- Released: October 4, 1988
- Label: Capitol
Rolling Stone - 12/11/03, p.114Ranked #76
in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...IMAGINE is self-consciously luminescent, pointedly embraceable..."
- 1.Real Love - (previously unreleased)
- 2.Twist and Shout - (mono)
- 4.In My Life
- 5.Strawberry Fields Forever
- 6.Day in the Life, A - (complete version)
- 8.The Ballad of John and Yoko
- 10.Don't Let Me Down
- 11.Give Peace a Chance - (single version)
- 13.Imagine - (rehearsal)
- 15.Mother (Live in NYC Version)
- 16.Stand by Me
- 17.Jealous Guy
- 19.Beautiful Boy
- 20.Starting Over (Just Like)
Personnel includes: John Lennon (vocals, guitar, keyboards); George Harrison (guitar, background vocals); Wayne "Tex" Gabriel (guitar); Stan Bronstein, King Curtis (saxophone); Nicky Hopkins, Billy Preston (piano); Adam Ippolito (keyboards); John Barham (harmonium, vibes); Klaus Voorman, John Ward, Gary Van Scyoc, Ringo Starr, Jim Keltner, Alan White (drums).
Producers include: Phil Spector, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, George Martin.
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, England; Hotel De La Reine, Montreal, Canada; Madison Square Garden, New York, New York; Ascot Sound Studios.
2 LPs on 1 CD.
The John Lennon legacy was furthered and deepened by the film IMAGINE, a documentary that captured post-Beatles Lennon in moments both public and candid, at various points in his development as a solo artist. There are fascinating clips of him at work in the studio, scenes in which he acts upon his political beliefs with bed-ins and the like, and frank interviews. The inevitable soundtrack to the film is more than just a cash-in designed to appeal to rabid Beatles collectors who pay a king's ransom for Ringo's fingernail clippings, though. The album collects some of the finest musical moments from the film and turns them into an illuminating, intimate look at Lennon in his prime.