Imagine (studio album) by John Lennon

Imagine by John Lennon
Year: 1971
Overall rank: 330th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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JOHN LENNON Imagine 1975 UK 7" vinyl single EXCELLENT CONDITION F
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Imagine is ranked 2nd best out of 20 albums by John Lennon on

The best album by John Lennon is John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band which is ranked number 145 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 12,215.

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From 04/22/2021 19:38
sparse self-indulgent mediocrity how the mighty fell
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From 01/15/2021 19:56
An album for the ages, not much to be said really.
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From 09/11/2020 22:15
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From 06/15/2020 19:38
With Plastic Ono, All things Must Pass, and Band on the Run this is one of the best Beatle solo albums. Lennon's vast songwriting talent runs the gamut of emotions on Imagine. Wispy philosophical tracks like the title song, How, Oh My Love are combined with vitriolic rockers like Gimme Some Truth, How do you Sleep, Crippled Inside. Oh yeah it's also got Jealous Guy. A Lennon classic with some great piano by session wizard Nicky Hopkins.
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From 12/21/2019 23:58
By far his best release.
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From 06/29/2019 06:08
Such an important album for so many reasons

Firstly its by John Lennon , enough said

Secondly it contains "Imagine" one of the most significant songs in recorded history

And thirdly it's only 10 tracks long but there is so much packed into these 10 gems. There is the heavy weight icons in "Imagine" and "Jealous Guy" , the Lennon soul barring tracks in "Crippled Inside" , "It's So Hard" and "How?" , the Lennon love letters to Yoko in "Oh My Love" and "Oh Yoko!" , strong political commentary in "I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier" and "Gimme Some Truth" and of course the unforgettably blistering attack on McCartney on "How Do You Sleep?" . Every word every note has meaning

The 'Imagine' rabbit hole is deep and dark , how ever here's my recommendation:
(1) Listen to the standard album and become familiar
(2) Check out 'Imagine (The Ultimate Collection)' a 61 track 4.5 hour behemoth covering demos and unused tracks from the Imagine sessions
(3) Watch the documentary "Above Us Only Sky" about these sessions
(4) Watch the documentary "Gimme Some Truth" which further expands on the making of Imagine
(5) And if your feeling really motivated check out the 1971 Lennon/Yoko produced "Imagine" which is more like a home movie than actual movie and is very weird ( wanna see Lennon eating Chess Pieces ? You got it here )

An absolutely essential album
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From 04/09/2019 16:51
Perfection. The title track is my inspiration.
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From 03/07/2019 16:53
Overall: 9.4/10

Top Tracks: "Crippled Inside", "How Do You Sleep?", "Oh Yoko"
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From 09/14/2018 18:04
John Lennon’s most accessible and successful album. Has some wonderful songs on it and it’s well produced. It’s not perfect. The title track is problematic coming from a millionaire but it’s sentiments are honourable and I think genuine. We could have done without the nasty and vitriolic How do you sleep. Despite the superb slide guitar from George Harrison ! Overall a top class album that I’d recommend.
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From 06/28/2018 22:45
Less personal album, a more political centered one. "Jealous Guy" being one his more intricate introspective expression. "Gimme Some Truth", "Cripple Inside" and "Imagine" being some of the obvious political expression in this album.
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