Posts Tagged ‘Beatles’

rubbersoulBack to Steve Turner’s “The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Write,” subtitled “the stories behind every song.” Who inspired the Beatles, who inspired so many others?

This time, we will note songs from the Rubber Soul UK album. It’s difficult to find the Beatles’ recordings, easier to find live versions.

Drive My Car:

The ‘beep beep beep beep yeah’ background vocal may have also have been a nod to ‘Beep Beep‘ by the Playmates (1958) …The bass line was patterned after Donald ‘Duck” Dunn’s playing on Otis Redding’s ‘Respect‘ (1965).

Beep Beep was one of the singles my dad owned. I played it regularly and, for a time, knew all the words.

You Won’t See Me Read the rest of this entry »

beatles-whitealbumSomeone I know has asked me to compile and edit a book about the album The Beatles, generally called the white album. I haven’t said no, but I haven’t said yes yet because, to quote a white album title “I’m So Tired.”

Still, it’s an interesting proposition. That album is, in its own way, as emblematic as its predecessor, Sgt. Pepper, and I think it ages better. Read the rest of this entry »

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badfingerMore songs on the Come and Get It: The Best of Apple Records, released in 2010.

“Launched by The Beatles in 1968, Apple served as the new outlet for their own recordings as well as the music of an eclectic roster of artists who were all personally brought to the label by The Beatles (individually and/or collectively).

“In the revolutionary spirit of the times, Apple’s utopian artist-orientated mission celebrated diversity in a friendly creative environment. The result was a rainbow spectrum of music, from folk, rock and soul to The Modern Jazz Quartet and the work of contemporary British classical composer John Tavener.”

Come And Get It / Badfinger (1969, written and produced by Paul)
Created for The Magic Christian film starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr, the first record issued by The Iveys under their new name. A worldwide hit (#7 US).

Ain’t That Cute / Doris Troy (1970, co-written, with Doris Troy, by George; produced by George)
Soul singer-songwriter had hits before coming to Apple in 1969, and she and George wrote this song from scratch in the studio.

My Sweet Lord / Billy Preston (1970, written by George; co-produced, with Billy Preston, by George)
George gave this to Billy before he had recorded it and released it himself. Billy’s version went only to #90 in the US. Of course, George’s version, which was #1 for four weeks in the US, appeared on his massive All Things Must Pass album.

Try Some Buy Some / Ronnie Spector (1971, written by George; co-produced, with Phil Spector, by George)
George later re-cut it himself for Living In The Material World, using the exact same backing as Ronnie’s single.

Govinda / Radha Krishna Temple (1970, produced by George, who also plays bass and accordion)
‘Govinda’ is a Sanskrit hymn to Krishna, and was a UK Top 30 hit. But if it were released in the US, it never charted.

We’re On Our Way / Chris Hodge (1972) – signed to Apple by Ringo Starr
#44 in the U.S.

Saturday Nite Special / The Sundown Playboys (1971)
A lover’s lament sung in Cajun French. The teenage accordionist sent in the song to Apple on a whim.

God Save Us / Bill Elliot & The Elastic Oz Band (1971, written by John, and Yoko Ono; produced by John, Yoko, Mal Evans, and Phil Spector)
This was a fundraiser for the defense in the famous Oz Obscenity Trial of 1971 Vocalist Bill Elliot later signed to George’s Dark Horse label. A version with John’s vocal shows up on John Lennon Anthology.

Sweet Music / Lon & Derrek van Eaton(1972, produced by George; Ringo played drums)
One of the last acts to sign to Apple.

Day After Day / Badfinger or HERE (produced by George Harrison)
The band’s third single for Apple. George played a duet with the band’s Pete Ham on the slide guitar solo. It went UK Top 10 in 1972, and peaked at No. 4 Billboard in the US, in the same week that Nilsson’s cover of Badfinger’s ‘Without You’ was at No. 1.
You ever listen to something familiar and hear it anew? I played this album recently, and this final song I realized was absolutely gorgeous.

mary-hopkinBack in 2010, the year it came out, I purchased Come and Get It: The Best of Apple Records. The CD was “the first commercially issued multi-artist compilation in the label’s history.” It didn’t cost the nearly $40 it’s now going for presently on Amazon, though you can get the MP3 for $9.50.

It’s a fun 21-track compilation of singles from 1968 to 1972, though not truly the “best of Apple.” For one thing, there are no Beatles songs, nor any of their solo material. Still, the Fab Four are well represented, often as songwriters and/or producers.

Those Were The Days / Mary Hopkin (1968, produced by Paul), or HERE. The debut 45 by Mary Hopkin was a huge hit, UK No. 1 for six weeks, #2 for 3 weeks in the US. I remember I purchased this 45 because Read the rest of this entry »

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