News - 10 May 2024

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Mind Games

On 12 July 2024The John Lennon Estate & Universal Music Recordings celebrate John Lennon’s pivotal and intensely personal 1973 album MIND GAMES with a suite of completely newly remixed and expanded Ultimate Collection editions, offering an immersive, Deep Listening experience and in-depth exploration of this classic, yet underappreciated record.

Fully authorized by Yoko Ono Lennon and produced by Sean Ono Lennon, who oversaw the production and creative direction, the Ultimate Collection is from the same audio team that worked on the critically acclaimed Imagine and John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band Ultimate Collections, including triple GRAMMY®-Award winning mixer/engineer Paul Hicks, mixers/engineer Sam Gannon and mixer Rob Stevens.

The definitive Ultimate Collection puts listeners in the center of the studio and explores the album’s 1973 recording sessions at the Record Plant in New York City, from inception to the final master, through scores of unreleased outtakes, unadulterated versions, instrumentals, stripped down mixes, studio chatter and more, revealing how these fan favorite songs evolved and came to life.

Yoko Ono Lennon says: ‘John was trying to convey the message that we all play mind games. But if we can play mind games, why not make a positive future with it – to be a positive mind game? ‘Mind Games’ is such an incredibly strong song. At the time, people didn’t quite get the message because this was before its time. Now, people would understand it. I don’t think in those days people knew they were playing mind games anyway.’