John Lennon ‎– Imagine (Raw Studio Mixes)

Apple Records ‎– 0602577346750, Universal Music Group International ‎– 0602577346750
Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Stereo

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A1 Imagine (Take 10)
Bass – Klaus VoormannDrums – Alan WhitePiano, Vocals – John Lennon
A2 Crippled Inside (Take 6)
Acoustic Guitar – Rod Lynton, Ted TurnerBass [Upright] – Klaus Voormann, Steve BrendellDobro – George HarrisonDrums – Alan WhiteElectric Guitar, Vocals – John LennonPiano – Nicky Hopkins
A3 Jealous Guy (Take 29)
Acoustic Guitar, Vocals – John LennonBass – Klaus VoormannDrums – Jim KeltnerHarmonium – John BarhamPiano – Nicky HopkinsVibraphone [Good Vibes] – Alan White
A4 It’s So Hard (Take 11)
Bass – Klaus VoormannDrums – Jim GordonGuitar, Vocals – John Lennon
A5 I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama, I Don’t Wanna Die (Take 4 Extended)
Acoustic Guitar – Joey Molland, Tommy Evans*Bass – Klaus VoormannDrums – Jim KeltnerElectric Guitar, Vocals – John LennonElectric Piano – Nicky HopkinsPiano – John BarhamSlide Guitar [Electric] – George HarrisonTambourine – Mike Pinder
B1 Gimme Some Truth (Take 4 Extended)
Acoustic Guitar – Joey Molland, Tommy Evans*Bass – Klaus VoormannDrums – Alan WhiteElectric Guitar, Vocals – John LennonElectric Piano – Nicky HopkinsPiano – John BarhamSlide Guitar [Electric] – George Harrison
B2 Oh My Love (Take 20)
Bass – Klaus VoormannElectric Guitar – George HarrisonElectric Piano – Nicky HopkinsPiano, Vocals – John Lennon
B3 How Do You Sleep? (Take 11 Extended)
Bass – Klaus VoormannDrums – Alan WhiteElectric Guitar, Vocals – John LennonElectric Piano – Nicky HopkinsSlide Guitar [Electric] – George Harrison
B4 How? (Take 40)
Bass – Klaus VoormannDrums – Alan WhiteElectric Piano – Nicky HopkinsPiano, Vocals – John Lennon
B5 Oh Yoko! (Take 1 Extended)
Acoustic Guitar – Andy Davis, Rod LyntonAcoustic Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica – John LennonBass – Klaus VoormannDrums – Alan WhitePiano – Nicky Hopkins

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Limited Edition heavyweight 180-gram black vinyl for Record Store Day 2019.
Quantity: 5500
Release Type: 'RSD First' Release

Includes poster and printed inner sleeve containing credits, photographs, and liner notes.

"Made in Germany" on back cover.
"Made in EU" on record labels.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 602577346750
  • Rights Society: BIEM/SDRM
  • Label Code: LC 01846
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched, [STERLING] stamped): 7734675-A BI57447-01 A1 XL STERLING RKS
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched, [STERLING] stamped): 7734675-B BI57447-01 B1 XL STERLING RKS

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0602577346750, PROT 7046 John Lennon Imagine (Raw Studio Mixes)(LP, Ltd) Apple Records, USM Japan 0602577346750, PROT 7046 Japan 2019 Sell This Version


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August 29, 2019

The only way i will listen to this album here on out. Sensational.


July 13, 2019

I possibly like this version more than the original, which is saying a lot. Raw is the perfect description of these mixes. They sound wonderful, but all stripped down, Lennon's voice really shines, especially on It's So Hard. It's my new favorite song on the album. Was hoping for more chatter, but I'm a Beatles nerd and probably in the minority. Great release. I liked it so much I made a playlist of the album from the Super Deluxe Imagine Box, which has all of the mixes heard in the record.


May 5, 2019

Wow, so many tracks are just wonderful, very personal versions and it sounds amazing


April 24, 2019
edited 9 months ago

Oddly we've been hearing these versions a lot over the years. They have been the versions used in the documentaries around this album and Lennon's life, of course never complete and with talking over etc, etc. But agree could be the best version of these songs you can now enjoy. Great photo of the studio and the players too.
5500 copies allegedly, not packaged in any special way with stickers etc denoting anything special, is there a standard release on the way....... after RSD dies down for 2019
Clear and white vinyls to follow


April 20, 2019
According to Rough Trade site, this was limited to 1,500 copies. Link here:
Sounds a bit unbelievable. Does anyone have any further info on how many it was limited to?
Many thanks in advance.


April 19, 2019
Agree w/the other sentiments about the content & performance.
My side 1 needed cleaned. Skipped on some plastic during first play.
Also, some wobble noise throughout.
Prob just need to put the Viborg Weight Stabilizer on during the next turn.


April 17, 2019
Breath taking is this beauty. So intimate. And perfect pressing. A real gem.


April 16, 2019

Awesome recording..Prefer it to the original.
and paid face value on RSD


April 15, 2019
edited 9 months ago

What an awesome and intimate way to experience this album, the takes used on this are awesome, I think this may be the best way to hear these songs. I love the moments where you can hear Johns breaths between verses and I loved the banter before the song starts on Oh Yoko!. This makes you feel like you really are in the studio watching John perform these beautiful tracks. My pressing sounds great almost no noise. Probably one of the best RSD releases.


April 15, 2019

What an amazing issue.
I purchased this hoping it was the closest we could get to John, and let me tell you, this is like he is there in the room. So true to the artist, so true to his feelings as he sang, as John felt it. The studio noises, the background chat, everything; you can almost smell the cigarettes burning in the ashtrays.
I listened to it in the dark with my 17 year old daughter in the room, and we both found ourselves in tears, because we were so overwhelmed by the honest portrait of the true spirit of the album.
The best RSD release so far, for its value, for its treasured feeling. I feel very blessed to have this.
The quality of the pressing is also very good, and the "War Is Over If You Want It" poster adds to it no end.
In one word? WOW!!!