GEF 49683 Walking On Thin Ice
Produced by John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Jack Douglas
Released on February 1981
no chart information
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GEF 49683 cover
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I ’ve read that John Lennon was holding a tape of “Walking On Thin Ice” when he was shot. Fatalism? Maybe. Opportunism? No. At six minutes, the single never stood a chance of charting, but it’s easily as good (and probably a little better) than Yoko’s contributions to Double Fantasy, which themselves represented something of a career highpoint for her. John wasn’t merely being supportive when he suggested that Yoko release this as a single, it’s actually a good song. Elements of Japanese music are swirled into modern Western settings (new wave/rock), delivered in Yoko’s clipped, breathy style, poetry complete with bird caws a la George Crumb. The flip side originally dates from 1973 and features street dialogue between John and Yoko that sets up this pretty, acoustic song. Anyone who enjoyed Yoko’s contributions to Double Fantasy (and I did) owes it to themselves to check out “Walking On Thin Ice.” Sadly, the single marks the end of Yoko’s innocence, as subsequent albums (notably Season of Glass) were recorded under the cloud of loss and pain.

TRACK LISTING

  1. WALKING ON THIN ICE    (Yoko Ono)    5:58
  2. IT HAPPENED    (Yoko Ono)    5:06

    12-inch promotional single
  3. WALKING ON THIN ICE
  4. IT HAPPENED
  5. HARD TIMES ARE OVER

CREDITS

YOKO ONO -- voice, editing, remix
JOHN LENNON -- lead guitar, keyboards, editing, remix
HUGH McCRACKEN -- rhythm guitar, guitars
Kenny Asher -- keyboards (2)
Jack Douglas -- percussion, editing, remix
Gordon Edwards -- bass (2)
Arthur Jenkins, Jr. -- percussion (2)
Tony Levin -- bass (1)
Rick Marotta -- drums (2)
Andy Newmark -- drums (1)
Earl Slick -- rhythm guitar (1)
David Spinozza -- guitars (2)
Lee DeCarlo -- engineer (1)
Ed Sprigg -- engineer (2)

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US/CAN February 1981 Geffen 7" GEF 49683 picture sleeve, lyric insert
US 1981 Geffen 12PRO PRO-A-934 lyric insert
UK/GER 1981 Geffen 7" K79202 picture sleeve, lyric insert
JPN 1981 Geffen 7" P1516J picture sleeve

 

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