Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Live Peace In Toronto

The follow up album of Two Virgins was John and Yoko's Live Peace in toronto released on December 12, 1969. The album was well received in the U.S. peaking at #10 but like Two Virgins, also failed to enter the British chart.

Money/Dizzy Miss Lizzy

John John(Let's Hope For Peace)......WARNING: Use ear plugs or mute

Two Virgins LP

The first album released by a solo Beatle on Nov 29, 1968 was John and Yoko's Two Virgins . I have a copy of this album but it is, in my opinion, not worth spending much time on. The recording consists largely of tape loops playing while Lennon tries out different instruments. I think the only reason it sold as many copies as it did was because the album cover featured the two of them nude on the cover. The album failed to enter the British chart and peaked at #124 in the U.S.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Cold Turkey

A follow up to Give Peace A Chance, the Plastic Ono Band released Cold Turkey on October 24, 1969 which was the first song John Lennon wrote for which took sole credit. John was accompanied by Eric Clapton on lead guitar and Ringo Starr on drums. The song reached #30 on the U.S. charts and # 14 in the U.K.

Cold Turkey (Live 1972)

Give Peace A Chance

A year before The Beatles broke up, John Lennon released a single under the name The Plastic Ono Band in July 1969 called Give Peace A Chance. The song was originally credited as a Lennon/McCartney composition but when it was released on an album a few years later, it was then credited to Lennon himself. The song peaked at #14 in the U.S. and #2 in the U.K.

Give Peace A Chance

A Post for a Beatles Fan

As requested by sumyungguy, here are a couple of Beatles songs that have become Christmas classics. First one is The Beatles with a 1967 song Christmas Time Is Here Again then Paul McCartneys Wonderful Christmas Time

Christmas Time Is Here Again

Wonderful Christmas Time

Monday, December 22, 2008

Let It Be (The Final Album)

The last new material LP released by The Beatles was Let It Be which was released on May 18, 1970 and knocked Paul's debut album from the top spot and stayed #1 for four weeks and dropped to #2 by The Woodstock LP.

Two Of Us

Dig A Pony

One After 909

The Long And Winding Road/For You Blue (The last single)

The final 45 by The Beatles, The Long And Winding Road, was released on May 11, 1970 and spent two weeks at #1. This was their 20th number one, not bad considering they only recorded together for 6 years.

The Long And Winding Road (Paul gets a little emotional)

For You blue

In The Beginning (The Album)

In The Beginning was released on May 4, 1970 which consisted mostly of songs recorded around 1961 during the Tony Sheridan sessions peaked at #117. This is the only "Beatles" album I don't own

Nobody's Child

Ain't She Sweet

Ya Ya/Why

Friday, December 19, 2008

Hey Jude (The Album)

Hey Jude (The LP) was released February 36, 1970

From Beatles-Discography.com:

Allen Klein convinced them to put this out in to raise a bit of money for the dwindling Apple empire (and to bump up his fat bank account). They briefly considered calling it The Beatles Again, but changed the name at the last minute. It looks a little bit like a ‘Greatest Hits’ package, but a quick gander at the tracks reveals that that’s not the case. It’s just a collection of songs that had never been released on a Capitol LP.

Although it sold by the bucket-load, it never reached the top-spot – it got stuck at number two behind Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water. It then fell further behind when Paul released his debut LP.

Can't Buy Me Love


Let It Be/ You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Let It Be and You Know My Name (Look Up My Number) was released on March 11, 1970 and went to #1 for two weeks and knocked Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Waters to runner up

Let It Be

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Abbey Road (The Album)

Abbey Road was released on October 1, 1969 and stayed on top for a total of 11 weeks.

From Wekipedia.org:

Abbey Road is the eleventh official album released by The Beatles. Though work on Abbey Road began in April 1969, making it the twelfth and final album recorded by the band, Let It Be was the last album released before the Beatles' dissolution in 1970. Abbey Road was released on 26 September 1969 in the United Kingdom and 1 October 1969 in the United States. It was produced and orchestrated by George Martin for Apple Records. Geoff Emerick was engineer, Alan Parsons was assistant engineer, and Tony Banks was tape operator. It is regarded as one of The Beatles' most tightly constructed albums, although the band was barely operating as a functioning unit at the time. Rolling Stonemagazine named it the 14th greatest album of all time.

After the near-disastrous sessions for the proposed Get Back album (later retitled Let It Be) Paul McCartney suggested to George Martin the group get together and make an album "the way we used to" free of the conflict that began with the sessions for The White Album. Martin agreed, stipulating that he must be allowed to do the album his way. In their interviews for the Beatles Anthology series the surviving band members stated they knew at the time this would very likely be the final Beatles' product and therefore agreed to set aside their differences and 'go out on a high note'.

Come Together


Octopus's Garden

Here Comes The Sun

Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End

The Ballad Of John And Joko/Old Brown Shoe

The Ballad Of John And Yoko which reached #8 and Old Brown Shoe (did not chart) was released on June 4, 1969.

From Beatles-Discography.com:

This was released less than a month after Get Back came out, and part of the reason it did so badly (it only reached number eight) was because Get Back was still riding high at number one. There was also the predictable outcry over the usage of the word Christ in the chorus, coming so soon as it did after John’s Jesus comment. Apple came under considerable pressure to bleep it out, but steadfastly refused. Various radio stations up and down the country then banned it, or resorted to playing the B-side instead, denting sales.

The Ballad Of John And Joko

Old Brown Shoe

Arguements get more and more common

The boys working together was becomming more and more difficult.

Paul and George riff:

The arguements continue, this time with The Beatles and George Martin

Get Back/Don't Let me Down

Released on May 5, 1969, Get Back went to #1 for five weeks, Don't Let Me Down peaked at #35. Besides the Loretta Martin and Jo-jo verse there was actually a third verse but Paul didn't like the quality so it was deleted. It was actually a protest verse:

"Meanwhile back at home there's nineteen Pakistanis,
Living in a council flat
Candidate for Labour tells them what the plan is,
Then he tells them where its at"

This live version was filmed on the rooftop of the Apples Studio in London.

Get Back

Don't Let Me Down

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Beatles Covers

This guy is absolutley incredible. I'm not sure of his name but I think it's Billy Vander but he goes by the name Jun626 on YouTube. He nails every song!!! I only wish George was around to hear him.

Early Beatles

Abbey Road Medley

Yellow Submarine (The Album)

The album Yellow Submarine was released on January 13, 1969 and peaked at #2, just behind The Beatles (White Album). Certified Platinum on December 26, 1991.

Hey Bulldog

Only A Northern Song

All Together Now

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Beatles (The White Album)

The Beatles was released on November 25, 1968.

The album was Certified Diamond on July 25, 2000

From Wikiki.org

Despite the album's official title, which emphasized group identity, studio efforts on The Beatles captured the work of four increasingly individualized artists who frequently found themselves at odds. The band's work pattern changed dramatically with this project, and by most accounts the extraordinary synergy of The Beatles' previous studio sessions was harder to come by during this period. Sometimes McCartney would record in one studio for prolonged periods of time, while Lennon would record in another, each man using different engineers. At one point in the sessions, George Martin, whose authority over the band in the studio had waned, spontaneously left to go on holiday, leaving Chris Thomas in charge of producing. During one of these sessions, while recording "Helter Skelter" Harrison reportedly ran around the studio while holding a flaming ashtray above his head.
Long after the recording of The Beatles was complete, Sir George Martin mentioned in interviews that his working relationship with The Beatles changed during this period, and that many of the band's efforts seemed unfocused, often yielding prolonged jam sessions that sounded uninspired. On 16 July recording engineer Geoff Emerick, who had worked with the group since Revolver, announced he was no longer willing to work with the group out of disgust with the deteriorating work environment. The sudden departures were not limited to EMI personnel. On 22 August, drummer Ringo Starr abruptly left the studio, explaining later that he felt his role was minimized compared to that of the other members, and that he was tired of waiting through the long and contentious recording sessions. Lennon, McCartney and Harrison pleaded with Starr to return, and after two weeks he did. According to Mark Lewisohn's book The Complete Beatles Chronicle, Paul McCartney played drums on "Back in the U.S.S.R." However, according to Lewisohn, in the case of "Dear Prudence" the three remaining Beatles each took a shot at bass and drums, with the result that those parts may be composite tracks played by Lennon, McCartney and/or Harrison. As of 2008, the actual musician/instrument lineup is still undetermined. Upon Starr's return, he found his drum kit decorated with red, white and blue flowers, a welcome-back gesture from Harrison. The reconciliation was, however, only temporary, and Starr's exit served as a precursor of future "months and years of misery," in Starr's words. Indeed, after The Beatles was completed, both Harrison and Lennon would stage similar unpublicized departures from the band. McCartney, whose public departure in 1970 would mark the formal end of the band's ensemble, described the sessions for The Beatles as a turning point for the group. Up to this point, he observed, "the world was a problem, but we weren't. You know, that was the best thing about The Beatles, until we started to break up, like during the White Album and stuff. Even the studio got a bit tense then."

Although most of the songs on any given Beatles album are usually credited to the Lennon/McCartney songwriting team, that description is often misleading, and rarely more so than on The Beatles. With this album, each of the four band members began to showcase the range and depth of his individual songwriting talents, and to display styles that would be carried over to his eventual solo career. Indeed, some songs that the individual Beatles were working on during this period eventually were released on solo albums.

The album is the first by the group not to feature any genuine Lennon-McCartney collaborations - in fact there would only be one more co-write from the pair in the remainder of the band's career ("I've Got a Feeling" from the Let It Be album). This new lack of co-operation and focus is reflected in several fragmental, incomplete song ideas that were recorded and released on the album ("Why Don't We Do It in the Road?", "Wild Honey Pie", and an officially untitled McCartney snippet at the end of "Cry Baby Cry" often referred to as "Can You Take Me Back"). On previous albums, such undertakings might have been either abandoned or collaboratively developed before release, but here again, The Beatles represented a change of course for the band. The trend continued for the rest of the band's recording career: such song fragments were presented by joining them together as a long suite of songs on side two of Abbey Road.

As the song "Sgt. Pepper" goes......."It's getting very near the end."

Back In The U.S.S.R

Glass Onion

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Piggies Don't let the video freak you out, it has a good ending

Don't Pass Me By


Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey

Helter Skelter

Good Night

Hey Jude/Revolution

Hey Jude and Revolution was released on August 26, 1968

Hey Jude was the Beatles’ first single to be released on their new Apple label, and stayed on top for nine weeks (which set a new American record). It also became the longest-ever song to make it to number one (at 7:11). But US radio was adverse to playing anything over three minutes, and Capitol had to press up a special edit for radio play. During the recording of the master take, Lennon shouted "Oh!" followed by "Fucking hell!" at 2:56 and 2:58, respectively, into the song. This occurs after he sings "let her into your skin" under McCartney's "let her under your skin." Revolution peaked at #12.
It also kept Apple’s second single - Mary Hopkins’ Those Were The Days stuck at number two, before finally succumbing to Diana Ross and the Supremes.

The model Twiggy saw Mary Hopkin winning the British ITV television talent show Opportunity Knocks and recommended her to Paul McCartney. She became one of the first artists to record on the Beatles' Apple record label.
Her debut single, "Those Were the Days", was produced by Paul McCartney.

Hey Jude (The rehearsal)

Hey Jude

Mary Hopkin "Those Were The Days"

Lady Madonna/The Inner Light

Lady Madonna and The Inner Light was released on March 18, 1968. Lady Madonna only reached #4 and The Inner Light peaked at #97. Even though this failed to reach number one, it still sold well over a million copies in it’s first week.

Lady Madonna

The Inner Light

Hello Goodbye/I Am The Walrus

Hello Goodbye/I Am The Walrus was released on November 27, 1967. Hello Goodbye went on to be #1 for three weeks starting December 30. I Am The Walrus peaked at #56.

Hello Goodbye (Two Videos)

Hello Goodbye (2nd Video)

I Am The Walrus