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Season of Glass

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Season of Glass
Studio album by
Released8 June 1981 (UK)
12 June 1981 (US)
StudioThe Hit Factory, New York City
ProducerYoko Ono, Phil Spector
Yoko Ono chronology
Double Fantasy
Season of Glass
It's Alright (I See Rainbows)
Singles from Season of Glass
  1. "No, No, No"
    Released: September 1981 (US)
  2. "Goodbye Sadness"
    Released: November 1981 (US)

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

The front cover features Lennon's bloodstained glasses positioned next to a half-filled glass of water, with a view of Central Park in the background. A young Sean Lennon features on the track "Even When You're Far Away", recounting a story his father used to tell him.

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.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauA−[4]

Season of Glass charted at number 49 on the Billboard 200, making it Ono's highest-charting solo album to date.[5]

Pitchfork listed Season of Glass as one of the best 200 albums of the 1980s.[6]


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 an acoustic version of "Dogtown" on Approximately Infinite Universe. The unreleased 1974 album A Story also contained several songs that were later re-recorded for Season of Glass, such as "She Gets Down On Her Knees" and "Will You Touch Me". It was also released by Rykodisc in 1997.


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.[7]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Yoko Ono.

Side one
1."Goodbye Sadness"3:48
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
7."Silver Horse"3:03
Side two
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
14."Mother of the Universe"4:26


  • Ed Sprigg – engineer
  • Christopher Whorf - artwork


Chart (1981) Peak
Norwegian Albums Chart[10] 31 5
Swedish Albums Chart[11] 35 1
UK Albums Chart[12] 47 2
U.S. Billboard 200[13] 49 9

Release history

Country Date Format Label Catalog
United Kingdom 8 June 1981 LP Geffen Records K 99164[14]
LP + 7"[15]
Germany LP GEF 99 164[16]
United States 12 June 1981 LP GHS-2004[18]
Cassette GEF M5 2004[19]
Japan 1981 LP P-11045J[20]
Australia GEF M5 2004[21]
United States 10 June 1997[22] CD Rykodisc RCD 10421[23]
United Kingdom 1997


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  2. ^ "Rolling Stone Music | Album Reviews". 2011-11-01. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Yoko Ono: Season of Glass". Archived from the original on June 5, 2003. Retrieved 2012-05-13.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "CG: Yoko Ono". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Yoko Ono awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  6. ^ "The 200 Best Albums of the 1980s". 2018-09-10. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Holly Miranda - Choose To See EP (CD) at Discogs". Discogs. Zink Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
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  10. ^ "Yoko Ono – Season of Glass". Verdens Gang. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  11. ^ "Yoko Ono – Season of Glass". Swedish Recording Industry Association. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  12. ^ "The Official Charts Company – Yoko Ono – Season of Glass". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
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