|previously released material|
|Released on October 24, 1975|
|UK CHART POSITION #8 . . . US CHART POSITION #12 . . . PLATINUM RECORD|
|Find it at GEMM|
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G eorge loved God, Paul loved Linda, Ringo loved a good time and John loved a good fight. As Apple was nearing the end, they fired everything they had: greatest hits from John and Ringo that collected all of the hits and hard-to-find singles on a single elpee. Blast From Your Past was a blast all right, but Shaved Fish gave us food for thought. Just take a look at the cover: a naked, hooded woman attacked by lipstick missiles; a tearful John dressed as his mother; John with eight eyes, a face growing out of his head, a face disappearing in ever-present clouds. A mind unchained, an individual locked in the human condition, this was the enigma of John Lennon. The songs on Shaved Fish are nothing if not enigmatic. Enjoyable? Sure, some of the time. But more often uncomfortable. They played “A Dose of Rock ‘N’ Roll” on the radio all the time. The radio stations didn’t play “Mother” or “Cold Turkey” or “Woman Is The Nigger of the World.” That last song, incidentally, might be just about the best thing he’s ever written since The Beatles, barring maybe “Instant Karma.” Of course, Shaved Fish is nothing more than holiday product released by a withering Apple. But it’s also the single-best representation of John Lennon’s difficult muse up to this point. Unfortunately, it would be followed by five silent-as-snow years. Speaking of silence, to honor an old debt, here’s a look at what a 1972 Beatles album might have looked like: Hi Hi Hi / Woman is the Nigger of the World / Back Off Boogaloo / Give Ireland Back to the Irish / While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Live) / Wild Life / C Moon / John Sinclair / Here Comes the Sun (Live) / Happy Xmas (War Is Over). They don’t usually shake out as well as you’d think.
|SW-3421 back cover||SW-3421 lyric sleeve|
Roy Kohara -- art direction/design
Michael Bryan -- illustrations
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK||October 24, 1975||Apple||LP/CS/8T||PCS/TCPCS/8XPCS 7173||lyric sleeve|
|US/CAN||October 24, 1975||Apple||LP||SW-3421||lyric sleeve|
|BRA||1975||Apple||LP||31C 066 0598|
|GER||1975||Apple||LP||1C 062 05987||lyric sleeve|
|US/CAN||1978||Capitol||LP||SW-3421||lyric sleeve, purple label|
|US||1983||Capitol||LP||SW-3421||lyric sleeve, black/rainbow label|
|UK||1987?||EMI||CD||CDP 7 46642|
|US||January 1, 1988||Capitol||CD/CS||46642|
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