Beatles related releases are starting to take shape as we move to the end of the first quarter of 2021.
Ringo Starr has his new 5 track Zoom In EP set for release on the 19th March the same day as Greyscale make available Ringo's 1997 album Ringo Starr and His Third All-Starr Band-Volume 1.
The John Lennon Plastic Ono Band 6xCD/2xBlu Ray box set is now set for 16th April while release dates for George Harrison's All Things Must Pass 50th Anniversary box set and possibly a couple of offerings from Paul McCartney Archive Collection are still unconfirmed.
Today (11th March) saw the announcement of McCartney III Imagined:
1. Find My Way (feat. Beck) 4:53
2. The Kiss of Venus (Dominic Fike) 2:23
3. Pretty Boys (feat. Khruangbin) 5:48
4. Women And Wives (St. Vincent Remix) 3:00
5. Deep Down (Blood Orange Remix) 4:24
6. Seize The Day (feat. Phoebe Bridgers) 3:29
7. Slidin’ (EOB Remix) 2:39
8. Long Tailed Winter Bird (Damon Albarn Remix) 4:10
9. Lavatory Lil (Josh Homme) 2:53
10. When Winter Comes (Anderson .Paak Remix) 2:21
11. Deep Deep Feeling (3D RDN Remix) 11:23
12. Long Tailed Winter Bird (Idris Elba Remix)* 2:44
* Physical release exclusive track
After the album was announced I have to admit I was totally underwhelmed after building myself up to a 2CD edition of McCartney 111, maybe that will appear later.
There's a number of different releases of McCartney III Imagined available to order.
The digital release of McCartney III Imagined will be available from the 16th April, yes, you've guessed it, the same day as John Lennon Plastic Ono Band 6xCD/2xBlu Ray box set. The physical variations are released on the 23rd July, I wonder if that the date slated for the release of George Harrison's All Things Must Pass (sic).
After the initial disappointment McCartney III Imagined actually looks quite interesting.
It doesn't fall into the 'cover versions' genre rather than a reimagined album using three distinct category's.
COVER VERSIONS WITH A DIFFERENCE
The preview of The Kiss of Venus by Dominic Fike was met with mixed reviews on first hearings until you here that McCartney 111 hadn't been released when Dominic recorded his version. He was apparently given the sheet music/lyrics and told to get on with it without hearing Paul's version!
It looks as though Josh Homme may have been given the same challenge with Lavatory Lil, good luck with that Josh
The following three tracks Find My Way (feat. Beck), Pretty Boys (feat. Khruangbin) and Seize The Day (feat. Phoebe Bridgers) could very well end up to be duets with Paul McCartney.
Women And Wives (St. Vincent Remix) 3:00
Deep Down (Blood Orange Remix) 4:24
Slidin’ (EOB Remix) 2:39
Long Tailed Winter Bird (Damon Albarn Remix) 4:10
When Winter Comes (Anderson .Paak Remix) 2:21
Deep Deep Feeling (3D RDN Remix) 11:23
Long Tailed Winter Bird (Idris Elba Remix)* 2:44
I'm not familiar with a few of these names, below you'll find examples of their previous work.
WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON IT?
by Patrick McGuire of Soundfly's Flypaper / Source: www.hypebot.com
While the music industry and plagiarism-based litigation have gone hand in hand for years, somewhat less familiar is the concept of "subconscious plagiarism" something which shy Beatle George Harrison was accused of following the release of his hit song "My Sweet Lord".
Late in the summer of 1976, as a matter of fact it was 42 years ago today, the man known as the “quiet Beatle” made quite a stir when he was convicted of “subconscious plagiarism” in the writing of his hit song “My Sweet Lord.”
What in the world is subconscious plagiarism, you ask? It’s complicated… It’s kind of oxymoronic. But we’ll get into all that in a minute; first let’s talk a little bit about this song of George Harrison’s, and we’ll get to why this case is still such a huge deal in the 20th century, maybe more so now than ever.
First, here’s the song. You’re gonna want to listen closely to this one.
Bright Tunes Music Corp. vs. George Harrison
George Harrison might not have been the flashiest member of the Fab Four, but he was the first of the lot to score a #1 solo hit. In 1970, he released “My Sweet Lord” on the triple album All Things Must Pass. It was the highest-selling single in the U.K. in 1971 and it topped the charts in America, as well. He wrote the song to praise the Hindu deity Krishna and blended in the Hebrew word hallelujah in an effort to call upon listeners to abandon their religious differences. Harrison was quoted in an interview as saying the song “saved many a heroin addict’s life.”
But as the song exploded in popularity in the winter of 1971, not everyone was as happy as Harrison. The music publishing company Bright Tunes Music Corp. filed a plagiarism suit against Harrison in February of that year. They claimed that “My Sweet Lord” bore an uncannily striking resemblance to “He’s So Fine,” a song by the Bronx-based girl group, the Chiffons, written by Ronnie Mack, and published by Bright Tunes. So striking, in fact, that George had swiped it from them, or so they claimed.
There’s no doubt about it; the songs sound very similar. Can you hear it in the way the top line melody rides the chord progression?
Harrison admitted this much in his in his autobiography, I, Me, Mine. But there’s a significant difference between acknowledging your song sounds like another one and stealing material outright. It took five years for this lawsuit to go to trial, but once it did, a judge convicted Harrison of stealing major elements from the original song without knowing it.
The legal fallout took more than two decades to resolve. Payment wasn’t scheduled for another five years, when Harrison was ordered to pay a whopping sum of $1,599,987 for royalty damages. This was later reduced to $587,000 when Harrison’s former manager purchased Bright Tunes Music and negotiated the sale of the song back to Harrison. Litigation over the case finally wrapped up in 1998, making this skirmish over subconscious plagiarism one of the longest legal battles in music history.
What the Heck is Subconscious plagiarism. Anyway?
This is where things get messy. The judge basically ruled that although Harrison didn’t mean to, he still took fundamental parts from “He’s So Fine” and incorporated them into “My Sweet Lord.” Harrison actually claimed that he based the melody off of a public domain hymnal called, “Oh Happy Day.” Here’s a gospel version of that song. You can certainly here an influence here, which would’ve been perfectly legal.
This is a much different case from Robin Thicke vs. Marvin Gaye’s family, because in the latter suit, lawyers representing Gaye’s family dug up interviews of Thicke actually talking about how much Gaye’s music inspired him. That sort of direct link, or any justifiable evidence for informed plagiarism, was never found between Harrison and the Chiffons… and yet he still lost the case. Without consciously committing a crime, Harrison heard “He’s So Fine” and turned it into a hit a decade later, the judge had declared. Subconscious plagiarism.
The problem is, the two songs are just so darn similar.
Well, at least the choruses are. Check out this fun overlay of the chorus and vamp of each tune here. When we play these two songs alongside each other, it almost sounds like “He’s So Fine” is a doo-wop cover of “My Sweet Lord.” Harrison’s is slower and more subdued — it’s a hippy worship tune (angelic backing vocals, gospel-style call and response) — whereas the Chiffons’ track is more conventional mid-century pop. The Chiffons also utilize a call-and-response in the chorus, albeit in a doo-wop style.
It’s not so much that the chord progressions are the same (the repeating pattern of G#m-C# to F#-D# is nearly identical between the two), the plagiaristic similarities are really stamped solid in Harrison’s arrangement. The more unique and iconically catchy the original arrangement, the more effort songwriters unfortunately need to make in order to distance their song from it.
So, what does it all mean?Well, if you’re lucky enough, or famous enough, to have a hit song in the first place, congratulations. But someone is probably going to come along and say you swiped it from them. Luckily, writing a song as massive as Harrison’s or Thicke’s is next to impossible, so this is a problem most of us won’t ever have to experience, but if you do happen to find yourself in a situation like this, you’ve got a few options while you’re still in the writing phase.
Firstly, it always helps to understand a bit of music theory in order to find ways to switch crucial aspects of the harmony and melody so you don’t get caught between a rock and a hard place legally. Deepen your knowledge and understanding of theory with one of our two online courses, Unlocking the Emotional Power of Chords and The Creative Power of Advanced Harmony, in order to fully grasp the following options.
Secondly, if your song really is dangerously similar, you can opt to jump ship and work on something else. But if you really like the musical direction you’re going in, and want to preserve the originally intended musical ideas, we’d suggest slightly altering elements in the arrangement to give it a different “feel.” Especially look into changing the key signature or modulating keys in certain parts. You can always change the tempo to be farther from the original, yet as we’ve seen from the above, that doesn’t always work — so consider altering the rhythmic meter as well.
Lastly, you can always just bow down to the original artist entirely and redo your track as a “cover version” of the original. Check out our recent article on the basics of legally covering and sampling songs here.
By Billy J Shears
Remember the 60's when the only way to promote your latest record was to send a copy to DJ's hoping they'd like it enough to give it a spin. If you were lucky it would be featured as record of the week on your local radio station.
Now, for the fortunate few, promotion of a new record has taken on a life of it's own.
They'll always be the little freebies, pens, stickers, badges, postcards, promo singles/albums where we're ripped off on Ebay to add them to our collections but Paul McCartney has taken record promotion to another level for the release of his new album 'Egypt Station' due for release on 7th September 2018.
Strangely, the promotion for the album began in Liverpool 13 weeks before the album's release.
Paul and James Corden visited Paul's hometown to film an episode of 'Carpool Karaoke' visiting Beatles sites including Paul's former home at Forthlin Road where he performed 'When I'm 64' on the piano in the front parlour.
After visits to Penny Lane and the waterfront Beatles statue where Paul and James posed for photos, they ended the day with a 'secret gig' at the Philharmonic Pub performing a 13 song set including new song 'Come on to Me' to the 50 strong crowd.
A Hard Day's Night, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Jet, Drive My Car, Come On to Me, I've Just Seen a Face, Love Me Do, I've Got a Feeling, I Wanna Be Your Man, Back in the U.S.S.R., Birthday, Lady Madonna, Hey Jude
The next move for his record label Capitol was to release a double A-side download single of tracks 2 & 3 from the album, mainly the rocker 'Come on to Me' and the piano/acoustic based ballad 'I Don't Know' giving Paul is highest placed hit for a while on the Billboard Hot 100.
Paul then gave an indication in a couple of interviews with BBC Radio 2 & 6 that two further secret gigs could be played before the beginning of August.
During July Paul's band, Paul 'Wix' Wickens, Rusty Anderson, Brian Ray & Abe Laboriel, Jr. arrived in London for rehearsals, there was definitely something in the air.
Monday, 23rd July 2018, Paul McCartney walked across the World famous Abbey Road crossing and so began a memorable week for Beatles fans worldwide.
The first secret gig took place in front of a celebrity crowd including Johnny Depp, Kylie Minogue, Stella & Mary plus 10 fans who'd won a competition on social media to attend and watch Paul McCartney live in Abbey Road.
Blues Jam, Matchbox, A Hard Day's Night, Junior's Farm, One After 909, Drive My Car, Come On to Me, I've Got a Feeling, I've Just Seen a Face, Confidante, Love Me Do, We Can Work It Out, My Valentine,
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five, Lady Madonna, Who Cares, Got to Get You Into My Life, Fuh You,
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - Encore: I Wanna Be Your Man, Get Back, Back in the U.S.S.R.- Encore 2: Birthday,
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise), Helter Skelter.
Tuesday proved a rest day in this hectic week for Paul.
Paul McCartney appeared in 'Casual Conversation from LIPA' with Jarvis Cocker.
The hour long conversation was screened live on Facebook and included a mixture of stories old and new although always entertaining but the bombshell was that Paul was going to play another secret gig in Liverpool.
After the interview finished Paul & the band took to the stage to perform an acoustic set.
I've Just Seen a Face, San Francisco Bay Blues, Every Night, From Me to You, Mrs. Vandebilt, On My Way to Work, Love Me Do, Confidante, I Lost My Little Girl, Midnight Special, We Can Work It Out
The day Paul McCartney returned to the World famous Cavern Club, his first gig at the venue since December 1999 when he appeared there to promote Run Devil Run.
The set list included four songs from his new forthcoming album 'Egypt Station' and a rocking ending performing Hi, Hi, Hi, I Saw Her Standing There, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) and a version of Helter Skelter that nearly took the roof off.
Band Jam, Twenty Flight Rock, Magical Mystery Tour, Jet, All My Loving, Letting Go, Come On to Me, Let Me Roll It, I've Got a Feeling, My Valentine, Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five, Lady Madonna, In Spite of All the Danger, Things We Said Today, Confidante, Love Me Do, Who Cares, Birthday, I Wanna Be Your Man, Fuh You, Get Back, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Band on the Run, Hi, Hi, Hi, I Saw Her Standing There, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise), Helter Skelter
No set list but Paul finished this breath-taking week attending the LIPA Graduation with fans in attendance to greet him and wave him off.
Paul has played secret gigs before but the promotion for 'Egypt Station' has been unprecedented.
The only memorabilia lacking in my collection now is a badge and a sticker to promote Egypt Station.
If you see any let me know, good price paid for the right item:-) ...
by Eddie M
Did you happen to see the Elton John interview with Graham Norton on the BBC 'Elton John: Uncensored'?
I watched it on 'Catch Up' and really enjoyed it but there was a small part of the interview that I hope Paul McCartney was also watching.
After Elton finishes his World Tour in 2020 and has taken a year off, he admitted he was tempted to do a residency at a venue aka Kate Bush style who performed 22 dates at the Hammersmith Apollo in 2014.
More importantly he also expressed a desire to take a step back from his 'greatest hits' tours and delve into his back catalogue. He'd perform songs he has never sang live in concert and advise fans beforehand that it wasn't a greatest hits show although some would still be included in the set.
Like so many Beatles/Paul McCartney fans we've had this discussion about his set lists over the last 30 years being overloaded with Beatles songs. At first it was brilliant to hear so many Beatles classics performed by one of the men who'd written them but as time has passed, classic Paul McCartney solo songs have ended up largely ignored.
I'm not saying scrap the 'Beatles tours' but take some time out for a residency 'Elton style' to spotlight some of his fantastic solo classics before it's too late...
by Billy J Shears
On the 9th December, the Beatles, John, Paul, George & Pete played before their lowest ever audience at the Palais Ballroom in Aldershot. A total of 18 people turned up to watch them at their first concert in the south of England.
The gig had been booked by the late Liverpool promoter Sam Leach, who was used to filling venues in the Beatles hometown of Liverpool and across the water on the Wirral.
He booked the Beatles and other Merseybeat bands alongside Rock 'n' Roll legends such as Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis & Gene Vincent to capacity audiences especially at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton where the first Operation Big Beat took place in front of 4,300 fans.
What happened in Aldershot?
A series of unfortunate events went against Sam:
The reason this incident came to mind is because in 2018 we were fortunate enough to see Paul McCartney three times in Liverpool at a pub, club & Arena.
On the 9th June 2018 Paul McCartney played a secret gig to 50 people at the Philharmonic Pub in Liverpool as part of James Corden's Carpool Karaoke show.
We've been in the pub a couple of times since the event but couldn't resist another visit to celebrate the first anniversary of his appearance there.
Talk soon got round to, was the Philharmonic Pub audience the lowest crowd Paul McCartney had played to since leaving the Beatles?
A few other appearances were thrown 'into the hat':
There's also the £1m birthday parties he performs for charity but if I'd paid a million pounds for Paul to play I'd want more than 50 people at my party!
If you know of a lower attendance than 50 who witnessed a Paul McCartney gig please email us at the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org.