LEGACY 7″ SINGLES BOX – 2

The Beatles – Hey Jude/Revolution
Apple Records R 5722
1968 UK

I loved the Beatles as a kid, and there’s a lot I still like about them now, however, after hearing it for almost 50 years I bloody hate Hey Jude, all those nah, nah nah, nana nah nah’s bore me senseless, they just go on too long and when McCartney plays it live I am just hoping he will stop soon. So why is it here? Because I love the B-Side of this single, Revolution, it is a single I had when quite young and I played that B-Side over and over again, it just rocks, and I do prefer a Lennon vocal to a McCartney one.

Imagine then, my disappointment when I first heard Revolution No.9, I was expecting a kick ass extended version and I got the cutting room floor tapes randomly glued together. Fortunately I still love this B-Side version, and though the copy I have is rather battered and bruised, it still plays well enough.

The full List of what’s going in the box

The Beatles – The White Album

I’ve said somewhere before that The White album is a brilliant single album, but not so great as a double and, though I’ve listened to the album many times, I’ve never actually owned a copy until this week. I picked up a German re-press from 1980, cover in OK condition but no pictures/posters. As long as it plays I’m not that bothered. It was £8, which is pretty cheap for this double album and, even though it sticks right at the end of Blackbird, I’m pretty pleased with it. 

Speaking of the 4 pictures that came with it, these are they:

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I used to have these when I was about 14, maybe 15. There was a record shop and the B’s were filed alphabetically near the door and the counter was at the other end of the shop with the Z’s. One day I went it in and was looking at The White Album and realised that the photographs were in there. Quite suddenly they weren’t and I left the shop. I had them up on my bedroom wall for quite a while but they were lost at some point. If you’re judging me, stop it, I was just a kid.

The problem I have with the album is that some of the tracks aren’t, in my opinion, very good. People will disagree of course, and they are quite welcome to, but the George Harrison track, Piggies for example, is just mean spirited and feels like a bad nursery rhyme put to music. It does have cultural significance having been adopted by the counterculture of 1968 as an anti establishment theme song and was, of course, one of the tracks Charles Manson used as part of his Helter-Skelter theory of an American race-related countercultural revolution. Cultural significance doesn’t necessarily translate to good though, and this isn’t.

While I’m being negative, I’d throw out Rocky Raccoon, Wild Honey Pie, probably Glass Onion, definitely Don’t Pass Me By, Why Don’t We Do It In The Road, Birthday, oh and loads of others.

So my single album would look something like this and, in my opinion, would be a much better proposition.

Back In The U.S.S.R.
Dear Prudence
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Happiness Is A Warm Gun
Martha My Dear
I’m So Tired
Blackbird
Julia
Mother Nature’s Son
Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
Sexy Sadie
Helter Skelter


Revolution (Replacing Revolution 1)
Cry, Baby, Cry

And these are the tracks for the Beatles Anthology series released way after the fact, pretty much for enthusiasts only:

Glass Onion
Wild Honey Pie
Piggies
Rocky Raccoon
Don’t Pass Me By
Why Don’t We Do It In The Road
I Will
Birthday
Yer Blues
Long, Long, Long
Honey Pie
Savoy Truffle
Revolution 9
Good Night

I know, sacrilege, but hey, I’m entitled to my opinion and it doesn’t have to match yours. I was watching some videos of a Beatles collector the other day and there seems to be no subjectivity at all, everything is brilliant and it wasn’t. A lot was of course but not all of it.

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I don’t know if you’ve heard of a guy called Rutherford Chang, he collects The White Album and currently has 1,947 copies. That’s Piggies 1,947 times, good lord, that would be painful. His site is here.

On the other side of the coin, Happiness is a Warm Gun is a brilliant track, and was brilliantly covered by The Breeders:

As it says in the Lennon/Ono interview further up the page, it’s a collage, and it really works.

To be honest, I think Revolver is a much better album, and I’m not alone in that opinion. For the record I think Sgt Peppers is overrated as well. I own them both and have been listening to them for years, Sgt. Peppers certainly has its moments and it is undoubtedly a good album, but if I had these three records and only these three records, Revolver would be on the turntable more than the other two even though I really dislike Yellow Submarine, actually, any song that Ringo sings on I find to be generally lacking.

I’ve just read back what I’ve written, it sounds like I hate The White Album, I don’t, there are just some tracks I can do without having to listen to. I think it’s a great album that could have been brilliant.

As a side note, I was talking to my son about this very subject this evening and he thinks my opinion makes me an idiot, he usually has good judgement about these things.

 

 

My Beatles Black Album

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The Black Album is an unofficial compilation album of solo material by members of the Beatles. It was created by the actor Ethan Hawke, and was used in the 2014 film Boyhood in which he starred for 12 years as it charted the life of his son from age of 6 to 18.  Hawke originally compiled the record to give to his daughter on her 13th birthday in 2011, it was then incorporated into Boyhood in scenes shot later that year, with Hawke’s character giving it to his son as a birthday present.

The dialogue from the film is:

Mason, I wanted to give you something for your birthday that money couldn’t buy, something that only a father could give a son, like a family heirloom. This is the best I could do.”

— Mason Sr. explains The Black Album

I’ve never seen the film but had heard about it so I will definitely be seeking it out. I also made my own Black album, for myself as though it had been presented to me, by me, a future older me to my younger self. Narcissistic or what?!

 

Some video highlights:

Here is the orginal track list from the film:

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1. Paul McCartney & Wings, “Band on the Run”

2. George Harrison, “My Sweet Lord”

3. John Lennon feat. The Flux Fiddlers & the Plastic Ono Band, “Jealous Guy”

4. Ringo Starr, “Photograph”

5. John Lennon, “How?”

6. Paul McCartney, “Every Night”

7. George Harrison, “Blow Away”

8. Paul McCartney, “Maybe I’m Amazed”

9. John Lennon, “Woman”

10.Paul McCartney & Wings, “Jet”

11. John Lennon, “Stand by Me”

12. Ringo Starr, “No No Song”

13. Paul McCartney, “Junk”

14. John Lennon, “Love”

15. Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney, “The Back Seat of My Car”

16. John Lennon, “Watching the Wheels”

17. John Lennon, “Mind Games”

18. Paul McCartney & Wings, “Bluebird”

19. John Lennon, “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)”

20. George Harrison, “What Is Life”

Disc 2:

1. John Lennon, “God”

2. Wings, “Listen to What the Man Said”

3. John Lennon, “Crippled Inside”

4. Ringo Starr, “You’re Sixteen You’re Beautiful (And You’re Mine)”

5. Paul McCartney & Wings, “Let Me Roll It”

6. John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band, “Power to the People”

7. Paul McCartney, “Another Day”

8. George Harrison, “If Not For You (2001 Digital Remaster)”

9. John Lennon, “(Just Like) Starting Over”

10. Wings, “Let ‘Em In”

11. John Lennon, “Mother”

12. Paul McCartney & Wings, “Helen Wheels”

13. John Lennon, “I Found Out”

14. Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney, “Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey”

15. John Lennon, Yoko Ono & The Plastic Ono Band, “Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)”

15. George Harrison, “Not Guilty (2004 Digital Remaster)”

16. Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney, “Heart of the Country”

17. John Lennon, “Oh Yoko!”

18. Wings, “Mull of Kintyre”

19. Ringo Starr, “It Don’t Come Easy”

Disc 3:

1. John Lennon, “Grow Old With Me (2010 Remaster)”

2. Wings, “Silly Love Songs”

3. The Beatles, “Real Love”

4. Paul McCartney & Wings, “My Love”

5. John Lennon, “Oh My Love”

6. George Harrison, “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)”

7. Paul McCartney, “Pipes of Peace”

8. John Lennon, “Imagine”

9. Paul McCartney, “Here Today”

10. George Harrison, “All Things Must Pass”

11. Paul McCartney, “And I Love Her (Live on MTV Unplugged)”

 

The Listening List

11/12/2016 – 21/12/2016

Milan W. – Intact
Antonio Carlos Jobim – Wave
William Basinski – 92982
Gala Drop – II
Naytronix – Mister Divine
Matthew Bourne – Moogmemory
Anstam – Names
Swans – The Glowing Man
Baumann / Koek – Baumann / Koek
Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left
Harmonia & Eno 76 – Tracks and Traces
The Beatles – Rubber Soul
The Cult – Dreamtime
The Cult – Love
The Cult – Electric
Svjatoslav Richter – Rachmaninoff, Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 In C-moll · Piano-Concerto No. 2 In C Minor – 6 Preludes
Roots Manuva – Slime & Reason
The Police – Outlandos D’amour
Sufjan Stevens – Illinoise

 

Today is the day the Beatles finally made it big

CW58wwhW8AAhdG3Streaming Music sites now have The Beatles back catalogue, 13 Studio albums and 4 compilations, on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Prime and Google Play, and it makes me a little sad. I’ve mentioned before that I am an incompleteist when it comes to record collecting, I don’t need everything ever, just enough so I’ve got most of it. At one point I had everything by the Cocteau Twins except one 12” single, which I never bought even though it was in the record shop and I could have, I just didn’t want to own everything, because then there is nothing left to get. So I rather liked the fact that there were things missing from the streaming music sites, the biggest of which is probably The Beatles (I don’t have much interest in Taylor Swift or Adele but enjoy my inability to not be able to access them and listen).

I wonder how far we are from music only being released on streaming sites, no physical product at all, not even an MP3, just access for a flat fee to everything that has ever been recorded and everything that ever will be. We will no longer ‘Own’ music but rent it on a play by play basis. It once was Vinyl vs Cassette, vs CD, vs MP3, but selecting from everything, at any time from a device that is always in your pocket, well, how can it fail? There are kids growing up now who will know nothing but streaming and will not hark back to ‘The good old days’, what does that spell for the creation of physical product, its death knell perhaps? And what is going to be the big rival to streaming? Something we don’t even have to interact with, that analyzes our moods and plays whatever it computes bests suits that moment, maybe even composing music specifically for that mood at that moment, making the pop stars of tomorrow creators of algorithms, after all, music can be broken down by math.

Until then, and after then, I shall spend the occasional Sunday afternoon with my Beatles vinyl reminiscing about those good old days, even though I was only three when they broke up.