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Thursday, August 18, 2016

All Time is Now • #58 - The third week in August

My playlist from Episode #058 – Hour One
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The Best of ALL TIME is NOW • The third week of August

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LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE — The Monkees
WAYS TO BE WICKED (Tom Petty/Mike Campbell) — Lone Justice
EARLY ROMAN KINGS — Bob Dylan
PEACEFUL SOLUTION — Willie Nelson
GOLDEN STATE [John Doe cover] — Eddie Vedder and Natalie Maines
SONIC HISTORY LESSON: The first ever sound recording in 1877...
MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB — Thomas Edison
HOUND DOG — Big Mama Thornton

JACK, YOU'RE DEAD — Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five
DON'T EAT THE YELLOW SNOW/NANOOK RUBS IT — Frank Zappa
ROLL WITH IT — Oasis
CHARMER — Aimee Mann
PUNK PRAYER — Pussy Riot!
English translation of Pussy Riot!'s closing statement... (LINK)
DAVID WATTS [The Kinks cover] — The Jam
TEENAGE KICKS — The Undertones
SO IT GOES — Nick Lowe

My playlist from Episode #058 – Side B

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(I CALL IT PRETTY MUSIC BUT) THE OLD PEOPLE CALL IT THE BLUES
— Little Stevie Wonder
DO-WAH DIDDY — The Exciters
EVERYDAY PEOPLE (Live at Woodstock) — Sly and The Family Stone
I CAN'T GET NEXT TO YOU — Al Green
PHENOMENON (Single edit) — LL Cool J
SONIC HISTORY LESSON: Where do da Beats come from...
WHO IS HE (AND WHAT IS HE TO YOU) [Bill Withers cover] — Creative Source
NOT ENOUGH TIME — INXS
CRAZY, CRAZY, CRAZY — Michael Franti and Spearhead
THE GROUND BENEATH HER FEET (lyrics by Salman Rushdie) — U2 with Daniel Lanois
PERFECT (7" version) — The The
WHAT? [Judy Street cover] — Soft Cell
SILVER SPRINGS [Fleetwood Mac cover] — Lykke Li
LIFE'S A BEACH — Django Django
HONG KONG GARDEN — Siouxsie and The Banshees
LIFE BEGINS AT THE HOP — XTC
WAY DOWN IN THE HOLE — Tom Waits
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Sometimes I'm right, an I can be wrong,
My own beliefs are in my song
The butcher, the banker, the drummer and then,
Makes no difference what group I'm in,
'Cause It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
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Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Beatles solo years Part I (1968)




The Beatles Solo years – Part I (1968) 



In this multi-part series, I will take a look at The Beatleʼs solo years, beginning with the creation of Apple Records. 

Looking back there are some fun, trivial, forgotten, and surprising things about the post Beatlesʼ years. Did you know Lennon was the last Beatle to release a proper song based “solo” LP? And the last Beatle to have a number #1 single (Ringo had already had two, five if you include other countries!!). George was the first and the last Beatle to have a #1 single. Even if you are a John, Paul, George, or Ringo fan, I bet there are songs you have never heard of. Plus, did you know that John and Yoko released LPʼs simultaneously, and that every Lennon 45 has a Yoko B-side (except for when they were broken up)? 

Solo albums from any active band are very telling. Are they true side-projects? Weird stuff they canʼt do within the confines of the group dynamic. 

The Beatles' first solo albums really were very outside the band; experimental, World music soundtracks or one off 45ʼs. But once Paul McCartney released his first solo LP in 1970 (announcing the break up via his own press release for the LP), it was off to the races and to the charts. 

Looking at their solo years in chronological order, you see how they were often reflecting each other, pushing each other, answering/responding to each other and in some cases, inspired by the same events (i.e. the Troubles in Ireland). 

And how they all appeared on Ringoʼs LPs. 



So as a starting point, I'm starting with the year they launched The Beatles own new label, Apple Records – part of their umbrella company Apple Corp. (they always liked a good pun) – as it was the first ongoing venture where The Beatles were active with other artists (at least Paul and George were) and the first LP on the new label was George Harrisonʼs score to the film Wonderwall.

So without further adieu, let me introduce to you, the men you've known for all these years...



BEATLES – ALL TOGETHER NOW (1968) 

January 
George is in Bombay, India recording portions of his original score for the film WONDERWALL with Indian Classical musicians. George records a few instrumental tracks to bring back to The Beatles, "The Inner Light" backing track is recorded.


The Beatles open Apple Corp. offices on the fourth floor at 95 Wigmore Street in London (one year lease) only to discover that they canʼt play music (records) during the day. In July they buy another building. Apple continues to use this office as well until the lease expires.

March 
The single “Lady Madonna”/”The Inner Light” by The Beatles is released (the last under the Parlophone UK / Capital Records US labels).

April 
Apple Records advertises for talent submissions. 


May 
Japanese-American artist Yoko Ono visits John at his home in Surrey while his wife Cynthia is away on holiday. They hang out, John plays her some of his far-out, weird, comedy, experimental tapes. She says, “Letʼs make one ourselves.” and they start recording (what turns into an all night session) trippy gobbledegook; making noises with tape loops and sundry sound effects, etc. And apparently made love for the first time when the sun came up. This would later be released as Johnʼs first solo LP, Two Virgins. 

June 
George produces and writes Apple artist Jackie Lomax single, “Sour Milk Sea”. 




The Beatles purchase a five story building to be their new headquarters at 3 Saville Row in London. They build a studio in the basement and each Beatle has their own office.

With The Beatles encouraged to contribute their own songs, contributions/ideas to fill out the planned, The Beatles (The White Album) two disc set. John records an avant garde, sound collage with Yoko and George called "Revolution #9". Significant as it, a) inspires a crazed, Charles Manson to misinterpret that The Beatles are speaking to him directly about an upcoming race war (the furthest thing from John's mind), and b) the spoken word loop, "Number Nine" when played backwards is "Turn me on dead man" fuelling the, "Paul Is Dead" rumours the following year.

July 
John & Yoko launch a joint art exhibition, You Are Here. 


World première of the animated Beatles' film, YELLOW SUBMARINE in London. All the Beatles attend, Paul arrives without girlfriend Jane Asher.

August 
During recording of The Beatles (The White Album), Ringo quits The Beatles. Spends two weeks with Peter Sellers on his yacht in the Mediterranean. Writes “Octopusʼ Garden”. The Beatles continue recording, “Back In The U.S.S.R.” and “Dear Prudence” with Paul on drums. 

The Beatles launch their new label, Apple Records with the release of the double A-side single, “Hey Jude”/”Revolution”. 
"Hey Jude" is 7 damn minutes long!! The average pop song is 2:50 and The Beatles do NOT provide a shorter Radio edit. And John's distorted guitar on "Revolution" prompts many record buyers to return the single complaining that there is a noise problem with the record.

Other Apple artists signed include, Mary Hopkins, Badfinger (both produced by Paul), Jackie Lomax, Billy Preston (both produced by George) and James Taylor (with Paul on bass and George on harmonies). 

Paul produces Apple artist Mary Hopkinʼs debut 45, “Those Were The Days”. 
The old Russian folk song is recorded in five different languages and becomes a huge hit around the world. 


September 
The Beatles send a telegram to Ringo asking him to come back. He returns to the studio to find his drum kit covered in flowers. They continue recording as a group again with “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. George invites Eric Clapton to play the solo.

October 
The Beatles (The White Album) now finished, The Beatles go their separate ways for a few weeks. Paul goes to New York to holiday with Linda Eastman. 

George produces Apple artist Jackie Lomaxʼs debut LP, Is This What You Want. 

November 
The first two Apple Records' Long Players are released. Both Beatles' solo LP's from John and George.

LP - GEORGE HARRISON & Band/Indian Orchestra - Wonderwall Music 
Georgeʼs India/Ragga based original score for the cult film Wonderwall. The film stars Jane Birken as Penny Lane and Jack MacGowen as Scientist Oscar Collins. The film is currently available for streaming online.
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Charts: #49 US 
Have a taste or enjoy the full album audio here...


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LP – JOHN & YOKO - Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins 
The second Apple Records release is a purely experimental LP, consisting of John & Yoko tripping, making noises and sundry sound effects, with tape loops recorded during an all night sessions at John's music room six months earlier. Infamous for itʼs cover of the new couple aux natural. 
Charts: #124 US 
See how far you get listening to this one… 
 
Here is a (more listenable) psychedelic folk sixties answer/track called, “John You Went Too Far This Time" by Rainbo (AKA a young Sissy Spacek)...







The Beatles (The White Album) by The Beatles is released.

December 
John appears on The Rolling Stonesʼ Rock ʻnʼ Roll Circus performing The Beatles' song, “Yer Blues” with Keith Richards on bass, Eric Clapton on guitar, and Mitch Mitchell from Jimi Hendrix Experience on drums. Due to The Who's performance being so great and The Rolling Stones (playing after 2AM) admittedly not in the best shape (especially Brian Jones), the film is never seen until 1996.  





As The Beatles have always done since 1963, The Beatles Fan Club sends out their annual Christmas 45. Interestingly influenced by John's sound experiments and Monty Python. Featuring an appearance from Tiny Tim singing, "Nowhere Man".



Since The Beatles are no longer a touring group, they kick off 1969 by jumping right back into recording another album, but their time will be divided between their outside projects and solo recordings.



Stay tuned for The Beatles solo years Part II (1969)

  
After all is said and done, 
It's only Rock 'n' Roll. 


Shark 


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Friday, August 5, 2016

All Time is Now • Special Guest WAGONS


T H E   B E S T   O F   A T N
My playlist from the American Roundtable IV
Episode #056 – Side Two
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Special Guests; Henry Wagons, Mark "Tuckerbag" Dawson & Si The Philanthropist of WAGONS
The Austrailain Americana Band visit the studio for the full hour.

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I BLEW IT — WAGONS
SOMEDAY NEVER COMES — The Band
UP ON CRIPPLE CREEK — Creedence Clearwater Revival
DR. ROBERT — The Beatles
GUANTANAMO — Ry Cooder
WONDERIN' — Neil Young & The Shocking Pinks
RADIO FREE EUROPE — R.E.M.
MOON INTO THE SUN (Radio edit) — WAGONS
BURNING LOVE — Elvis Presley
AWAITING YOU ALL (Live) — George Harrison
Note: The COMPETITION WINNERS HAVE ALREADY BEEN NOTIFIED
THE WANDERER — U2 Staring Johnny Cash

Turn my Moon into the Sun,
Turn my Moon into the Sun,
Turn my Moon into the Sun,
I need you now like I've never needed anyone
’cause It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll.
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