YOKO ONO/PLASTIC ONO BAND Between My Head And The Sky (2009)

Maybe Lennon was right, after all. Maybe she was ahead of her time. Who could make an album this good with their 76-year-old mum? The cool band includes Sean Lennon, Keigo Cornelius Oyamada, Hirotaka Shimmy Shimizu, Yuko mi-gu Araki, Shahzad Ismaily, Erik Friedlander & Yuka Honda.

Waiting For The D Train (2:49)
The Sun Is Down (4:50)
Ask The Elephant (3:04)
Memory Of Footsteps (3:17)
Moving Mountains (2:54)
Calling (4:20)
Healing (4:25)
Hashire, Hashire (3:36)
Between My Head And The Sky (5:35)
Feel The Sand (6:01)
Watching The Rain (5:31)
Unon To (3:19)
I’m Going Away Smiling (2:53)
Higa Noboru (5:45)
I’m Alive (0:21)


  • Mona
    July 12, 2009 - 07:11 | Permalink

    Yeah it is good isn't it. I really enjoyed the 'Yes I'm a Witch' album of covers/collabs from a couple of years ago as well.

  • Art Ducko
    July 12, 2009 - 08:59 | Permalink

    Nice 40th anniversary celebration of the first Plastic Ono Band. John was right & is quietly chuckling somewhere.

  • Timmy
    July 12, 2009 - 16:20 | Permalink

    My nightmares have come to pass… As if, it were all so much potty.
    I never would have thought Yoko's singing could ever be worse than in 1969, but, it is. John Coltrane eat THIS!

  • Don
    July 13, 2009 - 04:41 | Permalink

    The woman has been at it for 40 years, she had to get one right eventually. Set a monkey loose on a typewriter for that long and he's bound to produce one coherent sentence.

  • Mona
    July 13, 2009 - 04:43 | Permalink

    Reminds me of that great Mekons album cover with the monkey at the typewriter: 'The quality of mercy is not strenen'!

    July 18, 2009 - 15:10 | Permalink

    congrats, an awesome record, myself a complete fan of Yokie!

  • Capt. Willard
    November 8, 2009 - 15:48 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • cjonesplay
    January 28, 2011 - 20:32 | Permalink

    Somewhere in Brooklyn a feral art student is making a sculpture out of human fingernails with this.

  • October 19, 2011 - 17:48 | Permalink

    Not sure I’d say John was right after all [or even chuckling]. But it does give credence to the notion that if you make enough “albums” over 40 years and you’re bound to get something right. What’s the aphorism: once in a while, even a blind bird gets the worm.

    Does anyone riding this horse of artistic vindication feel so inclined to go back and listen to her catalog and suggest where else “John may have been right?”

    Someone’s chuckling alright, that’s me!

  • October 19, 2011 - 17:56 | Permalink

    Having said that, this actually isn’t bad. If I hear it a second time though, I’ll be surprised: just too hard to purge “Kiss Kiss Kiss” and “Give Me Something” from memory.

    • Willard
      October 19, 2011 - 18:18 | Permalink

      It’s more than not bad, it’s actually quite good. And Yoko’s past catalog has some fascinating moments as well. Unfortunately, and this has always been the case, Yoko can’t sing… and her voice is amaturish and grating, to boot. Some people can’t get past it. And, I get that. I’ve never liked Rush or The Smiths simply because I could never get past their vocalists. I know some of their music is well done, and judging by the fan bases, there’s plenty there to appreciate… if you’re into it. But, I can’t get past the singers. Still… I have no problem with plenty of “bad” singers; Johnny Rotten or __________ (fill in the blank). Yoko’s in the Rush/Smiths category for me, but her music is far more interesting, more outside and more adventurous. It’s easy to find Smiths or Rush-styled music by someone else with a more appealing singer. But you can’t find anybody doing what Ono is doing, and because of that (and always being interested in something legitimately different) I’ve never completely dismissed her. In the last decade she’s change her vocal approach and is nowhere near as hard to take these days – turning albums like this one, and Yes, I’m A Witch, into intriguing works.

  • October 20, 2011 - 00:19 | Permalink

    Funny how vocalists can polarize like that. Rush doesn’t bother me, but I completely get that it might others. Hell, I can understand when people say Dylan can’t sing or Neil Young, but I adore those guys. There’s other examples obviously, but you get the idea.

    I do like one Ono track on Dbl Fantasy can’t think of the name, but “tra lalala.”

    My step-brothers band has become quite good musically, but they’ve hit a stagnation point because their singer is not bad or good or unique. He just is.

    They’ll never get anywhere if they can’t inspire a level of passion from people, whether it’s positive or negative.

    Like her or hate her, Ono has inspired that reaction.

  • October 20, 2011 - 01:13 | Permalink

    Thinking she needed an instrumental album…or is there one?

    • Willard
      October 20, 2011 - 04:06 | Permalink

      That would be a smart move.

  • bobbih2
    October 20, 2011 - 16:47 | Permalink

    Hey, man! If I wanted to hear someone choke and mumble and shreik, I would go up to Lexington Market here in Baltimore City, Maryland! {;

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