|UK Release Date||8 October 1971|
|UK Catalogue Number||Apple PAS 10004|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||101|
|Peak UK Chart Position||1 (For 2 weeks)|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||YEX 865-1U / YEX 866-1U|
Released on 8 October 1971 in the UK and a full month earlier on 9 September 1971 in the US, Imagine topped the charts in both countries and most others around the world. It has so far spent just over one hundred weeks in the UK charts spending two weeks at the top spot on it’s initial release. George Harrison contributes to five of the tracks on the album, including How Do You Sleep, John’s attack at Paul in retaliation for what he thought he heard/saw on Paul’s recent Ram album. The title track has gone on to be John’s signature track, regularly featuring in any “top ten tracks of all time” lists.
Details of the six vinyl copies I own (though there’s a seventh in a box set) are below
The pictures below are of my first press copy which I think my brother bought not long after it’s release date. It has the matrix numbers YEX 865-1U and YEX 866-1U, mothers/stampers 7 RLO and 3 RLD and the words PORKY and PECKO hand etched on sides one and two in that order. The fully laminated sleeve is in very good condition, it has some ringwear and creasing, whilst the record itself plays excellent, just the odd feint tick on How and some minor feint crackle on Oh My Love. It has it’s original lyric inner which is a little worn around the opening and has some creasing but is not split at all. It also has it’s original poster which is also in excellent shape, a few age spots but no writing, pin holes or tears, and it’s original postcard of John holding a pig a la Paul’s Ram picture of him and a sheep. Very first copies had a second postcard (see 40th Anniversary Edition copy below) which I don’t have and you don’t see very often nowadays.
Estimated Value : £15 – £20
First Press, Second Copy
The pictures below are of another first press copy I have which isn’t in great shape but I bought for a couple of quid as it had the poster which I didn’t previously have. It has the matrix numbers YEX 865-1U and YEX 866-1U, mothers/stampers 5 GDH(?) and 1 A and the words PORKY and PECKO hand etched on sides one and two in that order. The fully laminated sleeve is not great, it has some ringwear, creasing and is coming away at a couple of the seams – though a spot of glue would remedy that. It does however have a pinched spine which I believe marks it out as a very early sleeve. The record itself, whilst only having the usual feint marks found on most records, needs a damn good clean before I let it near my turntable as it’s covered in age old grime. It has it’s original lyric inner which is a little worn around the opening, has some creasing, a few stains and a 2″ split at the bottom. It also has it’s original postcard which is in excellent shape but no poster.
Estimated Value : £5
2000 Remastered Version
The pictures below are of my remastered version released in the UK in the year 2000. It has the matrix numbers 5248581 A-5-1-1 and 5248581 B-5-1-1 and barcode number 724352485819. It has a fully laminated sleeve which this time is gatefold and is in excellent condition though it does have a couple of sticker removal marks on the front. The record itself has some minor sleeve removal marks but plays excellent throughout, maybe the odd touch of very feint crackle. The inner sleeve is a copy of the original but made from thick card and is also in excellent condition apart from a small split on one side. There is no poster or postcard with this version.
Estimated Value : £25
40th Anniversary Special Edition
This is my Record Store Day version released on 25 November 2011 to mark the 40th anniversary of the original album. It’s a lavish boxed affair limited to 6700 worlwide and contains the remastered version of the original album, complete with the lyric inner, a white vinyl 12″ EP called Imagine Sessions containing six tracks from the Lennon Anthology with a custom inner and a card sheet detailing the musicians involved, a replica of the original poster on textured paper and a copy of the two original postcards. Everything is in more than excellent condition, maybe a touch of shelf wear on the bottom of the box, and both slabs of vinyl play perfectly throughout.
Estimated Value : £40
2018 Remixed 2 LP Clear Vinyl Edition
The pictures below are of my 2018 2 LP clear vinyl edition that was released in the UK on 9 October 2018. This clear vinyl edition received a limited release only and sold out almost immediately. It has the matrix numbers 6770333-A 178338E1/A2, 6770333-B 178338E2/A2, 6770333-C 178338E3/A2 and 6770333-D 178338E4/A2 and barcode number 6 02567 70333 4. Although it is a 2 LP set the sleeve is a wider single one, not gatefold. The inner sleeve holding the remixed album is a copy of the original but made from thick card whilst the inner sleeve holding the outtakes has three pictures and gives information about the remixed album and outtakes. Also included are copies of the original poster and postcards. At the time of writing this is brand new and in unplayed mint condition and, as I also have the CD box set to play, will probably stay this way.
Value wise, at the moment anything between £55 and £75 seems to be the going rate on eBay
Estimated Value : £60 – £70
2019 Record Store Day Raw Studio Mixes
The pictures below are of my limited edition (5500 copies) Raw Sudio Mixes copy that was released on 13 April 2019 for Record Store Day. It has the matrix numbers 7734675-A B157447-01 A1 XL STERLING RKS and 7734675-B B157447-01 B1 XL STERLING RKS and barcode number 602577346750. The tracks are in the same running order as the original Imagine album and are taken from CD3 of last years Imagine Ultimate Collection box set. Also included is a War Is Over poster. At the time of writing this is brand new and in unplayed mint condition and, as I also have the CD box set to play, will probably stay this way.
Value wise, at the moment anything between £30 and £40 seems to be the going rate on eBay
Estimated Value : £30 – £40