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Ad hoc, ad loc, and quid pro quo! So little time! So much to know!
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No-one's posted here for a while now, but I've been searching for comments on Yoko's early albums (basically the ones with which John was involved, and later Ringo too) and am surprised that there don't seem to be any threads dedicated to them specifically (please do correct me if I'm wrong) - to me, they're such an important part of John's/the Beatles' story.

Also, I love much of the music - not sure what to make of Two Virgins (most of the time I simply find it hilarious in a good way), but I think that Cambridge 1969, the Yoko side of Live Peace, Live Jam, her b-sides to John's singles and especially her Plastic Ono Band and Fly albums are just great all the way through, and I still listen to them regularly today. Could have to do with my being a Lennon fanatic in my teens, but even now that I (hope to) have a more balanced view of what John may have/may not have been like, I think they stand out. My favourites of hers are probably "Greenfield Morning", "Paper Shoes", and the Joe Jones Tone Deaf Music Co. side of Fly.

I'm not a great fan of Yoko's music after she completely abandoned the non-conventional song structures and instrumentation (ca. Some Time in NYC onwards) - in fact, I find Approximately Infinite Universe near-unlistenable, which is largely because of the very "of their time" lyrics and the almost total lack of "independent" melody (which is what I think this kind of "soft rock" calls for).

I'd love to read others' thoughts on Yoko's actual records... Anyone?

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Dont go anywhere near them. I find it discomforting having to listen to Yoko on Bungalow Bill and Happy Xmas so no chance im listening to her albums nor yelping, tons of feedback and weird noises. Im happy with Revolution 9 so i'll leave it there and live in listening bliss. If i feel dangerous i'll stick on Mary Jane.

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meanmistermustard said
Dont go anywhere near them. I find it discomforting having to listen to Yoko on Bungalow Bill and Happy Xmas so no chance im listening to her albums nor yelping, tons of feedback and weird noises. Im happy with
Revolution 9 so i'll leave it there and live in listening bliss. If i feel dangerous i'll stick on Mary Jane.

I love Yoko's voice on "Bungalow Bill".  It's a delightful bit of spice to the song.

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I think it's Why. From the 1970 Rolling Stone interview (Lennon Remembers):

Nobody knows there is a point on the first song on Yoko’s track where the guitar comes in and even Yoko thought it was her voice, because we did all Yoko’s in one night, the whole session. Except for the track with Ornette Coleman from the past that we put on to show people that she wasn’t discovered by the Beatles and that she’s been around a few years. We got stuff of her with Cage, Ornette Coleman… we are going to put out “Oldies But Goldies” next for Yoko. I’ll play it again and talk about it later.

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Funny Paper said Other than that, the song's mood and spirit suggests a musical statement she would/could/should have made in response to John's death.  The whole song sounds like the disorder of a soul in grief.  I have gotten the sense, however, that Yoko remains on one level in denial about her own grief over John.

Denial, I say?  How dare I say that about someone else's horrible trauma of losing a loved one so horribly?  That's precisely my point.  A person NOT in denial says "God, I'm angry, this is fucked up, I hate the man, that monster, who took my love away from me.  FUCK HIM" she should SCREAM.  Instead, she affects a kind of transcendence. 

While transcendence of anger and grief is a noble thing, it's false unless you FIRST go through the angry shit, honestly and existentially.  Perhaps she already has, privately.  If so, I retract my judgment.

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