'Season of Glass' is Yoko's Finest Moment. It is an incredibly moving album, which removed any lasting prejudice on her having 'gatecrashed' Lennon's return in 1980. Which many of us felt so keenly at the time, only to look ridiculous six months later with the release of this remarkable collection. It easily outshines George Harrison's release of the same time, the 'Somewhere In England' album. Which of course had its highlights but is totally lacking in the emotional punch of this album. I remember being in a record store and having the choice which album to buy first. I bought this one, and incredible as it may seem to cynics everywhere, I was right. This album has truly stood the test of time and showcases Yoko at her very best: on the edge yes, provocative yes, but also very accessible and indeed melodic, spiritual and moving too. But most of all perhaps, Yoko expresses the grief of Lennon's killing more than any other human being. She after all did witness the horrendous event. 'Goodbye Sadness' is such a great song: a reflective tuneful lament on Lennon's death with a great sax solo which lifts the downbeat mood to an understated celebration of just how beautiful music can be. Whatever the circumstances. Brilliant. 'Nobody Sees Me Like You Do' has a gorgeous melody, recognised by Lennon on record as such....and deservedly so. It is among Yoko's finest songs and even contains great chord changes worthy of George Harrison himself. Hard to believe at first maybe. But true. 'Silver Horse' is also on the same level....what a melody...and as for Earl Slick's guitar solo, one is simply lost for words. 'Dogtown' is a gritty number which shows Yoko in her daring lyrical mode combined with fine backing from the 'Double Fantasy' band, basically New York's finest session musicians of the time. A great combination on this and all others on this album. There is a totally charming song called 'Toyboat' not to mention the closing number, the quasi-religoius 'Mother Of The Universe'. This is Yoko as tender and affecting as she ever got, a quality strangely missing from most of her 'Double Fantasy' contributions for some reason. Now there is an essay in itself! 'I Don't Know Why' and 'No No No' deal directly with Lennon's murder, the latter even containing fake gunshots. They are very disturbing songs, not surprisingly. But how was Yoko tocome to terms with her grief, other than to tackle it head on? The demo of the former, included here, was even recorded on a tear drenched bed within hours of the murder itself. It makes George Harrison's lament 'All Those Years Ago', although moving in its own way, seem even further from the event itself. As George had lost that closeness to John in the last few years of John's life, closeness that is so evident on these thoroughly moving songs. There are a couple of lighthearted songs 'Turn Of The Wheel' and 'Will You Touch Me' in the style of 'I'm Your Angel' included here. But they hardly uplift one's spirits here and in fact come across as Yoko attempting to record a couple of more cheerful songs whilst still in the understandable misery of having her partner taken away from her by a man who will go down in musical history as probably the Biggest.....one is lost for words....Ever. The other tracks are never less than captivating. The inclusion of the mesmerising single 'Walking On Thin Ice' as a bonus track is iceing on the cake. They were even working on this brilliant song just hours before the killing. This album comes to terms with grief like no other album I can think of. And this album convinced me that Yoko Ono was indeed a force to be reckoned with. All of us who previously thought otherwise were simply wrong. This is a great album...period.
Yoko's Album 'Seasons Of Glass' - the first since the death of her husband, kicks off with a most beautiful song in: 'Goodbye Sadness'. This is a great example and shows the potential of Ono's much sweeter voice for anyone who doubts it exists. In fact; there are several beautiful songs and catchy numbers on this Album, and it may well appeal to those not normally into her kind of music.
The very next track is a great one too: 'Mindweaver' - where the intro. gives you a sample of Yoko on the 'phone. (sounds like someone ringing her with all their troubles for some of her great and wonderful words of wisdom - could have been me!! The lyrics to this one is very good, and as most of Yoko's songs; you do actually listen to the words, whilst with most music it's more about the tune than the actual lyrics.
All round, this is a 'classy' Album - though I believe the cover artwork caused quite a stir at the time whilst featuring John Lennon's spectacles against the backdrop of Central Park!
One of the very best songs is: 'No, No, No,' - a real cool number!
On December 8 1980, the shot that was heard around the world was fired, taking the life of John Lennon. As the world mourned the loss of their 'working class hero', Yoko Ono did what most people in the same situation would do; she threw herself into her work. The result: Season of Glass, probably one of Yoko's most famous pieces. Although a lot of the songs were written prior to this recording, the album as a whole was a mind-numbing depiction of the tragedy of that December night. For the most part, the album features Yoko at her most emotionally revealing. Songs dealing with the loss of her husband helped us to deal with our own loss. The opening track "Goodbye Sadness" (also the first single) starts us off into a reflective look at the life and the love of John & Yoko, soon we are to take a look at the world as Yoko now saw it ("Dogtown"). By the middle of the album (or side two if you have the original LP or cassette), Yoko takes a no-punches held, head-on attack on those who had wished ill thoughts on the couple ("I Don't Know Why"), even forcing the world to deal with her pain by depicting the gunshots which killed Lennon (the album's second single "No, No, No"). Then eventually returning to a more "at peace" closing prayer ("Mother of the Universe"). The emotional roller-coaster ride may have been more than most of us could have handled in our own lives. Emotion aside, some of Yoko's stronger work appears on this album. The haunting "Even When You're Far Away", the eerie rocker "She Gets Down On Her Knees", the busy confusion of "No, No, No", the sentimental melancholy of "Nobody Sees Me Like You Do" (later to become a minor hit for country singer Roseanne Cash), and the optimistic "Goodbye Sadness" which would later be the Grand Finale of her musical 'New York Rock'. The CD re-release features Yoko's biggest hit to date, "Walking On Thin Ice", the song which was recorded the night of December 8, also included is a home demo of "I Don't Know Why".
Imagine the conversation at Geffen records in 1981:
A&R man: "Heard Yoko Ono's album yet?" Geffen: "Yeah, it's bloody awful." A&R: "..but she's the world's most famous widow!" G; "It's a bloody awful record.." A&R: "..but she was married to the world's favourite musician!" G: "Still makes crap records though. Always has, always will. John had the talent, she just had the sushi." A&R: "So why did we sign her?" G: "Cos I thought she'd be better than this." A&R: "So, what's wrong with it?" G: "Let's start with the A's. Awful voice, awful lyrics, awful music." A&R: "Really? She is very famous, you know.." G: "She can't sing. Her voice sounds like someone dragging a kitten through a barbed wire fence. Her lyrics are either meaningless or trivial or both. She has Van Gogh's ear for music and a constant inescapably sorrowing image of tormented loneliness. She's even put John's bloodstained specs on the cover. Where's Sheena Easton with 125 beats per minute when you need her?" A&R: "This is her statement of grief, her testament to her beloved John, her journal of aching and her letter of despair." G: "Whatever. `Toyboat` must be one of the worst songs ever written: trite, tuneless, terrible." A&R: "Do you think anyone will want to buy this album?" G: "God, I hope so. The musicians are top notch and quite superb, pity the poor buggers with that music, the production is excellent and it has cost us a fortune. There's only two other good things about this whole unlistenably terrible record." A&R: "Mmm? Tell me?" G;: "Walking on Thin Ice is very good, I'll give her that." A&R: "And the other good thing?" G: "The final note. Blessed relief."