Season of Glass (album)

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Season of Glass
Yoko Ono Season.jpg
Studio album by
Released3 June 1981 (1981-06-03)[1]
Recorded1981
StudioThe Hit Factory, New York City
Genre
Length51:05
LabelGeffen
ProducerYoko Ono, Phil Spector
Yoko Ono chronology
Double Fantasy
(1980)
Season of Glass
(1981)
It's Alright (I See Rainbows)
(1982)
Singles from Season of Glass
  1. "No, No, No"
    Released: August 1981 (US)[1]
  2. "Goodbye Sadness"
    Released: October 1981 (US)[1]

Season of Glass is the fifth studio album by Yoko Ono, her first solo recording after the murder of her husband John Lennon. Season of Glass, released in 1981, reached #49 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart, making it Ono's highest-charting solo album to date.

A music video was created for "Goodbye Sadness" featuring footage of John and Yoko together. The video was screened on the first episode of Saturday Night Live's seventh season.

Background

The album was released less than six months after Lennon's death and deals with it directly in songs such as "Goodbye Sadness" and "I Don't Know Why". Lennon and Ono's son Sean Lennon features on "Even When You're Far Away", recounting a story his father used to tell him.

The front cover features Lennon's bloodstained glasses (the same ones that Lennon wore on the day of his death) positioned next to a half-filled glass of water, with a view of Central Park in the background. The choice of album cover was considered controversial by the record company:

I used a photo I took of John’s blood-stained glasses on the record cover. The record company called me and said the record shops would not stock the record unless I changed the cover. I didn't understand it. Why? They said it was in bad taste. I felt like a person soaked in blood coming into a living room full of people and reporting that my husband was dead, his body was taken away, and the pair of glasses were the only thing I had managed to salvage – and people looking at me saying it was in bad taste to show the glasses to them. "I'm not changing the cover. This is what John is now," I said.

— Yoko Ono, "ONOBOX by Yoko Ono".

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic[2]
Rolling Stone[3]
Pitchfork(7.7/10)[4]
Robert ChristgauA−[5]

Season of Glass charted at number 49 on the Billboard 200, making it Ono's highest-charting solo album to date.[6]

Pitchfork listed Season of Glass as one of the best 200 albums of the 1980s.[7]

Reissue

The 1997 Rykodisc reissue added bonus tracks of the single "Walking on Thin Ice" and an a cappella demo of "I Don't Know Why", recorded the day after Lennon's death. Demos of Season of Glass songs recorded with Lennon in the 1970s were also released as bonus tracks with other Ono reissues, including acoustic versions of and "Dogtown" and "She Gets Down on Her Knees" on Approximately Infinite Universe, "Will You Touch Me" on Fly and "Extension 33" on A Story. The unreleased 1974 album A Story also contained several songs that were later re-recorded for Season of Glass, namely "Dogtown", "She Gets Down On Her Knees" and "Will You Touch Me". It was also released by Rykodisc in 1997.

Remixes

Three songs from this recording were reworked by other artists on the remix tribute album Yes, I'm a Witch in 2007. Anohni reworked "Toyboat", The Apples in Stereo reworked "Nobody Sees Me Like You Do" and Jason Pierce from Spiritualized reworked "Walking on Thin Ice".

In popular culture

Holly Miranda covered "Nobody Sees Me Like You Do" as a B-side to her single "Forest Green, Oh Forest Green" and on her EP Choose to See, which was included with the purchase of her 2010 album The Magician's Private Library.[8]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Yoko Ono.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Goodbye Sadness"3:48
2."Mindweaver"4:24
3."Even When You're Far Away"4:12
4."Nobody Sees Me Like You Do"3:31
5."Turn of the Wheel"2:41
6."Dogtown"3:22
7."Silver Horse"3:03
Side two
No.TitleLength
8."I Don't Know Why"4:18
9."Extension 33"2:45
10."No, No, No"2:43
11."Will You Touch Me"2:37
12."She Gets Down on Her Knees"4:13
13."Toyboat"3:31
14."Mother of the Universe"4:26
UK Bonus 7"[9]
No.TitleLength
1."Walking on Thin Ice"6:00
2."It Happened" (Remixed Version)5:08
1997 CD Reissue bonus tracks[10]
No.TitleLength
15."Walking on Thin Ice" (Extended version)6:55
16."I Don't Know Why" (Demo)2:11

Personnel

Technical
  • Frederic Seaman, Jerry Caron – production assistant
  • Ed Sprigg – engineer
  • Christopher Whorf – artwork

Charts

Chart (1981) Peak
position
Total
weeks
Australian Albums Chart[11] 62 5
Norwegian Albums Chart[12] 31 5
Swedish Albums Chart[13] 35 1
UK Albums Chart[14] 47 2
U.S. Billboard 200[15] 49 9

Release history

Country Date Format Label Catalog
United Kingdom 3 June 1981[1] LP Geffen Records K 99164[16]
LP + 7"[9]
Germany 8 June 1981 LP GEF 99 164[17]
Cassette[18]
United States 12 June 1981 LP GHS-2004[19]
Cassette GEF M5 2004[20]
Japan 1981 LP P-11045J[21]
Australia GEF M5 2004[22]
United States 10 June 1997[23] CD Rykodisc RCD 10421[10]
United Kingdom 1997
Japan

References

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  2. ^ Season of Glass at AllMusic
  3. ^ "Rolling Stone Music | Album Reviews". Rollingstone.com. 2011-11-01. Archived from the original on February 5, 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Yoko Ono: Season of Glass". Archived from the original on June 5, 2003. Retrieved 2012-05-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "CG: Yoko Ono". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Yoko Ono awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  7. ^ "The 200 Best Albums of the 1980s". pitchfork.com. 2018-09-10. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Holly Miranda - Choose To See EP (CD) at Discogs". Discogs. Zink Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  9. ^ a b "Yoko Ono – Season of Glass (1981, Vinyl)". Discogs.
  10. ^ a b "Yoko Ono – Season of Glass (1997, CD)". Discogs.
  11. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 223. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  12. ^ "Yoko Ono – Season of Glass". Verdens Gang. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  13. ^ "Yoko Ono – Season of Glass". Swedish Recording Industry Association. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  14. ^ "The Official Charts Company – Yoko Ono – Season of Glass". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  15. ^ Season of Glass at AllMusic
  16. ^ "Yoko Ono – Season of Glass (1981, Vinyl)". Discogs.
  17. ^ "Vinyl Album: Yoko Ono - Season of Glass (1981)".
  18. ^ "Yoko Ono – Season of Glass (1981, Cassette)". Discogs.
  19. ^ "Yoko Ono – Season of Glass (1981, Vinyl)". Discogs.
  20. ^ "Yoko Ono – Season of Glass (1981, Cassette)". Discogs.
  21. ^ "Yoko Ono – Season of Glass (1981, Vinyl)". Discogs.
  22. ^ "Yoko Ono – Season of Glass (1981, Vinyl)". Discogs.
  23. ^ "Ready or Not: Yoko Ono Albums to be Reissued". MTV.