John Lennon: ‘Gimme Some Truth’ Ultimate Mixes Box Set Out 10/9 to Commemorate Lennon’s 80th Birthday; Stream ‘Instant Karma!’


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This coming Oct. 9 is the date that John Lennon would have turned 80 years of age — and Capitol/UMe has a grand new box set in the works to champion the groundbreaking solo career Lennon put together after the dissolution of the Beatles.

(Click here to pre-order the 2-CD/Blu-ray/124-page book set, click here for the 2-CD set, click here for 2-LP and click here to pre-order the 4-LP/poster/bumper sticker box set.)

John Lennon Gimme Some Truth. The Ultimate Mixes. will feature Lennon’s most important and beloved solo material, “completely remixed from scratch” for this new collection, which will span 36 tracks and 2-CDs’ worth of material. It’s the latest significant collection of Lennon solo material following 2018’s Imagine: The Ultimate Collection set.

The material on this massive collection was personally handpicked by Yoko Ono Lennon (Executive Producer) and Sean Ono Lennon (Producer), and it promises to be a wealth of entertainment for Lennon fans. Here’s a preview in the form of a remixed version of “Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)”:

Here’s more on the process that went into curating Gimme Some Truth. The Ultimate Mixes., per a news release:

Mixed and engineered by multi GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Paul Hicks, who also helmed the mixes for 2018’s universally acclaimed Imagine – The Ultimate Collection series, with assistance by engineer Sam Gannon who also worked on that release, the songs were completely remixed from scratch, using brand new transfers of the original multi-tracks, cleaned up to the highest possible sonic quality. After weeks of painstaking preparation, the final mixes and effects were completed using only vintage analog equipment and effects at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, and then mastered in analog at Abbey Road Studios by Alex Wharton in order to ensure the most beautiful and authentic sound quality possible.

As for the material included in the collection:

Sequenced in chronological order by album they were released on, songs on the 36-track version include all of Lennon’s biggest hits and showcase his thoughts, beliefs and convictions about everything from peace (“Imagine,” “Give Peace A Chance,” “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”), religion (“God”), politics (“Power To The People,” “Working Class Hero”), lying politicians (“Gimme Some Truth”), racism (“Angela”), equality (“Woman”), love and marriage (“Love,” “Oh Yoko!,” “Dear Yoko,” “Mind Games,” “Out The Blue,” “Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him,” “Grow Old With Me”), fatherhood (“Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)”), loneliness (“Isolation”) and much more. Some of the many other highlights include the sonically sumptuous “Jealous Guy” and “#9 Dream,” the acerbic “How Do You Sleep?,” the breezy, carefree “Watching The Wheels,” a rollicking live recording of “Come Together” that he had originally recorded with The Beatles, the rapturous Elton John collaboration “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night,” and the jubilant, bittersweet “I’m Stepping Out.”

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