Friday, November 10, 2006

Obliterate

Plastic Ono Band (Rock)
iPod choice: Don't Worry Kyoko
(Mummy's Only Looking for her Hand in the Snow) (1969)



It's late 1969 and John Lennon's pick up band, featuring Eric Clapton, Klaus Voorman, Alan White and Yoko Ono, run through a few rockers on the plane before stumbling on stage to obliterate 50,000 Canadians at the Toronto Rock 'n' Roll Festival. Live Peace in Toronto is one of the great live albums. Its climax is this stunning version of Don't Worry Kyoko, originally b-side to the cataclysmic Cold Turkey single.

Engaged at the time in a custody battle with her ex-husband for daughter Kyoko, Ono screeches convincingly as Lennon and co pound a relentless riff into the ground. Unfairly maligned and undervalued (she pretty much wrote Imagine, her hubbie's most popular song), Yoko is at her wailing best here. Even better if you can catch it on the Sweet Toronto DVD, and witness Bagism in all its glory.

3 comments:

Sara Muir said...

Best live album ever.

Terada Mako said...

I am happy I am not only Ono Yoko fan out here. Have you heard Approximately Infinite Universe, Shiffi-san? It's a masterpiece.

Shiffi Le Soy said...

Indeed I am, Mako-san and look out for an opinion piece on that one plus John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band in the not too distant future.