- Audio CD (November 11, 2016)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Secretly Canadian
- ASIN: B01LP5FER2
- Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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Unfinished Music, No. 1: Two Virgins
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Turns out the very sound of falling in love is just as abstract, subjective and loopy as the concept itself. Yoko Ono and John Lennon are two of history's greatest lovers, and Two Virgins is the document of the pair falling in love in real time. The album is a curious and amazing suite recorded over one weekend in Spring 1968 at Lennon's Kenwood home: Distant conversations; comedic role playing and footsteps; laughter, birdcalls and plunking piano lines; silly songs and space; tape delay stretching shrieks, bass rumbles and moans to the moon and back again. The now-iconic cover (featuring Ono and Lennon standing nude together) notwithstanding, nothing about Two Virgins is safe. It would be a risky move today for artists in the larger, pop-culture conversation just as it was a risky move in 1969. But this is an uncomfortably private, two-person dialogue about - and celebration of - experimentation, inspiration and play. And these two souls bravely let us look through the keyhole.
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Basically, "Two Virgins" in its entirety is 30 minutes worth of Yoko squaking, warbling and screaming while John fiddles around with tape machines, plays notes at random on piano and guitar and also makes strange vocal noises. The recording quality is very lo-fi because the album was recorded in John's home studio in his attic.
This album probably would never be as big as it is today had it not been for its cover. The front cover shows John and Yoko completely full-frontal nude while the back cover shows them from behind. Obviously, this was more shocking than the music on the album itself.
While "Two Virgins" is by no means a musical masterpiece, it still is a peace of Beatles history that collectors should not be without.
The remastered Rykodisc CD includes one bonus track, Yoko Ono's "Remember Love" (the B-side to John Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance" single). This is a beautiful child-like song and proves that while Yoko is not a great singer, she can actually sing on key when she wants to.
I was first drawn into purchasing this album because of the cover. A fine work of art. Clearly, much thought went into this. I took the album home, put it into the cd player, and what I heard... My God. The Beatles, who are they? The real star of the show was always John Lennon, I know this now, and his creative powers were only intensified by this beautiful union with Yoko.
This album takes me on a journey, a wondrous journey. It actually has a fragrance to it. When I hear Yoko emulate the sounds of birds, I am carried through the night on a velvet chair, through the woods, to the wide, white shores, to the lapping waves, to the very core of who I am. Yoko penetrated my inner-psyche, and no-one else has done that through music. I feel the atmosphere of my dreams when the off-key trombone strikes, like the thief in the night; startling, unsettling, after my blood. This, and this only, is the very essence of the trombone. John understand the vital core of the trombone, as Yoke understood me.
I am a living breathing organism who deserves, like the sun and like the sea, to experience this album. There is no higher art than foreplay captured on record.
Apart from professing his undying love for Yoko Ono and shocking the world with a full-frontal album cover, it is difficult to see what John Lennon hoped to accomplish with these experimental doodles. It is even more difficult to comprehend why he would trash his artistic integrity. "Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins" was rubbish in 1968 and no historical revisionism (let alone digital remastering) can salvage this aural embarrassment.