Dec. 31st, 2014

greeneyedsadie: (Beatles - John Money)
I was going through YouTube finding New Year's themed songs for FB and I found this bootleg of the Decca audition record The Beatles made in 1962. Decca listened to this and decided not to sign them:



And I can see why. It's mostly Paul singing and his singing is uninspired and lackadaisical and only John's few songs POP with that Beatles pop. I can see where George Martin could listen to this and listen to the band and see the potential, and then he took that potential and molded it into Please Please Me (which I'm going to listen to next as a contrast) and also George Martin put John up front and center with the vocals and the songs and I can see that that was a genius move, because John is so much more electric than Paul. John's voice sounds otherworldly.

Also on this record is them singing To Know Him Is To Love Him which is a Phil Spector song and Phil Spector would go on to produce Let It Be and All Things Must Pass for George and Imagine for John. Also, trivia for the day, Phil Spector's father commit suicide when Spector was a boy and on his gravestone is "To Know Him Is To Love Him"



Anyway, this Decca audition record is horrible, but great, you can really see what George Martin saw in them at EMI and how he was able to take this sort of blah base and transform them into The Beatles.

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