Saturday, 19 June 2021













The seeds of John Lennon’s 1971 Imagine album – his second solo project – began as far back as the Beatles’ time in India in 1968. That’s where the original version of “Jealous Guy” was sketched out (first composed under the title, “Child of Nature.”) During the sessions for Let It Be, his powerful song “Gimme Some Truth,” was written. 


The album featured Lennon’s former bandmate George Harrison on about half the tracks. The appearance stemmed from some informal jam sessions between the two in New York where Lennon then extended an invitation to work on the upcoming project. George brought along Klaus Voorman on bass, while Jim Keltner and Alan White shared drum duties. Nicky Hopkins handled the keyboards.




Paul stated in an interview with Melody Maker that he liked Imagine and thought it was less “political.” In a later piece in the same magazine, John shot back: “So you think ‘Imagine’ ain’t political? It’s “Working Class Hero” with sugar on it for conservatives like yourself!”.

Besides the music, Imagine is instantly recognizable for its memorable cover art – blurry Polaroid photos on front and back, courtesy of Yoko Ono (although there was a rumor they came from Andy Warhol). Another part of Imagine’s marketing effort was a 70-minute experimental film, featuring tracks from the album and footage of celebrities including Fred Astaire, Dick Cavett, and Harrison. It was first shown on American TV in December 1972.


Imagine reached the number one slots on both UK and US charts. Rolling Stone has ranked it at #80 on their list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” The title track has become indelibly associated with John’s “peaceful” aspirations – especially after his death in 1980. The album as a whole is a portrait of a man in transition. Imagine captures a 30-something coming to grips with fame, love, deep emotional wounds, and an audacious new vision for a better world.



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