Selections from revisited chairty

3 Nov

This three track sampler stems from the 1991 reissue of The Concert for Bangla Desh, George’s pioneering initiativ 20 years earlier. I was in London when I first saw the cd (I remember the cd phenomenon was still new) and the today rather difficult double LP.

‘Concert for Bangla Desh Selections’ (SAMPCD 1538) includes live versions of Harrisons ‘Bangla Desh’ and ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ as well as Bob Dylan’s ‘Blowin’ in The Wind’. Found at Ebay in 2009, but rarely spotted since.

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Rare Harrison in cartoon

3 Nov

The childrens album ‘The Bunbury Tails’ (Polydor 515 784-2) released in 1992 featuring the cartooned imaginary band The Bunburys includes a real rarity; a collaboration between George Harrison and Ravi Shankar on the track ‘Ride Rajbun’. Also on the recording we hear George’s by then 14 years old son Dhani, who played an important role in finishing his dad’s final album ‘Brainwashed’ posthumously almost ten years after this first official recording together.

I love this joyous and “free” song, which took me years to find. I even got tricked on Ebay by an unserious seller at one point in the search for this rare cd.

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Long and winding Abbey Road

3 Nov

Not many photo attempts were made to catch The Beatles at the crossing that afternoon in early August 1969. Less than ten I think. It is remarkable that all other of the photos that I’ve seen from the session are of significantly less quality than the magic, almost perfect shot, that made it to the cover. Even the one on the HMV box is of poor quality, with Paul in flip flops and asymmetric walk

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Beatles’ ‘1’ promo excess

3 Nov

Almost on the day The Beatles’ greatest hits compilation ‘1’ was released 12 years ago. At the time I free-lanced for EMI Sweden on the project, doing promotional tasks. Do I have to say that it was a wonderful feeling being officially employed and (at least indirectly) paid by The Beatles for my work. The album went to No 1 in Sweden (as in most parts of the world I believe) and we could celebrate with a gold record by Christmas.

Here are two nice promos used in the campaign; ambitious ‘Soundbites’ (CDLRL 042) providing 36 comments by the Beatles on the 27 songs, primarily for radio use. At least in Sweden focus still was on “old” media but I remember there was a certain strategy to reach the young generation via “internet portals”. Facebook, MySpace and Google was never heard of.

‘Yesterday’ (Beatlespro 352) is a one track Danish delight with custom made inlay and cd label – the edition cannot have been that large really, 100 copies? Territories were allowed to produce their own promotional material for local use, so there might be some interesting things out there. I think I’ve seen a ‘The Long and Winding Road’ promo from ‘1’ somewhere.

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Unofficial Macca promo

3 Nov

Macca’s 12″ ‘Balearic Rarities’ surfaced to coincide with the re-release of McCartney II in 2011, having some titles in common. The 12″ also included Sunshine Sometimes which wasn’t officially released until the new Archive Collectoon release of Ram saw the lught of day this year. This item is claimed by the Ebay seller to be an official promo. I definitely doubt that. Although the the record itself is a nice hint of Macca’s multitalent there is nothing that points at an official release. Sometimes Macca has tried to balance between official and unofficial releases (Choba B CCCP, Wingspan remixes and other 12″ promo only releases in the 80-90ies).

I got my copy from Germany (MAC001), no label.
Track Listing
A1 Check My Machine
A2 Frozen Jap (Unreleased Version)
A3 Sunshine Sometime (Unreleased Instrumental)
B1 Temporary Secretary
B2 Blue Sway
B3 Front Parlour (Unreleased Version)

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Yes, I’m your angel

2 Nov

This picture makes me want to travel in time. I wonder what the conversation was about, probably not the Menlove Ave cover…

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