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19 January 2012
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David Peel & the Lower East Side - "The Pope Smokes Dope"  (produced by John Lennon!)

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One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
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"Ready Teddy" - Tony Sheridan and The Beatles

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19 January 2012
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Bought the Lily Allen album 'Its Not Me, Its You' for £1 so have been giving that a spin. A good album on first listen but at times some of the songs sound pretty similar. Well worth the whole £1 tho.

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20 January 2012
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Only The Beatles

...They've forgotten all about God He's the only reason we exist...
20 January 2012
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Von - what's the David Peel album like? I've never heard it. I always presume it's a bit of a more amateur, ramshackle version of Some Time In NYC, which is enough to put me off. Prejudice is bad though, I know.

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20 January 2012
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Except of The Beatles song I listen to this songs now:
Cliff Richard – The Young Ones
Elvis Presley – All Shook Up
Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Sam Cooke – ( I Love You ) For Sentimental Reasons
Monkees – The Last Train To Clarksville
Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger
Jimi Hendrix – Hey Joe
And …
...They've forgotten all about God He's the only reason we exist...
20 January 2012
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Joe, of the three David Peel albums I've got, the first and third (TPSD) are mostly ramshackle folky kind of songs, enthusiastic acoustic guitar strumming and Peel bellowing not-too-well (in Noo Yawk accent) with a buncha freaks in the background braying along and banging bongos and the like - think "Give Peace A Chance" and you've got an excellent idea how it sounds. The one in between is the same, but more "rock", with a fairly anonymous drum/bass/electric guitar backing seemingly added after-the-fact. 80% of the songs are about the joys of free love/free speech/smoking dope. And they're all really simple and repetitive so you can sing along after hearing 'em two or three times. I suspect it's not your sort of thing, Joe! Still, it's nothing at all like the Elephant's Memory, who were just your basic competent boring band of the time.

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
20 January 2012
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Desire by Robert Zimmerman

You all will have read that Dave Dee is no longer with us. But Mickey and Titch and I would like to carry on the good work that's always gone down in number two.
20 January 2012
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song for a friend by jason mraz.

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22 January 2012
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Thanks Von. That's kind of how I expected him to sound. I've always steered clear of Elephant's Memory too, for those very reasons. We call it pub rock over hear - the sort of band you'd hear playing in your local boozer, somehow elevated beyond their merits and given record deals.

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23 January 2012
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Ah yes, UK pub rock! It's somewhat more critically valued on this side of the Atlantic, under the premise that pub rock bands are different than "bar bands" 

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

25 January 2012
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I Shot The Sheriff--Bob Marley and the Wailers

"Now and then, though, someone does begin to grow differently. Instead of down, his feet grow up toward the sky. But we do our best to discourage awkward things like that." "What happens to them?" insisted Milo. "Oddly enough, they often grow ten times the size of everyone else," said Alec thoughtfully, "and I’ve heard that they walk among the stars." –The Phantom Tollbooth
25 January 2012
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Ive started listening to the complete 31st January recordings from the Get Back sessions in 1969. The Long And Winding Road and Let It Be rehearsals to come - hmmm, may not last very long.a-hard-days-night-ringo-7 I started to listen to the 21st January 1969 recordings ages ago and was promptly bored within the hour.a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

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25 January 2012
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I've never actually listened to any recordings like that. What are they like? Why are they boring?

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25 January 2012
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Some are really good, the beginning of the 31st is fun as the band are messing about whilst trying to record Two Of Us, its always fun to hear John and Paul playing off each other and they had a habit of doing stupid accents when attempts of Two Of Us were obviously not going to be the final takes. During a brief rendition of Five Feet High and Rising (the Johnny Cash song) Paul sings "how highs the water mama" and John ad libs the reply "Don't ask silly questions boy". Plus I love the song Two Of Us anyway.

It sounds like John is nowhere near serious mode and has to really knuckle down to actually record.

 

The 21st recordings i listened to were the band setting up and taking off mic, so very enthralling. Im sure it would pick up tho considering its The Beatles, and i should really go back to it. the Get Back sessions are so intriguing.

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26 January 2012
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That sounds exactly like something I want to hear. I love hearing the Anthology 2 version of And Your Bird Can Sing, with all the silliness going on. And I love hearing studio talk too; I like having the insight into what their relationships were like as they recorded. When you say "the band" are messing about during Two Of Us, I always thought it was just John and Paul. Were there others playing too? *goes to read Joe's article on the Get Back sessions* Okay they probably just wrote it alone, but others were around for other takes...

Where can you listen to / buy this material?

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26 January 2012
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Its from Purple Chicks A/B Road which is a bootleg.

 

Sorry but i have no idea where to get them from. A lot of internet host sites are tightening up their act due to megaupload.com being taken down under orders of the FBI so its proving to be more difficult than normal to find places that are currently active, tho there are some. To further add to the problem rogue sites which simply overload your computer with virus''s are seemingly popping up under megauploads name. 

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27 January 2012
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Alright, I will go on the hunt! I just want to hear it, not necessarily own it.

 

I'm listening to the wonderful Abbey Road. It's been a long time since I've listened to the whole album, and it has definitely gotten sweeter over time. Here come ol' flat top.....

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27 January 2012
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One of the reasons why i love the Get Back sessions is that you have the greatest group in the world with problems in a situation where most of them dont want to be trying to make music, to varying degrees of success, whilst being filmed, and we can hear days and days worth of recordings of what happened. Admittedly the low points are nigh-on unlistenable but its still fascinating and far better to have it out there than not and most of the time its enjoyable.

 

And Jet, im sorry i cant help you as i believe beatles music should be shared and enjoyed by all fans*, but i trully have no idea where to go.  All the places i do know of dont have them actively working.

 

Anyway, alongside these am currently listening to old episodes of Just A Minute, a bbc radio show, and itunes on random (thought i should bring it back on topic).

 

(*Of course if the material is legally available to purchase then that is the way to go and you're daft if you buy bootlegs. Thought i should put a disclaimer in.)

Don’t make your love suffer insecurities, trade the baggage of self to set another one free. ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)
27 January 2012
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I'm listening to the new album by the Little Willies -- For the Good Times.

 

Hey Beatles fans, what's the connection between the Little Willies and our beloved Fab Four?  (Unfortunately, questions like this are just too easy to get with Google at our fingertips, but nevertheless...)

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