SOME STUFFS: Track listings revealed for deluxe editions of McCARTNEY & McCARTNEY II

41 years ago, the world realized The Beatles were no more than Paul McCartney announced he would be leaving the group, which in turn ended the group. It was something that had been in the words for a long time, and McCartney saying no more marked the end of one incredible chapter, and the start of four very good individual ones. While John Lennon and George Harrison had dabbled in making and releasing music, both McCartney and Ringo Starr shied away somewhat from going out on their own (with the exception of McCartney releasing The Family Way soundtrack).

McCartney was the first sign of McCartney’s future, and people either loved it or hated it because it seemed so basic compared to the complexities the group had been known for. It was a “home” album, figuratively and literally, with McCartney recording, producing, and playing the entire album at his home in Scotland. For the next ten years he would become one of the biggest selling artists of the 1970’s, and eventually he followed it up with McCartney II, showing that he still had an ear to be innovative while taking risks. If Lennon had become known as “the weird one”, McCartney wanted to prove once and for all he could be quite innovative too, especially with songs like “Frozen Jap“, “Bogey Music“, and “Darkroom“.

In 1970 and 1980, it was still somewhat of an oddity for musicians to record everything at home, something only “hobbyists” did for fun. In 2011, everyone can record in any room (or non-room) at any time, so in a way, McCartney may have indirectly inspire people to break out of the boundaries of a proper recording studio in order to create the kind of music people want to create and thus hear. Both albums have hardcore fans, and many of those fans were happy to discover that both will be released this year as deluxe editions.

Each deluxe edition will feature the original album, remastered in its entirety, along with a wealth of bonus tracks. Here are the official track listings for both:

CD 1: The Original Album
The Lovely Linda
That Would Be Something
Valentine Day
Every Night
Hot as Sun/Glasses/Suicide
Man We Was Lonely
Oo You
Mamma Miss America
Teddy Boy
Singalong Junk
Maybe I’m Amazed
Kreen – Akore

CD 2
Suicide [Outtake]
Maybe I’m Amazed [From One Hand Clapping]
Every Night [Live At Glasgow, 1979] [Live]
Hot As Sun [Live At Glasgow, 1979] [Live]
Maybe I’m Amazed [Live At Glasgow, 1979] [Live]
Don’t Cry Baby [Outtake]
Women Kind [Mono] [Demo Version]

Tracks 1, 3-7 previously unreleased
Track 2 from One Hand Clapping documentary, 1974, previously unreleased on CD

DVD contents will be updated as soon as they are available.

Paul McCartney, McCartney II (Parlophone PCTC 258 (U.K.)/Columbia FC 36511 (U.S.), 1980 – reissued Concord/Hear Music HRM 32798, 2011 as 2-CD, 2-LP and 3-CD/1-DVD)

CD 1: The Original Album
Coming Up
Temporary Secretary
On the Way
Nobody Knows
Front Parlour
Summer Day’s Song
Frozen Jap
Bogey Music
One of These Days

CD 2
Blue Sway [With Richard Niles Orchestration]
Coming Up [Live At Glasgow, 1979]
Check My Machine [Edit]
Bogey Wobble
Secret Friend [Full Length Version]
Mr H Atom / You Know I’ll Get You Baby
Wonderful Christmastime [Edited Version]
All You Horse Riders / Blue Sway

Tracks 1-2, 4, 6, 8 previously unreleased
Track 3 from Parlophone single R 6037-B, 1980
Track 5 from Parlophone twelve-inch single 12-R-6039-B, 1980
Track 7 from Parlophone single R 6029-A, 1979

Here’s the interesting thing. McCARTNEY will be released as a 2CD/1DVD set, while McCARTNEY II will be released as a 3CD/1DVD set. Contents of the DVD for both editions have yet to be announced, nor have the contents of CD3 of McCartney II been hinted at. Some are hoping for more unreleased outtakes and alternate takes, while others are hoping it’s more of the Glasgow, Scotland live recording that was the source of the hit version of “Coming Up”, although some other songs are the bonus tracks.

More news as they are made known.


FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD: Schlarb Family White Christmas Album 2009

Fans of Chris Schlarb will know that he covers a wide range of music and sounds. Last year he put together the Schlarb Family Christmas Album and made it available for free. The response caught him by surprise, and he was moved to create a new one.

The 2009 Schlarb Christmas album is, as you can see by the above graphic, a tribute to those trendy gents from Liverpool, and I’m not talking about Frankie Goes To Hollywood. It features members of Schlarb’s family, along with some of his music friends.

You can download the Schlarb Family White Christmas Album by going here. Happy Krimble.

(To find out more about Schlarb’s work as an artist, producer, and writer, take a look at his discography. He also runs the Sounds Are Active label.)

REVIEW: The Kevin Hays Trio’s “You’ve Got A Friend”

Pianist Kevin Hays wears his heart on his sleeve, or in this case his music as he demonstrates on his new album, You’ve Got A Friend (Jazz Eyes). He, along with Bill Stewart (drums) and Doug Weiss demonstrate how you can combine jazz and pop to create something that is neither too weak for the jazz elite or too soft to where it would go into smooth jazz rotation. Although considering how much airplay smooth jazz gets, this may fit along very well, but it depends on what you want and demand from the music.

I would say that Hays closesly resembles the vibe and moods of Ramsey Lewis, who has always been a fantastic interpreter of other people’s music, be it from his cherished days on Chess to the awesome albums he did on Columbia in the 70’s. Hays isn’t just a play-by-numbers guy either, he arranges and when he plays he catches a groove and allows himself to move within until he gets back into the theme of the song. His eight minute rendition of Carole King‘s “You’ve Got A Friend” sounds neither like her or the hit version recorded by James Taylor, this is one of those songs where when it’s over, you want to stand in front of your stereo and just clap. Do not do this when you are driving, just pull over to the side, stop, get out of your car, and just give a random standing ovation that no one on the highway will understand. But you will, heh heh.

His playing is something you’ll want to hear, because as you hear him play you know he has knowledge of the roots of not only what he’s playing, but how he’s playing. Then you have the rhythm section of Weiss and Stewart, who know how to compliment the band leader in this situation, and each other. Other great songs on here include covers of The Beatles‘ “(The) Fool On The Hill”, Simon & Garfunkel‘s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, and Charlie Parker‘s “Cheryl”. For someone as moving as Hays, he makes each of these eight covers his, a true testament to his playing, and I am sure his own compositions are just as good.

The recording itself was engineered by Michael Brorby and mastered by Katsuhiko Naito, so jazzophiles will love the depth of Weiss’ bass notes plucked one by one in “Bridge Over Troubled Water” or the gentle drum strokes in Monk‘s “Think Of One”, but it’s just a great sounding album all around, from all aspects. Buy this immediately.

SOME STUFFS: Recording The Beatles authors to speak in Boston and New York

Recording The Beatles book The authors of what I feel is one of the best (if not THE best) books on The Beatles will be speaking next week in Boston and New York City about Recording The Beatles (Curvebender).

Authors Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan will be speaking about their landmark book in Boston on December 2nd and New York on December 3rd. The New York talk will be held at the historic Ed Sullivan theatre, on the very stage from which the Beatles first beamed into the homes of America in 1964.

Both lectures are open to the public, though seating is limited. Click here for information on the December 2nd talk in Boston, and click here for info about the December 3rd talk in New York. Beatles fans and recording buffs will not want to miss this.