Archive for the ‘Beatles’ Category

Still Cool After All Of These Years

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

The Beatles are still breaking chart records  almost 50 years after they split, with Abbey Road hitting #1 in the UK based on the 50th anniversary re-release. USA chart performance was almost as impressive with the album reaching #3 on the Billboard album charts. And it’s not just the “granddudes” replacing their worn-out copies- the Beatles are appealing to millennials and younger as well.

23 Songs For Today

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

1.Once Around The Block -Badly Drawn Boy
2. Octopus’s Garden -The Beatles
3. Because -The Beatles
4. You Never Give Me Your Money -The Beatles
5. Friday On My Mind -The Easybeats
6. Everyday I Write Book -Elvis Costello
7. I Want To Vanish -Elvis Costello
8. Instant Karma! -John Lennon
9. The Crossing -Johnny Clegg
10. Cruel Crazy Beautiful World -Johnny Clegg
11. Scatterlings of Africa -Johnny Clegg
12. Put The Hurt On Me -Midland
13. Round & Round -New Order
14. Young Boy -Paul McCartney
15. Slip Slidin’ Away -Paul Simon
16. Duncan -Paul Simon
17. I Go To Pieces -Peter & Gordon
18. Fascinating -R.E.M.
19. She’s Not Like Any Girl -Rockin’ Berries
20. At The Zoo -Simon & Garfunkel
21. Puppet Grrls R Go -Wondermints
22. No One’s Girl -Wondermints
23. Fleur-De-Lis -Wondermints

You May Know This Album Cover

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Today marks the 50th anniversary of possibly the most famous album cover in history – yes, Abbey Road was released in the UK on 26 September 1969. The cover is iconic, but the music isn’t too bad either. Featuring the last recording sessions including the four Beatles together, Abbey Road shows the progression over a scarcely believable seven years since Love Me Do, with the group perfecting rock, pop, harmonies and everything in-between. For the first and last time, George Harrison comes to the fore with two massive pop classics, Something and Here Comes The Sun. Paul summarises the group’s work in the closing medley while John Lennon moves effortlessly from the harder rock of his Side 1 songs to two of his most gorgeous harmonic songs (Because and Sun King). If there’s one thing missing from Abbey Road, it may be a bit of the personalization of the their early work -many of the songs are about other characters -but it’s a small quibble about an enduring classic that will make almost as much of an impact on it’s 50th anniversary than the original 1969 release.

23 Songs For Today

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

1.Donna and Blitzen -Badly Drawn Boy
2. You Were Right -Badly Drawn Boy
3. Happiness Is A Warm Gun -The Beatles
4. Blackbird -The Beatles
5. Hey Bulldog- The Beatles
6. Junk – The Beatles
7. Child of Nature  -The Beatles
8. Munich -Editors
9. Who Do You Want For Your Love? -Icicle Works
10.Oh My Love -John Lennon
11. Places -The Last Detail
12. Photographs -The Last Detail
13. Despite Repeated Warnings -Paul McCartney
14. The Back Seat Of My Car -Paul McCartney
15. Bluebird -Paul McCartney & Wings
16. Mayfly -Paul Weller
17. What Would He Say? -Paul Weller
18. Aspects -Paul Weller
19. Books -Paul Weller
20. May Love Travel With You -Paul Weller
21. A World Without Love -Peter & Gordon
22. I Just Wanna Hold Your Hand (On Christmas Day) -The Yearning
23. Airplane (Fly Me To Mexico) -The Yearning

50 Years, 30 Directions

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

Almost eighteen months after Sgt.Pepper ( a gap longer than Pet Sounds to Smiley Smile), the Beatles released their next album, simply called The Beatles, in plane white packaging. It was the single biggest outburst of new Beatles music; 30 unheard tracks, none released on a prior single or available for early listening on Spotify…

The title and white packaging may indicate a move towards simplicity and group harmony. There was certainly a move away from the psychedelia of 1967, but in about 30 different directions. We got the softest side of the Beatles (Goodnight, Honey Pie) at the same time as the hardest (Helter Skelter, Yer Blues), the weirdest (Revolution 9) alongside straightforward rock and pop. It’s unlikely you will love all 30 tracks, or even want to listen to some of them again, but it’s also very possible that some of your favorite Beatles songs, if not your favorite songs of all time, are part of this album.

And now the White Album is exactly 50 years old, and tearing up the charts again,courtesy of a comprehensive 50 year anniversary release, showcasing the legendary Esher demos plus a lot more on the deluxe editions. The Esher demos demonstrate that John, Paul and George were not short of inspiration after Rishikesh. George, in particular, was starting entering his composing high-point, where one song per side of a Beatles record would not accommodate his brilliant creativity –Long Long Long is probably my favorite “unknown” Beatles song.

Indeed, the White Album sessions in retrospect indicated the beginning of the end for the Beatles as a group, and the white color is pretty much the only unifying theme of the album. The brilliance is very much there, but there is a sense of disunity and division, which is very much a theme of our 2018 world. We can’t run away from this reality, but we can temporarily forget about it in the brilliance of this album, or at least the parts that reflect our own musical idyll.

The Engineer Of The Beatles

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Sad news today is the passing of Geoff Emerick, the sound engineer for the many of the Beatles best known recordings. You can read about his important contribution to the Beatles legend here.

Old Times Good Times

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

The last two albums reviewed on this page have both burned up the charts, despite the veteran status of both artist. Macca (76) has seen Egypt Station top Billboard and reach #2 in the UK, while Paul Weller (just turned 60) has reached #2 with his 14th solo album, and effectively 26th in his career.

But the most exciting news for veteran musicians is no doubt the 50th anniversary White Album collection, available in 3CD and 7CD configurations, including the Esher Demos. We may just see a group that broke up almost 50 years ago also tearing up the charts.

Macca Station

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Macca is back with his new album Egypt Station –and back in the public consciousness especially on the back of the Carpool Karaoke video with James Corden. The new album, as with the previous New album, sees McCartney trying to modernise his sound for a new generation, especially on the rather gimmicky Fuh You –however his strength remains the modular pop songs like Hunt You Down/Naked/C-Link and especially Despite Repeated Warnings, which subtly but obviously digs at the current US Presidents environmental policies. The other strength is the traditional McCartney ballads such I Don’t Know and Do It Now. Overall, it may not in the upper echelons of McCartney’s work, but it shows that he is still a creative force to be reckoned with.

When I’m 76 Part 2

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

 

Today, we celebrate the 76th birthday of the Mozart of pop ‘n rock, Brian Wilson. We are thankful for his immeasurable contribution to melody, harmony, music and culture and wish him a day of peace and joy with his family – with his music featuring high on the charts, there is much is celebrate.

Meanwhile, the birthday boy of two days ago has announced the release of his latest solo album. No doubt, he will also be flying up the chart soon.

When I’m 76

Monday, June 18th, 2018

It’s that time of year as the days reach their longest in the north, and the shortest in the south, that the Gemini twins of song celebrate their birthdays two days apart. It’s Sir Paul’s turn first, so very best birthday to Paul McCartney and thanks for a very full time of great music.