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 on: March 25, 2015, 02:24:35 PM 
Started by stopwow673 - Last post by oldbrownshoe
The Red and Blue CDs in 1993 were very expensive, in some shops £32 each if memory serves.
There was a huge amount of criticism (rightly) in the music press at the time.

I came across my vinyl Anthology yesterday, bought on the eve of its release, and that was £23.99.
My vinyl 'Anthology 2' was £22.99.
$4 seems terrific value, in line with the £2 I paid for 'Past Masters Vol. 1' last Wednesday.

Whisper it, and whatever you do don't tell any of those bearded hipsters in Hoxton, but now is the time to buy CDs NOT vinyl.
I won't tell them if you don't.

 on: March 25, 2015, 09:51:12 AM 
Started by Bobber - Last post by Bobber
 Ringo's Photograph book - cheap edition
New edition of Ringo's book, "Photograph".
In PHOTOGRAPH, Ringo Starr reveals never-before-seen photographs and mementos from his archives, sharing memories of his childhood, The Beatles and beyond. Ringo’s lens captures his Beatles bandmates in pensive and playful moments, portraying them from the point of view of an insider, friend and skilled photographer.

In an original manuscript of over 15,000 words, join Ringo growing up amidst the excitement of the emerging Merseybeat scene, as he remembers his first car, drum-kits, girls and bands on his ‘road of happy drumming’. From Pwllheli to Delhi, obscurity to superstardom, his travels are recounted with honesty and hilarity.

“I love pictures put together, showing different times of your life, “Ringo said about the book, “At the time, I never thought that there would be a whole book of my photographs.”

The limited edition from Genesis Publications.

PHOTOGRAPH was originally conceived as a limited edition book of only 2,500 copies, which sold out within weeks. A short edition is also available as an e-book from iTunes.

Two years later, Ringo Starr and Genesis Publications announce the 'Open Edition' - a more accessible and affordable printing of his book to be released in bookstores this September 2015. The author is donating all royalties to the Lotus Foundation.

The book is available for preordering from Amazon.

 on: March 25, 2015, 09:13:10 AM 
Started by Hello Goodbye - Last post by oldbrownshoe
I think its very (relative to The Beatles, of course) obscurity has helped 'Rain's cause over the years.

I've never understood why a 60s Radio Station isn't available on the radio dial.
The principal reason for my not listening to Capital Gold and the recent shut-down of 'Absolute 60s' (a dire attempt) is that they always insist(ed) on playing, ad nauseam, the 'hits'.
A station that focused on the likes of 'Rain' and delved into the *back catalogues of all the other 60s groups I'm sure would find a healthy audience.

Buffalo Springfield recorded more than one song. TRUE.
Them recorded more than three songs. TRUE.
It's not illegal to play L.P. tracks or songs by obscure groups like The Artwoods. TRUE.

 on: March 25, 2015, 01:13:48 AM 
Started by Hello Goodbye - Last post by tkitna
Interested to read drummer tkitna's lukewarm response... is this really Ringo's finest hour at the kit after all?

Not even close.  Ringo has a ton of songs that he plays better on in my opinion, but sometimes the state of mind and mood that a persons in, plays a lot into how they feel about certain things.  Ringo felt good about this one and whatever it was during the creative process hit the right buttons for him.  I look at it by a creative and technical standpoint and to say this was Ringo's greatest effort in the Beatles just doesn't gel with me, even if he said so.  Here's my initial review of 'Rain' when I dd the microscopes-

Rain - Rain is a good song. It truly is, but it doesn’t blow me away and I think it’s a tad overrated. Sue me. Definitely sounds like it could have fit perfectly on Revolver. The guitar tone is great and the bass sounds amazing. Theres that tambourine again. Ringo’s drums sound good and we all know the story. He loved his playing on this song and thought it was the best he’s ever done. Yes he actually even played it faster while they recorded it and the song was slowed down, but I’m not that impressed. It was one of the first Beatle songs I ever learned and I didn’t think it was all that much. Whatever, good job Ritchie. Johns voice sounds fantastic. 0:33 I don’t like the background vocals. 0:49 I especially don’t like them here. John double tracked I believe. With the guitar strums and the vocals along with the pulsating bass, this section always reminded me of some Scottish tune with bagpipes for some reason. Just me I realize. 2:35 my favorite part with John singing backward vocals. Good song and I wouldn’t give anybody grief for loving it.

It really is a good song and I would never fault anybody for liking it, but it just never bowled me over for one reason or another.  I see i'm in a real minority on that opinion though.  Oh well.

 on: March 24, 2015, 10:47:44 PM 
Started by stopwow673 - Last post by stopwow673
I just ordered Anthology 1 online for $4 with free shipping. I'm not sure if I'll like the CD, but $4 doesn't seem like a big risk. I wonder how much the CD cost new in 1995 when it was released. It was clever of them to put "Real Love" on a separate album for more sales.

 on: March 24, 2015, 10:13:09 PM 
Started by Hello Goodbye - Last post by Mr Mustard
It's attained semi mythic status partly due to reasons already pointed out earlier on this thread (no appearance on early compilations or on any original album) and partly as a trailblazer for the "Revolver" sound of jangling guitars and thunderous drums.

The thing which always struck me about it was how LOUD everything was... a richly textured, powerfully mixed track but the vocals are always top of my tick list on listening to any Beatles number, and they're somewhat swamped here by admittedly spectacular layers of terrific instrumentation - again, each Beatle firing on all of their respective cylinders, with overwhelming results.

For years I thought those lyrics ran "That when it rains and shines...it's just coz they don't mind..." and only ages later twigged that Lennon was referring to a "state of mind..."

"Can you heeeaaarrrr me?"

Not too clearly John, no - there's just too much else going on!

Interested to read drummer tkitna's lukewarm response... is this really Ringo's finest hour at the kit after all?

 on: March 24, 2015, 09:57:34 PM 
Started by stopwow673 - Last post by Mr Mustard
I'd love to know what the hell you're all talking about but I'll have to wait for my son's visit at Easter, then ask him to translate!!!  ha2ha

 on: March 24, 2015, 02:21:40 PM 
Started by Mrs JWL - Last post by Normandie
Crying Villanova piccolo player...


Meh. The crying player in Gone With the Wind was 'way more touching.  :P

 on: March 24, 2015, 04:13:00 AM 
Started by stopwow673 - Last post by In My Life
I am seriously considering finding some other alternative for putting music on my iPhone. I know it can be done; I just have to find the right utility and learn it.

Goodbye iTunes; hello CopyTrans Manager!

 on: March 24, 2015, 12:57:41 AM 
Started by Hello Goodbye - Last post by Hombre_de_ningun_lugar
Maybe John was watching Singin' in the Rain when he wrote the song...

HD 1080p "Singin' in the Rain" (Title Song) 1952 ~ Gene Kelly

Don:  Good night, Kathy.  See you tomorrow.
Kathy:  Good night, Don.  Take care of that throat.  You're a big singing star now, remember?  This California dew is just a little heavier than usual tonight.
Don:  Really?  From where I stand the sun is shining all over the place.

Yes, and then John listened to "Shape Of Things" on the radio and decided to record the song he wrote in that amorphous way...

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