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Plastic Ono Band Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Editorial Reviews

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Universally, Yoko's P.O.B. album was seen as an extreme affront against propriety and possibly civilization! Something so revolutionary should have been applauded by the free-thinking radicals, but they were not as free as they pretended to be. There is a cultural context to Yoko's vocal style on songs like "Why" and "Why Not," that was derived from the operas of Alban Berg as well as from hetai, a style of straining your voice for a Kabuki performance, and just plain anguish. Her use of composing songs through improvisation was picked up from her jazz friends, Ornette Coleman and others. Originally released to almost universal disdain in 1970, critics now declare this album as laying the groundwork for the punk revolution of 1976. David Browne, Entertainment Weekly, has credited Yoko with "launching a hundred or more female alternative rockers, like Kate Pierson of the B-52s to current thrashers like L7 and Courtney Love of Hole."

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Why
  2. Why Not
  3. Greenfield Morning I Pushed An Empty Baby Carriage All Over The City
  4. AOS
  5. Touch Me
  6. Paper Shoes
  7. Open Your Box
  8. Something More Abstract
  9. The South Wind


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 3, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1970
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B0000009RH
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,281 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Yoko Ono's "Plastic Ono Band" was released to coincide with her husband, John Lennon's, album of the same name. The cover art is almost identical (with a few subtle differences), and, believe it or not, so is the musical content.
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.
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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. After hearing it on YouTube, I got this and am completely satisfied. This is a great album! Yoko's vocals do a time or two to get used to, but they really complement the band (Lennon/Voormann/Starr) and add a whole other essential dimension. Since this is the companion piece to John's I suggest that they be listened to together.
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By A Customer on May 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Like Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane's later work or Charles Gayle are labeled "free jazz," this album could be called "free rock." Yoko Ono's previous albums were just noodling with tapes and knobs with John Lennon (some of it excellent, like "Life with the Lions," some of it quite mundane, boring, and as many of her detractors would say, irritating). "Plastic Ono Band," while not as lyrically cathartic as her husbands counterpart, Ono's backup band here (John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman) and her scream commit 110% to Janov's primal scream therapy. Highlights include "Why" (do you think Thurston Moore listened to this before he formed Sonic Youth?) and "Aos" with Ornette Coleman on trumpet. Warning, this album is not for everybody. For the tame, it might cause yr ears to bleed.
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By A Customer on December 20, 2000
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Most people will hate this album, after all it features yoko screetching and snorting and soaring over Lennon's hard line guitar and Ringo's solid drumming. mmmm
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.
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By A Customer on January 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Yoko was the scapegoat, getting blame for the collapse of the Beatles. That is why this album was released to "almost universal disdain." Reissued, it is available for a whole new generation to hear. It is not nearly as bad as some of the less learned critics would lead you to believe. Even if you hate "Two Virgins" or "Life With the Lions", you can like this one. It's an avant garde album, to be sure, but it had the soul of a rock album. "Why" comes on with a strong, fast paced rock 'n roll sound, John & Ringo working their butts off on their respective guitars & drums, while Yoko takes on the role (as one of the newspaper clippings that come with the album suggests) of a lead guitar. "Why Not" is avant garde that reminds you of blues; a very long blues epic. "Why Not" is probably the strongest emotional experience of the album. The track that follows, "Greenfield Morning I Pushed an Empty Baby Carriage All Over the City" will be known more for it's title than anything else, but it is still very much listenable, and much more interesting than some work that hasn't been denounced as "crap" for over two decades. Next is "AOS," a major misstep and the reason this otherwise amazing album gets a 4. Although it eventually works its way into a "rockin'" jam, far too much time is spent in silence, or far too sparse instrumentation. It's not that bad, but it could have had more consitency. The last two cuts are very interesting jams, Yoko is still the guitar, many sound effects were overdubbed, you just have to hear it. Like all of the re-realeased Yoko albums, this one has bonus tracks following "Paper Shoes.Read more ›
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