EMI CD/EP 7243-8-88077-0-8: JOHN LENNON - Imagine - 1999 EU SS
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John Ono Lennon, MBE, born John Winston Lennon (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English musician, singer, and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of The Beatles, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. Together with Paul McCartney, he formed one of the most celebrated songwriting partnerships of the 20th century.

Born and raised in Liverpool, Lennon became involved as a teenager in the skiffle craze; his first band, The Quarrymen, evolved into The Beatles in 1960. As the group disintegrated towards the end of the decade, Lennon embarked on a solo career that produced the critically acclaimed albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, and iconic songs such as "Give Peace a Chance" and "Imagine". After his marriage to Yoko Ono in 1969, he changed his name to John Ono Lennon. Lennon disengaged himself from the music business in 1975 to devote time to raising his infant son Sean, but re-emerged with Ono in 1980 with the new album Double Fantasy. He was murdered three weeks after its release.

Lennon revealed a rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, writing, drawings, on film, and in interviews. Controversial through his political and peace activism, he moved to New York City in 1971, where his criticism of the Vietnam War resulted in a lengthy attempt by Richard Nixon's administration to deport him, while some of his songs were adopted as anthems by the anti-war movement.

As of 2012 Lennon's solo album sales in the United States exceed 14 million units, and as writer, co-writer or performer, he is responsible for 25 number-one singles on the US Hot 100 chart. In 2002 a BBC poll on the 100 Greatest Britons voted him eighth, and in 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth-greatest singer of all-time. He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

"Imagine" is a song written and performed by English musician John Lennon. In 1971, he released the track as a single and included it on his album of the same name. In 1975, Lennon released it as a single in the United Kingdom, in conjunction with the compilation album Shaved Fish. The song earned a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Rolling Stone ranked it number 3 in their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

Lennon said "Imagine"'s lyrics were inspired by "Cloud Piece", a three-line poem from Yoko Ono's 1964 book Grapefruit. The words of "Cloud Piece" were reproduced on the back cover of the Imagine album. In 1980, during an interview with David Sheff for Playboy magazine, Lennon commented on the meaning of "Imagine":

It is the concept of positive prayer ... If you can imagine a world at peace, with no denominations of religion—not without religion but without this-my-God-is-bigger-than-your-God thing—then it can be true ... The World Church called me once and asked, "Can we use the lyrics to 'Imagine' and just change it to 'Imagine one religion'? That showed [me] they didn't understand it at all. It would defeat the whole purpose of the song, the whole idea."

Ono stated that the lyrical statement of "Imagine" was "just what John believed: that we are all one country, one world, one people." In addition, the content of "Imagine" was a catalyst for his concept of Nutopia: The Country of Peace, written in 1973. Lennon included a symbolically mute "anthem" to this country on his album Mind Games.

Lennon's lyrics to "Imagine" suggest that world peace is within the grasp of humanity, but people must first reject the social conventions that stifle human potential. Lennon commented: "'Imagine' ... is virtually the Communist manifesto, even though I'm not particularly a Communist and I do not belong to any movement." He told NME: "It might be like Communism, but I don't know what real Communism is. There is no real Communist state in the world; you must realize that. The Socialism I speak about is a British Socialism, not the way some daft Russian might do it, or the Chinese might do it."

This listing is for a very rare, out of print CD/EP title - a SEALED, MINT CD PRESSED and ISSUED by EMI // PARLOPHONE Records of a highly collectible title from their catalog - a superb title featuring -

JOHN LENNON

CD / EP title -
IMAGINE

Track listing:
1. Image (Original)
2. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
3. Give Peace a Chance
4. Imagine (Video)

Performers on this item include -
John Lennon – vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, piano, harmonica

The CD/EP is from the EMI / PARLOPHONE Records series of out of print CDs.

CD/EP catalog # 7243 8 88077 0 8
CD/EP was issued in 1999
CD/EP was made in the EU (United Kingdom / England / Great Britain we believe)
Recordings are from 1969, 1971 and 1972

The CD/EP, JEWEL CASE and INSERTS are all in MINT condition as this item is FACTORY SEALED!!

This CD is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: EMI CD 7243-8-88077-0-8 SS
  • Manufacturer: EMI / Electrola / Odeon / Pathe Records
  • Condition: New

EMI CD/EP 7243-8-88077-0-8: JOHN LENNON - Imagine - 1999 EU SS

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