Monday, 9 February 2015

George Harrison Underrated Guitarist

CC BY-SA 2.0 by Steve Mathieson

Whenever there is a list of greatest guitarists, it is always the usual suspects who top the bill: Jimi Hendrix, Slash, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards. But one guitarist that is often forgotten, is in my humble opinion George Harrison.

He is the proof that you do not need to be the fastest to be the best. Listen to the guitar work in 'And Your Bird Can Sing', 'It's All Too Much', the lead war between John, Paul and George in 'The End', 'Something' and the backwards guitar in 'Tomorrow Never Knows', no other guitarist could've thought those guitar parts up. Pure genius.

His riffs in "Here Comes the Sun", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", and the hundreds of other Beatles songs he plays in are absolutely golden, thanks to his hybrid picking, and numerous other guitar skills. His mastery of the instrument really is incomparable with other artists, in my opinion.

Monday, 8 December 2014

1974 NME Awards

At the end of 1974 (40 years ago) New Musical Express published its annual music awards

British Male Singer: David Bowie
British Female Singer: Maggie Bell
British Group: Yes
British Stage Band: Genesis
Most Promising New Name (British): Leo Sayer
Disc Jockey: John Peel
TV Show: 'Old Grey Whistle Test'
British Single: The Who - '5.15'
British Album: Pink Floyd - 'Dark Side Of The Moon'
Best Guitarist: Eric Clapton
Best Keyboardist: Rick Wakeman
Best Bass Guitarist: Paul McCartney
Best Drummer: Carl Palmer
Best Producer: David Bowie
Best Instrumentalist: Roy Wood
Best Songwriters: Elton John/ Bernie Taupin
Best Soul Act: Stevie Wonder
Best Dressed Album: Yes - 'Yessongs'
World Singer: David Bowie
World Female Singer: Diana Ross
World Group: Yes
World Stage Band: Alice Cooper
World Album: Pink Floyd - 'Dark Side Of The Moon'
World Single: Golden Earring - 'Radar Love'
World's Most Promising New Name: Golden Earring

Monday, 1 December 2014

1964 NME Awards

At the end of 1964 NME (New Musical Express) published its annual awards


Outstanding Male Singer: Elvis Presley
Outstanding Female Singer: Brenda Lee
Outstanding Vocal Group: Beatles
Outstanding Musical Personality: Elvis Presley
British Male Singer: Cliff Richard
British Female Singer: Dusty Springfield
British Vocal Group: Beatles
British Vocal Personality: Cliff Richard
British Rhythm and Blues: Rolling Stones
British Instrumental Unit: Shadows
British Tv Or Radio Programme: Ready Steady Go
British Disc Jockey: Jimmy Savile
British New Disc or TV Singer: Mick Jagger
British Disc This Year: The Animals 'House Of The Rising Sun'

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

New George Harrison Box Set available soon!

Good news for all you George Harrison fans out there!

The Harrison family just announced that there will be a new box set with previously unavailable material released on September 22, 2014. The box will contain 6 albums that George Harrison released on the Apple label between 1968 and 1975.

The albums are:

- Wonderwall Music
- Electronic Sound
- All Things Must Pass
- Living In The Material World
- Dark Horse
- Extra Texture (Read All About It)

Gleison Tulio and Keilla Jovi at The International Beatle Week

I don't understand why Gleison Tulio and Keilla Jovi played a concert called "The Songs The Beatles Gave Away", because they only played true Beatle classics like You Can't Do That, Love Me Do, Ticket To Ride, or Paul's Coming Up. Still, their funky sound was very refreshing.

Highlights were:

- Ticket To Ride
- I've Got a Feeling
- Coming Up

Beatle-ness: 2/5 (they don't look like The Beatles, don't sound like The Beatles, don't feel like The Beatles)
Originality: 5/5 (never heard The Beatles sounds so funky, so inventive, so creative as when Gleison does his one-man-show)
Technical Skills: 5/5 (Keilla does a nice job on the bass, but Gleison is phenomenal when he starts bashing his guitar)
Crowd Interaction: 3/5 (I'm sure he could fine-tune the show so that the audience gets more involved)
Selection of songs: 3,5/5 (I would have liked to see some more original songs, for example something like Dear Prudence)

My verdict: 4 stars out of 5 and the title of most original tribute band of BW 2014

Monday, 1 September 2014

Beatline and Seppo at the International Beatle Week

The first group to play at the Alma de Cuba (during the "Songs The Beatles Gave Away") was Beatline & Seppo.

Together with Them Beatles they stayed true to the concept of the show, and mainly played songs by Lennon & McCartney that were recorded by other groups.

Highlights were:

- You Got What I like
- One and One is Two
- From a Window

Beatle-ness: 4/5 (three guitars and one drum, matching suits, nice harmonies)
Originality: 4/5 (fresh songs, funny texts between songs, nice mix in musical styles)
Technical skills: 3,5/5 (good straight rock, no frills)
Crowd Interaction: 3,5/5 (nice warm-up, but they were better at the Cavern Live Lounge)
Selection of songs: 4/5

My verdict: 4 stars out of 5

Liverpool Beatles Auction

During Beatleweek there was also a Beatles auction at the Paul McCartney Auditorium (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts).

There were some nice items that I wanted to bid on:

- Lot 43: School photograph featuring Paul McCartney and signed by Paul aged 10 (£1250-£1500)
- Lot 79: Please Please Me album signed by George and Paul (£300-£400)
- Lot 163: Menu card for the Grand Central Hotel Belfast signed by John, George and Paul (£1200-£1500)
- Lot 300: Very rare Cavern Club photograph of The Beatles in 1961, complete with negative and copyright (£1500-£1750)

But in the end I just bought a signed copy of Mark Lewisohn's Tune In.