Saturday, February 11, 2017

NEW: The Beatles "Songs From The Past volume 3" - 1CD

The Beatles
Songs From The Past volume 3

Tennessee
House Of The Rising Sun
Commonwealth Song
Get Off White Power
Yackety Yack, Hi Ho Silver
For You Blue
Let It Be
Get Back
Don't Let Me Down
Two Of Us
Don't Let Me Down
Suzy Parker
I've Got A Feeling
No Pakistanis
A Long Road
Shakin' In The Sixties
Across The Universe
Two Of Us (On Our Way Back Home)

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RE-UP: Paul McCartney live in Washington 1990 - 2CD - July 4 - soundboard

Paul McCartney
"4th of July"
RFK Stadium
Washington, D.C.
July 4, 1990
artwork included

Disc 1:

   1. Birthday
   2. Band on the Run (part 1)
   3. Band on the Run (part 2)
   4. We Got Married
   5. Let Em In
   6. The Long and Winding Road
   7. Fool on the Hill
   8. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
   9. Good Day Sunshine
  10. Can't Buy Me Love
  11. Put it There
  12. Things We Said Today
  13. Eleanor Rigby
  14. This One

Disc 2:

   1. My Brave Face
   2. Back in the U.S.S.R.
   3. I Saw Her Standing There
   4. Coming Up
   5. Let it Be
   6. Live and Let Die
   7. Hey Jude
   8. Yesterday
   9. Get Back
  10. Golden Slumber / Carry That Weight
  11. Hope of Deliverance

Comments:
Great live show, to celebrate Independance Day in the U.S. And a killer soundboard. What else do you want?

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RE-UP: Paul McCartney live in Newcastle 1973 - 1CD - July 10

Paul McCartney & Wings
Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle
July 10, 1973
artwork included

Introduction
Soily
Big Barn Bed
When The Night
Seaside Woman
Wild Life
Little Woman Love / C'moon
Maybe I'm Amazed
My Love
Live And Let Die
Go Now
The Mess
Hi Hi HI
Long Tall Sally

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RE-UP: The Beatles "The Alternate 'Revolver'" - 1CD

The Beatles
The Alternate Revolver
artwork included

THE ALTERNATE ALBUM
1 - Taxman - US mono mix
2 - Eleanor Rigby - US mono mix
3 - I'm Only Sleeping - alternate mono mix, extra backward guitar
4 - Love You To - US mono mix
5 - Here, There and Everywhere - from the single "Real Love" remix of take 7 & take 1
6 - Yellow Submarine - from the single "Real Love" more sound effects
7 - She Said She Said - US mono mix
8 - Good Day Sunshine - US mono mix
9 - And Your Bird Can Sing - US stereo mix
10 - For No One - monitor mix, no horn overdubs
11 - Doctor Robert - US stereo mix
12 - I Want To Tell You - US mono mix
13 - Got To Get You Into My Life - US mono mix
14 - Tomorrow Never Knows - very basic track with different sound effects

THE ALTERNATE SINGLE
15 - Paperback Writer - 7" mono mix
16 - Rain - 7" mono mix

THE RECORDING SESSIONS
17 - Paperback Writer - take 1, breakdown
18 - Paperback Writer - take 2, same take as single, no echo on vocals, no fade out at the end
19 - Rain - unknown take

THE ALTERNATES
20 - I'm Only Sleeping - US stereo mix
21 - I'm Only Sleeping - US mono mix
22 - Here There And Everywhere - US mono mix
23 - Here There And Everywhere - monitor mix
24 - Yellow Submarine - US mono mix
25 - And Your Bird Can Sing - US mono mix
26 - For No One - US mono mix
27 - Doctor Robert - US mono mix
28 - Doctor Robert - UK mono mix
29 - Tomorrow Never Knows - US mono mix

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RE-UP: The Beatles "The Alternate Past Masters volume 2" - 1CD

The Beatles
The Alternate Past Masters Vol.2
Publisher:  Invasion Unlimited
Reference :IU9540-1
Made In :Europe
Artwork: Included
_________________________________
01 - Tomorrow Never Knows
02 - Rain
03 - Paperback Writer
04 - For No One
05 - Here, There and Everywhere
06 - Strawberry Fields Forever
07 - A Day In The Life
08 - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
09 - It's All Too Much
10 - The Fool On The Hill
11 - Ariel Instrumental
12 - Your Mother Should Know
13 - Lady Madonna
14 - Across The Universe
15 - Not Guilty
16 - Oh-la-di,Oh-la-da
17 - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
18 - Happiness Is A Warm Gun
19 - I'm So Tired
20 - What's The New Mary Jane
21 - Hey Jude
22 - Revolution No.9
23 - Good Bye

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RE-UP: The Beatles "The Alternate 'Abbey Road'" - 1CD

The Beatles - The Alternate Abbey Road (Pear Records PCD 011)
artwork included

01 - Come Together
02 - Something
03 - Maxwell's Silver Hammer
04 - Oh! Darling
05 - Octopus's Garden
06 - I Want You (She's So Heavy)
07 - Here Comes The Sun
08 - Because
09 - You Never Give Me Your Number
10 - Sun King
11 - Mean Mr. Mustard
12 - Her Majesty
13 - Polythene Pam
14 - She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
15 - Golden Slumbers , Carry That Weight
16 - The End
17 - Something
18 - Oh! Darling
19 - Because
20 - A Huge Melody (Part One)
21 - A Huge Melody (Part Two)
22 - Her Majesty
23 - Abbey Road Medley
24 - The End Of The Beatles

                              

RE-UP: The Beatles "The Alternate 'A Hard Day's Night'" - 1CD

The Beatles
"The Alternate A Hard Day's Night"
artwork included

The Alternate Album:
A Hard Day's Night - takes 2 & 3
I Should Have Known Better - stereo mix
If I Fell - stereo mix
I'm Happy Just To Dance With You - BBC session 1964
And I Love Her - stereo mix
Tell Me Why - US stereo mix
Can't Buy Me Love - very diferent version
Any Time At All - US mono mix
I'll Cry Instead - US stereo mix
Things We Said Today - BBC session 1964
When I Get Home - US mono mix
You Can't Do That - BBC session 1964
I'll Be Back - stereo mix

The Alternates:
A Hard Day's Night - take 4
A Hard Day's Night - BBC session 1964
I Should Have Known Better - BBC session 1964
If I Fell - John's home demo, january 1964
If I Fell - BBC session 1964
I'm Happy Just To Dance With You - stereo mix
And I Love Her - stereo mix
And I Love Her - BBC session 1964
Can't Buy Me Love - stereo mix
You Can't Do That - stereo mix
Bloopers Medley - And I Love Her, I Should Have Known Better, Tell Me Why, I'll Be Back

The Live Versions:
A Hard Day's Night - live in London, Christmas show 1964
If I Fell - live at the Hollywood Bowl 1964
Can't Buy Me Love - live at Shea Stadium 1965
Things We Said Today - live at the Hollywood Bowl 1964
If I Fell - live in Vancouver 1964
You Can't Do That - live in Melbourne 1964

The Get Back Sessions:
You Can't Do That - january 1969

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RE-UP: The Beatles "Secret Songs In Pepperland" - 1CD

The Beatles
Secret Songs in Pepperland
artwork included

Tracks:
All You Need Is Love
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Good Morning Good Morning
Intro To Sgt. Pepper's (applause)
Yellow Submarine
It's All Too Much (uncut version)
All Together Now
Only A Nothern Song

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RE-UP: The Beatles "Revolver Rains Again" - 1CD

The Beatles
"Revolver Rains Again"
artwork included

1.
Yellow Submarine (Lennon/McCartney)
2:41
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Vocal isolation
2.
Rain (Lennon/McCartney)
3:02
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Lead vocal isolation
3.
Rain (Lennon/McCartney)
3:02
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Backing vocal isolation
4.
Taxman (Harrison)
2:39
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Left channel stereo (left side of cv split to stereo)
5.
Taxman (Harrison)
2:39
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Right channel stereo
6.
Eleanor Rigby (Lennon/McCartney)
2:08
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Right channel stereo
7.
Eleanor Rigby (Lennon/McCartney)
2:08
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Left channel stereo
8.
Love You To (Harrison)
3:02
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Left channel stereo
9.
Love You To (Harrison)
3:02
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Right channel stereo
10.
Here, There And Everywhere (Lennon/McCartney)
2:27
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Vocals and lead guitar
11.
Yellow Submarine (Lennon/McCartney)
2:41
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Right channel stereo
12.
Yellow Submarine (Lennon/McCartney)
2:41
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Left channel stereo
13.
She Said She Said (Lennon/McCartney)
2:42
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Right channel stereo
14.
Good Day Sunshine (Lennon/McCartney)
2:11
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Left channel stereo
15.
Good Day Sunshine (Lennon/McCartney)
2:11
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Right channel stereo
16.
And Your Bird Can Sing (Lennon/McCartney)
2:02
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
No rhythm section
17.
And Your Bird Can Sing (Lennon/McCartney)
2:02
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
New stereo mix with centered vocals
18.
For No One (Lennon/McCartney)
2:02
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Right channel stereo
19.
Doctor Robert (Lennon/McCartney)
2:17
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Vocals and lead guitar only
20.
I Want To Tell You (Harrison)
2:30
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Vocals and bass only
21.
Got To Get You Into My Life (Lennon/McCartney)
2:31
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Right channel stereo
22.
Got To Get You Into My Life (Lennon/McCartney)
2:31
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Left channel stereo
23.
Tomorrow Never Knows (Lennon/McCartney)
2:57
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Right channel stereo
24.
Tomorrow Never Knows (Lennon/McCartney)
2:57
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Left channel stereo
25.
Paperback Writer (Lennon/McCartney)
2:19
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Right channel stereo
26.
Rain (Lennon/McCartney)
3:02
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Left channel stereo
27.
Rain (Lennon/McCartney)
3:02
Song

Obsolete Remix
(date unknown)
The Beatles

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RE-UP: The Beatles "Not Guilty" - 1CD - various outtakes

Beatles - Not Guilty

This is a selection of songs from different beatles bootlegs that I had.
The Quality Is Exellent, Most of these are different mixes and takes, Some are
unreleased. It's a nice collection for any beatles fan.


01-Rocky Raccoon (Take 6)
02-Strawberry Fields (Remake)
03-Not Guilty (Unreleased)
04-Mean Mr. Mustard, Medley Lineup
05-Day Tripper
06-While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Acoustic)
07-I Am The Walrus (Long)
08-Come and Get It
09-From Me To You
10-Helter Skelter (Take 2)
11-I Feel Fine (Take 7)
12-Magical Mystery Tour
13-Paperback Writer
14-Revolution
15-We Can Work It Out
16-A Day In The Life
17-Ticket To Ride
18-A Hard Day's Night
19-Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 7)
20-12 Bar Original (Unreleased Instrumental)

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RE-UP: The Beatles "Lady Madonna recording sessions reconstructed" - 1CD

The Beatles
Lady Madonna recording sessions reconstructed
1CD
artwork included

01. The Inner Light - backing track
02. Lady Madonna - take 1 or 2
03. Lady Madonna - take 3
04. Lady Madonna - SI onto take 3
05. Lady Madonna - SI onto take 3
06. Across The Universe - take 2
07. Across The Universe - SI onto take 2
08. Across The Universe - SI onto take 2
09. Across The Universe - take 7
10. Across The Universe - SI onto take 7
11. Across The Universe - SI onto take 8
12. Across The Universe - Hums Wild stereo
13. The Inner Light - SI onto take 6
14. Lady Madonna - SI onto take 4
15. Lady Madonna - SI onto take 5
16. The Inner Light - SI onto take 6
17. The Inner Light - mono mix
18. Across The Universe - SI onto take 8
19. Across The Universe - mono mix
20. Hey Bulldog - take 10
21. Hey Bulldog - SI onto take 10
22. Hey Bulldog - SI onto take 10
23. Hey Bulldog - SI onto take 10
24. Hey Bulldog - SI onto take 10
25. Hey Bulldog - mono mix
26. Lady Madonna - mono mix

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

RE-UP: The Beatles "Help! Sessions" - 2CD

The Beatles
Help! Sessions
artwork included

disc one:
01 - Another Girl - take 1
02 - Help! - take 12
03 - I Need You - take 5
04 - Ticked To ride - take 2
05 - Yes It Is - take 14
06 - The Night Before - take 2
07 - You're Going To Lose That Girl - take 3
08 - You Like Me Too Much - take 8
09 - You've Got to Hide Your Love Away - take 9
10 - Ticket to Ride - take 2
11 - Yes it Is - take 14
12 - You've Got To Hide Your Love Away - take 1 & 5
13 - If You Got Trouble - take 1
14 - That Means A Lot - partial rehearsal take
15 - That Means A Lot - take 1
16 - Help! - take 12
17 - I'm Down - take 1
18 - Yesterday - take 1
19 - It's Only Love - take 2
20 - It's Only Love - take 3
21 - Ticket To Ride
22 - Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby
23 - I'm A Loser
24 - Chat with Denny Pierce
25 - The Night Before
26 - Honey Don't
27 - Dizzy Miss Lizzy
28 - She's A Woman
29 - Ticket to Ride

disc two:
01 - Help! - take 12
02 - I Sat Belonely
03 - You're Going To Lose That Girl - take 3
04 - A Taste of Honey
05 - Ticket to Ride - take 2
06 - I Need You - take 5
07 - The Night Before - take 2
08 - Bad Boy - take 4
09 - Yes It Is - take 14
10 - I'm Down - take 7
11 - That Means A Lot - take 1
12 - Help! - take 8
13 - If You've Got Trouble - take 1
14 - That Means a Lot - take 1
15 - Yes It Is - edit of takes 2&14
16 - If You Got Trouble - take 1
17 - Yes It Is - take1
18 - Yes It Is - take 2
19 - Yes It Is - take 3
20 - Yes It Is - take 4
21 - Yes It Is - take 5
22 - Yes It Is - take 6
23 - Yes It Is - take 7
24 - Yes It Is - take 8
25 - Yes It Is - take 9
26 - Yes It Is - take 10
27 - That Means a Lot - take 20
28 - That Means a Lot - take 21
29 - That Means a Lot - take 23
30 - That Means a Lot - take 24
31 - That Means a Lot - lost tast take
32 - Help! - take 1
33 - Help! - take 2
34 - Help! - take 3
35 - Help! - take 4
36 - Help! - take 5
37 - Help! - take 6
38 - Help! - take 7
39 - Help! - take 8 (partial)
40 - Help! - take 9
41 - Help! - take 10
42 - Help! - take 11
43 - Help! - take 12
44 - Ending theme

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

NEW: Paul McCartney "BBC Mastertapes 2016" - 1DVD

Paul McCartney
2016-05-24
BBC Mastertapes
45 Minutes
PAL Format
Artwork Included
Quality A



Lineage DVB>LGDVDRecorder>HD>DVDShrink>YOU


John Wilson says: “Mastertapes looks at the nuts and bolts of songwriting,
and draws back the curtain on what can often be a private and sometimes lonely art.
Having interviewed McCartney many times before,
I know he offers great insight into that process.
As the most successful songwriter of all time, and the man behind some of my favourite music,
I couldn’t ask for a better guest – it’s going to be a very special session.”





The legendary songwriter popped past the BBC's Maida Vale's studios on May 11th, joined by an extremely small audience.

Lucky competition winners were able to watch Paul McCartney wax lyrical, joined by the likes of Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher,
and Brad Pitt – who came straight off set to watch the show being filmed.

It's a remarkably honest interview. Looking back on his lengthy career Paul McCartney reflected on some fond,
and not so fond, memories, including stints working with George Martin, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and, of course, John Lennon.

15 second snippets of songs,otherwise live played material by Paul.


Technical Info
Video MPEG-2
Video Bitrate 9029 kbp/s
Audio AC3
Audio Bitrate 384 kbp/s
PAL Format 720x576
Screensize 4:3 (16:9 Anamorphic)

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

NEW: John Lennon "St. Regis Hotel & Hotel Syracuse 1971" - 2CD - outtakes

John Lennon
'St. Regis Hotel & Hotel Syracuse, NY' (1971)
Outtakes / Demos Recordings


Track List: (Artwork Included)
1-1 Shazam!
1-2 Honey Don't
1-3 Glad All Over
1-4 Lend Me Your Comb
1-5 New York City
1-6 Wake Up Little Susie
1-7 Vacation Time
1-8 Peggy Sue
1-9 Not Fade Away
1-10 (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care
1-11 Heartbeat
1-12 Peggy Sue Got Married
1-13 Peggy Sue
1-14 Maybe Baby
1-15 Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues
1-16 Rave On
1-17 Improvisation
1-18 Call My Name

2-1 What'd I Say
2-2 Yellow Submarine
2-3 Old Smoky Mountain
2-4 Good Night Irene
2-5 Jesse James Was A Man
2-6 Take This Hammer
2-7 He's Got The Whole World In His Hands
2-8 He's Got The Whole World In His Hands
2-9 He's Got The Whole World In His Hands
2-10 Tandoori Chicken/Attica State
2-11 Like A Rolling Stone
2-12 Twist And Shout
2-13 Louie Louie
2-14 La Bamba
2-15 Bring It On Home To Me
2-16 Yesterday
2-17 Tandoori Chicken
2-18 Power To The People
2-19 Maybe Baby
2-20 Peggy Sue
2-21 Bring Out The Joints
2-22 My Baby Left Me
2-23 Blue Suede Shoes
2-24 God Save The Queen
2-25 Crippled Inside
2-26 Give Peace A Chance
2-27 Crippled Inside
2-28 Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
2-29 Happy Birthday
2-30 Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
2-31 My Sweet Lord
2-32 Imagine
2-33 Oh Yoko!
2-34 Nurse's Song
2-35 Angel Baby

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NEW: John Lennon "The Alternate Rock 'N' Roll" - 1CD

John Lennon
"The Alternate Rock 'n' Roll"
Rehearsals
1974 Rehearsals & demos

Setlist:


01 That'll Be The Day  (2:25) Rehearsal
02 Thirty Days         (1:31) Rehearsal
03 C'Mon Everybody     (2:17) Rehearsal
04 Here We Go Again    (2:59) Acoustic demo


Lennon initially teamed up with producer Phil Spector to record the album, letting Spector have full control.
Spector chose some of the songs, booked the studio, and the musicians. When news got around that Lennon was
in Hollywood making a record, every musician there wanted to be part of the sessions. In mid-October 1973,
sessions were booked at A&M Studios, with many of them having over 30 musicians, but the sessions quickly fell
into disarray—fuelled by alcohol.

Spector once showed up dressed in a surgeon's outfit and shot a gun in the ceiling of the studio, hurting Lennon's ears.
On another occasion, a bottle of whiskey had spilled on the A&M Studio's mixing console causing future sessions to be
banned from the facility. Unknown to Lennon, each night Spector would remove the master tapes from the studio,
and move them to his house. Spector then disappeared with the session tapes and would not be heard from for several months.

Spector made one cryptic call to Lennon, claiming to have the "John Dean tapes" from the recent Watergate scandal;
Lennon deduced that Spector meant he had the album's master tapes. When a car accident on 31 March 1974 left Spector in a coma,
the project was put on indefinite hold. In mid-1974, Lennon returned to New York with Pang and began writing and recording a
new album of original material, Walls and Bridges.

Shortly before these sessions began, Al Coury, then-head of A&R/promotion for Capitol Records  retrieved the Spector tapes.
Not wanting to break stride, Lennon shelved the tapes and completed work on Walls and Bridges. With "Walls and Bridges" coming out first,
Lennon had reneged on his deal with Levy and he threatened to refile his lawsuit when Lennon  explained to Levy what had happened, and
assured him that the covers album was indeed in the works.

Levy gave Lennon use of his farm in  upstate New York to rehearse material. Lennon then recalled the session musicians from Walls and Bridges to
complete the oldies tracks.  Several tracks never made it past the rehearsal stage: "C'mon Everybody", "Thirty Days", "That'll Be the Day" – the band
also played a few impromptu jams. On 21 October, Lennon went into Record Plant East, completing the oldies tracks in a few days.
Lennon wanted the musicians to stay close to the original arrangements of the songs, apart from "Do You Wanna Dance?".

Mixing and editing lasted until mid-November. To assure him progress was being made, Lennon gave Levy a rough tape of the sessions to review.
Levy took the tapes and pressed his own version of the album called Roots: John Lennon Sings the Great Rock & Roll Hits on his record label, Adam VIII,
then proceeded to sue Lennon, EMI and Capitol for $42 million for breach of contract. Capitol/EMI quickly sought an injunction.
After two trials, in which Lennon had to convince the court of the difference between a rough version and a final take, Levy won $6,795 in
damages, and Lennon won $144,700, in February 1976. The album was originally scheduled for release in April 1975, however, in February 1975,
Capitol Records rush-released the official Rock 'n' Roll as a Capitol "budget" album (prefix code SK—one dollar cheaper than the usual releases)
to counteract sales of the Levy album.

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NEW: John Lennon "The Alternate Imagine" - 1CD

John Lennon
"The Alternate Imagine"
1971 Studio Outtakes, Rehearsals, Demos




Tracklist:


01  I´M The Greatest              (1:53) Take 2 Early version, incomplete lyrics - At end, "Well, it wasn't good enough""
02  San Francisco Bay Blues       (1:14) Outtake, acoustic version
03  How?/Child Of Nature/Oh Yoko! (4:26) Piano Demo Medley, late 1970 - early 1971
04  Oh My Love                    (1:21) Acoustic home demo with preliminary lyrics referring to Yoko's miscarriage, late 1968
05  Oh Yoko!                      (4:37) Acoustic guitar demo, mid 1969




Choosing to collaborate more fully with Phil Spector than he had on John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon began recording the Imagine album during the Power To The People sessions at EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London, between 11 and 16 February 1971.

Lennon retained Klaus Voormann from the Plastic Ono Band sessions, but Ringo Starr was unavailable. In his place Lennon recruited Jim Gordon, formerly of Derek And The Dominos, and also added saxophonist Bobby Keyes to play on Power To The People. The group recorded six other songs: It's So Hard, I Don't Want To Be A Soldier, a cover of The Olympics' Well (Baby Please Don't Go, an early version of I'm The Greatest, and two by Yoko Ono - Open Your Box and O Wind (Body Is The Scar Of Your Mind).

Of the six songs, It's So Hard and I Don't Want To Be A Soldier appeared on Imagine, although the latter was later re-recorded. Their lyrics matched the emotional intensity that ran through John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, suggesting Lennon was considering repeating the formula for its follow-up. However, work stalled on the project, and Lennon committed himself to other projects for three months.

Work on Imagine began in earnest between 24 and 28 May 1971, at Ascot Sound Studios, Lennon's recording facility at the Tittenhurst Park mansion he shared with Yoko Ono. In those five days a total of eight songs for Imagine were recorded: the title track, Crippled Inside, Jealous Guy, Gimme Some Truth, Oh My Love, How Do You Sleep?, How?, and Oh Yoko!.

The sessions normally began around 11am and finished in the early evening. Lennon typically assembled the musicians around him, taught them the chords and explained the arrangement he had in mind, and recording ended when Lennon, Ono or Phil Spector pronounced themselves to be happy with the results. Lennon always sang guide vocals with each take, which he later replaced by overdubbing a final version.

The cast list for Imagine was more extensive than for John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. George Harrison appeared on several tracks, as did pianist Nicky Hopkins, Badfinger guitarists Joey Molland and Tom Evans, and respected session drummer Jim Keltner.

During the May sessions the musicians also recorded an unreleased cover version of San Francisco Bay Blues, plus four songs by Yoko Ono: Mind Holes, Mind Train, Midsummer New York, and Mrs Lennon. The songs were included on her 1971 album Fly, released as a counterpart to Imagine but, unlike her Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band release before it, with a quite separate identity to Lennon's album.

Lennon and Ono had been documenting their private and public appearances as audio or filmic records since 1968. The Imagine sessions at Ascot were no different. The sessions were filmed by a camera crew which captured around 60 hours of footage.

A full-length documentary film was planned, to be called Your Show then Working Class Hero, but the project was shelved as Lennon and Ono worked on the Imagine promotional film in July and September 1971. The footage was, however, used as the basis for the 1998 biopic Imagine: John Lennon, and a documentary released in 2000, Gimme Some Truth: The Making Of John Lennon's Imagine Album.

Recording for Imagine was completed in early July 1971, with the addition of saxophone and string overdubs in New York City's Record Plant East studio. The saxophonist was King Curtis, who recorded his contributions for It's So Hard and I Don't Want To Be A Soldier in less than an hour. Sadly, King Curtis was murdered on 13 August 1971, shortly before Imagine was released.

The strings were performed by members of the New York Philharmonic orchestra, whom Lennon dubbed The Flux Fiddlers. Arrangements for Imagine, Jealous Guy, It's So Hard, How Do You Sleep? and How? were scored by Torrie Zito. With recording complete, the album was mixed quickly and prepared for release.

The release
Imagine was issued on 9 September 1971 in the United States, and on 7 October in the United Kingdom. It topped the charts in both countries.

It was also the first Apple album release in quadrophonic, a four-channel system which was an early form of surround sound. The format was issued on LP and eight-track cartridge.


John Lennon's second solo album was his greatest commercial success. On it he tempered some of the more abrasive and confrontational elements of its predecessor, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, offering instead a more conventional pop collection that contains some of his best-loved songs.

Imagine begins with the title track, John Lennon's most famous song. One of his most idealistic moments, Imagine suggested a world without religion, nation or possessions, asking instead that people see themselves as agents for change without traditional dogma or ideology.

If Imagine was an attempt to reach beyond the political norms, Crippled Inside, Jealous Guy, It's So Hard and How? returned to the personal introspection of John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. Lennon's demons clearly hadn't been vanquished, but he had learnt to temper them and couch them in more palatable form.

Gimme Some Truth saw a return for Citizen Lennon, marking the next step in a transition towards political polemics that would reach a peak on 1972's Some Time In New York City. It was a journey he had begun with 1968's Revolution, but began to focus on properly from Power To The People, released six months prior to Imagine. Gimme Some Truth remains one of Lennon's most powerful musical statements, launching a full-blooded attach on the hypocrisy of authority figures, and still able to pack a considerable punch decades after its release.

Oh My Love and Oh Yoko! were love songs for Lennon's wife, the first of which was written at the beginning of their relationship in 1968 and was co-credited to Ono.

And then there was How Do You Sleep?, the most notorious of Imagine's songs. An undisguised attack on Paul McCartney, it was as far from living life in peace that it was possible to Imagine Lennon.

The song was written in response to various coded messages Lennon claimed were on Paul and Linda McCartney's 1971 album Ram, particularly in the songs Too Many People, Dear Boy, Three Legs and The Back Seat Of My Car.

Although McCartney later claimed the messages had been confined to Too Many People, the damage had been done. Lennon launched a full-scale broadside at his former songwriting partner, accusing him of being surrounded by sycophantic 'straights', having achieved nothing more than writing Yesterday, and trashing his recent works as "muzak to my ears". As a final blow, he suggested those believers of the 'Paul is dead' myth were actually right.

Early pressings of Imagine included a postcard showing Lennon holding the ears of a pig, a clear parody of McCartney's pose on the cover of Ram. The pair eventually settled their differences, although their friendship never recovered the closeness it once had.

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