May 29, 2009

"Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)"

Oh, the crazy b*stard. Phil Spector was today sentenced to 19 years in prison. He won't be eligible for parole until he is 88-years-old. That's a long time to go without one's wig collection.

18 year old Phil Spector

Not that I condone (at all) what he was found guilty of doing, but he was a great, innovative, and massively influential record producer. The world would not have had a Pet Sounds (1966) without him, for example. His "Wall of Sound" is legendary, and unfortunately, could not protect him from this terrible fate. One of my favorite things he did was John Lennon's third single as a solo artist, "Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)" (1970). Other than "#9 Dream," it may be my favorite post-Beatles Lennon tune. The slapback echo on Lennon's voice is (as usual) awesome. George (Harrison) and Billy Preston play on this, with Mal Evans doing chimes and hand claps (on the original, studio recording, not the video in this post). This video is the TV performance John and the Plastic Ono Band did on Top of the Pops where Yoko sits, blindfolded, on a stool the entire time, so it's got that going for it too...

8 comments:

Gunnar and Sherry said...

I always loved Alan White's drumming in this song. Really great. I think that's him in the video with Klaus and Mal Evans, but do you know who the other bass player is with the hat? Funny how there are two basses and no guitar.

Chris said...

Yep, the drumming (and slapback echo on that too) is really good. I don't know who the other guy playing bass is. That is strange how they have two bass players. It's sort of like Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom."

Krista said...

Yoko, Oh No! :)

Chris said...

Yoko, bringin' da kwazy!

blueroc85 said...

Is Yoko Sewing blindfolded during this recording session?!Weird!

Chris said...

Yes, blueroc85, and is it just me, or does that blindfold look like a Maxipad??

Anonymous said...

The other bass player is the late Tommy Evans (no relation to Mal) from Badfinger

Wayne Garmon said...

Near the end of video, the man in black behind the bass player is taking pics!!