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Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
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  1. Classic Rock Magazine
    Nov 7, 2018
    100
    Ultimately, where Imagine wins over similar projects is the degree of access Yoko has given to source material. A Simon Hilton-edited, Ono-prefaced book is exceptional. And the core album? A masterpiece. [Dec 2018, p.94]
  2. Oct 11, 2018
    100
    Imagine: The Ultimate Collection is a lavish celebration of John’s masterwork.
  3. 100
    Clearly, this is not geared to the casual fan. But for those with an intense interest in either Lennon and/or arguably his finest work, it’s an understatement to say this ultimate edition lives up to its boastful name.
  4. Oct 11, 2018
    84
    More illuminating is the accompanying hardcover book that walks through the making of the album and the inspiration behind each track. ... A great companion to the book is the fourth CD in the set, subtitled The Evolution Documentary. ... The remaster of the original album tracks puts you just as close to the feeling of being in the studio as a surround sound version would.
  5. Mojo
    Oct 11, 2018
    80
    The main attraction of this six-disc box set reissue is a new ground-up stereo mix of Imagine by Paul Hicks at Abbey Road. These new mixes are clearer and more controlled, though respectful (maybe overly so). [Nov 2018, p.103]
  6. Oct 11, 2018
    80
    Imagine: The Ultimate Collection is a fascinating snapshot of an artist if not quite in his imperial phase, then certainly at his most searching. From the new stereo remix down to the outtakes and an audio documentary pieced together from candid interviews with friend and DJ Elliot Mintz, we’re offered an exhaustive look at Imagine from all angles.
  7. Uncut
    Oct 11, 2018
    80
    It is a cornucopia of delights for audiophiles and there are more than enough quirks and insights to make it invaluable to even the most causal Lennon fan. [Nov 2018, p.46]

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