Tuesday, November 29, 2016

I'll Cry Instead - The Beatles (1964)

In June, 1964, United Artists' released their soundtrack to "A Hard Day's Night". They were very anxious to get this LP out, so- excepting "Can't Buy Me Love"- EMI sent them rough mono mixes of all the songs. Meanwhile, Capitol Records- the label The Beatles were signed to in pretty much all the western hemisphere- somehow lost the rights to this gold mine of an album. They decided to release a "semi-soundtrack" with an album titled "Something New". The company was also sent the same rough mono mixes of the tunes featured in the flick- plus one which was supposed to be in the movie.......
......and that song was "I'll Cry Instead"
This Country-Rock flavored tune was originally going to be used during the police chase scene but director Richard Lester felt it wasn't quite right. Instead, he decided to repeat the hit "Can't Buy Me Love". He also (stupidly) cut "You Can't Do That' from the concert sequence at the end of the movie. Regardless, non of the fans had a clue about all this behind the scenes stuff. 
Meanwhile, "I'll Cry Instead" wound up on the UA soundtrack. The reason being, the album was released before the film, therefore, they were unaware it was deleted. Strange fact: UA released the soundtrack and the movie. You think they would have known? Go figure.
"I'll Cry Instead" was recorded in two sections. IMHO, the reason for this would have to be- when The Beatles run back into the police station- the audio of "Can't Buy Me Love" is lowered so we can hear what's being said by the Police Captain (Derek Guyler). I believe the two sections would have played separately during that scene. Anyway, because the song was originally intended for the flick, it clocked in at 2:05. After it was nixed from the film, it was properly mixed into mono and stereo and timed in around 1:48. This is the rendition which is familiar to all my friends abroad and has become the universal rendition found on the common CD of "A Hard Day's Night"- which is the UK version of the album. What caused this anomaly, you ask? Well, George Martin deleted the repeat of the first verse which found it's way onto that 2:05 version. This was not merely an edit of that specific section. The Beatles actually recorded it again for the second section of the song.
Confused yet?
Anyway, this 2:05 rendition found it's way onto all the UA pressings of the soundtrack, mono and stereo. For the latter format- aside from the goofy George Martin instrumentals- all The Beatles tunes are fake stereo (yuck). As for Capitol, their stereo "Something New" featured the final edited rendition (1:48). However, the mono pressing of the LP has the longer, deleted film version. Because Capitol had to battle the UA soundtrack, they decided to release a bunch of singles, one of which was "I'll Cry Instead / I'm Happy Just To Dance With You". The "A" side- which is the longer version- reached #25 and the flip, #95. 
By now, your brains are already frazzled, I am sure.
Anyway, here is the superior-complete-longer-mono-western-hemisphere-only version of "I'll Cry Instead". Just because I can, I am showing Capitol's original 1964 (now rare) picture sleeve but with a red and orange target label pressing. This label was in print from 1969 through 1971. Take note of the time of "I'll Cry instead". Also notice that the label states it's from the film.  It remained that way until the single was deleted in the late 1980's. Groovy, man. I thank you.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

A Continuation Of The Beatles Green "Starline Series" 45's Thread (11/16/16)

A continuation of my Beatles green "Starline Series" thread.....

By 1969, Capitol Records had switched over to what is now known to collectors as the red and orange "target label" (my favorite). For whatever reason, in 1971, the company decided to reissue two of the unique 1965 Starline singles on said target label: "Roll Over Beethoven / Misery" and "Boys / Kansas City". This time, they were released as regular reissues and did not bear the name "Starline". These singles were only pressed at the Jacksonville, Illinois plant and are not common. At the same time- and plant- Capitol mistakenly pressed up a small run of the Canadian 45 "All My Loving / This Boy" which- in 1964- reached #45 in the US as an import. It bears the Canadian catalog number but has US markings. Once the error was discovered, production was immediately halted and the single withdrawn. Yes, it's rare. 

CORRECTION: During my original Starline thread, I had forgotten that "Misery" was reissued in 1971 and stated it had to wait until 1980 to reappear. This thread fixes that error. I thank you.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Loving The Starline!

In January, 1962, Capitol Records launched it's "Starline" series as a vehicle for reissuing old hit singles. The 45's feature a greenish version of the classic yellow and orange swirl label which adorned Capitol's regular singles in the 1960's. IMHO, I think this label is more attractive, and, yes, their rarity does add to it. :)

The six Beatles singles released in Capitol's Starline series were:

1. Twist And Shout / There's A Place (6061)
2. Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You (6062)
3. Please Please Me / From Me To You (6063)
4. Do You Want To Know A Secret / Thank You Girl (6064)
5. Roll Over Beethoven / Misery (6065)
6. Boys / Kansas City (6066)

The first four were reissues of singles which were released earlier on the Vee Jay and Tollie labels. The last two were unique creations by Capitol. For whatever stupid reason, three tunes: "Misery", "There's A Place" and "From Me To You" had not been released by the label until their appearance on these 45's. What is also strange (and stupid) is that Capitol was sent stereo masters of many songs from EMI and were forced to "fold down" the stereo mixes for the mono albums. I'd love to know who's dopey decision it was to send only stereo tapes. Anyway, a few Capitol mono Beatles LP's have these silly mixes scattered throughout: "Meet The Beatles", "The Beatles Second Album""The Early Beatles" and "Help!". A few stragglers trickled out on a few other albums as well. Of the twelve songs released in the Starline series, only one features a dedicated mono mix ("Kansas City"). To make matters more bizarre, the records were released on October 11, 1965 and deleted from the catalog on December 31, 1965! This means the records were available for a mere two months. Silliness abounds! This also means, in the USA, "From Me To You" had to wait until 1973's "1962-1966" compilation to reappear. The other two, "Misery" and "There's A Place" had an even longer wait. Finally, in March, 1980, they were included on the US "Rarities" LP. From the entire batch of singles, the only song to chart was "Boys" which bubbled under the "Hot 100" at #102 (weird). Hence the reason that single is the most common of the lot.

Since none of these records sold well and were only briefly available in late, 1965, they are scarce. In nice condition, each one commands a premium from collectors.

Here's a photo of The Beatles green "Starline" singles (Los Angeles pressings):

And audio of my favorite song of the all it's silly fold-down glory!

Monday, June 13, 2016

"You Bring The Summer" - The Monkees

Yes! Summer is on it's way! With that, let's celebrate by singing along with this groovy song from The Monkees new album "Good Times!"

Monday, January 18, 2016

"I Just Want To Celebrate" - Rare Earth (1971)

Well, it's yet another new year. This means it's time for some Rare Earth. I am sure you see the connection?

"I Just Want To Celebrate" was released in 1971 and reached #7. Grooviness abounds.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New Toys In Gary Owen Land

There's always room for new things.......

Yes. Contrary to public opinion, this most certainly applies to Gary Owen Land.

The latest new acquisitions being the following (click on the links):

Gretsch "Made To Be Played" Bar Stool

Fishman Loudbox Performer 180 Watt Acoustic Amplifier

The first replaces my worn out Gretsch bar stool which has now been officially retired. The second will act as a back up for my constantly used PA. It most certainly shall be utilized at smaller gigs like house parties etc.

All in all, two wonderful additions to the evolving- and currently under renovation- Gary Owen Land.

See you in the next post.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

"Hello My Old Friend" - Electric Light Orchestra (1983)

Well, here's an interesting one.....

In 1983, ELO delivered their album "Secret Messages" to the record label as a two-record set. CBS promptly told Jeff Lynne it was too expensive to press it up so he was forced to trim it down to a single platter. Many tracks were dropped- but over the course of a few years- some trickled out as "B" sides to 7" and 12" singles. Others finally saw the light of day via ELO box sets and "Hello My Old Friend" is one of them. It finally came out as part of ELO's 1990 US-only "Afterglow" box set.

I've read that- by 1983- Jeff Lynne wanted to end ELO to pursue a solo career- and as a sort of majestic send-off for the band- this epic 7-minute-plus opus was to be the closing track on "Secret Messages".  The band owed CBS two more albums and I guess Lynne thought he could fulfill the contract with this double release. When it was finally released in 1983, the LP reached #36. ELO wound up releasing one more album: "Balance Of Power" (1986).

The lyrics of "Hello My Old Friend" tell the story of Lynne and Co. returning to their hometown of Birmingham, England and the word "friend" represents said city. Another interesting facet is the main riff of the song is taken directly from ELO's first single (and first song on their first album) "Overture 10538". It's used as sort of "we've come full-circle" sort of deal.

Anyway, that's a quick synopsis of the entire affair. Now, sit back and give a listen to what is most certainly a fascinating, hypnotic- and unreleased until 1990- trip back to the early 1980's.

Original intended "Secret Messages" artwork:

The released artwork for "Secret Messages" (1983):

"Hello My Old Friend" - ELO (1983)

"Hello My Old Friend" Lyrics:

Early morning day is dawning
Cooling towers and factory gates
Dirty streets and laughing people
Skinny dogs and beer crates
Hello my old friend
Hello my old friend
Sad canals green black water
Somewhere bicycles and beds
Wet and windy afternoons
And pigeons coo in garden sheds
Hello my old friend
Hello my old friend
High-rise tower blocks with panoramic
Views of trains and coal
Tiehead railway tracks tread faithfully
The gas works to behold
Hello my old friend
Hello my old friend
Just to see the sunset
Pretty rainbows over your majestic towers
To feel your earth beneath my feet
Here I could stand for hours and hours
Big machines that once were champions
Turn to dust under the sky
Broken windows choking chimneys
Factory walls for miles and miles
By bye my old friend
By bye my old friend
Just to see the sunset
Pretty rainbows over your majestic towers
To feel your earth beneath my feet
Here I could stand for hours and hours

Jeff Lynne Article (April 23, 2015)