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76 Imagine - John Lennon (1971)

After the primal-scream therapy of Plastic Ono Band, Lennon softened up on his second solo album. There is still the stinging "Gimme Some Truth" and Lennon's evisceration of Paul McCartney, "How Do You Sleep?" -- both featuring George Harrison on guitar. But there is also the aching soul of "Jealous Guy" and the irresistible "Oh Yoko!" Imagine is self-consciously luminescent, pointedly embraceable. Lennon said of the title track, "Anti-religious, anti-nationalistic, anti-conventional, anti-capitalistic, but because it is sugar-coated it is accepted. . . . Now I understand what you have to do. Put your political message across with a little honey."

Total album sales: 2 million

Peak chart position: 1

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76 Imagine - John Lennon (1971)

After the primal-scream therapy of Plastic Ono Band, Lennon softened up on his second solo album. There is still the stinging "Gimme Some Truth" and Lennon's evisceration of Paul McCartney, "How Do You Sleep?" -- both featuring George Harrison on guitar. But there is also the aching soul of "Jealous Guy" and the irresistible "Oh Yoko!" Imagine is self-consciously luminescent, pointedly embraceable. Lennon said of the title track, "Anti-religious, anti-nationalistic, anti-conventional, anti-capitalistic, but because it is sugar-coated it is accepted. . . . Now I understand what you have to do. Put your political message across with a little honey."

Total album sales: 2 million

Peak chart position: 1

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  • 3 years later...


John Lennon "Gimme Some Truth" - Part 1/7

John Lennon "Gimme Some Truth" - Part 2/7

John Lennon "Gimme Some Truth" - Part 3/7

John Lennon "Gimme Some Truth" - Part 4/7

John Lennon "Gimme Some Truth" - Part 5/7

John Lennon "Gimme Some Truth" - Part 6/7

John Lennon "Gimme Some Truth" - Part 6/7

john lennon gimme some truth 2006

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I agree with Rainbow this was John's best solo album and I've heard it so many times now that I listen selectively.

I miss out "I don't want to be a soldier", "Gimme some truth" and "Imagine" itself [been hammered on the radio over the years by three rereleases since 71 to the point of becoming backgroundy].

Everything else is still refreshing and I ticly love the soft songs "Oh my love" and "How?" [as well as the quite rightly described as "irresistable" Oh Yoko!.

Does that make it a classic album?

You decide...

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