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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 1981. 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 numerous Platinum, 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 RETROPIA.  "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. LEEE JOHN continues to sell-out shows around the world and also featured in The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations!
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 1981. 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 numerous Platinum, 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 RETROPIA.  "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. LEEE JOHN continues to sell-out shows around the world and also featured in The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations!
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40 Years (Box) [Limited Edition] (Auto) (Uk)
Artist: Imagination / Leee John
Format: CD
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DISC: 1

1. Body Talk
2. So Good, So Right
3. Burnin' Up
4. Tell Me Do You Want My Love
5. Flashback
6. I'll Always Love You (But Don't Look Back)
7. In and Out of Love
8. In the Heat of the Night
9. Heart 'N' Soul
10. Music and Lights
11. All Night Loving
12. Just An Illusion
13. All I Want to Know
14. One More Love
15. Changes
16. Flashback
17. Just An Illusion
18. Music and Lights
19. So Good, So Right
20. Body Talk
21. Heart 'N' Soul
22. Changes
23. Burnin' Up
24. New Dimension
25. State of Love
26. Point of No Return
27. When I See the Fire
28. Shoo Be Doo Da Dabba Doobee
29. Wrong in Love
30. Looking at Midnight
31. The Need to Be Free
32. Last Days of Summer
33. Body and Soul
34. One Heart
35. You've Got the Lovin'
36. Found My Girl
37. Blue Day Gone
38. Sunshine
39. Breathless
40. Thank You My Love
41. Rock Me Slow
42. I'm Coming to Get You
43. Trilogy
44. I Know What Love Is
45. Hold Me in Your Arms
46. Paranoia
47. Where Are You Now
48. The Last Time
49. For Members Only
50. Touch (Part One)
51. Instinctual
52. Who (Tell Me Who)
53. Operator
54. Over
55. Hot Nights
56. Skin Time
57. Closer
58. Changes
59. Burning Up
60. Just An Illusion
61. Body Talk
62. L.T.O. (Love's Taking Over)
63. In and Out of Love
64. Instinctual
65. So Good So Right
66. Flashback
67. Music and Lights
68. Give Into Love
69. In the Heat of the Night
70. Megamix (Edited Version) Just An Illusion/Music and Lights/So Good So Right/Flashback
71. Work
72. I Like It
73. The Best of My Life
74. Ooh Aah
75. Loving Tight
76. Fascination of the Physical [12" Version]
77. The Night We Loved
78. I Can't Wait
79. Private Hearts
80. Call on Me
81. Sensuality
82. Now Is the Time
83. The Thin Line
84. Embraceable You
85. Feel My Spirit
86. Someone to Watch Over Me
87. Jazzamatazz
88. Flamingo Blue
89. U Never Know
90. Small World
91. Strange Fruit
92. Jazzamatazz (Funk Version)
93. Now Is the Time (C'est Le Moment) ^1
94. Leee John Medley By Symix: Passion/Mighty Power of Love/Love Me Like You Do/Call on Me/Pearls ^1
95. Just An Illusion (21st Century Mix) ^1
96. Just An Illusion (Dero's Mix) ^1
97. I Can C 4 Miles ^1
98. Everybody Wakeup (Soul Version) ^1
99. Slippin' Slowly ^1
100. Mind, Body and Soul (Funk Version) ^1
101. Come on Over ^1
102. Fool in Love ^1
103. Alone Again ^1
104. Groove Thing ^1
105. Utopia ^1
106. Secrets ^1
107. Fantasia ^1
108. Solitude ^1
109. Do It Right Now ^1
110. Hello Goodbye ^1
111. Tell Her Love Has Felt the Need ^1
112. Highway to Hell ^1
113. Brighter Day ^1
114. Make Your Mind Up ^1
115. The Best I Could ^1
116. Visions ^1
117. Just An Illusion (21st Century Version) - Remastered ^1
118. Krash (All Night Long) (New Radio Mix) ^1
119. Police and Thieves ^1
120. The Truth (Alternative Version) ^1
121. Instinctual [Dave Morales Mix Edit] ^1
122. For Members Only [7" Mix] ^1
123. I Know What Love Is [7" Version] ^1
124. The Last Time [Special DJ Edit of the Cool Sax Remix] ^1
125. (Wanna Get) Over [LP with Horns] ^1
126. Instinctual [Dave Morales Mix - Def Vocal Mix] ^1
127. Who (Tell Me Who) [A-Side with Solo] ^1
128. The Last Time [The Long Cool Mix] ^1
129. For Members Only [12" Mix] ^1
130. Hold Me in Your Arms [12" Master] ^1
131. I Know What Love Is [The Philadelphia After Dark Mix] ^1
132. Instinctual [Def Groove Mix] ^1
133. One Day I Found Me ^1
134. Paranoia [12" Mix] ^1
135. The Last Time [The Cool Sax Remix] ^1
136. Instinctual [Dave Morales Mix - Stink Mix] ^1
137. The Key (Only You) (Imagination) ^1
138. Give Into Love - Dub Version (Leee John ; Adam Pendse) ^1
139. Fly (Imagination) ^1
140. In the Heat of the Night - Alt Version (Imagination) ^1
141. Changing Times (Leee John ; Sinitta) ^1
142. Gyration (Imagination) ^1
143. Casualty (Leee John) ^1
144. Daydreamer (Leee John) ^1
145. Two of a Kind (Leee John) ^1
146. Keep a Lite (Leee John) ^1
147. Make Your Mind Up - Original Version Demo (Leee John) ^1
148. Are You Ready (Leee John) ^1
149. Ay Ay [Version 1] (Leee John Ft Ezzy) ^1
150. Best of My Love (Leee John) ^1
151. Cherish (Leee John) ^1
152. Turn It Out (Leee John) ^1
153. When Love Calls (Leee John) ^1
154. New Dimension [Alternative Chorus "In a Mans World"] (Imagination) ^1
155. Looking at Midnight [Alternative Mix] (Imagination) ^1
156. Heart 'N' Soul [Alternative Vocal Version Mix] (Imagination) ^1
157. Passion [Original Leee John Vocal] (Imagination Ft Leee John) ^1
158. Passion [Duet English/French Version] (Imagination Ft Leee John and Mourad) ^1
159. Passion [Deevious Mix By Dee Vaz] Duet English/French Version (Imagination Ft Leee John and Mourad) ^1
160. Passion [Tefa French Rap] Duet English/French Version] (Imagination Ft Leee John and Mourad) ^1
161. Too Late (Leee John) ^1
162. Notorious [Original Demo Became 'Wrong in Love' from 'Scandalous'] (Imagination) ^1
163. Happiness [Original Demo Which Became 'One More Love'] (Imagination) ^1
164. Going Round in Circles [Demo] (Imagination) ^1
165. Halfway to Paradise [Demo Which Became 'So Good, So Right'] (Imagination) ^1
166. Stop, Look ; Listen (Leee John) ^1
167. Some People (Leee John) ^1
168. Tell Me Do You Want My Love [Live Circa 1984] ^1
169. Found My Girl [Live Leeds 1985] ^1
170. Shoo Be Doo Da Dabba Doobee [Live UK Circa 1985] ^1
171. Thank You My Love Live UK Circa 1986] ^1
172. Heart 'N' Soul [Live Leeds Circa 1986] ^1
173. We Turn the World -PT 1/ PT 2 [Live, Leningrad Russia Circa 1989/90] ^1
174. In and Out of Love - Reggae [Live, Russia 1989/90] ^1
175. Love's Takin Over [Live, Russia] ^1
176. Body Talk [Live, Russia] ^1
177. Instinctual [Live, Russia] ^1
178. Slippin' Slowly [Live UK Circa 1999] (Leee John) ^1
179. New Dimension [Us Remix Edit] (Imagination) ^1
180. State of Love (Imagination) ^1
181. Body and Soul (Imagination) ^1
182. Thank You My Love (Imagination) ^1
183. Last Days of Summer (Imagination) ^1
184. Changes (Dimitri from Paris Is Nightdubbin' Remix) ^1
185. The Best of My Life [12" Re-Edit] ^1
186. No More Lies (Nelson Leeroy Ft. Leee John of Imagination) ^1
187. Do It Right Now [Victor Simonelli Remix] (Imagination Featuring Leee John) ^1
188. Burnin' Up [New Vocal Extended Mix] (Leee John) ^1
189. Solitude [Dario Caminita Long Edit] (Leee John of Imagination Feat. Jorge Vercillo)

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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 1981. 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 numerous Platinum, 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 RETROPIA.  "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. LEEE JOHN continues to sell-out shows around the world and also featured in The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations!
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