Tag: The Beatles

If You Don’t Underestimate Me, I Won’t Underestimate You: Bob Dylan’s John Wesley Harding At 50

Fifty years ago this past December, Bob Dylan emerged from his exile with a startling new album–the simple, direct, no-frills John Wesley Harding. Ron Hart approached a handful of musicians to share their thoughts on this seminal–and sometimes under-appreciated– comeback album.

Song Of The Day: Atlantic Bridge, “Dear Prudence”

Taken from the Esoteric Recordings release, Atlantic Bridge.

Jan & Dean: Filet of Soul Redux: The Rejected Master Recordings (Omnivore)

Surf duo Jan & Dean’s “comedy” album was intended as a contractual obligation, an unfunny joke that was rightly rejected, yet bowdlerized by their label after Jan Berry’s near-fatal car accident. Fifty-one years later, this reissue presents the album as it was meant to be heard.

Best Of The Recoup: Life Is Far Too Fast: A Conversation With Mike McCartney

Last year, we sat down and had a long, compelling conversation with Mike McCartney about his delightful one-off album, McGough & McGear and the era that produced it.

Charlie Byrd: Sixties Byrd: Charlie Byrd Plays Today’s Great Hits (él Records)

Charlie Byrd Sixties Byrd: Charlie Byrd Plays Today’s Great Hits él Records/Cherry Red I have long had the sneaking suspicion that during the Sixties, Easy Listening artists adapted rock and roll and pop hits as a way to build common ground between younger and older music listeners, perhaps in a spirit of fun for older… Read More ›

Anita Kerr: The Five Classic Warner Brothers Albums 1966-1968 (el Records)

Anita Kerr left the comfort of her successful career in Nashville, setting out to Los Angeles to experiment with more contemporary music. The five albums she released under her name for Warner Brothers are fine examples of mid-60s Easy Listening and Sunshine Pop.

Yoko Ono: Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band (Chimera Music)

Yoko Ono’s proper solo debut album, released in 1970 alongside John Lennon’s proper solo debut album, is a stunning work of experimental rock and roll, where pure emotion blends nicely with rock and roll groove and intense, uncompromising emotion.

Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years (Apple/Universal)

This excellent documentary offers a glimpse into the life and times of The Beatles. Though the history is well-known, this film gives a fresh look behind the curtain of the first four years of the Beatles’ professional existence.

John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Two Virgins/Life With The Lions (Chimera Music)

The Unfinished Music series was designed as a way for John Lennon and Yoko Ono to document their budding relationship. The sounds held within are uncompromising, unique, and occasionally frustrating. In other words, Yoko Ono at her best.

Various Artists: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (La-La Land)

Believe it or not, one of the most popular and successful films of the Eighties had no official soundtrack release, even though the film spawned two charting singles. To celebrate the film’s thirtieth anniversary, this oversight has been corrected with a lavish, superb official soundtrack release.