Imagine is the second studio album by John Lennon. Recorded and released in 1971, the album is more heavily produced in contrast to the basic, raw arrangements of his previous album, the critically acclaimed John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. The album is the most popular of his solo works and the title track is considered one of Lennon's finest songs. In 2012, Imagine was voted 80th on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the «500 Greatest Albums of All Time». While in New York, former-Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison had a short jam session. At this session, Lennon asked Harrison if he would like to perform on Lennon's next album, with recording that was to begin in a week's time at Lennon's Ascot Sound Studios at his Tittenhurst Park residence. Harrison said yes, and would ask friend and bassist Klaus Voormann, via a phone call, if he wanted to come to the recording sessions. Imagine was written and recorded during a period of particularly bad feeling between Lennon and former bandmate Paul McCartney, following the Beatles' break-up the year before and McCartney winning his case in the High Court to have their legal partnership dissolved. «After the harrowing Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon returned to calmer, more conventional territory with Imagine. While the album had a softer surface, it was only marginally less confessional than its predecessor. Underneath the sweet strings of «Jealous Guy» lies a broken and scared man, the jaunty «Crippled Inside» is a mocking assault at an acquaintance, and «Imagine» is a paean for peace in a world with no gods, possessions, or classes, where everyone is equal. And Lennon doesn't shy away from the hard rockers – «How Do You Sleep» is a scathing attack on Paul McCartney, «I Don't Want to Be a Soldier» is a hypnotic antiwar song, and «Give Me Some Truth» is bitter hard rock. If Imagine doesn't have the thematic sweep of Plastic Ono Band, it is nevertheless a remarkable collection of songs that Lennon would never be able to better again». (AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine) John Lennon – Imagine  (Full Album) Tracklist: A1. Imagine – 3:01 A2. Crippled Inside – 3:47 A3. Jealous Guy – 4:14 A4. It's So Hard – 2:25 A5. I Don't Want to Be a Soldier – 6:05 B1. Gimme Some Truth – 3:16 B2. Oh My Love (Written by Lennon and Yoko Ono) – 2:50 B3. How Do You Sleep? – 5:36 B4. How? – 3:43 B5. Oh Yoko! – 4:20
Personnel: John Lennon: –vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, piano; whistling on «Jealous Guy»; harmonica on «Oh Yoko»/George Harrison: electric and slide guitar on «I Don't Want to Be a Soldier», «Gimme Some Truth», «Oh My Love», and «How Do You Sleep?»; dobro on «Crippled Inside»/Nicky Hopkins: piano; electric piano on «Jealous Guy», «Oh My Love» and «How Do You Sleep?»; tack piano on «Crippled Inside»/Klaus Voormann: bass; upright bass on «Crippled Inside»/Alan White: drums on «Imagine», «Gimme Some Truth», «Oh My Love», «How Do You Sleep?», «How?», and «Oh Yoko!»; Tibetan cymbals on «Oh My Love»; vibraphone on «Jealous Guy»/Jim Keltner: drums on «Crippled Inside», «Jealous Guy», and «I Don't Want to Be a Soldier»/Jim Gordon: drums on «It's So Hard»/King Curtis: saxophone on «It's So Hard» and «I Don't Want to Be a Soldier»/John Barham: harmonium on «Jealous Guy»; vibraphone on «How?»/Joey Molland and Tom Evans: acoustic guitars on «Jealous Guy» (incorrectly credited as «I Don't Want to Be a Soldier»)/John Tout - piano on «Crippled Inside» (incorrectly credited as playing «acoustic guitar»)/Ted Turner: acoustic guitars on «Crippled Inside»/Rod Linton: acoustic guitar on «Crippled Inside», «Gimme Some Truth» and «Oh Yoko!»/Andy Davis: acoustic guitar on «Gimme Some Truth», «How?» and «Oh Yoko!»/Mike Pinder: tambourine on «I Don't Want to Be a Soldier»/Steve Brendell: upright bass on «Crippled Inside»; maracas on «I Don't Want to Be a Soldier»/Phil Spector: harmony vocal on «Oh Yoko!»/The Flux Fiddlers (members of the New York Philharmonic): orchestral strings Released: 9 September 1971 (US), 8 October 1971 (UK) Recorded: 11 – 12 February – 23 June – 5 July 1971 Studio: Abbey Road Studios, London; Ascot Sound Studios, Berkshire; Record Plant, New York City Length: 39:29 Label: Apple Producer: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Phil Spector DISCLAIMER: I do not make any profit from this video. No copyright infringement intended. All rights belong to the respective artists and the record companies. It is uploaded for educational and promotional purposes only. I do not own, nor claim to own anything contained in this video.