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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These are the bands that were on the charts:

I can't get no satisfaction )
greeneyedsadie: (Clapton - Green)
The London scene did not have a lot of direct contact with San Francisco so it was more an interpretation of the movement. Allen Ginsberg was someone who traveled to London in 1965 and organized a poetry meeting "Poets of the World/Poets of Our Time" at the Royal Albert Hall and psychedlia begins to bloom in London.

Then Michael Hollinshead opened the World Psychedelic Center in London in Fall 1965. In 1966 the Indica bookshop opens up (where John Lennon gets his copy of The Psychedelic Experience, parts of which end up in Tomorrow Never Knows). Also in 1966 was the London Free School that had people having dialogues about the culture, and then in Dec 1966 the International Times were published as an answer to SF's The Oracle. There was also a UFO Club which was where people gathered to drop acid and trip.

shears baby )

So these are the underground groups.

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