Archive for the ‘Beatles’ Category

10 Teenage Influences

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

A lot of people are revealing the 10 records that influenced them most as a teenager, so I thought I would join the bandwagon and list mine. You may notice this is a Brian Wilson/Beach Boys free list, as my love for the group only emerged in my 20s. The list probably reflects more the acts that impacted me the most, with the albums being the ones that the have had the longest lifetime impact.

1) Beatles -Abbey Road

2) Simon & Garfunkel-Bookends

3) Bob Dylan- Blood On The Tracks

4) The Jam- Sound Affects

5) The Smiths- The World Won’t Listen (I know technically a compilation…)

6) Kane Gang- The Bad And Lowdown World Of The Kane Gang

7) Bruce Springsteen- Born To Run

8) George Harrison- All Things Must Pass

9) David Bowie- Hunky Dory

10) Paul McCartney & Wings- Band On The Run

50 Years Of The Beatles Weapon

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Revolver.jpgToday marks the 50th anniversary of the UK release of Revolver, the 7th Beatles album. Back in 1966 , it may have seemed something of a natural progression that could be seen in all the Beatles albums since Please Please Me, with a little help from Messers Wilson and Dylan. Looking back, it actually feels like a more innovative record than Sgt. Pepper and a landmark in rock innovation, as the basic guitar and drums pop rock evolved into psychedelia (I’m Only Sleeping), harder rock (She Said, She Said and others) , balladry (Here, There And Everywhere), soul (Got To Get You Into My Life) and even into songs eschewing anything conventional in rock with the classical (Eleanor Rigby) , Indian (Love You To) and experimental (Tomorrow Never Knows). George even gets three songs for the first and only time on a single Beatle record, and yet, even in all experimentation, there remains a commitment to melody and meaning. No-one may be able to definitely say which is the best Beatles record, but in retrospect, this was the biggest step forward musically for them , and for rock music.

John Lennon 75

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Image result for john lennon 75

Today, had he lived, John Lennon would be 75 – a survivor and unambiguously old. Sadly, it is now almost 35 years since a crazy person shot him in New York and we can only speculate what might have been and be thankful for the great music that he made. Asa Beach Boys connection, Al Jardine will be doing a show at the Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park.    Happy birthday, John!

Remembering Cilla Black

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Here is one of my favorite memories of Cilla Black -who sadly and somewhat shockingly, passed away today. Love Of The Loved  is an obscure Lennon/Mc Cartney song, which became her first single. It didn’t do much on the charts, but it showcased a great voice and created a base for her great successes.

A Brian Fest…And A Sadness

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

The Brian Fest, held on 30 March, appears to have been a great success,  with articles and videos appearing all over the internet. A comprehensive article, including setlist, can be found here.

The joy of the Brian Fest is tempered with the sadness that another cast member of the great Beatles drama has taken a final bow. Cynthia Lennon was a woman of great grace, and it is very sad to report her passing on yesterday.

Remembrance Days

Monday, December 8th, 2014

34 years ago today, John Lennon was assassinated.  Four days ago, it would have been Dennis Wilson’s 70th birthday, as well as 35 years since my dad passed. And there are still many milestones in this month to go.

Naturally, for any person who has walked a path of life for some time, there will be times to remember those in their own family, as well as the entertainers who have given them pleasure. For me, December, my own birth month and the time of year when one reflects on another years almost again, is full of such milestones.  John and Dennis both passed in my childhood, before I was aware of the most of the music that they made, and they both passed way, way before they should have. Neither was a saint, but both packed so much into half a normal lifetime.

It’s time to remember…to be thoughtful, a bit sad, but also thankful.

End November Grabbag

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

ESQ Fall 2014 Edition As we come to the end of November and begin the festive, or should it be reflective, season, a few odds and ends of things on my mind at this stage

  • 1. It’s the 13th anniversary of George Harrison’s passing today.
    2. I received the latest (well, not so latest) Endless Summer Quarterly not too long ago, thanks to a local postal strike. The focus is live shows, and especially the Concert album.
    3. Upcoming in December-two Brian shows, including the first live performances from the new album.

23 Songs For Today

Friday, November 21st, 2014

1.Sun King    -The Beatles
2. Golden Slumbers    -The Beatles
3. Good Night   – The Beatles
4. I’m Only Sleeping   – The Beatles
5. Tears Of Rage    -Bob Dylan
6. I Shall Be Released    -Bob Dylan
7. One Too Many Mornings    -Bob Dylan & The Band
8. All You Have to Do Is Dream –    Bob Dylan & The Band
9. Flying on the Ground Is Wrong   – Buffalo Springfield
10. You Ain’t Going Nowhere   – The Byrds
11. Right Between The Eyes   – Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young
12. Dark Star    -Crosby, Stills And Nash
13. Only Love Can Break Your Heart    – Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young
14.  An Ocean    -Deacon Blue
15. Win    -Deacon Blue
16. Novemberlong   – Gramercy Arms
17. Bow Down    -The Housemartins
18. Roy Orbison   – The Magic Numbers
19. E.N.D.    -The Magic Numbers
20. From Hank To Hendrix    -Neil Young
21. Our Special Love    -Peter Hollens & Brian Wilson
22. Ready Or Not-  Sarah Cracknell
23. Fakin’ It    -Simon & Garfunkel

Brian For George

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

If you haven’t seen it, head it here to see my favorite Beach Boys play tribute to my favorite Beatle in what appears to have been a very succesful tribute to George Harrison.

Two Interesting Reads

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Endless Summer Quarterly Spring 2014 Edition I’m back from my USA trip (explaining the lack of blogging here), but on my long flight home, I read two interesting magazines -firstly, the regular Endless Summer Quarterly magazine which focused on the 50th anniversary of the mostly brilliant Shut Down Volume 2, as well as some good insights into the recent The Big Beat 1963 digital release.

The other magazine was a Smithsonian collector’s edition covering the Beatles in America – all very appropriate as I was in Washington D.C. for most of my trip. Indeed, the magazine includes the picture of Lennon’s handwritten first USA setlist. A lot of the Beatles ups and downs are associated with America, including Lennon’s assassination, which are all covered here. Despite some incorrect information (Something was not George Harrison’s first song!!) , it’s a good read for anyone interested in the Beatles, and certainly helped a long flight pass quicker.