John Lennon - Mind Games (The Ultimate Collection)John Lennon's 1973 album "Mind Games" is often seen as a pivotal moment in his solo career. Released in a period marked by personal and political upheavals, the album reflects a blend of introspective lyricism and hopeful idealism. Although not as critically acclaimed as his earlier works, "Mind Games" holds a unique charm and showcases Lennon’s continual evolution as an artist.

One of the recurring themes in "Mind Games" is the pursuit of inner peace and spiritual awakening. This is evident in tracks like "Aisumasen (I'm Sorry)" and "Intuition." The former is a deeply personal song, expressing regret and the desire for reconciliation. The latter, on the other hand, reflects Lennon’s exploration of self-awareness and the importance of trusting one’s instincts.

The production of the album "Mind Games" is polished, while retaining a raw edge that gives the album a sense of authenticity. Phil Spector’s influence is noticeable, although Lennon’s own production style shines through, particularly in the layering of instruments and the atmospheric quality of the sound. The album has a more polished feel compared to "Plastic Ono Band," while avoiding the overproduction that some fans have felt marred later works.

Now, just over 50 years on this classic album is reissued as a limited edition 6 CD + 2 Blu-ray 10" square box set that also includes a 128-page hardback book, reproduction of the original 1973 triptych marketing poster, postcard-sized reproductions of 1973 advert artworks, and an individually numbered Citizen of Nutopia ID card.

The 6 CDs comprise The Ultimate Mixes, Elemental Mixes, Elements Mixes, Evolution Documentary, Out-takes, and Raw Studio Mixes. The 2 Blu-ray audio discs offer 192kHz / 24-bit stereo and 5.1 Surround mixes, plus a Dolby Atmos version of all the aforementioned, along with the 2024 remastered "Mind Games" music video and a "You Are Here" (additional out-take) tape boxes music video.

This lavish set has been created by Sean Ono Lennon, the set is mixed and engineered by Sam Gannon and three-time Grammy Award-winner Paul Hicks, with additional mixing by Rob Stevens. The stereo mix is mastered by Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios, while the 5.1 Surround and Dolby Atmos versions are mastered by Sam Gannon.

Included is a 136-page glossy, hardback coffee table book detailing the writing and recording of the album, featuring the words of John & Yoko from hundreds of hours of archive interviews. The book also includes brand-new interviews with all the musicians and engineers, exclusive never-before-seen photographs by Bob Gruen, as well as unseen photos, lyrics, letters, original tape boxes, and memorabilia from the John Lennon & Yoko Ono Lennon Archives.

Upon its release, "Mind Games" received mixed reviews from critics. Some felt it lacked the revolutionary spirit of Lennon’s earlier albums, while others appreciated its introspective nature and melodic richness. Despite the initial lukewarm reception, the album has grown in esteem over the years. Fans and critics alike have come to appreciate its subtle complexities and the sincerity of Lennon’s performance.

"Mind Games" may not be as immediately impactful as "Imagine" or "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band," but it is an album that rewards repeated listening. It captures a transitional period in Lennon’s life, offering insights into his state of mind and artistic direction during the early 1970s.

Clearly a must have for John Lennon fans and for that matter fans of the Beatles too. Of course, immersionists will also want to include this in their collection, and listeners of classic rock who seek to deepen their knowledge of the 70’s era will also find this to be a worthy purchase.

Scheduled for release July 12, 2024.

 

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3 CD + 3 Blu-ray deluxe edition featuring Doby Atmos and 192kHz / 24-bit 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo mixes, plus bonus content. Previously available on CD and Vinyl, and original mix available via streaming services.

 

 

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Wesley is a lifelong music enthusiast. He started his career in the recording industry in New York City as an audio engineer, producer, and studio manager. Subsequently he toured across America as a guitarist with the short-lived band Land's Crossing. After many years in the technology sector and amassing a substantial vinyl and CD collection, he delved into immersive audio and created Hi-Res Edition to share with other listeners about the sound quality and discrete mixes available on many formats. He recently upgraded his system to 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos and continues to seek out and share about the best sounding releases.

 

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