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20 March 2015
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I love this album. I like how John went back to the 50's rock with this album, and then incorporated the 50's rock and roll sound into Double Fantasy as well (as on Just Like Starting Over). As he got older, he revisited his love of Elvis and the early rockers and rejected the psychedelic experimentation of songs like "I Am The Walrus ." It took me a while to see that John was the mastermind of the early Beatles while Paul was the mastermind of the later Beatles. John was almost always about the rock and roll, and just playing the songs. His songs tend to have a more basic, "live" sound because he just wants to get it done.

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22 March 2015
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Other than "Stand By Me ", I can't think of any other songs I've ever heard from this album, even on the radio. two-virgins

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22 March 2015
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Same here, heard that track once or twice and nothing else. I think I'll give the album a first first listen on Youtube tonight if I get time...

OK, listening now. Opener, "Be-Bop-a-LuLu" is pretty good; next several, not so much. Bloody Spector, with all those flatulent horns all over the place. Either keep the proper '50s arrangements or go all-out '70s R&B, but don't give us this halfway-to-nostalgia stuff. 

"Ain't That A Shame", nice and energetic. Weird semi-reggae touches on "Do Ya Wanna Dance". Another Chuck Berry cover that Chuck and his bu$ine$$ associates would love. More lifeless horns. 

"Peggy Sue" Great! Best track since the opener. Spector adds little instrumentation to the original other than (I think) some nice organ drones. The guitar break duplicates the original strum-for-strum, only with modern-day semi-distortion added, neat. And a suprising coda. 

"Bony Maronie" is another failure. Too slow, unless it was meant to be a Black Sabbathized version (as the sludgy guitars suggest), in which case it's not slow enough. And again, those damn horns adding nothing.   

Blah blah....OK album, John sings good and all, but I wish Jack Douglas had been available, or somebody besides Phil.

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22 March 2015
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I love this album.  I actually far prefer the Lennon version of Do You Wanna Dance? to the original.

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22 March 2015
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I love this album.  I actually far prefer the Lennon version of Do You Wanna Dance? to the original.

I like it - but I find some of the playing uninspired and the tempos don't quite fit the songs at times.

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Vonbontee said
Same here, heard that track once or twice and nothing else. I think I'll give the album a first first listen on Youtube tonight if I get time...

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I like most of the album even tho not much is stand out, its a fun album. John's covers are far better than when Paul did them years later ('Ain't That A Shame', 'Be-Bop-A-Lula', 'Bring It On Home To Me') in my opinion, i prefer the instrumentation and John's vocals are solid.

This is the one album where i cannot find a large number of outtakes even tho they are out there, i have some but few in comparison. 'Be My Baby' should have been on the album by the way; why it never made even 'Menlove Avenue' is another question.

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22 March 2015
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Vonbontee said

Same here, heard that track once or twice and nothing else. I think I'll give the album a first first listen on Youtube tonight if I get time...

OK, listening now. Opener, "Be-Bop-a-LuLu" is pretty good; next several, not so much. Bloody Spector, with all those flatulent horns all over the place. Either keep the proper '50s arrangements or go all-out '70s R&B, but don't give us this halfway-to-nostalgia stuff. 

"Ain't That A Shame", nice and energetic. Weird semi-reggae touches on "Do Ya Wanna Dance". Another Chuck Berry cover that only Chuck and his bu$ine$$ associates could love. More lifeless horns. 

"Peggy Sue" Great! Best track since the opener. Spector adds little instrumentation to the original other than (I think) some nice organ drones. The guitar break duplicates the original strum-for-strum, only with modern-day semi-distortion added, neat. And a suprising coda. 

"Bony Maronie" is another failure. Too slow, unless it was meant to be a Black Sabbathized version (as the sludgy guitars suggest), in which case it's not slow enough. And again, those damn horns adding nothing.   

I don't know which tracks, but I think bout half is Spector and half is John. I think the Spector tracks are probably at the beginning (just a guess)?

Spector stole the tapes and by the time John got them back and listened to them, he realized how horrible they were. They had all been recorded during one big, giant, drunken stupor. So he got his own band together and finished the album.

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Only four of the thirteen tracks are from the Spector sessions - You Can't Catch Me Sweet Little SixteenBony Moronie and Just Because .

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Before going into Record Plant East in New York City on 21 October 1974, John reassembled the band he'd used for Walls And Bridges  to rehearse them for a few days at Lou Levy's upstate New York farm. The following, known as "The May Pang Tapes", are believed to come from those mid-October sessions (though could equally be outtakes from the Record Plant East sessions). The sound quality isn't great (coming from an old vinyly bootleg), but they do show many of the tracks in a rawer form, and include some surprises.

(1) Ain't That a Shame (2) Bring It on Home to Me/Send Me Some Lovin (3) Ya Ya (4) That'll Be the Day (5) Do You Wanna Dance? (6) Stand By Me (7) Ain't That a Shame

(1) Do You Wanna Dance? (2) Rip it Up/Ready Teddy (3) Bring It on Home to Me/Send Me Some Lovin' (4) Peggy Sue (5) Be-Bop-a-Lula (6) Slippin' and Slidin' (7) Whole Lotta Love [jam] (8) Thirty Days (9) Slippin' and Sliddin'

 

 

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Reheard 'To Know Her Is To Love Her', which was cut during the 'R&R' sessions but remained unreleased until 1986's 'Menlove Avenue', last night. Different to the Beatles BBC and Germany recordings so takes a little getting used to but is certainly catchy.

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Here's a Minimation that mentions this album. In the clip John mentions the first time he met Paul at St. Peter's Church hall.

24 August 2015
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Interviewer asking John if he met Paul in London? 

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Listening to John rehearsing 'Stand By Me ' and it was very reminiscent of 'Only You' which John had recorded with Ringo for his 'Goodnight Vienna' album just a month earlier. I wonder therefore if 'Only You' reminded or encouraged John to cover 'Stand By Me '. Whatever the reason John's cover is one of the highlights in his entire catalogue, the best by far on 'Rock 'N' Roll , and one of the best covers ever (in my opinion).

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Listening to John rehearsing 'Stand By Me ' and it was very reminiscent of 'Only You' which John had recorded with Ringo for his 'Goodnight Vienna' album just a month earlier. I wonder therefore if 'Only You' reminded or encouraged John to cover 'Stand By Me '. Whatever the reason John's cover is one of the highlights in his entire catalogue, the best by far on 'Rock 'N' Roll , and one of the best covers ever (in my opinion).

Agree here........

I had this tape in the knackered old mini we were driving round Europe in the long Summer before Uni.......Played this as often as I could. My mate wasn't such an avid fan...but he loved it too.

 

Whenever I hear it I remember the beautiful German girl that crawled into my tent..........Getting lost on the Paris ring road......The drive through the Pyrenees........Sleeping with my head zipped outside the tent because of my mate's farts........But mostly the German girl.  

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