Hear a Newly-Discovered Demo of John Lennon's "Imagine"

Hear a Newly-Discovered Demo of John Lennon's "Imagine"

A massive new box set celebrating John Lennon's most famous album includes a never-before-heard demo of his most famous song.

Imagine - The Ultimate Collection includes 140 remixed and remastered tracks from Lennon's career, as well as the long-lost early version of "Imagine."

The project was overseen at Abbey Road Studios in London by Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, reports NME

The "Imagine" demo had apparently gone unnoticed for years, hiding in a box containing the original tapes for the album. It was reportedly discovered by an engineer after the remastering project had begun. 

"Imagine was created with immense love and concern for the children of the world," Ono said of the collection. "I hope you enjoy it."

Lennon apparently had the lyrics worked out by the time he sat down to demo his iconic song. Besides rougher sound quality, the original demo appears to show the songwriter contemplating the song's piano part and trying a some turnarounds that were scrapped in the final version.

 

The collection's "Ultimate Mixes" are accompanied by several "Raw Studio Mixes," which offer a closer listen to how Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band sounded in the room at the time the album was being recorded. 

It also reportedly includes a track-by-track documentary exploring the progress of each song from Lennon's imagination to demo to master tape.

Imagine - The Ultimate Collection arrives October 5, along with two films by John and Yoko for "Imagine" and "Gimme Some Truth."


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