A treasury and a place to meet people of all ages with various interests from all over the World
Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Advanced search  



Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10
 on: Today at 08:32:41 AM 
Started by ma_tt2 - Last post by oldbrownshoe
Almost forgot, got 'Genesis' by The Gods from 1968 on Friday.

In the U.K. now you can get five CDs in cardboard sleeves in a series called.....erm.....'Original Album Series', usually all by one act (there is an Incredible String Band one), but sometimes under a theme.

One such is 'Psychedelia' and in my local, colossal supermarket, for only £9, you can currently get 'Genesis' (The Gods), 'Little Games' (The Yardbirds), 'July' (July), 'The Birthday Party' (Idle Race) and 'Tomorrow' (Tomorrow)....i.e. some of the rarest albums ever made in one little box sharing shelf-space with Michael Jackson and Brussels Sprouts! 

'Genesis' is the odd one out as, even though it's from 1968, it appears to have got to the Land of Prog long before anyone else had (stupidly) thought to!
Tricky business yer post-'Pepper' world.....real gems (Idle Race).....real oddities (the brilliant Rainbow Ffolly).....real bland proto-rock/prog (The Gods, and we can throw Led Zeppelin in here).....no wonder the 'White Album' is such a hotchpotch.

Still, at a fifth of £9 it's worth a punt and you get the other four as well.

 on: Today at 08:00:28 AM 
Started by ma_tt2 - Last post by oldbrownshoe
I'm the same.
'Pet Sounds' on first play does not sound a (and I hate this term!) 'classic album' in the way that, say, 'Revolver' does.
I'd liken it to 'Astral Weeks' in that respect and possibly 'Forever Changes'.
The whole is bigger than the sum of its parts.

 on: Today at 02:36:43 AM 
Started by ma_tt2 - Last post by In My Life
It took me literally years to appreciate "Pet Sounds." When I first bought it I just didn't get why it was so highly praised. I gave it time, and now I
can finally appreciate it.

I didn't like it the first couple of times through but I kept with it and within about two weeks I was hooked. "God Only Knows" kept me coming back. Man, I love that song!

 on: Today at 02:32:24 AM 
Started by Bobber - Last post by In My Life
Mark Lewisohn certainly is skilled at making the story come alive. It makes more sense and has stuck in my mind better than with other books. One of my favorite stories is about how they behaved at Brian's taylor when he took them to get the suits. Yeah, they were scruffy all right!

 on: Today at 12:01:49 AM 
Started by ma_tt2 - Last post by Normandie

2. The Beach Boys - 'Pet Sounds' mono & stereo (50p)

It took me literally years to appreciate "Pet Sounds." When I first bought it I just didn't get why it was so highly praised. I gave it time, and now I
can finally appreciate it.

Sounds like you got some good deals, obs.

 on: Yesterday at 11:59:54 PM 
Started by Hello Goodbye - Last post by Normandie
A big bowl (all to yourself) of Perdue Popcorn Chicken to go with The Zone and you'll be as sweet as can be!

Yum! And a big glass of chardonnay.  ;)

 on: Yesterday at 11:50:31 PM 
Started by tkitna - Last post by Bobber
Track 11 on your cd. 'Dream a Little Dream'.

Ah! I put that on for Barry's sake to be honest.  :)

 on: Yesterday at 11:24:43 PM 
Started by Bobber - Last post by Bobber
Sentimental Journey

"I did it for my mum." Ringo Starr on Sentimental Journey. It seems that not just Paul had a soft spot for 'granny music'. Ringo asked his relatives what songs he should record for this album. He asked George Martin to make an album of standards together, and to ask different people to take care of the arrangements.

01 Sentimental Journey
From the booklet in Italics
This 1945 hit for Doris Day got a new arrangement by Richard Perry (who later produced Ringo's albums 'Ringo' (1973) and 'Goodnight Vienna' (1974). The orchestral backing was recorded in the USA so all Ringo had to do was to overdub his voice at the Olympic Studios in London on January 14th 1970. Written by Bud Green, Les Brown and Bon Homer.

My overall feeling on the album is that the orchestration by George Martin is at times too much to handle and this song is the direct showpiece for my point. There's the little piano riff, strings, saxophones, the effects on the voice as a solo, it is very, very overwhelming. Ringo's singing is particularly weak in the first half. After the solo he sings higher and it sounds a lot better and more powerful. I could do without the lady's choir that sets in at 2.33.

02 Night And Day
Night And Day, arranged by Chico O'Farrill, was the first song Ringo recorded for the album. It was recorded at Abbey Road on October 27th 1969. Night And Day was originally performed by Fred Astaire and Claire Luce in the 1932 musical play 'The Gay Divorcee' and was a 1937 hit for Tommy Dorsey. Written by Cole Porter.

The George Martin Orchestra in full Big Band mode. Ringo's voice is in a better shape compared to the previous song, or this one suits his voice better. And he is not such a bad singer, listen to what he's doing at around 1.11. I don't fancy the arrangement gives room to the somewhat annoying piano licks. Nice saxophone solo and I'm not even a fan of the sound of a sax. Well done.

03 Whispering Grass (Don't Tell The Trees)
A mono demo recording of this song was done on February 9th 1970 and handed over to Ron Goodwin by George Martin. Ron was asked to write a new arrangement for the song. The song was later recorded at Morgan Studios on March 5th with a 36 piece orchestra conducted by arranger Ron Goodwin. This song was originally recorded in 1940 by The Ink Spots. Written by Fred & Doris Fisher.

Grand opening, too much for me. After that, the song settles into a nice melody with loads of strings. Ringo sings this pretty well, but the orchestration is once again overdone.  All of a sudden, at 1.30, it's just Ringo and a guitar, a little bass and a very limited percussion. Nice. The massive strings ruin the atmosphere once again at 1.48.

04 Bye Bye Blackbird
This 1926 song, sung by Eddie Cantor, got its new arrangement from Maurice Gibb from The Bee Gees. Maurice conducted the 36 piece orchestra himself as the song was recorded on March 5th at Morgan Studios in London. Ringo's vocals were double tracked. Written by Mort Dixon and Ray Henderson.

Ah! The refreshing sound of a banjo! Nice arrangement with some percussion coming in at 0.20. Honky tonk piano at 0.30. Building up towards the end it gets a little overwhelming once again, but as the arrangement is pretty sober in itself (tho the music is not), is just alright.

05 I'm A Fool To Care
Recorded at Abbey Road on February 11th with a 15 piece orchestra (including Billy Preston), conducted and arranged by Klaus Voorman. Ringo's vocals were overdubbed during the same recording session. This song was initially a 1954 hit for Les Paul and Mary Ford. Written by Ted Daffan.

A bit of a boring song and I think Klaus Voorman made nothing special out of it, besides a change of rhythm at around 1.50. It's just 20 seconds and then the song goes back in the same dull order again.

06 Stardust
The orchestral track for this song was recorded on November 7th 1969, the vocal track was recorded a week later on November 14th. Paul McCartney's arrangement of the song was realised by George Martin. 'Stardust' was first recorded as an instrumental in 1927 by Emile Seidel and Orchestra. Words were added later, in 1929, by Mitchell Parish. Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Mitchell Parish.

Twinkeling stars promise a nice arrangement, but Paul McCartney follows the footsteps of the previous songs. Loads of strings. Sigh. Ringo is singing this not particularly great either. Especially the section after 1.14 brings problems for his voice. But the drum break at 2.02 the song ánd Ringo finally lets it all go for a short while. Twinkeling stars finish it off. Nothing special.

07 Blue, Turning Grey Over You
The first take of this song was recorded on November 28th 1969 arranged by Oliver Nelson. Nine more takes with orchestra conducted by Johnnie Spence were recorden on December 4th when Ringo also overdubbed his voice to complete the recording, but a new vocal overdub was recorded on February 24th 1970. Originally a hit for Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra in 1930. Written by Andy Razaf and Thomas 'Fats' Waller.

A song that got stuck in my mind because of the driving power of the piano bass notes.. The vocal overdub does not work very nicely, as Ringo is often too much out of timing. Further on it is the now usual Big Band sound, with lots of brass. Ringo's voice almost drowns in the orchestration. Nice fooling around and joking from Ringo from 3.00 towards the end.

08 Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing
Arranged by Quincy Jones, this song was a 1955 hit for the Four Aces. The first orchestral backing was recorded in the USA. Ringo added his voice on January 14th 1970 at Olympic Studios, London. The was re-recorded in EMI Studios on February 3rd when arranger Quincy Jones conducted a 16 piece orchestra. The organ was overdubbed by Billy Preston. Eight additional singers, flutes, organ and vibraphone were overdubbed on February 19th 1970. The song was originally a theme from the film with the same name. Written by Sammy Fain and Paul Webster.

Sugarsweet. The eight additional singers make this arrangement almost laughable. Sounds like a Coca Cola Xmas advert. A skip.

09 Dream
Recording starten on November 14th 1969. This song was a 1945 hit for the Pied Pipers. A 15 piece orchestral arrangement was added on February 10th, conducted and arranged by George Martin. Written by Johnny Mercer.

Ringo is singing this with an easy, double tracked voice. Nothing outstanding to remember here. Even the arrangement by the great George Martin doesn't make it special.

10 You Always Hurt The One You Love
This 1944 hit by the Mills Brothers was arranged by John Dankworth. A 20 piece orchestra conducted by the arranger himself was recorded at De Lane Lea's Sound Studios in Soho, London, were Ringo also added his voice. The song was mixed during the same session on February 25th 1970. John Dankworth overdubbed sax, piano on drums on March 6th. Written by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher.

By the time this song reaches the ears, it has all become too much of the same trick. A grand opening, Ringo coming in, a virtuoso solo (this time on sax) and work towards the end. This song has the advantage of being moderately fast. Nice arrangement tho.

11 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
The orchestral track was recorded in the USA and sent over to England were Ringo added his vocals on February 9th and re-recorded them on February 18th. A 1945 hit for Bing Crosby, this was first performed in 1945 by Lulu Belle and Scotty Wiseman and arranged for this album by Elmer Bernstein. Written by Scott Wiseman.

Sounds like an arrangement made for the Eurovision Song Contest. This song has the feeling of a pop song and Ringo handles this pretty well. Is that the orchestra missing some right notes around 1.18? Sounds strange.  Funny to hear that the music builds up, but Ringo hardly adds any more volume to his vocals.

12  Let The Rest Of The World Go By
This song was from the film 'When Irish Eyes Are Smiling' (1944), sung by Dick Haymes. Les Reed arranged the song for Ringo. Recorded at Abbey Road on February 12 th 1970. Ringo re-recorded his vocals on February 18th 1970.

Ringo has problems handling the vocals very well. Very boring song with a Xmas feeling once again. Terrible background singers. Sigh.

All in all
An embarrasment, as John Lennon described it? Not completely. Sentimental Journey is not unpleasant to listen to and chronologically, it is certainly the first solo album by a Beatle I listened to more than once. It's a nice album to undust during the upcoming Christmas. Is it essential? Certainly not. These kind of songs are not the best thing Ringo can do.

 on: Yesterday at 10:31:40 PM 
Started by Bobber - Last post by Bobber

 on: Yesterday at 09:55:03 PM 
Started by tkitna - Last post by Joost
I know what 3 is. But 11?

Track 11 on your cd. 'Dream a Little Dream'.

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10

Page created in 0.694 seconds with 22 queries.