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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.
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.
Ono, Yoko - Fly
(Apple SAPTU-101/102 UK-71 VG+ 800:-)

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.

By the time "Fly" emerged, the battle lines had long been drawn, and those who preferred to place Ono's domestic situation rather than her music in the foreground were never going to give it a fair shake. Very much their loss -- not only is it that rarest of all beasts, a '70s double album that rewards repeated listening, but Fly also shows the work of a creative artist working with a sympathetic set of backing players to create inspired, varied songs.

UK pressing with "Demonstration Record - Not for Sale" on labels. The sleeve is graded VG - the vinyls are VG+.
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