slow down (by Larry Williams) beatles live at bbc
i've always said, since age 12, and will always say, even now almost as
old as Ron I guess, (and I'd bet he'd think so too), that
before all that rubber soul revolver stuff, as much as I 'dug' it at
the time, that these guys were a crisp tight live band with a lot of
connection and passion when they were still fresh-ish from the rigorous
constant club grind in two countries...even after signed by George Martin,
and pete best got the boot... and acing the biggest places
anyone could lease with a whole lot of presence. before they fell in hate
with each other.
i think they sorta collapsed after this; knew it and stopped;
worn out and down; the contracts those days demanded two full LP
releases a year; that's a lot of material; and the rest of it
constant touring, recording, press....it was right to stop....
i've heard the Japan and some of the horrid stuff at the end;
they were good boys too; really trying; not phoning it in;
but they could not hide some sense of detachment, like they
were watching the same movie every day all day and night long
forever....not hearing themselve out of tune but pressing on;
we know those guys could at least sing harmonies but even their
solo lead vokes, well pauls anyway, started to suck; and he really
had this brilliant, brilliant voice.
I mean he got it back; even the harmonies were off;
i'm sure there were not proper monitors, if any at all.
they were over as a hungry band putting it down;
and been ahead of the curve that soon left them behind
when they descended as The Stones hit the most powerful stride
in concert and on record that
I can think of, ever...
.,. outside of a few cats who inspired THEM.
not meaning the van morrison THEM, but hey, they played the same
bill as Stones in 65.
you're gonna lose that girl,
what lp that from?
i'm a sucker for that kinda stuff.
not quite super production
but aahh that Meet the Beatles was crsip; that Beatles 2nd Album, as
sold in north america, whoa Beatles 65....they are taking on Little Richard
and the blowing the Royal Family away with Isley Brothers, during their
earliest days when the movies were soon next; they knew wattup w influences.
i had this Capitol Records The Early Beatles; and also those earliest
tracks were released on Vee Jay Records with the worst cover slick ever
in the long history of bad album covers....
but Baby It's You. Just thinking of John's version of that makes me want
to put it on.
I was even crazy for Cry For A Shadow, their instrumental B side, as back up
band for Tony Sheridan. I think it's the first actual
recorded and released as such; but could be off on that.
I still listen to it; and not for nostalgia; those guys were into it.
On Swan Record I think. You had to really search for it back then earliest
days of invasion.
but here live on bbc....it's raw and untutored....johns voice...
This is the John that I guess I still think
is easily one of the greatest rock and roll singers that ever walked this
i guess it's lucky in a way, that the contracts were like slavery,
because they released a whole lot of stuff before the stuff that
everybody mostly seems to remember these days.
i'm not gonna go to "i'm so happy when you dance with me' too very often
..well unless Dylan does it; then I'm ALL in for sure.
he really Should; thinking the stuff he can lay on ya these days all cole porter and etc...
and they did put up on the roof at abbey road; and inside of it; tho honestly
I rarely do go back to abbey road; i thought it super brilliant; maybe i played
it out. I should give it a fresh listen; but it's not my first or second choice....
i'm going mostly in another direction w my own tastes for a long time now...
and still opening up those doors to new influences, for me anyway;
... everything good, mostly for me, has been around awhile..ane i like going back to even much, much older ones.
even when into 'girl' and something like that,
Martin wasn't overdoing it; it was just them four doing it,
overdubs or not; on mostr of it; maybe he'd add piano before
the guys were playing well enough but that was it.
they were proud of that 'double track' or 'overdub' i dont remember
how exactly they worded it; but they advertised it
on the back cover, as the New Sensation (my words) on the back of
Meet the Beats. i don't have it anymore but must've read it a thousand times.
I was 12, so I really
knew a lot more about what was really credible, more than now...lol,
kid had to go on instinct; it got ya or didn't.
they were a sensation; they brought me The Rolling Stones.
They brought them to you too.
personally; you know the george story; he gave decca a shot
at solving their embarassment problem, (that exec PASSED on The Beatles!)
and took the exec to see
the very early club-era Rolling Stones,
and they wre signed to a recording contract...
...then john and paul royally selling em a song; sorta leading the way w that;
at least Andrew, working for The Beats, thought so.
....george ever so distinctly george; and somehow, tho musta bin
the same pirate as the others fo sho, stayed completely perfectly wry george.
sure, nothin's gonna top Larry William's rejected takes lol, but
this still hits me crisp.
'I'm a monkey! I'm a monkey! Monkey! monkey! monkey!......."
M. Jagger/K. Richards
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