08

Nicky Hopkins, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - King Curtis, Saxophones, AssociatedPerformer - John Lennon, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - GEORGE HARRISON, Slide Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Jack Douglas, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joey Molland, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Evans, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Hicks, Mixer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shelly Yakus, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono, Producer - Phil McDonald, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Voormann, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Cicala, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Barham, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - MIKE PINDER, Tambourine, AssociatedPerformer - Reuben Cohen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono Lennon, Producer - Eddie Klein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

6
Gimme Some Truth
00:03:18

Nicky Hopkins, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Lennon, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - GEORGE HARRISON, Slide Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Jack Douglas, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alan White, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Hicks, Mixer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shelly Yakus, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono, Producer - Phil McDonald, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Voormann, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Cicala, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Barham, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Reuben Cohen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rod Lynton, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Davis, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Yoko Ono Lennon, Producer - Eddie Klein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

7
Oh My Love
00:02:47

Nicky Hopkins, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Lennon, Producer, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Jack Douglas, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alan White, Cymbals, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Hicks, Mixer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shelly Yakus, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Phil McDonald, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Voormann, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Cicala, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Reuben Cohen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono Lennon, Producer - Eddie Klein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

8
How Do You Sleep?
00:05:39

David Nadien, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nicky Hopkins, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Gershman, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - George Ricci, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Lesberg, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Torrie Zito, Conductor/Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Beal, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Charles McCracken, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - George Duvivier, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Lennon, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - GEORGE HARRISON, Slide Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Kermit Moore, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Douglas, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alan White, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Emanuel Vardi, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - John Pintavalle, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Raimondi, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Hicks, Mixer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shelly Yakus, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono, Producer - Phil McDonald, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Voormann, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Cicala, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Brown, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Emanuel Green, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Glickman, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Leo Kahn, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Coletta, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Reuben Cohen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aaron Rosand, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Raoul Poliakin, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Sophos, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Katzman, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Julius Brand, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Ginsberg, Unknown, Other - Frederick Buldrini, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Yoko Ono Lennon, Producer - Eddie Klein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joseph Malignaggi, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Buonconsiglio, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Stanley Karpienia, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Julius Shachter, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Theodore Isreal, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Morris Gluckman, Unknown, Other

℗ 2018 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

9
How?
00:03:45

David Nadien, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nicky Hopkins, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Gershman, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - George Ricci, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Lesberg, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Torrie Zito, Conductor/Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Beal, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Charles McCracken, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - George Duvivier, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Lennon, Producer, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Kermit Moore, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Douglas, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alan White, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Emanuel Vardi, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - John Pintavalle, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Raimondi, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Hicks, Mixer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shelly Yakus, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Phil McDonald, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Voormann, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Cicala, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Brown, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Emanuel Green, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Glickman, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Leo Kahn, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Coletta, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Reuben Cohen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aaron Rosand, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Raoul Poliakin, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Sophos, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Katzman, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Julius Brand, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Ginsberg, Unknown, Other - Frederick Buldrini, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Yoko Ono Lennon, Producer - Eddie Klein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joseph Malignaggi, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Buonconsiglio, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Stanley Karpienia, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Julius Shachter, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Theodore Isreal, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Morris Gluckman, Unknown, Other

℗ 2018 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

10
Oh Yoko!
00:04:20

Nicky Hopkins, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Lennon, Composer, Author, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Douglas, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alan White, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Hicks, Mixer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shelly Yakus, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoko Ono, Producer - Phil McDonald, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Voormann, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Cicala, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Reuben Cohen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rod Lynton, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Davis, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Yoko Ono Lennon, Producer - Eddie Klein, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

Album Description

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.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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