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The follow-up to ONOBOX, WALKING ON THIN ICE is a single disc compilation of 19 highlights culled from the 105-song retrospective. This album reveals Ono's many compelling musical sides. From the undeniable groove of the 1980 hit "Walking On Thin Ice," to the tender lilt of "Nobody Sees Me Like You Do," to the all-out rock and camp of "Midsummer New York," this disc shows an artist with the ability to cross many stylistic lines with ease and finesse. "Hell in Paradise" could set any dance floor jumping, while "Death Of Samantha" is a cool, almost jazz-inflected tune illustrating with brilliant dark humor the spiritual death of a young woman. And the title track may be her musical peak, a fierce rocker featuring ahead-of-its-time grunge guitar by John Lennon. Tackling a wide range of subjects with equal amounts of insight, wit, honesty, and, above all, a knack for melody and rhythm, Ono shines through as a musician of formidable vision.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Walking On Thin Ice
  2. Even When You're Far Away
  3. Kiss, Kiss, Kiss
  4. Nobody Sees Me Like You Do
  5. Yangyang
  6. No, No, No
  7. Death Of Samantha
  8. Mindweaver
  9. You're The One
  10. Spec Of Dust
  11. Midsummer New York
  12. Don't Be Scared
  13. Sleepless Night
  14. Kite Song
  15. She Gets Down On Her Knees
  16. Give Me Something
  17. Hell In Paradise
  18. Woman Power
  19. O'Oh


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 20, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B0000009UM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Yoko Ono's greatest hits album serves to showcase her attainment of the latest apex of female musical/vocal artistry, the current reigning Diva Superior. Earlier plateaus in the art -- Garland, Streisand, Sills, LuPone, Judy Collins -- have now been surpassed, completely eclipsed, by this dynamite performer whose body of work is unparalleled in the history of music. This is the last "female vocalist" CD you will ever have to buy, as you will immediately fall in love with its magical tunes and mystical lyrics (brought to us via the incomparable instrument of Yoko's voice).
By this today. Value it, cherish it, love it.
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I bought this record about six months ago and I've listened to it at least every week since. The song "Walking on thin ice" IS indeed a masterpeace, there is no question about it. This is truly a fresh sound. AND Yoko's musik grows on you, believe me, I like it more and more. If you just keep an open mind it can change your life! I use "thin ice" as my very own "theme song"
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On this album, a 19 track sampler of the 6 cd Onobox, we find many highlights than one would expect of a Yoko Ono "best of" package. The title track, her biggest hit to date, along with the dance club favorite "Hell in Paradise" are featured here, as well as other fine moments one would expect such as the singles "Death of Samantha", "Midsummer New York", "Woman Power", "No, No, No", and the arguably double A-side "Kiss, Kiss, Kiss". Other fine moments from her solo albums are included as well, but in some cases, not the ones that do her justice as a singer or songwriter.
Most notably missing is "Move on Fast", Yoko's finest rock record to date. The track was featured on Onobox in a wonderfully remixed version and very well should have been considered for this compilation. Also missing are the beautiful insightive ballads "Run, Run, Run", and "I Want My Love to Rest Tonight". It is obvious why freeform jams such as "Why" or "Don't Worry Kyoko" were not included, since the album is trying to promote a more commercially accessible Yoko, but by doing so limits the depiction of the wide range of musical styles Yoko has covered during the course of her career.
Actually, other than "Woman Power", her 'Feeling the Space' album has no other representation. Again, "Run, Run, Run" was a worthwhile choice for this collection as was the album's closer, "Men, Men, Men", but nontheless, the compilation features only the one track.
I might recommend this as somewhat of an introduction to Yoko's music, however it doesn't come highly recommended. A better recommendation would be 'Approximately Infinite Universe'. This album was Yoko's transition from the Avant-Gard to what was to later become Alternative Rock, and showcases Yoko in many aspects.
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This was the first thing by Ono I had ever heard. Aside from her work on Milk and Honey and Double Fantasy, she was totally foreign to me; and thankfully I got a pleasant suprise listening to this.

As someone who has also heard other Ono work, however, this does poorly as a "best of" collection. A lot of the weaker tracks (You're the One, Woman Power, Sleepless Night, Midsummer New York) could be replaced with the likes of Move On Fast, Approximately Infinite Universe, Listen The Snow Is Falling, Hard Times Are Over, and maybe It Happened (and Toilet/Telephone Piece for humor). And that's just what had been in existance before '92. If this was released today, it really needs tracks from her "Rising" album and the title track should be replaced with the remix that hit #1 in 2003.

For an introduction to Yoko Ono, I reccomend Double Fantasy or Milk and Honey since it also has Lennon tracks on it that are worth the money. For an introduction to solo Ono, just get Approximately Infinite Universe or Season of Glass.
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If you became a Yoko fan in recent years and can't find Yoko's earlier albums this complilation is great.
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This CD was actually intended as more of a sampling of Onobox-Yoko's 6 CD box set-than as a greatest hits collection. Either way, it's an awesome collection of songs. Probably my favorite would have to be the 1985 Dance hit "Hell In Paradise", released here in a new remixed form, making it all the more better. The haunting "Walking On Thin Ice" is an awesome Rock track, with distorted guitar work by John Lennon (which would sadly prove to be the last time he played a guitar), and a dance beat to go along with it. Yoko's vomiting sounds just help exemplify the way people felt when John Lennon was assassinated. The bluesy "Death Of Samantha" features awesome guitar work (either by Lennon or Wayne Gabriel), and a beautiful saxophone played by Stan Bronstein. This instruments really help the song establish a setting of Yoko on stage in a bar filled with food, beer, and cigarette smoke. The beautiful "Spec Of Dust" is featured on this collection, perhaps a highlight of her 1982 "It's Alright" album. Other classics are the ultimate feminist anthem "Woman Power", the funky "O'Oh" (on which the vocals were recorded in 1992 just for the compilation), the gentle "Don't Be Scared", and the rocking "She Gets Down On Her Knees". There are some flaws about this, however, and it comes more from the lack of the material than of the songs choosen. i feel that Yoko sort of ignored her 80's efforts on this compilation, most specifically "Starpeace" and "It's Alright".Read more ›
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