Imagine is the second studio album by English musician John Lennon, released on 9 September 1971 by Apple Records. Co-produced by Lennon, his wife Yoko Ono and Phil Spector, the album's lush sound contrasts the basic, small-group arrangements of his first album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970), while the opening title track is widely considered to be his signature song. Lennon recorded the album from early to mid-1971 at Ascot Sound Studios, Abbey Road Studios and the Record Plant in New York City, with supporting musicians that included his ex-Beatles bandmate George Harrison, keyboardist Nicky Hopkins, bassist Klaus Voormann and drummers Alan White and Jim Keltner. Its lyrics reflect peace, love, politics, Lennon's experience with primal scream therapy, and, following a period of high personal tensions, an attack on his former writing partner Paul McCartney in "How Do You Sleep?" Extensive footage from the sessions was recorded for a scrapped documentary; parts were released on the documentary film Imagine: John Lennon (1988). The documentary John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky, based on that footage, was released in 2018. Imagine was a critical and commercial success, peaking at number one on both the UK Albums Chart and US Billboard 200. Along with John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, it is considered one of Lennon's finest solo albums. In 2012, the album was voted 80th on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album has been reissued multiple times, including in 2018 as The Ultimate Collection, a six-disc box set containing previously unreleased demos, rare studio outtakes, "evolution documentaries" for each track, and isolated track elements along with surround mixes.Wikipedia
I mean, it's Imagine by Julian Lennon's dad, it's a bit 'meh'. Jealous Guy is a good song....towards the end it made me punch a wall...but at least it wasn't my wife, eh John?
John Lennon is the worst human being who ever lived
I’m slowly realizing that a big part of the Beatles magic was the mix of their individual sounds together. Paul’s sound without John or George was great, but it was just missing something. This album further proves it. I think it’s the closest John sounded to his days in the Beatles... turns out George was on guitar for a lot of it... which, I think, is a huge reason why it’s as close as it is.
Glad he's dead.
This is a phenomenal album with some of John's best songwriting. It's debatable which of John's songs is his best but Imagine would certainly be on the short list. This song as well as the ballads Jealous Guy and Oh My Love are all done with piano accompaniments rather than guitars resulting in the album having a soft touch. The guitars are saved for the rockers. Most Beatles trivia buffs will say John's last public performance was in 1974 when he joined Elton John to play a few songs after losing a bet but the real trivia geeks will say his last "public performance" was in 1977 when John was bored in a Tokyo hotel so took out his guitar and played Jealous Guy while sitting near the elevator. The way I heard it, nobody who saw him knew who he was or cared! Crippled Inside is an excellent tune. It has a hint of country and excellent keyboards contributed by Nicky Hopkins. The opening piano on Crippled Inside is reminiscent of the beer barrel piano style on the intro to Paul's song Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da which I understand John contributed even though he hated the song! Side 2 starts with some venom with Gimme Some Truth. The political message in this song is obvious hasn't changed much in 50 years. John knew how to dish out venom when he felt it was warranted. Of course he saves his best insults for Paul in How Do You Sleep. In this song Paul is the target of his venom as John returns fire after the salvos Paul aimed at John and Yoko on "Too Many People" from his second album. Perhaps the most clever is John's comment on Paul's post Beatles' songs when he says: "The sound you make is muzak to my ears". I expect this would have been devastating for Paul to hear. As they say, the truth hurts. Lesson for Paul: Don't use lyrics as a weapon when fighting with John. Oh Yoko is another love song to Yoko. I'm guessing Paul would have preferred if John had contributed this love song to Abbey Road rather than the far less commercial / user-friendly I Want You (She's So Heavy). John's harmonica at the very end is random but a very good way to end an excellent album.
This album taught me an interesting lesson. Namely, that Lennon really needed the rest of the Beatles to avoid being a bullshit artist. I think it's because he was pretty much a trash human being and, without the balancing influence of his bandmates, all of his egotism, hypocrisy, and pretension didn't get filtered out. Instead, he spent the whole album spotlighting his worst traits to the detriment of his (few) positive traits. To say it's distasteful is an understatement. Giving this one a very generous 3 stars...
I went into this album having already downloaded two of the songs, I left having downloaded them all. This album has it all, good songwriting, good music, and variety. The political messages sound extra important in today’s world and the Paul McCartney diss track is something special. I’m sure I’m biased because of my Beatlemania as a kid but I have to rate this as a near perfect album. 9/10 but 5/5
Despite how much of a behemoth the title track is, this album has a number of pretty great songs on it. Pretentious high concept nonsense before it was cool. Phil Spector sort of ruins it a bit though. I quite like that it is pretty angry and political but really just sounds like a pleasant pop album. I really love Oh Yoko.
As a kid, I would have given this a 5. As the album hits it the middle group of songs, it becomes more average. By the end you realize Spector’s production is the only thing making some of the average songs great, along with mysticism around Lennon’s celebrity. As an adult with a new perspective, the album is good, but not as big as I once thought it was. Due to Spector, I would give this 3/5 album a 4/5.
After Plastic Ono Band's violent debeatling, the nation's favourite demagogue continues his primal scream-induced plainspeak. Try this on for rawness: "No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of Tricky Dicky is gonna Mother Hubbard, soft soap me with just a pocketful of hope." Or, "I was feeling insecure / You might not love me anymore". Lennon softens the edges with pop-friendly euphemisms, albeit acerbic ones, such as "You can wear a mask and paint your face / You can call yourself the human race," but most notably Spector's luscious wall of sound, which coats Lennon's salted caramel brittle with a litre of extra thick double-cream. Special mention to Oh Yoko!, which is almost a unassumingly beautiful as the Velvet's After Hours. Makes me think I'm in love with Mrs Lennon every time.
I have always loathed the song Imagine. This hatred, I understand, is very common. Both on its own and considered within cultural context, Imagine cheesegrates the sensibilities of anyone with a scraping of taste, reason or heart. It rhymes "one" with "one", just as a starter. The melody is basic past the point of banality (and it was used better on Jealous Guy, which in any case was performed better by Roxy Music: you really need Bryan Ferry for that blue, wistful saudade atmosphere, that's what he gets up in the morning for). A millionaire ensconced in his mansion asks us to "imagine no possessions"; presumably he imagined no possessions, as he could just buy whatever he wanted. One can defend its simplistic, naïve messaging as wilfully childlike and idealistic (in fairness, it does retort "You may say that I'm a dreamer"), but that just underscores its infantile, playground view of politics; also, as adults, aren't our political values meant to be taken from sources a bit more substantial than 3-minute hippy anthems? Yet the inherent irksomeness of Imagine has become exponentiated to an emetic degree by its overbearance in culture. Remember Gal Gadot and her celebrity pals trying to bring the world together in the early days of Covid by singing Imagine over their phones? I just tried putting it on Youtube, but I was genuinely too scared to hit play. Imagine is, of course, mountainously smug, but Gal et al. create a planet of smugness in 3 minutes, whereas that slowpoke God had to take a day to make the earth (although he did also make the heavens and light that day too, so he took a third of a day to make the earth, maybe?). That is one especially charmless sample from a smorgasbord of mortifying celebrity versions of Imagine. Want another? Cee-Lo Green's take on Imagine changes the most interesting line "and no religion too" to "and all religions too", managing the dubious achievement of making Imagine even more inane and unchallenging. About the only by-product of Imagine of any merit is when Oasis stole it for the beginning of Don't Look Back in Anger, which is still the best of beery singalongs at closing time. Still, I'm here to review an album, not one song, and the album is properly weird. It does have the apparent virtue of authenticity, of John Lennon making an honest John Lennon album, but an honest John Lennon album is not an album around which the cult of John Lennon was consecrated. Now, if you want John doing songs that sound like Beatles off-cuts, you have Crippled Inside's jaunty cynicism (George Harrison plays on 5 of the songs). Gimme Some Truth provides you with your fix of vinyl-thin political protest. If happy-clappy hippy sentimentality is your bag, man, then aside from Imagine you cool cats should dig Oh My Love, though I wonder if it's possible not to laugh at the lines "I see the wind / I see the trees". I'm So Hard is yer boilerplate bluesy rocker, and I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier Mama is yer standard jam that goes on just a tad too long. But if none of these styles really satisfy, the weaknesses of John Lennon's songwriting emerge like a magic-eye picture. In particular, much of his lyricism is unintentionally comical. "Oh Yoko, my love will turn you on" ends in perhaps the three worst words imaginable in that situation (seriously, do you want that image rattling around your head?). "How can I go forward when I don't know which way to turn?" only makes sense if John is driving a car. I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier Mama has its die/fly/cry/lie rhymes, making you wonder if John don't wanna be a launderer mama, he don't wanna dry, John don't wanna be a salesman mama, he don't wanna ply, John don't wanna be a psychic mama, he don't wanna scry... (make up your own, kids!) But the best song on the album also makes for the most uncomfortable listening (well, aside from the excruciating Imagine). How Do You Sleep? shows us the angry, resentful and vindictive John Lennon, his ire generated by and thrust at Paul McCartney. Brief backstory: with the fallout of the Beatles' break-up, the courts had gotten involved, and John made a few disparaging asides about his former bandmates in interviews. Macca then, on his album Ram, recorded Too Many People, which featured a few mild jabs at Lennon, then took out an ad parodying John and Yoko's bagism by showing Macca and Linda dressed as clowns (I would say Macca probably meant this as a joke, albeit perhaps a little unwise in the midst of the legal farrago). This caused Lennon to revert to his most splenetic in How Do You Sleep?, barraging Macca as a middling chancer bolstered by sycophants who will ditch him now the talent (i.e., John) has disappeared. The thing is, the song works: the wordplay is clever and intentionally funny ("The only thing you done was yesterday", "The sound you make is musak to my ears"), and Phil Spector's strings reinforce the groove of the Wurlitzer and slide guitar (George Harrison again). But the rancour John displays only unsettles the listener, like a glimpse of, well, an exceptionally bitter argument between a divorcing couple (Ringo visited the recording of this song and found it upsetting, believing justifiably that John had gone too far). As for its place on the album, it frankly demolishes all the peace-and-love affectations the rest of the album tries to volunteer, implying that John the ambassador of peace was hiding John the brute spoiling for a fight, and all it took for that metamorphosis to occur was a slight dig and three pints of bad cider. In summation, Imagine qualifies as the quintessential John Lennon record, but that is very much a backhanded compliment. It has all that's stimulating about John Lennon's music, and all that's tiresome. Whether you find Imagine inspiring or exasperating is your prerogative. Personally, I don't find John Lennon, or Imagine, that interesting. The songs tend to be just okay, with one notable atrocity, and the best song is unrepresentative of the album and itself a disconcerting listen. Much of the curiosity this album fosters is due to its historical circumstances: the break-up of the Beatles and the curdling of hippy utopianism. By the by, I write this in 2022. Since in recent times we have witnessed a worldwide resurgence of nationalism and religiosity, along with marked increases in inequality and the entrenchment of consumer capitalism ("imagine there's no smartphone / I wonder if you can"), doesn't that mean that the legacy of Imagine is illusory, and that the judgement of history is that John Lennon was a tosser?
It is a classic, heard imagine so many times it can be a bit tiring, but think jealous guy is the best anyway
It is a great album from a great man. Remember when Gal Gadot and her 'friends' did Imagine at the start of lockdown?
listening to this album calmed my anxiety
It's Lennon. I already loved all the songs I knew, but there were a few I was unfamiliar with, and even those are lovely. Aside from loving this throughout, I have to go top marks in case one day Mum finds out I didn't, she'd hurt me, I'm sure of it.
I think I last listened to this album all the way through when I was about 12 years old (my best friend's older brother had a copy) and I'd forgotten how utterly, utterly brilliant it was and I want to apologise to the world for leaving it so long - I've played it 5 times today to try and make amends. It's just visceral and totally brilliant, the best thing I've heard so far. Can I give 6 stars? (also just noticed that Billy Bragg nicked the riff from 'Oh Yoko' for 'Waiting for the great leap forward'). I wrote loads more (twice) about this album but deleted it all - there was no need, you already knew it all anyway.
Obviously excellent. Oddly, he showed this first to some guy, I forget who. “Imagine” was originally a B-side on that tape.
A perfect album.
5/5 based on the 1st song...
one of the classics
John Lennon’s second album is portrait of a man who is at a crossroads and is trying to figure out who he is. This inner turmoil is also reflected in the shifts in genre from the placid and occasionally lush (classic Phil Spector production), to the more country/rockabilly, and rock and roll influences tracks. Lennon is contemplative, remorseful, and angry all in a 40 minute span. He ends and starts the album with no answers to the deeper questions but with the knowledge that love and humanity are the heart of the answer.
I grew up with this album so it's difficult to view it objectively. I can see how some might see this as a bit wishy-washy musically but the sound has Lennon stamped on it and it depends on whether it's your bag. There are some genuine classics here though- Imagine (of course), Jealous Guy, Give me some Truth, but my favourite has always been 'How do you sleep' which was aimed at Paul and is pretty scathing and is surely one of the best songs anywhere. After listening again to the whole album there are a few weaker tracks but the general album taken as a whole is worthy of *****
Not a huge fan of the title track, and I prefer plastic ono band, but still a pretty good album. Closer to a 3.5
Imagine is a solid solo release.
Really beautiful, mix of like Beatles and Lennon. Mac millers later work reminds me of it
It's so much more than its title track. Demerit for explicit references to Yoko. Best track: Gimme Some Truth
Some classics, bit preachy
Love you Dad
huge lennon vibes. slow but meaningful lyrics. 4/5
Really nice melodies and songs.
Such a tuneful beautiful album. A classic of course. I am so over Imagine as a song and don't massively like listening to it, but it probably is very good isn't it
Strong 4. It’s amazing how well this album holds up. I can definitely see myself coming back for more. The lyrics, the vocals, the production, it all sounds great, even today. Very strong project.
Tres bon album jepe sais que c’etait un receuil de toune comme imagine mais c’est rock et tres stylise le reste de l’album. Je ne l’avais jamais ecoute au complet et je suis agreablement surpris. Je reecoute a coup sur. 4.75
Good album, just not a five.
Some real gems on here. Also, some not so quality material. Always liked this album, but Lennon’s solo material for me is not his best work. This is no exception.
Yes, the title song may be completely over played, but you can't fault the sentiment. Lennon's more polished second solo album shows him at his typical contrary self, love, peace, jealousy, anger. BT: Jealous Guy, Gimme Some Truth, How Do You Sleep?
Ive always found John though a good songwriter a little bit cheesy. And well, listening to this album was very nice, but sadly, still a little bit too nice at some moments.
My first exposure to the title track was when I was in 6th grade and we read someone's article about them cowering in fear of the communist lyrics. I was never a fan of Lennon as a person. I was a McCartney fanboy and sided with his criticisms. Growing up, I realized I loved Lennon's songs just as much, and honestly I think the title track "Imagine" made me think Lennon was the one in charge of the Beatles ballads like "Hey Jude" and "Let It Be" (turns out McCartney wrote both of them). But these days I appreciate Lennon a lot more knowing that the hard, energetic Beatles songs were sung by his fuzzy vocals. The beginning of "Crippled Inside" strongly reminds me of another Beatles song (from the White album?) but I can't put my tongue on it. "Jealous Guy" is probably my favorite on this album, despite being one of the softer songs I've been known not to be a huge fan of. Not a big fan of the next two tracks. I do appreciate the antiwar sentiment and the psychedelic fuzz in the latter song. Much prefer the second side. Makes sense considering this is where Harrison makes most of his contributions. Many of the Beatlesesque songs on this album certainly feels like they belong on the White album, except much more polished. My favorite of these is "Oh My Love." In fact, I swore that song was on the White album until just today. Such a beautiful song. And yes, even "How Do You Sleep?" is a fantastic song, despite the savagery on McCartney. Album ends on a lovely note with "Oh Yoko" which grows with each listen. Some fantastic songs interdispersed. A few weak songs. But the remainder is great. Coherent and has great mixing and Harrison's guitar work, reminding me that Harrison was not being carried by any means, and dramatically enhances the experience.
Although not my favourite Lennon album I'd forgotten how brilliantly vicious an attack on Macca 'How do you sleep' was.
A complicated album for me to review. John Lennon is one of my favorite musicians of all time. He is probably my favorite male vocalist. When I was younger I saw footage of people mourning him after his assassination and I remember crying my eyes out. He has been an icon to me. Heʻs also from what Iʻve read later in life, kind of a huge asshole and physically violent person to both men and women earlier in his life, before he (mostly) repented. I wonʻt go into depth on this front but suffice it to say that itʻs enough to really taint his legacy and recently has made it hard for me to fully put that shit out of my head when listening to his music. But for the sake of this review Iʻll attempt that. Anyway, this album is wonderful, but still a huge drop in quality from his previous album, Plastic Ono Band, which is one of the greatest of all time. Imagine (the song) is extremely overplayed, but it's still a classic. Oh Yoko! has been a favorite of mine for years, ever since I heard it in the Wes Anderson movie Rushmore. Gimme Some Truth is just a brilliant verbal assault on hypocritic politicians. I have a really fond memory of my aunt rap-singing "I'm sick to death of seeing things/ From tight-lipped, condescending, mama's little chauvinists" to me when I was kid. I love how vulnerable and open he is on this album, he really bares his soul in many songs like Jealous Guy and Oh My Love. His love for Yoko inspires so much beauty in his music. A dark spot is How Do You Sleep, a scathing takedown of Paul McCartney that always felt unnecessarily cruel to me. A reminder of just how fucked up he could be in one moment while in the next being this revolutionary, life-giving force of music.
It's fascinating to me to be able to hear the distinct parts that make up the Beatles. I am a Beatles fan, but I'm only really familiar with the George and Paul solo works. I think I heard The Plastic Ono Band at some point and wrote John off as "lost his mind". This was nice though, a pretty solid album. John has an impeccable voice. Some of the songs are a bit bland, but I do enjoy quite a few. This album is definitely worth a listen to hear the John Lennon dimension of the Beatles Express itself.
Enjoyable listening. I prefer George Harrison's solo albums, he really flourished when he was liberated from John's tyranny. The one thing everyone needs to know is that the track Imagine was largely written by Yoko Ono, who John selfishly decided wasn't worth crediting because she's "just a wife, y'know?" He was a total douchebag, but it is easy listening.
"In this moment, I am euphoric. Not because of any phony god's blessing. But because, I am enlightened by my own intelligence" -John Lennon
The worst impulses of Lennon are encouraged when freed from the Beatles.
Pile of shite.
Heard it many times. Not a Lennon fan
First track sounds like something that would be sung mawkishly at Anfield. Can see where the worst parts of the beatles albums come from with the 2nd. It's basically just when I'm 64, or a wacky Norman Wisdom chase montage. Ponderous, dull uninspired garbage from the joint worst beatle
Bland. Very MOR. Would have given it a very bland 2 but it's hard to listen to a wife beater twittering on about being a jealous guy so he's getting a 1.
I found this album even more mean-spirited, and insecure than I remembered it - "Imagine no possessions", sang the man who had a temperature-controlled room for his fur coats. 1 star
pretty cool and funkyyyyyy
weirdly surprised by this. I think because I don’t like the Beatles much, I assumed I wouldn’t like this guy. but his voice is pretty and talented and songs like “How Do You Sleep?” are just really great. this guy clearly knew what he was doing.
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Amazing, one of my favorites
Really really good. Oh Yoko and I Don’t Wanna be a Soldier were a bit too repetitive for me, and I’ve heard Imagine so many times I could scream, but I gotta give it up because it’s a great song.
9/10 everyone should hear this album at least once it’s got a few moments that are a little awkward but for the most part it’s amazing
Great album. John was always my favorite Beatle, especially lyrically. Some absolutely great songs on this one, especially the title track.
50 years later, you can hear the genius shining through each song.
It's a good one for sure, imagine is obviously the best song of the album, but the other songs ain't too bad either.
Venga, un 5 por la canción de Imagine. El resto del disco, agradable sin más.
Classic Album. Classic songs. Classic Rating: 5. Very interesting to hear "Give Me Some Truth" in the Get Back documentary.
There’s still a hint of the sadness that permeates deep within his first solo album, but there’s also some hope and sweetness here too. “How Do You Sleep?” still makes me sad even if it is a banger musically.
How timely for this album to come up today? Yesterday, I was listening to two radio stations both of which had segments of peace songs. And on both stations, the first song they played was "Imagine." There are two other anti-war/political songs, "I Don't Want Be A Soldier Mama" and "Gimme Some Truth," but really this album is a collection of songs, mostly great ones. One connective thread is that most of these songs sound very personal, although more loosely personal than his first album, "Plastic Ono Band" (where Yoko and his primal scream therapy strongly influenced). The songs were written from 1968 to 1971 with three written during the "Let It Be" Sessions. The album seems to go back and forth between piano (softer) and guitar-driven ( more rockin) songs. Four are love songs highlighted by the incredible "Jealous Guy." There is an anti-Paul song with whom John was feuding with at the time. John also delivers a stunning vocal performance, along with George Harrison's slide guitar, on " Gimme Some Truth," probably the highlight of the album for me (title song excluded).
One of my all-time favorite albums.
Ha passat a la història pel contenir un dels grans himnes immortals del pop, que dóna títol al disc i que és ja un clàssic de la cultura pop. Però el mèrit principal és que la resta del disc no està per sota. De fet, en casos com 'Jealous Guy', 'Gimme Some Truth' o 'How', està per sobre, i a les lletres tan d'aquests temes com d''I Don't Want to Be a Soldier' o la pròpia cançó títol, es concentra tota la ideologia i filosofia de l'artista. 'How Do You Sleep' continua sent la millor cançó de revenja contra un antic company i amic, des de l'elegància, però amb tota la mala llet imaginable
What a glorious album. Like most people, I was only familiar with the title track - which may have been overplayed at this point. But the rest of the album is perfect, track after track. Really worth your time. Added, with pleasure.
Epic start with Imagine. 2 Paul diss songs (Crippled Inside and How do you sleep?). LOVE How? Jealous Guy, Gimme Some Truth, and It's So Hard. And Oh, Yoko is just plain fun. "In the middle of a shave, in the middle of a shave, I call your name, Oh, Yoko... My love will turn you on." Although, I prefer the Plastic Ono album.
Pensé que no le iba a poner 5 estrellas porque Imagine está muy muy muy quemada. Quizá no haya persona de más de 15 años que no haya oído esta rola hasta el cansancio (COVID, Juegos Olímpicos, eventos de paz, lo que sea) y pues sí, ahora suena y difícilmente me da gusto. Pero es que el resto del disco tiene joyas de dos de las personas importantes de Lennon: Yoko y Paul. Rolas melosas (tal vez hasta demasiado para ser suyas) dedicadas a Yoko (How?, Oh my love y Jealous Guy), y rolas muy muy muy enojadas y agresivas dedicadas a Paul (How Do You Sleep y en cierta medida Give Me Some Truth) y todas ellas son excelentes.
Classic album right after the Beatles split
Классика жанра :)
I love John Lennon.
It was great to revisit this album which is so wrapped up in Lennon’s charisma and my memory of listening to it as a teen.
👍 proper classic
Yeah this guy knows what he's doing
ata. como se eu n conhece isso em 2022, por favor ne. só pra não ficar sem falar nada sem esse. quando se fala de john lennon, a maioria das pessoas pensam no poder de composição dele, eu penso nisso tambem claro, mas a voz dele é algo que me toca. ele consegue ser suave quando quer e um animal quando tem que ser. e esse album mostra muito bem isso. um exemplo é jealous guy (suave, uma melodia bonita) pra gimme some truth (um rock and roll em que ele canta quase gritando).
Ah, it's been a long time since I listened to this. I was always more partial to John's rawer, grittier Plastic Ono Band album that preceded this, but listening with fresh ears this really is a classic. Just a beautiful album with some tender, confessional songs mixed in with some edgier tunes. Imagine is of course one of the greatest songs ever written. How Do You Sleep just blows me away - as a Beatles fanatic the lyrics are fun to analyze, but musically it's also a classic song. Jealous Guy is also an amazing song. Really not a bad song in the bunch. 5 stars.
this album is almost whisky in the way it sounds, i think that just sort of comes with john lennons voice tho. overall i liked it a lot, definitely will listen again
This is arguably the best of John Lennon's solo albums. It's certainly the one I would point to as being most representative of his work. If you want a sense of who John Lennon was as an artist, it's pretty much all on this album. The disarmingly direct lyricism, the acid-tinged vocal, the offbeat pop sensibility, the fondness for roots rhythm and blues, it's all here. The title song is massive, of course. It looms over the rest of the album more than it should. Part of that is less about the song "Imagine" itself, and more about how the song has been appropriated in various ways over the years. It's probably one of the most well known, well-loved, and overplayed songs of its time, but there's a reason for that. It's an absolutely lovely, perfectly crafted song, delivering a universal sentiment both sweetly and plainspokenly. It's incredibly rare for a song to have such broad appeal that spans across decades. It's Lennon's triumph as a solo songwriter. The range of the other songs is broad, touching on themes personal and political. The tone can be playful and jaunty, intimate and introspective, strident and biting. I don't know about other people, but I feel like I know a little more about John Lennon every time I hear this album. Not a single bad song on here, a real pleasure. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Imagine, How?, Oh My Love, Jealous Guy, It's So Hard, How Do You Sleep?, Oh Yoko!, Crippled Inside, Gimme Some Truth, I Don't Want To Be A Soldier
Of course amazing
The title song has become so familiar it’s easy to forget what a blinder it is. And balls to those who say he can’t sing about this kind of stuff cos he was a millionaire. There’s a clarity of sentiment and a simplicity that hits you regardless of whether it was composed in a mansion or a bungalow. Anyway, that aside, this is one of the most consistently brilliant albums of this Beatle I reckon. Love it love it love it.
Great great album This is what the list should be full of Cover art 4/5
His best work post Beatles. A little too self important but how could that much fame not go to one's head?
I sleep well
“Imagine”, poetisk, politisk, smukt
I really tried to listen to this objectively but Mum has always been a Lennon fan. His voice is so familiar, so comfortable. And, you know, she'd kill me if I rated him low, somehow she'd find out, Mum's do that. I can't be objective at all, I love it, even the not so great stuff.
Better than I thought it was going to be. Some voice
Surprisingly good after the overplayed first song.
I liked the sick piano solo after he said 'crippled inside'
Imagine slappin' Yoko upside the jaw
Yoko O Yes
Surprisingly nothing on this annoyed me. All very enjoyable.
I thought this was just the album with "imagine" on it. It turns out that many of the other songs on the album are just as good. 4.3/5 stars
У Dream Theatre был сборник с ироничным названием "Greatest Hit (…and 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs)". Тут, на первый взгляд, ситуация отчасти схожая: "Эпохальная песня... и 9 треков, что можно прогнать между делом". Заглавный трек великолепен, там даже на верунов небольшой наезд, за что невольно 10/10 напрашивается, особенно с учётом того, что придётся ещё всяких христианских ламаров-хуемаров слушать. Но в остальных треках и той глубины особо не наблюдается. Jealous Guy и Oh My Love неплохи. Толи мне дженерик лирики не хватает в жизни. Oh Yoko! даже душевная вполне. А вот всяким блюзовым мотивам мне в моём бытии лишнего места обычно нема. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die душилово какое-то. Самый раздражающий трек, God Save Us, благо, вне основного альбома находится. На самом деле мог бы 5 поставить будь кроме заглавного хоть ещё один трек, в который можно было бы залипнуть, а позже - возвращаться. Но не завезли. Посему 4, но твёрдая, без скидок.
Un álbum interesante. Representa muy bien al Lennon roquero que todos conocemos, todo da vueltas respecto a lo que John sabe hacer y le gustaba "rockear", los arreglos de cuerdas de algunas canciones son simplemente hermosos, el trabajo de producción da ese sello distintivo a este trabajo (wall of sound from Phil Spector). Las canciones están combinadas en el estado de animo de Lennon y su perspectiva respecto al entorno que vivia.
This is a great album. Imagine, Jealous Guy, Gimme Some Truth, Crippled Inside, How Do You Sleep... I mean, I may aswell list the whole album! Lennon is a great lyricist with a sharp tongue. I expect McCartney felt the sting of How Do You Sleep.
Listening to the solo efforts from each of the Beatles it's not hard to appreciate the reason each is still so admired.
Lennon was probably my least favorite Beatle, but this one is pretty aight.
Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Imagine, Crippled Inside, Gimme some truth
Wow they made an album around a Gal Gadot song?? John bro, this is fresh!
4 Ja iconisch, maar toch niet zoveel dikke dikke hits. Imagine is natuurlijk wel goated. En ja het blijft echt een icoon. Dacht persoonlijk dat ik er al meer van zou kennen omdat het album me wel heel bekend was.
Dit is nu goede Jonnen muziek hoor.
I wasn't expecting Bob Dylan, but that's what I got. Surprisingly enjoyable.
Was great! He really needed Paul to keep him from being too dreamy. The music was good, anything Yoko is not good tho.
Fina John. Faktumet är att jag inte lyssnat så mycket på Johns solo-grejer mer än ett par låtar. "Imagine" och "Jealous guy" är nog de enda jag lyssnat flitigt på. En sak som stack ut i lyssningen av det här albumet var små saker jag hörde som är direkt kopplade till the beatles. Ett exempel på detta är i låten "How?" som i ett återkommande parti låter precis som "The long and winding road". Det gjorde mig ändå glad. Förutom det fanns det såklart en känsla av the beatles över i princip hela albumet, vilket är fullt rimligt och enligt min mening, mycket härligt. Bäst: "Oh Yoko!" ("Imagine" och "Jealous guy" är ju otroliga men i just denna lyssning var det "Oh Yoko!" som stod som vinnare.
Imagine and Jealous Guy carry in the beginning. Otherwise generally good album.
Pretty good, although besides how iconic the title track is the rest is really only ok in my opinion. I’m pretty sure if someone other than John Lennon had put this exact album out we wouldn’t be talking about this album.
What can even be said about the title track here. One of the greatest songs ever written. The rest of the album is no slouch either though. Certainly one of the best Beatles solo albums.
One of the best Beatles solo albums bearing a few of the best songs John Lennon would ever write. Production is kinda thin in a few places and some songs are lack lustre. Still a pleasant listen but WHY ISNT RAM ON THIS LIST WHAT THE HELL
High marks for the 3 hits - the timeless Imagine & a couple better remembered for their cover versions. Some of the other tracks would have been more to my liking with some rough around the edges production, but I suppose we were heading into the soft rock seventies. A couple of others I could have done without, for example Oh Yoko and Crippled Inside.
Yeah, John is an asshole, but he is a talented asshole. I will say the diss track was surprising, and the amount of layered vocals that almost mimic the Beatles sound was interesting.
John Lennon proves he can sound perfectly decent when away from the other mop-tops. This album just barely grabs a fourth star for the sheer pettiness found in the diss track here.
This is a pretty nice album, I really liked "Oh My Love".
was braced for hippy shite, but actually it was decent like The Beatles.
John Lennon: hypocritical jerk off but he could write some songs.
carried by superb songwriting a good album where almost all songs are just good
Well, I'm pretty tired of Imagine the song tbh. But the rest of the album is pretty good. Crippled, Jealous Guy and How do yo sleep are some of my Lennon favourites. The rest are unremarkable. This is a 3.5 for me. Because there are some good ones and a universal classic, giving it a 4.
The best of Lennon's solo career I think.
I like this. Holds up better than I expected. Vocals can be a bit one note but the instrumental styles are diverse enough to make up for it. Solid throughout and not really any low points to drag it down. Good enough to come back to for sure.
Overall pretty solid album, though the title track carries hard. A couple stinkers but more good tracks. Leans more toward the political and social messages.
Lennon needed the rest of the Beatles. 7/10
8/10. Very pretty sounding, a little boring? I dunno, worth a re-listen to get a better formed opinion.
Pretty good, got worse as it went on. Gets points for Imagine and Oh Yoko. 7
7/10. Decent to listen to, pretty pretentious as I had expected
this is easier listening than I expected. I knew Imagine and Jealous Guy going in and I'm pleasantly surprised by the rest.
Of course I know the title track and cover from this album, but that is almost the extent of my exposure to this album. There were other tracks that were familiar, but only familiar. With such a distinctive voice, it's hard to know if you have heard a song from John Lennon or if it just sounds like John Lennon. "Imagine" and "I Don't Want to Be a Soldier" were the tracks enjoyed the most. "How?" detracted from the overall experience. Rounding up probably gets this to 4 stars.
Good album, but besides “How do you sleep?” I don’t know if the rest lives up to the legend of the title track.
Solid album, some classics i've heard with some mixed in blues rock with Lennon's style.
Before yesterday I had never listened to this entire album. I probably won't listen to it again. Just not my thing. But, good nonetheless.
Precursor to modern protest music, and a beautiful requiem for the Beatle's career. Remember, "Gimme Some Truth"
Wow he's a Beatle
The title track is probably one of my least favorite songs ever. But as conflicted as I feel towards John Lennon, sans the title track, the rest of this album is actually pretty good. God I feel dirty writing that...
This is a very comfortable album. There are a couple of iconic tracks that I'm already super familiar with and all the other tracks fit into the overall feeling. Imagine is a songwriter at the top of his game, someone who has talent to burn. Weirdly, some of the tracks feel a little bit too long, but that might be more a symptom of this modern age, rather than legit critique of this 1971 recording.
I'm really pissed off. I wanted to hate this off the back of its dirge of a title track, but turns out he's actually an amazing songwriter. Who knew 🙄 Fav new track: Oh My Love is sweet...
Imagine is the highlight, the rest is good as well.
4/5. Good. Classics on there fo sho, but kinda long and meandering sometimes. Bit underwhelming
Not quite a 5. How Can You Sleep is a tune but a needlessly brutal dig at Macca
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A fantastic album that I've owned since its release in all formats.
There's definitely some 5/5 songs on this album but quite a bit of it seems like filler. I don't think Lennons solo work is quite as good as anything he did with the Beatles.
understand the importance of the album. Overall, pretty good!
Coldest take in the world. This album is good, imagine is fine but reminds of the cringe viral video at start of covid.
Overall, an enjoyable album with some pretty good songs, including the well-known Imagine and Jealous Guy.
01 | fiquei imaginando se alguém ouviu além da faixa-título porque né? já é a primeira, o que vem em seguida? 02 | crippled inside tem vibes rancheiras e em algum momento me lembra algo dos beatles. ah e a musica é ableista né? aiai os tempos como mudam. 03 | eu já ouvi essa em algum filme mas não lembro qual. ah e tem versão pt-br??? pq parece que sim. e tbm: abusive men's song much???
I have personally listened to this record at least 100 times in its entirety. I love it... But it's not for everyone...(8/10) FT: Oh My Love, Jealous Guy, Imagine
Imagine is one of the greatest, most inspiring songs ever, so this album is starting strong. I listen to this song on Dec 8th every year.
You’ve got to love the opening title track and Jealous Guy is also beautiful in its simplicity. But two great tracks don’t make for a five star album, a couple of nice moments throughout but the rest slipped into the background a little.
Exactly what I would expect from a John Lennon album - raw, direct, angry and, for the most part, great. (Oh Yoko! is lame, though). 4/5
How do you sleep? is perhaps the saltiest song of all time, and for that, I am awarding this album 4 stars.
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It's got some great songs; the title track and Jealous Guy are classics and there are a couple of other great songs (How do You Sleep, Oh My Love), but it also has some filler that keeps it from being a 5 in my opinion. 4.5 🌟
"Imagine", as a song, is very boring and naive, almost detatched from everything Lennon did and would do until his death. But as an album, it's great. "Crippled Inside" is a ironically joyous way to talk about depression, "Jealous Guy" is a great exercise of how bad man can be to their lovers, one of Lennon's biggest personal struggles, "Gimme Some Truth" is a political anthen to this day, "How Do You Sleep?" was a great way to put out all of his anger towards Paul McCartney, and so on. A great piano rock album, overall.
Pros: - Imagine is probably a top 100 song of all time (right?) so any album that has a top 100 all time song on it should be rated high for atleast bringing that song to the world. - There's a lot of Beatles hangover ideas in here, and it's a cool amalgam of those ideas (the rock-ness early Beatles that comes in "Crippled Inside", a random "and when I hold you in my arms" lyric, the yelling fast psychedelia Beatles sound reiterated on "Gimme Some Truth", etc) and the later John Lennon sound. Cons: Misc: - I feel like there are 4-star albums that are better than this one, so it's a 3.9 for me which I'm rounding to 4.
An excellent album and probably the solo album of his that sounds the most like the music the Beatles were making when they broke up. There are other John Lennon albums I like more, probably because they're a little more rough around the edges than this one. But it’s a great summary of who John Lennon was as an artist. I always feel weird about the Paul McCartney diss track "How Do You Sleep?" though. I know they had a falling out but it just feels so harsh to rip into Paul like that. It feels petty and needlessly negative, especially after the peace and love message of "Imagine.” "Oh Yoko!" was a big song for me and Dree when we first started dating in college. I put it on a mix CD for her and I'll always associate it with early memories of dating in college and moving in together after graduation. There are a lot of great songs on this album but that one is an easy favorite for sentimental reasons.
Some very good songs and then some so so songs. I love Jealous Guy, one of my favorite solo Lennon tunes.
Great album. Imagine, jealous guy, how do you sleep,
An entire album resting on one song, 3 minutes and 7 seconds in length. At least give it the respect it deserves and capitalize it on the album cover. This isn't a 5 star album, but it's hard to rate it less than 4 given the influence John Lennon has had in the world, especially with this one song. Is this a case of where the hype is actually greater than the output? Perhaps... perhaps......
This album bats deep. Love “don’t wanna be a soldier”, “oh yoko”, “gimme some truth”, “how do you sleep”. Some classics too like “imagine” and “jealous guy”. 8/10
Lennon is the best beatle
4/5. Very strong album by a legend.
Imagine the music would have if John was still alive. Lennon would have no musical boundaries.
Honestly, not as good as I was expecting. Still solid jams. Probably a 3.5 but I'll round up mostly because I know I've given something a 4 that was less influential or good than this along the way.
not all perfect but warming slowly to lennon's songs
Corny communist manifesto opening title track aside, a very good rock album that once again showcases how personal Lennon treated his music
gotta love Lennon. Very... optimistic album. Not my favorite solo-beatle album, but I certainly enjoy it.
Apparently this was the first metal album? So cool!
this a fun listen with some very meaningful songs
A varied manifesto that delivers almost all expectations.
This is one of those albums, man. Has the stink of genius all over it. Imagine is still a great song. So is Oh Yoko. Jealous Guy is also pretty good. But this isn't really even as good as Rumors, ya know? This is not one I would listen to three times in a row. And I love the Beatles and John Lennon in general. I'll give it four stars because Imagine still strikes me as something that would bother religious conservatives. But that's as far as I can go.
From "how can I give love when love is something I ain't never had" to "my love will turn you on" after one song. Gotta love the character development in this one lol.
not his best but jealous guy's enough
Can see this in my normal rotation