Paul McCartney – “Secret Friend” (1980)

February 18, 2014 at 7:39 am (Music, Paul McCartney, The Beatles)

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The Beatles – “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (“The Ed Sullivan Show” – Feb. 9, 1964)

February 17, 2014 at 7:30 am (Music, The Beatles)

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Paul McCartney – “New” (2013)

August 29, 2013 at 5:16 pm (Music, Paul McCartney)

From his forthcoming album of the same name… out October 15th…

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Klaatu – “3:47 EST” (1976)

January 4, 2012 at 5:54 pm (Music, Reviews & Articles, The Beatles)

Klaatu’s debut album 3:47 EST (aka Klaatu).
This infamous review by Steve Smith in the Feb. 13, 1977 issue of The Providence Sunday Journal is the one that got the whole world thinking for a brief moment back in 1977 that The Beatles had returned disguised as a band called Klaatu. How anyone actually could have believed this (despite some of the songs having a Beatlesque feel to them) is quite unbelievable. Due to the idenities of the bandmembers remaining a secret, though, it did become another mystery like the whole “Paul is Dead” rumor that circulated around the globe back in 1969…

Could Klaatu Be Beatles? Mystery Is a Magical Tour

Just before Christmas I listened to a refreshing new album that sounded incredibly “Beatlish.” I checked the album, entitled Klaatu, for names or pictures of the musicians but there were none. All credits were given to Klaatu. Curious, I called Capitol Records and was told it was a “mystery group.”

Who are Klaatu? That is the mystery. Their names are being kept secret by Capitol Records and Frank Davies, who handles the group’s so-far clandestine affairs. The band will not submit to any publicity pictures (Capitol press release says that “they want to be known for their music and not for whom they are”). They are rumored to be independently wealthy. Capitol claims to have no knowledge of the identities of the band members, but this raises a question: Why would Capitol invest in an “unknown”?

Klaatu’s album brings back memories of the Beatles on every song, especially “Sub Rosa Subway,” a song about the building of the New York subway system, and “Doctor Marvello,” about a man with mystical powers.

Sub Rosa Subwaysounds like 1968-1969 Beatles. The vocals are exactly like Paul McCartney’s, the drumming like Ringo Starr’s, and the guitar work like George Harrison’s and John Lennon’s. Read the rest of this entry »

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John Lennon (Oct. 9, 1940 – Dec. 8, 1980)

December 9, 2011 at 12:32 am (John Lennon, Life & Politics, Music)

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John Lennon – “Power to the People” (1971)

October 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm (John Lennon, Life & Politics, Music)

John Lennon’s anthem, dedicated to all the people protesting in the Occupy Wall Street marches across the country right now. Power to the people… right on!

Also, we celebrate Lennon’s 71st birthday on the 9th. Happy birthday John!!!

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Frank Sinatra – “The Lady Is a Champ” (1968)

March 9, 2011 at 6:34 am (Frank Sinatra, Music, The Beatles)

What was labeled “Apple 1″ (the very first Apple Records recording after The Beatles’ own “Hey Jude”/”Revolution” single), this extremely rare, private re-recording of “The Lady Is a Tramp” (retitled “The Lady Is a Champ”) was made by Sinatra in 1968 as a favor to The Beatles. Longtime Sinatra lyricist Sammy Cahn wrote new lyrics to the song as a birthday gift to Ringo Starr’s wife Maureen.
Only one copy was made, and the tape and masters were destroyed. Since there is only one copy, and since Sinatra and the Beatles were both involved, this may be among the most valuable records in the world.

Note: Since this is a bootlegged copy and not from the original master tapes, the sound is not the greatest.

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Corey Moss – “‘Grey Album’ Producer Danger Mouse Explains How He Did It” (2004)

January 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm (Music, Reviews & Articles, The Beatles)

Taken from the MTV website, March 11, 2004…

Beatles/Jay-Z mash up took two weeks of nearly nonstop work.

Brian Burton’s second-floor bedroom in his small suburban house is barely big enough for a full-size bed and computer desk.

The walls are bare except for a picture of Woody Allen tacked above the monitor. Next to the keypad there’s a turntable and a mixer about the size of a brick. CDs, including the Beatles’ recent Let It Be … Naked, are scattered around the room.

Burton recently built an elaborate recording studio in his basement, but it’s here where the producer otherwise known as Danger Mouse has rattled popular music similar to the way Phil Spector did 34 years ago when he finished the last-released Beatles album with lush orchestrations.

Beatles fans thought that was controversial. Read the rest of this entry »

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George Harrison – “Living in the Material World” (1973)

December 31, 2010 at 7:44 am (Music, Reviews & Articles, The Beatles)

Stephen Holden’s July 19, 1973 Rolling Stone album review…

At last it’s here, beautifully-packaged with symbolic hand-print covers and the dedication, “All Glories to Sri Krsna.” Even if Living in the Material World were as trivial and regressive as McCartney’s Red Rose Speedway, there would be many who would dub it a pop classic. Happily, the album is not just a commercial event, it is the most concise, universally conceived work by a former Beatle since John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.

Given everything George Harrison represents, it would be virtually impossible for one to try to separate the man, the myth and the music, and undertake an in vitro analysis of Living in the Material World. Suffice it to say that these three aspects blend harmoniously into a single creation that is vastly appealing and in places very moving. Harrison inherited Read the rest of this entry »

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Stephen Holden – “John Lennon’s Music: The Range of Genius” (1981)

December 8, 2010 at 3:24 pm (John Lennon, Music, Reviews & Articles)

Thirty years ago today….gone but never forgotten
This article comes from the Jan. 22, 1981 issue of Rolling Stone, a month and a half after John Lennon’s untimely passing…
 

The night after John Lennon was murdered, I happened to attend the Broadway musical Evita. At the curtain call, the show’s star, Patti LuPone, asked for a moment of silence for the slain ex-Beatle. Other than as a simple gesture of respect, it surprised me at first. While I couldn’t think of a single rock & roll genre — from the most conservative crooning to the most radical punk rock — that hadn’t drawn a good deal of inspiration from Lennon, I didn’t quite understand this tribute from the Great White Way. Bruce Springsteen launching into a turbulent “Twist and Shout” from a Philadelphia stage that same night made perfect sense. But Evita? As I stood there, I began to realize the extent of John Lennon’s artistic influence — that, even on Broadway (whose aesthetics are, for the most part, diametrically opposite every-thing Lennon stood for), he’d made some kind of mark that would not or could not be forgotten. Indeed, without Lennon’s early and bold fusion of politics and pop, a play like Evita, in which Che Guevara is a major character, probably wouldn’t exist. Truly, the man’s stamp was everywhere. Read the rest of this entry »

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