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Blueprint for a Sunrise

Yoko OnoAudio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 9, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00005QHQ0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,516 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Want You To Remember Me 'A'
2. I Want You To Remember Me 'B'
3. 'Is This What We Do'
4. Wouldnit 'Swing'
5. Soul Got Out Of The Box
6. Rising II
7. It's Time For Action!
8. I'm Not Getting Enough
9. Mulberry
10. 'I Remember Everything'
11. Are You Looking For Me?

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Consider Yoko Ono's historical plight: is she a pioneering musical avant-gardist or a pretentious opportunist? But if Ono is concerned about that disparate legacy, there's little evidence on this 2001 release. Indeed, 30 years of history be damned, the Ono of Blueprint still seems consumed by agit- prop feminism and instinctive angst. The pulsing two-part soundscape "I Want You to Remember Me" descends from threatening dialog in its first act to harrowing violence in the second. If there are frequent bowings to more traditional song forms (the playful, star-struck pop of "Wouldnit 'Swing'," "Is This What We Do"'s Spanish-inflected boomer rock, the Caribbean rhythms of "I'm Not Getting Enough"), their rhetoric generally leaves little doubt that woman is still the nigger of Ono's world. While her late husband's influence can be felt on the spare "Soul Got out of the Box" and the anthemic "I Remember Everything," the epic live improvisatory workouts "Rising II" and "Mulberry" that consume nearly half the album pay ample tribute to Ono's own provocative musical impulses. And while her id-clearing screeches and tortuous throat-warbling are trademarks claimed as inspiration by the B-52's and others, they won't do much to dissuade cynics convinced the artist owes at least some small debt to the Looney Tunes sound effects department. Let the debate begin. --Jerry McCulley

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Considered valuable collectors' items because produced in smaller quantity than releases made available to the general public. It is "new" - it was never played. It arrived from the record label without shrink wrap. Shrink wrap is not on any copies that are sent within the entertainment industry directly to broadcasters such as radio & television stations, and to tastemakers, such as DJs and music journalists.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody brilliant!! April 11, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Yoko Ono has been laughed at for the past 30+ years. Why? Because she dared to be different. She's now 69, I'm 17, and I absolutely love her!! "Blueprint For A Sunrise" is an album of treasures. From the very beginning, I knew this was going to be a magnificent CD. "I Want You To Remember Me" Parts A & B are haunting and outstanding! Other standout tracks include the stunning "It's Time For Action!", the sweet "I Remember Everything", and the gorgeous "Are You Looking For Me?" Live recorded tracks include "Rising II" and "Mulberry", both of which are incredible! All in all, "Blueprint For A Sunrise" is a must-have for all serious music aficionados. It's time Yoko received the praise she truly deserves!!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what it is!... September 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD
And that means good! The reason certain so-called "critics" don't get it is because they're reviewing it for something it isn't supposed to be or trying to be in the first place. If one just listens to it like it's one woman's personal message to them, it will effect them so much more rightly than if they try to think of what the stupid radio would do with it...
This is not meant for radio. It is not meant for anything other than what it is, which is, as said, Yoko's personal message to every individual person.
Here, she expels her thoughts on the the treatment of women, but without coming off as though she has some kind of political agenda...one truly can sense that she cares about these issues, and is Not suggesting female superiority, or being trite, and one finds onesself agreeing with it after listening to it as though it were the first time they had ever heard this message.
It also contains a very touching tribute to John...(how can one not cry?)
Sean plays guitar on the songs, and also it contains some tracks that were from live performances, such as Mulberry, where Sean's guitar~work is amazing!
And I tell you! The woman's voice and ability to transmit all sorts of emotions through it has never changed a bit! It's amazing. Oh yeah; she's a senior citizen and shows no signs of it. Go Yoko! ;-)
Her ability to keep being honest is striking...
Yeah...this one is something special, and you'll know what I mean if you buy it, so do! It is quite astounding..
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece! October 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Bloody marvelous!! In my view, this tops Dylan's "Love & Theft" for album of the year honors. Once again, Ima's backing is stellar throughout, and seems to have even gotten tighter since her last disc. As track 7 is entitled, It's Time for Action! ... so buy this album now!
Here's hoping that Yoko decides to tour in support of this album too. I saw her backed by Ima, at the Park West in Chicago, during her Rising tour. It was one of the most profound musical experiences I have ever had the privilege to experience. It sure would be great to experience her type of positive energy in a live setting once again, especially since the world is in such a dark state right now.
Peace!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary, riveting, and optimistic--but not for everyone October 13, 2001
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Either you like Yoko or you hate her, and BLUEPRINT FOR A SUNRISE will not change anyone's mind either way. This is one of Yoko's most eclectic works, with two live cuts ("Rising II" and "Mulberry", recorded in New York in 1997), a song originally written in 1973 ("Soul Got Out Of The Box"), a remake of "Wouldnit" from RISING with a new arrangement, a bit of reggae ("I'm Not Getting Enough", which sounds like a Bob Marley tune musically), some hard funk with chanting in 16 languages ("It's Time For Action", my favorite on the record), a ballad to John ("I Remember Everything") and yes, some vocal gymnastics that most people hate ("Mulberry", "Rising II", "I Want You To Remember Me"). Yoko throws in plenty of samples from past work, too, especially on the final number, "Are You Looking For Me?", which includes bits from "Greenfield Morning" and "The Path" which are fascinating. Sean and IMA again provide backing, which is excellent; Sean sounds just as far-out on guitar as his dad on "Mulberry", originally recorded by John & Yoko in 1968 (available on UNFINISHED MUSIC #2 as a bonus track). Plus, there are a few guest musicians on weird, wonderful things like electric harp. Some of the early numbers concentrate on the abuse of women; "I Want You To Remember Me" is particularly chilling, with an account of a woman being murdered by her lover. It can be a bit hard to take, but it's certainly challenging and exciting music, especially from a 68-year-old woman! Overall, if you love Yoko, you will love this album. If not...there's always something nice and safe, like Wings.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yoko's Rising again October 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
"Blueprint for a Sunrise" is another superior album from this wonderfully inspiring artist. This is certainly not a commercial effort on Yoko's part. Then again, when has she ever been? If you are a Yoko fan, this album is like having "Rising" and "Feeling the space" melded together.
Yoko is communicating some powerful messages in songs such as "I want you to remember me" (in which Yoko takes a sample from the song "Coffin Car") and faces female issues in "Is this what we do". One song that I think is the best (and has a fantastic backbeat & samples a guitar lick from the 1972 song "Kite") is "It's time for action". It's Yoko at her best telling/yelling to "get a life!" and "Stay alive!".
"Rising II" is a live track of the original from 1995, BUT it is very different vocally - Yoko speaks to us in Japanese and lets out a laugh that really freaked out my friends. Not me though. I'm used to Yoko sounding different!
With all of the messages of hope and survival Yoko Ono brings to us with this effort, I can say that I was very pleased to have the song "I remember everything" close out the album. I don't know about you, but I needed to hear about John on this album and the song delivers it. You're going to like this album alot. Vocally, The Double Fantasy album kept popping up in my head with this album for some reason. I'm glad Yoko is going into the studio at 68 years young and I hope she continues her insprirational and mind train - like music.
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A disclaimer up front – I purchased this album for its potential comedic benefits during my long driving commutes to work. In that regard, it delivered spectacularly. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ray Romanowski
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a decent worthwhile album to have
The CD case arrived broken and there was no film wrapping on the CD case but taking a closer I can confirm CD was new with no marks at all on the actual disc. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This album-like all of Yoko Ono's albums-is great. People trash her, but those that trash her, either do not understand her music, or they've never actually listened to any of... Read more
Published on November 15, 2005 by VD2400
4.0 out of 5 stars When's the next one coming?
Let's face it, those minions who bash Yoko out there are either chauvanists or bigots--take your pick. Read more
Published on August 26, 2005 by Tad Nastic
1.0 out of 5 stars My cat likes it
I played several samples of this CD on my computer while visiting the Amazon website and my male cat started meowing along. Read more
Published on November 29, 2004 by fattuchus
5.0 out of 5 stars an artist in her own right
Ono had classical music training (in both voice and piano) in Japan, and then she rebelled against that (but it stuck with her anyway) when she joined the avant garde art movement... Read more
Published on January 15, 2004 by Elizabeth Caudy
5.0 out of 5 stars THE WORLDVIEW OF AN ICONOCLAST
Like fine wine it seems that Yoko Ono get's better with age. In the 21'st Century we find Yoko continuing here internal and external dialogue. Read more
Published on December 31, 2003 by DARRIN SMITH
5.0 out of 5 stars YOKO is THE artist
There has always been new wave and old wave, yes, I am using some old quote there...but...this album proves once again that Yoko Ono has always been the first lady of rock. Read more
Published on December 19, 2003 by madwolf@home.com
5.0 out of 5 stars I AM SHOCKED
I cannot believe Amazon.com would let Jerry McCulley use the word 'ni99er' in his editorial for this CD.
Published on December 12, 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Made me wish I was deaf
I was in a store and this CD was playing, and I immediately wanted to rip my ears off. If Yoko didn't have John Lennon as her meal ticket, she would be hunting for food in a... Read more
Published on December 10, 2003
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