sábado, 25 de diciembre de 2010

· "The Beatles Live at Abbey Road Studios"

In 1983, for the first and only time, the doors to Abbey Road's famous studio were opened to the public, for a tour and audio-video presentation, Fans were treated to a tour of the famous Number 2 Studio, which had remained virtually unchanged from the days of the sixties where the Beatles recorded from 1962-1969. Starting July 11th, the doors were opened seven days a week through September 11th, with three shows per day at 10:30 am, 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets sold for about 4.50 GBP. In all, the presentation and tour was given 168 times. After a short tour of the facility, the fans were seated in the Number 2 Studio for a 90 minute video presentation featuring rare filmclips and promotional videos with previously unreleased Beatles recordings. This was the first time that EMI had ever permitted the public performance of Beatles outtakes. Refreshments were served, and in one corner there was a booth offering T-shirts, posters, stickers, road signs, postcards and other type of Beatles souvenirs. Ticket sales were handled directly by EMI and Abbey Road Studios. EMI said at the time that this was the first time that the public was invited into Abbey Road Studios, AND that it would be the last time, never to happen again. Now we'll see probably why...
Not too long after the July 18th opening, a fan was caught trying to make an audio recording of the show. Immediately, EMI had metal detectors installed in the hallway leading into the studio that everyone had to pass through to get inside for the presentation. In the studio, several signs were posted on the walls that stated: "Absolutely no sound recordings may be made of this presentation". Fans being determined, and with word out from previous visitors about how great the outtakes were, three U.S. collectors managed to sneak in a compact Sony cassette player and record the entire show from start to finish, in stereo. Their story was told in an interview some years back, they had each taken with them a shopping bag filled with "tourist" items as if they had been shopping all day. Hidden inside one of the bags was the Sony tape recorder. In another, the microphone and batteries, and in the third, the blank tapes. The recording items were buried in the bottom of the bags, with souvenirs covering the top. Nervous about doing this, they said the 20 minute wait in line seemed like forever. They had no idea about the metal detectors inside, and almost gave up and turned back when they rounded the corner of the hallway and saw the guards and detectors. Deciding to take a chance anyway, and confident knowing the recording equipment was spread out in different bags, they headed forward. Amazingly, when they got to the search point, the guard looked in the bags quickly, passed them AROUND the metal detector, and directed them through the detectors -sans bags(!)- and then handed the bags BACK to them on the other side of the detector!!! They could not believe that they got into the Abbey Road presentation with a tape recorder! At this time, of course, they were ecstatic, as they KNEW they would soon have a recording of the entire show. Once inside they toured the studio, enjoyed soft drinks and took several photos, including one of the "absolutely no sound recordings..." sign, which was later printed inside the gatefold vinyl LP cover. Upon being seated for the show, they all sat together and carefully pulled the parts from their bags to prepare recording. One of them sat perfectly still holding the microphone for the entire ninety minute presentation. The tape was reviewed in the cab on the way back to the hotel and all three fans were blown away, the recording had turned out incredible. Upon their return to the U.S., a cover was designed and in early 1984 the recording was issued as a double album gatetold set, "The Beatles Live at Abbey Road Studios" (ARS 2 9083). Eagerly received by collectors and considered a landmark album, it quickly sold out. A few months later, it was copied and reissued, identical to the original except the cover artwork was blurry and the labels were blank white. In the late 1980s a Japanese CD version called "Abbey Road Show" was issued in excellent quality stereo (ARS83-2). A different audience tape appeared on an European bootleg, "In Abbey Road (Beatles Fan Records A/B)".
Enjoy now this version of "The Beatles Live at Abbey Road Studios" where the legendary cassette tape made by the American fans has been edited with those same tracks but as compiled by John Barrett straight from master tapes, giving you the first chance to experience the whole show as it was conceived originally.



Part 1:
01- Introduction
02- Love Me Do (take 18)
03- How Do You Do It? (take 2)
04- I Saw Her Standing There (working title: Seventeen) (takes 6, 11 & 12)
05- Twist & Shout (take 1)
06- One After 909 (edited takes 4 & 5)
07- Don't Bother Me (takes 11 & 12)
08- A Hard Day's Night (takes 2, 3 & 9)
09- Leave My Kitten Alone (take 5)
10- I'm a Loser (take 8)
11- She's a Woman (take 1)
12- Ticket to Ride (take 2)
13- Help! (take 5)

Part 2:
14- Norwegian Wood (take 1)
15- I'm Looking Through You (take 1)
16- Paperback Writer (take 2)
17- Rain (take 7)
18- Penny Lane (RS1 from take 9)
19- Strawberry Fields Forever (take 1)
20- Strawberry Fields Forever (take 7)
21- Strawberry Fields Forever (take 26)
22- A Day In The Life (edit of takes 6, 7 & 9)
23- Hello Goodbye (RS2 from take 22)
24- Lady Madonna (take 4)
25- Hey Jude (take 9)
26- While My Guitar Gently Weeps (unedited take 1)
27- Because (take 16)
28- Ringo Special Message + #9 Dream

jueves, 28 de octubre de 2010

· "1962 Star Club Tapes (Red Hot + Three-Thirty Blues)"

From the makers of Unsurpassed Broadcasts comes a new release, based on the recordings from The Beatles' performances at the Star Club in Hamburg in late December, 1962. It's the best version yet of these amateur recordings.





miércoles, 13 de octubre de 2010

· "Unsurpassed Broadcasts Vol. 1"

Due to the surfacing of some new and some upgrades of the recordings The Beatles did for the BBC in 1962-1965, the old Beatles at the Beeb catalogue has gotten a facelift. It was re-released in full on last July, packaged as bundled flac and cue files on the internet (tho' the files presented here are mp3-320), together with artwork for those who still like to store physical media on their shelves.
The releases is the undertaking of a single collector, who has done improvements to the material in the following fashion:

* New and better versions of quite a number of songs were broadcast by the BBC last year and has been included,
* Some vinyl-only bootlegs have been found to contain material in better quality than previous CD releases,
* Audio equipment for the home computer has improved and has been put to good use in 'cleaning up' the sound quality.

The standard catalogue for the Beatles BBC recordings has for the past few years been Purple Chick's The Complete BBC Sessions (upgraded for 2004), and this new set is called Unsurpassed Broadcasts. Here's Volume 1.

domingo, 3 de octubre de 2010

· "Anthology DVD Mixes" - The Beatles

A bootleg featuring some rarities as most of the new mixes made for the Anthology DVDs project, altogether with some gems such like the stereo mix of "Leave My Kitten Alone" (edited at the end of the song), the unused original 1963 stereo mix of "From Me to You", a stereo mix of "If I Fell" with a single tracked Lennon's vocal at the start just as in the mono mix, or the definitive mono mix of "Help!" unedited.



01- Please Please Me
02- From Me to You
03- I Want to Hold Your Hand
04- This Boy
05- A Hard Day's Night
06- If I Fell
07- Long Tall Sally
08- Things We Said Today
09- All My Loving
10- I Feel Fine
11- I'll Follow The Sun
12- Leave My Kitten Alone
13- Help!
14- You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
15- You're Going to Lose That Girl
16- We Can Work It Out
17- Day Tripper
18- In My Life
19- Paperback Writer
20- Rain
21- For No One
22- Strawberry Fields Forever
23- Penny Lane
24- A Day in the Life
25- All You Need is Love
26- Hello Goodbye
27- I am The Walrus
28- Lady Madonna
29- Revolution
30- Hey Jude
31- The Ballad of John & Yoko
32- Something
33- The Long and Winding Road
34- Let It Be
35- Free as a Bird

· "Recuerdo" - Horacio Salgán

Horacio Adolfo Salgán (b. June 15, 1916, in Buenos Aires) is an Afro-Argentine pianist, composer, orchestra leader, and arranger who specializes in tango music. Salgán began studying piano at age six. At age 18 he joined the cast of Radio Belgrano as a soloist and back-up musician. At 20 he was discovered by orchestra leader Roberto Firpo, who hired Salgán for his orchestra. In late 1942 he made his first recording, and in 1944 put together his own orchestra, which lasted until 1947. Salgán then devoted himself to composing and teaching and in 1950 returned with a new orchestra. 1960 saw the formation of the Quinteto Real, with Salgán on piano, Enrique Francini on violin and Pedro Láurenz on bandoneón. The goal of the group was to create instrumental tangos designed for listening rather than dancing. In 1998 he appeared as himself in the Oscar-nominated Best Foreign Language Film Tango, no me dejes nunca as part of El Nuevo Quinteto Real, an incarnation of the original group. Some of Salgán's most well-known compositions include "Del 1 al 5 (Días de pago)" (1944), "A Don Agustín Bardi" (1947), "Entre Tango y Tango" (1953), "Grillito", "Lo Llamo Silbando", "Cortada de San Ignacio", and "A Fuego Lento".



01- Recuerdo
02- Siga el Corso
03- Clavada
04- Yo Te Bendigo
05- Mala Junta
06- Vieja Recova
07- Gallo Ciego
08- Momento
09- Tierra Querida
10- Pobre Colombina
11- Don Goyo
12- Carta
13- Marne
14- Yo Soy el Mismo
15- Lo Llamo Silbando
16- Como Abrazado a un Rencor
17- Ojos Negros
18- Sueño Querido
19- Boedo
20- Motivo de Vals

· "Up In My Head" - The Draytones

The Draytones are a Anglo-Argentine music group formed in London, England in 2006. The same year they signed a record deal with 1965 Records, an independent record label based in London. The Draytones were formed by Argentine guitarist Gabriel Boccazzi (from Buenos Aires) and drummer Luke Richardson (from Grimsby) in Camden, London in 2006. The pair were introduced by the owner of the famous Bethnal Green live music venue The Pleasure Unit, Nigerian Nick 'The Kick'. They wrote a handful of songs in Boccazzi's flat in Camden before meeting bassist Chris Le Good (from Twickenham). They rehearsed as a three piece and played their first show at the 'Skrimshankers' night at 93 Feet East, Brick Lane, London supporting Luke's friend's band The Hoosiers (then called The Hoosier Complex). Having played only 2 shows, the band were contacted through their myspace page by 1965 Records with regards to the band playing a show at the 'The Windmill Of Your Mind' night at The Windmill, Brixton with 1965 Records 1st signing, The View. It was at this, their 3rd ever show, that The Draytones were offered a record deal with 1965 Records. It was on this same night that they met Stan Kybert (Oasis, Paul Weller, Massive Attack) who would later become the band's producer. In September 2006 the band went in to The Dairy Studios, Brixton to record and mix their debut EP "Forever On" in 7 days with producer Stan Kybert. They recorded 7 songs, 6 of which comprised the EP "Forever On" and 1 B-side. Their debut single, "Keep Loving Me", was released in 2007 - followed by the EP. The song "Keep Loving Me" was used on a Mojo Magazine covermount entitled "Best Of British 2007", and as the backing music for the Official Formula One websites video highlight of the 2008 Monaco Grand Prix The Song "Time" was used on NME magazine "Independent Thinking -1965 Records". The Draytones toured the UK extenively in 2007, including a Thursday night headline slot at Glastonbury Festival, RockNess, Dot To Dot festival, Lounge On The Farm festival and Summer Sonic festival, Tokyo/Osaka (Japan). In August they returned to the recording studio with Stan Kybert to record their debut LP "Up In My Head". This time they chose Chapel Studios, Lincolnshire (only a few miles from drummer Luke Richardson's birth place) and recorded 15 songs in 16 days. The album was mixed at the newly opened Dean Street Studios, Soho, London (formerly the studio of Tony Visconti) in 5 days.



01- Turn It Down
02- After All
03- Heart Shaped Line
04- As High As I Can
05- On The Way
06- Don't Talk Me
07- Summer's Arrived
08- I Have To Go
09- Throwing Stones
10- Flowers On The Bridge

martes, 6 de julio de 2010

·"Simply... The Best" - George Harrison

George Harrison, MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English rock guitarist, singer-songwriter and film producer who achieved international fame as lead guitarist of The Beatles. Often referred to as "the quiet Beatle", Harrison embraced Indian mysticism, and helped broaden the horizons of the other Beatles, as well as those of their Western audience. Following the band's breakup, he had a successful career as a solo artist and later as part of the Traveling Wilburys, and also as a film and record producer. Harrison is listed at number 21 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". Although most of The Beatles' songs were written by Lennon and McCartney, Harrison generally wrote one song per side from the Help! album onwards. His later compositions with The Beatles include "Here Comes the Sun", "Something" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". By the time of the band's breakup, Harrison had accumulated a backlog of material, which he then released as the acclaimed and successful triple album All Things Must Pass in 1970, from which came two singles: a double A-side single, "My Sweet Lord" backed with "Isn't It a Pity", and "What Is Life". In addition to his solo work, Harrison co-wrote two hits for Ringo Starr, another former Beatle, as well as songs for the Traveling Wilburys—the supergroup he formed in 1988 with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison. Harrison embraced Indian culture and Hinduism in the mid 1960s, and helped expand Western awareness of sitar music and of the Hare Krishna movement. With Ravi Shankar he organised a major charity concert with the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh, and is the only Beatle to have published an autobiography, with I Me Mine in 1980. Besides being a musician, he was also a record producer and co-founder of the production company HandMade Films. In his work as a film producer, he collaborated with people as diverse as the members of Monty Python and Madonna. He was married twice, to the model Pattie Boyd in 1966, and to the record company secretary Olivia Trinidad Arias in 1978, with whom he had one son, Dhani Harrison. He was a close friend of Eric Clapton. Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001. American film director Martin Scorsese has announced that he is making a George Harrison documentary titled Living in the Material World: George Harrison.



01- You
02- Bangla Desh
03- Dark Horse
04- Poor Little Girl
05- That's the Way It Goes
06- Cockamamie Blues
07- Wake Up My Love
08- Life Itself
09- Crackerbox Palace
10- Cloud 9
11- Here Comes The Moon
12- Gone Troppo
13- Love Comes to Everyone

·"The Essential Collection" - Helen Shapiro

Helen Kate Shapiro (born 28 September 1946) is an English singer and actress. She is best known for her 1960s UK chart toppers, "You Don't Know" and "Walkin' Back to Happiness". In 1961, at the age of fourteen, she had two number one hits in the UK: "You Don't Know" and "Walkin' Back to Happiness"; and, indeed, her first four single releases all went into the top three of the UK Singles Chart. Most of her recording sessions were at EMI's studios at Abbey Road in north west London. Her mature voice made her an overnight sensation, as well as the youngest female chart topper in the UK. At a mere 14 years and 316 days old when "You Don't Know" hit the top, she was nevertheless a year older than Frankie Lymon had been when "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" hit the UK number one slot in 1956. Before she was sixteen years old, Shapiro had been voted Britain's 'Top Female Singer'. The Beatles' first national tour of Britain in the late winter/early spring of 1963 was as her supporting act. During the course of the tour, the Beatles had their first hit single and John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the song "Misery" intended for her, but Shapiro did not record the composition. In 1995, during a This is Your Life installment highlighting her life and career, Shapiro revealed, "It was actually turned down on my behalf before I ever heard it, actually. I never got to hear it or give an opinion. It's a shame, really." By the time she was in her late teens, her career as a pop singer was on the wane. With the new wave of beat music and newer female singers such as Cilla Black, Sandie Shaw and Lulu - Shapiro appeared old-fashioned and emblematic of the bee-hived pre-Beatles era. She branched out as a performer in stage musicals, a jazz singer, (jazz being her first love musically), and more recently a gospel singer. She played the role of Nancy in Lionel Bart's musical, Oliver! in London's West End and has appeared in British television soap operas; in particular Albion Market where she played one of the main characters up to the time it was taken off-air in August 1986. Shapiro retired from show business at the end of 2002 to concentrate on her gospel outreach evenings. She is married to John Judd, an actor with numerous roles in British television and cinema, she resides in the town of Highworth, Wiltshire. Her autobiography, published in 1993, was entitled Walking Back to Happiness.



01- Don't Treat Me Like A Child
02- You Don't Know
03- Walkin' Back To Happiness
04- Tell Me What He Said
05- Let's Talk About Love
06- Little Miss Lonely
07- Keep Away From Other Girls
08- Queen For Tonight
09- Woe Is Me
10- Look Who It Is
11- Fever
12- Look Over Your Shoulder
13- Tomorrow Is Another Day
14- Shop Around
15- I Wish I'd Never Loved You
16- When I'm With You
17- Marvellous Lie
18- Kiss N' Run
19- I Apologise
20- Sometime Yesterday
21- I Don't Care
22- Cry My Heart Out
23- Daddy Couldn't Get Me One Of Those
24- Walking In My Dreams
25- Ole Father Time
26- He Knows How To Love Me
27- I Walked Right In (With My Eyes Wide Open)
28- You Won't Come Home
29- I Was Only Kidding
30- It's So Funny I Could Cry

·"Road to Ruin" - The Ramones

This album shows a more "classic" pop sound as well as a shift to a more serious personality to the music, a theme that would remain in later albums, most notably 1980's End of the Century. The influence of 1960s girl groups is evident, as well as the influence of The Byrds on tracks including "Don't Come Close" and the cover of "Needles and Pins," originally by Jackie DeShannon and later a hit for The Searchers. The album also contains the track "I Wanna Be Sedated", one of the band's most popular tunes. This is their first album with Marky Ramone on drums, after original drummer Tommy Ramone left due to fatigue from touring. However, Tommy (credited as his birth name, Tommy Erdelyi) stayed to produce Road to Ruin, as well as a brief comeback for 1984's Too Tough to Die. The album was remastered and released by Rhino Records in June 19, 2001. It also featured bonus tracks, which included alternate versions and demos. Two of the bonus tracks, "Rock 'n' Roll High School (Ed Stasium version)" and "Blitzkrieg Bop/Teenage Lobotomy/California Sun/Pinhead/She’s the One (Live)," are from the soundtrack for Rock 'n' Roll High School. "I'm Against It" was covered by Overkill on their album Coverkill. The original LP release was pressed on transparent yellow vinyl.



01- I Just Want to Have Something to Do
02- I Wanted Everything
03- Don't Come Close
04- I Don't Want You
05- Needles & Pins
06- I'm Against It
07- I Wanna Be Sedated
08- Go Mental
09- Questioningly
10- She's the One
11- Bad Brain
12- It's a Long Way Back

sábado, 26 de junio de 2010

·"Plastic Ono Band" - John Lennon

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band is the debut solo album by English rock musician John Lennon. It was released in 1970 after Lennon issued three experimental albums with Yoko Ono and Live Peace In Toronto 1969, a live performance in Toronto credited to The Plastic Ono Band. The album was recorded simultaneously with Yoko Ono's debut avant garde solo album Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band at Ascot Sound Studios and Abbey Road Studios using the same musicians and production team, and featured nearly identical cover artwork. John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band is generally considered one of Lennon's finest solo albums and a landmark recording. Rolling Stone named it the twenty-second greatest album of all time. The "Plastic Ono Band" in the album's title refers to the conceptual band Lennon and Ono had formed in 1969 of various supporting musicians they would use on their various solo albums. After the Beatles' break-up in April 1970, both Lennon and Ono undertook primal therapy with the guidance of Arthur Janov for four months in Los Angeles. Forced to confront the traumas of his childhood (abandonment, isolation and death), Lennon finally let his submerged anger and hurt rise to the surface and dealt with it through his art. Similarly, Ono's concurrently-recorded album, Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band was a form of catharsis for her. Returning to England that September, Lennon and Ono called upon Phil Spector, who had produced Lennon's hit "Instant Karma!" earlier that year, to co-produce both their albums with them at Abbey Road Studios. Ringo Starr played drums, while Klaus Voormann played bass. Billy Preston, who had already worked with the Beatles, supplied piano for "God". Lennon performed all guitar duties, playing most of the piano as well. Throughout the album, Lennon touches upon many issues: the abandonment of his parents in "Mother"; the castigation of class issues in "Working Class Hero"; a reminder that despite his rage and pain, Lennon still embraces "Love"; and "God", a renouncement of external saviours. Here Lennon states that he believes only in himself, and his wife Yoko. The album's cover is almost identical to Ono's companion piece Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band—the difference being that on Ono's cover, she is lying on Lennon's body. The photo was snapped with a consumer-grade Instamatic camera by actor Daniel Richter who worked as an assistant for the Lennons at the time. The initial compact disc issue of the album listed the title and artist, while the 2000 remastered version restores the original artwork. In addition, the original LP did not feature a track listing on the back. Instead, the back cover showed what appears to be a school photo of Lennon in his youth (circa 1946). John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band was received with high critical praise upon release. Critic Greil Marcus remarked, "John's singing in the last verse of 'God' may be the finest in all of rock." In early 1971, the album reached number eight on the U.K. and went to number six in the U.S., spending eighteen weeks in the Top 100. Phil Spector, a co-producer on this album, played piano on "Love". Contrary to popular belief, John & Yoko produced the album whilst Spector was unavailable during most of the recording sessions. John went as far as to post an ad in Billboard magazine inviting Phil to come visit him for the weekend. "Look At Me" dates from The Beatles period, and is built on a finger-picking guitar pattern very similar to the one Lennon used in "Dear Prudence", "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" and "Julia". Lennon learned this guitar technique from Donovan while the two were in Rishikesh. Curiosuly, the album was released in Japan under the title ジョンの魂, which translates as "John's Soul."



01- Mother
02- Hold On
03- I Found Out
04- Working Class Hero
05- Isolation
06- Remember
07- Love
08- Well, Well, Well
09- Look at Me
10- God
11- My Mummy's Dead

Bonus Tracks:

12- Power to the People
13- Do the Oz
14- Cold Turkey
15- I Found Out
16- Working Class Hero
17- Love
18- Well, Well, Well
19- Look at Me
20- God

·"Raizes" - Amàlia Rodrigues

Amália da Piedade Rodrigues,(July 23, 1920 – October 6, 1999), also known as Amália Rodrigues was a Portuguese singer and actress. Despite official documents which give her date of birth as July 23, Rodrigues always said her birthday was July 1, 1920. She was born in Lisbon, in the rua Martim Vaz (Martim Vaz Street), neighborhood of Pena. Her father was a trumpet player and cobbler from Fundão who returned there when Amália was just over a year old, leaving her to live in Lisbon with her maternal grandmother in a deeply Catholic environment until she was 14, when her parents returned to the capital and she moved back in with them. She was known as the "Rainha do Fado" ("Queen of Fado") and was most influential in popularizing the fado worldwide. In fact, she was one of the most important figures in the genre’s development, and enjoyed a 40-year recording and stage career. Rodrigues' performances and choice of repertoire pushed fado’s boundaries and helped redefine it and reconfigure it for her and subsequent generations. In effect, Rodrigues wrote the rulebook on what fado could be and on how a female fadista — or fado singer — should perform it, to the extent that she remains an unsurpassable model and an unending source of repertoire for all those who came afterwards. Rodrigues enjoyed an extensive international career between the 1950s and the 1970s, although in an era where such efforts were not as easily quantified as today. Other well-known international fado artists such as Mafalda Arnauth, Madredeus, Dulce Pontes and Mariza have come close, however. Here is more evidence that fado is one of the great urban sounds, and Amalia herself, at her best, one of the finest singers this century has produced. No frills here, just enchantment backed by the equally classic duo of guitars, Portuguese (Jaime Santos) and six-stringed (Domingos Camarinha or Santos Moreira). Three cuts are in Spanish. The rest are pure Lisbon saudade.



01- O Namorico da Rita
02- As Rosas de Meu Caminho
03- Raizes
04- Cansaço
05- Antigamente
06- Grão de Arroz
07- Anjo Inutil
08- Marcha Do Centenario
09- Sem Razão
10- Trepa No Coquiero
11- Toiro! Eh! Toiro
12- Job
13- Faia
14- Fadista Louco
15- Lar Português
16- No Me Tires Indire
17- Por un Amor
18- Lerele

·"News of the World" - Queen

News of the World is the sixth studio album by British rock group Queen, released in 1977. Containing hit songs "We Will Rock You", "We Are the Champions" and "Spread Your Wings", the album went platinum in the United Kingdom, four times platinum in the United States and achieved high certifications elsewhere throughout the world as well. News of the World was the second album to be produced solely by the band (the first being A Day at the Races) and was recorded at Sarm West and Wessex Studios, England and co-produced and engineered by Mike Stone. After releasing A Day at the Races, Queen's self-producing debut and followup to A Night at the Opera which featured their magnum opus "Bohemian Rhapsody", having received some criticism that Races was a "boring" album, Queen decided to shift their musical focus towards the mainstream, but remaining as the producers of the next album. After completing the A Day at the Races Tour, the quartet re-entered the studio to begin work on their sixth studio offering in July 1977, enlisting Mike Stone as assistant producer at the Basing Street Studios in Wessex, London. The group completed recording and production of the album two months later in September and released the album on 28 October. News of the World initially received mixed reviews, mostly reflecting on the differences to the previously predominantly progressive rock sound produced by Queen, and this album's vast shift towards a more pop-rock oriented sound. Following the immense success of singles "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions", the critical reception shifted towards a more positive stance, as it became evident that the band was displaying another field of their musical ability.



01- We Will Rock You
02- We Are The Champions
03- Sheer Heart Attack
04- All Dead, All Dead
05- Spread Your Wings
06- Fight From The Inside
07- Get Down, Make Love
08- Sleeping On The Sidewalk
09- Who Needs You
10- It's Late
11- My Melancholy Blues

martes, 15 de junio de 2010

· "The Fifth Beatle" - George Martin

The Record Producers profiles a man often labelled ‘The Fifth Beatle’, Sir George Martin. Richard Allinson and Steve Levine examine his work as a producer, arranger and, through his experiments with sound, technical innovator. Highlights include the chance to hear newly restored versions of the original master tapes for “Please Please Me”, along with analysis of the original multi-track of “Come Together”. This programme also gives the opportunity to hear some of the Beatles most famous songs in a new way. Because of the limitations of tape machines during the 1960s, it was necessary to either record or mix various instruments and voices onto the same track. Once they'd been committed to tape there was no way of separating them. But now, through the use of revolutionary software, listeners can hear some of these parts in isolation for the very first time. In this exclusive interview, Sir George talks about various aspects of the studio and recording process, the albums Sgt Pepper and Abbey Road, along with a number of songs, including “Strawberry Fields Forever”, “Tomorrow Never Knows” and “Rain”.



01- Introduction
02- The first audition
03- Love Me Do
04- Remastering Please Please Me
05- The recording technology back in early the 60’s
06- Recording the drums
07- Remastering Taxman
08- Four tracks and orchestrations
09- Rain
10- Tomorrow Never Knows
11- Strawberry Fields Forever
12- She’s Leaving Home
13- A Day in the Life
14- The White Album and Let It Be
15- Come Together
16- The LOVE project + Epilogue

·"Romance de Barrio" - Aníbal Troilo y su Orquesta

Aníbal Carmelo Troilo (July 11, 1914 - May 18, 1975 in Buenos Aires) was an Argentine tango musician. Troilo was a bandoneon player, composer, and bandleader in Argentina. His orquesta típica was among the most popular with social dancers during the golden age of tango (1940-1955), but he changed to a concert-type sound by the late 1950s. Troilo's orchestra is best known for its instrumentals and also recorded with many vocalists, such as Francisco Fiorentino, Alberto Marino, Floreal Ruiz, Roberto Goyeneche, Raul Beron, and Edmundo Rivero. The rhythmic instrumentals and the recordings with vocalist Francisco Fiorentino from 1940-41 are the favorite recordings for social dancing in contemporary tango salons (milongas). As a composer, he wrote tangos like "Te aconsejo", "En esta tarde gris" and "La última curda".



01- Naranjo en Flor
02- Palomita Blanca
03- Yuyo Verde
04- Equipaje
05- Juan Tango
06- Cimarrón de Ausencia
07- Lorarás, Llorarás
08- Amor y Tango
09- Mis Amigos de Ayer
10- Tarde Gris
11- Camino del Tucumán
12- Qué Me Van a Hablar de Amor
13- Sólo se Quiere Una Vez
14- Mientras Gime el Bandoneón
15- Confesión
16- Flor de Lino
17- Y Dicen que No Te Quiero
18- Romance de Barrio
19- Y la Perdí
20- Corazón de Papel

·"I'll Try Something New" - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

The Miracles (known from 1965 to 1972 as Smokey Robinson & the Miracles) are an American rhythm and blues group from Detroit, Michigan, notable as the first successful group act for Berry Gordy's Motown Records company. Their single "Shop Around" was Motown's first million-selling hit record, and the group went on to become one of Motown's signature acts of the 1960s. During the same period, the Miracles' original lead singer and founding member Smokey Robinson became one of the most successful songwriters and record producers of all time. During their nineteen-year run on the American music charts, The Miracles charted over fifty hits and recorded in the genres of doo wop, soul, disco, and R&B. Twenty-six Miracles songs reached the Top Ten of the Billboard R&B singles chart, including four R&B number ones. Sixteen of the Miracles' songs charted within the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100, with seven songs charting within the Top Ten and two – 1970's "The Tears of a Clown" and 1975's "Love Machine" (Part 1) – reaching number-one. Referred to by critics as Motown's "soul supergroup", The Miracles are multiple Grammy Hall of Fame inductees, Vocal Group Hall of Fame and Doo-Wop Hall of Fame inductees, and have a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Smokey Robinson & the Miracles #32 on their list of "The Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time."



01- I'll Try Something New
02- What's So Good About Goodbye
03- He Don't Care About Me
04- A Love That Can Never Be
05- I've Been Good To You
06- Speak Low
07- On the Street Where You Live
08- If Your Mother Only Knew
09- I've Got You Under My Skin
10- This I Swear, I Promise

viernes, 4 de junio de 2010

·"I Grandi Successi Originali" - Edoardo Vianello

Ok, for starters, let me tell you every single song this guy released in the sixties is just a creative masterpiece. He can make you cry with "Oh Mío Signore" and then he makes you dance like crazy with his greatest tune: "Guarda Come Dondolo". His beach tunes are outstanding: "Abbronzattisima" is a time machine that put you on a mediterranean beach in the summer of 1962, with cute babes, sun and a smooth breeze. A total must. Completely.



01- Il Peperone
02- La Tremarella
03- Sei Diventata Nera
04- Stessa Spiagga, Stesso Mare
05- Guarda Come Dondolo
06- Hully Gully in Dieci
07- I Watussi
08- Sul Cucuzzolo della Montagna
09- Oh Mío Signore
10- Abbronzatissima

·"Half The Perfect World" - Madeleine Peyroux

Smokey-voiced chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux's third CD is a lovely collection of after-hours ruminations and should confirm her rise to fame. Credit producer Larry Klein for doing a bang-up job with the album's sound: the elegant, pared-down arrangements are all brushed drums, acoustic guitars, and cool organ licks. But of course it's Peyroux's voice that brings it all home--preferably one where the shades are drawn, embers are smoldering in the fireplace, and the white wine is kept dry. Two-thirds of the songs are well-chosen covers, including a duet with k.d. lang on Joni Mitchell's "River"; a relaxed version of Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talkin'," from Midnight Cowboy; a delicately lilting samba take on Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas's title track; Serge Gainsbourg's "La Javanaise," performed in the original French; and Charlie Chaplin's "Smile," from Modern Times. The four originals, all coauthored by Peyroux, easily keep up with such august company, especially "I'm All Right"--written with Klein and Walter Becker, it captures the easy sophistication of Becker's regular band, Steely Dan. Fans of Norah Jones (whose collaborator Jesse Harris cowrote three of the songs) should gobble up this album, but Peyroux is no mere imitator: She's her own, very real thing. Madeleine Peyroux doesn’t simply interpret songs, she possesses them and vice versa. Half the Perfect World is the much-anticipated follow-up to Peyroux’s breakthrough album, Careless Love, which drew critical raves from around the world and sold more than a million copies. This time around, Peyroux focuses primarily on songs written by artists from her lifetime, including Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Fred Neil. The album also features an unforgettable duet with k.d. lang on the Joni Mitchell classic "River" and four original songs co-written by Peyroux, including the single "I’m All Right" which she penned with producer Larry Klein and Steely Dan’s Walter Becker. Half the Perfect World is a sublime showcase for Peyroux’s eloquent, understated delivery and timeless one-of-a-kind voice.



01- I'm All Right
02- The Summer Wind
03- Blue Alert
04- Everybody's Talkin'
05- River
06- A Little Bit
07- Once in a While
08- (Looking For) The Heart Of Saturday Night
09- Half The Perfect World
10- La Javanaise
11- California Rain
12- Smile

domingo, 23 de mayo de 2010

·"Turn Left at Greenland!" - The Beatles

The 1964 Ed Sullivan shows in STEREO...



New York, 9 February 1964 (evening)

01 - Ed Sullivan Intro
02 - Intro
03 - All My Loving
04 - Till There Was You
05 - She Loves You
06 - Ed Sullivan Outro
07 - Intro
08 - I Saw Her Standing There
09 - I Want To Hold Your Hand
10 - Outro
11 - Ed Sullivan Outro

Miami, 16 February 1964 (evening)

12 - Ed Sullivan Intro
13 - Intro
14 - She Loves You
15 - This Boy
16 - Intro
17 - All My Loving
18 - Ed Sullivan Intro
19 - I Saw Her Standing There
20 - Outro
21 - From Me To You
22 - Intro
23 - I Want To Hold Your Hand
24 - Outro
25 - Ed Sullivan Outro

New York, 23 February 1964 (taped 9 February afternoon)

26 - Ed Sullivan Intro
27 - Intro
28 - Twist And Shout
29 - Please Please Me
30 - Ed Sullivan Outro
31 - Ed Sullivan Intro
32 - I Want To Hold Your Hand
33 - Outro
34 - Ed Sullivan Outro

Capitol mono single

35 - I Want To Hold Your Hand
36 - I Saw Her Standing There

·"Infiniment" - Jacques Brel

"...in a man's life, there are two important dates : his birth and his death. Everything we do in between is not very important."
- Jacques Brel

Jacques Romain Georges Brel (8 April 1929 – 9 October 1978) was a Belgian singer-songwriter. Brel composed and recorded his songs almost exclusively in French, although he recorded a number of songs in Flemish. Brel's songs are not especially well known in the English-speaking world except in translation and through the interpretations of other singers, most famously Scott Walker and Judy Collins. Others who have sung his work in English include Marc Almond, Momus/Nick Currie, Beirut, David Bowie, Ray Charles, The Dresden Dolls, Gavin Friday, Alex Harvey, Terry Jacks, Alan Clayson, Barb Jungr, The Kingston Trio, Jack Lukeman, Amanda McBroom, Rod McKuen, Spencer Moody, Camille O'Sullivan, Dax Riggs, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, Dusty Springfield and Dave Van Ronk. In French-speaking countries, Brel is also remembered as an actor and director. Jacques Brel has sold over 25 million records worldwide, including over 12 million albums and singles in France and Belgium. Brel was born in Schaarbeek, Belgium, a district of Brussels, but lived half of his life in Paris. He died in Bobigny in the suburbs of Paris, of lung cancer, and is buried in the Marquesas Islands. Although his family did speak French, they were of Flemish descent, with some of the family originating from Zandvoorde, near Ypres. Brel's father was co-owner of a cardboard factory and Brel started his working life there, apparently destined to follow his father's footsteps. However, he had no interest in it and showed an interest in culture instead, joining the Catholic-humanist youth organisation Franche Cordée, where he sang and acted. At Franche Cordée he met Thérèse Michielsen ('Miche'). They married in 1950. In the early 1950s Brel achieved minor success in Belgium singing his own songs. A 78rpm record (La foire/Il y a) was released as a result. From 1954 Brel pursued an international singing career. He quit his job and moved to Paris, where he stayed at the Hotel Stevens and gave guitar lessons to artist-dancer Francesco Frediani to pay his rent. Jean Villard Gilles recognized his talent and hired him immediately for his cabaret "Chez Gilles". (Later, Gilles' successful song / poem La Venoge inspired Brel to write Le Plat Pays.) Frediani witnessed his first show at the Olympia as an "ouverture de rideau" act (i.e., while the public was entering and being seated). Brel had to change behind the bar. Bruno Coquatrix, the owner, invited him to come back. He carried on writing music and singing in the city's cabarets and music-halls, where on stage he delivered his songs with great energy. In January 1955 he supported in the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels the performances of the Belgian pop and variety pioneer Bobbejaan Schoepen. After some success his wife and daughters joined him from Belgium. By 1956 he was touring Europe and he recorded the song Quand on n'a que l'amour that brought him his first major recognition. He appeared in a show with Maurice Chevalier and Michel Legrand. By the end of the 1950s Miche and Brel's three daughters had returned to Brussels. From then on, he and his family led separate lives. Under the influence of his friend Georges Pasquier ('Jojo') and pianists Gérard Jouannest and Francois Rauber, Brel's style changed. He was no longer a Catholic-humanist troubadour, but sang grimmer songs about love, death, and the struggle that is life. The music became more complex and his themes more diverse, exploring love (Je t'aime, Litanies pour un Retour), society (Les Singes, Les Bourgeois, Jaurès), and spiritual concerns (Le Bon Dieu, Dites, Si c'était Vrai, Fernand). His work was not limited to one style. He was as proficient in funny compositions (Le Lion, Comment Tuer l'Amant de sa Femme...) as in more emotional ones (Voir un Ami Pleurer, Fils de..., Jojo). But he occasionally included parts in Dutch as in "'Marieke", and also recorded Dutch versions of a few songs such as Le Plat Pays (Mijn vlakke land), Ne me quitte pas (Laat Me Niet Alleen), Rosa, Les Bourgeois (De Burgerij) and Les paumés du petit matin (De Nuttelozen van de Nacht). A rather obscure single was uncovered only a few years ago having Brel singing in Dutch De apen (Les singes) and Men vergeet niets (On n'oublie rien). These two were included in the 16 CD box Boîte à Bonbons. Since his own command of Dutch was poor, most of his later Dutch interpretations were translated by Ernst van Altena, but De Apen by Eric Franssen, Men vergeet niets by well known Flemish artist Will Ferdy and Marieke was translated by Brel himself. He starred in the musical L'Homme de la Mancha (Man of La Mancha) which he also translated into French and directed. As an actor he gained fame playing opposite Lino Ventura in L'Emmerdeur and L'aventure, c'est l'aventure. In 1969 he took the lead role opposite Claude Jade in Mon oncle Benjamin. Le Far West, a comedy which he directed, co-wrote and appeared in, competed for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973. In 1973 he embarked in a yacht, planning to sail around the world. When he reached the Canary Islands, Brel, a heavy smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer. He returned to Paris for treatment and later continued his ocean voyage. He was also a keen pilot and owned several small planes, including the eponymous 'Jojo'. In 1975 he reached the Marquesas Islands, and decided to stay, remaining there until 1977 when he returned to Paris and recorded his well-received final album. He died in 1978 at age 49 and was buried in Calvary Cemetery in Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia, only a few yards away from painter Paul Gauguin.



01- Jaurès
02- Ne Me Quitte Pas
03- Les Vieux
04- La Quête
05- On N'Oblie Rien
06- Le Plat Pays
07- Mathilde
08- Les Remparts de Varsovie
09- Amsterdam
10- J'Arrive
11- Ces Gens-Lá
12- Jef
13- Vesoul
14- Au Suivant
15- Madeleine
16- Les Bourgeois

·"Five Live" - The Yardbirds

The Yardbirds are an English rock band that had a string of hits in the mid 1960s, including "For Your Love", "Over, Under, Sideways, Down" and "Heart Full of Soul". The group is notable for having started the careers of three of rock's most famous guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, all of whom were in the top fifteen of Rolling Stone's 100 Top Guitarists list (Clapton as #4, Page as #9, and Beck as #14). A blues-based band that broadened its range into pop and rock, The Yardbirds were pioneers in the guitar innovation of the '60s: fuzz tone, feedback, distortion, backwards echo, improved amplification, etc. The band's disintegration led to the formation of the rock band Led Zeppelin, by Jimmy Page in 1968. Originally named the Metropolitan Blues Quartet in 1962–63, the band formed in the London suburbs, out of the Kingston Art School, first performing as a backup band for Cyril Davies, and achieved notice on the burgeoning British rhythm and blues scene in September 1963 when they took over as the house band at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, succeeding the Rolling Stones. They drew their repertoire from the Chicago blues of Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Elmore James. Original lead guitarist (Anthony) Top Topham left and was replaced by Eric Clapton in October 1963. Crawdaddy Club impresario Giorgio Gomelsky became the Yardbirds' manager and first record producer. Under Gomelsky's guidance the Yardbirds signed to EMI's Columbia label in February 1964. Their first album was "live", Five Live Yardbirds, recorded at the legendary Marquee Club in London. Blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson II invited the group to tour England and Germany with him, a union that later engendered another live album. The quintet cut two singles, "I Wish You Would" and "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl", before their third, "For Your Love", a Graham Gouldman composition, gave them their first major hit. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Clapton, at the time a blues purist, left the group in protest to join John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Anyway Clapton recommended Jimmy Page, a prominent young studio session guitarist, as his replacement. Page, uncertain about giving up his lucrative studio work and worried about his health, recommended in turn his friend Jeff Beck. Beck played his first gig with the Yardbirds only two days after Clapton's departure in May 1965. Five Live Yardbirds was remastered and expanded, though this featured here is the original version.



01- Too Much Monkey Business
02- Got Love If You Want It
03- Smokestack Lightning
04- Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
05- Respectable
06- Five Long Years
07- Pretty Girl
08- Louise
09- I'm a Man
10- Here 'Tis

martes, 18 de mayo de 2010

"BBC Beatles Special" - The Beatles

Bill Kenwright presents "The Beatles at the Beeb"The programme's highlights are archive recordings, some not heard for more than four decades, but its pleasures were in the more ordinary moments of banter. And Kenwright linked it all smoothly, with an excitement that felt genuine ("We've only had a 30-second intro and already I'm in heaven..."). He extended a hand to the listener: "You and I are going to hear gems from the BBC archive," he promises. We listen to 60s presenters trying to sound groovy with their quirky questions. Brian Matthew came in for constant ribbing from the band; their aim, he said, was "to put me down in as good-natured a way as possible". Producers spoke of barely controlled mayhem, and sounded terrified. "They'd come to the studio and horse about," we learned. "They'd be lying on the floor – people getting locked in the toilets, fooling about." It all sounded like sweet, innocent japery. On-air at least, the wildest it got was the band going "baaa" when they heard the surname "Lamb". Really interesting.



Part 1 (54:49):

FROM US TO YOU #2 - MARCH 30,1964
01.From Us To You + Intro
02. I Wanna Be Your Man
03. Roll Over Beethoven
04. Love Me Do
05. I Saw Her Standing There
06. Happy Birthday Saturday Club
07. George Martin Special Promo spot
08. P.S. I Love You
09. Twist And Shout
10. Pop Go The Beatles Theme
11. Crying, Waiting, Hoping
12. The Hippy Hippy Shake
13. (Lay Down Your Arms) Soldier of Love
14. To Know Her Is To Love Her
15. The Honeymoon Song
16. Don’t Ever Change
17. Sure To Fall
18. I’ll Get You
19. This Boy

Part 2 (54:16):

20. Introduction
21. From Us To You
22. Money (That’s What I Want)
23. Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport
24. I Want To Hold Your Hand
25. Johnny B. Goode
TOP GEAR #1 - JULY 16, 1964
26. And I Love Her
27. I Feel Fine (false start)
28. I Feel Fine
TOP GEAR #2 - NOVEMBER 26, 1964
29. I’m A Loser
POP INN - APRIL 13, 1965
30. Interview
31. Ticket To Ride
32. The Beatles Interviewed by Denny Piercy
33. John Lennon Interviewed by Brian Matthew + I'm Down
34. Opening Theme + Intro
35. A Hard Day’s Night (by Peggy Lee)
36. All My Loving (by Matt Monro)
37. And I Love Him (by Lena Horne)
38. Wait (Frankie Vaughan)
39. Introduction
40. All Together On The Wireless Machine