Thursday, November 23, 2006

Hamburger Harmony

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Capitol Records butchered the Beatles' recordings in the US until the group insisted "Sgt. Pepper's" could not be tampered with...

Some say it's like painting a moustache on the Mona Lisa. For what it's worth, Capitol records, the company that originally butchered the Beatles recordings for US release, has issued a remix of Fab 4 tunes. Ho-hum! Here's what some other bloggers thought about it:
Album review - The Beatles "Love"
Beatles "Love" Unwrapped

Listening to The Beatles "Love" online
The Beatles
All you need is Love?

Here is what I would recommend releasing:

Beatles Compliation CD

1 - Cry For A Shadow (inst.) I wouldn't bother forcing anyone to listen to any of The Beatles old DECCA UK recordings, because they suck, especially "My Bonnie." But "Cry..." was recorded at the Star Club in Hamburg in the early days when the group was honing it's sound.

2 - Chains - this old track from the VeeJay album serves to point out that the boys owed a lot to the legendary US girl groups of the late 50s and early 60s.

3 - Time and The River - this McCartney-Lennon (that's how they credited the writers in the early days: Capitol records switched it to "Lennon-McCartney") tune is a timeless classic with a hint of a "Yesterday" to come... it was released as a "B" side to a South African 45 that was recalled and replaced with a different song... a friend of mine in High School had a copy of it, complete with the plastic "triangle" that was in the centerhole of British Empire 45's.

4 - I'm In Love - "I've got something to tell you... You're my kinda girl, you make me feel proud..." - this precursor of "She Loves You" and "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" is still hidden away in Parlophone's recording bank. The Fourmost did a cover that wasn't a hit.

5 - Do You Want To Know A Secret - another VeeJay track, which sets up the listener for

6 - Love Me Do - held by VeeJay for release way after the Beatles became popular, VeeJay waited for a lull in Capitols' release cycle to spriong this tune on the american buyers.

7 - She Loves You
8 - I Want to Hold Your Hand
9 and 10 - German versions of the two classics

11- I'll Be Back - as the Beatles forged on with the massive "Beatles For Sale" album, Capitol records chopped it and withheld songs from it. "I'll Be Back" was scooped up by savvy American DJ's where it ended up making radio stations like WTRY in Albany #1 despite a lack of watt power!

12 - She's A Woman - the ORIGINAL not the overbloated echoed-to-death Capitol records version.

13 - The Night Before (1:59 original version) This recording of the song was pirated into the US by a few DJ's. It was heavily rotated and requested on Troy's WTRY radio, again a driving force that left 50-thousand watt rival WPTR in the dust. The cart it was on disappeared and I've never heard it on any of the vast number of bootlegs and complilations. The powers that ruled Parlophone records were FRIGHTENED by this particular version, so hypnotic, it ruled the airwaves of WTRY for an entire summer and ended up being voted aby the station;s listeners as the number one Beatles song of all time (circa 1966), edging out "Yesterday," which had just been released! A weak, wimpy watered-down version appeared on the "Help" LP... well, it would be like comparing "The Sopranos" HBO TV series to a 5-minute grainy piece of B&W Charlie Chaplin film.

14 - Yes It Is - the original uncluttered acoustic version

15 - A Hard Day's Night
16 - Help - makes sense to have the movie themes next

17 - Yesterday - ultimate Beatles classic, withheld by Capitol so they could release it as a US single and make $$$, which they did. Boatloads.

18 - Yellow Submarine - the Beatles made music fun

19 - Hey Jude - A very long, classic song...

20 - All You Need Is Love - with this I would "enhance" the CD by including a VCD video of the original LIVE worldwide TV broadcast this song was taken from. VCD can be viewed on any PC AND via DVD player!

21 - Let It Be - which is what Capitol records should have done in the first place!

"Sgt. Pepper" and "The White Album" and "Abbey Road" were meant to be listened to individually... Yes, there are countless other Beatles tunes like "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away," "Strawberry Fields," "In My Life," "For No One," "Magical Mystery Tour," "I Am The Walrus"--- just get the originals and listen!

2 comments:

Leslie (Derbyshire) said...

Good report! I'm surprised that an American has heard of "Time and The River."

Carey said...

their original music was best by far

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