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Alan Licht's minimal Top Ten

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John Lennon, Yoko Ono

Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions

Label: Secretly Canadian

Format: CD

Genre: Sound Art

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*2022 stock* "These two need no introduction, but "Cambridge 1969," which takes up all of side one, is a completely unheralded classic.  For twenty minutes Yoko vibratoes her way around a single note while Lennon provides terrifying power-drone feedback accompaniment.  This is the ultimate punk/metal take on La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela's Black Album (which, considering Ono & Young's history together, might be both figurative and literal).  Towards the end John Stevens and John Tchichai chime in for some free jazz/minimal crossover a la Hermann Nitsch.  On side two there's "Radio Play," nanosecond snippets of radio played at regular intervals--almost Bernard Gunterish heard in 1997.  It's hard to imagine how betrayed Beatlemaniacs must have felt at the time or since--it's far more blasphemous than Metal Machine Music, but Lou didn't have a non-caucasian female collaborator for his fans to blame it on. I maintain that this album is a must for any outside music listener." Alan Lichtdetail


Cat. number: SC 290
Year: 2016
Part of Secretly Canadian's Yoko Ono reissue project, starting with Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins, Unfinished Music No. 2: Life with the Lions, and Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, each released on 11 November 2016.