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Ochs, Phil - Rehearsals for Retirement
(A&M AMLS 934 UK-69 VG+ 275:-)

Phil Ochs is a figure both glorious and tragic who haunts the history of the 1960s folk revival and its aftermath. A topical singer and songwriter,he was forever in the shadow of Bob Dylan in terms of the recognition for his music.

On Rehearsals for Retirement, Ochs retained his poetic sense, but his songs were imbued with the conflicts of the times. For much of the album, Ochs expresses despair rather than anger.
Oldfield, Mike - Ommadawn
(Simply Vinyl SVLP 0322 UK-01 EX 275:-)

OMMADAWN represented a departure from Mike Oldfield's previous solo, multi-tracked recording technique. Other musicians were involved, not just in the recording but in the composition and arrangement too. Influences from the folk music of Ireland, Africa and Eastern Europe can be clearly heard. Paddy Moloney of the Irish band the Chieftains contributed the distinctive uillean pipes. It was way ahead of its time, and confirms the 22-year-old Oldfield as not just one of the great classical guitarists in rock, but as one of its greatest composers.

2001 Simply Vinyl re-issue on 180g Virgin Vinyl.
Ono, Yoko - Feeling the Space
(Apple SAPCOR-26 UK-73 VG+ 275:-)

A classically trained vocalist and pianist, Ono worked with John Cage and LaMonte Young in the early '60s and had connections to the Fluxus art movement. When she and Lennon began making music together in the late '60s, she challenged him to become a more experimental and autobiographical artist.

On Feeling the Space, Yoko Ono took complete control of her product for the first time. John Lennon only played as a side musician on one cut, with the rest of the songs ably abetted by some of New York's finest studio cats. This is a feminist record dedicated to "the sisters who died in pain and sorrow for being unable to survive in a male society." The best term to describe the music here is "angry." Ono finds no love or sweetness where the male population is concerned, and it shows.