Sunday, June 25, 2000

1966: "Paperback writer" by The Beatles was # 1 this week

It's a shame that I did not save all of those wonderful 45 cover photos.   My guess is that this one is quite a collector's item.   After all, George and John are shown playing the guitar as lefties.    

"Paperback writer" was one of the group's finest 45's.   The B-side of "Rain" was a sign of things to come.   

The two songs were introduced on The Ed Sullivan Show in 2 fantastic promo films.    They were available on YouTube but no more.

The Beatles released 3 LPs between Christmas 1965 and the summer of 1966.   However,  "Paperback writer", or the B-side of "Rain", were not included in the US versions of "Rubber Soul", "Yesterday and today" or "Revolver".     

Why wasn't this 45 included in the "Revolver" LP?   It seems to fit that one beautifully.   

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Thursday, June 01, 2000

June 1967: Another anniversary for Sgt Pepper

It was June 1, 1967 and  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band hit the record stores. 

Today, there are still people buying it.    

In fact, there are many people who have this album on LP, cassette, 8-track, reel to reel and now CD.

In 1967, Sgt. Peppers was The Beatles' 8th album. It was a concept rather than a collection of songs or singles. 

In fact, no single was ever released from Sgt. Peppers in the US.

George Martin used different recording techniques and wonderful cover artwork.

“Pepper” was very different. Yet, was it The Beatles' best album?

My answer is no. I think that "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver [UK]" are better.    Sgt. Peppers gets a very strong B-plus.

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