Imagination Featuring Leee John – 40 Years (2023)

Imagination Featuring Leee John – 40 Years (2023)
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Boogie, Disco, Dance-pop, Dub, House, Soul, Funk | Label: Edsel Records

Na discreet pre-release album cuts te hebben gespeeld op de Britse piratenjazz-funk- en soulstations, barstte IMAGINATION, met hun charismatische leadzanger, LEEE JOHN, in mei 1981 op het toneel, toen hun debuutsingle ‘Body Talk’ de Britse hitlijsten binnenkwam op #68, met een piek op #4 op 18 juli 1981, nadat ze in een stroomversnelling waren gekomen na hun gedenkwaardige en onvergetelijke debuutoptreden op BBC One’s Top Of The Pops op 4 juni. In de periode 1981-1983 had IMAGINATION hits in bijna 30 landen over de hele wereld, met een zeer grote populariteit in heel Europa, vooral in Frankrijk, Italië, de Benelux en Duitsland, terwijl het ook regelmatig in de Billboard US Dance en R&B Charts verscheen in de jaren ’80. Ze waren echt een internationaal succesvolle Britse groep, die talloze platina, gouden en zilveren platen verdiende, voor hitsingles ‘Flashback’, In And Out Of Love’, het veel gesamplede ‘Just An Illusion’ en ‘Music And Lights’, ‘New Dimension’, ‘State Of Love’, ‘Looking At Midnight’ en ‘Thank You My Love’ en albums BODY TALK, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, SCANDALOUS, NIGHT DUBBING, CLOSER en LIKE IT IS.

Originele Engelse (volledige) tekst:

After discreetly having pre-release album cuts played on the UK’s pirate jazz-funk and soul stations, IMAGINATION, with their charismatic lead singer, LEEE JOHN, burst onto the scene in May 1981, when their debut single ‘Body Talk’ entered the UK Charts at #68, with it peaking at #4 on 18th July 1981, having gained momentum after their momentous and unforgettable debut performance on BBC One’s Top Of The Pops on 4th June. In the period 1981-1983, IMAGINATION had hits in almost 30 countries around the world, with very high popularity across Europe, especially in France, Italy, Benelux and Germany, whilst also appearing in the Billboard US Dance and R&B Charts on a regular basis in the throughout the ‘80s. They really were a internationally successful British group, earning numerousPlatinum, Gold and Silver discs, for hit singles ‘Flashback’, In And Out Of Love’, the much-sampled ‘Just An Illusion’ and ‘Music And Lights’, ‘New Dimension’, ‘State Of Love’, ‘Looking At Midnight’ and ‘Thank You My Love’ and albums BODY TALK, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, SCANDALOUS, NIGHT DUBBING, CLOSER and LIKE IT IS.

IMAGINATION worked with legendary producers Tony Swain/Steve Jolley, Arthur Baker, Nigel Wright, Preston Glass, Nick Martinelli and Ron ‘Have Mercy’ Kersey, and had tracks remixed by David Morales, Frankie Knuckles, Mike Pickering, Graeme Park, Victor Simonelli and Larry Levan.

“40 YEARS” is a career-encompassing retrospective of IMAGINATION’s and LEEE JOHN’s recorded music output, with 189 tracks across 17CDs, including all of their studio albums from 1981’s BODY TALK, up until 2016’s

“40 YEARS” also features a 2-disc collection of Unreleased Trax, Mixes & Demos, a 2-disc collection of alternate and unreleased mixes from CLOSER in Closer Revisited, a Live Trax disc from several shows spanning the decades and a disc of extended versions in 12” Singles Selection.

“40 YEARS” was conceived and personally curated by LEEE JOHN and to celebrate the box set’s release, the initial pressing has a limited edition signed print.

Tracklist
BODY TALK
1 Imagination Body Talk
2 Imagination So Good, So Right
3 Imagination Burnin’ Up
4 Imagination Tell Me Do You Want My Love
5 Imagination Flashback
6 Imagination I’ll Always Love You (But Don’t Look Back)
7 Imagination In And Out Of Love

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
1 Imagination In The Heat Of The Night
2 Imagination Heart ‘N Soul
3 Imagination Music And Lights
4 Imagination All Night Loving
5 Imagination Just An Illusion
6 Imagination All I Want To Know
7 Imagination One More Love
8 Imagination Changes

NIGHT DUBBING
1 Imagination Flashback
2 Imagination Just An Illusion
3 Imagination Music And Lights
4 Imagination So Good, So Right
5 Imagination Body Talk
6 Imagination Heart ‘N’ Soul
7 Imagination Changes
8 Imagination Burnin’ Up

SCANDALOUS
1 Imagination New Dimension
2 Imagination State Of Love
3 Imagination Point Of No Return
4 Imagination When I See The Fire
5 Imagination Shoo Be Doo Da Dabba Doobee
6 Imagination Wrong In Love
7 Imagination Looking At Midnight
8 Imagination The Need To Be Free

TRILOGY
1 Imagination Last Days Of Summer
2 Imagination Body And Soul
3 Imagination One Heart
4 Imagination You’ve Got The Lovin’
5 Imagination Found My Girl
6 Imagination Blue Day Gone
7 Imagination Sunshine
8 Imagination Breathless
9 Imagination Thank You My Love
10 Imagination Rock Me Slow
11 Imagination I’m Coming To Get You
12 Imagination Trilogy

CLOSER
1 Imagination I Know What Love Is
2 Imagination Hold Me In Your Arms
3 Imagination Paranoia
4 Imagination Where Are You Now
5 Imagination The Last Time
6 Imagination For Members Only
7 Imagination Touch (Part One)
8 Imagination Instinctual
9 Imagination Who (Tell Me Who)
10 Imagination Operator
11 Imagination Over
12 Imagination Hot Nights
13 Imagination Skin Time
14 Imagination Closer

LIKE IT IS
1 Imagination Changes
2 Imagination Burning Up
3 Imagination Just An Illusion
4 Imagination Body Talk
5 Imagination L.T.O. (Love’s Taking Over)
6 Imagination In And Out Of Love
7 Imagination Instinctual
8 Imagination So Good So Right
9 Imagination Flashback
10 Imagination Music And Lights
11 Imagination Give Into Love
12 Imagination In The Heat Of The Night
13 Imagination Megamix (Edited Version) Just An Illusion/Music And Lights/So Good So Right/Flashback

THE FASCINATION OF THE PHYSICAL
1 Imagination Work
2 Imagination I Like It
3 Imagination The Best Of My Life
4 Imagination Ooh Aah
5 Imagination Loving Tight
6 Imagination Fascination Of The Physical [12″ Version]
7 Imagination The Night We Loved
8 Imagination I Can’t Wait
9 Imagination Private Hearts
10 Imagination Call On Me

FEEL MY SOUL
1 Leee John Sensuality
2 Leee John Now Is The Time
3 Leee John The Thin Line
4 Leee John Embraceable You
5 Leee John Feel My Spirit
6 Leee John Someone To Watch Over Me
7 Leee John Jazzamatazz
8 Leee John Flamingo Blue
9 Leee John U Never Know
10 Leee John Small World
11 Leee John Strange Fruit
12 Leee John Jazzamatazz [Funk Version]
13 Leee John Now Is The Time (C’est Le Moment)

THE VOICE OF ILLUSION VOL. 1
1 Leee John Of Imagination Leee John Medley By Symix: Passion/Mighty Power Of Love/Love Me Like You Do/Call On Me/Pearls
2 Leee John Of Imagination Just An Illusion (21st Century Mix)
3 Leee John Of Imagination Just An Illusion (Dero’s Mix)
4 Leee John Of Imagination I Can C 4 Miles
5 Leee John Of Imagination Everybody Wakeup (Soul Version)
6 Leee John Of Imagination Slippin’ Slowly
7 Leee John Of Imagination Mind, Body And Soul (Funk Version)
8 Leee John Of Imagination Come On Over
9 Leee John Of Imagination Fool In Love
10 Leee John Of Imagination Alone Again
11 Leee John Of Imagination Groove Thing

RETROPIA
1 Imagination Featuring Leee John Utopia
2 Imagination Featuring Leee John Secrets
3 Imagination Featuring Leee John Fantasia
4 Imagination Featuring Leee John Solitude
5 Imagination Featuring Leee John Do It Right Now
6 Imagination Featuring Leee John Hello Goodbye
7 Imagination Featuring Leee John Tell Her Love Has Felt The Need
8 Imagination Featuring Leee John Highway To Hell
9 Imagination Featuring Leee John Brighter Day
10 Imagination Featuring Leee John Make Your Mind Up
11 Imagination Featuring Leee John The Best I Could
12 Imagination Featuring Leee John Visions
13 Imagination Featuring Leee John Just An Illusion (21st Century Version)
14 Imagination Featuring Leee John Krash (All Night Long) (New Radio Mix)
15 Imagination Featuring Leee John Police And Thieves
16 Imagination Featuring Leee John The Truth (Alternative Version)

‘CLOSER’ REVISITED
1 Imagination Instinctual [Dave Morales Mix Edit]
2 Imagination For Members Only [7″ Mix]
3 Imagination I Know What Love Is [7″ Version]
4 Imagination The Last Time [Special DJ Edit Of The Cool Sax Remix]
5 Imagination (Wanna Get) Over [LP With Horns]
6 Imagination Instinctual [Dave Morales Mix – Def Vocal Mix]
7 Imagination Who (Tell Me Who) [A-Side With Solo]
8 Imagination The Last Time [The Long Cool Mix]
1 Imagination For Members Only [12″ Mix]
2 Imagination Hold Me In Your Arms [12″ Master]
3 Imagination I Know What Love Is [The Philadelphia After Dark Mix]
4 Imagination Instinctual [Def Groove Mix]
5 Imagination One Day I Found Me
6 Imagination Paranoia [12″ Mix]
7 Imagination The Last Time [The Cool Sax Remix]
8 Imagination Instinctual [Dave Morales Mix – Stink Mix]

IMAGINATION FEAT LEEE JOHN – UNRELEASED TRAX, MIXES AND DEMOS
1 Imagination The Key (Only You)
2 Leee John & Adam Pendse Give Into Love [Dub Version]
3 Imagination Fly
4 Imagination In The Heat Of The Night [Alt Version]
5 Leee John & Sinitta Changing Times
6 Imagination Gyration
7 Leee John Casualty
8 Leee John Daydreamer
9 Leee John Two Of A Kind
10 Leee John Keep A Lite
11 Leee John Make Your Mind Up [Original Version Demo]
12 Leee John Are You Ready
13 Leee John Ft Ezzy Ay Ay [Version 1]
14 Leee John Best Of My Love
15 Leee John Cherish
16 Leee John Turn It Out
17 Leee John When Love Calls
1 Imagination New Dimension [Alternative Chorus “In A Mans World”]
2 Imagination Looking At Midnight [Alternative Mix]
3 Imagination Heart ‘N’ Soul [Alternative Vocal Version Mix]
4 Imagination Ft Leee John Passion [Original Leee John Vocal]
5 Imagination Ft Leee John And Mourad Passion [Duet English/French Version]
6 Imagination Ft Leee John And Mourad Passion [Deevious Mix By Dee Vaz] Duet English/French Version
7 Imagination Ft Leee John And Mourad Passion [Tefa French Rap] Duet English/French Version]
8 Leee John Too Late
9 Imagination Notorious [Original Demo Became ‘Wrong In Love’]
10 Imagination Happiness [Original Demo Which Became ‘One More Love’]
11 Imagination Going Round In Circles [Demo]
12 Imagination Halfway To Paradise [Demo Which Became ‘So Good, So Right’]
13 Leee John Stop, Look & Listen
14 Leee John Some People

IMAGINATION Feat LEEE JOHN LIVE TRAX
1 Imagination Tell Me Do You Want My Love [Live Circa 1984]
2 Imagination Found My Girl [Live Leeds 1985]
3 Imagination Shoo Be Doo Da Dabba Doobee [Live UK Circa 1985]
4 Imagination Thank You My Love Live UK Circa 1986]
5 Imagination Heart ‘N’ Soul [Live Leeds Circa 1986]
6 Imagination We Turn The World -Pt 1/ Pt 2 [Live, Leningrad Russia Circa 1989/90]
7 Imagination In And Out Of Love – Reggae [Live, Russia 1989/90]
8 Imagination Love’s Takin Over [Live, Russia]
9 Imagination Body Talk [Live, Russia]
10 Imagination Instinctual [Live, Russia]
11 Leee John Slippin’ Slowly [Live UK Circa 1999]

12″ SINGLES SELECTION
1 Imagination New Dimension [US Remix Edit]
2 Imagination State Of Love
3 Imagination Body And Soul
4 Imagination Thank You My Love
5 Imagination Last Days Of Summer
6 Imagination Changes [Dimitri From Paris Is Nightdubbin’ Remix]
7 Imagination The Best Of My Life [12″ Re-Edit]
8 Nelson Leeroy Ft. Leee John Of Imagination No More Lies
9 Imagination Featuring Leee John Do It Right Now [Victor Simonelli Remix]
10 Leee John Burnin’ Up [New Vocal Extended Mix]
11 Leee John Of Imagination Feat. Jorge Vercillo Solitude [Dario Caminita Long Edit]