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John Lennon's 'Imagine – The Ultimate Collection'

The Legendary Singer/SongwriterMost Celebrated Solo Album Honored With A Number Of Special Audio Releases oOctober 5 Via Geffen/UMe

Six-Disc Imagine – The Ultimate Collection Includes Brand New Remastered Stereo Mix, Raw Studio Recordings,Outtakes, Extras and Audio Documentary That Explores Evolution Of Each Song Plus New Surround Mixes On Blu-ray And Updated Quadrasonic Mix For The Ultimate Deep Listening Experience

Imagine and Gimme Some Truth Films Restored and Remastered With Exclusive, Never-Before-Seen Extras For Home Entertainment Release On October 5 Via Eagle Vision

On October 5, Geffen/UMe celebrates the apex of John Lennon’s solo career with a six-disc box set,Imagine – The Ultimate CollectionThis historical, remixed and remastered 140-track collection is fully authorized by Yoko Ono Lennon,who oversaw the production and creative direction. Spread across four CDs and two Blu-ray discs, this truly unique expanded editionoffers a variety of listening experiences that are at once immersive and intimate, ranging from the brand new Ultimate Mixes of the iconic album, which reveal whole new levels of sonic depth, definition and clarity to these timeless songs, to the Raw Studio Mixesthat allow listeners to hear Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band’s original, unadorned performances, to enveloping 5.1 surround sound mixes, and a Quadrasonic Album Mix, presenting the original four speaker mix remastered in Quadrasonic sound for the first time in nearly fifty years. This ultimate deep listening experience, which features scores of previously unheard demos, rare outtakes and isolated track elements, also includes The Evolution Documentary, a unique track-by-track audio montage that details the journey of each song from demo to master recording via instructions, rehearsals, recordings, multitrack exploration and studio chatter. The comprehensive nature of the full Imagine – The Ultimate Collection is the absolute best representation of a career artist working at the top of his creative game.

Imagine will also be released in concurrent multiple physical and digital configuration, including as a 2CD Deluxe Edition, 1CD remaster, and 2LP 180-gram heavyweight black vinyl edition, as well as 2LP limited edition 180-gram clear vinyl. The digital Ultimate Collection will include all audio from the four CDs and the Deluxe and Standard will also have digital equivalents.                     

Imagine was created with immense love and concern for the children of the world. I hope you enjoy it,” says Yoko Ono Lennon in the preface of the 120-page book that accompanies the box set.

While sifting through boxes upon boxes of the original tapes, engineer Rob Stevens discovered something truly remarkable that had gone unnoticed all these years. “Early 2016, during the gestation period of this project, I'm in the Lenono archives with my people going through tape boxes that have labeling that's unclear, misleading, or missing entirely,” says Stevens. “There's a 1" 8-track that says nothing more on the Ascot Sound label than John Lennon, the date, and the engineer (Phil McDonald), with DEMO on the spine.  No indication of what material was on the tape. One delicate transfer to digital later, the “Imagine” demo, subsequently enhanced superbly by Paul Hicks, appears within this comprehensive set. It was true serendipity.”

This completely never-before-heard original demo, a sparse home recording of Lennon on piano and vocal playing one of his most famous songs, globally launches Imagine – The Ultimate Collection today and is available for streaming and for immediate downloadwith all digital album pre-orders.

Pre-order now and listen to the original demo of “Imagine” at:

Also on October 5, Eagle Vision will release two films by John & Yoko, Imagine and Gimme Some Truth, on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms. Both films have been hand-restored from the original film reels and remastered in HD, and their soundtracks have been remixed in surround sound by triple GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Paul Hicks. Both physical releases feature exclusive, never-before-seen extras including previously unheard “raw” studio mixes, and a fascinating insight into a photo shoot with David Bailey. All are also available for pre-order at: http://imaginejohnyoko.comImagine will also have a limited theatrical run highlighted by an exclusive, immersive Dolby Atmos mix of the music in selected theaters, with further exclusive extra material.

In 1971, John Lennon and Yoko Ono conceived and recorded the critically acclaimed Imagine at their Georgian country home, Tittenhurst Park, in Berkshire, England, and in the state-of-the-art studio they built in the grounds, as well as at the Record Plant in New York. The title tracks universally appealing lyrics were inspired by Ono Lennons “event scores” in her 1964 book Grapefruit, and she was officially co-credited as writer on the track in June 2017. Upon release, the album went to #1 in six countries –  Australia, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, U.K. and U.S.

The best-selling single of Lennon’s solo career, the titular song was famously written as a plea for world peace. It remains one of the most legendary songs of all time and has earned numerous accolades. BMI designated it one of the top 100 most-performed songs of the 20th century, the Recording Academy inducted it into the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted it into their 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Additionally, the Guinness World Records British Hit Singles book named it the second best single of all time and Rolling Stone ranked it number three in their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song has been covered by everyone from Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ray Charles, Madonna, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Diana Ross, Herbie Hancock and Joan Baez.

This new edition takes listeners on an incredibly personal journey through the entire songwriting and recording process – from the very first writing and demo sessions at Lennon’s home studio at Tittenhurst Park through to the final co-production with Phil Spector – providing a remarkable testament of the lives of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in their own words.

The original Imagine album has been faithfully remixed from the ground up by the aforementioned Paul Hicks at Abbey Road Studios under the supervision of Yoko Ono Lennon. Hicks utilized high-definition 24-bit/96kHz audio transfers of the album’s original first-generation multitrack recordings for the task and the result is that the instruments and vocal now have a completely new level of clarity, especially when it comes to the surround sound mixes on Blu-ray Disc 1. As Hicks reveals in the book included in the Ultimate Collection, “Yoko was very keen that these Ultimate Mixes should achieve three things – to be totally faithful and respectful to the originals, be generally sonically clearer overall and should increase the clarity of John’s vocals. ‘It’s about John’ she said. And she was right. His voice brings the biggest emotional impact to the album.”

Additionally, Hicks remastered the original four-speaker Spector/Lennon/Ono mix of Imagine in Quadrasonic sound, the first time thatparticular quad mix has been touched since the original release.

The stereo version of the Imagine album proper and its related remixed singles and extras, such as the politically charged “Power To The People,” “God Save Us,” “Do The Oz” and the holiday classic “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” comprise Disc 1. Both album and singlesouttakes encompass Disc 2 alongside a quartet of what have been dubbed Elements Mixes, including strings-only versions of “Imagine” and “How?” as well as the vocals-only version of “Oh My Love” and the piano, bass, and drums instrumentation for “Jealous Guy.” The Elements Mixes have been created from a few basic elements from the original multitrack recordings to reveal deeper levels of detail and clarity in the sources used for the master mixes that were either buried or summed to mono in order to open them up and present them on a wider, clearer, and brighter soundstage.

Engineer Rob Stevens helmed what are known as the Raw Studio Mixes on Disc 3. These mixes capture the exact moment John and The Plastic Ono Band recorded each song raw and live on the soundstage located at the center of Ascot Sound Studios at John & Yoko’s home in Tittenhurst. The tracks are devoid of effects (reverb, tape delays, etc.) and a far cry from the finished product.Highlights include the extended renditions of iconic Imagine tracks like “I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die,” “How Do You Sleep?” and “Oh Yoko!” On Blu Ray Disc 2, the Raw Studio mixes are presented in 5.1 surround sound for a unique enveloping listening experience that puts the listener in the center of Ascot Sound Studios with Lennon in front and the band playing all around and behind.

Meanwhile, Disc 4 presents the audio version of The Evolution Documentary, as engineered by Sam Gannon in mono. This documentary tells the full story of each Imagine song as it goes on its own specific, individual journey from demo to master take via instructions, rehearsals, recordings, multitrack exploration, and studio chatter.

On the first Blu-ray disc, Hicks’ masterful high-resolution surround sound mix of both the Imagine album proper and its related singles takes center stage alongside the updated Quadrasonic mix, in addition to hi-res stereo mixes of the singles and outtakes.

The second Blu-ray disc is subtitled “In The Studio and Deeper Listening,” and it features both surround sound and stereo mixes of the extended album versions, outtakes, and Elements Mixes found on the CDs. It also plays home to DJ and longtime family friend Elliot Mintz’s loving 29-minute tribute to the artists, consisting of his revealing, philosophical, honest and humorous interviews with John & Yoko.

Meanwhile, both the Imagine and Gimme Some Truth video releases coming from Eagle Vision have been frame-matched to the original negatives, with every frame hand-cleaned and restored, and the respective soundtracks remixed and remastered in 5.1surround sound.

The Imagine film is a cinematic collage of color, sound, dream, and reality. Produced and directed in 1971 by John & Yoko, who — along with numerous guest stars, including George Harrison, Fred Astaire, Andy Warhol, Dick Cavett, Jack Palance, and Jonas Mekas —all create a world of imagination as rich and moving as the music that accompanies it.

Shooting began during the summer of 1971 at John & Yoko’s Tittenhurst home in Ascot, England, as they began recording sessions for the Imagine album. Shooting continued across the pond in New York where the album was completed at the Record Plant, with Phil Spector co-producing.

The Imagine film is widely regarded as one of the first “video albums,” since it features a different visual treatment for every song on the record. The limited theatrical release of Imagine benefits from a spectacular new and wholly immersive Dolby Atmos mix, along with cinema-exclusive, never-before-seen extras from the recording of the album.

Gimme Some Truth is the groundbreaking, GRAMMY® Award-winning film that chronicles the creative process of how the Imaginealbum came into being, in turn providing a glimpse into Lennon’s creative genius and including many striking, special moments between John & Yoko. The progress of the making of the songs featured on the album is followed through from their inception to the final recording process in Gimme Some Truth, with the film serving as a stunning, fly-on-the-wall document of how one of the most iconic and important albums of the rock era came into being.

Finally, Thames & Hudson (UK) and Grand Central Publishing (US) are set to publish Imagine John Yoko by John Lennon & Yoko Ono onwhat would have been Lennon’s 78th birthday, on October 9. Personally compiled and curated by Yoko Ono Lennon and packed with exclusive, previously unpublished material, Imagine John Yoko is the definitive inside story – told in revelatory detail – of the making of the legendary album and all that surrounded it: the locations, the creative team, the artworks, and the films, in the words of John & Yoko and the people who were there.

John Lennon is one of the world’s most celebrated songwriters and performers of all time. Lennon has been posthumously honored with a Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY® Award and two special BRIT Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Music, and he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2008, Rolling Stone ranked Lennon in the Top 5 of the magazine’s “100 Greatest Singers Of All Time” list. With a message as universal and pertinent today as it was when the album was created, Imagine secures John & Yoko’s collective place in cultural history.

John Lennon: Imagine – The Ultimate Collection [6-disc box set – 4CD+2BD]

CD1 – Imagine
The Album - The Ultimate Mixes Disc 1
Remix in Stereo 16-44.1
Remixed Stereo Album, Singles & Extras

1. Imagine                        
2. Crippled Inside                    
3. Jealous Guy                        
4. It’s So Hard                        
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die    
6. Gimme Some Truth                     
7. Oh My Love                        
8. How Do You Sleep?                     
9. How?                            
10. Oh Yoko!                        
The Singles & Extras
11. Power To The People                     
12. Well… (Baby Please Don’t Go)                
13. God Save Us                         
14. Do The Oz                        
15. God Save Oz                         
16. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)                

CD2 - The Ultimate Mixes Disc 2
New Mix in Stereo 16-44.1
Elements Mixes and Album & Single Outtakes

Elements Mixes
1. Imagine (strings only)                    
2. Jealous Guy (piano, bass & drums)            
3. Oh My Love (vocals only)                
4. How? (strings only)                    
Album out-takes
5. Imagine (demo)                   
6. Imagine (take 1)            
7. Crippled Inside (take 3)                    
8. Crippled Inside (take 6 – alt guitar solo)            
9. Jealous Guy (take 9)                    
10. It’s So Hard (take 6)                
11. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (take 11)                    
12. Gimme Some Truth (take 4)                
13. Oh My Love (take 6)                    
14. How Do You Sleep? (takes 1 & 2)            
15. How? (take 31)                    
16. Oh Yoko! (Bahamas 1969)                
Singles out-takes
17. Power To The People (take 7)                
18. God Save Us (demo)                    
19. Do The Oz (take 3)        
20. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (alt mix)            

CD3 - Raw Studio Mixes
New Mix in Stereo 16-44.1
Extended Album Tracks & Outtakes – Live At Ascot Sound Studios

Extended Album Versions - Live
1. Imagine (take 10)                     
2. Crippled Inside (take 6)                     
3. Jealous Guy (take 29)                    
4. It’s So Hard (take 11)                    
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die
(take 4 – extended)                   
6. Gimme Some Truth (take 4 – extended)            
7. Oh My Love (take 20)                    
8. How Do You Sleep? (take 11 – extended)            
9. How? (take 40)                     
10. Oh Yoko! (take 1 extended)                 
Out-takes - Live
11. Imagine (take 1)                     
12. Jealous Guy (take 11)                     
13. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (take 21)                        
14. How Do You Sleep? (take 1)                
15. How Do You Sleep? (takes 5 & 6)            

C4 - The Evolution Documentary
New Mix in Mono 16-44.1
The story of each song on a journey from demo to master via instructions, rehearsals, recordings, multitrack exploration and studio chat

Album tracks only
1. Imagine                       
2. Crippled Inside                    
3. Jealous Guy                        
4. It’s So Hard                    
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die    
6. Gimme Some Truth                    
7. Oh My Love                    
8. How Do You Sleep?                    
9. How?                            
10. Oh Yoko!                    

Blu-ray Disc 1 – Imagine - The Ultimate Mixes
Remixed Stereo Album, Singles, Extras & Outtakes

Imagine - The Album
Remix in 5.1 & Stereo 24-96 
1. Imagine                        
2. Crippled Inside                    
3. Jealous Guy                        
4. It’s So Hard                        
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die    
6. Gimme Some Truth                    
7. Oh My Love                        
8. How Do You Sleep?                    
9. How?                            
10. Oh Yoko!                        

Singles & Extras
Remix in 5.1 & Stereo 24-96
1. Power To The People                
2. Well… (Baby Please Don’t Go)                
3. God Save Us (Bill Elliot vocal)            
4. Do The Oz                    
5. God Save Oz (John Lennon vocal)            
6. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

The Out-takes
New Mix in 5.1 & Stereo 24-96

1. Imagine (demo)                 
2. Imagine (take 1)                    
3. Crippled Inside (take 3)                    
4. Crippled Inside (take 6 alt guitar solo)            
5. Jealous Guy (take 9)                    
6. It’s So Hard (take 6)                     
7. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (take 11)                     
8. Gimme Some Truth (take 4)                
9. Oh My Love (take 6)                    
10. How Do You Sleep? (takes 1 & 2)            
11. How? (take 31)                     
12. Oh Yoko! (Bahamas 1969)                 
13. Power To The People (take 7)                 
14. God Save Us (demo)                     
15. Do The Oz (take 3)         
16. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (alt mix)               

The Quadrasonic Mixes
Remastered in Quad 4.0 24-96
Original 1971 Quadsonic Album Remastered

1. Imagine                        
2. Crippled Inside                     
3. Jealous Guy                         
4. It’s So Hard                        
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die     
6. Gimme Some Truth                    
7. Oh My Love                
8. How Do You Sleep?                    
9. How?                             
10. Oh Yoko!                        

Blu-ray Disc 2 – In The Studio and Deeper Listening

The Raw Studio Mixes - Extended Album Versions - Live
New Mix in 5.1 & Stereo 24-96
Experience, in immersive Surround Sound, the moment John and The Plastic Ono Band record each song live, from a sonic soundstage at the center of Ascot Sound Studios at John & Yoko’s home in Tittenhurst

1. Imagine (take 10)                
2. Crippled Inside (take 6)                    
3. Jealous Guy (take 29)                    
4. It’s So Hard (take 11)                
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (take 4 – extended)                    
6. Gimme Some Truth (take 4 – extended)            
7. Oh My Love (take 20)                    
8. How Do You Sleep? (take 11 – extended)            
9. How? (take 40)                    
10. Oh Yoko! (take 1 – extended)                

The Raw Studio Mixes - Out-takes - Live
New Mix in 5.1 & Stereo 24-96

1. Imagine (take 1)                    
2. Crippled Inside (take 2)                    
3. Crippled Inside (take 6 alt guitar solo)        
4. Jealous Guy (take 11)                    
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (take 21)                        
6. How Do You Sleep? (take 1)            
7. How Do You Sleep? (takes 5 & 6)            
8. How? (takes 7-10)                    
9. How? (take 40 alt vocal)                
10. Oh Yoko! (take 1 tracking vocal)            

The Elements Mixes
From the Master Multitracks
New Mix in 5.1 & Stereo 24-96
Mixes from elements of the original multitracks that demonstrate some of the instrumentations from ‘behind the scenes’

1. Imagine (strings)                   
2. Crippled Inside (upright bass & drums)            
3. Jealous Guy (piano, bass & drums)           
4. It’s So Hard (strings)                   
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (guitar, bass & drums)                   
6. Gimme Some Truth (electric piano & guitar)       
7. Oh My Love (vocals)                   
8. How Do You Sleep? (strings)               
9. How? (strings)                       
10. Oh Yoko! (acoustic)                   

The Evolution Documentary
New Mix in Mono 24-96
The story of the songs from demo to master in rehearsals, studio chat and mixed multitrack elements

1. Imagine                       
2. Crippled Inside                    
3. Jealous Guy                        
4. It’s So Hard                        
5. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die    
6. Gimme Some Truth                    
7. Oh My Love                        
8. How Do You Sleep?                    
9. How?                            
10. Oh Yoko!                        
11. Power To The People                    
12. Well… (Baby Please Don’t Go)               
13. God Save Us/God Save Oz                
14. Do The Oz                        
15. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)                
16. Tittenhurst Park                    

Imagine John & Yoko – The Elliot Mintz Interviews
New Mix in Mono 24-96
Tribute by DJ and family friend Elliot Mintz featuring revealing, philosophical, honest and humorous interviews with John & Yoko.       


Imagine (Film)
1. Imagine
2. Crippled Inside
3. Good Morning
4. Jealous Guy
5. Don’t Count The Waves
6. It’s So Hard
7. Mrs. Lennon
8. In Bag
9. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die
10. Mind Train
11. Whisper Piece
12. What’s That In The Sky?
13. Power To The People
14. Gimme Some Truth
15. Midsummer New York
16. Oh My Love
17. How Do You Sleep?
18. How?
19. Oh Yoko!
20. Beach / End Credits   

Gimme Some Truth (Film)
1. Imagine
2. Crippled Inside
3. Oh Yoko!
4. Jealous Guy
5. It’s So Hard
6. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die
7. Gimme Some Truth
8. Oh My Love
9. How Do You Sleep?
10. How?
11. Imagine

DVD / Blu-Ray Extras
1. Jealous Guy (raw studio out-take)
2. How? (raw studio out-take)
3. Gimme Some Truth (raw studio out-take)
4. David Bailey photoshoot

Dave Davies Of The Kinks

Announces New Album Decade

To Be Released on October 12th

A Collection of Unreleased Solo Material Recorded Between 1971 - 1979
Shares Previously Unheard 1973 Track "Cradle To The Grave"

Dave Davies / Photo: Kevin Harmon

Founding member of The Kinks Dave Davies has announced the upcoming release of Decade, a new collection of unreleased songs recorded in the 1970's. Davies has also shared the lead track from the record, "Cradle To The Grave," which was recorded in 1973. Decade will be released on October 12th via Red River Entertainment and Green Amp Records, and Davies will be on tour in early 2019.
Listen: Dave Davies - "Cradle To The Grave"
In what may be considered the sequel to 2011’s Hidden Treasures, which chronicled Davies' solo recordings from the 1960's, Decade pulls back the curtain on the legendary guitarist and songwriter's unreleased works spanning 1971 to 1979. Davies writes, "I am so pleased that after all this time these tracks are being released to see the light of day. These songs have been silently nagging at me to be recognised all these years. At last I can proudly present this album Decade to the world. I do hope you all enjoy the music."
Decade is currently available for pre-order.
Years prior to the issue of his first “proper” solo album, 1980’s AFL1-3603, Davies was working on the fascinating tracks that make up Decade. The tapes were unearthed by his sons Simon and Martin from “under beds, in attics, in storage,” and properly mixed and mastered in a way that lets these songs shimmer and shine even brighter than they did at inception. Any album recorded over the span of 10 years runs the risk of ending up wildly erratic in tone and style, and yet, Dave’s Decade is surprisingly cohesive, the songs working together beautifully as songs on great albums do. 
The period 1973 to 1975 saw The Kinks make the move into their own recording studio, Konk, which Davies took a major role in setting up and developing. “I’m always really into the sound, and the mixes, and gadgets..." writes Davies. "I was able to go in, and make what I thought were demos—these recordings."
Listening to the contemporary, FM radio-friendly quality of these songs, it’s hard to fathom that these solo tracks remained under wraps, particularly as these were born in the aftermath of clear Dave Davies triumphs such as “Strangers” and “You Don’t Know My Name,” change-of-pace songs that added considerable value to the early ‘70s Kinks albums they appeared on. But with brother Ray deep into the creation of a series of high-concept albums on which Dave’s songs had no apparent place, these Dave Davies gems remained unissued on both the solo and band fronts. Davies explains, "We were busy, and we were touring, The Kinks were very vibrant that whole period of time. It wasn’t really until the end of the ‘70s that I started to really take my writing seriously. I should have done it anyway—because what’s ‘serious’ and ‘not serious’? Just get stuff out, you know?” In 1978, a song contemporaneous with these sessions, “Trust Your Heart”, was chosen to appear on The Kinks’ Misfits album, and Davies became very active as a solo artist at last, with a series of well-regarded albums in the 1980s and beyond. 
A long-time inductee of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, Dave Davies helped shape the landscape of rock and pop music across generations. A seasoned yet spontaneous rock-n-roll visionary, Davies was named one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
Dave has released several critical acclaimed albums on Red River Entertainment including his most recent album Open Road, a collaborative project with his son Russ, released in March 2017 and acclaimed by Rolling StoneConsequence of SoundPasteSpinThe Washington Post, and many more.

Dave Davies 
Photo by Steve Hockstein

Decade Tracklist:
1. Cradle to the Grave
2. Midnight Sun
3. Islands
4. If You Are Leaving
5. Web of Time
6. Mystic Woman
7. Give You All My Love
8. The Journey
9. Within Each Day
10. Same Old Blues
11. Mr. Moon
12. Shadows
13. This Precious Time (Long Lonely Road)

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