Monday, February 27, 2017

Yoko Ono - Plastic Ono Band (Canadian Edition 1970) + Live Jam

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Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band is the avant-garde debut studio album by Yoko Ono. The album came after recording three experimental releases with John Lennon and a live album as a member of The Plastic Ono Band.

With the exception of "AOS", a 1968 live recording, the entire album was recorded in one afternoon in October 1970 during the John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band sessions at Ascot Sound Studios and Abbey Road Studios, using the same musicians and production team. 

Also recorded on this day were "Don't Worry Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking for Her Hand in the Snow)" which ended up on the next album Fly, and "Between the Takes" which was released on Fly's 1998 CD reissue. 

"Greenfield Morning I Pushed an Empty Baby Carriage All Over the City" was based around a sample from a discarded tape of George Harrison playing a sitar and a Ringo Starr drum break with an added echo effect plus Ono's vocals with a lyric referencing a miscarriage. Ono's vocalisations on tracks such as "Why" and "Why Not" mixed hetai, a Japanese vocal technique from kabuki theatre, with modern rock 'n roll and raw aggression influenced by the then-popular primal therapy that Lennon and Ono had been undertaking. 

According to Ono, the recording engineers were in the habit of turning off the recording equipment when she began to perform-- which is why, at the end of "Why", Lennon can be heard asking "Were you gettin' that?".

Initially on Apple Records, through EMI, Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band was released to considerable critical disdain in 1970, at a time when Ono was being widely blamed for disbanding The Beatles. Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band failed to chart in the UK but reached number 182 in the US. Notable exceptions were the estimations of Billboard who called it 'visionary' and critic Lester Bangs who supported it in Rolling Stone. More recently, the album has been credited (like those of The Velvet Underground) with having an influence, particularly on musicians, grossly disproportionate to its sales and visibility. Critic David Browne of Entertainment Weekly has credited the album with "launching a hundred or more female alternative rockers, like Kate Pierson & Cindy Wilson of the B-52s to current thrashers like L7 and Courtney Love of Hole".

The covers of Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band and John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band albums are nearly identical; Lennon pointed out the difference in their 1980 Playboy interview ("In Yoko's, she's leaning back on me; in mine, I'm leaning on her"). The photos were taken with a cheap Instamatic camera on the grounds of Tittenhurst Park (their home at the time) by actor Daniel Richter (as listed in the album's credits), who was working as their assistant.

01. Why 05:37 [An edited version became the B-side to Lennon's single "Mother"]
02. Why Not 09:55 [Excerpted in a 1980 RKO Radio tribute, featuring Lennon's last recorded interview]
03. Greenfield Morning... 05:38 [The title and lyrics come from Ono's book Grapefruit]
04. AOS 07:06 [Featuring Ornette Coleman, recorded on 29 February 1968, predating the rest of the material]
05. Touch Me 04:37 [Also selected as a B-side, to "Power to the People", replacing Ono's "Open Your Box" for the US market]
06. Paper Shoes 07:26 [Referenced by Lennon during the 1980 RKO interview]

Bonus Tracks
07. Open Your Box 07:35
08. Something More Abstract 00:44
09. Why (Extended Version) 08:40
10. The South Wind 16:41

Extra Bonus Live Material:
11. Cold Turkey 08:35
12. Don't Worry Kyoko 16:00
13. Well (Baby Please Don't Go) 04:40
14. Jamrag 05:36
15. Scumbag 06:07
16. AU 06:23

Part 1: Yoko 1
Part 2: Yoko 2
Part 1: Yoko 1
Part 2: Yoko 2
Part 1: Yoko 1
Part 2: Yoko 2


Anonymous said...

You're not going to mention that the band on the "live jam" bonus section is Frank Zappa and the Mothers? OK, then I will. Recorded Fillmore East, NYC June, 1971.

DuanesPoeTree said...

It looks like all the links to Yoko / Plastc Ono are dead. Is there any possibility of reviviing them?