Yoko was born in Tokyo in 1933 and spent part of her childhood in New York City. When she grew up she became an artist and fell in with the avant garde crowd. She became a name in hip London circles in the mid-60s which brought her to the attention of a bloke called John Lennon who was a singer and songwriter in a pop group called The Beatles. After a whirlwind romance, John dumped his wife and married Yoko. They made three experimental albums and then John helped Yoko make proper records. 'Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band' (1970) was recorded at the same time John made 'John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band' and they came in similar sleeves. 'Fly' was her second album.
For her third ‘rock’ album, Yoko along with hubby John Lennon and their then backing band ‘Elephants Memory’ turned in her most conventional sounding album at that point and what’s more, made it a double.
The set is stuffed with funk, soul, boogie, and rock-n-roll and was overlooked at the time but this latest reissue should help with its reappraisal. Track titles like ‘I Felt Like Smashing My Face in a Clear Glass Window’ and ‘What A Bastard The World Is’ showed she had an axe to grind but on the other hand, gentler tracks like ‘Song For John’ and ‘Looking Over from My Hotel Window’ revealed a more sentimental side.
She released only one album after this: 'Feeling The Space' before quitting music until John's ill-fated 1980 comeback. Yoko has continued dabbling in music releasing a new album every few years, her most recent being 'Take Me To The Land Of Hell' (2013).