John Lennon – Imagine – Our White Hot Shootout Winner for 2018

Our White Hot Shootout Winner for 2018


  • A stunning sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides
  • These killer UK pressings are rich, weighty and oh-so-tubey – it took us a long time to find stampers like these
  • Two of our favorite engineers worked their magic on this recording – our thanks to Eddie Offord and Shelly Yakus
  • “A remarkable collection of songs that Lennon would never be able to better again” — Allmusic, 5 stars

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Both sides here are OUT OF THIS WORLD! capturing the essence of what Lennon and Phil Spector (and let’s not forget Yoko, who also gets a producer credit here) were going for.

Tubey Magic Is Key

This early British pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records cannot even BEGIN to reproduce. Folks, that sound is gone and it sure isn’t showing signs of coming back. If you love hearing INTO a recording, actually being able to “see” the performers, and feeling as if you are sitting in the studio with the band, this is the record for you. It’s what vintage analog recordings are known for — this sound.

If you exclusively play modern repressings of vintage recordings, I can say without fear of contradiction that you have never heard this kind of sound on vinyl. Old records have it — not often, and certainly not always — but maybe one out of a hundred new records do, and those are some pretty long odds.

The Man’s Masterpiece

What the best sides of this Classic John Lennon Album from 1971 have to offer is not hard to hear:

  • The biggest, most immediate staging in the largest acoustic space
  • The most Tubey Magic, without which you have almost nothing. CDs give you clean and clear. Only the best vintage vinyl domestic pressings like this one offer the kind of Tubey Magic that was on the tapes in 1971
  • Tight, note-like, rich, full-bodied bass, with the correct amount of weight down low
  • Natural tonality in the midrange — with all the horns, guitars and drums having the correct sound for this kind of recording
  • Transparency and resolution, critical to hearing into the three-dimensional space of the studio

No doubt there’s more but we hope that should do for now

Playing the record is the only way to hear all of the above, and playing the best pressings against a pile of other copies under rigorously controlled conditions is the only way to find a pressing that sounds as good as this one does.


Side One

Crippled Inside
Jealous Guy
It”s So Hard
I Don’t Wanna Be A Solider Mama

Side Two

Gimme Some Truth
Oh My Love
How Do You Sleep?
Oh Yoko!