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John Lennon’s second studio album, Imagine, was released 50 years ago today (September 9.)

Arriving a mere nine months after his debut solo album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, many were wondering how Lennon would follow up such a massive critical success. Little did anyone know the album would yield Lennon’s most popular solo track.

IMAGINE. (Ultimate Mix, 2020) - John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band (with the Flux Fiddlers) HD

JOHN LENNON. GIMME SOME TRUTH. THE ULTIMATE MIXES. The Very Best of John Lennon.36 tracks completely remixed from the original multitracks in Stereo, 5.1 and...

A painful plea for peace and equality, “Imagine,” of course, would take on a whole new meaning with the sudden and shocking death of Lennon 1980, but with its initial release, it was a perfect companion for the antiwar track “I Don’t Want To Be A Soldier” and “Give Me Some Truth.”

Not everything was peaceful on Imagine, in particular on “How Do You Sleep,” which was aimed at Paul McCartney and is perhaps one of the best slam tracks in rock history. With lyrics like “Those freaks was right when they said you was dead,” “The only thing you done was yesterday” and “The sound you make is muzak to my ears,” “How Do You Sleep” puts many modern-day rap/hip-hop beefs to shame.

How Do You Sleep? (Remastered 2010)

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music GroupHow Do You Sleep? (Remastered 2010) · John LennonImagine℗ 2010 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Uni...

The task to follow-up Plastic Ono Band was for sure daunting, but Lennon more than met the challenge and further established himself as a solo force.

 

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