Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: John Ono Lennon – Instant Karma


324 – John Ono Lennon with The Plastic Ono Band – Instant Karma (1970)
Written by John Lennon
Produced by Phil Spector
Label – Apple

Written, recorded and released in ten days, “Instant Karma” proves how urgent he needed to escape from The Beatles. Phil Spector came out of self imposed exile to produce a sound that was rooted in the 50s Sun Studio records. Alan White’s superb drum sound dominates, and the pulling together of a group of people from a nearby club to perform the euphoric chorus is a masterstroke. Melody Maker’s Chris Welch said, “Instant hit! John Lennon is singing better than ever. With a beautiful rock ‘n’ roll echo chamber on his mean but meaningful vocals and some superb drumming, it makes up the Plastics’ best piece of boogie yet.”

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