Yoko Ono

a story

Yoko Ono in the Onobox booklet in 1992

"This is the album I made in '74 when John and I were separated. It was already in a finished state, though the mixes were not that great and it had always bothered me. I remixed them all for this disc (AIU editor's note: Onobox's A Story). --Then John came back from L.A., we got back together again and I felt it was not important to release this album. Who wants to remember a Lost Weekend, anyway?

Dogtown was written in our two room apartment on Bank Street in 1972. I remember the barred window in the dark front room where I wrote the song, while John was asleep in the back room. You could hear the morning bustle in the distance but our street was quiet as ever. I remember thinking how lonely John and I were. We were like two jail birds the world knew nothing about. The song was recorded again on the Season Glass album in the way I envisioned it to be. The track A Story was okay. Anyway, I thought I should leave it on for the record. Yes, I'm A Witch was initially meant for Feeling The Space and was dropped because of the word "bitch". I was being careful after Open Your Box (AIU editor's note: Open Your Box was banned because of its explicit lyrics: "open your legs" etc. Later it was dropped/buried to the B-side of Power to the People) and Woman Is The Nigger Of The World had been banned. I might have dropped it at the last minute with A Story, too. They tell me now in the 90's it's nothing to use such a word. Well, I'm glad. (--)"

From Robert Palmer's essay "On Thin Ice"

"-- A Story was recorded around the same time as Feeling the Space, in 1973, and includes more magic. The guitarist takes some killer solos on Onobox's third and sixth discs. Spinozza sounds as if he's playing from the depths of his soul on Yume O Moto, a single released only in Japan. But it's important to note the differences in the musical relationships between Ono/Lennon and Ono/Spinozza. No matter how tightly Yoko Ono and David Spinozza interact, the "voice" of each participant remains distinct. There are moments when Yoko and John go further. They are both reaching for new sonic textures, and at times they find a meeting place where the individual sounds of voice and guitar meld into a single, indivisible sound that's like nothing heard before or since.--"




Tour 1974
Yoko Ono touring in Japan 1974

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