APPROXIMATELY INFINITE UNIVERSE [2LP] (WHITE COLORED VINYL) [12 inch Analog] Import, Limited Edition
YOKO ONO Approximately Infinite Universe (2017 US limited edition 22-track double LP pressed on White Vinyl. Originally released in 1972 and overlooked at the time this tour-de-force is now regarded as one of Yokos finest works & a mustfor any serious collection; within a gatefold picture sleeve which remains sealed in the hype/barcode stickered shrink SC283)
演奏はエレファント・メモリー。"Shiranakatta(I Didn't Know)"では日本語も登場。
"What a Bastard the World Is"はなかなかの名曲。レノンとのデュエットもあり。
Give Yoko credit...lots of well-regarded punk bands ripped her off.
Once again,John Lennon anticipated all the rest of us by promoting Yoko's songs.
"Move on Fast" is also very good.
Overall,this CD and Yoko's music in general should be given the same latitude as is afforded other artists who don't fit the stereotype in some folk's minds.
I think Yoko Ono has a lot to offer someone who can appreciate honesty,passion and who can appreciate her sense of humor and irony.
"Yang Yang","Move On Fast","Kite Song" and the bluesy "Peter The Dealer" are all intense guitar based rockers while the ballads range from the soulful "Death Of Samantha","I Have A Woman Inside My Soul" and "Have You Seen A Horizon Lately" to the more countrified "Winter Song" and the more orchestral piano rock of "I Want My Love To Rest Tonight","Looking Over My Hotel Window"."What A Bastard World" and "Song For John" as well as the acoustic folk "Now Or Never"-with it's rhetorical Dylan-like social commentary. "What Did I Do" meanwhile deals with a tensely stomping uptempo horn funk explosion while the title song explores a Spectorian wall of sound uptempo sax based number. "Catman" has a flamboyant jazz-funk flavor while "Air Talk" has a strumming guitar based pop/reggae flavor. "What A Mess" presents a Motown style mix of soul/jazz and salsa with a pointed pro choice message.
When this album dropped in 1972? The women's movement was at it's peak in America. And as a major siphon for social change with her husband John Lennon during their most overtly political period as a couple? Yoko was in a position by this time to be a solo artist who could express those impulses very vocally. This is a very well rounded view on the subject of women's liberation. Everything from suffering and especially even undo criticism of the male gender are covered in a detailed and poetic manner in these songs. While a bit divided between femininity as a biological victimization or a source of strength? Yoko's often anguished lyrics are made a search for hope by her and the instrumentalists understanding of funk/soul/jazz music (really the prominent genre showcases here) as the music of any human rights/liberation movement of the time. So on those levels? I have to admire Yoko for exploring womanhood in that musically funky place!
For those not familiar with it, Yoko's voice still takes some adjusting to, but only in the way that Bob Dylan's or Tom Waits' does. And on this album her unique voice serves to underline the emotional sincerity of the songs, without (in my opinion) detracting from the music. "I Want My Love to Rest Tonight" is my favorite song here; it's a gorgeous, thinking woman's love song. In general, the quieter songs are particularly good. "Looking Over from My Hotel Window" is another moving song that doesn't go where you might expect. I love the varied instrumentation on this album, too: the saxes and horns that occasionally appear on it are great.
While I consider myself a feminist, I tend to shy away from the more combative expressions of the movement, but there's only one song here ("What a Waste") that makes me cringe a bit. The point she's trying to make here, using sperm, doesn't work for me at all. "Catman" is clever, but could use some editing -- I find its repetietiveness annoying. But "What a Bastard the World Is" is brilliant, and gives a complex picture of a woman wrestling with her expectations of a relationship with a man. It's a surprising, thought-provoking song.
Give this album a try. You may well find that it will grow on you.