XGHS 2004 Season of Glass
Produced by Yoko Ono & Phil Spector
Released on June 1981
US CHART POSITION #49
Find it at GEMM
XGHS 2004 cover  

E nter the widow Lennon. Even twenty years on, Season of Glass is an uncomfortable album to listen to. Yoko the unflinching artist might have suffered silence in the wake of her husband’s death, yet it would have been an act of individual censorship and John would have frowned upon that. And so she released an album that directly addressed life after John, something that millions were still struggling with themselves. It’s a sober album much of the time, exemplified on “Goodbye Sadness,” “Even When You’re Far Away” and “I Don’t Know Why.” It’s also painfully real in spots, like “No, No, No” and “Will You Touch Me.” The musical accompaniment is remote, similar to a Lou Reed solo album in its bare emotion. Even the happier tracks are tinged with sadness, as “Nobody Sees Me Like You Do” and “Silver Horse” show. Perhaps lost in the outpouring of emotion is that Season of Glass stands as one of Yoko’s most accessible albums. In a very real sense, she was writing for John Lennon’s audience this time, and the pop influences are a concession to ears used to more traditional rock arrangements. “Turn of the Wheel,” for example, sounds a lot like John’s “Nobody Told Me.” It’s hard to view Season of Glass solely in the context of a fresh musical statement, but there are signs that Yoko was continuing to embrace new wave edginess on cuts like “Dogtown” and “She Gets Down On Her Knees.” That Yoko chose to share her feelings through music is a blessing to some of us. The rest of the world can lump it if they don’t like it. If the closing “Mother of the Universe” leans on the conventions of religion for support, Yoko can lean on us for the rest of the way. We share her sadness because she shared her sadness with us. And we celebrate her music because music is a celebration of life.

XGHS 2004 back cover XGHS 2004 lyric sleeve
XGHS 2004 back cover XGHS 2004 lyric sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. GOODBYE SADNESS    3:48
  2. MINDWEAVER    4:24
  3. EVEN WHEN YOU'RE FAR AWAY    4:12
  4. NOBODY SEES ME LIKE YOU DO    3:31
  5. TURN OF THE WHEEL    2:41
  6. DOGTOWN    3:22
  7. SILVER HORSE    3:03
  8. I DON'T KNOW WHY    4:18
  9. EXTENSION 33    2:45
  10. NO, NO, NO    2:43
  11. WILL YOU TOUCH ME    2:37
  12. SHE GETS DOWN ON HER KNEES    4:13
  13. TOYBOAT    3:31
  14. MOTHER OF THE UNIVERSE    4:26

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  15. WALKING ON THIN ICE
  16. I DON'T KNOW WHY

    Words and music by Yoko Ono

CREDITS

YOKO ONO -- solo & background vocals, cover photo & design
MICHAEL BRECKER -- tenor sax
RONNIE CUBER -- baritone sax
ANTHONY DAVILIO -- keyboards, guitars, conductor
DAVID FRIEDMAN -- vibraphone & percussion
ARTHUR JENKINS, JR. -- percussion
HOWARD JOHNSON -- tuba
TONY LEVIN -- bass guitar
HUGH McCRACKEN -- guitars, jew's harp
ANDREW NEWMARK -- drums
GEORGE "YOUNG" OPALISKY -- soprano & alto sax
EARL SLICK -- guitars
GEORGE SMALL -- keyboards
Sean Ono Lennon -- a little story
John Siegler -- bass guitar (2,14)
Ed Sprigg -- engineer
Christopher Whorf/ArtHotel -- artwork

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US June 1981 Geffen LP/CS GHS 2004 lyric sleeve
UK/GER 1981 Geffen LP K99164 lyric sleeve
CAN 1981 Geffen LP/CS XGHS 2004 lyric sleeve
ECDR 1981 Geffen LP LP-27502  
US August 26, 1997 Rykodisc CDX RCD 10421 w. bonus tracks

 

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