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John Lennon Imagine on MoFi (Reviewed in the ’90s)

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Sonic Grade: B

One of the better MoFi pressings from the 2000’s

We haven’t played a copy of this record in years, but back in the day we liked it, so let’s call it a “B” with the caveat that the older the review, the more likely we are to have changed our minds. At the time we said:

I played this when it came out, and I have to hand it to the new MOFI, they did a great job with this one. It sounds better than I’ve ever heard it, and KILLS the old MoFi vinyl, which is the version we did the shootout with.

It was a short comparison, as in, no comparison. The earlier half speed (a different master tape, but still…) has that classic midrange suckout, so that Lennon and his piano on the first track sound like they are coming from another room. And people to this day still defend the sound of records on that label?! Oy vey. (more…)

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


Our White Hot Shootout Winner for 2018

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  • 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. (more…)