One of the best all-time rock albums by any measure, Imagine is nearing its 30th birthday-and here's a marvelous tribute. You can get the original LP on CD or cassette with remixed, remastered sound and a page booklet with lyrics and rare pix. A treasured moment in rock history. The enduring legacy of John Lennon's best album has overshadowed a glaring historical irony: the Beatles' original architect was also responsible for some of the Fab Four's most erratic solo albums. His recording projects all too often held hostage to polemics both personal and political, Lennon's conflicting artistic sensibilities arguably reached perfect balance just once. Coproduced with an uncharacteristically subtle touch by Phil Spector a stark contrast to his dense aural constructions for George Harrison's All Things Must Pass from the same period , this is Lennon as whole man. Here he exhibits childlike utopian optimism the title track , extends romantic paeans to the love of his life "Oh Yoko! Set against such expressions, Lennon's fervent antiestablishment tirades "I Don't Want to Be a Soldier," "Gimme Some Truth" took on some real weight and perspective, while his dollops of introspection "How?
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The best-selling single of his solo career, its lyrics encourage listeners to imagine a world at peace without the barriers of borders or the divisions of religion and nationality and to consider the possibility that the whole of humanity would live unattached to material possessions. Shortly before his death, Lennon said that much of the song's lyric and content came from his wife Yoko Ono , and in , she wished to receive a co-writing credit with him. Lennon and Ono co-produced the song with Phil Spector. The song was first issued as a single in Britain in , to promote the compilation Shaved Fish , and reached number six on the UK Singles Chart that year. It later topped the chart following Lennon's murder in BMI named "Imagine" one of the most-performed songs of the 20th century. By , "Imagine" had sold over 1. In March , in response to the unfolding coronavirus crisis, the actress Gal Gadot posted an informal but star-studded cover version of "Imagine" on Instagram. Several poems from Yoko Ono 's book Grapefruit inspired Lennon to write the lyrics for "Imagine"  — in particular, one which Capitol Records reproduced on the back cover of the original Imagine LP titled "Cloud Piece", reads: "Imagine the clouds dripping, dig a hole in your garden to put them in.
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