Story

A Story

by Yoko Ono
     
 
Recorded in 1974 but unreleased at the time, this 1997 disc marks the first time A Story has been available as a proper album, although the material had already seen the light of day as part of the Onobox six-disc set. In keeping with the general trend of Yoko Ono's early-'70s albums, it marked a drift from the screeching avant-gardisms of her earliest

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Recorded in 1974 but unreleased at the time, this 1997 disc marks the first time A Story has been available as a proper album, although the material had already seen the light of day as part of the Onobox six-disc set. In keeping with the general trend of Yoko Ono's early-'70s albums, it marked a drift from the screeching avant-gardisms of her earliest Apple work to something that increasingly approached mainstream singer/songwriter accessibility; the Brecker Brothers even play on a couple of tracks. That's not to say, however, that this was terribly accessible or mainstream, either by the standards of 1974 or 1997. The lyrics have an odd tension between witty optimism and blunt angst (often in the same song), and the vocals, while conforming much more to standard pop phrasing, are still way too flighty and shaky for easy radio play. It may have been the most listenable of Ono's efforts at the time it was recorded, yet at the same time it was also her least distinguished. Truth to tell, she sounds like nothing as much as an eccentric singer/songwriter whose originality was too quirky to capture a wide audience and too mild to get a sizable cult one, in the mold of forgotten performers like Essra Mohawk. Yet "Hard Times Are Over" may have been her first song to carry anything resembling mainstream pop appeal, with its Harrison-esque slide guitar flourishes. The 1997 CD includes three bonus tracks of previously unreleased solo piano recital-type versions of "Anatano Te" (Your Hands) and "Extension," and a 1986 a cappella live version of "Now or Never."

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/1997
Label:
Rykodisc
UPC:
0014431042027
catalogNumber:
10420

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yoko Ono   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Brecker   Horn,Tenor Saxophone
George Young   Clarinet,Flute
Edward Fox   Strings
Kenny Ascher   Keyboards
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Erin Dickens   Background Vocals
Gordon Edwards   Bass
Arthur Jenkins   Percussion
Gail Kantor   Background Vocals
Rick Marotta   Drums
Hugh McCracken   Guitar
Leon Pendarvis   Keyboards
Alan Rubin   Trumpet
David Spinozza   Guitar
Annie Sutton   Background Vocals
Lew Del Gatto   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Yoko Ono   Composer,Producer,Re-Release Producer
Edward Fox   String Section
Jack Douglas   Engineer
David Spinozza   Producer
Ed Sprigg   Engineer
Cindy Nelson   CD Package Design
Karla Merrifield   Cover Hand Tinting

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