Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Newly discovered John Lennon Live Song Uncovered !

We all have the heard the story by now. How Elton John turned up at a John Lennon recording session in 1974 and they worked on a new Lennon solo song called "Whatever Gets You Through The Night". Later, Elton John recorded a cover version of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds". Both became big hits, and Elton asked John to come and play live with him if "Whatever Gets You Through The Night" went to No. 1. The song did hit No. 1 and the rest is history. Or is there something new to be learned from this event??



History records that John Lennon made good on his promise to Elton on Thanksgiving night 1974 at Madison Square Garden. It wasn't a sure thing, because Lennon was reported to being nervous, throwing up, and second guessing himself that night.

The soundboard engineer's original Concert Set List even demonstrates the last minute nature of Lennon's eventual appearance. They had to quickly squeeze in the songs Lennon would be playing on... See the tiny black print below.


The entire roof almost came down with thundering applause as Lennon was introduced as a surprise guest of Elton John's. Dave Morrell in his great book, "1974 The Promotion Man New York City (The Morrell Archives Volume 2)" , recalls: "Finally, Elton John had the great pleasure to introduce John to all of us. The place erupted. Besides the Beatles at Shea in '65 and Led Zeppelin here at the Garden a few years earlier, this was the loudest noise from a crowd I ever heard. The ground literally shook. John looked great. With Elton John on Piano and John on guitar they swept through three wonderful songs."

The superstar duo performed "Whatever Gets You Through The Night", "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "I Saw Her Standing There". The performances were perfectly recorded.

Eventually, a bootleg vinyl LP of the leaked recording came out for hardcore fans to hear what they had missed in person. And it was significantly John Lennon's last live concert performance. And to most, "I Saw Her Standing There" a Beatles tune,  was fittingly his last live song ever performed. Or was it?


Later, Elton John himself officially released the entire show on a CD called Here And There (Live) by Elton John. On the official release, John Lennon is duly credited on the three songs above. And three songs only. 



But thanks to Dave Morrell and photographic evidence to back it up, we now know that the last live song John Lennon ever performed, played and sang on is from this same concert! According to Morrell, an eyewitness, "John Lennon even came back out for "The Bitch is Back" encore."  On the song, John sings back-up vocals ("Bitch, Bitch, Bitch is back...") and plays tambourine. There is no notation of Lennon on the album credits or at the Wiki page for this album release (though there may be after this article comes out). However, here is the photo showing Lennon with a microphone and tambourine as witnessed and reported by Dave Morrell. The last ever live performance of John Lennon (Elton's "The Bitch Is Back") is not only at last uncovered, but recorded and released for posterity!


If you enjoy reading true mysteries in Rock And Roll, check out: The Beatle Who Vanished , the true story of Jimmie Nicol who subbed for Ringo Starr in 1964 only to Vanish one year later....
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Monday, November 14, 2016

Rock And Roll Detective Uncovers Lost Beatles Concert Tape. It's Back On The Auction Block!

Fans line up to buy tickets to see The Beatles at Forest Hills May, 1964

After 52 years, it is incredibly rare to discover a complete, previously unbootlegged or unreleased 1964 concert by The Beatles. It is extremely exciting when a new live recording of The Beatles is not only unearthed, but is one that was recorded through a soundboard rather than in the middle of a screaming audience. This means that you can actually hear the vocals and the guitars. Ringo's drums do not sound like they were mic'd, but his drums do appear to be picked up by the three vocal mics.

And here are the details dug up by the Rock And Roll Detective:

The Beatles at the 1964 Forest Hill Music Festival
Fifty Two years ago this month, The Beatles played a live concert at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium. They performed for free and donated the proceeds in aid of the United Cerebral Palsy of New York City and the Retarded Infants Services. The show has never been released officially or on bootleg (although one Seventies bootlegger erroneously tried to pass off a vinyl boot as this show.) Previous interviews with The Beatles at this time, and short film clips of the show have surfaced in the past. However, this is the first time a Soundboard recording of the complete show has surfaced.  It was apparently recorded by the WMCA DJs. 

The original reel-to-reel tape is up for auction again on November 27, 2016, at Cordier Auctions, after failing to meet the minimum bid of $2000 last August. Of course, whoever is the winning bidder will own the tape, but the not the copyright or publishing rights to the recordings. 



The Rock And Roll Detective has listened to the recording which contains the complete show. Given the primitive state of live recording in the mid Sixties, this is a decent soundboard.  There is a significant drop in volume and quality that persists during and after George Harrison is heard singing "Roll Over Beethoven". It comes back a little better when John introduces a new song "If I Fell" from their "new movie" "A Hard Day's Night". However, this tape is nowhere near the quality of the newly issued true multi-track soundboard Apple release of The Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl. But it is still an exciting artifact nevertheless.  

The Beatles live at Forest Hills as a fan tries to hug George Harrison.


Here is the description of the recording by Cordier Auctions from the August sale.

Lot #234 Estimate 2,000.00 - 4,000.00 USD

The Beatles August 29, 1964 Concert Recording
DESCRIPTION: A reel to reel recording of The Beatles in concert at
Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens, New York on August 29, 1964
(they had also played there the night before). The recording, with loud
screaming throughout, includes twelve tracks:
1) Twist and Shout
2) You Can't Do That
3) All My Loving
4) She Loves You
5) Things We Said Today
6) Roll Over Beethoven
7) Can't Buy Me Love
8) If I Fell
9) I Want to Hold Your Hand
10) Boys
11) A Hard Day's Night
12) Long Tall Sally

Of note is the band's reaction to a young lady sprinting towards the stage
while dodging police barricades during the last song.
Also included is John introducing the song "Hard Day's Night" from "our
new movie", George singing "Roll Over Beethoven", and. Ringo being
introduced and singing "Boys".
PROVENANCE: Per the consignor, the tape was won by the consignor
from a New York radio station sometime after the concert,
probably from the WMCA Good Guys as research shows they were
the hosts of this concert.
MEASUREMENTS: 7" diameter.
CONDITION: The beginning of the tape has some crinkling/creasing
with the opening being somewhat fuzzy and flat. Otherwise audio is clear.
Some buzzing begins after Roll Over Beethoven and before George
changes out his guitar after Can't Buy Me Love.
A digital recording of the tape was provided by the consignor.


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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Klaus Voormann Reveals Mysteries of Beatles Revolver LP Cover

Klaus Voormann has just completed an epic graphic novel entitled: Birth of an Icon REVOLVER 50 . It is the story behind the making of the world's most incredible album cover. The new book is available at a special pre-sale price at Voormann's website: www.voormann.com . He is signing copies of the book.

Klaus Voormann with his Revolver cover

The book contains great stories of Voormann's work with The Beatles, and contains comments from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as an essay by the Rock And Roll Detective on the mysterious disappearance and alleged appearance of the original album artwork. 


Get this book before it sells out. 

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

New McCartney Career Compilation Album due In June

67 TRACKS OF PURE McCARTNEY

McCartney curated career-spanning compilation out June 10


Release of career-spanning collection, from 1970 debut solo album all the way through 2012’s "My Valentine", 2014's "Hope For The Future" and 2015’s "Say Say Say" remix.

Available on June 10 in three different formats; 2CD, 4CD and 4LP, all featuring versions of Paul's greatest solo, Wings and Fireman compositions.



4CD version features 67 tracks, more than 40 of which were Top 40 hits including "Maybe I'm Amazed", "Live and Let Die", "Mull Of Kintyre", "Ebony and Ivory", "Dance Tonight" and "New".

Paul McCartney and his music need no introduction. Together with three of his friends, he changed the cultural landscape forever.  

And Paul’s accomplishments since then as a member of Wings and a solo artist make for a staggering body of work that stands proudly alongside those eight sensational years with The Beatles.  

Pure McCartney, a new compilation of his solo, Wings and Fireman work, celebrates that fact, showcasing 67 highlights from one of the most-revered catalogues in music - from McCartney in 1970, his debut solo album, right through to "Hope For The Future", his 2014 track taken from Destiny, the most-anticipated video game of the last decade. Not only is Pure McCartney a monumental mixtape of some of popular music's most memorable moments from 1970 to the present day, it also features curios for the superfans and some of Paul's personal favorites—all handpicked by the man himself..  

"Me and my team came up with the idea of putting together a collection of my recordings with nothing else in mind other than having something fun to listen to," Paul says of this project.    

"Maybe it's to be enjoyed on a long car journey or an evening at home or at a party with friends? So we got our heads together and came up with these diverse playlists from various periods of my long and winding career.” 


As a songwriter Paul has never stood still, dipping his toe in countless genres and styles. Pure McCartney is testament to that fact. From the songwriting masterclass of "Maybe I'm Amazed" and adventurous, three-songs-in-one of "Band On The Run" to the irresistible groove of "Say Say Say" and ahead-of-its-time electronica of "Temporary Secretary", described by NME when compiling a list of the greatest ever songs as “not so much ahead of its time, but out of it altogether”, Pure McCartney charts the unstoppable adventures of McCartney's unique and eclectic songwriting talents and shines a light on his post-Beatles artistic achievements.

"The word 'career' is a bit misleading because to me it has been more like a musical adventure than a proper job," says Paul, reflecting on the Pure McCartney tracklisting. "It pleases me, and often amazes me, that I've been involved in the writing and recording of so many songs, each of them so different from the others." 

Paul's unparalleled career has seen his music break global chart records, win countless awards, fill stadiums around the world and become the soundtrack to millions of people's lives across generations.  

PURE McCARTNEY 2CD

DISC 1       

01.  Maybe I’m Amazed
02.  Heart Of The Country
03.  Jet
04.  Warm And Beautiful
05.  Listen To What The Man Said
06.  Dear Boy
07.  Silly Love Songs
08.  The Song We Were Singing
09.  Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
10.  Another Day
11.  Sing The Changes
12.  Jenny Wren
13.  Save Us
14.  Mrs Vandebilt
15.  Mull of Kintyre
16.  Let ‘Em In
17.  Let Me Roll It
18.  Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five
19.  Ebony and Ivory       

DISC 2

01.  Band on the Run
02.  Arrow Through Me
03.  My Love
04.  Live and Let Die
05.  Too Much Rain
06.  Goodnight Tonight
07.  Say Say Say [2015 Remix]
08.  My Valentine
09.  The World Tonight
10.  Pipes of Peace
11.  Dance Tonight
12.  Here Today
13.  Wanderlust
14.  Great Day
15.  Coming Up
16.  No More Lonely Nights
17.  Only Mama Knows
18.  With a Little Luck
19.  Hope For The Future
20.  Junk     

PURE McCARTNEY 4CD – 67 tracks   

DISC 1       

01.  Maybe I’m Amazed
02.  Heart Of The Country
03.  Jet
04.  Warm And Beautiful
05.  Listen To What The Man Said
06.  Dear Boy
07.  Silly Love Songs
08.  The Song We Were Singing
09.  Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
10.  Early Days
11.  Big Barn Bed
12.  Another Day
13.  Flaming Pie
14.  Jenny Wren
15.  Too Many People
16.  Let Me Roll It
17.  New  

DISC 2    
 
01.  Live and Let Die
02.  English Tea
03.  Mull of Kintyre
04.  Save Us
05.  My Love
06.  Bip Bop
07.  Let ‘Em In
08.  Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five
09.  Calico Skies
10.  Hi, Hi, Hi
11.  Waterfalls
12.  Band on the Run
13.  Appreciate
14.  Sing The Changes
15.  Arrow Through Me
16.  Every Night
17.  Junior’s Farm
18.  Mrs Vandebilt  

DISC 3       

01.  Say Say Say [2015 Remix]
02.  My Valentine
03.  Pipes of Peace
04.  The World Tonight
05.  Souvenir
06.  Dance Tonight
07.  Ebony and Ivory
08.  Fine Line
09.  Here Today
10.  Press
11.  Wanderlust
12.  Winedark Open Sea
13.  Beautiful Night
14.  Girlfriend
15.  Queenie Eye
16.  We All Stand Together  

DISC 4       

01.  Coming Up
02.  Too Much Rain
03.  Good Times Coming/Feel the Sun
04.  Goodnight Tonight
05.  Baby’s Request
06.  With a Little Luck
07.  Little Willow
08.  Only Mama Knows
09.  Don’t Let it Bring You Down
10.  The Back Seat Of My Car
11.  No More Lonely Nights
12.  Great Day
13.  Venus and Mars/Rock Show
14.  Temporary Secretary
15.  Hope For The Future
16.  Junk        

PURE McCARTNEY 4LP VINYL  

A1        

01.  Maybe I’m Amazed
02.  Heart Of The Country
03.  Jet
04.  Warm And Beautiful
05.  Listen To What The Man Said
06.  Dear Boy

A2              

01.  Silly Love Songs
02.  The Song We Were Singing
03.  Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
04.  Another Day
05.  New  

B1  

01.  Mull of Kintyre
02.  Sing The Changes
03.  Jenny Wren
04.  Mrs Vandebilt
05.  Save Us  

B2      

01.  Let ‘Em In
02.  Let Me Roll It
03.  Ebony and Ivory
04.  Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five  

C1  

01.  Band on the Run
02.  Arrow Through Me
03.  My Love
04.  Live and Let Die
05.  Too Much Rain  

C2      

01.  Say Say Say [2015 Remix]
02.  My Valentine
03.  Goodnight Tonight
04.  The World Tonight
05.  Pipes of Peace  

D1  

01.  Dance Tonight
02.  Here Today
03.  Wanderlust
04.  Great Day
05.  Coming Up
06.  No More Lonely Night      

D2

01.  Too Many People
02.  Only Mama Knows
03.  With a Little Luck
04.  Hope For The Future
05.  Junk

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Jimmie Nicol, The Beatle Who Vanished, Reviewed by Ugly Things Magazine

Ugly Things magazine is a really cool music periodical that covers the "wild sounds from past dimensions." The current summer 2015 issue #39 features a review of my book, The Beatle Who Vanished. The Beatle Who Vanished is the story of an unknown drummer, Jimmie Nicol, whose journey from humble beginnings to saving The Beatles' first world tour from disaster, was only one part of his legend. Though his 13 days of fame made headlines, the true mystery of Nicol's story is riddled with blacklisting, betrayal, drugs, divorce, bankruptcy and an eventual disappearance that led many to question whether he is dead or alive.

Jimmie Nicol in front seat with The Beatles on tour in June, 1964


British Beatles historian, Alan Clayson, has written an enlightening review of the book for the current issue of Ugly Things magazine. Clayson is well known for his books on each of the four Beatles: John, Paul, George & Ringo, as well as books on Roy Orbison and Brian Jones.

(C) 2015 Mike Stax / Ugly Things.





Ugly Things is a really cool magazine. I encourage you to subscribe and to visit their website: www.ugly-things.com 

For a Free Excerpt of The Beatle Who Vanished follow the link. And to purchase either the paperback or eBook of The Beatle Who Vanished, check out: Amazon at this link.

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Birth of Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins And Garbage at Smart Studios in Madison

How did Nirvana end up in Madison, WI? How did they find Butch Vig? Could the noise-rock band Killdozer be the Midwest's link to the biggest genre shift in rock music history?

Smart Studios was started by Butch Vig and Steve Marker.

 
Steve, Duke, Shirley & Butch = Garbage


The Smart Studios Story covers the Midwest's post-hardcore scene, the early relationships of now-legendary indie labels (Touch and Go, Caroline, Frontier, Sub Pop, Slash, SST, Alternative Tentacles), and the circulation and broadcast of local music. Butch and Steve helped promote the bands and the shows with community radio airtime and cassette compilations that paralleled those of other regional, indie music disseminators like the Seattle-based Sub Pop Singles Club.

Smart weathered - literally - fires, floods and the foibles of a generation of rockers. The film captures what the space meant to the people who worked there and celebrates the recordings and experiences that, in the words of an interviewee who grew up in Indonesia, made Smart “hallowed ground.”

Check out the new documentary film about Smart Studios, directed by Wendy Schneider and learn how Smart became the "Abbey Road" of the Midwest for Nineties Rock and Roll.



The Madison sound
A selection of albums recorded, or mixed, or both at Smart Studios
Tar Babies: Honey Bubble (1989)
Killdozer: Twelve Point Buck (1989)
Nirvana: Nevermind (1990)
King Snake Roost: Ground Into the Dirt (1990)
Laughing Hyenas: Life of Crime (1990)
Smashing Pumpkins: Gish (1991)
The Young Fresh Fellows: Electric Bird Digest (1991)
L7: Bricks Are Heavy (1992)
Freedy Johnston: This Perfect World (1994)
Everclear: Sparkle and Fade (1994)
Soul Asylum: Let Your Dim Light Shine (1995)
Garbage: Garbage (1995)
The Promise Ring: 30° Everywhere (1996)
Fall Out Boy: Take This to Your Grave (2003)
Death Cab for Cutie: Plans (2005)
Sparklehorse: Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain (2006)
Jimmy Eat World: Chase This Light (2007)
Hotel Lights: Firecracker People (2007)

 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Beatles 50th Anniversary: How Did Jimmie Nicol Know Ringo Starr's Drum Parts ?

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It was 50 years ago this month, that a little known record label named Top Six put out an album of sound-alike Beatles hits to take advantage of England's Beatlemania. The songs were recorded quickly and cheaply at Pye Studios in London. The vocals did not sound much like The Beatles' singing, but that didn't stop the producer from siphoning off a few dollars from unsuspecting teenagers, who thought the album was the real Beatles.

What made this album special was the presence of an excellent drummer named Jimmie Nicol, who had to learn Ringo Starr's drum parts in order to record these songs. At the time, it was just another studio gig that paid well.  However, Nicol grew to respect Starr's drumming technique after learning his parts. He recalls, "I though he was good, innovative, and Ringo was making the drums an interesting instrument for inspiring musicians.  He was probably the first drummer known by name, and to have girls cry their eyes out, to get a touch of!"

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Little did Jimmie Nicol know that he would get the chance to step into Ringo Starr's shoes in a few months. He would experience the moments of girls crying and screaming over him and would actually get to put his knowledge of Ringo's drum parts to good use, as he took over in The Beatles at the start of their first world tour in June, 1964.

Read more in: The Beatle Who Vanished, by Jim Berkenstadt
www.thebeatlewhovanished.com (Free Excerpt/ Signed First Editions)
Amazon (Paperback and eBook)
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