Friday, January 22, 2016

Living in a glass house, having fun (Yoko Ono) #507 - 508

Yoko Ono/ Sean Lennon Love '90/ Asian Flowers/ Dear Prudence/ Love '90 (dub mix)/ Love '90 (ambient mix)  (GOW, 1990)
Yoko Ono Talking To The Universe/ The Source/  Ask The Dragon/ Where Do We Go From Here/ Rising/ Franklin Summer (Capitol, 1996)

Yoko and Sean commemorated John's 50th birthday in 1990 with this CD single released in Japan. 

You have to hand it to Yoko on many levels. She keeps the flame alive and she does so with cutting edge art. It's not to everyone's taste, I'm the first to acknowledge that, my wife, for one, can't stand her work.

As you can tell from the inclusion of these CD singles, I am a Lennon/Ono completist [and a huge fan of her first three Apple albums and Rising]. Love '90 is a redo of the classic song from John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. Yoko remakes it in her own image and I can't fault it!

The second title above is a.k.a. Rising Mixes - where some key songs from the album underwent a makeover in various musician's hands. I love the restless spirit Ono has. She's always moving forward and always looking to innovate!

Lead off song Talking To The Universe is a relatively conventional song in the Ono scheme of things. Or, at least, it starts out that way.

Hidden gems: Dear Prudence is the Beatle song given some interesting flavours by Sean and Yoko.

All of the Rising remixes present different sides to Yoko's style. My preference would be something like The Source which twists and turns with a surprise at every corner.

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