Yoko Ono has signed off on a new “Imagine” box set to be released on what would have been John Lennon’s 78th birthday. The massive compilation of nearly 200 tracks promises to bring fans on an audial journey through the creative process behind the iconic album. Now, we have more details about what fans can expect from the release, including a never-before-heard demo version of the title track.
The “Imagine” demo was found by chance back in 2016 while putting together “Imagine – The Ultimate Collection.” “I’m in the Lennon archives with my people going through tape boxes that have labeling that’s unclear or missing,” says engineer Rob Stevens. “There’s one 8-track that says nothing more than John Lennon, the date, and the engineer, with DEMO on the spine.” Hear the demo to the right.
The song is available as an immediate download with the box set, available to pre-order here. Fans can also visit the website to read the stories behind the music, films and books being released as part of the massive compilation. Check out the tracklist here.