Feeling the Space
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Feeling The Space
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|Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, July 22, 1997||
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This CD is an out of print collectible! It is the original 1997 release. Still sealed.
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Woman: her power and powerlessness, her joy, her sadness, her light and darkness - all the ways she goes about FEELING THE SPACE are given shape by Yoko within the twelve songs of this album. Backing her are a supergroup of session musicians who allow the songs to breath without the usual rock and roll orchestrations.
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Songs such as the flute powered "Growing Pain","Run Run Run" and "Angry Young Woman" are soulful,electric piano led ballads while "Yellow Girl (Stand By For Life)" and "Man Man Man" both have stomping,swinging cabaret jazzy blues rhythmic flavors about them.
"Coffin Car" has a grinding blues/rock vibe that is repeated on the cooler "She Hits Back" while "If Only" is a harmonica led country/blues type ballad. "A Thousand Times Yes" is a rhythmically clean jazz-funk number not too far from something the Crusaders might've done at this time while "Straight Talk" updates the rock 'n soul shuffle of "Instant Karma" from her viewpoint. "Woman Power" is a stomping,percussive funk rocker with a rapped vocal from Yoko.
"I Learn To Stutter" is a live spoken intro to a verision of "Coffin Car" where Yoko talks of how the press attack that accompanied her marriage to Lennon deeply effected her emotionally. "Mildred Mildred" is a swinging nightclub friendly piano ballad. Primarily this album finds Yoko having totally made up her mind about her thematic and musical direction for that time period. She positioned herself as a jazzy soul/funk oriented artist with a lot of blues and popular song structure. As for her take on femininity? She was now totally confident that people both in and out of her position had every articulation to allow their voices to make a difference. In a way? This is something of the graduation from the school of being Yoko Ono in a way. She was in a personal transition in an marriage on hiatus. Yet her art surely wasn't suffering for it. One of Yoko's most powerful and musically adept releases.
Here we find an album about women, for women and by a woman. Most songs deal with the stress and strain of women trying to survive in a male-dominated society, however you don't have to be a woman to enjoy this album. Songs like "Angry Young Woman", "She Hits Back", and the album's single "Woman Power" could have easily been anthems for the feminist movement. Others like "Yellow Girl", "Coffin Car", and "Woman of Salem" depict the damage done to woman by the ongoing oppression of the male society.
This album also features many other fine moments. The song "Run, Run, Run", a single in Europe and Japan, deals with drug addiction and a world passing you by without your knowledge. The key lyric of the song, "Feeling the room, Feeling the space, when suddenly I noticed it wasn't spring anymore", is quite a reality check in itself.
The highlight of the album though is it's closing track, a song titled "Men Men Men". Here Yoko turns the tables on men by depicting what she seeks in a man and not the other way around as was custom at the time. Yoko gives a hats off to Mae West in the songs final refrains when she breathfully beckons "Come up and hmm-hmm, come up and see me sometime." In probably one of the most clever lyrics of the time,Yoko announces "Ladies and Gents, I'd like to introduce you to...my lower half, without whom I won't be breathing so heavily!" This is concluded with "Honey juice, you can come out of your box now." then after the song fades you hear John's voice simply saying "Yes, Dear".
This album was definately a step in a different direction, but shows where Yoko was heading when she recorded the ill-fated "A Story". That album which was shelved after her reconciliation with Lennon, was not to see the light of day until almost 20 years later when several tracks were featured on disc 6 of Onobox.
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The ancient splendor of the pyramids and Yoko as the mysterious Sphincter is so apropos.