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