Onobox - Yoko Ono

Onobox - Yoko Ono

A brilliant collection of early recordings by one of this centurys most inspiring and original artists. Through out I enjoyed how Yoko Ono crafts new textures and melodies from Blues, Jazz, Rock, Dance, Reggae, and so on. Onobox is a important music exploration, the music contained within historically is groundbreaking as it successfully bridges traditional asian voice and western contemporary music.

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