By Hans Ebert
And we still Get Back just like Jo Jo though most of us may not be from Arizona. Thanks to Beatle fans around the world uploading rare videos with interviews and sharing their discoveries, we’re finding out more and more about this pretty fab band…and also finding nothing at all. Maybe that’s what keeps the magic of the Beatles alive after all these years- after all these decades: Something new always pops up which then causes a chain reaction of searches on YouTube that can last until Tomorrow Never Knows.
Recently, I was watching a video where George, Paul and Ringo were interviewed reminiscing about some of the tracks they had recorded. George Martin might have been there. None could remember who played guitar on several tracks, or who played bass, and, sometimes, even who was on drums. Let’s not forget that George wasn’t the only “lead guitarist” in the band and Ringo wasn’t the only drummer whereas often Sir Paul and Sir George Martin shared keyboard duties and engineer Geoff Emerick was always in what could be called the final pot pourri mix.
None of this really matters as it was always a Beatles track with producer George Martin involved in ways we’ll never know. Maybe we’re just in a hurry to know who did what while Paul and Ringo are still with us. Why do we need to know? Because we’re Beatles fans and there are no more inquisitive fans than those of the Beatles.
Again, it’s part of jumping on that Magical Mystery Tour and never ever wanting that journey to stop. We’re still apprentices and wishing to learn from the sorcerers. We’re still Beatlemaniacs. We were so much older then, we’re younger than that now and the music of the Beatles takes us to far more interesting times and when everything was possible. It was getting better all the time. And now we’re here sitting in limbo.
Sure, I am a fan of the Kinks, Led Zeppelin, the Zombies, Small Faces, the Stones, the Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac and Pink Floyd, but never have I been that interested in who played what and who guested on tracks unless Gram Parsons appeared on a Stones record or Rolling Stone Brian Jones ended up on someone else’s track as he did on the Beatles’ “Look Up My Name (What’s My Number)”. But any Beatle appearing on someone else’s recording has, at least to me, always made the track that much more interesting.
For instance, probably because it was produced by Peter Asher, brother of his then-girlfriend Jane Asher, Paul McCartney is featured almost throughout the first James Taylor album which was the first record released on the Beatles’ Apple label.
Floating around and part of my record collection are Paul’s demos of his songs “Come And Get It” for Badfinger, “A World Without Love” for Peter and Gordon and “Goodbye” for Mary Hopkin.
There’s also been that rumour that it was Paul playing bass on “San Francisco” just as one “L’Angelo Mysterioso” played guitar on Cream’s “Badge”- a pseudonym George had to use due to contractual reasons on a song he had written with Eric Clapton. And, my my, how the personal lives of these two best friends intertwined with everything else with their love stories about the same woman becoming part of the Beatles music.
The “quiet” Beatle also appeared on numerous recordings by other artists as “Hari Georgeson” whereas John appeared as “Dr Winston O’Boogie” until deciding contractual obligations be damned and played with whoever the hell he wanted under his name including writing “Fame” with Bowie and playing guitar on the track with Carlos Alomar.
The thing is there’s the Beatles and there’s the rest. Some might not agree with that statement and that’s cool. It’s gets us thinking. It gets us having a fucking opinion and it gets us getting back to the music and not updating Facebook profiles. It makes us want to create and do and Be instead of being Nowhere People making all those nowhere plans for nobody. Dig a pony.
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