The format with the most content is a triple-disc set consisting of two CDs and a Blu-ray, as well as a 124-page hardback book, double-sided poster, two postcards, and a Gimme Some Truth bumper sticker.
One of the postcards is a replica of Lennon’s famous 1969 letter to the Queen with which he returned his MBE, “as a protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against ‘Cold Turkey’ slipping down the charts.”
The book was designed by Simon Hilton, the compilation producer and production manager of the Ultimate Collection series. It contains notes on each of the 36 songs in the words of John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and some of their collaborators on the songs through a selection of archive and new interviews. Photographs include Polaroids, film stills, letters, lyric sheets, tape boxes, artwork and other memorabilia.
John was a brilliant man with a great sense of humour and understanding. He believed in being truthful and that the power of the people will change the world. And it will. All of us have the responsibility to visualize a better world for ourselves and our children. The truth is what we create. It’s in our hands.
Gimme Some Truth book
The Blu-ray disc contains three sets of audio mixes: HD stereo audio (24 bit/96 kHz), HD 5.1 surround sound (24 bit/96 kHz), and HD Dolby Atmos mixes.
The most basic collection is a single CD containing 19 tracks: ‘Instant Karma!’, ‘Cold Turkey’, ‘Isolation’, ‘Power To The People’, ‘Imagine’, ‘Jealous Guy’, ‘Gimme Some Truth’, ‘Come Together’ (live), ‘#9 Dream’, ‘Mind Games’, ‘Whatever Gets You Thru The Night’, ‘Stand By Me’, ‘(Just Like) Starting Over’, ‘Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)’, ‘Watching the Wheels’, ‘Woman’, ‘Grow Old With Me’, ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’, and ‘Give Peace A Chance’.
For those not wanting the surround sound mixes, book and some of the other accoutrements, a double-disc set contains just the remixed 36 tracks, in a gatefold sleeve with a 20-page booklet and fold-out poster.
The smaller of two vinyl editions contains the same 19 tracks as the single-CD edition, spread over two LPs, plus an eight-page booklet, fold-out poster and bumper sticker.
The fuller four-disc vinyl collection contains all 36 remixed tracks, plus the eight-page booklet, fold-out poster, two postcards, and bumper sticker.