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Fly Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Product Description

This 2 CD set is an out of print collectible! It is the 1997 release, in the slim double jewel case. Still sealed.

From the Label

Yoko's tonal poem soundscapes now shared space with the insightful lyrics and melodies of "Midsummer New York," "Mind Holes," and "O'Wind." The anguished cries of "Don't Worry Kyoko" and the searing "Hirake" top out the program.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Midsummer New York
  2. Mindtrain
  3. Mind Holes
  4. Don't Worry Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking For Her Hand In The Snow)
  5. Mrs. Lennon
  6. Hirake
  7. Toilet Piece/Unknown
  8. O'Wind (Body Is The Scar Of Your Mind)

Disc: 2

  1. Airmale
  2. Don't Count The Waves
  3. You
  4. Fly
  5. Telephone Piece
  6. Between The Takes
  7. Will You Touch Me

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 22, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B0000009RI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,582 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Spencer Owen on November 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes I think, "I just want to talk to someone who appreciates this." And then I get the mental reply that most people would give me: "Sorry, Lennon's dead." Many of the reviews I find hear support this claim. People seem to hold an awful lot of animosity towards Ms. Ono and her work. Maybe it's because, like one said, they've got this vengeance complex against her for "breaking up the Beatles." Or maybe it's something more innocent like not appreciating the avant garde or experimental (which I completely understand). I'd like now to lend a voice to the minority group of those in favor: This record and YOKO ONO/PLASTIC ONO BAND are unadulterated masterpieces to my ears. Ono and Lennon brought out the best in each other on these records. This stuff never gets tiresome to me. At the end of it all, I will have listened to these more often than I will have listened to IMAGINE and RUBBER SOUL combined. Wonderful. And I have no shame in saying I think so.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Lapins on October 21, 2000
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Disc one is less interesting to me than disc two. I can see why "Midsummer New York" has been well received. However, except for his 1969's Session Album, I can't listen to Elvis hound dog type music. It's not a bad song but I don't like the beat. Track three "Mind Holes" is good but way too short. This is of the same calibre as anything else on "Plastic Ono Band". I find it soothing and stimulating. "Mrs. Lennon" is my favorite track on disc one. I very much like this "Yoko". She's tender and intelligent. "Toilet Piece" is a royal flush! great fun. "O Wind (Body Is The Scar Of Your Mind)" is the third song on disc one that I especially enjoy. I can meditate to the drums and voice. The slight variations throughout keeps the song interesting for me. Disc two starts out with "Airmale" from Lennon's film "Erection". This is perhaps the centerpiece, for me, of this two disc collection. It's long, and probably far too long for most people, but it keeps my interest throughout. It's a strange, magical journey into.... It has a sense of purpose, and the chimes are wonderful. "Don't Count The Waves" some of Yoko's music ventures are pure think pieces. I classify this one as one of those. Hypnotic! "You" reminds me of "Why" from POB. Very different for sure, but I find it to be the "yin" to "Why"'s yang. "Fly" is the primal "yelp" that preceeded her heavy "Rising" cd. Very long. Sometimes too long. But it makes sense to me. The gutteral noises of the body, the brain, the vocals, the lungs, everything is explored and chokes and splurts all over you and everyone else in the way. "Telephone Piece" is the royal ring.Read more ›
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Grigory's Girl on January 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is an epic masterpiece from Yoko. There are many brilliant (and yes, I mean brilliant) songs here. Mrs. Lennon is achingly beautiful. I really like Mindtrain, presented here in its original 16 minute version (the box set Onobox has a single length edit). The rock and roll insanity of Don't Worry, Kyoko is incredibly intense. The musicians rock like hell, and Yoko sings with a feverish passion. Airmale is an eerie song, reminiscent of Brian Eno's ambient work. You is another great track. The only track that should be avoided is the title one. It runs 22:53, and it is not an interesting 22:53. The album is the best example of her "avant-garde" work (as narrow minded critics put it; they have to label EVERYTHING), and it's one of her best albums ever. Originally a double album when it was released, it has withstood the test of time, and it's the album of hers I revisit the most. I have a ton of Yoko's albums (including Onobox, Season of Glass, It's Alright, Fly, Plastic Ono Band, Rising, and her colloborations with John, Sometime in NYC, Two Virgins, Life with the Lions, Double Fantasy, Milk and Honey), and I am not ashamed of saying I think she's f^%%ing brilliant.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Baron Dakota on April 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Yoko performed some of the most lascerating electric guitar solos of all time, on this disc. Only she did them with HER VOICE!!! Half the songs are meditatives, dusky, gems, and the other are death metal/funk blitzkriegs. Some of John's best guitarwerk can be found here, along with Clapton, and Ringo. If Yoko is a witch like so many halfwits portend, then "FLY" is her pox on all their little houses.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John Chapman Mitchell on July 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
By the time "Fly" was released, Yoko had long been associate with negativity in many people's minds. Well, it's their loss. Though Ono would release 2 more solo albums ("Feeling the Space," "Approximately Infinite Universe"), and one more "John and Yoko" album ("Some Time in New York City,") this would be her final great album until the 80's, if not her greatest.
The album is quite different than "Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band," her other great 70's album: while that record, being a product of scream therapy, was angry and loud, "Fly" is more mixed, with much of the album devoted to quiet, medative tracks.
The first record of the two-record set is collected much more like a traditional album. Included are pop/rock numbers, Ono style vocalizations, and aural art. Yoko contributes two of her most classic numbers, the haunting "Mrs. Lennon," and the rocky "Don't Worry, Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking for her Hand in the Snow"). The avant numbers are just as fulfilling as the pop numbers, and are excellent. This is an album in the sense that there are seperate, recognizable songs, while the second record is quite different.
The second, in fact, takes the feel of a symphony: there are 5 tracks, the final being a piece of aural art: so, in reality, there are 4 movements: "Airmale," "Don't Count the Waves," "You," and the sprawling "Fly." The track dissapear: instead is a 35 minute rambling piece of music, with its own feel, its own logic, and its own beauty.
In fact, that's an excellent way to define this record: "Fly" follows its own logic, produces its own beauty, and embodies the listener with its own magic.
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