Walking on Thin Ice

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
A distillation of Onobox to a single-disc effort, Walking on Thin Ice isn't quite a greatest-hits offering, but it's more than a random sampler. If anything, it's perhaps the easiest way for someone to convert a skeptic to what Ono had going for her throughout much of the '70s and the first half of the '80s. With retrospect, so much of what Ono did -- whether it was in the sense of a strong, confident female performer in general, or more specific realizations such as Björk's fusions of swooping singing with exploratory dance music arrangements -- had clear echoes and followers in later years, and deservedly so. With 20 years having passed since its initial release, "Walking...
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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
A distillation of Onobox to a single-disc effort, Walking on Thin Ice isn't quite a greatest-hits offering, but it's more than a random sampler. If anything, it's perhaps the easiest way for someone to convert a skeptic to what Ono had going for her throughout much of the '70s and the first half of the '80s. With retrospect, so much of what Ono did -- whether it was in the sense of a strong, confident female performer in general, or more specific realizations such as Björk's fusions of swooping singing with exploratory dance music arrangements -- had clear echoes and followers in later years, and deservedly so. With 20 years having passed since its initial release, "Walking on Thin Ice" itself sounds exactly like something the incipient electro-clash
o wave revival would create, while other wonderfully offbeat dance grooves like "Kiss, Kiss, Kiss" show Ono tackling then-current styles with ease and inventiveness. Walking on Thin Ice isn't a complete overview of her work, though, which in ways leaves this compilation a bit high and dry -- more specifically, nothing from her collaborative efforts with Lennon in the late '60s or her groundbreaking early solo albums at the start of the '70s surfaces. The one exception is Fly's "Midsummer New York," which is great but barely touches on the truly mind-blowing explorations she came up with at the time in comparison, three cuts from the uneven Approximately Infinite Universe make the grade. Combined with the sometimes musically uncompelling years after Walking on Thin Ice though the gentle "Nobody Sees Me Like You Do" is truly lovely and heartbreaking, the resultant track listing isn't a perfect compilation. Still, there are more winners than not, even if hardcore fans will want to go directly to the Onobox itself no rarities surface aside from "O'Oh," also included on the larger collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/1992
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • UPC: 014431023026
  • Catalog Number: 20230

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Walking on Thin Ice (6:00)
  2. 2 Even When You're Far Away (4:12)
  3. 3 Kiss, Kiss, Kiss (2:40)
  4. 4 Nobody Sees Me Like You Do (3:33)
  5. 5 Yang Yang (3:48)
  6. 6 No, No, No (2:41)
  7. 7 Death of Samantha (5:05)
  8. 8 Mindweaver (3:26)
  9. 9 You're the One (4:26)
  10. 10 Spec of Dust (3:32)
  11. 11 Midsummer New York (2:15)
  12. 12 Don't Be Scared (3:51)
  13. 13 Sleepless Night (3:52)
  14. 14 Kite Song (2:48)
  15. 15 She Gets Down on Her Knees (4:10)
  16. 16 Give Me Something (1:33)
  17. 17 Hell in Paradise (3:38)
  18. 18 Woman Power (5:36)
  19. 19 O'Oh (4:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yoko Ono Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals, Voices, Claves, Vocal Harmony
John Tropea Guitar
John Lennon Organ, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards
Earl Slick Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Bernie Worrell Keyboards
Michael Brecker Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ronnie Cuber Baritone Saxophone
Jeremy Steig Flute
Tony Williams Drums
David Friedman Percussion, Vibes
Howard Johnson Tuba, Horn, Baritone Saxophone
Seldon Powell Horn
Nona Hendryx Background Vocals
Jimmy Maelen Percussion
Elliott Randall Guitar
Paul Shaffer Keyboards
Jim Keltner Drums
Jim Gordon Tabla
J.D. Parran Horn
Gordon Grody Background Vocals
Sneaky Pete Kleinow Pedal Steel Guitar
Billy Alessi Background Vocals
Bobby Alessi Background Vocals
Carlos Alomar Background Vocals
Kenny Ascher Piano, Keyboards
Badal Roy Tabla
Jeff Bova Keyboards
Stan Bronstein Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone
Don Brooks Harmonica
Pete Cannarozzi Synthesizer
Benny Cummings Background Vocals
Anthony Davilio Guitar, Keyboards
Aiyb Dieng Percussion
Jack Douglas Percussion
Sly Dunbar Percussion, Drums, Synthesizer Drums
Gordon Edwards Bass
Anton Fier Percussion
Sammy Figueroa Percussion
Bernard Fowler Background Vocals
Rick Frank Percussion, Drums
Wayne "Tex" Gabriel Guitar
Paul Griffin Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Michael Holmes Keyboards
Yogi Horton Drums
Grant Hungerford Horn
Adam Ippolito Organ, Piano, Trumpet, Harmonium
Neil Jason Bass
Arthur Jenkins Percussion
Bobby Keys Saxophone
Tony Levin Bass, Bass Guitar, Whistle (Instrument)
Yolanda Lee Lewis Background Vocals
Steve Love Guitar
Rick Marotta Drums
Eddie Martinez Synthesizer, Guitar, Sitar, Electric Sitar
Hugh McCracken Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Jew's Harp
Andy Newmark Drums
Johnny Ocean Guitar
George Opalisky Horn, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Wayne Pedziwiatr Bass
Roger Rosenberg Horn
Allan Schwartzberg Drums
John Seigler Bass Guitar
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
George Small Piano, Keyboards
David Spinozza Guitar
Roger Squitero Percussion
Randy Stein Concertina
David Tofani Horn
Ron Tooley Horn
Eric Troyer Background Vocals
Gary VanScyoc Bass, Trumpet
Klaus Voormann Organ, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Cymbals, Bells
Ed Walsh Synthesizer, oberheim
Cassandra Wooten Background Vocals
Kurt Yahjian Background Vocals
Elliot Randal Guitar
Cheryl Mason Jacks Background Vocals
Jim Kelner Percussion, Drums, Tabla
Richard Frank Drums
Pete Thorn Background Vocals
Tony Davillo Guitar, Keyboards
Kings Temple Choir Background Vocals
Daria Price Castanets
Technical Credits
John Lennon Producer
Yoko Ono Producer, Remixing, Cover Design, Cover Art
Phil Spector Producer
Don Brooks Harmonic Arrangement
Jack Douglas Producer
George Marino Mastering
David Spinozza Producer
Rob Stevens Engineer, Digital Editing, Remixing
Steve Casper Engineer
Roger Gorman Art Direction
Robert Palmer Liner Notes
Paul Goodrich Digital Editing
Maureen Nappi Artwork
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