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Review "We Are Plastic Ono Band" - Amid All That Experience, Innocence (Yoko Ono jams w/ Clapton)
NY Times ^ | February 17, 2010 | By JON PARELES

Posted on 02/18/2010 4:49:42 PM PST by a fool in paradise

In some ways Yoko Ono is still an amateur. At “We Are Plastic Ono Band,” mixing concert and tribute at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Tuesday night, her voice could be shaky and her stage patter giggly and unplanned. She looked genuinely surprised when the audience interrupted her and sang “Happy Birthday.” (She turns 77 on Feb. 18.) She’s also untamed. She can still let loose the bleats, wails, yips, howls and shrieks that alienated Beatles fans in the 1960s and inspired avant-rockers soon afterward.

Ms. Ono’s well-preserved air of naïveté — and the license it gives her to say things simply and primally — has been her artistic gift since the ’60s...

“We Are Plastic Ono Band” brought together, for the first time in decades, members of the informal group John Lennon assembled in 1969: Eric Clapton on guitar, Jim Keltner on drums and Klaus Voorman on bass. Guests, including Paul Simon, Bette Midler and members of Sonic Youth, also performed songs by Ms. Ono and by John Lennon.

...Singing melodies, Ms. Ono sounded high and fragile, as deliberately exposed as the lyrics. And her wordless sounds were by no means random. They were ghostly, furious, dreamy, caustic, urgent, exultant, orgasmic. Between the abstractions were tidings of peace-and-love optimism, of loss and loneliness, and of uncertainty...

The reunited Plastic Ono Band was still proudly unrehearsed, crunchy and sinewy. Mr. Clapton sent slow-blues phrases curling around Ms. Ono’s voice in the elegiac “Death of Samantha,” and the band turned the blues-rock stomp of “Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking for Her Hand in the Snow)” into a full-fledged maelstrom. Naturally Ms. Ono ended the concert with “Give Peace a Chance,” the 1969 song that introduced the Plastic Ono Band, adding updated lyrics, flashing V signs and leading a singalong...

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Cheese, Moose, Sister; Music/Entertainment; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: bettemidler; ericclapner; ericclapton; johnlennon; napl; ohno; paulsimon; reunionconcert; soundpollution; thebeatles; yokoono; yukkoohno
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1 posted on 02/18/2010 4:49:43 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

Sings like an angry cat...

2 posted on 02/18/2010 4:51:16 PM PST by a fool in paradise (DON'T SAY "Happy Valentines' Day". It's Happy Holidays! This is the Holiday Season (Prez Day Feb15))
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To: a fool in paradise

It;s NOT Clapton...itr’s CLAPNER!! (per Clinton’s REALLY STUPID Surgeon General...can’t remember her name.


3 posted on 02/18/2010 4:51:26 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: a fool in paradise
Ms. Ono’s well-preserved air of naïveté — and the license it gives her to say things simply and primally — has been her artistic gift since the ’60s...

In other words, the source of her talent is her utter lack of talent. Nice work, if you can get it...

4 posted on 02/18/2010 4:52:13 PM PST by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("The first unintended victim of almost every government program is common sense." - Ari David)
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To: Ann Archy

just remembered....Jocelyn Elders said “I LOVE Eric CLAPNER”!!


5 posted on 02/18/2010 4:52:35 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: 537cant be wrong; Aeronaut; bassmaner; Bella_Bru; Big Guy and Rusty 99; Brian Allen; cgk; ...

Cannot Sing PING

6 posted on 02/18/2010 4:53:03 PM PST by a fool in paradise (DON'T SAY "Happy Valentines' Day". It's Happy Holidays! This is the Holiday Season (Prez Day Feb15))
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To: a fool in paradise

7 posted on 02/18/2010 4:54:01 PM PST by Vaquero (BHO....'The Pretenda from Kenya')
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To: a fool in paradise
you know what? if the slimes is slammin' Yoko Ono, I'm staying with my position that she's a class act (if a bit eclectic) and probably one of history's most slandered women. It can't be easy being married to a self-appointed minor deity (who also grew up, by the way).

And, if Clapton's playing with her, she can't be all that bad.

So, as always, screw the times.

Rock on, Yoko.

8 posted on 02/18/2010 4:54:34 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (yeah, you can quote me.)
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To: Vaquero

points for the graphic, mate. You just took me back to my youth.


9 posted on 02/18/2010 4:55:10 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (yeah, you can quote me.)
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To: T. Buzzard Trueblood

John would’ve tired of her schtick by 2010. He’d already left his first wife and had cheated with May Pang.

She’s been able to exercise control of 25% of the Beatles’ legacy for 30 years now, far longer than the band ever existed or she knew John.

In Yoko’s defense, I off this list that someone blogged on a radio station’s website last month:

http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2010/01/5-reasons-i-like-yoko-more-than-john.html


10 posted on 02/18/2010 4:56:36 PM PST by a fool in paradise (DON'T SAY "Happy Valentines' Day". It's Happy Holidays! This is the Holiday Season (Prez Day Feb15))
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To: Ann Archy

“So I think that’s the wonderful part about it, but listen - I like Eric Clapner!” - Joycelyn Elders


11 posted on 02/18/2010 4:57:55 PM PST by a fool in paradise (DON'T SAY "Happy Valentines' Day". It's Happy Holidays! This is the Holiday Season (Prez Day Feb15))
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To: a fool in paradise

IMO she is a talentless fame whore.


12 posted on 02/18/2010 4:58:35 PM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
you know what? if the slimes is slammin' Yoko Ono, I'm staying with my position that she's a class act

I don't see any slams in the article.

13 posted on 02/18/2010 4:59:06 PM PST by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: the invisib1e hand; Vaquero

14 posted on 02/18/2010 4:59:18 PM PST by Vaquero (BHO....'The Pretenda from Kenya')
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To: the invisib1e hand
Yoko Ohno was in Satan's bed.

literally!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059679/

15 posted on 02/18/2010 5:00:55 PM PST by a fool in paradise (DON'T SAY "Happy Valentines' Day". It's Happy Holidays! This is the Holiday Season (Prez Day Feb15))
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To: a fool in paradise

God doesn’t make mistakes. Although considering that Mark Chapman shot John Lennon and not Yoko, I can understand why some folks might think otherwise.


16 posted on 02/18/2010 5:02:37 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?)...R.I.P.)
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To: a fool in paradise

What’s the chance of getting Mark David Chapman a weekend pass?


17 posted on 02/18/2010 5:04:14 PM PST by bleach (Sarah, Wake me in 2012)
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To: T. Buzzard Trueblood
In other words, the source of her talent is her utter lack of talent. Nice work, if you can get it...

Perfect analysis! And the secret to getting work under these circumstances is to marry a Beatle and then have him be willing to throw his own career away to keep you in the music business.

18 posted on 02/18/2010 5:08:36 PM PST by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Lurking Libertarian
thx, i misunderstood post 4 and just assumed since it's the times and since she catches a ration of sh_t from most everyone.

Rock on, Yoko.

Anyway Cheap Trick does an excellent cover of "I'm Losing You" from "Double Fantasy," but that's not really Yoko.

19 posted on 02/18/2010 5:10:18 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (yeah, you can quote me.)
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To: a fool in paradise

I thought she said LOVE....but hey, I got the CLAPNER part right.


20 posted on 02/18/2010 5:10:56 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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