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Onobox
Box set by
Released1992
Recorded1968–1992
Genre
Length388:18
LabelRykodisc
ProducerYoko Ono
Yoko Ono chronology
Starpeace
(1985)
Onobox
(1992)
Walking on Thin Ice
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]

Onobox is a 1992 comprehensive 6-disc collection of Yoko Ono's work from 1968 to 1985. The discs are grouped by era and theme. Disc one centers around the albums Fly and Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, while Disc two features nearly the entirety of Approximately Infinite Universe in a different running order and most of the tracks remixed exclusively for this boxed set. Disc three features the entire Feeling the Space project, which was originally conceived and recorded as a double album before being edited down, while disc six is the previously unreleased 1974 album A Story, which was later reissued separately with an altered track listing, along with the rest of Ono's back catalogue.

Discs four and five center on her relationship with her late husband and musician John Lennon, with "Kiss, Kiss, Kiss" highlighting songs from their duet albums Double Fantasy and Milk and Honey, while "No, No, No" focuses on the albums Yoko released in the aftermath of the murder of John Lennon.

Onobox was complemented by an accompanying one-disc "greatest hits" release, entitled Walking on Thin Ice. While the Rykodisc press release for Onobox declared the collection "not as bad as you might think", it also urged the public to "smash your preconceptions". Which, for the most part, they did, finding the box gave "Yoko Ono the avant- garde heroine her due".[2]

Track listing

All songs written by Yoko Ono except "No Bed for Beatle John" written by John Lennon/Yoko Ono.

Many songs were edited or remixed for this compilation. These mixes and edits have not been officially released elsewhere.

Disc one – "London Jam"
No.TitleAlbumLength
1."No Bed for Beatle John" (Excerpt)Unfinished Music No.2: Life with the Lions2:00
2."Mind Holes"Fly2:45
3."O'Wind (Body is the Scar of Your Mind)"Fly5:24
4."Why"Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band5:30
5."Why Not"Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band9:55
6."Greenfield Morning I Pushed an Empty Baby Carriage All Over the City"Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band5:36
7."Touch Me" (Edit)Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band4:23
8."Paper Shoes" (Edit)Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band3:45
9."Mind Train" (Edit)Fly3:56
10."Open Your Box" (Uncensored Version - also known as "Hirake")Fly3:32
11."Toilet Piece / Unknown"Fly0:31
12."Don't Worry Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking for Her Hand in the Snow)"Fly4:53
13."Telephone Piece" (US Version)Fly0:30
14."Midsummer New York" (Edit)Fly2:16
15."The Path"Previously Unreleased5:43
16."Don't Count the Waves" (Edit)Fly3:54
17."Head Play" (Medley: You/Airmale/Fly)Previously Unreleased2:33
18."Is Winter Here to Stay?"Approximately Infinite Universe4:20
Disc two – "New York Rock"
No.TitleAlbumLength
1."Yang Yang" (Remix)Approximately Infinite Universe3:48
2."Death of Samantha" (Remix)Approximately Infinite Universe5:05
3."What Did I Do!" (Remix)Approximately Infinite Universe3:50
4."Approximately Infinite Universe" (Remix)Approximately Infinite Universe3:19
5."What a Bastard the World is" (Remix)Approximately Infinite Universe4:36
6."Catman (The Rosies are Coming)" (Remix)Approximately Infinite Universe5:44
7."I Want My Love to Rest Tonight"Approximately Infinite Universe5:09
8."Shiranakatta (I Didn't Know)"Approximately Infinite Universe3:09
9."Peter the Dealer" (Remix)Approximately Infinite Universe4:58
10."I Felt Like Smashing My Face in a Clear Glass Window"Approximately Infinite Universe4:08
11."Winter Song" (Remix)Approximately Infinite Universe3:38
12."Kite Song" (Remix)Approximately Infinite Universe3:09
13."Now or Never" (Edit)Approximately Infinite Universe3:45
14."What a Mess" (Remix)Approximately Infinite Universe2:42
15."I Have a Woman Inside My Soul" (Remix)Approximately Infinite Universe5:05
16."Move on Fast" (Remix)Approximately Infinite Universe3:42
17."Looking Over from My Hotel Window"Approximately Infinite Universe3:29
18."Waiting for the Sunrise"Approximately Infinite Universe2:33
Disc three – "Run, Run, Run"
No.TitleAlbumLength
1."Growing Pain"Feeling the Space3:51
2."Yellow Girl (Stand by for Life)"Feeling the Space3:16
3."Coffin Car"Feeling the Space3:32
4."Warrior Woman"Previously Unreleased5:01
5."Woman of Salem" (Remix)Feeling the Space3:31
6."Run, Run, Run"Feeling the Space5:09
7."If Only" (Remix)Feeling the Space3:26
8."A Thousand Times Yes" (Remix)Feeling the Space3:02
9."Straight Talk" (Remix)Feeling the Space2:59
10."Angry Young Woman"Feeling the Space3:53
11."Potbelly Rocker"Previously Unreleased2:43
12."She Hits Back" (Remix)Feeling the Space4:04
13."Men, Men, Men"Feeling the Space4:02
14."Woman Power" (Remix)Feeling the Space5:37
15."It's Been Very Hard"Previously Unreleased5:57
16."Mildred, Mildred"Previously Unreleased2:57
17."Left Turn's the Right Turn"Previously Unreleased2:10
Disc four – "Kiss, Kiss, Kiss"
No.TitleAlbumLength
1."Walking on Thin Ice"Non-Album Single6:01
2."Kiss Kiss Kiss"Double Fantasy2:40
3."Give Me Something"Double Fantasy1:34
4."I'm Moving On"Double Fantasy5:30
5."Yes, I'm Your Angel"Double Fantasy3:35
6."Beautiful Boys"Double Fantasy2:53
7."Open Your Soul to Me"Previously Unreleased3:45
8."Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him" (Edit)Double Fantasy4:03
9."Hard Times are Over"Double Fantasy3:20
10."Don't Be Scared" (Extended Version)Milk and Honey4:35
11."Sleepless Night" (Extended Version)Milk and Honey3:53
12."O'Sanity"Milk and Honey1:05
13."Your Hands"Milk and Honey3:13
14."Let Me Count the Ways" (Extended Version)Milk and Honey3:03
15."Forgive Me, My Love"Previously Unreleased3:11
16."You're the One" (Extended Version)Milk and Honey4:34
17."There's No Goodbye" (Demo)Previously Unreleased1:57
18."Have You Seen a Horizon Lately"Approximately Infinite Universe2:02
Disc five – "No, No, No"
No.TitleAlbumLength
1."I Don't Know Why"Season of Glass4:20
2."Mindweaver"Season of Glass4:22
3."Even When You're Far Away"Season of Glass5:21
4."Nobody Sees Me Like You Do"Season of Glass3:33
5."Silver Horse"Season of Glass3:03
6."No, No, No"Season of Glass2:46
7."Toyboat"Season of Glass3:31
8."She Gets Down on Her Knees"Season of Glass4:10
9."Extension 33"Season of Glass2:44
10."Never Say Goodbye" (Edit)It's Alright (I See Rainbows)4:01
11."Spec of Dust"It's Alright (I See Rainbows)3:31
12."My Man"It's Alright (I See Rainbows)3:59
13."It's Alright"It's Alright (I See Rainbows)4:20
14."Let the Tears Dry"It's Alright (I See Rainbows)3:29
15."Dream Love"It's Alright (I See Rainbows)4:47
16."Hell in Paradise" (Remix)Starpeace3:39
17."I Love You, Earth"Starpeace2:41
18."In Cape Clear"Starpeace4:54
19."Goodbye Sadness"Season of Glass3:50
Disc six – A Story
No.TitleAlbumLength
1."A Story"A Story2:38
2."Loneliness"A Story3:33
3."Will You Touch Me"A Story2:39
4."Dogtown"A Story3:32
5."It Happened"A Story3:52
6."Tomorrow May Never Come"A Story2:52
7."Winter Friend"A Story3:17
8."Heartburn Stew"A Story2:09
9."Yes, I'm a Witch"A Story3:11
10."Yume O Moto" (Remix)Non-Album Single3:45
11."O'Oh"Previously Unreleased4:00
12."Namyohorengekyo"Previously Unreleased2:42
13."We're All Water" (Edit)Some Time in New York City3:41
14."Joseijoi Banzai Part 1" (Remix)Non-Album Single3:33
15."Sisters O Sisters"Some Time in New York City3:46

Previously Unreleased Material

Onobox includes 20 previously unreleased songs. Some of these songs have appeared on other Yoko releases.

  • The first 9 tracks from Disc 6 were all included on the A Story album when it was released in 1997.
  • "The Path" was included on the 2017 Reissue of Fly.
  • "Warrior Woman", "Potbelly Rocker", "It's Been Very Hard", "Mildred, Mildred" and "Left Turn's the Right Turn" were all included on the 2017 Reissue of Feeling the Space.
  • "There's No Goodbye" was re-recorded for the album Take Me to the Land of Hell.

In addition to this, "Head Play" (a medley of the songs "You", "Airmale" and "Fly" specially made for this boxset) was included on the 2017 Reissue of Fly.

Ultrabox Edition

A limited edition version of Onobox was released called the "Ultrabox" Edition[3]. This version included the entire 6-disc box set along with the accompanying 1-disc Walking on Thin Ice compilation and a sculpture by Yoko called "A Key to Open the Universe" with a signature by Yoko, all packaged in a protective carrying case. This edition was released limited to 350 copies and a small number of boxes without Onobox but all other items were also made for those who already owned the Onobox set.

Release history

Country Date Format Label Catalog
United States 28 January 1992[4] 6xCD Rykodisc RCD 10224/29[5]
7xCD (Ultrabox Edition)[6]
Japan 24 June 1992 6xCD TOCP-7191-96[7]

References

  1. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r65810
  2. ^ "Onobox: review". ew.com. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  3. ^ https://www.oocities.org/es/melgarbeatles10/yoko6.html
  4. ^ https://www.oocities.org/es/melgarbeatles10/yoko6.html
  5. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Yoko-Ono-Onobox/release/784587
  6. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Yoko-Ono-Onobox/release/12657868
  7. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Yoko-Ono-Onobox/release/9065400
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