John Lennon - Gimme Some Truth: The Ultimate Mixes
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To commemorate what would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday, his family selected 36 songs from his solo catalogue and enhanced them for a new collection, Gimme Some Truth. The Ultimate Mixes.
Each of the tracks in the collection — which was executive-produced by Yoko Ono Lennon and produced by Sean Ono Lennon — has been remixed from scratch for what they claim is the highest quality rendition.
The Lennons previewed the collection with the release of the ultimate mix of “Instant Karma! (We All Shine On).” The remix sounds clearer than the original, which was a bit muddy, and John’s voice sounds crisp, where the single mix was sometimes distorted. Alan White’s syncopated drumming also stands out more on the remix.
Audio engineer Paul Hicks, who handled the remixes of Imagine – The Ultimate Collection oversaw each of the new renditions for Gimme Some Truth, with assistance from engineer Sam Gannon. They used new transfers from the original tapes and mixed the songs in analog at Los Angeles’ Henson Recording Studios; engineer Alex Wharton mastered them in analog at Abbey Road. Wharton also mastered the vinyl release at Abbey Road Studios.
“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,” Hicks wrote in the Deluxe Edition book. “‘It’s about John,’ she says. And she is right. His voice brings the biggest emotional impact to the songs.”
Deluxe heavyweight double vinyl edition pressed by Universal Music in the Czech Republic. Gatefold packaging with printed inserts.