At 12:01am this morning, the world was gifted by The Beatles’ music appearing on virtually every available streaming service. But what have we gotten, and how does it sound?
Objectivity be damned; this is The Beatles we’re talking about. The single, most important cultural entity to happen in my lifetime; merely a rock and roll band who re-shaped traditions – musically and on a grander, far deeper social scale. But not to quickly digress, they also made the most memorable and beloved music in modern history. Two of them are now dead and they continue to live on as new, younger generations are finding them/finding out about them and how crucial they were and are, most importantly, musically. So here’s another repacking with a neat addition. The stripped down and wildly successful 1 collection (originally released in 2000) has now been remastered and reissued with a restored DVD/Bluray set of the band’s promo films – some actually shot when the Fabs were a going entity – to create 1+. The pictures are sharper than before; the sound is dynamic and, of course, the music is just as thrilling now as it was then. From the CD edition, you get all the singles that reached …
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The perfect companion piece – the sensible companion piece to the earlier The Dark Horse Years 1976 – 1992. This beautifully styled 6 CD plus DVD and hardcover book set brings together all of the late guitarist’s earlier output – most notably, the long and often-forgotten Wonderwall Music (soundtrack music) and Electronic Sound (Moog synthesizer experimentation), both of which had been deleted and unavailable as quickly as they’d been released. The Apple Years 1968 – 75 includes George’s 1970 masterpiece All Things Must Pass (now in its original black and white sleeve); the equally high-quality Living In The Material World, 1974’s Dark Horse and the final “new” album Apple Records issued in 1975, Extra Texture. While All Things Must Pass receives most of the attention for its three albums (2 CD’s) of George being “free from The Beatles”, filled with top notch songs/songwriting, there are some very high points to the other albums. Certainly, the worldwide hit single “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)” from Living In The Material World has to take …
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For the whole of the 1980s, singer Belinda Carlisle was the symbol of success, first as the lead singer for the groundbreaking band The Go-Go’s, then as a hitmaking solo artist. Lately we hadn’t heard as much from Belinda as we used to. This has recently changed for a couple reasons. Universal Music is releasing a Belinda Carlisle solo retrospective as part of their Icon series, and Carlisle put out an unflinching memoir titled Lips Unsealed in 2010. The latter openly chronicled all areas of her life, including harrowing details of her difficult childhood, her rise from Dottie Danger and role as one-time drummer for the punk band Germs, her eventual ascension to pop’s heights and concurrent depths behind the scenes. Popdose had the opportunity to catch up with Carlisle to talk about the Icon disc, her solo years, and to speculate on what life would be like for the Go-Go’s had they started in the Aughts instead of the Eighties. She responded with grace and was humble about her influence which, in the power-pop genre, is …
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Rob Smith meditates on memory, music, and the Beatles in “The Vinyl Diaries.”
“I’ll finish you all now! You’ll pay!” So said Paul McCartney to Ringo Starr when Ringo tried to convince Paul to hold his solo album release so it wouldn’t conflict with the release of Let It Be. In a court affidavit describing the incident, Ringo said Paul “told me to put my coat on and get out” of his house. At Ringo’s urging, John and George relented, and Let It Be was shelved for a couple of weeks. And with a head start, McCartney reached #1 on the Billboard 200 before Let It Be dethroned it, on June 13, 1970. Let It Be held the top spot for four weeks, the shortest run of any Beatles album to hit #1 except for Anthology 2 in 1996. Although Let It Be was recorded before Abbey Road, it has the feeling of an album patched together out of bits and pieces, the sort of thing bands release as a stopgap or a last gasp. In early 1969, when the band’s squabbles were at their hottest, it looked as …
It must be great to be Paul McCartney. All that fame, all that money. And it must be terrible, too, because you have to compete with Paul McCartney, and a reputation that will last until the end of time. It’s been that way from the beginning. In 1970, at the precise moment the Beatles were making public their inevitable split, Paul released a solo album, McCartney, which was instantly compared to his previous work, and found wanting. John Lennon and George Harrison didn’t like it. Many critics didn’t care for it, either. Too ragged, too full of half-baked ideas, lacking the hook-laden sound everyone expected from a Beatle. Almost 43 years later, it’s easy to hear what they were talking about. But you can also hear it as a declaration of independence—here’s what interests me, Paul is saying, here’s what’s important to me now. Let John and Phil Spector do whatever grandiose thing they’re doing to Let It Be—I’m unplugging over here. Three tracks on the album stand out: “Maybe I’m Amazed,” which got a …
The Beatles stereo vinyl remasters are here
Certain albums in this series present a particular challenge, as we’ve noted before: What can one say that’s fresh about some of the most famous albums ever recorded? For that, we turn once more to Wikipedia for five random facts about Abbey Road by the Beatles. —Most of the album was recorded in July 1969, although bits of it go back to February and the last of it was completed in mid-August. Despite the ongoing dissolution of the band, the Beatles were working on a lot of stuff during this period, much of which would be saved for Let It Be in 1970. —While Paul McCartney was lavishing great care on “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer,” take after take after take, the other Beatles were fuming. George Harrison eventually told him, “You’ve taken three days, it’s only a song.” John Lennon was present in the studio but doesn’t appear on the track. —A direct quote: “Abbey Road was also the first and only Beatles album to be entirely recorded through a solid state transistor mixing desk as …
“We made it up as we went along,” McCartney said. Sadly, it often shows.
Want the whole story? Here it is, come and … oh never mind.
Wait…..I thought THAT was the original version!
Do what you want to do — just get the f#%&ing note right.
Dan Wiencek serves up a double-size helping of Beatle-y goodness
The Beatles are kind of always in the not-distant background, as they are the goddamn Beatles. But every five years or so, there’s a major resurgence in Beatles interest, popularity, and nostalgia. It generally revolves around a new reissue (the 1 collection), reworking (Let It Be…Naked), documentary (George Harrison: Living in the Material World), or tangential player (the brief popularity of Julian Lennon). But the biggest Beatles surge in recent memory has to be ABC’s Beatles Anthology documentary series, and the accompanying set of three double-disc Anthology albums of rare Beatles cuts, demos, and early stuff. All three albums hit #1. The documentary topped the ratings. The thing was parodied on The Dana Carvey Show.But the most exciting thing about this Beatles rehash, unlike all the other Beatles rehashes, was that it actually contained real, actual, new Beatles music. Using very (very) rough unfinished John Lennon solo demos, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and the other one, Robert something, convened and recorded full instrumental and backing vocal tracks …