Sunday, 19 April 2015

Ticket to Ride released in the USA

Exactly 50 years ago today, The Beatles released their 9th Capitol single on the US market. On the A-side was Ticket to Ride (one of my favourites with a great guitar riff) and on the B-side Yes it is, a complex song with great three-part harmonies and some wonderful guitar playing by George Harrison). A fine anecdote is that on the label it says "From the upcoming United Artists movie Eight Arms to Hold You", which was the working title for their movie "HELP!". Surely a collector's Item

Friday, 17 April 2015

Record Store Day 2015 re-release: The Family Way

Tomorrow it is Record Store Day.

This year there are not many Beatle-related exclusives available, but one item worth checking out is the re-release of The Family Way, a soundtrack from 1967 and the unofficial first Beatle solo effort by Paul McCartney (although for some reason George Harrison gets the official credit for first solo-record when he released Wonderwall a year later).

Here is what Record Store Day has to say about the record:

This 1967 soundtrack composed by Paul McCartney is one of the most elusive Beatles souvenirs. The original vinyl album has been long out of print, and it is commanding sky-high prices on the collector's circuit.

It is released in 5,700 copies.

And the movie, you may ask? Well, The Family Way is a 1966 British comedy-drama lmovie based on Bill Naughton's play All in Good Time (1963). Some people may remember it was reworked as a television play, Honeymoon Postponed. The film was produced and directed by John and Roy Boulting, respectively, and starred father and daughter John Mills and Hayley Mills.

The soundtrack was composed by Paul McCartney and released on an album in January 1967.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

RIP Cynthia Lennon

Sad news arrived today, April 1st 2015 when Cynthia Lennon died of cancer in her home on Mallorca, aged 75.

Cynthia will be remembered as the first wife of John Lennon and mother of Julian Lennon.

Photo: Cynthia and Julian Lennon at the unveiling of the John Lennon Peace Monument in Chavasse Park, Liverpool on 9th October 2010 with the Liverpool Signing Choir in the background. Celebrating peace and the loving memory of John Lennon on what would have been Lennon's 70th Birthday. - Public Domain

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)