- "Yes, I'm a Witch"
- "Cambridge 1969"
Being arguably the most controversial woman in rock history isn't easy. While best known as the widow of John Lennon — and, to many, the reason for The Beatles' breakup — Yoko Ono has always been, first and foremost, an artist. With her career now entering its sixth decade, her work sounds just as relevant now as it did in the '60s and '70s.
As a girl in Tokyo, Ono was trained in classical piano and opera. After moving to New York City against the wishes of her parents in the early '50s, Ono became heavily involved in the flourishing avant-garde art scene, in the process befriending influential artists and musicians such as John Cage and La Monte Young. In the '60s, her abstract and bizarre artwork attracted the attention of former art student John Lennon, who would soon become her husband and frequent collaborator.
Ono's first true solo record was 1970's Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, recorded concurrently with Lennon's Plastic Ono Band record; certainly the more avant-garde of the pair, her disc started what would be a long and illustrious career in pop and avant-garde music.
Her new CD, Yes, I'm A Witch, approaches Ono's work from a new angle. Each of the 16 artists involved in the project was given the freedom to re-interpret and remix any track from Ono's extensive back catalogue, and while most use only her vocal tracks, the results are frequently remarkable. Featuring remixes by Cat Power, The Flaming Lips, Le Tigre, Peaches, Porcupine Tree, The Apples in Stereo and others, Yes, I'm a Witch offers a unique and exciting chance to hear Ono's signature vocal style synching up with some of modern pop music's most imaginative artists.