Just listened to the Nothing Is Real Beatles podcast featuring a two-part interview with Mark Lewisohn. Really worth a listener Beatles nerds. One fascinating snippet for me was that Mark was asked whether he was planning to create an archive of his research material. He said he was but hadn’t got round to it yet (right answer as he should be concentrating on finishing Vol 2 of All My Years before I pop my clogs!). He had, however, moved his office and the archive weighed over 13.2 tons! That’s an incredible amount of material, and he said he doesn’t really collect artefacts or obvious memorabilia, just loads and loads of information. Difficult to imagine what other band could come even close to such a mountain of material.
Once upon a time it was an axiom of this place that people liked a band’s “earlier stuff”. You know, being old and in the way and generally grumpy about this ‘ere modern music an’ all.
So let’s share our thoughts on this. Only TWO bands per category so it doesn’t become an endless unreadable list.
It’s very general, for example I have The Beatles as “later”, which doesn’t mean I don’t like their earlier stuff. It’s just that thinking of their overall oeuvre I prefer listening to MMT to WTB.
Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention Pink Floyd
Steely Dan XTC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtUH9z_Oey8Video can’t be loaded: The Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtUH9z_Oey8)
Listening to Love and Money’s excellent ….All You Need is Love and Money debut album yesterday, alongside better-known tracks Candybar Express and River of People is Love and Money. By Love and Money. On …all you need is Love and Money. Going the extra mile on the eponymiser. So, who else liked their name so much they put it on an album, and a track on that album. If only the Beatles had a track called The Beatles. Instrumentals allowed, though more points for a track not just called Love and Money on Love and Money by Love and Money, but with love and money in the lyrics. You get the idea. One incredibly famous not the Beatles example in the comments to clear that one up. No youtube clip for Love and Money though.
This magazine is new to me, and I don’t recall seeing it mentioned it on here before. It comes out of Amsterdam and this most recent ish is a must-buy for any pop fans out there who still love the Fabs and have that thirst for anything new about the loveable Moptops.
The first dozen or so pages tell the story, in exquisite, Lewishon-esque detail (he helped with it of course) about the cover pic for the Twist And Shout EP, which is the one that changed my life.
Check it out, you know you want to…
I’m sure some of you have seen this by now, it’s the new video for Glass Onion, ahead of the White Album release next Friday. It’s quite a spiffing bit of animation.
Today I was idly strolling through the streets of Bari in Italy, as you do, and popped into what looked like an interesting shop where a familiar guitar riff was playing. “Bugger me” I thought, “I know this” – and sure enough the fab sound of young Paul blasted through the speakers –
“My love don’t give me presents – I know that she’s no peasant”
I mean I know he was a young lad, and “she was just seventeen – you know what I mean” wasn’t exactly great, but a few years later we had faces kept in a jar by the door and newspaper taxis appearing on the shore
What are your shabbiest Fab lyrics?
BBC doc from 2007 in which the late Geoff Emerick (along with also Fabs recording assistant Richard Lush) guides various suspects (inc Kaiser Chiefs, Magic Numbers and Stereophonics) through a track each from Sgt Pepper, recording each on vintage Abbey Road kit.
There are a few revealing moments and along the way Geoff shares a few good Beatles stories. It’s not the whole album and the doc was made very quickly. I know as I directed it: we shot by day and edited by night for two weeks solid – but enough of that.
In my brief experience Geoff was a lovely chap. Off camera told me the detail about George’s chocolate biscuits – Yoko had three of them just under her blanket which she pulled up over her mouth to enable nibbling. He also spoke of how, before quitting during the White album, on one bad Beatle tempered evening he and a colleague hid in a store room to make the Fabs think they’d gone home, creeping out to clock off when their shift was actually over. Not that one would know this kind of thing from recent 50th Anniversary box set publicity…
During filming with Travis » Continue Reading.
Just in case anyone is wondering why its so damn quiet on the McCartney front at the moment, here’s a rather good interview from the new GQ. Given he has been uncommonly open on recent encounters with Marc Maron, Howard Stern, he’s on equally good form here. Nothing shockingly revelatory but a good read nonetheless.
Yep, sorry, another list, and yep, sorry, another Beatles thread.
Look away now if these things offend you and somehow you still clicked on the link.
So down to business…
I’ve grown more interested in Macca since I saw/heard his brilliant show in Sydney last year, and then I loved the James Corden clip. In the spirit of “yeah, the lad’s alright”, what are his best post-Beatles songs?
I was going to start with 5, but then I found I could stretch it, to ten, but only just.
So here’s my Top Ten Paul McCartney post-Beatles songs (in alphabetical order)
Band On The Run
Live And Let Die
Maybe I’m Amazed
No More Lonely Nights
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
Very happy to be reminded of songs I’ve forgotten
So, Macca confirms (almost) a bumper box of White album wonderfulness this year. Quite possibly, Abbey Road will follow. So, am guessing will include Esher demos, mono and stereo remixes, studio outtakes etc… will you be getting it?
And while we’re here, what do we make of the new Macca single? I think it’s not half bad…
It’s coming up for Mothers’ Day (2nd Sunday in May) here in Australia, I think maybe it’s a different day back in the old country. And it’s going to be my first without my Mum who passed away at the end of May last year.
So in the spirit of that, and the person who commented over on the “what ails the blog” thread that we used to discuss important things like who’s your favourite Beatle, I ask the question above.
For the record, my Mum used to say “Paul’s the nicest looking but Ringo’s got the nicest smile”. Brings a tear to me eye just thinking of her saying it…
Take it Away! Two guys take us through Paul McCartney’s misunderstood and often unfairly maligned post Beatles career. Have listened to all the 70s ones and while I don’t agree with everything, I think it is an excellent listen.
Hello Afterworders. I haven’t posted regularly for a while but I return to you now with a solid Idea. Based on a number of Facebook chats that happened last year, I’m proposing we try to cut the clutter in our lives by reducing our favourite artists’ back catalogues to just 10 songs.
Your Too 10, then: are they the hits, or are they the “deep cuts”? Do you try to go chronologically or mercilessly acknowledge the fact that only the first two albums were any good?
I suggest that the we each publish a 10 perhaps with a little word of explanation, and then when the conversation peters out, move on to a new act. Let’s start with an easy one: in the words of Alan Partridge, “the best of the Beatles”.
Help! / Ticket to Ride / Think for Yourself / And Your Bird Can Sing / Rain / Paperback Writer / Tomorrow Never Knows / Hey Bulldog / Something / Golden Slumbers … Carry That Weight
As for the methodology, I think it suggests I like the quirkily funky rockers best. That’s the way the Beatles are meant to sound for me, and no one else could » Continue Reading.
With The She-tles
Unpublished Conversations with George Martin, Geoff Emerick, and Ken Townsend…
Out in December….
Beatles socks. “…the limited edition collection is an everyday reminder that all you need is love.”
As an example of the higher bullshit this would be hard to beat, surely?
First instalment of a massive, two-part biog of Sir G is out at the start of September. The chaps at the “Something About The Beatles” podcast have a chat with author Kenneth Womack in this week’s edition.
Over the last few weeks Fabs fan Paul Merton has been looking at some “what ifs” of Beatledom, namely “What if they’d never broken up? What if they were still playing live? What if they made another album?”
Of course the Afterword did this years ago, but I thought some of you might find this four part Radio 2 series of interest. Tonight’s final episode concludes the second part on the 1974 album that they could have made. Will it compare to the AW’s version? What will @tiggerlion make of it all? Does anyone care?
Link to the series overview in the comments.
I just reversed the Frank Chacksfield Orchestra version of The Fool On The Hill, and it’s quite lovely.
“…just as Lennon and McCartney had intended”. So where would the two songs slot in? Or will they just be tacked on to the end as bonus tracks? Will anyone want to buy it yet again?
Full text from behind the paywall:
“50 years on: the real Sgt Pepper
It is one of popular music’s seminal albums, has sold more than 32m copies around the world and marked the Beatles’ first embrace of psychedelic culture.
The 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band this June will be marked with a worldwide re-release — and for fans it will mean at last hearing the album as the band had intended it to sound.
In 1967 the record label EMI poached what John Lennon and Paul McCartney believed to be two of their best songs from the album and released them as a double A-side single, something George Martin, their producer, later described as “a truly terrible mistake”.
The Beatles had wanted Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane as showcase tracks on Sgt Pepper, their eighth album.
Now, according to sources, Apple Corps, the Beatles’ company, has scored a victory: the anniversary relaunch on June 1 will » Continue Reading.
I’ve had a request for this story. I’m sure I’ve posted it here before, but it may have been on the old blog and as it’s impossible to search the site, here it is again.
Sometime in early 1981 I got a phone call from a friend who worked as a porter at the Tate Gallery on the south bank in London. “Come ’round the back door when we close tomorrow if you want to meet George Harrison” was all he said. It turned out that Beatle George had booked the gallery after hours for a photo shoot. That’s all I knew.
So, armed with a bag of LP sleeves and related items I turned up at the Tate just as they were closing. I later found out that the boss in charge of the backroom boys, porters and the like had asked if anyone wanted to work back a couple of hours to accommodate George and his party. Most of the long-serving old blokes didn’t want the overtime, but my mate and some of the younger guys jumped at the chance and probably would have done it for nothing.
When I arrived George was already there with his manager » Continue Reading.
The ever wonderful Dangerous Minds have come up with a doozy here. Seemingly in 1976 a more misguided Beatles related film than the Bee Gees Sargent Pepper appeared.
It was called All This And World War II and it was archive footage of the war, spliced with war movies with various bands doing Beatles covers over the top. Oddly enough it’s never came out on video or DVD, but it’s on youtube now.
I have yet to watch this, I can only assume it’s awful, but there are Beatles heads here who may well be interested…
Here’s Macca at the recent Desert Trip thing. Admittedly recorded on a fan’s iPhone, but really, that shouldn’t matter – the fact is his singing is pretty awful, out of tune, and you know that he can’t blame the sound mix (by which I mean – if you’re Paul McCartney then you’ll have people who deal with that).
Isn’t it time for him to retire?
And I speak as a major HJH fan, I LOVE him, I was hoping he’d come to Australia again in amongst all his recent world touring. He came in, I don’t know, maybe 1992 or something, when he’d just started accepting he had to do Beatles songs, so he had the technicolour piano and did Magical Mystery Tour etc.
But based on this I think he should retire gracefully.
OOAA of course