Instant Karma! / Who Has Seen The Wind? 7″ Single

 

UK Release Date 6 February 1970
UK Catalogue Number Apple APPLES 1003
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 9
Peak UK Chart Position 5
Lowest Matrix Numbers APPLES 1003 A-1 / APPLES 1001 B-1U

 

Released on 6 February 1970 in the UK and two weeks later on 20 February 1970 in the US, Instant Karma, released as Instant Karma (We All Shine On) in the US, peaked at number 5 in the UK charts where it spent two weeks during a nine week stay whilst it managed to climb to number 3 in the US charts where it became the first Beatle solo single to sell over one million copies. It was credited to Lennon/Ono And The Plastic Ono Band who, on this occasion, were John, Yoko, George Harrison, Klaus Voorman, Alan White, Billy Preston and Mal Evans and, for the chorus, the producer, Phil Spector, and a group of patrons from a nearby nightclub!

On 27 January 1970, John woke up with the makings of the song in his head and finished writing it within the hour. He then got the band together and recorded and mixed it that night at Abbey Road. Only ten days later it was in the shops, making it one of the fastest released singles in history! As John put it “I wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch, and we’re putting it out for dinner”.

To promote the single John became the first Beatle since 1966 to appear on Top Of The Pops in the UK. On 11 February 1970 he taped two slightly different performances for the show which were then aired on 12 February and 19 February.

Details of the 3 different copies I own are shown below

First Press, Solid Centre

The pictures below are of my solid centre first press copy which has the matrix numbers APPLES 1003 A-1 and APPLES 1003 B-1U and also has a KT tax code in the run off. The KT tax code is also very noticable on the label centre on the B side. Note that on the left of the label it says “produced” Phil Spector and “Northern Songs Ltd”. The record is in very good to excellent condition, just some occasional very light crackle on the B side which, to be fair, is a very quiet track. The original picture sleeve is in very good condition, just some light wear at the opening, some ringwear and some minor discolouration.

Estimated Value : £5 – £10

 

First Press, Push Out Centre

The pictures below are of my push out centre first press copy that has the matrix numbers APPLES 1003 A-1 and APPLES 1003 B-1U and also has a KT tax code in the run off. The KT tax code is not on the label centre on the B side this time. The label is the same as copy #1 in that on the left it says “produced” Phil Spector and “Northern Songs Ltd”. The record is in very good to excellent condition, just some occasional very light crackle on the quiet B side. The original picture sleeve is in good to very good condition, it has wear at the opening, some ringwear and some minor staining/discolouration.

Estimated Value : £5 – £10

 

Second Press, Solid Centre

The pictures below are of my solid centre later (though not by much) press which has the matrix numbers APPLES 1003 A-1 and APPLES 1003 B-1U and also has a KT tax code in the run off. The KT tax code is no longer on the label centre on the B side. Note that on the left of the label this time it says “produced by” Phil Spector and “Northern Songs. NCB”. The record is in very good to excellent condition, just some occasional very light crackle on the quiet B side. The original picture sleeve is in very good condition, just some wear at the opening, some ringwear and some minor discolouration. It also has a 1″ split at the bottom where the record has rubbed.

Estimated Value : £5 – £10

 

 

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