Unearthed electronic press kit for Heathen Chemistry

15 10 2009

Oasis’s official website, oasisinet.com, recently dusted off an on old EPK or electronic press kit for the album Heathen Chemistry.  It just hit youtube yesterday and here it is for your viewing pleasure.


Delicious Vinyl

25 08 2009

Looking for some Rolling Stones tunes on youtube, I stumbled across this user, WABC77.   He has a really interesting approach: he plays great old songs on vinyl, recording the removal of the disk from the sleeve and it spinning/playing on the turntable.   More interesting than his gimmick, if you will, is the amazing sound of the vinyl.  I’ve not heard music on vinyl in a decade at least.  I don’t profess to be an audiophile.  So the crispness, clarity and warmth of these records really took me by surprise.   The Stones’ song, “19th Nervous Breakdown” is one of my favorite among his collection.

If you’d like to check out the rest of his youtube videos, look here.


Obsessed with bass

1 04 2009

If you’ve read this blog lately you know that I recently bought a bass and have been playing.  I’m in that honeymoon phase with my instrument.  I play when I can, I frequently look at other (used) gear to buy and have been reading and asking a lot of questions, trying to figure out how to best master the instrument.

I’ve also been watching a lot of bass players on youtube.  Paul McCartney is probably my favorite bass player and I found this guy who can play Paul’s stuff to the note.  Watching this gentleman practically brings a tear to my eye.  This guy is a dynamite player and he shows just how much Paul added to the Beatles’ sound, especially on a lighter, more melodic tune like “Someting.”

Check this out  I think you’ll enjoy it.

Another Beatles unreleased track has surfaced: Revolution 9 (alternate mix)

2 03 2009

This is definitely different than the White Album version of  “Revolution 9” but not drastically different.

Questions abound as to the legitimacy of this as a genuine Beatles take/mix or whether it is an “outfake.”

“Beatles historian” thinks “Revolution 1” Take 20 may be the real deal

27 02 2009

Here’s an interesting article that’s a few days old.  Richie Unterberger, author of the book The Unreleased Beatles: Music And Film, believes “Revolution 1” Take 20, which found its way onto the internet this week, is the “real deal.”  The article explains why and discusses other Beatles unreleased tracks like the 27 minute take of “Helter Skelter” and “Carnival of Light.”


About Revolution 1, he said

With technology these days, it certainly seems theoretically possible to manufacture and overdub some effects that are heard on the circulating version,” says Unterberger. “A particular feature of this circulating recording is the weird, unclassifiable flowing and ebbing swell of a note that occurs throughout – it’s what I call a ‘train-passing-by’ sound. It seems like it could be an electronically manipulated effect or perhaps even a distorted snatch of a harmony vocal.”

Even so, Unterberger believes the sounds were indeed made by The Beatles themselves. “When I hear them, they don’t sound impossible to me that they could have been part of the original recording – The Beatles were coming up with all kinds of unpredictable and futuristic effects in the studio, especially in their final years.

A few days ago, I was not so sure that this new discovery was nothing more than a brilliant “outfake” but people that know the Beatles lost studio work better than I do seem to think it’s likely a legit Beatles product.  I think the fact that EMI had the file pulled from youtube within a day is quite telling.


The newest development in the “Revolution 1” leak story

24 02 2009

Many of you know that yesterday an alleged previously unreleased version of “Revolution 1,” take 20 to be exact, was “leaked” onto the internet and caused something of a firestorm.

I doubted the authenticity of this thing as a Beatles mix.  Sure, it is Beatles music and incorporates elements of both the released “Revolution 1” and “Revolution 9.”  My suspicion was, and still is, that this “newly discovered” Beatles take is a modern mash-up.

But, EMI has pulled the video from youtube.  Perhaps that is only because the mpeg includes, at least in part, previously released material.  But, perhaps it’s because take 20 is authentic.  Why would EMI worry if this were nothing more than a mash-up?

Hmmm. Wondering.

“…and the Crimson Dynamo came along for the ride…”

8 02 2009

I was surprised as a teenager (a decade or more after the song was released) to discover that Paul McCartney read comic books. Oh, perhaps he never read them, but he found Magneto, Titanium Man and the Crimson Dynamo and wrote a song about them. Some clever person with too much time on his or her hands made a video for it. Don’t you love youtube?