1818 Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)
Produced by Phil Spector
(track 2 by John Lennon)
Released on February 20, 1970
UK CHART POSITION #5 . . . US CHART POSITION #3 (charted Feb. 28, 1970 for 13 weeks) . . . GOLD RECORD (12/14/70)
Find it at GEMM
1818 wo. picture sleeve
[high resolution scan]
 

A fter four albums and two singles, John and Yoko finally got serious. “Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)” is the first work from the pair that actually holds up against the legacy of The Beatles. No hippy chants, no primal scream therapy, this single taps into the wonderful vibe of “All You Need Is Love” (okay, in a sense so did “Give Peace A Chance”) and delivers the goods with a genuine pop song. I’m still apt to hum this in the supermarket; in fact, I suspect the Great Creator of All Things (if given to an absent-minded mood) would hum this song too. Yoko Ono Lennon (the pair had combined their last names after their marriage) delivers a lovely, complementary song on the B side, “Who Has Seen The Wind?” With flute and harpsichord accompaniment, it’s a nearly beguiling number that shows Yoko on her best behavior. There’s a little more on “Instant Karma!” available on Songfacts too.

TRACK LISTING

  1. INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON)    (John Lennon)    3:18
  2. WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND?    (Yoko Ono)    2:02

    1992 7-inch track listing
  3. INSTANT KARMA!
  4. OH MY LOVE

    1992 CD single track listing
  5. INSTANT KARMA!
  6. OH MY LOVE
  7. MOTHER
  8. BLESS YOU

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/GRC February 20, 1970 Apple 7" 1003  
US February 20, 1970 Apple 7" 1818 picture sleeve
US 1970 Apple 7PRO 1818 feat. A side only
FRA 1970? Apple 7" C006 91149M picture sleeve
JPN 1970? EMI/Odeon 7" EAS-17122 picture sleeve
GER/NET 1992 EMI 7" 880044 see 1992 7" listing
AUS'L/NET 1992 EMI CDS 880044 see 1992 CDS listing

 

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