John Lennon’s 1971 album Imagine will be released in a six-disc edition October 5th.
John Lennon: Imagine: The Ultimate Box Set spreads 140 songs over four CDs and two Blu-ray discs, offering so-called "Ultimate Mixes” which allegedly provide "whole new levels of sonic depth, definition and clarity."
The set includes Raw Studio Mixes, 5.1 surround sound mixes and a "Quadrasonic Album Mix." (Quad was a fad in the '70s, dividing music into four channels and requiring four speakers to enjoy.)
There are also outtakes and audio montages that detail how each song progressed from demo to master via instructions, rehearsals, recordings and studio chatter.
Engineer Rob Stevens says he found "tape boxes that have labeling that's unclear, misleading, or missing entirely. There's a one-inch eight-track that says nothing more on the Ascot Sound label than John Lennon, the date and the engineer, with 'DEMO' on the spine. No indication of what was on the tape. One delicate transfer to digital later, the 'Imagine' demo, subsequently enhanced, appears within this comprehensive set. It was true serendipity.”
October 5th will also bring re-releases of the films Imagine and Gimme Some Truth and a book, Imagine John Yoko, compiled and curated by Yoko Ono.