While work was proceeding on a new John Lennon retrospective box set, a true treasure was unearthed – a lost demo of what is arguably his signature tune, Imagine.
It will be included on Imagine – The Ultimate Collection, a four CD and two Blu-ray set that’s set for release on October 5.
The demo was discovered while engineer Rob Stevens was sifting through several boxes of unlabeled tapes supplied by Yoko Ono.
“Early 2016, during the gestation period of this project, I’m in the Lennon archives with my people going through tape boxes that have labeling that’s unclear, misleading, or missing entirely”, sais Stevens. “There’s a one-inch eight-track that says nothing more on the label than John Lennon, the date, and the engineer, 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.”
Here it is…
Imagine – The Ultimate Collection will include a brand new stereo mix of the original album, faithfully remixed from the ground up at Abbey Road Studios under the supervision of Yoko.
The ‘Limited SuperDeluxe Edition’ features:
CD1: Original album remixed
CD2: Outtakes & extras
CD3: Raw Studio recordings/”In the Room” stereo mix
CD4: Evolution – a track-by-track journey of each song from initial writing and demo sessions, candid in-studio insights, through the final Phil Spector co-produced final mixes
Blu-ray 1: 5.1 surround mix of the full album & outtakes/HD audio of all set content 24-bit/96kHz
Blu-ray 2: “In the Room” 5.1 surround mix album & outtakes/”Elements” mixes/Elliot Minz audio documentary