- Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound throughout – this was one of the better copies to emerge from our most recent shootout
- These superb UK pressings are rich, weighty and oh-so-tubey – it took us a long time to find the right stampers
- Two of our favorite engineers worked their magic on this recording – our thanks go to Eddie Offord and Shelly Yakus
- 5 stars: “…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… A remarkable collection of songs that Lennon would never be able to better again.”
NOTE: A very small mark near the end of track three, side two, How Do You Sleep?, makes three loud pops.
Both sides here are excellent. 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. Copies that sound as good as this one do not grow on trees. If it wasn’t ridiculously difficult to find Hot Stamper pressings of Imagine it certainly would not have taken us until 2015 to offer one. (more…)