Fly (Yoko Ono album)

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Fly
Studio album by Yoko Ono
Released 20 September 1971 (US)
3 December 1971 (UK)
Recorded 1970–71
Genre Rock, protopunk, avant-garde, experimental
Length 94:52
Label Apple
Producer John Lennon, Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono chronology
Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band
(1970)
Fly
(1971)
Some Time in New York City
(1972)
(with John Lennon)
Singles from Fly
  1. "Mrs. Lennon"
    Released: 29 September 1971 (US); 29 October 1971 (UK)
  2. "Mind Train"
    Released: 21 January 1972 (UK only)

Fly is the second album by Yoko Ono, produced by her and John Lennon, and released in 1971. It was a complete avant-garde/Fluxus package in a gatefold sleeve that came with a full-size poster and a postcard to order Ono's book Grapefruit. Notable songs include the singles "Midsummer New York" and "Mrs. Lennon", "Hirake" aka "Open Your Box" and "Don't Worry, Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking for Her Hand in the Snow)", dedicated to Ono's daughter Kyoko Cox. "Airmale" is the soundtrack to Lennon's film Erection, showing a building being erected in time lapsed photography,[1] while "Fly" is the soundtrack to Ono's film Fly.

Recording[edit]

The album was recorded around the same time as Lennon's Imagine.[1] Ono had to re-record her vocals on "Open Your Box", on 4 March 1971 at Abbey Road Studios, after a managing director of EMI called the lyrics "distasteful";[1] The song featured a line that went "Open your trousers, open your skirt, open your legs and open your thighs".[1] "Trousers", "skirt", "legs", and "thighs" were changed to "houses", "church", "lakes", and "eyes".[1] Lennon and Ono didn't complain about the change of words, and only "wanted to get the record out", as a spokesman said.[1]

"Will You Touch Me" was first recorded during the Fly sessions sometime in November 1971, later ending up on 1981's Season of Glass. The original version ended up on the Rykodisc reissue of Fly in 1998.[1]

Release[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [2]
Rolling Stone (not rated) [3]

Fly peaked at number 199 in the Billboard charts. On 1 February 1972, Lennon and Ono Lennon recorded "Midsummer New York" backed by Elephant's Memory for an episode of The Mike Douglas Show which aired on 15 February.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Yoko Ono.

Side one
  1. "Midsummer New York" – 3:51
  2. "Mind Train" – 16:52
Side two
  1. "Mind Holes" – 2:47
  2. "Don't Worry, Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking for Her Hand in the Snow)" – 4:55
  3. "Mrs. Lennon" – 4:12
  4. "Hirake" – 3:31
  5. "Toilet Piece/Unknown" – 0:30
  6. "O'Wind (Body Is the Scar of Your Mind)" – 5:22
Side three
  1. "Airmale" – 10:43
  2. "Don't Count the Waves" – 5:24
  3. "You" – 8:59
Side four
  1. "Fly" – 22:52
  2. "Telephone Piece" – 0:37
Reissue bonus tracks
  1. "Between the Takes" – 1:58
  2. "Will You Touch Me" – 2:45

Singles[edit]

  • "Mrs. Lennon"/"Midsummer New York" (7") (Did not chart)
  • "Mind Train" (Edit)/"Listen, The Snow Is Falling" (7") (Did not chart)

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Miles, Barry; Badman, Keith, ed. (2001). The Beatles Diary After the Break-Up: 1970-2001 (reprint ed.). London: Music Sales Group. ISBN 9780711983076. 
  2. ^ Fly (Yoko Ono album) at AllMusic
  3. ^ Ferris, Tim (9 December 1971). "Fly | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 3 October 2012.