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What were the French thinking?

4 Nov

Ringo Starr’s contribution to the Beatles related 12″ discography is limited but nice (he was a bit of a pioneer with ‘Drowning in The Sea of Love’ during the disco era). I have worked quite hard to come across the handful of his 12″ records that I own. Here is the French 1992 ‘Weigth of the World’ promo (Private Music/BMG 743211086001) backed by ‘After all these years’.

I like this record alot as it seems so unlikely. I really can’t see the point in releasing the promo in this format; it is a MOR song, not a potential club hit, released during the heydays of the cd format. I’d like to know how the French BMG promotion departement reasoned to make the decision.
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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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