Shake It

by Imagination

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Order the brand new anniversary issue on double vinyl with gatefold sleeve and lyric insert. Remastered from original studio tapes. Includes 3 bonus tracks (vinyl only).

    Includes unlimited streaming of Shake It via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 2 days

      €23.90 EUR

     

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      €7.90 EUR

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Order the brand new anniversary issue on double vinyl with gatefold sleeve PLUS the recently released LP “It's Hard To Get In The Showbiz” by Upstairs. Two German AOR classics!

    Includes unlimited streaming of Shake It via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 2 days

      €40.90 EUR

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Order the brand new anniversary issue on double vinyl with gatefold sleeve PLUS the recently released Imagination LP “I’m Always Right – The WDR Tapes 1977”. Both albums were remastered from original studio tapes. (Additionally contains digital download code for “I’m Always Right”.)

    Includes unlimited streaming of Shake It via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 2 days

      €41.90 EUR

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Order the brand new anniversary issue on double vinyl with gatefold sleeve PLUS an original vintage poster from 1980 (still with an old address of an old music shop which can be cut off (see second image). Poster will be shipped folded (picture frame NOT included).

    Includes unlimited streaming of Shake It via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 2 days

      €29.90 EUR

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Order the brand new anniversary issue on double vinyl with gatefold sleeve plus an original vintage poster from 1980 which is AUTOGRAPHED by four original band members! Poster will be shipped folded.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Shake It via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 2 days

      €34.90 EUR

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    These copies are the best hand selected ones from a pile of backstock copies found in the former manager’s attic. We have checked every copy under strong light. Even though these are the best ones and certainly are unplayed they are not perfect, there may be very minor surface wear from storage and light stock staining on the vinyl or label, which may in some cases cause a few noises. The covers are basically mint, possibly with minimal wear or aging.
    Note: If you have purchased a reissue from us via Bandcamp or Discogs before you will be refunded with 4 Euro, please sent us a message after your purchase.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Shake It via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 2 days

      €57.90 EUR

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    These original copies have a bit more stock staining than those in near mint. They currently could be graded vg+ to excellent. After a wash they may be excellent, close to near mint. There are no scratches, though surface wear from storage is possible. The covers may have light wear, but still could be graded excellent to near mint.
    Note: If you have purchased a reissue 2LP issue from us via Bandcamp or Discogs before you will be refunded with 3 Euro, please sent us a message after your purchase.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Shake It via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 2 days

      €42.90 EUR

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    These copies are the best hand selected ones from a pile of backstock copies found in the former manager’s attic. This special offer come with an original vintage poster, signed by all band members (except Roger Mork, RIP). Please note: The current picture on bandcamp does not show the autographs yet. Poster will be shipped folded.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Shake It via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days

      €67.90 EUR

     

  • Shake It 2LP + Demo Tape
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Order the brand new anniversary issue on double vinyl with gatefold sleeve and lyric insert. Remastered from original studio tapes. Includes 3 bonus tracks (vinyl only).
    The cassette “Unreleased Demos” includes 6 tracks in total and is limited to 25 hand numbered copies. It features unique art and the cassette itself is yellow.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Shake It via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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  • Unique Double Vinyl Test Pressing w/ Alternative Cut - ONLY 5 COPIES MADE!
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    LAST COPY!! Read carefully: This is not only a rare test pressing - this test pressing is also UNIQUE! Why? Because this is an ALTERNATIVE CUT! It will feature the same songs as the final item but sides A to C are cut with extra low distortion. This means this pressing will be a bit quieter than the regular one. But if you are an audiophile rather than a DJ this one will be for you!

    Includes unlimited streaming of Shake It via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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  • Shake It 2LP + Demo Tape + Vintage Poster
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    SORRY FOR THE UPDATED PRICE! THIS INCLUDES THE VERY LAST COPY OF THE TAPES, #10 of 25!! Poster will be SIGNED for this last set!!
    Order the brand new anniversary issue on double vinyl with gatefold sleeve PLUS the very limited cassette PLUS an original vintage poster from 1980.
    The cassette “Unreleased Demos” includes 6 tracks in total and is limited to 25 hand numbered copies. It features unique art and the cassette itself is yellow.
    The poster is still with an old address of an old music shop which can be cut off (see third image). Poster will be shipped folded (picture frame NOT included).

    Includes unlimited streaming of Shake It via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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about

We are proud to present the official 40-year anniversary issue of Imagination’s debut album Shake It. Remastered from original tapes, this deluxe edition is a double vinyl LP with gatefold sleeve, featuring a newly available lyric insert.

Shake It covers a diverse spectrum of styles and sounds, all combining to a unique soulful amalgam that ranges from sunshine AOR funk (“Mornin’ Lights”) and leftfield disco (“Strawberry Wine”) to psychy, epic, downtempo, vocoder grooves (“Can’t Stand Without You”) and much more. Originally released in 1980, it fast became one of Germany's most collectible privately-pressed LPs.

Shake It was the creation of young thoroughbreds working hard on becoming professional musicians, trying to take their next big step in the music business. Starting out as a pure jazz-rock combo in the mid '70s (as we hear on the recently released lost studio tapes, I'm Always Right (The WDR Tapes 1977)) Imagination left behind their instrumental roots, incorporating new musical trends and styles.

Uwe Ziss, their saxophonist and flutist, became one of two lead singers in Imagination. He would be joined by the younger Roger Mork, a student of original guitarist Willi Hövelmann, around 1979. Roger's voice would best be heard on the aforementioned "Mornin’ Lights", one of the various standout tracks on Shake It. However, there is much more that this album offers.

There are brilliant soulful soft rock ballads like “Clouds Flee Before The Wind” and “Waitin for your Call” or the catchy “California” song that switches from a dreamy Westcoast sound (as the title implies) to danceable rhythm & blues with equal ease. Last but not least, we have unearthed three unissued bonus cuts. On one, the demo take of “Clouds Flee Before The Wind”, we hear, for the first time ever, the original refrain of this song, which, for some strange reason, was taken out from the final mix on Shake It.

When all eight original songs were recorded and mastered in June, at the well-equipped West Aix-La-Chapelle studio, the stage was set for Imagination’s long-desired career push. They'd initially press about 2500 copies of Shake It selling it mainly, locally, directly to their hometown fanbase in Düsseldorf. Meanwhile, their manager would attempt to arrange a record deal with a music label. Unfortunately, this became more difficult than expected. Negotiations with a smaller publishing company were made by Imagination, and Shake It was repressed on Nash Records in 1981 without their consent, under the false promises of a nationwide promotional tour which would never come to fruition. At the same time, the group would face a UK band under the same name achieving mainstream success, making it difficult (not to say entirely impossible) to perform as "Imagination". Though the band would remain active after Shake It, they'd split shortly after Nash's duplicitous reissue hit store shelves.

Luckily, through time, Shake It itself has remained worthwhile, creatively, for those who stumbled upon it and financially, too, becoming quite the sought after gem in record collecting circles. This deluxe anniversary double vinyl issue makes the LP available once again at a far more reasonable price, featuring the original, illustrious, eye-catching, Roy Lichtenstein-influenced banana art, as well as previously unavailable press pictures and more.

credits

released July 17, 2020

All music composed and arranged by IMAGINATION
Recorded and mastered at Studio West Aix-La-
Chapelle June 1980. Engineered by Rainer Rutow ·
Produced by Gerd Hansen and IMAGINATION ·
Cover Design by Ulli Klaas. Additonal Layout by John Raincoatman.

Re-Issue Production by John Raincoatman ·
Recorded and remastered from original tapes by by Frederic Stader ·
Published by EQX-Music Publishing under exclusive licence from Imagination.

Contact:
info (at) e-q-x.net
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