by Yoko OnoYoko Ono


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By the time Fly emerged, the battle lines had long been drawn, and those who preferred to place Ono's domestic situation rather than her music in the foreground were never going to give it a fair shake. Very much their loss -- not only is it that rarest of all beasts, a '70s double album that rewards repeated listening, but Fly also shows the work of a creative artist working with a sympathetic set of backing players to create inspired, varied songs. At points, the appeal lies simply in Ono's implicit "to heck with you" approach to singing -- compositions like "Midsummer New York" are easygoing rock chug that won't surprise many, but it's her take on high-pitched soul and quivering delivery that transforms them into something else. The screwy blues yowl of "Don't Worry Kyoko" is something else again, suggesting something off Led Zeppelin III gone utterly berserk. Meanwhile, check the fragile, pretty acoustic guitar of "Mind Holes," her singing swooping in the background like a lost ghost, while the reflective "Mrs. Lennon," as wry but heartfelt a portrait of her position in the public eye as any, ended up being used by Alex Chilton for "Holocaust," which gives a good sense of the sad tug of the melody. Perhaps the best measure of Fly is how Ono ended up inventing Krautrock, or perhaps more seriously bringing the sense of motorik's pulse and slow-building tension to an English-language audience. There weren't many artists of her profile in America getting trancey, heavy-duty songs like "Mindtrain" and the murky ambient howls of "Airmale" out to an English-language audience. Such songs readily match the work of Can, another band with a Japanese vocalist taking things to a higher level. As for "Fly" itself, the mostly unaccompanied wails and trills from Ono will confirm stereotypes in many folks' minds, but it's a strange, often beautiful performance that follows its own logic.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/14/2017
Label: Secretly Canadian
UPC: 0656605028224
catalogNumber: 50282
Rank: 27968

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yoko Ono   Primary Artist,Vocals,Voices,Claves
John Lennon   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano
Ringo Starr   Drums
Jim Keltner   Percussion,Drums,Tabla
Eric Clapton   Guitar
Chris Osborne   Dobro
Klaus Voormann   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Cymbals,Bells
Bobby Keyes   Claves

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Instrumentation
Yoko Ono   Composer,Instrumentation,Drawing
Sean Lennon   Reissue Executive Producer
Chris Swanson   Reissue Executive Producer
Raeanne Rubenstein   Poster Design
David Newgarden   Reissue Executive Producer
George Maciunas   Collage
Kevin Duneman   Producer
Karla Merrifield   Producer
Simon Hilton   Producer
Ben Swanson   Reissue Executive Producer
Daniel Murphy   Reissue Design
Ed McEntee   Producer
Julio Cann   Producer
Darius Van Arman   Reissue Executive Producer
Sari Henry   Producer

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