THE BEATLES – Pop & Rock Masterpiece ‘RUBBER SOUL’ Came Out 55 Years Ago

4 December 2020

Band: THE BEATLES
Album: RUBBER SOUL – sixth LP
Released: 3 December 1965 – 55 years ago

Pitchfork said: “To modern ears, Rubber Soul and its pre-psychedelic era mix of 1960s pop, soul, and folk could seem tame, even quaint on a cursory listen. But it’s arguably the most important artistic leap in the Beatles’ career– the signpost that signaled a shift away from Beatlemania and the heavy demands of teen pop, toward more introspective, adult subject matter. It’s also the record that started them on their path toward the valuation of creating studio records over live performance. If nothing else, it’s the record on which their desire for artistic rather than commercial ambition took center stage– a radical idea at a time when the success of popular music was measured in sales and quantity rather than quality.” Full review here. Score: 10/10.

John Lennon: “Rubber Soul was the pot album, and Revolver was acid. I mean, we
weren’t all stoned making Rubber Soul, because in those days we couldn’t work on pot.”

George Harrison: “We all think it’s just about our best LP. I can’t wait for it to come out.
The sleeve’s finished too, and the picture on the front is pretty good!”

Paul McCartney: “The effect was to stretch the perspective and elongate the faces. We excitedly asked photographer Robert Freeman if it was possible to print the photo this way. Being Bob, he said, ‘Yes,’ and the cover to our album Rubber Soul was decided.”

Turn Up The Volume: Every note, every chord, every hook, every vocal, every harmony
is spot-on, proving once again they were and still are the world champions of perfect pop tunes. All killers, no fillers.

Full album…

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THE BEATLES: Website

GUNSHIP Cover THE BEATLES – Listen To Their Synth Loaded Version Of ‘ELEANOR RIGBY’

30 October 2020

UK-based space trio GUNSHIP describing themselves as a ‘Neo 80’s Retro Futuristic Assault’ wanted to be part of the Halloween circus and decided to do a cover. They picked the pretty brilliant 1966 hit ELEANOR RIGBY by those four legendary guys out of Liverpool. Their take is both atmospheric and powerful, cinematic and vibrant. Job well done!

Here comes Eleanor

The original

GUNSHIP: Facebook

IDLES Trash THE BEATLES Punk Song HELTER SKELTER

31 August 2020

Bristol punks IDLES release their third grand slam album ULTRA MOON on 25th September. To keep us happy in the meantime they invaded the legendary Abbey Road studios in London to have some noisy fun. One of the session’s recordings is a crushing cover of The Beatles’ only punk song HELTER SKELTER (actually written and sung by pretty boy Paul McCartney).

Idles kicked the song in the ass, punched it against
the wall and trashed it the way they like it.

Yeahhhhhhh…

IDLES: Facebook

‘Ballad Of John And Yoko’ By THE BEATLES – No 1 In The UK This Day In 1969

Top singles from the past…

13 June 2020

Today 51 years ago, on 12 June 1969, The Fab Four (in this case only Paul and John were involved) topped the UK Singles Chart with BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO. Actually one of my all-time favourite Lennon classics. It was the band’s 17th and final Numero Uno in their native country. The song tells the story of the eventful days of the marriage of the late genius and his muse Yoko Ono. It stills sounds brilliant.

Baby, you can drive my car here…

THE BEATLES: Facebook