A Story

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/1997
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • UPC: 014431042027
  • Catalog Number: 10420

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Story (2:38)
  2. 2 Loneliness (3:33)
  3. 3 Will You Touch Me (2:39)
  4. 4 Dogtown (3:32)
  5. 5 Tomorrow May Never Come (2:52)
  6. 6 Yes, I'm a Witch (3:13)
  7. 7 She Gets Down on Her Knees (4:50)
  8. 8 It Happened (3:52)
  9. 9 Winter Friend (3:17)
  10. 10 Heartburn Stew (2:09)
  11. 11 Hard Times Are Over (4:42)
  12. 12 Anatano Te (3:38)
  13. 13 Extension 33 (1:27)
  14. 14 Now or Never (1:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yoko Ono Primary Artist, 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
George Marino Remastering
David Spinozza Producer
Ed Sprigg Engineer
Rob Stevens Remastering
Cindy Nelson CD Package Design
Karla Merrifield Cover Hand Tinting
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