Plastic Ono Band Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, June 3, 1997
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The trick to listening to any Yoko album is not to approach it expecting pop music. Approach it with an open mind, open ears, and open heart. That said, certainly, John's "P.O.B." is much more accessible than Yoko's, but equally as harrowing. Both are powerful, direct, counterphobic assaults on pain and outrage. Key difference here: Yoko's "P.O.B." contains no actual words. She expresses herself here through wordless howls and largely improvised musical arrangements. Musically, she anticipates punk by almost five years (don't believe me? Check out "Why" and then try to argue your point with me!), and completely burns the barriers of what's allowed and what's not in music.
If you like the typical song structure (verse-chorus-verse-verse-chorus-break-middle-eight-chorus-out) and nothing else, "Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band" is not for you, stay far away from this album. But, if you're looking to give your eardrums a break from the formulaic schlock on the radio these days and listen to something truly innovative, get this one. Follow the booklet's advice: play it in the dark.
There are other explorations here with rhythm and voice. Most of the time Ono manages to sound like a synthesiser, and to stretch what people could do with their voices on rock records. Sure not all the album is great - the 16 minute bonus track south wind could have easily been left in her apartment where it was made, and AOS sounds like almost everyother peice of sixties avante guarde. But that still leaves you a lot of passionate noise and rythm.
Anyone who likes experimental rock should have this in their collection.
Listen to the opening track "Why", though...the bass and drums really lay down a groove, the guitar is dissonant, and Yoko's voice is crazy, agressive, and confident. It's like nothing else you'll hear, but it's all done so well. I think it's worth picking up.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent music! I've always been a fan of John Lennon's 'Plastic Ono Band' album, but I never took the time to listen to Yoko's until recently. Read morePublished 14 days ago by William L. Farmer
If John Lennon isn't on an album with Yoko Ono on it you can bet money its going to suck bad.....and this sucks bad.....Published 1 month ago by Deimos
Taken it parts Yoko Ono's debut album is a fascinating listen. I don't know if you would call it "good", but you'll definitely say it's unusual and very listenable. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David Girod
The release of this album of Yoko coincided with the release of the record of John Lennon, her husband, with the same title. Read morePublished 7 months ago by elizabeth hansel
An important album in rock 'n' roll history, this is the companion piece to John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band album.Published 7 months ago by Mark Andrew Brown
If you don't know this...u don't understand anything about musicPublished 8 months ago by Edivalther Dantas