THE BEATLES – Pop & Rock Masterpiece ‘RUBBER SOUL’ Came Out 55 Years Ago

4 December 2020

Band: THE BEATLES
Album: RUBBER SOUL – sixth LP
Released: 3 December 1965 – 55 years ago

Pitchfork said: “To modern ears, Rubber Soul and its pre-psychedelic era mix of 1960s pop, soul, and folk could seem tame, even quaint on a cursory listen. But it’s arguably the most important artistic leap in the Beatles’ career– the signpost that signaled a shift away from Beatlemania and the heavy demands of teen pop, toward more introspective, adult subject matter. It’s also the record that started them on their path toward the valuation of creating studio records over live performance. If nothing else, it’s the record on which their desire for artistic rather than commercial ambition took center stage– a radical idea at a time when the success of popular music was measured in sales and quantity rather than quality.” Full review here. Score: 10/10.

John Lennon: “Rubber Soul was the pot album, and Revolver was acid. I mean, we
weren’t all stoned making Rubber Soul, because in those days we couldn’t work on pot.”

George Harrison: “We all think it’s just about our best LP. I can’t wait for it to come out.
The sleeve’s finished too, and the picture on the front is pretty good!”

Paul McCartney: “The effect was to stretch the perspective and elongate the faces. We excitedly asked photographer Robert Freeman if it was possible to print the photo this way. Being Bob, he said, ‘Yes,’ and the cover to our album Rubber Soul was decided.”

Turn Up The Volume: Every note, every chord, every hook, every vocal, every harmony
is spot-on, proving once again they were and still are the world champions of perfect pop tunes. All killers, no fillers.

Full album…

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THE BEATLES: Website

GUNSHIP Cover THE BEATLES – Listen To Their Synth Loaded Version Of ‘ELEANOR RIGBY’

30 October 2020

UK-based space trio GUNSHIP describing themselves as a ‘Neo 80’s Retro Futuristic Assault’ wanted to be part of the Halloween circus and decided to do a cover. They picked the pretty brilliant 1966 hit ELEANOR RIGBY by those four legendary guys out of Liverpool. Their take is both atmospheric and powerful, cinematic and vibrant. Job well done!

Here comes Eleanor

The original

GUNSHIP: Facebook

IDLES Trash THE BEATLES Punk Song HELTER SKELTER

31 August 2020

Bristol punks IDLES release their third grand slam album ULTRA MOON on 25th September. To keep us happy in the meantime they invaded the legendary Abbey Road studios in London to have some noisy fun. One of the session’s recordings is a crushing cover of The Beatles’ only punk song HELTER SKELTER (actually written and sung by pretty boy Paul McCartney).

Idles kicked the song in the ass, punched it against
the wall and trashed it the way they like it.

Yeahhhhhhh…

IDLES: Facebook

‘Ballad Of John And Yoko’ By THE BEATLES – No 1 In The UK This Day In 1969

Top singles from the past…

13 June 2020

Today 51 years ago, on 12 June 1969, The Fab Four (in this case only Paul and John were involved) topped the UK Singles Chart with BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO. Actually one of my all-time favourite Lennon classics. It was the band’s 17th and final Numero Uno in their native country. The song tells the story of the eventful days of the marriage of the late genius and his muse Yoko Ono. It stills sounds brilliant.

Baby, you can drive my car here…

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‘Ticket To Ride’ By THE BEATLES – Number One In The UK 55 Years Ago…

Top singles from the past…

22 May 2020

Band: The Beatles – the invisible masters of
big tunes and catchy melodies
Single: Ticket To Ride
Written by John Lennon
B-sideYes It Is
Released: 9 April 1965 in the UK 
and 19 April in the US
Score: No 1 in the UK on 22 May 1965
55 (!) years ago today
Album:  Help! – the Fab Four’s fifth studio LP

Let’s take a ride…

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Best Band Of The Nineties Covering The Best Band Of All Time…

11 May 2020

It’s no secret that the Kain and Abel brothers of rock ‘n’ roll, aka Liam & Noel Gallagher were big fans of THE BEATLES. The best band ever in history (in my book) with Liam
loving John Lennon that much that at one time, according to Noel, he started to talk
with a Liverpool accent. Mad for it as usual.

So it’s no wonder that OASIS – the best band of the 90s (also in my book) – covered
several classic songs by The Fab Four. I selected three of the best. Sing along right
here, right now…

– YOU’VE GOT TO HIDE YOUR LOVE AWAY –
(Noel solo under the Oasis banner)

– I AM THE WALRUS –
(Steamy live version – London 1995)

– HELTER SKELTER –
(Live in Tornto, 2000)

OASIS: Facebook

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THE BEATLES Released Their Final Album ‘LET IT BE’ 50 Years Ago…

8 May 2020

Today 50 years ago, on 8 May 1970, the Fab Four released their twelfth and final album
LET IT BE, a month after they split up. An album Macca wanted it to sound as a classic rock record. During the recordings, George Harrison left for a brief period of time and producer Phil Spector moved, as usual in mysterious ways.

Despite the longplayer’s commercial triumph – it topped the charts in America and the
UK – the reviews were mixed. It was obviously not their best work, but still, a solid gold achievement compared to many mainstream LPs that appeared in the early seventies.
Outstanding tracks Get Back, The Long Winding Road, Let It Be and Across The Universe, a
24 karat Lennon masterpiece, are among the best songs THE BEATLES ever wrote.

Rolling Stone‘s impressions: “The greatest band of all time gave the world their final album together on May 8th, 1970 The Beatles released Let It Be, the Phil Spector-produced LP that featured hits like the title track, “The Long and Winding Road” and one of John Lennon’s most famous compositions, “Across the Universe.” While the album was recorded during the band’s caustic final days, Let It Be would go on to become one of their most celebrated records: it ranked Number 86 in Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

Album in full…

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