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John Lennon’s Imagine reissued as comprehensive six-disc box set

4CD+2x blu-ray box set • 135-tracks • New 5.1 surround • Vintage Quad mix • track-by-track ‘audio montages’ • Raw Studio Mixes

John Lennon / Imagine reissue 5 october 2018


In October, Universal Music will reissue John Lennon‘s 1971 Imagine album across a number of physical formats as Imagine – The Ultimate Collection. The most exciting of these is a new six-disc (four CDs and two blu-ray audio discs) super deluxe edition box set that is ‘remixed and remastered’ and contains all manner of outtakes, sessions, demos, alternate takes, surround mixes, and more. 135 tracks in total.

Fully authorised by Yoko Ono Lennon (who oversaw the production and creative direction), this set offers a variety of “immersive and intimate” listening experiences including what are being called the ‘Ultimate Mixes‘ of the album which promise amazing definition and clarity to ‘Raw Studio Mixes‘ which allow fans to her original stripped back performances to new 5.1 surround mixes and the old Quad Mix which is available for the first time in over 45 years.

Imagine – The Ultimate Edition features four CDs, two blu-ray audios and a book


Of particular interest is ‘The Evolution Documentary’, which is describe as a ‘track-by-track audio montage’ that takes you through the development of each song from demo to master recording via “instructions, rehearsals, recordings, multitrack exploration and studio chatter.”

Fans might observe from the detailed track listings below, the fact that a remastered version of the original album mix is not present anywhere and neither is the ten-track album ‘alone’ on a disc at any point (CD 1 appends some bonus single A-sides and B-sides). The good news is that the two blu-ray discs appear to include EVERYTHING on the four CDs AND MORE. For example, there are only four ‘Elements’ mixes of tracks from Imagine on CD 2 of this box set, but six more (i.e. all the other album tracks) make an appearance on the second blu-ray disc. Likewise, what promises to be very interesting ‘Evolution’ mixes go beyond the just the album on blu-ray with bonus extra evolution mixes, including ‘Power To The People’, ‘Do The Oz’, ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ and one called ‘Tittenhurst Park’.

The original Quad tape boxes


The blu-ray discs contain a hi-res stereo and 5.1 surround sound version of the new remix of Imagine, and the 10 album tracks in the original Quad Mix.  The press release talks of 35 tracks in 5.1 surround sound, which means 25 of the singles, outtakes and remixes are also available in surround sound, although the track listing contradicts that slightly and suggests nearly all the content on the blu-rays has been remixed for 5.1. I’d suggest at this point that that may not be accurate and the 35 figure is more likely.

All audio has been remixed by engineer Paul Hicks at Abbey Road Studios under the supervision of Yoko Ono Lennon. He used high-definition 24-96 audio transfers of the original first generation multi-track recordings.

Talking about the remixes Hicks had the following to say:

“Phil Spector generally tended to record instruments directly onto the tape with all the reverb effects included (as was the case with George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass album). For the Imagine recordings, John & Yoko deliberately had all the tracks recorded dry. This made the album easier to remix with greater sonic clarity, because we had so much more individual control over each track. ‘Soldier’ has a big soup-y reverb all over it, but ‘Crippled Inside’ is really dry and raw. And that’s the beauty of John & Yoko’s collaboration with Phil Spector.

In 1971, before they recorded the strings in New York, John, Yoko and Phil did a stereo mix at Ascot Sound Studios, and having that original mix without strings helped in matching the new mixes to the originals. Using that as a starting point, we expanded it out as far as it felt it needed to go – in most cases, it was vocal work.

On the original Imagine album, the strings were all mixed down to mono.

In the new Ultimate Remixes, the strings are mixed in surround sound or in stereo – which also helps retain the focus on John. When you add the strings, it really takes the overall sound up to a whole new level. In the 5.1 Surround Sound mixes, John’s voice mainly comes straight out of the centre speaker, so you really connect with him, especially on the ballads.”




The super deluxe edition of Imagine surely exceeds the expectations of the majority of Lennon fans and will, by some margin, be the deepest exploration of an ex-Beatle’s solo work to date. A two-CD deluxe edition, a 2LP black vinyl (and limited clear vinyl) and a single CD remaster will also be available. The double vinyl has a selection of 12 outtakes on the second record.

Don’t forget, that the Imagine and Gimme Some Truth films have been hand-restored frame-by-frame from the original film reels into HD, and their soundtracks have been remixed in 5.1 surround sound, and remastered. They will also be released (together) on blu-ray and DVD in October. The Imagine film is also being shown theatrically.

In terms of the box set pricing, for USA fans (or anyone outside the EU) the price comes down to £67 with VAT deducted, with only £3 for tracked shipping to the US! That’s something like $90 all in!

Imagine will reissued on 5 October 2018.

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Paul Hicks’ insight into The Ultimate Mixes Outtakes:

The Ultimate Mixes Out-takes are mixed with a balance and EQ more akin to the original album mixes, with a little bit of additional effects – in the style of a ‘rough listening mix’ that John & Yoko and Phil Spector would have used to play them back at Ascot Sound Studios.

Imagine (demo)
Recorded four days before the master take on 23 May 1971, it’s a bit looser and covered in reverb, but it’s fully formed and beautifully raw with a little bluesy ending.

Imagine (take 1)
With the addition of John Tout on vibes, John Barham on harmonium and Nicky Hopkins on electric piano, and without the orchestral strings. John’s piano and vocal are both fully formed.

Crippled Inside (take 6 alt guitar solo)
The same take as the album master, with a different Dobro solo by George Harrison.

Jealous Guy (take 9)
Halfway to the final version (which was take 29) comes this beauty with Joey Molland and Tom Evans from Badfinger on acoustic guitars.

It’s So Hard (take 6)
Before the overdubs with John’s piano and King Curtis’ saxophones, this raw and rocking version has John on electric guitar and vocals, Jim Gordon on drums and Klaus Voormann on bass, much less reverb, and includes a little guitar solo from John.

I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (take 11)
Away from the deep soup-y reverb of the album version, this much earlier recording from 16 February 1971 features Bobby Keys on saxophone with a looser, more reggae feel.

Gimme Some Truth (take 4)
An earlier incarnation of take 4 before the overdubs – the guide vocal is less swamped in reverb, there’s no guitar solo, no electric harpsichord and no bass overdubs yet, but the song still has plenty of bite.

Oh My Love (take 6)
In this charming early and ‘un-produced’ take, the musicians are still perfecting the technical accuracy within the simplicity of their playing and John’s vocal has a palpable vulnerability.

How Do You Sleep? (takes 1 & 2)
A little funkier and with more improvisation from Nicky Hopkins on electric piano and George Harrison on electric guitar, this early combination of the two takes has a wonderful ‘live’ feel.

How? (take 31)
Three-quarters of the way to the final take 40, this was the last take to use John Tout’s vibes, which were eventually replaced by strings, and acoustic guitars played by Rod Lynton and Andy Davis.

Oh Yoko! (Bahamas 1969)
Discovered within the footage from John & Yoko’s Bed Peace movie, this is from the day they spent in the Bahamas on the way to Toronto and ultimately Montreal for their famous Bed-In for Peace. John & Yoko are playing the song to an obviously delighted Derek Taylor, their friend and publicist.

Power To The People (take 7)
This version relies heavily on John’s repetitive piano riff (eventually covered over by the choir) with strong vocals from John and sax by Bobby Keys.

God Save Us (demo)
John sent this demo to the Oz office so they could learn and write the words.

Do The Oz (take 3)
Michael Ramsden apes John’s guide vocal, with fantastic screams and vocal gymnastics from a duetting Yoko.

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (Alt Mix)
John & Yoko duet in a stripped-back acoustic singalong mix of the master take, this time without the orchestra, choir and other Phil Spector production flourishes.


Imagine – The Ultimate Edition: 6-disc Super Deluxe Edition

Disc: 1 

Remixed Stereo Album

1. Imagine
2. Crippled Inside
3. Jealous Guy
4. It’s So Hard
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die
6. Gimme Some Truth
7. Oh My Love
8. How Do You Sleep?
9. How?
10. Oh Yoko!

Remixed Singles and Extras

11. Power To The People
12. Well… (Baby Please Don’t Go)
13. God Save Us
14. Do The Oz
15. God Save Oz
16. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Disc: 2 

Elements Mixes

1. Imagine (strings only)
2. Jealous Guy (piano, bass & drums)
3. Oh My Love (vocals only)
4. How? (strings only)

Album Outtakes

5. Imagine (demo)
6. Imagine (take 1)
7. Crippled Inside (take 3)
8. Crippled Inside (take 6 – alt guitar solo)
9. Jealous Guy (take 9)
10. It’s So Hard (take 6)
11. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (take 11)
12. Gimme Some Truth (take 4)
13. Oh My Love (take 6)
14. How Do You Sleep? (takes 1 & 2)
15. How? (take 31)
16. Oh Yoko! (Bahamas 1969)

Singles Outtakes

17. Power To The People (take 7)
18. God Save Us (demo)
19. Do The Oz (take 3)
20. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (alt mix)

Disc: 3 

Extended Album Tracks and Raw

1. Imagine (take 10)
2. Crippled Inside (take 6)
3. Jealous Guy (take 29)
4. It’s So Hard (take 11)
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die
6. Gimme Some Truth (take 4 – extended)
7. Oh My Love (take 20)
8. How Do You Sleep? (take 11 – extended)
9. How? (take 40)
10. Oh Yoko! (take 1 extended)

Outtakes Live

11. Imagine (take 1)
12. Jealous Guy (take 11)
13. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (take 21)
14. How Do You Sleep? (take 1)
15. How Do You Sleep? (takes 5 & 6)

Disc: 4

Evolution (from demo to final mix)

1. Imagine
2. Crippled Inside
3. Jealous Guy
4. It’s So Hard
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die
6. Gimme Some Truth
7. Oh My Love
8. How Do You Sleep?
9. How?
10. Oh Yoko!

Disc 5 – Blu-ray audio #1:

Remixed Stereo Album, Singles, Extras, 5.1., Quadrasonic & Outtakes

1. Imagine
2. Crippled Inside
3. Jealous Guy
4. It’s So Hard
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die
6. Gimme Some Truth
7. Oh My Love
8. How Do You Sleep?
9. How?
10. Oh Yoko!
11. Power To The People
12. Well… (Baby Please Don’t Go)
13. God Save Us
14. Do The Oz
15. God Save Oz
16. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
17. Imagine (Quadrasonic Mix)
18. Crippled Inside (Quadrasonic Mix)
19. Jealous Guy (Quadrasonic Mix)
20. It’s So Hard (Quadrasonic Mix)
21. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (Quadrasonic Mix)
22. Gimme Some Truth (Quadrasonic Mix)
23. Oh My Love (Quadrasonic Mix)
24. How Do You Sleep? (Quadrasonic Mix)
25. How? (Quadrasonic Mix)
26. Oh Yoko! (Quadrasonic Mix)
27. Imagine (demo)
28. Imagine (take 1)
29. Crippled Inside (take 3)
30. Crippled Inside (take 6 alt guitar solo)
31. Jealous Guy (take 9)
32. It’s So Hard (take 6)
33. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (take 11)
34. Gimme Some Truth (take 4)
35. Oh My Love (take 6)
36. How Do You Sleep? (takes 1 & 2)
37. How? (take 31)
38. Oh Yoko! (Bahamas 1969)
39. Power To The People (take 7)
40. God Save Us (demo)
41. Do The Oz (take 3)
42. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (alt mix)

Blu-ray Disc 1 – Imagine – The Ultimate Mixes 
Remixed Stereo Album, Singles, Extras & Outtakes 

Imagine – The Album
Remix in 5.1 & Stereo 24-96
1. Imagine
2. Crippled Inside
3. Jealous Guy
4. It’s So Hard
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die
6. Gimme Some Truth
7. Oh My Love
8. How Do You Sleep?
9. How?
10. Oh Yoko!

Singles & Extras
Remix in 5.1 & Stereo 24-96
1. Power To The People
2. Well… (Baby Please Don’t Go)
3. God Save Us (Bill Elliot vocal)
4. Do The Oz
5. God Save Oz (John Lennon vocal)
6. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

The Out-takes
New Mix in 5.1 & Stereo 24-96

1. Imagine (demo)
2. Imagine (take 1)
3. Crippled Inside (take 3)
4. Crippled Inside (take 6 alt guitar solo)
5. Jealous Guy (take 9)
6. It’s So Hard (take 6)
7. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (take 11)
8. Gimme Some Truth (take 4)
9. Oh My Love (take 6)
10. How Do You Sleep? (takes 1 & 2)
11. How? (take 31)
12. Oh Yoko! (Bahamas 1969)
13. Power To The People (take 7)
14. God Save Us (demo)
15. Do The Oz (take 3)
16. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (alt mix)

The Quadrasonic Mixes
Remastered in Quad 4.0 24-96
Original 1971 Quadsonic Album Remastered

1. Imagine
2. Crippled Inside
3. Jealous Guy
4. It’s So Hard
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die
6. Gimme Some Truth
7. Oh My Love
8. How Do You Sleep?
9. How?
10. Oh Yoko!

Blu-ray Disc 2 – In The Studio and Deeper Listening

The Raw Studio Mixes – Extended Album Versions – Live
New Mix in 5.1 & Stereo 24-96
Experience, in immersive Surround Sound, the moment John and The Plastic Ono Band record each song live, from a sonic soundstage at the center of Ascot Sound Studios at John & Yoko’s home in Tittenhurst

1. Imagine (take 10)
2. Crippled Inside (take 6)
3. Jealous Guy (take 29)
4. It’s So Hard (take 11)
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (take 4 – extended)
6. Gimme Some Truth (take 4 – extended)
7. Oh My Love (take 20)
8. How Do You Sleep? (take 11 – extended)
9. How? (take 40)
10. Oh Yoko! (take 1 – extended)

The Raw Studio Mixes – Out-takes – Live
New Mix in 5.1 & Stereo 24-96
1. Imagine (take 1)
2. Crippled Inside (take 2)
3. Crippled Inside (take 6 alt guitar solo)
4. Jealous Guy (take 11)
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (take 21)
6. How Do You Sleep? (take 1)
7. How Do You Sleep? (takes 5 & 6)
8. How? (takes 7-10)
9. How? (take 40 alt vocal)
10. Oh Yoko! (take 1 tracking vocal)

The Elements Mixes
From the Master Multitracks

New Mix in 5.1 & Stereo 24-96
Mixes from elements of the original multitracks that demonstrate some of the instrumentations from ‘behind the scenes’

1. Imagine (strings)
2. Crippled Inside (upright bass & drums)
3. Jealous Guy (piano, bass & drums)
4. It’s So Hard (strings)
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (guitar, bass & drums)
6. Gimme Some Truth (electric piano & guitar)
7. Oh My Love (vocals)
8. How Do You Sleep? (strings)
9. How? (strings)
10. Oh Yoko! (acoustic)

The Evolution Documentary
New Mix in Mono 24-96
The story of the songs from demo to master in rehearsals, studio chat and mixed multitrack elements

1. Imagine
2. Crippled Inside
3. Jealous Guy
4. It’s So Hard
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die
6. Gimme Some Truth
7. Oh My Love
8. How Do You Sleep?
9. How?
10. Oh Yoko!
11. Power To The People
12. Well… (Baby Please Don’t Go)
13. God Save Us/God Save Oz
14. Do The Oz
15. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
16. Tittenhurst Park

Imagine John & Yoko – The Elliot Mintz Interviews
New Mix in Mono 24-96
Tribute by DJ and family friend Elliot Mintz featuring revealing, philosophical, honest and humorous interviews with John & Yoko.

Imagine – 2LP vinyl

LP 1 – Imagine 2018 remix

1 Imagine
2 Crippled Inside
3 Jealous Guy
4 It’s So Hard
5 I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die
6 Gimme Some Truth
7 Oh My Love
8 How Do You Sleep?
9 How?
10 Oh Yoko!

LP 2 – Outtakes

1 Imagine (Original demo recorded at Ascot)
2 Imagine (Take 1)
3 Crippled Inside (Take 3)
4 Crippled Inside (Take 6 alternate guitar solo)
5 Jealous Guy (Take 9)
6 It’s So Hard (Take 6)
7 I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier (Take 25)
8 Gimme Some Truth (Take 4)
9 Oh My Love (Take 6)
10 How Do You Sleep? (Takes 1 & 2)
11 How? (Take 31)
12 Oh Yoko! (from Bed Peace footage – Sheraton Hotel, Bahamas 1969)

Imagine – The Ultimate Edition: 2CD Deluxe Edition

Disc: 1 

Remixed Stereo Album

1. Imagine
2. Crippled Inside
3. Jealous Guy
4. It’s So Hard
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die
6. Gimme Some Truth
7. Oh My Love
8. How Do You Sleep?
9. How?
10. Oh Yoko!

Remixed Singles and Extras

11. Power To The People
12. Well… (Baby Please Don’t Go)
13. God Save Us
14. Do The Oz
15. God Save Oz
16. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Disc: 2 

Elements Mixes

1. Imagine (strings only)
2. Jealous Guy (piano, bass & drums)
3. Oh My Love (vocals only)
4. How? (strings only)

Album Outtakes

5. Imagine (demo)
6. Imagine (take 1)
7. Crippled Inside (take 3)
8. Crippled Inside (take 6 – alt guitar solo)
9. Jealous Guy (take 9)
10. It’s So Hard (take 6)
11. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (take 11)
12. Gimme Some Truth (take 4)
13. Oh My Love (take 6)
14. How Do You Sleep? (takes 1 & 2)
15. How? (take 31)
16. Oh Yoko! (Bahamas 1969)

Singles Outtakes

17. Power To The People (take 7)
18. God Save Us (demo)
19. Do The Oz (take 3)
20. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (alt mix)



Imagine – The Ultimate Edition: single CD

Remixed Stereo Album

1. Imagine
2. Crippled Inside
3. Jealous Guy
4. It’s So Hard
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die
6. Gimme Some Truth
7. Oh My Love
8. How Do You Sleep?
9. How?
10. Oh Yoko!

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Dean

Am I missing something here? Got the box set and there doesn’t seem to be a 5.1 mix on BD disc 1 of The Out-takes. No audio option in the menu, and the display on my Sony BD player only shows up as 2.0ch 96khz/24bit. My Denon AV receiver displays as PLII whereas on the other stuff on the same disc it displays DTS.

angel

Is Jealous Guy (take 9) and Oh My Love (take 6) the same takes used in the Lennon Anthology ?

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Steve

Revisiting this release, long after the fact. Hopefully the following is something that hasn’t been discussed to death — I haven’t noticed it anywhere.

One thing about this release, it seems fairly obvious it’s Blu-ray first, with the CDs being an add-on. As opposed to most box sets that are more, “CDs plus a DVD/Blu-ray” — the DVD/BD is an extra, even an after-thought. For a reissue with surround mixes, I find Imagine’s approach is a strong step forward. And definitely draws comparison to XTC’s “Surround Sound Series”, which is really doing the same thing, on a more modest price point.

The book devotes a fair few pages to the sound mapping you experience listening the surround mixes, which I find an awesome touch – if we are deep-diving into this album, let’s go all the way. As opposed to other boxes where the surround mix is barely mentioned. Do they think people shelling out $100+ for these sets don’t care about *all* the contents?

I love the Imagine SDE as much for the great liner notes as for the actual content, and I hope we see more releases take this approach in the future.

patrick

Hello,
This is about “how do you sleep?” The music is fine, but the words are awful. Such a level of hate and contempt towards Paul! it’s unbelievable. I even read somewhere that John wanted to write after” the only thing you’ve done was yesterday” : “but you must have pinched that bit anyway”. Somebody begged him to change that
Another shock is when going through the list of musicians, I found George. How could he agree to play on that song? It tells a lot about his real personnality and it is surely far from the teaching of the Maharashi
Patrick

Gary

I’m late responding to this release because to me personally, it’s neither here nor there as my music taste goes, however, I’ve just heard Yoko Ono’s ambient revamp of Imagine and can only think f___ me!

Stig Ole Spang

Bought the 2LP and 2 cd version. I have listened to both the vinyl and the cd. I love the outtakes but I think the ultimate mixes unfortunately are way too bass heavy. Also the midrange EQ seems kind of closed in – muffled even (If that’s the correct term for not clear). Not so much the vocal but the instrumentation. I compared to the remixed and remastered cd from 2000, which I think is a way better mix overall. Also my vinyl copy is rather noisy compared to the new Egypt Station which is dead silent. Of course there are also some improvements in some of the new mixes but I think that this will never be my go to version of Imagine. To end on a more positive note: I think the new mixes and the outtakes stayed clear of the heavy compression issuses (eg. loudness war) that plagued the new Sgt. Pepper stereo mix.

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Andrew b

This looks superb, one gripe why isn’t there a separate BRD of this box set, seems to be doubling up on the same material, could of done it like the XTC reissues.

Alan Fenwick

Just to note all 3 stores selling the clear vinyl have now sold out, that’s Recordstore.co.uk, Universal store and The Sound Of Vinyl.

Also the deluxe Blu Ray and Dvd bundles have also now also sold out at the Universal store.

Tom Kristensen

This package sounded very promising, until I discovered the six extra tracks on the main disc. Why? Imagine is a classic piece of art that should not be changed.

Robert Laversuch

But you are getting six further songs and that cannot be bad! Just a thought.

Alfredo

I can’t find any answer on the internet (quite strange)…anyway, this is more a generic question, but can be applied to the new Lennon DVD as well: can someone explain me why the BluRay is just £1 more expensive than DVD (on Amazon.uk)? Should that be at least double price? I don’t have any bluray player, but with only £1 more, I would buy that version, even if I can’t watch it then…

Kevin J. O'Conner

Frankly, I can’t get too excited about this. Once it is released, I will probably check out whichever edition makes it to my local public library; otherwise, I’ve never been too keen on Imagine the album (and I hate the song “Jealous Guy”). As an album I think Walls and Bridges is much better—and John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band tops them both. If “Imagine” weren’t such an iconic song, I think the album would be viewed very differently.

That said, it will be interesting to hear the strings in stereo. One drawback to the production of Lennon’s early 1970s albums is that they often sound strangely thin. In the case of “Imagine”, mono strings undoubtedly contributed to that.

Michael

I always felt “Imagine,” as it was originally released in 1971, was overproduced by Phil Spector to deliberately make it more commercial. I guess the idea was that if the album sounded big and anthemic, it might attract a bigger audience, which I guess it did. But by applying all that reverb, and layers and layers of sound to the final mix, the intimacy and immediacy of John Lennon voice was lost. This is why I think many, including myself, always preferred the raw and confessional distinction of “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.” Thankfully, this new re-mixed SDE of “Imagine” includes demos and re-mixed versions of the songs before the shellac was heavily applied by Mr. Spector — meaning the grit and grain of John Lennon’s “Imagine” might now be appreciated.

Danielz

Always loved John Lennon. This 6cd set is a must for me. Already ordered from Amazon. The Yoko box is a little to expensive and a bit of an ‘advantage take’ on fans I feel. The price of £63 is fair, especially these days, where record companies appear to be throwing an extra ‘0’ onto any box set release. I now look forward to receiving mine in October!

Brice

I don’t find where I can pre-order the clear vinyl edition

Brice

Thank you Paul !!!!

moog_man

Minor detail, but can anyone confirm if the poster is only available through U-Discover?
Their “Ultimate Collection Complete Fan” bundle (LP, 6 discs, 120pg book: £100) mentions an exclusive ‘Imagine’ Theatrical poster. The vinyl also comes with a different poster – the classic image of Lennon behind the white grand. Their “Ultimate Collection – Super Deluxe + Theatrical poster” (6 discs, 120pg book: £64.99) looks to be the same poster, but isn’t described as exclusive.
I think it might be. HMV’s product descriptions are notoriously appalling on detail, so I’m not going there. What about Amazon… will they have the poster, anyone reckon?

The Complete Fan bundle is calling me – but for the longed-for White Album SDE a month later. Urrgghhh

Texquad

Only interested in the 5.1 album mix so no interest in the whole set. Anyone know who did this new mix?
That quad mix is truly a novelty and not very good.

Mathew Lauren

Still no AMAZON.com listing :(

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Tyrone

I’m all over this release. The multi track stems (string arrangements etc) are very interesting for me.
De-mixing / breaking down recordings can be a very expensive pursuit using cloud based software.

I’m hoping other artists will follow suit and release multi tracks.

The Imagine film looks fantastically restored.

Great post

Ben Williams

Apologies if I’ve missed this in the article Paul – but do we know if the studio tracks on CDs 2, 3 and 4 differ to any of the outtakes/alt versions on the Lennon Anthology?

Guy

Paul, Canadian Deluxe is up for $108 currently https://amzn.to/2MPRGTO. Guy

Aaron

For US shoppers, the Current amazon Germany deal beats the amazon EU price by about $10, once VAT is deducted. about $90 for the EU. $81 and Change for Germany.

Bogdan

I pre-ordered the SDE on Amazon for £80. Should I be worried about the price not coming down prior to release date? I noticed people mentioned pre-ordering for around £60 and indeed uDiscover has it on pre-order for £65, I think. Or you could spend £100 there and get yourself a bundle including the SDE, clear vinyl and the blu-ray of the two films ;)

GHB

£62.99 for the 6 disc version on Amazon UK at the moment.

Caroline

The bundles at uDiscover are particularly good value, I think. I’ll admit I had expected the pricing to be the same as the Sgt pepper box at £100 but to get the box, the clear vinyl double LP, the film and a poster for a ton is more than decent. Happy to have been wrong on that one.

Keith Ainsworth

Great to see 5.1 so well supported in the box. Surround mixes really give life to songs you’ve heard soooo many times. Their inclusion tipped this into a must buy for me.

Ron

There is no reason for me to have all four CD’s and then the two Blu-rays, when the content is almost identical (why buy two of each song), and all I really want is the too Blu-rays.

Once again, record companies just won’t give us the Blu-rays by themselves.

So, they will get no money from me, as I will need to try to find the two Blu-rays by themselves on eBay after it is released, and someone else will get my money.

Silly record company!

Keith

Sensible move giving vinyl a separate release.

Pre ordered from Amazon at a shade under £62, the price is just about on the ball IMHO and puts to shame some more recent box sets just in content remixes etc.

T-Bone

I wish they would offer the BR 5.1 mix separately. Do we know who mixed it?
And don’t get too excited about the quad mix because from what I remember it’s not very discrete.

Greg

Apologies in advance for being pedantic but…

I thought that outtakes were songs recorded at the relevant sessions but not included on the album that was released.

Alternates, on the other hand, are different takes of songs that actually appeared on that album, and these different takes are later released as part of anniversary editions and special deluxe editions.

The setlists above seem to take a more fluid approach but I can’t help wondering if Crippled Inside (take 3), for instance, is an outtake or an alternate. My apologies once again :)

Phil Cohen

By now, I’ve ordered the “Standard” edition book, the 4-CD + 2-Bluray Audio box, The Clear vinyl 2-L.P. set, the “Gimme Some Truth/Imagine” DVD-Video & Bluray-videos. I wonder if The Beatles’ White Album project will have as many editions. Well, certainly, The White Album has no video material.

Richard Bartley

Paul and Co. ,Thanks. Brooklyn, U.S.A. $90ish

David Smith

I’ve ordered the book and the 2 cd edition as it feels like a sde at only £37. Might weaken eventually and change to the proper box set. I realize it’s not hifi but is it worth playing the Blu-ray’s through a Blu-ray player plus a Sonos mini surround system

Rasputin

Blu-ray pure audio was only 2.0

The book in the box set is much smaller, 120 pages

Not quite clear, is this another book? Not Yoko Ono?

CJ

I’m sure the information is in here somewhere, but I can’t seem to find it (perhaps not enough caffeine at the end of a rather crazy workday), but is this a UK release only? Or is the Amazon US listing just not up yet to link to?

Stan Butler

Too much. How many immersions can anyone take, no matter how intimate they are?
19 versions of Imagine. Strewth! The 2cd set covers enough for me.

Howie

It’s like The Beatles Strawberry Fields Forever bootleg with every take up to the final mix and by the time you have listened to the whole CD you never want to hear it again.

MiG

Love Strawberry Lane! One of my favourite boots. Play it often. Can’t get enough of that old evolution thing. Wish I had a set like that for every Beatles song…

Imagine though? Hmm, not really. The only truly interesting song would be “How Do You Sleep” and I bet they’ve censored it!

Bonnie

Phil Spector is the GREATEST producer EVER!

DaveM

This is perfect, from being able to pick and choose what you want or can afford through to not selling us anything we already have. Six disc preordered last night for just under £62. To think I was unexcited about an Imagine box when rumours of it emerged. Now I can’t wait.

Mathew Lauren

I agree. I was lukewarm, as well, but this SDE, with so many RM’d 5.1 songs is a GOLD MINE! Wow! To all the artists that are stingy about the 5.1’s, and charge triple-digit prices for their boxsets:

You’ve been served notice!

Good on you, Yoko!

Tx.

Jeff

It’s actually got the theatrical poster as well as the clear vinyl 2 LP set and the Blu Ray of Imagine/Give Me Some Truth

Robert Laversuch

My fave Lennon album by a country mile so will be getting the box set- Cannae wait.

Jeff

us.udiscovermusic.com

Has a special that has a poster for the movie as well as one of the other films on Blu Ray for $130 US if anyone is interested

Steve

For those that love this album, uDiscover are doing bundles that are cheaper than buying individually from Amazon and recordstore.
So the clear vinyl plus deluxe edition for £90 and £3 postage. £100 if you want the Blu-ray or DVD thrown in too.
Personally I’m gonna spend my cash on the White Album,

Dean

£62.99 on HMV.com

Don Balfour

I will be getting this… Can’t wait.
No price yet for Australia. But did order the clear vinyl version.
I wonder what bonus we will get with the Japan version of the box set??
We got a 3D Pepper top up with the box set??

Robert

According to CDJapan…..*The contents of this release will be identical to the worldwide release, except for SHM-CD format and a description with Japanese translation. Super deluxe edition of “Imagine” from John Lennon consists of 4CD (SHM-CD) + 2Blu-Ray. Features the latest stereo mix and 5.1ch surround done by Paul Hicks (Abbey Road Studios) under supervision of Yoko Ono. Uses 24bit/96kHz audio tracks derived from multi-track recording tapes. Contains lots of released demos, rare outtakes, live studio mix, and more. Box packaging with a booklet.

Don

Hi Robert.
Yes I did see that on the Japanese CD website.
I was hoping that we might get a bonus somewhere along the line. On the new Paul McCartney CD there’s a sticker sheet with the release. I was hoping maybe to get a big imagine poster or something of that nature.
Also I find the quality with the packaging booklets and CDs a lot higher nowadays then the normal English releases..
I know we’ll be paying through the nose, however something as good as this it’s worth the money.
And I will be doing this for the Beatles White Album box set if it comes out this year.

smorrissey

Ive never listened this album complete although i own the beatles mono and stereo boxsets. Time to give it a complete firs try although i doubt im gonna like it, too melancholic remembers me his death.

Alan B

Nice to see our American collectors able to buy it VAT free. Pity it’s not reciprocated when we buy from the US. The EU must be the only trading block in the world where those living out with its borders pay lower prices than those who live within it.

Stuart Ansell

That very much depends on where the product is manufactured.

ZoetMB

Alan B: What do you mean not reciprocated when you buy from the U.S.? There is no U.S. VAT. There is only local sales tax which you don’t pay if shipped to the UK. Can’t deduct what we don’t have.

Alan B

I’ve been to The States many times and as you say there is a local sales tax which is paid by the everyone including us tourists. If Americans come to the UK they can claim the VAT back at the airport before they fly home. I don’t recall any facility to claim sales tax back at US airports. It’s not just the US. It’s the same when I visited Australia.

Dean Taylor

Oh I see now … I get it … sorry Paul I’m a bit slow sometimes..

Dean Taylor

Hi Golden age
Any chance of a link to Dodgers for the book..
Not heard of them before and cannot find them ..
Thanks Dean.

Klaus

;-) Read this for the first time too as i’m not a native English speaker. I had to look it up in the dictionary and guess it’s more to do with taxes than drafting, has it?

Imagine A Golden Age

Got the SE box for £61 from the dodgers.

The collectors edition book for £97 from the Dodgers.

The Imagine/Gimme Some Truth Bluray from HMV.

Clear vinyl from the Record Store.

I’m happy.

Jeff

Wow! This is how you do it! Skip the original album that all of is own already… common sense! Best part, this is my favorite Lennon album too!

Gimme Some Blu!