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t bedford

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...We Don’t Need No Stinking Beatles Week!

Over at YouTube, it seems as if the Blue Meanies (aka Sony) have surreptitiously overrun Pepperland!! The officially released Beatles recordings have evaporated! On the one hand, YouTube is a little less shiny, bright & colorful. On the other hand, it gives us an opportunity to examine the effect they’ve had over the years, because there’s still plenty of Beatles related & Beatle-y things to be found there.

In the early 1970's, I used to play The Flame LP (produced by Carl Wilson, as most of you know) for uninitiated friends, and tell them it was the Beatles last, unreleased LP. The varied reactions were more often than not, hilarious, whether they believed it or not. Here’s a sample:
The Flame - Don’t Worry, Bill


Long time Beatles fan Todd Rundgren produced his band Utopia’s tribute to the Fabs, an LP titled “Deface the Music”. Here’s a track:
Utopia - I Just Wanna Touch You


Eric Carmen loves the Beatles. This is one of a few Raspberries demos, available ever so briefly (thru a BMG music club slip up) on a planned Greatest Hits package, but it transpired that Capitol did not, in fact, own the demos. On-going royalty issues have not been resolved and there is no way 5 of the 6 Raspberries will allow any official release (without a legitimate payday). This was planned for retail sale, which now seems unlikely.
Raspberries - Please Let Me Come Home


Another Beatles fan is Andy Partridge of XTC...here they are in disguise as the Dukes of Stratosphear, with this Beatle-y offering:
Dukes of Stratosphear - Collideascope


So post those Fab sound-alikes, favorite covers or demos, and find those Lennon-McCartney tunes not recorded by the lads. Hopefully, this week will be the gear!

For cut & paste purposes:

The Flame - Don’t Worry, Bill
Utopia - I Just Wanna Touch You
Raspberries - Please Let Me Come Home
Dukes of Stratosphear - Collideascope


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Hi t,  interesting theme.

Somebody who sounds a lot like Paul McCartney.  Emitt Rhodes.







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Already realizing that they were going to the “toppermost of the poppermost” was a blessing, allowing ample practice time (before the inevitable fame) to pose for that all important endorsement contract from Preludin diet pills, a Reeperbahn staple. Unfortunately, they did not pass the audition.


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t, how would you like us to vote this week? 

Would you like us to give the worst our Gold or are we going back to the traditional way? [confused]
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Good morning, t and everyone!  It's a sunny, but chilly morning here.  

Grrrreeeaaat theme!  They all do sound a lot like the Fab Four.

After listening intently, I'll go with this order:

GOLD:  The Flame for Don't Worry Bill.  If you're looking for rankings that sound much like the Beatles, this one takes the gold for me.  Wonderful!

SILVER:  Utopia for I Just Wanna Touch You.  Another very good one.

BRONZE:  Dukes of Stratosphear for Collideascope.  One more Beatles-like song from their mid to late 60's fare.  

TIN/PEWTER:  Raspberries for Please Let Me Come Home.  Still a pretty good imitation!

My final answer.

Here's one that I thought sounded a little Beatle-ish.






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I can't speak for Cindy, but I couldn't make heads nor tails out of last weeks voting, so I'm thinking the BEST song gets the GOLD this week, etc. The question is....do your results match hers?

And while I'm here, here's the Rolling Stones covering a song by an "unknown beat group" on their 2016 tour:

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I voted the usual way last week too.

Gold -- Utopia -- A terrific homage!

Silver -- Dukes of Stratsophear -- Not as terrific an homage.

Bronze -- The Raspberries -- They're a group I'd like to enjoy.

Tin -- The Flame -- has gone out.


Two that were hits:

The Knickerbockers, "Lies", 1965



The Bee Gees, "New York Mining Disaster 1941", 1967 (it was not true that "Bee Gees" stood for "Beatles Group")




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t, Sony/ATV Music are not behind the ban of Beatles records on YouTube. 

Sony/ATV Music own the publishing. 

(Incidentally, they now own it outright. The Jackson estate's stake in it was bought out, and the deal was completed September 30, just gone.)

Universal Music Group (UMG) acquired the EMI recordings (which includes the Beatles' catalogue) in 2012 and are behind the ban. 

They are protecting their interests and those of the artists. 

Understandably, they want the public to buy their product; not download it for free from a video-sharing website, easily done these days. 
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Well these are covers, but good job of covering:


Check out the album graphics at least.

Voting later in the week.
Good one t!

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Billy Preston.  I believe he was credited for co-writing this song with the Beatles.


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bonnie, Billy wasn't credited with co-writing 'Get Back', but he was credited on the single as a performer (in the same way I believe Jeff Foskett should have been credited on the front cover of 'That Why's God Made the Radio'). [wink]

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bonnie, I was surprised and delighted to hear 'Fresh as a Daisy' by Emitt Rhodes (1970).

It sounds so familiar to me and it must be from the radio. 

Do you know if it was a hit in NZ?

It appears it only went to #54 in the US. 

A mate told me it went to #69 in Australia, nationally, but made it to #7 here in Brisbane. 

 
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Thanks to our first voters, Cindy (glad you're okay!), and Larry. And for video contributions by bonnie (I forgot about Emmit); Cindy (I'd have to disagree about "Little Bird); Larry ("Lies" was on the short list, but I thought too big a hit to compete fairly); Al, good call on the George Benson, plus, I wasn't aware of that Smithereens project.

Here's one for bonnie's instrumental week (just discovered this), written by McCartney:
Beatles - Catswalk


Already owned this version, released in 1967 by the (jazz oriented) Chris Barber Band as "Cat Call":


And here's a Jan & Dean track (written by P.F. Sloan) that I find Beatle-y, "I Found a Girl":






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Recycling can help the environment.

From Season 6, Week 45:
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John's praise for "Earth Anthem" made me wonder about songs called "Mother Earth"....

And an old "Mother Earth" by Emitt Rhodes from his 1970 album The American Dream



I couldn't find any references to Emitt Rhodes on this forum, but he got quite a bit of publicity at one time. He wrote his songs, sang the parts, played all the instruments and recorded in his home studio. From Wikipedia:

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His first album was a critical success – Billboard called Rhodes "one of the finest artists on the music scene today" and later called his first album one of the "best albums of the decade". The album reached number 29 on the Billboard charts. The single "Fresh as a Daisy" reached number 54 on the pop chart. Rhodes opened at the Troubadour nightclub on February 9, 1971, concurrent with a large earthquake that struck the Los Angeles area. An ad that ran in Billboard said 'That wasn't an earthquake, that was EmittRhodes opening at the Troubadour!'. 


Two more:

"Fresh as a Daisy", 1971 ("Well, if you come from heaven, You know that that's ok")



"Live Till You Die", 1970 (spiritual advice)


Before that he was part of a Los Angeles band called the Merry-Go-Round. They had two good songs that made the national charts and were played a lot on L.A. radio in 1967 (back when music was better).

"Live" (earlier spiritual advice)


"You're a Very Lovely Woman" ("And now you ask me to forget the things, It took me long to get and find. And go away with you again, And follow you in sin and drink your wine.")

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Not recycling myself. Recycled Beatles?

Badfinger, "No Matter What" (1970) and "I'd Die Babe" (1971)





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