Exact reproduction of the original LP, now on 180-gram vinyl
A remastered collection of the best songs of John Lennon
If John Lennon had only been one of the four members of the Beatles, his artistic immortality would already have been assured. But it was only after the breakup of the Beatles in 1970 that the figure the world now recognizes as John Lennon truly came into being. Plastic Ono Band (1970), the first solo album he made after leaving the group, alternates emotionally raw songs with songs of extraordinary beauty and simplicity while on his next album, Imagine (1971), Lennon felt confident enough to reintroduce some melodic elements reminiscent of the Beatles into his songs.
From there Lennon turned to a style that was a sort of journalistic agit-prop. Sometime In New York City (1972) is as outward-looking and blunt as Imagine was soft-focused and otherworldly. He and Ono split up in the fall of 1973, shortly before the release of his album, Mind Games. He moved to Los Angeles and later described the 18 months he spent separated from Ono as his "lost weekend," a period of wild indulgence and artistic drift. Like Mind Games, the albums he made during this period, Walls and Bridges (1974) and Rock N Roll (1975), are the expressions of a major artist seeking to recover his voice.
Issued in October 1975, Shaved Fish is John Lennon's last for Apple Records, an 11-track collection of his solo singles and the only compilation of non-Beatles material released during his lifetime. Whereas popular singles like "Imagine," "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night," and "Mind Games," were pulled directly from the aforementioned studio releases, five of the tracks featured on Shaved Fish hadn't appeared on an album prior including "Give Peace a Chance," "Cold Turkey," "Instant Karma!," "Power to the People," and "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)."
|Give Peace a Chance|
|Power to the People|
|Woman Is the Nigger of the World|
|Whatever Gets You Thru the Night|
|Happy Xmas (War Is over)|
|Give Peace a Chance (Reprise)|