Paul McCartney just had his first number one record since 1982, with Egypt Station, so of course his friend-turned-rival-turned-friend John Lennon has to release some music, too. Lennon’s classic 1971 album Imagine is getting a massive “Ultimate” reissue on October 5, boasting never-before-released versions of the 10 songs and a pile of other oddities
There will also be never-before-seen footage, some of which has been released online. One example, reports Rolling Stone, is a studio session on “How Do You Sleep?”, the third track on Side B and a relatively early example of a “diss track.” Who was Lennon dissing? Paul McCartney, of course.
Lennon was convinced his former songwriting partner’s 1970 album Ram, which McCartney credited to himself and his then-wife Linda, featured disses aimed at him and the other Beatles, notably in the songs “Dear Boy” and “Too Many People.” McCartney later confirmed he was indeed poking a little fun at John and Yoko Ono.