Monday 1 September 2008

News, Views and Music Issue 2 (Intro)

September 1:

OK, so none of you have actually had a chance to see last week’s news because the site isn’t up yet, but it will be soon, so be patient and you can be reading all kinds of goodies soon (101 to be exact) [why have I just told you that? Presumably we must get this site online at some point or you wouldn’t be reading this now!] What we have established this week, however, is an alan’s album archive group on facebook. If you’re a member go and look us up. If you’re not a member, well, there isn’t much on our facebook group that isn’t up on this site yet so don’t worry about it, but if superpoking your friend and painting his virtual trainers green whilst taking quizzes to find out which Pink Floyd member your character most resembles (mine is Roger Waters, alarmingly) and sending care bears to your old friends from high school is your kind of thing, get joining now!

Beatles: Lots of news this week, mainly courtesy of Mojo Magazine. First up, EMI either have clairvoyant staff or they have been thinking  on the same lines as yours truly as, weeks before this website gets printed condemning the old Beatles CD masters of, gulp,1987 (where did that time go?) EMI have just announced that they will be re-issuing all the original Beatles albums plus the two Past Masters single/EP tracks/ Rarities sets and the Yellow Submarine ‘songtrack’ album in new 5.1 transfers and—reading between the lines—in both stereo and mono formats (plus, so it’s rumoured, an additional extra of the complete 1987 ’fake stereo’ instruments-in-the-left-speaker, vocals-in-the-right-speaker mixes of the earliest albums as well as an all-new stereo mix). There don’t seem to be any bonus tracks a la Anthology on these new sets (due for release in mid 2009) as we suggested but, hey, you can’t have anything and 2009 looks set to see a new generation of Beatlemania all over again! Other news: sadly the DVD release of final Beatles film Let It Be has been officially scrapped about four years after first being announced and going strangely quiet again (the concept dates way back to 2004’s Let It be Naked CD remix when it was mooted to be the next project in line until the ‘Love’ remix album turned up). Rumour was this release was to have been a deluxe set filled with oodles of out-takes from the filming of the band studio rehearsals and some extra camera angles of the ’Rooftop’ gig, which would have been great for the truly Monkeynuts collectors like us (Let It Be is, after all, the only Beatles film with ’out-takes’ still intact anywhere, aside from the ’Hey Bulldog’ clip excised from some cinema and video copies of Yellow Submarine—the others all got ‘thrown away’ once the film’s shelf life expired). However, Ringo and Paul—the two Beatles who probably hated the project most—say they don’t want to sanction the release of a DVD linked to a period that caused them so much misery and don’t think they should dredge up the past all over again (If that’s the case, why oh why did Let It Be Naked sneak out as a remixed CD? Wouldn’t both projects ‘set the record straight’ to use the Beats’ own words from a few years back? Contrary to popular belief the sessions weren’t all doom and gloom—well, a third of them weren’t at any rate!) Finally, its news to me, but apparently EMI are either missing a master-tape or a copy of a master-tape (the reports I’ve read are unclear which) of a half-hour session dating from the Beatles For Sale sessions (late 1964) and including hitherto unheard and possibly un-catalogued recordings of I’ll Follow The Sun, I Feel Fine and She’s A Woman. The tape seems to have passed into the hands of a private collector and it was sold for auction this month. And before anyone asks, no I don’t have a copy!

Oasis: Well, there I sat last week, a can of vimto on my knee and a TV remote in each hand, riveted for the first verse of new Oasis promo ‘Shock Of The Lightning’ (the first hearing of the first release from new album ‘Dig Out Your Soul’ due for release in October) - the first new Oasis song in, ooh, ages. Marvellous — the guitars chime as in days of old, Liam sounds youthful all over again, Oasis have finally given up filming up promos in the dark and swapped their camera for a technicolour one (what was with all those monochrome documentaries we kept getting during the making of their last album?) and there was even a reference to a ‘(Magical) Mystery Tour’, just like those Beatles-filled days of old. In short, it was just like 1994 all over again for those, err, ‘magical’ first 30 seconds. However, this being modern Oasis, the band take a great idea and aren’t quite sure what to do with it after a while so they just repeat it again and again and again and again and again for much of the song. A shame, but this is still a promising first new single from a band who still seem to have much to offer.

  Hollies/ 10cc/ Oasis: All three bands are to be heavily featured on BBC4’s Manchester Night’ on Friday September 5th, with a long overdue look back at the North West’s equal second best musical town for AAA recordings (that’s equal with Newcastle and after Liverpool; doubtless someone will email in and tell me a town I’ve temporarily forgotten ands should have added here!) and a long overdue repeat of the excellent ’Rock Family Tree’s’ ‘Manchester’ programme (alas this site wasn’t up when BBC4’s Liverpool repeat was on or I’d have plugged that too!) More on these progs next week  

News, Views and Music Issue 2 (Top Five): The Face Of Bo

And finally, the latest in our top fives: songs that Doctor Who’s friend The Face Of Bo might have sung if he hadn’t have been a big face in a jar and had been a rock God on planet Earth in the 20th/21st century:

5) ‘Face The Face’—Pete Townshend gets jazzy as he tells us over a sprightly backing why we should ’win the race’ and, you guessed it, ’face the face’. (He even sings ’New York, Chicago’ at one point—he meant ’New Earth, New New York’ surely?)

4) ‘The Story Of [Face Of } Bo Diddley’ —Eric Burdon narrates a five-minute tale of how British musicians in the early 60s ripped off American musicians in the late 50s who in turned ripped their material off from old blues singers. His tale of 50s legend Bo Diddley walking into an Animals’ gig with his entourage and dismissing their performance as ’rubbish’ is one of the most hilarious recordings ever made in the 60s (and a bit post-modern to boot) - not least because the Animals sound pretty much at their best here on this long-burning blues and even include extracts from Beatles and Stones songs for good measure in their history of rock and roll.

3) ‘Doctor, Doctor’—’Doctor doctor please make me well, I’m in trouble I can tell’. This is surely what the Face of Bo was trying to sing  with his dying breath as David Tennant looked forlornly at his old friend biting the dust. The Who actually said it first, though, in a hard-to-find B-side from 1966.

2) ‘Doctorin’ The Tardis’ - OK, so we had to mention it somewhere. Yes everybody, there really was a number #1 spin-off record based around Doctor Who. And yes, it was sung by a car, even though said vehicle (’Ford Timelord’) had nothing whatsoever to do with the series other than a dodgy name. Compared to most #1s of the 1980s (and most Doctor Who spin-off singles it has to be said) its actually quite good, although how it beat the likes of the Human League, CSN and The Kinks to chart stardom in that period I’m not quite sure. 

1) ‘You’re Not Alone Anymore’—OK so technically he didn’t use the last word, but otherwise this sentence is the very one the Fewc of Bo used in his message of importance to the Doctor, a storyline that had been set up a whole 11 episodes earlier ( in series four of the news series, as if anybody reading as far as this didn’t know!) Bo wasn’t just a pretty face either: The very next episode the Doctor ended up meeting fellow timelord The Master, despite thinking the whole of his kind had been destroyed by the Daleks (conveniently but understandably off-screen between series formats). Surely, though, he’d have much preferred to have met the Travelling Wilburys, who recorded this song on their first album Volume One— which was one of the last performances by the much-missed Roy Orbison.                    That’s all for now folks, see you next week.

A NOW COMPLETE List Of Top Five/Top Ten/TOP TWENTY  Entries 2008-2019
1) Chronic Fatigue songs

2) Songs For The Face Of Bo

3) Credit Crunch Songs

4) Songs For The Autumn

5) National Wombat Week

6) AAA Box Sets

7) Virus Songs

8) Worst AAA-Related DVDs

9) Self-Punctuating Superstar Classics

10) Ways To Know You Have Turned Into A Collector

11) Political Songs

12) Totally Bonkers Concept Albums

13) Celebrating 40 Years Of The Beatles' White Album

14) Still Celebrating 40 Years Of The Beatles' White Album

15) AAA Existential Questions

16) Releases Of The Year 2008

17) Top AAA Xmas Songs

18) Notable AAA Gigs

19) All things '20' related for our 20th issue

20) Romantic odes for Valentine's Day

21) Hollies B sides

22) 'Other' BBC Session Albums

23) Beach Boys Rarities Still Not Available On CD

24) Songs John, Paul and George wrote for Ringo's solo albums

25) 5 of the Best Rock 'n' Roll Tracks From The Pre-Beatles Era

26) AAA Autobiographies

27) Rolling Stones B-sides

28) Beatles B-Sides

29) The lllloooonnngggeesssttt AAA songs of all time

30) Kinks B-Sides

31) Abandoned CSNY projects 'wasted on the way'

32) Best AAA Rarities and Outtakes Sets

33) News We've Missed While We've Been Away

34) Birthday Songs for our 1st Anniversary

35) Brightest Album Covers

36) Biggest Recorded Arguments

37) Songs About Superheroes

38) AAA TV Networks That Should Exist

39) AAA Woodtsock Moments

40) Top Moments Of The Past Year As Voted For By Readers

41) Music Segues

42) AAA Foreign Language Songs

43) 'Other' Groups In Need Of Re-Mastering

44) The Kinks Preservation Rock Opera - Was It Really About The Forthcoming UK General Election?

45) Mono and Stereo Mixes - Biggest Differences

46) Weirdest Things To Do When A Band Member Leaves

47) Video Clips Exclusive To Youtube (#1)

48) Top AAA Releases Of 2009

49) Songs About Trains

50) Songs about Winter

51) Songs about astrology plus horoscopes for selected AAA members

52) The Worst Five Groups Ever!

53) The Most Over-Rated AAA Albums

54) Top AAA Rarities Exclusive To EPs

55) Random Recent Purchases (#1)

56) AAA Party Political Slogans

57) Songs To Celebrate 'Rock Sunday'

58) Strange But True (?) AAA Ghost Stories

59) AAA Artists In Song

60) Songs About Dogs

61) Sunshiney Songs

62) The AAA Staff Play Their Own Version Of Monoploy/Mornington Crescent!

63) What 'Other' British Invasion DVDs We'd Like To See

64) What We Want To Place In Our AAA Time Capsule

65) AAA Conspiracy Theroies

66) Weirdest Things To Do Before - And After - Becoming A Star

67) Songs To Tweet To

68) Greatest Ever AAA Solos

69) John Lennon Musical Tributes

70) Songs For Halloween

71) Earliest Examples Of Psychedelia

72) Purely Instrumental Albums

73) AAA Utopias

74) AAA Imaginary Bands

75) Unexpected AAA Cover Versions

76) Top Releases of 2010

77) Songs About Snow

78) Predictions For 2011

79) AAA Fugitives

80) AAA Home Towns

81) The Biggest Non-Musical Influences On The 1960s

82) AAA Groups Covering Other AAA Groups

83) Strange Censorship Decisions

84) AAA Albums Still Unreleased on CD

85) Random Recent Purchases (#2)

86) Top AAA Music Videos

87) 30 Day Facebook Music Challenge

88) AAA Documentaries

89) Unfinished and 'Lost' AAA Albums

90) Strangest AAA Album Covers

91) AAA Performers Live From Mars (!)

92) Songs Including The Number '100' for our 100th Issue

93) Most Songs Recorded In A Single Day

94) Most Revealing AAA Interviews

95) Top 10 Pre-Fame Recordings

96) The Shortest And Longest AAA Albums

97) The AAA Allstars Ultimate Band Line-Up

98) Top Songs About Sports

99) AAA Conversations With God

100) AAA Managers: The Good, The Bad and the Financially Ugly

101) Unexpected AAA Cameos

102) AAA Words You can Type Into A Caluclator

103) AAA Court Cases

104) Postmodern Songs About Songwriting

105) Biggest Stylistic Leaps Between Albums

106) 20 Reasons Why Cameron Should Go!

107) The AAA Pun-Filled Cookbook

108) Classic Debut Releases

109) Five Uses Of Bird Sound Effects

110) AAA Classic Youtube Clips Part #1

111) Part #2

112) Part #3

113) AAA Facts You Might Not Know

114) The 20 Rarest AAA Records

115) AAA Instrumental Songs

116) Musical Tarot

117) Christmas Carols

118) Top AAA Releases Of 2011

119) AAA Bands In The Beano/The Dandy

120) Top 20 Guitarists #1

121) #2

122) 'Shorty' Nomination Award Questionairre

123) Top Best-Selling AAA Albums

124) AAA Songs Featuring Bagpipes

125) A (Hopefully) Complete List Of AAA Musicians On Twitter

126) Beatles Albums That Might Have Been 1970-74 and 1980

127) DVD/Computer Games We've Just Invented

128) The AAA Albums With The Most Weeks At #1 in the UK

129) The AAA Singles With The Most Weeks At #1 in the UK

130) Lyric Competition (Questions)

131) Top Crooning Classics

132) Funeral Songs

133) AAA Songs For When Your Phone Is On Hold

134) Random Recent Purchases (#3)

135) Lyric Competition (Answers)

136) Bee Gees Songs/AAA Goes Disco!

137) The Best AAA Sleevenotes (And Worst)

138) A Short Precise Of The Years 1962-70

139) More Wacky AAA-Related Films And Their Soundtracks

140) AAA Appearances On Desert Island Discs

141) Songs Exclusive To Live Albums

142) More AAA Songs About Armageddon

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159) A (Not That) Short Guide To The 15 Best Non-AAA Bands

160) The Greatest AAA Drum Solos (Or Near Solos!)

161) AAA Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame Acceptance Speeches

162) AAA Re-Recordings Of Past Songs

163) A Coalition Christmas (A Fairy Tale)

164) AAA Songs About Islands

165) The AAA Review Of The Year 2012

166) The Best AAA Concerts I Attended

167) Tributes To The 10 AAA Stars Who Died The Youngest

168) The First 10 AAA Songs Listed Alphabetically

171) The 10 Best Songs From The Psychedelia Box-Sets ‘Nuggets’ and ‘Nuggets Two’

172) The 20 Most Common Girl’s Names In AAA Song Titles (With Definitions) 

180) First Recordings By Future AAA Stars

185) A Tribute To Storm Thorgerson Via The Five AAA Bands He Worked With

188) Surprise! Celebrating 300 Album Reviews With The Biggest 'Surprises' Of The Past Five Years Of Alan's Album Archives!

190) Comparatively Obscure First Compositions By AAA Stars

193) Evolution Of A Band: Comparing First Lyric With Last Lyric:

200) The Monkees In Relation To Postmodernism (University Dissertation)

202) Carly Simon's 'You're So Vain': Was It About One Of The AAA Crew?

217) AAA 'Christmas Presents' we'd most like to have next year

221) Dr Who and the AAA (Five Musical Links)

222) Five Random Recent Purchases

223) AAA Grammy Nominees

224) Ten AAA songs that are better heard unedited and in full

225) The shortest gaps between AAA albums

226) The longest gaps between AAA albums

227) Top ten AAA drummers

228) Top Ten AAA Singles (In Terms of 'A' and 'B' Sides)

229) The Stories Behind Six AAA Logos

230) AAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!! The Best Ten AAA Screams

231) An AAA Pack Of Horses

232) AAA Granamas - Sorry, Anagrams!

233) AAA Surnames and Their Meanings

234) 20 Erroneous AAA Album Titles

235) The Best AAA Orchestral Arrangements

236) Top 30 Hilariously Misheard Album Titles/Lyrics

237) Ten controversial AAA sackings - and whether they were right

238) A Critique On Critiquing - In Response To Brian Wilson

239) The Ten MusicianS Who've Played On The Most AAA Albums

240) Thoughts on #CameronMustGo

241) Random Recent Purchases (Kinks/Grateful Dead/Nils Lofgren/Rolling Stones/Hollies) 

242) AAA Christmas Number Ones 

243) AAA Review Of The Year 2014 (Top Releases/Re-issues/Documentaries/DVDs/Books/Songs/ Articles  plus worst releases of the year)

244) Me/CFS Awareness Week 2015

245) Why The Tory 2015 Victory Seems A Little...Suspicious

246) A Plea For Peace and Tolerance After The Attacks on Paris - and Syria

247) AAA Review Of The Year 2015

248) The Fifty Most Read AAA Articles (as of December 31st 2015)

249) The Revised AAA Crossword!

251) Half-A-Dozen Berries Plus One (An AAA Tribute To Chuck Berry)

252) Guest Post: ‘The Skids – Joy’ (1981) by Kenny Brown

254) Guest Post: ‘Supertramp – Some Things Never Change’ by Kenny Brown

255) AAA Review Of The Year 2018

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