|UK Release Date||10 October 1988|
|UK Catalogue Number||Parlophone PCSP 722|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||6 (All releases)|
|Peak UK Chart Position||64|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||Only one press|
Released on 10 October 1988 in the UK and 4 October 1988 in the US, Imagine…. peaked at number 64 in the UK charts where it had a six week stay whilst it managed to climb to number 31 in the US charts. The album is the soundtrack to the movie which was released in the UK on 28 October 1988 and features some of John’s best songs from both his Beatle and solo careers. Of most interest will be the following three tracks
Real Love – John’s previously unheard acoustic home recorded demo from 1979
A Day In The Life – For the first time the “clean intro” was used for this track. On the Sgt Pepper’s album it had an overlapped beginning, starting whilst Sgt Pepper’s Reprise was ending, but this version just starts with John’s acoustic guitar. Nothing was tampered with as this is how The Beatles would have recorded it in 1967. EMI/Capitol/Apple proceeded to use this version on all subsequent compilation releases.
Imagine – John’s piano and vocals only demonstration to the session musicians who would play on the finished version.
There were a host of other Beatles and solo tracks, including Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, All You Need Is Love, Across The Universe and Come Together that appeared in the film but didn’t make this soundtrack.
The pictures below are of my first press copy (there was only the one pressing) which has the matrix numbers PCSP 722 A-1-1-2, PCSP 722 B-1-1-1-, PCSP 722 C-1-1-1 and PCSP 7222 D-1-1-1. The records are in good to very good condition, unfortunately they have a few smudgy marks and light scratches that cause them to play with some ticks here and there and more (light) crackle than I’d like, though it’s not so overpowering as to spoil the enjoyment of them. Because of the nature of the smudgy marks I’m sure a professional clean would improve the sound quality no end. The glossy cover is in excellent condition, just some minor corner rubbing, as are the card inners.
Estimated Value : £5 – £15