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It's Alright [Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Yoko OnoAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (August 26, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B0000009RN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,952 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My Man
2. Never Say Goodbye
3. Spec Of Dust
4. Loneliness
5. Tomorrow May Never Come
6. It's Alright
7. Wake Up
8. Let The Tears Dry
9. Dream Love
10. I See Rainbows
11. Beautiful Boys
12. You're The One

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Product Description

This CD is an out of print collectible! It is the 1997 release. Still sealed.

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It's Alright is a big sounding pop album with a whole crew of NYC session men. The arrangements create a SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE pit band sound behind her. Natch, as her band included Paul Shaffer and Elliot Randall. Robert Palmer, in the onobook, notes in detail that this album was where "Yoko's hard won pop savvy met her avant-garde-era experimentation halfway." There's a depth to be found in these pop songs under the layers of sound that Yoko created in the studio.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent February 27, 2000
By Travis
Format:Audio CD
Yoko Ono decided to look at things in a positive light with this 1982 album. It was a contrast to her previous effort, 1981's "Season Of Glass", which was released right after John Lennon's death. Sadly, Yoko may have been sort of alone on this positive effort-it failed to chart significantly anywhere. Whether it was a hit or not, i certainly regard this as a classic.
The album starts off with "My Man", which was a single. Yoko showcases how her man is "the best in the world", and how she loves him very much. It's actually quite strange on how this song ended up on the album because, frankly, her man was dead. Despite the irony, "My Man" is a great song. "Never Say Goodbye" is where i think Yoko tapped into her genius skills. The combination of the meaningful lyrics and great instrumentation makes this song one of my all-time favorites, with kooky synthesized sounds, handclaps, and heavy percussion. The end of the song isn't as upbeat-in fact, it's somewhat creepy and disturbing, with Sean Lennon's voice distorted as if in a horror movie, and a noise that sounds like outer-space creatures are landing. This section of course leads the listener into the heartbreaking "Spec Of Dust", which is one of Yoko's most beautiful ballads. "Why do i love you so if you're just a spec of dust?" Yoko ponders. Perhaps the saddest line of this song is "In my mind, I'm searching for you a billion miles away", showing how painful Yoko's loss really was. Again, the synthesizer that could only belong in Ms. Ono's music is present, this time blending in with a beautiful piano part.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yoko Ono meets The Human League. Way unfairly judged November 30, 2003
By Da Man
Format:Audio CD
in late 1982, 2 years after the death of Lennon, Yoko Ono emerged with a new wave/pop album called "It's Alright (I See Rainbows)". The album topped out at a so-so #98, but most of it is because people didn't give it a shot.
I believe had any other artist recorded this album and these songs in 1982, this album would've been a top 10 hit. People who dislike Yoko, HATE her, without any real reason except the tired "she broke up the Beatles" line.
"My Man" is a cute new wave pop ballad that I think could've become a huge hit for Yoko had radio touched it. However, it's almost eerie considering "her man" was now dead.
"Never Say Goodbye" was the most new wave moment on the album, the song is covered in synths. At first it starts out sounding like an upbeat catchy song, but midway into the second verse, it takes a turn for the darker, with a dub of John saying "Yooooooooookoooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!" in the background, and also has Sean come in saying stuff. The song turns out very dark and sad, with an ending that almost sounds like a sci-fi film.
"Spec Of Dust" was a very sad ballad about John.
"Loneliness" was remade from a 1974 song she did, I think this is another song that could've been a huge hit had radio dare played Yoko.
"Tomorrow May Never Come" is 50's flavored Yoko, a very catchy song.
"It's Alright" may very well be the centerpiece of the album. Another synth-heavy sounding track. Starts with a young Sean coming into Yoko's room waking her up saying "mommy, you have to wake up", and in many ways, represents a crossroads for her. The song deals with the fact that she's still sad in many ways, but she knows deep down everything will be alright in the end.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Melodious pop album July 28, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Opening with the tuneful My Man, It's Alright is a surprisingly accessible album of memorable songs. There are some experimental touches as at the end of Never Say Goodbye and the arrangement of the ballad Spec Of Dust with its innovative synthesizer flourishes.

Another track with an interesting rhythmic structure is Loneliness, whilst Tomorrow May Never Come is an engaging mid-tempo ballad with lovely saxophone. The title track has an uplifting tone and Wake Up has a light Caribbean feel with chirpy keyboards. Let The Tears Dry is an anthemic chant with rousing vocals, whilst the atmospheric Dream Love is infused with the sounds of seagulls and waves.

The original vinyl album concluded with the light pop song I See Rainbows but this CD reissue contains two extra tracks: Beautiful Boys and You're The One. It's Alright is an album of catchy songs firmly rooted in the sound of intelligent early 1980s pop but it does contain some quirky arrangements that set it apart. It will appeal to Ono fans and lovers of 1980s pop.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The First Lady of Avant Garde goes Technopop February 1, 1999
Format:Audio CD
For this, her second album after the death of her late husband, Yoko Ono took to the more upbeat, light style of synthesized pop music to convince herself and the world that "It's Alright". The album contained some songs previously recorded by Ono for her unpublished "A Story" which would later surface in part on Onobox, and in full during the Ryko reissue series. The album in itself, though still a mirror of the death of John Lennon, was alot lighter than the previous "Season of Glass". This time around Yoko tried to remain upbeat although occasionally dipping into the melancholy as showcased on the hauntingly beautiful "Spec of Dust" or the synth-driven "Loneliness". The album as a whole seemed to sum up the state of mind Yoko was in at this time, 2 years after the death of her husband. This cd re-release is not exactly the same as the original album. Many of the songs have been remixed, remastered, or re-edited; some mostly for clarity, some to fill in the empty arrangements from the original production. In many cases this works to the advantage of the music. Songs like "Spec of Dust," "Wake Up," and the 50's style romp "Tomorrow May Never Come" surpass the originals in their new format. However, in the case of the album's 2 singles "My Man" and "Never Say Goodbye" and the title track "It's Alright," their new incarnations left them a bit muddy. The most unforgiveable of the re-edits would have to be the trimming down of "I See Rainbows". Read more ›
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