John Lennon's Timeless Song "Mind Games" Completely Remixed From Scratch, Video Upgraded To HD Ahead Of New Collection GIMME SOME TRUTH. THE ULTIMATE MIXES. In Celebration Of The Iconic Artist's 80th Birthday

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JOHN LENNON. GIMME SOME TRUTH. THE ULTIMATE MIXES.

JOHN LENNON’S TIMELESS SONG “MIND GAMES” COMPLETELY REMIXED FROM SCRATCH, VIDEO UPGRADED TO HD AHEAD OF NEW COLLECTION IN CELEBRATION OF THE ICONIC ARTIST’S 80th BIRTHDAY

SUITE OF NEW RELEASES INCLUDES DELUXE EDITION BOX SET FEATURING 36 TRACKS ACROSS 2 CDS AND A BLU-RAY AUDIO DISC WITH HIGH-DEFINITION 24-96 STEREO, IMMERSIVE 5.1 SURROUND SOUND AND DOLBY ATMOS MIXES PLUS EXCLUSIVE 124-PAGE BOOK

ALSO AVAILABLE IN VARIETY OF PHYSICAL AND DIGITAL FORMATS INCLUDING
1CD, 2CD, 2LP, 4LP AND STREAMING/DOWNLOAD

DUE OCTOBER 9TH VIA CAPITOL/UMe

WATCH: “MIND GAMES
 

Los Angeles – September 18, 2020 – John Lennon’s timeless song “Mind Games,” with its famous refrain of “make love not war,” has been completely remixed from scratch and the video has been upgraded to HD, radically upgrading the sonic and video quality to present the song and video in the highest possible standard. The video, an incredibly charismatic narrative of Lennon greatly enjoying himself on a beautiful, sunny autumnal day in Central Park and throughout his adopted hometown New York City in November 1974, now features the new Ultimate Mix of the song, resulting in the video both looking and sounding better than ever with Lennon’s vocals front and center. Watch the video here: http://johnlennon.lnk.to/MindGamesUltimateMix

“Mind Games,” the title track of Lennon’s 1973 album of the same name, will be released via Capitol/UMe on a suite of beautifully presented collections of his most vital and best loved solo works titled GIMME SOME TRUTH. THE ULTIMATE MIXES., releasing October 9thon what would have been the beloved icon’s 80th birthday. “[Mind Games] was a fun track because the voice is in stereo and the seeming orchestra on it is just me playing three notes with slide guitar. And the middle eight is reggae,” Lennon revealed in an interview. “Trying again to explain to American musicians what reggae was in 1973 was pretty hard, but it’s basically a reggae middleeight if you listen to it.” Discussing the message of the song he remarked, “Trying to possess somebody makes them go away. Every time you put your finger on it, it slips away. Every time you turn the microscope’s light on, the thing changes so you can never see what it is. As soon as you ask the question, it goes away. Peripheral vision is what it is. There’s no looking directly at it. Try to look at the sun. You go blind, right? Now that doesn’t mean you don’t have to work on it. Love is a flower, you gotta to let it grow.”

The new single follows last month’s release of the Ultimate Mix of “Instant Karma (We All Shine On.” Stream “Mind Games,” “Instant Karma (We All Shine On)” and preorder the album here: https://johnlennon.lnk.to/GIMMESOMETRUTH

Executive Produced by Yoko Ono Lennon and Produced by Sean Ono Lennon, GIMME SOME TRUTH. THE ULTIMATE MIXES., features 36 songs, handpicked by Yoko and Sean, that have been completely remixed from the original multitracks in Stereo, 5.1 and Dolby Atmos, presenting them as a never-before-heard Ultimate Listening Experience.

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 the ground up, using brand new transfers of the original multitracks, 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.

GIMME SOME TRUTH. – named for Lennon’s 1971 excoriating rebuke of deceptive politicians, hypocrisy and war, a sentiment as relevant as ever in our post-truth era of fake news, will be available in a variety of formats including as a Deluxe Edition Box Set that offers several different ways to listen to this engrossing 36-track collection with stunning new mixes across two CDs alongside a Blu-ray audio disc containing the Ultimate Mixes in Studio Quality 24 bit/96 kHz HD Stereo, immersive 5.1 Surround Sound and Dolby Atmos.

“John was a brilliant man with a great sense of humour and understanding,” writes Yoko Ono Lennon in the preface of the book included in the Deluxe Edition. “He believed in being truthful and that the power of the people will change the world. And it will. All of us have the responsibility to visualize a better world for ourselves and our children. The truth is what we create. It’s in our hands.”

The 124-page book included in the Deluxe Edition has been designed and edited by Simon Hilton, the Compilation Producer and Production Manager of the Ultimate Collection series. The book tells the story of three dozen songs in John & Yoko’s words and the words of those who worked alongside them, through archival and brand-new interviews, accompanied by hundreds of previously unseen photographs, Polaroids, movie still frames, letters, lyric sheets, tape boxes, artworks and memorabilia from the Lennon-Ono archives.

GIMME SOME TRUTH. will also be released as a 19-track CD or 2LP, a 36-track 2CD or 4 LP, and several digital versions for download and streaming including in 24 bit/96 kHz audio and hi-res Dolby Atmos. The vinyl was cut by mastering engineer Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios. The Deluxe Edition and 4LP formats will include a GIMME SOME TRUTH. bumper sticker, a two-sided poster of Lennon printed in black and white with silver and gold metallics, and two postcards, one of which is a replica of Lennon’s letter to the Queen of England in 1969 when he returned his MBE in “protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigerian-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and Cold Turkey slipping down the charts.” The 2LP and 2CD will also include the poster and all versions will come with a booklet filled with photos and the MBE letter.

The album cover features a rarely-seen striking black and white profile portrait of John Lennon, taken on the day John returned his MBE. The album cover, CD and LP booklets and typographic artworks were designed by Jonathan Barnbrook who created the covers for David Bowie’s albums Heathen, Reality and The Next Day and won a GRAMMY® Award for the packaging of Bowie’s Black Star album.

GIMME SOME TRUTH. traces the arc of Lennon’s post-Beatles life and career, bringing together songs from all of his revered solo albums including John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970), Imagine (1971), Some Time In New York City (1972), Mind Games (1973), Walls and Bridges (1974), Rock ‘n’ Roll (1975), Double Fantasy (1980) and 1984’s posthumous Milk and Honey. The collection is bookended with his early non-album singles, kicking off with the one-two punch of “Instant Karma! (We All Shine On),” Lennon’s exuberant exhortation about the karmic forces of action/reaction and equality (“we all shine on like the moon and the stars and the sun”), and the electrifying addiction-themed “Cold Turkey,” and culminating with the holiday classic “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” and the anti-war protest anthem “Give Peace A Chance,” with its ubiquitous, titular call to action: “All we are saying is Give Peace A Chance.”

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.”

Like all Lennon projects, intense thought and care went into the making of GIMME SOME TRUTH and the remixing of these treasured songs. As Paul Hicks details in the Deluxe Edition book: “Yoko is very keen that in making The Ultimate Mixes series we achieve three things: remain faithful and respectful to the originals, ensure that the sound is generally sonically clearer overall, and increase the clarity of John’s vocals. ‘It’s about John,’ she says. And she is right. His voice brings the biggest emotional impact to the songs.” Hicks continues, “The combination of remixing from all the original first-generation multitrack sources and finishing in analogue has brought a whole new level of magic, warmth and clarity to the sound, along with a more detailed dynamic range and sound stage, and we really hope you enjoy the results.”

The results speak for themselves and allow Lennon’s voice and words to shine on, clearer and brighter, at a time when they are needed now, more than ever. When listened to in sequence, GIMME SOME TRUTH. THE ULTIMATE MIXES. plays both like one of the greatest-ever live Lennon concerts and an emotional telling of his life story, from just after the breakup of The Beatles, to falling in love and marrying Yoko, his peace activism, personal soul-searching, inspiration, celebration, confusion, reunion, fatherhood, his five-year break from music while raising Sean, and his triumphant return into the ‘80s with two new albums.

Throughout these incredible, timeless songs we experience the many facets of John Lennon: the songwriter, the revolutionary, the musician, the husband, the truth-teller, the dad, the provocateur, the peace activist, the artist, the icon.

ABOUT JOHN LENNON
John Lennon is arguably the greatest songwriter of his generation. Lennon has won seven GRAMMY® Awards, including two Lifetime Achievement Awards, and two special BRIT Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Music. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame and has a star on the Walk of Fame. In 2008, Rolling Stone ranked Lennon in the Top 5 of the magazine’s “100 Greatest Singers Of All Time” list.

 

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JOHN LENNON. GIMME SOME TRUTH. THE ULTIMATE MIXES.

2 CD + 1 Blu-ray audio disc (24 bit/96 kHz Stereo, 5.1 Surround Sound, Dolby Atmos) and 124-page book

CD1

  1. Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)
  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. Oh My Love
  12. How Do You Sleep?
  13. Oh Yoko!
  14. Angela
  15. Come Together (live)
  16. Mind Games
  17. Out The Blue
  18. I Know (I Know)

CD2

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

BLU-RAY AUDIO DISC

All of the above thirty-six tracks, available in High Definition audio as:

  1. HD Stereo Audio Mixes (24 bit/96 kHz)
  2. HD 5.1 Surround Sound Mixes (24 bit/96 kHz)
  3. HD Dolby Atmos Mixes


4 LP

LP 1 SIDE A

  1. Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)
  2. Cold Turkey
  3. Working Class Hero 
  4. Isolation 
  5. Love

LP 1 SIDE B

  1. God 
  2. Power To The People
  3. Imagine 
  4. Jealous Guy

LP 2 SIDE A

  1. Gimme Some Truth 
  2. Oh My Love 
  3. How Do You Sleep? 
  4. Oh Yoko! 
  5. Angela

LP 2 SIDE B

  1. Come Together (live)
  2. Mind Games
  3. Out The Blue
  4. I Know (I Know)

LP 3 SIDE A

  1. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night
  2. Bless You
  3. #9 Dream
  4. Steel And Glass
  5. Stand By Me

LP 3 SIDE B

  1. Angel Baby
  2. (Just Like) Starting Over 
  3. I'm Losing You
  4. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) 
  5. Watching the Wheels

LP 4 SIDE A

  1. Woman 
  2. Dear Yoko
  3. Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him
  4. Nobody Told Me

LP 4 SIDE B

  1. I'm Stepping Out
  2. Grow Old with Me 
  3. Give Peace a Chance
  4. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

 

2CD / DIGITAL (DOWNLOAD & STREAMING)

CD1

  1. Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)
  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. Oh My Love
  12. How Do You Sleep?
  13. Oh Yoko!
  14. Angela
  15. Come Together (live)
  16. Mind Games
  17. Out The Blue
  18. I Know (I Know)

CD2

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

 

2 LP

LP 1 SIDE A

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

LP 1 SIDE B

  1. Imagine
  2. Jealous Guy
  3. Gimme Some Truth
  4. Come Together (live)
  5. #9 Dream

LP 2 SIDE A

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

LP 2 SIDE B

  1. Watching The Wheels
  2. Woman
  3. Grow Old With Me
  4. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
  5. Give Peace A Chance

 

1CD / DIGITAL (DOWNLOAD ONLY)

  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 Thru 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