1975 Made in UK
"Shaved Fish" is the first compilation album by John Lennon, released in 1975.
The compilation includes many of Lennon's most popular solo recordings, some never before included on an album.
The name of the album originates from the Japanese food katsuobushi, a kind of dried fish.
The 1975 album "Shaved Fish" by John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band is a compilation album that features a selection of Lennon's solo works up until that point. It was released in the United Kingdom and includes tracks from his previous albums, such as "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band" and "Imagine", as well as some non-album singles.
"Shaved Fish" showcases Lennon's evolution as a solo artist after the breakup of The Beatles. The album opens with the politically charged anthem "Give Peace a Chance", which became a popular anti-war anthem during the late 1960s. Other notable tracks on the album include "Cold Turkey", a raw and intense song about Lennon's struggle with heroin addiction, and "Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)", a catchy and optimistic tune with a strong message of unity.
The compilation also includes songs that reflect Lennon's introspective and personal side. Tracks like "Mother" delve into themes of loneliness, identity, and Lennon's complex relationship with his parents. The emotional intensity and vulnerability of these songs resonated with many listeners and showcased Lennon's ability to write deeply personal and introspective lyrics.
"Shaved Fish" received positive reviews from critics and was well-received by fans. The album not only highlights Lennon's musical talent but also showcases his growth as a solo artist and his continued dedication to promoting peace and social justice through his music.
Lennon was a fan of Japanese culture and food, and he often used Japanese words and phrases in his songs. The name "Shaved Fish" is a play on the word "shaved" (as in "shaved ice"), which is a popular Japanese dessert. It is also a reference to the fact that the album contains a variety of different songs, just like a shaved ice cone can contain a variety of different flavors.
The name "Shaved Fish" is also a metaphor for Lennon's own life. He was a complex and multifaceted individual, and his music reflected this. The album is a collection of Lennon's most popular songs, but it also shows the range of his musical interests and talents
Music Genre:Progressive Rock
Artwork:Art Direction: Roy Kohara. Illustrations: Michael Bryan
Album Packaging / Information:Original custom inner sleeve with album details, lyrics of John Lennon's songs.
Record Label Information:Apple PCS 7173 / Yex 949
Media Format:12" LP Vinyl Gramophone Record
Year and Country:1975 Made in UK
Track Listing of: John Lennon & Plastic Ono Band - Shaved Fish
|Photo of Album's Back Cover
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