Saturday, March 19, 2016

Yoko Ono - 1981 - Season Of Glass

Yoko Ono 
Season Of Glass

01. Goodbye Sadness 3:49
02. Mindweaver 4:23
03. Even When You're Far Away 5:20
04. Nobody Sees Me Like You Do 3:33
05. Turn Of The Wheel 2:43
06. Dogtown 3:23
07. Silver Horse 3:03
08. I Don't Know Why 4:17
09. Extension 33 2:45
10. No, No, No 2:44
11. Will You Touch Me 2:37
12. She Gets Down On Her Knees 4:14
13. Toyboat 3:32
14. Mother Of The Universe 4:26
Bonus Tracks
15. Walking On Thin Ice (Single Version)
16. I Don't Know Why (Previously Unreleased Version) 2:11

Baritone Saxophone – Ronnie Cuber
Bass – John Siegler (tracks: 2, 14), Tony Levin
Conductor – Anthony Davillo
Drums – Andrew Newmark
Guitar – Earl Slick, Hugh McCracken, Anthony Davillo (tracks: 10, 13)
Jew's Harp – Hugh McCracken (tracks: 6)
Keyboards – George Small, Anthony Davillo
Percussion – Arthur Jenkins, Jr., David Friedman
Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone – George "Young" Opalisky
Tenor Saxophone – Michael Brecker
Tuba – Howard Johnson
Vibraphone – David Friedman
Vocals ["a Little Story"] – Sean Ono Lennon
Vocals, Backing Vocals – Yoko Ono
Guitar, Keyboards – John Lennon(15)

Track 15 recorded at The Hit Factory, mixed at Record Plant, N.Y.C. 11/80 to 12/80.

Track 16 recorded at home on cassette, December 9, 1980.

I recall very clearly the day John was killed. I had been a Yoko fan from day one (a very rare being)- however besides the world's loss I also knew it was something horrific for her (I had also worked in the Dakota so it was a bit personal). When Yoko released "Walking On Thin Ice" and I read that they were mixing that the night of his murder I was chilled. That is a rock and roll masterpiece. The album, "Season Of Glass" was highly anticipated - the cover alone was almost a japanese haiku. The material within is still to this day remarkable for it's depth, power and relativity to not only the tragedy of John's murder but life itself. Yoko never sang as touchingly - granted - she usually shrieked. However here she is angry, hurt, pained, resigned and reflective. The power of "No, No, No,", the sorrow of "I Don't Know Why" and the utter beauty and thought behind "Goodbye Sadness" are outstanding. This is an overlooked masterpiece by an overlooked artist who happened to be married to one of the most famous and talented musician's in history. Linda McCartney? Rest in peace, but honey - she couldn't create music like this in a lifetime. Yoko's eulogy is apt for all.



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