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1971

Imagine

John Lennon Plastic Ono Band (with The Flux Fiddlers)
Produced by John Lennon & Yoko Ono and Phil Spector

Track Listing

  1. 3:08

  2. 3:48

‘Imagine’ was the lead single and title track of John’s second solo album. It was written by John & Yoko and released on 11th October 1971 with B-Side ‘It’s So Hard’.

‘The song was originally inspired by Yoko’s book Grapefruit. In it are a lot of pieces saying, “imagine this, imagine that”. Yoko actually helped a lot with the lyrics, but I wasn’t man enough to let her have credit for it. I was still selfish enough and unaware enough to sort of take her contribution without acknowledging it. I was still full of wanting my own space after being in a room with the guys all the time, having to share everything.’

– John Lennon, 1980

NB: The original 1971 single was released in a plain black sleeve, the picture sleeve artworks displayed above are from a later release of ‘Imagine’, promoting the compilation album Shaved Fish with B-Side ‘Working Class Hero’, released 24th October 1975.

Sleeve notes

Imagine
John Lennon: vocals, piano
Alan White: drums
Klaus Voormann: bass
Flux Fiddlers: orchestral strings
Written by John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Produced by John Lennon & Yoko Ono, and Phil Spector

It’s So Hard
John Lennon: vocals, guitar
Klaus Voormann: bass
Jim Gordon: drums
King Curtis: sax
Flux Fiddlers: orchestral strings
Written by John Lennon
Produced by John Lennon & Yoko Ono, and Phil Spector

Working Class Hero
John Lennon: vocals, guitar
Written by John Lennon
Produced by John & Yoko, and Phil Spector

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