Abbey Road

Jan. 17th, 2015 09:14 am
greeneyedsadie: (Beatles - Abbey Road)
I was listening to Abbey Road in the car this morning, I've been listening to that album a lot lately and I love it more and more each time I listen to it. There's always hidden gems in it that only come out on repeated listening.

Take I Want You (She's So Heavy) which is John's art piece:

Which is striking in its own right, but I was noticing just now Billy Preston's keyboard work on the Hammond Organ, which is truly delicious, and it's kind of hidden in the song's noise (that John put in there) and so listen to it and really listen for Preston's organ, especially starting at 1:55 into the song. It's brilliant, this whole song is fucking brilliant and John Lennon was brilliant.
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.
greeneyedsadie: (Beatles - John Cute)
I always love finding new Beatles covers and I'm listening to this band called Ache, and they did this great cover of We Can Work it Out:

greeneyedsadie: (Beatles - John Smiling)
BBC America is showing a one hour documentary on John Lennon at 9pm Eastern on Tuesday the 19th. That will be something nice for me to watch after I recover from my hearing. :)
greeneyedsadie: (Beatles - Happy George)

George was 19 here. He looks so young! They all look so young!


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