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"What are you listening to right now?" thread
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The Style Council – My Ever Changing Moods

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was: Fleetwood Mac’s Mirage, released on this day in 1982

Am: Band On The Run by a certain birthday boy (and Wings)

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Beatles medley “Stars On 45” was Billboard’s #1 song on this day in 1981. Many teenagers worldwide from that time credit the song with being their introduction to the actual Beatles. Hopefully they recognized the artist at #5. a-hard-days-night-george-9

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Paul Simon on acoustic guitar, Stephane Grappelli on violin

I like jamming to this with my bass notes —

(intro) F–D–G–C

F (walk up to)–Bb–(walk down to)–G–D/F#–Bb–Bbm7–F–D–G–C

… rinse and repeat…

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Love Grappelli’s sound, so sprightly and bluesy and swinging. No doubt Simon was a fan of his work with Django Reinhardt..

 

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Beatles medley “Stars On 45” was Billboard’s #1 song on this day in 1981. Many teenagers worldwide from that time credit the song with being their introduction to the actual Beatles. Hopefully they recognized the artist at #5. a-hard-days-night-george-9

The summer of ’81 was the first one I myself spent as a teenager, and I definitely would’ve named Our Boys as my favourite band, if asked then. But I can confirm that I was only familiar with three of the eight Beatles songs excerpted in that single (which played and played and played all summer….blue-meanie)

I actually received the Stars-On LP as an Xmas gift (unrequested) that December. Side One is a 16-minute version of the single, with a full 29 Beatles tracks (plus “My Sweet Lord “) subjected to the same treatment; those 30 were split 15-15 between ones I knew and ones that I’d never heard at all.

So, while these records certainly didn’t introduce me to Beatles (a decade late for that), they did teach me a bit of info about their song catalogue.

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GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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Beatles medley “Stars On 45” was Billboard’s #1 song on this day in 1981. Many teenagers worldwide from that time credit the song with being their introduction to the actual Beatles. Hopefully they recognized the artist at #5. a-hard-days-night-george-9

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The summer of ’81 was the first one I myself spent as a teenager, and I definitely would’ve named Our Boys as my favourite band, if asked then.

But I can confirm that I was only familiar with three of the eight Beatles songs excerpted in that single (which played and played and played all summer….blue-meanie)  actually received the Stars-On LP as an Xmas gift (unrequested) that December. Side One is a 16-minute version of the single, with a full 29 Beatles tracks (plus “My Sweet Lord “) subjected to the same treatment; those 30 were split 15-15 between ones I knew and ones that I’d never heard at all.

So, while these records certainly didn’t introduce me to Beatles (a decade late for that), they did teach me a bit of info about their song catalogue.

  

Thanks VB! You probably already know I really enjoy hearing about memories like that. I was deep in mourning when this came out, so its hard to relate to exactly what I was feeling hearing this every day. Sort of strangely, I don’t remember it being unpleasant.

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Side One is a 16-minute version of the single, with a full 29 Beatles tracks (plus “My Sweet Lord “) subjected to the same treatment; those 30 were split 15-15 between ones I knew and ones that I’d never heard at all.

 

…ok, just for the record (sorry), here’s the back cover of the album; the green circled trax are the fifteen ones that I was unfamiliar with as of Xmas ’81. I wouldn’t hear “Taxman ” complete until ’84 on the radio; most of the other 14 remained unheard until ’86, the year I really started frequently frequenting used record stores, garage sales, etc. Plus “Second Album”, “Beatles ’65”, “Something New” and “Let It Be ” were available at the local library for borrowing and cassette-dubbing. 

All in all, it took me until finding a used compact disc of “Help !” in *1993* to have amassed all 220-odd Beatles songs under my ownership, split between vinyl, cassette and CD. I’m pretty sure that “Tell Me What You See “, “You Like Me Too Much “, and “Dizzy Miss Lizzy ” were the last three tracks that I’d not heard before then.

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Wow, you have a good memory VB. I often tell people it’s easier to remember when you had to mow a lawn in order to afford a certain song or record (4 or 5 lawns for a Beatle’s LP).

I think it is best to be introduced to the Beatles music in the way you were. My brother sat his son down for an entire Saturday and played him the catalog in date order. I think it took about 13 hours. He ended up loving Rubber Soul thru Let It Be but not so much the “early” Beatles. Besides the style, I think it might have something to do with the dynamics of the recordings themselves. I think his ears would have been more open if he heard the music in a more organic/natural way. 

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Wow, you have a good memory VB. I often tell people it’s easier to remember when you had to mow a lawn in order to afford a certain song or record (4 or 5 lawns for a Beatle’s LP).

Well, I do have a pretty good memory when it comes to music. But importantly, I’ve also got 48 pages of lined notebook paper in a binder, in which I catalogued every new album acquisition I made between autumn ’83 and late winter ’93 – a period which covers high school, university, and my entry into the workforce. (But I’ve mentioned all this before, in the “Order you listened to the albums” thread…) The two pages in this image were filled in between August and December of ’85, with the poor-condition “Abbey Road ” becoming only my second Beatles album owned, and my first since “Meet The Beatles” five years earlier; many more would be added in 1986.

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Side One is a 16-minute version of the single, with a full 28 Beatles tracks (plus “My Sweet Lord “)

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Haha ok, now that I’ve been talking about it, of course I had to listen to the full thing, which I’ve hardly done at all since ’82 probably. And I actually enjoyed it more than I expected. Sure, the idea of superimposing Beatles melodies onto a relentless disco clap-track is a bit sacrilegious. But the singers do a fairly decent approximation of a Dutch-accented John-and-Paul, and the instrumentation is at least accurate, if mechanical. It’s cool hearing a different unforgettable Beatles melody every few seconds, with the unrelenting beat delivering them nonstop. Mostly good transitions between songs, but a few notably bad ones, like the pointless seven seconds of “Nowhere Man “. Also, “Good Day Sunshine ” and “Eight Days A Week ” were poor choices to excerpt, with their swing-shuffle feel awkwardly adapted to the straight disco beats. 

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I thought the Good Day Sunshine excerpt was fine.  The Eight Days A Week one’s only flaw is they retained the tempo of the original, but they should have ironed out the tempo into the otherwise relentless disco beat they maintain.

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I thought the Good Day Sunshine excerpt was fine.  

  

I find it an odd how they phrase it differently from the original, which is sung with the “Good-” on the first beat of the measure; whereas the “Stars On” version delays it by a beat to coincide with the offbeat instead. 

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I’m currently listening to Ask Me Why , which was recorded for the BBC programme called Here We Go on 16th January 1963. It was transmitted 9 days later.

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I’m currently listening to Ask Me Why , which was recorded for the BBC programme called Here We Go on 16th January 1963. It was transmitted 9 days later. 

Great early Beatles song, and generally underrated in my opinion.

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This is so cool @Von Bontee  I see a prominent Santana entry in your ledger. I had a sweet encounter with him I’ll try to write-up in the concert thread. (Story also involves Earth, Wind and Fire of kalimba fame). paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

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