Imagine, the 1971 solo offering by John Lennon, which also sports the memorable title song, is now available in MP3 format from Amazon for only $5.00 as part of their monthly deals. If you’d like a physical copy Imagine, the CD is currently $10 and comes with a free MP3 Download of the entire album.
With this 1971 solo album, Lennon finds himself in somewhat calmer waters, coming off the heels of his anguished, painful, and utterly absorbing Plastic Ono Band album from 1970. On that album, Lennon sings with a raw edge of release so massive it sounded like blood was in his throat. Here on Imagine, it’s like the atmosphere after a heavy torrential rainstorm, a calmer breeze, which although tempered and decidedly more mainstream, still packs the Lennon punches. Along with the highly memorable title song, which has transcended the entire Lennon catalog — and certainly this album — and has gone on to become a sonic beacon of peace and hope, played as a reminder of those positive tenets in various guises of all media. Other songs like the jaunty, jangly “Cripped Inside,” the declaration of his love in perpetuity for his eternal soulmate on “Oh Yoko,” the give it to me or else admission of “Gimme Some Truth,” the quiet, yet hauntingly beautiful introspection of “Jealous Guy,” and the early rock and roll playbook stylings of “It’s So Hard,” with the late, great King Curtis on the opening saxophone, Imagine remains a paramount musical release from a man who constantly pushed new boundaries and scaled heights of his soul and inner clockwork, resulting in messages that remained universal, yet wholly personal. It was 33 years ago today that the great John Lennon was shot and killed in front of his apartment building in New York City by a deranged fan.