John Lennon Imagine 4/9/19

Set for release on for Record Store Day on April 13th is the new John Lennon album, Imagine – Raw Studio Mixes. The tracks were first released last year as part of the sprawling Imagine – The Ultimate Collection box set, and will now be issued on audiophile grade, 180-gram black vinyl to “reveal whole new levels of sonic depth, definition and clarity to these timeless songs.”

Engineer Rob Stevens helmed the “Raw Studio Mixes” and these tracks capture the exact moment Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band recorded each song raw and live on the soundstage located at the center of Ascot Sound Studios at his home in Tittenhurst. The mixes are devoid of effects — reverb, tape delays, etc. — and a far cry from the finished product.

Highlights include the extended renditions of such iconic Imagine tracks like “I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama,” “How Do You Sleep?” and “Oh Yoko!”

The tracklisting to Imagine – Raw Studio Mixes is:

Side A

“Imagine” – Take 10 / Raw Studio Mix (3:12)
“Crippled Inside” – Take 6 / Raw Studio Mix (3:50)
“Jealous Guy” – Take 29 / Raw Studio Mix (4:22)
“It’s So Hard” – Take 11 / Raw Studio Mix (2:42)
“I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier, Mama” – Take 4, Extended / Raw Studio Mix (7:56)

Side B

“Gimme Some Truth” – Take 4, Extended / Raw Studio Mix  (3:40)
“Oh My Love” – Take 20 / Raw Studio Mix (2:48)
“How Do You Sleep?” – Take 11, Extended / Raw Studio Mix (6:00)
“How?” – Take 40 / Raw Studio Mix (3:55)
“Oh Yoko!” – Take 1, Extended / Raw Studio Mix (6:16)

Yoko Ono admitted to us that she views John Lennon’s solo work in an entirely different light after digitally remastering his entire solo catalogue. She told us that she was able to finally focus on the work — rather than the man: [“When I was doing that, I suddenly realized that this was a new experience for me in a sense in that I suddenly discovered — or I started to discover — how good John was as a professional musician and as an artist. That really got to me. I wish John was here, so I could say — ‘Hey, you’re good (laughs).”] SOUNDCUE (:18 OC: . . . hey you’re good (laughs))

SOURCEPress release


  • John Lennon‘s Imagine was released on September 9th, 1971 and hit Number One on October 30th, 1971.
  • The original tracklisting to John Lennon’s Imagine is: “Imagine,” “Crippled Inside,” “Jealous Guy,” “It’s So Hard,” “I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama,” “Gimme Some Truth,” “Oh My Love,” “How Do You Sleep?,” “How?,” and “Oh Yoko!”
  • George Harrison appears on the album, playing electric guitar, slide guitar, and dobro on the tracks “Crippled Inside,” “I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama,” “Gimme Some Truth,” “Oh My Love,” and “How Do You Sleep?,” marking the only time Harrison ever appeared on solo sessions for a Lennon album.