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John Lennon / Gimme Some Truth deluxe edition reviewed

SDE reviews the new John Lennon compilation

I think it’s fair to say that the time honoured ‘greatest hits’ is not really a concept that fans get overly excited about. Hit packages are, after all, aimed squarely at non-fans; those whole only want to dip their toe in the shallow water of success and not dive deep down to the murkiness of studio albums and, potentially, have to endure ‘filler’ between the hits.

However, greatest hits – or ‘best of’ compilations – have changed. In an eat-your-cake-and-have-it-too scenario, record labels have, in recent years, tended to ramp up such compilations and inflate them, both in terms of price and presentation, with the hope of catching the eye of the collectors’ market in addition to the casual fan. Paul McCartney’s 2016 Pure McCartney release offered 67 tracks from the ex-Beatle, in four-CD guise, and was rather elegantly packaged. This was not so much a gathering of pleased-with-themselves chart hits, but a long road trip with all kinds of waifs and strays – including ‘deep cuts’ and the odd forgotten single – coming along for the ride.

Unfortunately, for John Lennon’s estate, just making a greatest hits BIG has already been done, because a four-disc set called Gimme Some Truth (sounds familiar) was issued in 2010 for John’s 70th birthday celebrations. In fact, Lennon has had far more compilations than McCartney over the years, including the original Shaved Fish from 1975, The John Lennon Collection (1982), the popular Lennon Legend set, which rode on the coattails of The Beatles Anthology in 1997, a two-CD set from 2005 called Working Class Hero: The Definitive Lennon and Power To The People: The Hits which was issued in 2010 alongside Gimme Some Truth. There are others!

So if you are going to have the balls to put out yet another Lennon compilation, you better be sure you do something special with it in order to entice people to buy it. I think it’s fair to say with the new Gimme Some Truth compilation Universal Music have done just that.

There are five physical formats, but the pick of the bunch is the 2CD+blu-ray deluxe edition. It may be only three discs, but the content comes packaged in an excellent 10-inch outer slipcase. What makes it particularly seductive, is the genius choice of front cover. It’s a profile image of Lennon, aged 29, looking like a groovy millennial hipster with beard, black polo neck and his long hair pulled back into a tight ponytail. McCartney never looked quite this cool. The shot was taken on the day John returned his MBE in due to “Britains involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing… our support of America in Vietnam and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts” and while the image has been edited (Yoko was removed from the background), it just looks so good, particularly with Jonathan Barnbrook and Sean Purdy’s black, white and gold design. Of course, this is rather an early shot for a solo Lennon compilation (The Beatles were, at this point, still a functioning unit as far as the public was concerned) but I don’t think it matters… every other image from the 1970s is now blunted by familiarity.

Inside the outer slipcase is 124-page hardcover book, which is superb. All 36 songs have at least a two-page spread devoted to them, with period imagery and commentary from John and other musicians involved in the recording. There are loads of great photos and the book starts with lyrics to all the songs and at the end is full credits for every track. It gives you exactly what you might want from a book in a music box set.

The discs are in a separate four-panel folio where you’ll also find a couple of postcards, a poster and a ‘Gimme Some Truth’ sticker. For some reason, the blu-ray gets its own outer card slip case, while the CDs just slot in, unprotected. I would prefer to see all discs treated like the blu-ray.

Overall, the presentation is very, very good indeed, which is temptation enough, but it’s the treatment of the music that raises Gimme Some Truth to the next level, because every song has been remixed from the original first generation multi-track tapes (without exception, apparently) into stereo, 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Atmos mixes. This is a continuation of the ‘Ultimate Mixes Series’ which was started with the Imagine album in 2018. Paul Hicks is again at the helm and in the book he describes how all the tapes were ‘baked’ (literally put in a special oven at a very low heat to ensure the ferric oxide particles are properly bound to the plastic carrier of the tape) and then transferred to 24bit/192 kHz digital files. The mixing was done in Pro Tools but finished not on a computer using plug-ins and digital effects, but rather with authentic vintage analogue plates, reverbs and outboard effects. This was at the behest of Sean Lennon, who is Producer and Creative Director of this project. The album was also mastered in an analogue environment, by Alex Wharton at Abbey Road (Alex masters most of Paul McCartney’s reissues).

John Lennon / Gimme Some Truth 2CD+Blu-ray
The 2CD+blu-ray deluxe edition of Gimme Some Truth

Paul Hicks makes clear what the aims of the remix project were, from Yoko’s perspective: to remain faithful and respectful to the originals, to ensure that the sound is generally sonically clearer overall and to increase the clarity of John’s vocals. You could argue that some of those are slightly contradictory but it’s irrelevant really, since the proof is in the pudding and this treatment makes the songs sound fantastic, especially the 5.1 mix which really puts a lot of focus on John’s voice in the centre channel, meaning Lennon has indeed never sounded clearer. Another reason I’d recommend getting the deluxe version with the blu-ray is that listening to all 36 tracks – whether in hi-res stereo or surround – without the interruption of switching CDs of flipping records makes more difference than you might think. It physically brings everything together in a way that hasn’t been done before and you can just sit back and enjoy this from start to finish.

Generally speaking, the new mixes have more bottom end and have a pleasing analogue-y warmth to them, especially compared to the bright remixes that were done back in 2000. John’s vocals sound great throughout and it’s fun spotting little differences, such as the backing vocals not coming in until the second verse of ‘Woman’, the much more prominent rhythm in ‘Oh Yoko!’ or the organ at the beginning of ‘Whatever Gets You Through The Night’. With the 5.1 mix there’s only so much you can do with songs like ‘Working Class Hero’, but with ‘#9 Dream’, the strings and the whispered voices are beautiful from the rear speakers. I found it more engaging than some of Giles Martin’s work on The Beatles albums and that it works just as you hope it would. I must admit, I’m finding it hard to want to return to stereo after listening in 5.1.

In two-CD/blu-ray form, Gimme Some Truth opts for some more unusual selections – including a live version of ‘Come Together’, ‘Angela’ (from Some Time In New York City rather than the usual choice of the song with the ‘N-word’) and ‘Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him’ – which distinguishes it from previous compilations. This works well and, actually, 36 tracks seems perfect to summarise John’s solo output. The 2010 four-CD set, also called Gimme Some Truth, had over 70 tracks which is just too much, I think. You may as well just go off and get individual albums rather than listen to that.

There’s also a four-LP version of Gimme Some Truth which contains all 36 tracks. It’s effectively two gatefold packages in a lift-off lid box set. It’s the most expensive variant at around £75, but while vinyl buyers get the poster, postcards and sticker, they are denied the 124-page book. Instead they have to make do with an eight-page, photo-only booklet. This echoes what happens with Beatles reissues too, but it feels wrong, especially given how great the book is. I imagine UMC were keen for this not to become a £100 box and thus sacrificed the inclusion of a book. Would you have paid £100 for it with a book? Leave a comment.

To summarise, I’m loving the Ultimate Mix Series. The Imagine box was amazing and the approach for Gimme Some Truth is just as good, if not better. Simon Hilton, the production manager of this series has confirmed that they’ve done the Plastic Ono Band album already and the plan is to work through other long-players. Gimme Some Truth, in some ways, is a sneak peak into the future and what they might do with albums like Mind Games and Walls and Bridges.

The recommended format is definitely the 2CD+blu-ray deluxe. Even if a 5.1 set-up is an ambition for you right now, rather than a reality, the stereo mixes are still a big improvement over what you may have heard before and the book is joy.

Gimme Some Truth is out now. Watch the SDEtv unboxing video.

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Gimme Some Truth 2CD set + Blu-ray deluxe

CD 1

1 Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) (Ultimate Mix)
2 Cold Turkey (Ultimate Mix)
3 Working Class Hero (Ultimate Mix)
4 Isolation (Ultimate Mix)
5 Love (Ultimate Mix)
6 God (Ultimate Mix)
7 Power To The People (Ultimate Mix)
8 Imagine (Ultimate Mix)
9 Jealous Guy (Ultimate Mix)
10 Gimme Some Truth (Ultimate Mix)
11 Oh My Love (Ultimate Mix)
12 How Do You Sleep? (Ultimate Mix)
13 Oh Yoko! (Ultimate Mix)
14 Angela (Ultimate Mix)
15 Come Together (live) (Ultimate Mix)
16 Mind Games (Ultimate Mix)
17 Out The Blue (Ultimate Mix)
18 I Know (I Know) (Ultimate Mix)

CD 2

1 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night (Ultimate Mix)
2 Bless You (Ultimate Mix)
3 #9 Dream (Ultimate Mix)
4 Steel And Glass (Ultimate Mix)
5 Stand By Me (Ultimate Mix)
6 Angel Baby (Ultimate Mix)
7 (Just Like) Starting Over (Ultimate Mix)
8 I’m Losing You (Ultimate Mix)
9 Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) (Ultimate Mix)
10 Watching the Wheels (Ultimate Mix)
11 Woman (Ultimate Mix)
12 Dear Yoko (Ultimate Mix)
13 Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him (Ultimate Mix)
14 Nobody Told Me (Ultimate Mix)
15 I’m Stepping Out (Ultimate Mix)
16 Grow Old With Me (Ultimate Mix)
17 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (Ultimate Mix)
18 Give Peace A Chance (Ultimate Mix)

Blu-ray
All tracks 96/24 hi-res stereo / 5.1 surround / Dolby Atmos

1. Instant Karma!
2. Cold Turkey
3. Working Class Hero
4. Isolation
5. Love
6. God
7. Power To The People
8. Imagine
9. Jealous Guy
10. Gimme Some Truth
11. How Do You Sleep?
12. Oh My Love
13. Oh Yoko!
14. Come Together (Live)
15. Angela
16. Mind Games
17. Out The Blue
18. I Know (I Know)
19. Whatever Gets You Through The Night
20. Bless You
21. #9 Dream
22. Stand By Me
23. Steel and Glass
24. Angel Baby
25. (Just Like) Starting Over
26. I’m Losing You
27. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)
28. Watching The Wheels
29. Woman
30. Dear Yoko
31. Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him
32. Nobody Told Me
33. I’m Steppin’ Out
34. Grow Old With Me
35. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
36. Give Peace A Chance

 

Gimme Some Truth 4LP edition

Same track listing as 2CD set



Gimme Some Truth
2LP vinyl

Side A
1 Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) (Ultimate Mix)
2 Cold Turkey (Ultimate Mix)
3 Isolation (Ultimate Mix)
4 Power To The People (Ultimate Mix)

Side B
1 Imagine (Ultimate Mix)
2 Jealous Guy (Ultimate Mix)
3 Gimme Some Truth (Ultimate Mix)
4 Come Together (live) (Ultimate Mix)
5 #9 Dream (Ultimate Mix)

Side C
1 Mind Games (Ultimate Mix)
2 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night (Ultimate Mix)
3 Stand By Me (Ultimate Mix)
4 (Just Like) Starting Over (Ultimate Mix)
5 Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) (Ultimate Mix)

Side D
1 Watching the Wheels (Ultimate Mix)
2 Woman (Ultimate Mix)
3 Grow Old With Me (Ultimate Mix)
4 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (Ultimate Mix)
5 Give Peace A Chance (Ultimate Mix)

Gimme Some Truth single CD

1. Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)
2. Cold Turkey
3. Isolation
4. Power To The People
5. Imagine
6. Jealous Guy
7. Gimme Some Truth
8. Come Together (Live)
9. #9 Dream
10. Mind Games
11. Whatever Gets You Through The Night
12. Stand By Me
13. (Just Like) Starting Over
14. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)
15. Watching The Wheels
16. Woman
17. Grow Old With Me
18. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
19. Give Peace A Chance

65 responses to John Lennon / Gimme Some Truth deluxe edition reviewed

  1. StevieT says:

    Paul, do you happen to know what Amazon are up to with regards to the POB book – they seem to have it under two separate listings, with different prices and release dates. Both are listed as being 288 pages. My copy has just been despatched.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Not sure… a glitch, I think because as far as I’m aware there is only one version (unlike Imagine). Mine’s on the way too… really looking forward to reading it.

  2. Stevie T says:

    Really looking forward, finally and hopefully, to the POB boxset. Meanwhile, I have just spotted the 320 page version of the Imagine book on theworks.co.uk reduced from £35 to £15. I am just looking through my copy, and it is absolutely stunning.

  3. Jeff D says:

    I just wish with all of these reissues they would release the BluRay as a stand-alone option. They won’t but I can dream.

  4. Cees says:

    Just ordered the box set at Amazon.nl for 44,99 euro, not in stock right now, but I can wait for a few more days.
    Very strange that prices at the different Amazon websites differ so much, from 48,99 at Amazon.fr but 55,41 at Amazon.de.

  5. Florentino Stabile says:

    Dear Paul,
    Thank you for all you do for us music aficionados. The year 2020 is the worst but one of the silver linings is the 80th birthday celebration of THE greatest songwriter and visionary this and future generations will ever see. I have the CD box set and it is a joy. The sound is glorious and the book in itself is above and beyond the price value. Because of this I am revisited this genius work in its entirety. If Universal, the Lennon estate will issue all of this albums this way… I am all in. There is also room in my budget for this man that still means so much to me.
    God bless all at SDE, its readers, Universal, Yoko, Sean and long live LENNON

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  7. Mike Roberts says:

    Recently received my ‘2 CD, BluRay and book’ version – the two CDs were badly scuffed, presumably from placing them into the card panel – poor. This is happening a lot these days, even with vinyl. Where is the QC these days?

  8. FROM MARS says:

    Jonathan is an artist without excess. Occasionally known as ‘The Archer’..
    Always something to feel, to experience.

    This Lennon LP Box is A Treat !

  9. Steve Benson says:

    Even though I own The Collection on LP, the Anthology and Signature boxes and Lennon Legend I may have to give in and acquire this set! But there was an earlier very comprehensive 4CD set that seems to have been overlooked, even by Discogs, and it had a very interesting track list including live tracks from Live Peace in Toronto and those recorded with Elton John. Adding I Saw Her Standing There from that show to this set would have made it even better.
    See details here: http://www.johnlennon.com/music/box-sets/lennon/

  10. Little Star says:

    Im on board with this, the cover image/design is growing on me and the new mixes that I’ve heard online are rather spiffy and easy on the ear – a new phenomenon for the more edgy, raw-sounding Lennon solo material – so hopefully that ends up serving its purpose. They need to keep releasing/renewing Lennon’s work so that it (and other artists like him) continues to be fairly represented amongst all the noise and confusion of the current music zeitgeist… they more than deserve their place – and certainly more than hold their own against what we’re getting at the moment, sadly… well done and keep ’em coming!

  11. Texas T-Bone says:

    I was a septic when I heard about this because I was underwhelmed with the Imagine set but this release proved me wrong. I really like this although as much as I like Lennon some of this material doesn’t hold up well for me. The interesting thing is some of the albums that I never owned specifically Mind Games and Walls & Bridges have some nice tracks that I wasn’t familiar with and even some that I’m very familiar with sound new again. Before I made my purchase I’d read reviews elsewhere where they said they didn’t like the mixes or overall sound but I’m really enjoying this and only wish that I felt this good about the Imagine box.

  12. Brian Burhans says:

    While I can see leaving off ‘Woman is the ….’ (although it’s a brilliant song), why ‘Angela’? Great song but it’s a duet with Yoko’s voice dominent. I would have included ‘New York City’ or ‘John Sinclair’. And no ‘Mother’? I would have included the single mix of that song and left off ‘Love’. Still, a lovely box set and I’m thrilled to have it.

    • Mike says:

      ‘Mother’ is probably being saved for the Plastic Ono Band Ultimate Mix collection – as with the live tracks from The Plastic Ono Band Live Peace in Toronto, which are also missing.

  13. JayCee77 says:

    Are the tracks GIMME SOME TRUTH. shares with the Imagine album the same ‘Ultimates Mixes’ from 2018 or have they been remixed yet again? Apologies if someone has already asked this question.

  14. David Mc says:

    Initially I was on board for a remixed Lennon compilation. But I think this is a missed opportunity.

    The 4cd version of Pure McCartney was good value. And for a compilation it felt fresh. In comparison, Gimmie Some Truth seems a bit tired and you get less music for your buck.

    The compilers could have been more adventurous with the track listing and mixing choices. For example, they could have taken a deeper dive into post Imagine – pre Double Fantasy period and fixed up some of the clutter and mudiness of the of-its-time mix that this period suffers from.

    Would love a decent Harrison compilation.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I don’t think it’s a fair comparison. Paul had 46 years (!) of back catalogue from which to choose songs. John had roughly 6-7 active years of solo output. So for compilations they are fishing from the same old pond. Yes, it’s largely familiar fare, but the point is the remixes and 5.1 are what makes Gimme Some Truth ‘fresh’ not the song collection. As a big McCartney fan I would much rather have had 36 brand new remixes and a 5.1 blu-ray than what we actually got for Pure McCartney (which I agree was quite good).

  15. Rett Russell says:

    It’s been a good day for me (musically).
    After streaming the Gimme Some Truth (GST) collection a few days ago, impressed, I bought the 2 CD/BluRay edition, which I was waiting to open this morning. Then, up pops your review and the (typically) wonderful comments, which I read in toto before listening to the BR disc. (I have a very good, not hedge fund level, stereo-only system).
    Sonically, the BR disc is superb….presenting John’s music so beautifully it’s like being in the studio booth (remember…NO compression!).
    When I listened to the same CD versions of the songs there was a lack of “stage presence”, understandable, but the sound is still good….presumably the drums, guitars, etc. are presented as John wanted them to be at the time….and they sound like I remember them on the radio, stereo, etc. back in the day.
    I’m not a completist kind of John Lennon fan but have been around for the entirety of his musical career (sadly cut short), so can’t weigh-in on the sonic quality of other releases that are mentioned in this thread.
    IMHO, the book is great…I like the gold accents throughout, unseen photographs, thorough text, and complete reference-worthy list of all his solo albums in the Credits section in the back. It appears to be as well done as The Beatles super deluxe reissue books and I would expect to pay at least $30-$35 for it in a good bookstore.
    Thanks (yet again) for the immeasurable pleasure this site brings to an old audiophile rocker!

  16. Paul Lewis says:

    Great review Paul. I’d definitely have paid £100 for a vinyl set including the book… although arguably £79 for the current vinyl box is a bit steep for what, as you say, amounts to two gatefold double albums in a box, so maybe it shouldn’t need to be quite that expensive. I wanted vinyl, and I’d love the book… but I’m not paying another £50 for a deluxe edition as well, when I don’t have the surround set up to utilise the blu ray anyway, making £130 in total. Shame they can’t get these nuances right.

  17. Gary Thompson says:

    I also like the cover image, I’m just sorry they felt it required a stupid white arrow. Why?

  18. wardo says:

    I look forward to a nicely priced deal for the 2CD Blu-ray book version via SDE alerts.

  19. T Grube says:

    Thank you for the review. I have always been a Lennon fan from the 60’s thru today. But I am very disappointed in this release and will not purchase it. I was so excited that this is the 50th anniversary of the Plastic Ono Band album and was looking forward to a Super Deluxe Box set similar to Imagine. But it did not happen. Instead the Lennon estate chose to put out just another compilation set. Boring!

  20. Kauwgompie says:

    Paul, this is an exceptional review. Very informative. I wasn’t much interested in this release but I think I will now get this. Great video too.
    To answer your question, no I would not pay more for a book. Personally, I never read these books. Maybe flip thru it once if that. The only book I ever read was the one included with Prince’s Sign Of The Time. To me it is all about the music and never once got excited by a book or other non-music gimmick they included. The worst I can remember is the last (how many will there be?) U2 Joshua Tree SDE where we got an almost 100 page book with foto’s taken by The Edge, apparently an amateur photo enthusiast. No thanks. I rather have a 5.1 mix included than a book. I can imagine the Gimme Some Truth vinyl box buyers would pay more to have the BluRay included. Not the book.

    • Ryk says:

      Kauwgompie,

      Agreed that a 5.1 mix would be more attractive in a vinyl set than a book. In fact, I’d even prefer they toss in CDs with the vinyl before a book (ala the Fleetwood Mac sets). I don’t think I’ve ever looked at a book twice, and have yet to browse through the SotT one – the music is what’s important.

  21. Leemer says:

    By “balls” do you mean “yarbles”? Thank you for the video and excellent review.

    I still think this is “gimme some (more) money”. It is a very nice package, but it’s the same old whine in a new bottle. The older I get, the more whingeing Lennon’s music seems to me.

    Leemer

  22. The Watchful Wern says:

    I’m sorry Paul and those who agree, but I honestly don’t get what all the fuss is about re the cover image… it just looks so icky, studenty and… meh. What am I missing? If I were 13-14 or whatever then this would not have brought home just what Lennon means as precious iconic images have. Barnbrook, with all due respect, is very average. Glad you like it so much, though…

    • Smithers says:

      Nice review. I love the cover, packaging and everything inside the box. The Atmos mix is brilliant. Just brilliant. The 5.1 mix is decent but the Atmos just takes it that much further. Fidelity is superb. Paul Hicks has done a great job.

      Macca, with just the stereo re-releases looks slightly amateur by comparison…

  23. Kevin Skory says:

    The solo John mix of “Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him” has been available since 1984. As for the cover shot, I’d say the picture of a bearded 1970 Macca on the cover of Pure McCartney is just as “cool” and calculated/aimed towards millennials as Gimme Some Truth.

    • MichaelC says:

      Thank you DaveM for the link. This has been exactly what I’ve been looking/searching for. A most enjoyable and informative read.

  24. DaveM says:

    Great review and pleased you are enjoying the set. I opted for the 2CD as I have no surround system and no intention of going that way, mainly because of lack of space. On CD, I have struggled to get through more than a handful of tracks. The booming bass and lack of top end, confirmed by the DR figures, make the tracks unlistenable, especially having tinnitus. The tracks are so jacked, for example Cold Turkey that they do not even sound cohesive. My wife described it as like hearing it played by a neighbour through an adjoining wall and also gave me a WTF look on Working Class Hero during the jacked up join, which until the CD era used to sound like a mic change or something and but is nowhere near as loud on other CD versions.
    We even tried it from Amazon Music to the Bose sound bar via an iPhone (it’s supposed to be aimed at the streaming generation) and it’s still as bad. I will stick with the Peter Cobbins and Paul Hicks (STINYC) for POB through to WAB. Hopefully this is a one off and the forthcoming POB will be done like 2018s Imagine.

  25. James D says:

    Nice review.

    Can’t speak for the 5.1 but most of the new stereo mixes are steps back IMO.

    The POB, Imagine stuff and Angela all sound great, but from Mind Games on they’ve turned it into this bland, chill-out sameyness. The bass may be up, but the drums seem to have escaped the studio – Nobody Told Me hits like a wet mop. It’s definitely been designed to fit on modern streaming playlists and not get noticed as different.

    John didn’t do too bad the first time :)

  26. Steve says:

    Great review. I would love the 4LP to have the book and the Blu-ray in it.
    That way vinyl fans and CD fans get what they want.

  27. jason says:

    Great review. There are purists who really don’t agree with revisionist remixed history, but if done with care as much work of those like Giles Martin and Steven Wilson, it can do quite a lot to crystallize and refine the original work. Even Visconti’s Bowie work has been interesting and the overhauled 2018 McNulty mix of Never Let Me Down provided intriguing counterpoint. The recently remixed version of Divine Comedy’s Promenade is a perfect case in point how focus on the vocals can bring parts of the project to life that were previously buried in the mix. Don’t take them as definitive, but take them as unique reexaminations of worthwhile projects that had an impact on people’s lives.

  28. Andy says:

    Thanks for the review and the video Paul these are great. I have the 4LP vinyl now. For some reason here in Australia we got the vinyl first up but the Deluxe CD/Blu-ray is out tomorrow.
    So while the 4LP package is great, I hadn’t considered what the Deluxe CD version might be like.
    STUNNING !
    I am off to get that Deluxe CD box now having seen your video. Its a superb presentation, love the gold frame around the Lennon portrait and having that book with all the fantastic photo’s and reading material definitely makes it a worthwhile buy.
    Question I have…is the Deluxe CD box for this set the same size as the Imagine box…from the video it looks about the same. Hope so. Tomorrow I will find out !
    Really pleased to hear that POB is in the pipe now, hope its a similar package to Imagine and I know the companion POB book is on its way (if not already here…).
    Great also to hear that other albums may get similar treatments. I hope Mind Games is up next. I have a bootleg (hope that’s ok to discuss here LOL) of that called “Absolute Elsewhere” which is three CD’s worth of outtakes in a stunning Mind Games look slip case and booklet package. There’s likely more in the can. I’m sure a legitimate deluxe and expanded Mind Games will be very welcome. Walls And Bridges too…imagine the fun they can have repackaging that one with the flip & fold Lennon faces on the across the cover and the beautiful artwork from Lennon’s childhood into a cool hardcover “Listen To This Book” package etc. Bring it on !!!

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Cheers Andy. YES this set is the same size as Imagine. Hopefully, they will do all the albums in this size!

  29. James Pigg says:

    Great review Paul. Have you been able to compare the Atmos mix to the 5.1?

    I have heard that the Atmos mix is much louder in the rears and not as balanced as the 5.1

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Thanks. Sadly, I don’t have an Atmos decoder on my set-up right now…

    • Derek Langsford says:

      I would check the 5.1 v Atmos out if I had my pre-ordered copy, but Amazon UK have not even shipped it yet, now 6 days after release. My TFF Box, pre-ordered on the day it was announced, was shipped last night, 5 days after release. Suspect COVID plus Prime Day combined to deprioritize overseas shipments (I am in California).

  30. GB says:

    Paul, Many thanks for the review, which focused my attention on a release I might otherwise have ignored. I don’t have this so can’t check I’m afraid, but one Amazon review (by ‘Eighty’) suggests that “… Within the book it states (twice) that the four songs taken from ‘John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band’ included here are also available on the “six CD, two Blu-ray and book ‘Ultimate Collection’” of that album.” This has been anticipated, and the book is out on the 29th of this month, but perhaps this strengthens the possibility of the audio being imminent?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      It’s definitely happening, just a question of whether they try to squeeze it out this year (which seems unlikely) or wait until 2021

  31. andrew r says:

    Paul in answer to your question ,yes i would have paid for a vinyl/ book combo.
    Perhaps a paper version of the one in the cd set? The attractiveness of the 44 lp set is definitely diminished by the simple 8 page booklet. The other imponderable is the ear arrow.
    How can you design a cover so clean and then ruin it ? for what exactly, to tell us
    that lennon listened to the truth , he spoke it too so where is the mouth arrow?
    Farcical .

  32. Adam says:

    I’m really torn between the 2CD/Blu-ray Deluxe, and the 4LP Deluxe. Initially I preordered the CD and then cancelled it to get the 4LP. However I’ve held off actually buying, hoping for a drop in price at some point. The Blu-ray isn’t really any good for me, but I’d like the book. However I know when I buy these big deluxe sets, I then rarely look at the book. I’ve just bought my first turntable which is why the 4LP appealed to me more at this stage.

  33. Steven Roberts says:

    Great review, Paul – suggests that this may be the ‘ultimate’ Lennon compilation after all (pun intended).

    Well, until the next one for his 90th, of course :)

  34. Bjarne Laastad says:

    Great review, Paul! I also love the fact that “Every man has a woman who loves him” now has John on main vocals, instead of Yoko as on the original. A new Lennon-song in a way.

  35. Dennis Yardley says:

    Bought the deluxe and it’s very good – not sure about the live version of Come Together though – seems a bit out of place to me.

  36. MARK LEVY says:

    I do prefer the 2010 version of Gimme Some Truth. I don’t know why Giles couldn’t have mixed that compilation instead.

  37. Matthew Baines says:

    The Amazon UK price is currently £49.99.

    • John Archbell says:

      ..and keeps selling out.

      I’ve secured the CD/Blu-ray boxset though. Arriving Saturday! Looking forward to it.

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  39. Drbryant says:

    Virtually every track on John Lennon/POB and Imagine is essential. I can’t see purchasing this as I don’t think I would ever listen to it. It is nevertheless a relief to hear that the mastering is more warm and engaging on the 5.1 mix than Giles Martin’s work on the Beatles albums.

  40. Michael C says:

    Great review Paul.
    Nice to have confirmation of The Plastic Ono Band set. Though it was all but confirmed in the acknowledgements.
    I got my Deluxe Edition on Friday and loved it every bit as I did the Imagine set of 2018.
    I just hope that we don’t have to wait too long for the other remixes as it will be 2024 before Milk And Honey.
    My only gripe or pebble in my shoe with this set: Borrowed Time. Why was this left off??!! All the singles should be on there.

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