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Approximately Infinite Universe

Approximately Infinite Universe
Studio album by Yoko Ono
Released 8 January 1973 (US)
16 February 1973 (UK)
Recorded Mid-October–late November 1972
Genre Protopunk, avant-garde, experimental, rock
Length 93:09
Label Apple (Reissued on Rykodisc)
Producer John Lennon, Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono chronology
Some Time in New York City
(with John Lennon)
Approximately Infinite Universe
Feeling the Space
Singles from Approximately Infinite Universe
  1. "Now or Never" / "Move on Fast"
    Released: 13 November 1972 (US)
  2. "Death of Samantha" / "Yang Yang"
    Released: 26 February 1973 (US); 4 May 1973 (UK)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [1]
Rolling Stone (not rated) [2]

Approximately Infinite Universe is a double album by Yoko Ono, released in early 1973. It represents a departure from the experimental avant garde rock of her first two albums towards a more conventional pop/rock sound, while also dabbling in feminist rock. It peaked at #193 in the United States. The 1997 CD re-issue on Rykodisc added two acoustic demos of songs from this era,[3] that were later released on 1981's Season of Glass. It was released again, in 2007 by Rykodisc.[4]

Mick Jagger dropped into the studio for some sessions. He said he was playing the guitar very loudly with John Lennon. Mick went on to say that Yoko "was really trying to sing properly. She's not screaming, she's really trying to sing."[5]


  • Track listing 1
  • Personnel 2
    • Production 2.1
  • Singles 3
  • References 4

Track listing

All songs written by Yoko Ono.

Side one
  1. "Yang Yang" – 3:50
  2. "Death of Samantha" – 6:22
  3. "I Want My Love to Rest Tonight" – 5:11
  4. "What Did I Do!" – 4:12
  5. "Have You Seen a Horizon Lately" – 1:57
Side two
  1. "Approximately Infinite Universe" – 3:21
  2. "Peter the Dealer" – 4:46
  3. "Song for John" – 2:06
  4. "Catman (The Rosies Are Coming)" – 5:34
  5. "What a Bastard the World Is" – 4:35
  6. "Waiting for the Sunrise" – 2:33
Side three
  1. "I Felt Like Smashing My Face in a Clear Glass Window" – 4:09
  2. "Winter Song" – 3:39
  3. "Kite Song" – 3:18
  4. "What a Mess" – 2:41
  5. "Shiranakatta (I Didn't Know)" – 3:11
  6. "Air Talk" – 3:22
Side four
  1. "I Have a Woman Inside My Soul" – 5:33
  2. "Move on Fast" – 3:43
  3. "Now or Never" – 5:49
  4. "Is Winter Here to Stay?" – 4:22
  5. "Looking Over from My Hotel Window" – 3:36
Bonus tracks
  1. "Dogtown" (acoustic demo) – 2:51
  2. "She Gets Down on Her Knees" (acoustic demo) – 2:45


  • Yoko Ono: vocals, piano on "Looking Over from My Hotel Window" and "She Gets Down on Her Knees"
  • Joel Nohnn (anagram of John Lennon): guitar, backing vocals

Elephant's Memory:

  • Stan Bronstein: saxophone, flute, clarinet
  • Richard Frank, Jr.: drums, percussion
  • Daria Price: castanets
  • Gary Van Scyoc: bass guitar, trumpet
  • Adam Ippolito: piano, organ, harmonuim, trumpet
  • Wayne Gabriel: guitar


  • All songs composed by Yoko Ono
  • Produced by Yoko Ono and John Lennon
  • Arrangement: Yoko Ono
  • String orchestration: Ron Frangipane
  • Chief engineer: Jack Douglas
  • Assistant engineer: Dennis Turbeville
  • Butterfly Studio engineer: Kurt Munkacsi
  • All songs recorded at The Record Plant, New York City (except basic tracks of "Catman" and "Winter Song" at Butterfly Studios)
  • Rerelease produced by Yoko Ono and Rob Stevens
  • Remastered by George Marino and Rob Stevens, Sterling Sound, New York City



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  2. ^ Nick Tosches (1973-03-15). "Approximately Infinite Universe | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. 
  3. ^ Yoko Ono With Plastic Ono Band* - Approximately Infinite Universe (CD) at Discogs
  4. ^ Yoko Ono With Plastic Ono Band* - Approximately Infinite Universe (CD) at Discogs
  5. ^ The Rolling Stones - Off The Record by Mark Paytress, Omnibus Press, 2005, pp 218-9. ISBN 1-84449-641-4
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