SW-3421 Shaved Fish
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Released on October 24, 1975
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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
SW-3421 back cover SW-3421 lyric sleeve


  1. MEDLEY: GIVE PEACE A CHANCE    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney) / COLD TURKEY    (John Lennon)    5:58
  2. INSTANT KARMA!    (John Lennon)    3:12
  3. POWER TO THE PEOPLE    (John Lennon)    3:07
  4. MOTHER    (John Lennon)    5:06
  5. WOMAN IS THE NIGGER OF THE WORLD    (John Lennon/Yoko Ono)    4:37
  6. IMAGINE    (John Lennon)    3:01
  7. WHATEVER GETS YOU THRU THE NIGHT    (John Lennon)    3:04
  8. MIND GAMES    (John Lennon)    4:12
  9. #9 DREAM    (John Lennon)    4:46
  10. MEDLEY: HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER)    (Yoko Ono/John Lennon) / GIVE PEACE A CHANCE (REPRISE)    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)    4:18


Roy Kohara -- art direction/design
Michael Bryan -- illustrations

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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
ARG 1975 Apple LP 9150  
AUS'L 1975 Apple/Parlophone LP/CS PCTC/TCPCTC-7173 lyric sleeve
BRA 1975 Apple LP 31C 066 0598  
GER 1975 Apple LP 1C 062 05987 lyric sleeve
YUG   Jugoton LP LSAP 73034  
US/CAN 1978 Capitol LP SW-3421 lyric sleeve, purple label
US 1983 Capitol LP SW-3421 lyric sleeve, black/rainbow label
GER 1983 Amiga LP 856 022  
UK     CD CDPCS 7173  
UK 1987? EMI CD CDP 7 46642  
US January 1, 1988 Capitol CD/CS 46642  
JPN 1988 EMI CD CP32-5453 lyric sleeve
JPN   EMI/Toshiba CD TOCP-65525  


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