Saturday, November 19, 2016

ES-Say #85 Status Unknown-"Easter Eggs" in Ron Howard's Beatles Bio DVD.  
Can't Practice My Spanish- Lo Es Huevo De Pascua Ademas?
 
  



Hello, Bonjour, and Guten Tag! I went to HMV today and picked up the 2-disc DVD special edition of "Eight Days A Week-The Touring Years." Upon looking at the special Blu-Ray copy, I left it behind as I could see that for about £5 cheaper, the DVD would include all the Special Features found on disc two. (This left extra money to get a discounted and impulse buy of a Beatles paperback which seems to go well with my Cilla Black account of all things involving the 50s & 60s Liverpool Scene.)

So, as you might have guessed, I'm already fired up about this DVD during my unboxing and actual watching of Disc 2. Disc 1, I will leave for another day to gripe about but for now, I've got some things to discuss here.

Why don't we do it in bullet point form? GREAT!

  • Unboxing- This movie has had gained a bit of attention for having questionable advertising designs(in the beginning many thought it was a temporary Amazon design that would be changed, and it wasn't). It's in a cardboard digit-pack and it's spine and box will get creased or bent overtime. The initial design hasn't be expanded too noticeably. What really was depressing was the advertised "64-Page Booklet" inside. The black and white only pictures aren't that great. Some have a blurry or grainy feel and only a few are really worth a view for more than a second. Maybe I need to buy another Beatles related coffee table book, because this "64-Page Booklet" won't be displayed...at all. 

  • The bonus disc starts(see photo above) with the obligatory language menu. Apparently, all the budget for this mammoth film can only provide three language options despite the heavy emphasis of the band being a "global phenomenon." Maybe, I want to listen to it in Spanish? Maybe I have the wrong international copy? I will never know....

  •  "Easter Eggs" is probably a thing of the past. Why hide extra content when you can just put out a bonus disc? I must be really old school because I started wondering what website had all the cheating codes that would unlock the full Shea Stadium footage that was shown in theatres.

  • I'VE GOT BLISTERS ON MY EYES- again, a major visual problem I had in the theatre. I have astigmatism and I need to update my glasses prescription because this movie is forcing my eyes to switch from still and motion picture, film colorization, black and white images, and other image trickery. This would be fine if the visuals stuck with one medium or waited a beat before trying to express the view of "mania". I get it. The Beatles Experience feels like a fairground ride that's constantly changing. There's no reason to create DVD chapter changes with whatever bright and blinding light that they decided to alter my lenses within the first two bonus sections(it happened with "Tomorrow Never Know" playing).

  • The Bonus Material started to improve half-way through- Yes, I did learn some good things about the Beatles beginnings and music contributions in the first two featurettes, but I was waiting for the 12 Mins of Uncut Performances which turned out to be as good as watching edited You Tube Clips(there was some obvious skips in the footage, maybe the extra £5 of the Blu-Ray might have corrected it...). After that, I thought it would get into repetitive material. Actually, it was refreshing listening to one-time Beatles Manager Allan Williams(despite the English-Subtitles of his audio. My eyes might be a bit dodgy, but I heard everything he said including "Pig Sh%T"(??) which was also subtitled for the audience).
  • These 45-mins were more interesting and had a better mix of the American/British/Australian/Japanese accounts. Hooray for Ronnie Spector and Beryl Williams, because it was totally looking like the women interviewed were all going to give the "Fangirl" perspective(not that there's anything wrong with this, but there had to be some more balance of the content from a gender perspective.).

  • The Film- Ok, I sort of lied a bit at the start of ES-Say #85. I did put disc 1 in, and like a schmuck, I went right into the chapter selections* and went to the very end when the credits roll on top of "I've Got A Feeling." I fast-forwarded with fingers-crossed(while thinking "Shea Stadium, Shea Stadium, come on!"). Nope, film ended after the credits. Time to dig out one of my "questionable DVD recordings"* and calm down because it wasn't really going to be an Easter Egg finding opportunity.
Or was it? I'm afraid I don't have the contacts who would know these things. Do you?

And so we come to the end of another ES-Say of NOT SAYING ANYTHING TO PAUL McCARTNEY. Tune in next week when you'll hear Nurse Meri*
saaaay- "New Wings Jewellery?- $100?- WHAT THE "$%!"

*again, another rush job with the discs
*Rhymes with "Ootlegs"
*G-D I love The Muppet Show...
 





Wednesday, November 9, 2016

ES-Say #84 "I Don't Want To Live With A LEGO Submarine...(A LEGO Submarine...A LEGO Submarine)"
Why do a bunch of these plastic toy bricks cost as much as a week of supermarket food?

Last week, the popular toy company, LEGO, released a playset for Yellow Submarine. Yes, you can pick up a handful of yellow LEGOs and build your very own authentic-looking "Yellow Submarine," as made popular in the same-titled Beatles cartoon film release in 1968. Not only that, but included are inspired LEGO men psychedelic renditions of all four Beatles!! If this is appealing for you, I am happy that this makes you happy.

It does not make me happy. The cost is only one reason. Unless I can build my own life-sized version of  Paul McCartney(anatomically correct, of course...), I am not paying £70(Amazon listed price). I won't pay £50 directly from LEGO either. I tried to forget all about the toy model set because I don't even want it. The Foot, our blog's famous nemesis, assumes I want it for the Holidays, and has been not-so-secretly trying to comparison shop. If The Foot ever decides to read this ES-Say(doubtful), he will probably put his credit card away.

I think it's fair to say, that Beatles fans have likes and dislikes concerning the band's history. For example- Yoko Ono: not all fans thinks she's the bees knees. I think if you are fan who loves anything related to the Beatles, no matter what it is, then my opinion will be difficult to understand or except(LOOK AWAY NOW!). I have very little interest in the Yellow Submarine(1968) film, so I don't want to be staring daily at a LEGO version of the vessel. Especially, since I could spend £70 on something I actually want. (That's right, a life-sized-anatomically-correct-plastic version of  Paul McCartney. I value your attention to detail!)

When I was aged 11, waaay back in the 1980s, I spent a couple weeks during the summer, at sleepaway camp. Unbelievably, my camp counsellors decided to have an all-night movie marathon with us. I remember this evening, decades later, because aside from the childhood banter of how Full House was the best new television show, and everyone singing along to George Michael videos(seriously...) that we got to watch on a wheeled-in-television-VCR-combo, something different made it's way on to the screen. At 3am, someone though that older children should be watching a cartoon from 1968. Yup, I fell asleep watching Yellow Submarine for the first time and it wasn't only because it was after midnight.

I'm not a huge fan of cartoon films. I cried my eyes out in the cinema when some mouse lost her children in the Secret Of Nymh(1982), and my mother was wisely advised to take me to live-action films from that point on.  I love cinema, don't get me wrong, but I can't commit to an animated film that isn't a Walt Disney production. Many non-Disney-type-companies lack the budget to produce high-quality films. I'm not suggesting that the Yellow Submarine film was poorly made, but the intended late 1960s audience for this film probably doesn't remember anything about the film when they first saw it. (It was the 1960s after all). I wasn't smoking anything the night I watched it, but I had the comparative feeling of being intoxicated due to overtiredness and elation of looking at George Michael's rear end. I remember the cartoon version of the Beatles looking like colourful stick figures. Mostly, I have an image of Lennon standing alone with a blank white screen in the background. I don't remember songs, Blue Meanies, or much else. I wasn't impressed and fell asleep in my sleeping bag, with my neck hurting from looking up at the screen from the floor.

Is it unfair for myself to judge a film dismissively without watching it completely? Sure it is, but there are films that I haven't decided to watch based on not liking the previews or reviews. What I'm probably missing is listening to the film soundtrack, within a movie. Call me closed minded, but I prefer listening to the films songs and imagining my own interpretation of images associated to the music. I'm even happy to burst into singing "Yellow Submarine," but I'm appreciating Ringo's vocals along with the music and not much else. I might even be afraid to burst my preference to the soundtrack by watching the associated animated feature. Clips of The Beatles Saturday morning cartoon program(1965-1967) that I've seen haven't spoiled classic Beatles songs for me, but that could be because that is concerned with promoting "Beatlemania." How could I possibly be turned off to the 60s culture of Beatlemania- I love all of it.
I have seen a few clips recently from "Yellow Submarine" and maybe it's a more mature level of the Beatles contributions to media arts, but I'm just not interested. I'd prefer to watch any other of The Beatles films on repeat and mostly due to the fact I can appreciate those moments.

At the very least, I won't have spent wasted time trying to assemble a themed LEGOs set that I would have been more receptive to putting together when I was 11. (or not, I think I made up my mind about this film a long time ago.)

Now that I know The Foot might get this set for Christmas for me, I need to figure out what store credit could be exchanged for. If I can get some plain flesh colour bricks and construct a Paul McCartney I could be comfortable spending hours designing...nevermind!

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

ES-Say #83 ...But Seriously, Phil Collins Has A Problem With Paul McCartney!?!
                             In Happier Times- A Knebworth Festival 1990 Concert Laserdisc(above)

Friends, Foes, Forever-Balding-Short-Loveable-Pop-Stars, I address you with the absolute pleasure of having an ES-Say to write without any hesitation. As Phil Collins told The Sunday Times this week about his 14-year beef with Paul McCartney(read the republished comments here from The Telegraph), I laughed and I laughed, and I laughed some more.  Why is this? Well, it's possible that I too(either in 1998, or 2002) had a run-in with Phil Collins that was less than favourable. F-Paul? No, F-You Phil Collins. F-You and your low-brow attempt to sell an autobiography. You didn't need Paul McCartney's help, your Phil F"!£$% Collins! For the love of G-D, I need to get this off my chest!

Let's be objectionable and fair about this recent press story. Q. Why did Collins tell this story now? A. To get some attention. Why? A New Book, Remastered Albums, and a Tour after nearly a decade of  practical inactivity*. So, why not stir up an old school styled feud in 2016 in a newspaper, when most musicians would turn to Twitter.  Picture it this way-

PHIL COLLINS OFFICIAL TWITTER ACCOUNT- "@PaulMcCartney mocked me and didn't sign a book for me in 2002. Sad. #IMissedAgain

PAUL MCCARTNEY OFFICIAL TWITTER ACCOUNT-"@PhilCollins Oh Dear, Our Phil is Angry? News To Me! #ThumpsUp

Honestly, I don't think Paul McCartney was bothered by this "situation," probably to the extent of not remembering the encounter. It sounds a bit weird anyway- Why would you be a fellow performer asking another performer for an autograph during a televised event(with the example of The Queen's Jubilee)? I would imagine the scene is fast-paced and nobody has the time for much relaxed time. "Hey Paul, we're due on stage in two minutes, sign this book for me?" What was he(Collins) thinking?  He was thinking and acting like a fan, not a contemporary. Did he expect Paul to joke about the situation? Maybe Collins should have! It sounds like a joke to me! Just watch how chaotic this show was-


So what was my "Fan" situation with Phil Collins. As I am merely a fan of music, and was acting as a fan when I stood outside of Lincoln Center in NYC waiting for him before a concert. I must have waited about two hours and finally saw him get out of a car. There were about three fans waiting for him, Myself, A helpful Stranger(whom I had been hanging out with as he tipped me off to where to wait), and maybe two other fans(tops). I remember being underwhelmed- didn't get a photo or an autograph at the stage door from Phil Collins. Why? Because he looked angry and annoyed, entering the building. We were confused and then we realised something, England was playing in a World Cup game and at the time the Bald Dwarf showed up, they(England) were in the middle of, or lost to Brazil(?). Or at least this was the consolation story, we had went along with to justify why he couldn't give us the time of day. England lost, he's English, that must be it!

No, he chose not to pander to his fans- that was it. Hmm, sounds like Paul McCartney did the same damn thing. Had Phil Collins said "Hello" to Heather Mills, this celebrity grudge could have all been avoided, no? Yeah, I know Phil Collins was Beatles fan and an extra in "A Hard Days Night". But, I suspect that Collins giving an opinion that Paul McCartney is big headed is a bit too obvious. Some people genuinely feel this way. Some of them are John Lennon fans, it's a possibility Phil Collins is one of those John Lennon fans who have strong opinions about Paul's success. There I said it.

But is there any doubt that a portion of the public feel like what Phil said, Lennon fan or not? Collins said  "I’ve got to preface this by saying McCartney was one of my heroes," to the Sunday Times. "But he has this thing when he’s talking to you, where he makes you feel: [putting on a condescending Scouse accent] ‘I know this must be hard for you, because I’m a Beatle. I’m Paul McCartney and it must be very hard for you to actually be holding a conversation with me."

That portion of the public, we'll call them "Fans." To think that a fellow musician thinks this about another musician is a bit petty to say the least. Does this mean that we shouldn't buy Collins book? No, I didn't allow my cat to pee all over my Phil Collins CDs when I didn't meet him(the cat did ruin some Genesis tapes). I kept them, I still have them. Musically, I still respect his work. I wish that Phil Collins respected Paul McCartney enough to keep his opinions to himself. He doesn't need the extra publicity.

He's Phil F!"£$ Collins. It would be nice if he remembered that for a minute.

*excluding 2010 Going Back covers album.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

ES-Say #82 A Hard Day's Night To Remember To Write A Film Review.

Ron Howard's new Beatles film opened two weeks ago. I saw the film on opening night. I even wrote a long blog entry describing the day I had, prior to watching the film, and my opinion about the live feed from the London premiere before the film was screened. However, I stopped short of reviewing the film because I felt burned out. Two days of writing an ongoing commentary of nearly missing the film to griping about Yoko Ono's age, went unpuplished. I haven't looked back at the work but I don't want to tack on a review to it. It felt like I should spend this ES-Say focusing on my opinions solely on the film. 

The Beatles- Eight Days A Week- The Touring Years(Apple Corps Ltd/Imagine Entertainment)

When you go to watch a movie about The Beatles, you expect a minimum of content discussing how the band was formed and about their breakup at the end of the 60s. Ron Howard decided the band's story should be told from an American perspective, sighting the changes happening in 60s culture and politics. The film is flashy in its pacing, and at times, headache enducing to the viewer, but it does a great job in conveying the rise and fall of Beatlemania. The viewer can conclude that by the end of the Candlestick Park concert, The Beatles understood the '64-'66 live- appearence ride was over. It was time to go back into the studio and hope to find a new chapter through music, rather than continuing to embrace an exhausting and hollow cartoon-celebrity route that would ultimately end the brillance of the group pre-maturely.

The movie doesn't adopt any method of storytelling for too long, which at time seems disjointed. While the modern day interviews shown with recollections from Paul and Ringo, and other personalities seemed brief, it was not without merit, especially from the contributions of Whoopi Goldberg and Dr Kitty Oliver. (Their comments are powerful and thought provoking, allowing the viewer to empathise with their experiences).

There was a combination of colour, and black and white concert footage and photos. The manipulation of colorizing some black and white film, or adding animation to still photos was nauseating. It would have been overlooked slightly had the performances not be cut(as there wasn't a lot of full performance clips show), or limited the use of altering still footage to look "alive with smoke" in a bid to have your full attention(classic photos don't need an "interpretation" to appreciate.) In fact, the photos that had been simply left alone to view were rare and unique to appreciate.

The theatrical run had promoted the Live At The Hollywood Bowl concerts as a highlight in the film promotion by releasing a new CD release of the material previously only available on vinyl. The movie, itself failed to present why those concerts were so significant in their frenzied touring. However, if it's not clear during the film that Shea Stadium is the main venue that explains the best, brightest, and strongest example of impact with The Beatles playing live in the sixties, Howard felt the need to tact an edited remaster version of the 1965 NYC show as bonus theatre-only content. And it was Amaaaazing; dare I say impossible to not to get sucked into to all of Paul's charm and forgive Howard for not making the film longer to begin with.

Release Shea Stadium, Apple- Release It Now!
NSATPM rates the film- 7 out of 10.

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

ES-Say #81  The (What's-It-Named) New Beatles Film-Released CD Soundtrack(also available in some type of "Cloud").
Peas Not In An Ipod- the physical CD copy of "Live At The Hollywood Bowl" and Record Collector October 2016.

In our last blog entry, it was discussed in ES-Say #80 (click here) the personal struggle to obtain a Beatles collector-cover issue of Mojo Magazine . The magazine issue turned out to be a disappointment to the coverage expected as publicity for the New Ron Howard Beatles Doc Film(out next week). However, this week, I am happy to discuss the release of Record Collector Magazine this month and the soundtrack(released 9th September 2016) for the film. 

There has been talk about this film through the grapevine for many months now. I only really got interested in the movie tie-in soundtrack of "Live At The Hollywood Bowl" when I saw the CD cover design. The reaction of many fans focused on the opinion of the design being underwhelming. Was this the best that Apple could do? Some even thought it was a temporary cover that would be changed after the release.

Well, sorry children, Apple did indeed slap together an album cover design. It's not the just-got-off-the-airplane-photo that bothers me. It was the placing of the title on the cover that confused me. At first glance, I didn't know what the title of this album was. It says "Live At The Hollywood Bowl" in white lettering at the top. That's the recording, but not the name of the film. The largest white lettering has "The Beatles" placed behind the band photo. No, that's too obvious to be the title but it could have been what the movie was called. The name of this Ron Howard film is actually printed on the cover. (Drum roll please). This movie is called "Eight Days A Week The Touring Years" which is located in green over blue background 2\4ths of the way down the front cover. In reality, the soundtrack album is the first time release of the 1977 "Live At The Hollywood Bowl" LP on CD.

When I got the CD copy from Amazon yesterday, Amazon UK made my day! Not only did I get an email telling me I was overcharged by £1 and refunded, but the advertisement sticker informed me of the correct name of this movie- "Eight Days A Week-The Touring Years"(That dash makes all the difference!). So, I've been calling the movie "The Beatles-The Touring Years". The new CD spine says "The Beatles-Live At The Hollywood Bowl" which is the actual '64\'65 recordings on the CD. So, why don't we "Let it be an end to it...an end to it!" Like Paul's pal Ringo might say in their film "Help!"(1965). *

The release of the material included on the actual CD had also been mentioned a lot, prior to coming out. The vinyl 1977 recording has often been overlooked throughout the years for criticism of being a weak sounding audio recording of the two live performances. Even so, the George Martin produced release had basically been out-of-print with little regard for decades, floating around amongst the vintage vinyl market. I only remembered the original LP cover from my own digging through record bins, but never really noticed what it actually was. To have an official CD release nearly 40 years later is pretty overdue. Martin's son, Giles, 2016 Remix as Producer is welcomed on this recording and punched-up in sound quality. But, here there is so much one can improve on when you have the dominate sound of a hysterical audience screaming to tune down with hope that the secondary sound of The Beatles audio performance, will have the listener able to hear their music more clearly.
Could some bootlegs be better than this official recording? It depends on personal taste of listening to recordings, but to be fair, with the exception of the "live at the BBC" and live "Beatles Anthology" recordings, this is hopefully foreshadowing a future official release of Shea Stadium concerts from Apple.

A "Cloud" on the Amazon Music APP, also contained a full copy of the 2016 recording free for myself to instantly listen to on Friday, in addition to receiveing the actual CD at home. First song up- "Twist And Shout" from the 1965 show- "AND NnnnnnOW The Beatles!" Four seconds into hitting an on-screen play button and the announcer's voice is either naturally sounding nervous saying the word "Now" or the recording is warped. This memorable sound hiccup is forgotten, thankfully for the rest of the songs. On the Amazon "Cloud" because it is a streaming music service, the breaks between each song are interrupting and it is more distracting than the balance of The Beatles vs The Famous Audience Roar. Forgetting that storm "cloud" of breaking sound, on physical CD the concert is much more seemless to enjoy.  I have a few minor issues with some of the content(cut verbal intros and generally, the "beatle-ly" verbal intros did sometimes annoy me).

I did tend to appreciate the 1964 recordings more, the four bonus tracks were great to have tacked on. I want to tell you that out of the four Beatles, that Paul McCartney hit his vocals out of the park, but even though I have this Paul McCartney blog, with three listens to this new  "What-Ja-Mc-Call It?" CD, I give all my loving to George Harrison's lead vox on "Roll Over Beethoven" and "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby" on this album as the highlights. (Sorry Paul...I still love you but..no, not really on this occasion). There is a very good reason why The Beatles stopped touring and understanding these live dynamics that will be mentioned in the film are very significant to The Beatles story. (Another blog ES-Say is needed for the film).

Now, before I must stop writing to continue my life, I gotta tell you how much I enjoyed waking up to go to the supermarket and Record Collector was sitting on the shelf for me to gingerly place in my shopping trolley. I left a copy of the Daily Mail in my bag over the magazine as I walked home in the rain when a real "cloud" decided to let loose. At home, the newspaper got slightly wet but the magazine remained dry. A great addition to my magazine collection with content that hit the mark- A Giles Martin interview, a small review of the film, and a cover story which discusses Beatles recordings and updated First Pressings content from the "Rare Records Price Guide" 2018(? Maybe it was a typo, what happened to the 2017 edition?).

Not Saying Anything To Paul McCartney welcomes you to join all our social media outlets like our Facebook group and Twitter feed for extra photos and news. We still don't understand what a "cloud" is in computer speak but at least we understand how social media works to some extent. 

*THIS JUST IN- UPDATE YOUR SCORECARDS! THE NAME OF THE FILM IS- "The Beatles: Eight Days A Week-The Touring Years" ! PLEASE BE ADVISED IT MIGHT CHANGE AGAIN IN THE CINEMA RELEASE AND FUTURE HOME MEDIA RELEASE! DON'T PANIC! HELP! IS ON THE WAY!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

                                  ES-Say #80 More MOJO Is Needed For Collecting!

Mojo October 2016- despite how it's advertised features one not two issue covers(not counting the cardboard cover sleeve!)

Has it been nearly three weeks since this blog has posted an ES-Say??? Do not worry, we're back with more extremely witty and mindboggling content to overlook our short absence! It's actually better to write something that merits an "ES-Say" so let's begin with MoJo's October magazine issue.

Last week, I was informed that Mojo would have a newsstand cover story featuring The Beatles. It is no surprise since the anticipated Ron Howard directed, Beatles Touring Years Biopic, comes out in September. There had to be some publicity tie-ins and magazines are popular choices to get the word out about a film. This issue of Mojo is a great example of how I bend over backwards for collecting certain magazines that I think I should have in an instant. I mean, check this out, it has AN OFFICIAL AD FOR THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL CD! Wouldn't you run out in your underwear to buy this???????? 



So, "Exhibitionism" isn't your thing* but back to the point of having to find this October issue. I made the mistake of not reading fully the information about obtaining the issue. All I saw was the words "collector's covers" and "posters". My brain flashed other words like "GET YO ASS TO TESCOS". On Saturday, my arse was indeed "in Tescos" staring at an empty magazine rack where MOJO should have been located. Normal procedure** would be to ask the staff to drag their own butts in the back and find the magazines they failed to place on a pedestal by the front doors for myself. Instead, I bought food and cried all the way home.

Upon returning home to throw my dairy -free butter in the fridge, I decided I must put toast on hold to run back out to other local shops. I then went to Sainsbury's and found an issue of Mojo with Bob Marley on the cover. "WHAT THE H%% IS THIS?!!?" I thought, and turned to run out of the store to the nearest bus stop. "I GOTTA GO TO THE F"£$% MAWL Now?(ED Note-Say it with my Brooklyn accent, go on..).

An hour and four stores later, I went home empty handed. I looked online and found out the magazine would be on the newsstand three days later. This was not the news I hoped to hear and decided to drop the whole operation***  On Tuesday, after leaving work, I remembered that I needed to find the magazine again and went to a local large newsstand. Unfortunately, they didn't carry Mojo, so I got on the train and travelled in the opposite direction I would normal use to go home. I went to a really big tourist attraction "Mawwwl" and knocked several people over at the WHSmith, whom were blocking my way to the rack holding the magazine of my dreams****

Maybe it was the relief that after six stores, I finally found the magazine, so I bought two copies. Yet the copies were identical and not two different front covers as I had expected. The one issue was contained in a cardboard sleeve that opened from the back(like a long business envelope). I would have to wait until I returned home to inspect further what I bought. I got back on the train platform in the middle of what was now Rush Hour, discovering I was about to be pushed on to a crowded train. Holding the two magazines in a plastic bag, I decided to slam it up against my chest to avoid damage. Some might agree this is the best protective method I could have chosen, despite also carrying a large Stella McCartney Adidas bag*****. Looking slightly ridiculous did prevent damage. I made it home in time to post this breakdown of the contents of the magazine-
About half the things I say in this video now seem rushed and without much detail that I would sludge over in a blog. I listened to the freebie CD "Return To The Star Club" which contains the original artists renditions of songs that The Beatles have covered. Some of the songs were quite welcome to hear(like songs by Ray Charles or Gene Vincent) but I was not prepared to sit through Billy Dee Williams doing a version of "A Taste Of Honey"(Thank You, Mr Colt 45, for ruining one of my favourite songs covered by The Beatles. Thanks A Lot!).

After burying the CD in the backyard, I was looking forward to reading the 20 page feature story. It contains an interview with Paul, Ringo, and Ron(Howard).The new interview boasted it was a rarity to find as it was actually conducted with both Paul and Ringo at the same time, but I wish, like that free CD, I could bury this interview also. The writer didn't really bother with including many Howard's quotes about the film. Also, it had to be implied that Paul could not sit still on the couch and phoned some of it in(Ringo is described in a more positive light for his ability to be alert during an interview). The actual interview can't be more than a page, but it was spread over two. To be fair, some of it was interesting about what happened when The Beatles decided to stop touring. I just think the interview lasted so quickly because it was done during the time of The Beatles Love anniversary in Las Vegas and MOJO could not secure the star's for as long as necessary for a full interview.

Maybe Ron, Paul, and Ringo(the cutesy writing trick used to get the attention of the Mojo reader) being interviewed together could have really been a moment in journalistic history, but it became a bit forgettable to read when Paul simply answers "Yeah" when asked a long drawn out question about self-discovery about being a prisoner of fame. Yeah...I think this is a bad attempt to print an interview without a lot of deep content. The movie will speak for itself, I imagine because this interview did nothing to sell it.

I still need to read the remaining 18 pages which contains such gems as a reprinted excerpt from Mark Lewisohn's "Tune In" book. I'm not saying that all of the content is more piecemeal reviews and interviews to fill up 20 pages, but there seems to be quite a lot.  I'm pretty bummed out with the laziness.

So, now I've got a 8x10 collector card of one of my favourite Beatles photo sessions. I guess this is what I will treasure, but I also didn't find out in advance that it wasn't the full size poster I had expected and nearly broke my neck to obtain. Let's try and be positive!
 
 
I really have been positive after I obtained these magazines after a big search on Tuesday. The very next day, I went on my lunch break to an express Co-Operative supermarket. After paying for lunch, I checked my receipt, looked up and saw a familiar Mop-Top on a magazine. "IT WAS HERE???? I DIDN'T EVEN BOTHER COMING HERE! THEY BARELY SELL NEWSPAPERS, IF AT ALL! WHAT IS EVEN ON THIS CARDBOARD BOOK STAND? A HARRY £$%^& POTTER BOOK IN FRONT OF IT! YOU'RE TELLING ME THEY STOCK MOJO NOW? THEY DON'T EVEN HAVE A PROPER MAGAZINE SECTION BUT THEY HAVE MOJO RIGHT BY THE FRONT DOWAH...ARE YOU FOR REAL?******

10 CC was right- The thing's we do for love....

Maybe you love this blog, maybe you don't. Maybe you'd like to join our Facebook Not Saying Anything To Paul McCartney Blog "Fun Club" Group and Twitter feed(as seen on the blog). Maybe I'm Amazed I finished this rant/review after two days. Peace, Love, and Paul! 

*Can't blame you as I don't care for that much about the Rolling Stones either(ED Note- really really bad joke that isn't funny, but at least we tried!)
** Yup, it's a complicated obsession(or hobby)
*** more like a wasted afternoon, to be honest.
****I touched no one, but I wanted to...
*****Product Placement(The Bag not the protective method)
******The Police were later called. The incident ended when the store offered to remove all copies within their location. The screaming woman was asked to leave without further incident and was happy to be told she made The Police Blotter in the local paper next week.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

ES-Say #79 Haven't we been down this Broad Street before?

On Friday, I had to endure the following conversation at work...
Co-worker #1- How's your record collecting going?
Me- Um, Ok I've just not been to a record show in awhile, so I'm buying stuff off eBay...
Co-worker #1- you collect 80s music, right?
Me- yeah, but I have my Beatles Collection and-
Co-worker #1(interrupting enthusiastically)- Ooh, what's your favourite Beatles song? Mine is "Hey Jude!" I always sing it for karaoke!
Co-worker #2- I like Martha!
Me(turning to co-worker #2)- Only because I sang 'Martha My Dear' to you yesterday. You told me you didn't know The Beatles!!!!
Me(turning back to co-worker #1)- I can't choose. I don't have a favorite song. I'm collecting magazines at the moment, have you ever heard of the movie Give My Regards To Broad Street?
Co-worker #1- No, what is-
Me- (interrupting)- I like collecting the promotional items from the film. It was considered a turkey film from 1984 but I really really...
Co-worker #1(getting up to leave)- sorry, never heard of it-
(End Scene).
Here is where I usually lose my audience, if I had been allowed to continue I would have revealed that I have been adding more GMRTBS(Ed Note: to save space with the film title, going forward) film items to my collection. For example, these issues of Film Review from December 1984 and January 1985.
I bought both of these off of eBay over the week. It is interesting that one issue(December 1984) devotes a cover story that turns out to be a short, two-page covering, advertised round-up which promotes the film. While, in the other issue(which sports an improved layout of the monthly magazine), it's a last ditched effort to get British movie goers into the cinema by featuring a fuller two-paged McCartney interview, a colour photo centre fold, and a small review of the soundtrack.
Film Review January 1985- Centre Fold To Promote that Film!

To sum up, it feels like the same magazine tried to give the film attention but it was clear that the film was ambitious in it's nature. McCartney wanted to have his own film focus on his visions with a few previous collaboration scripts rejected to hone in on an appealing plot. Maybe we should be happy the sci-fi film idea was scrapped(unless you count the space-themed Back To Egg album cover as an influence) but it looks like self-publishing a rushed script based on another band's lost master tapes misfortune was not suitable for the silver screen. It may have been better as a television special as originally considered, but even Paul admits his GMRTBS script had "faults" yet he was proud of what he had written as his first screenplay for film.

Film Review mentions in both issues that he returned to film since "Let It Be" fourteen years earlier. This is pointed out at the GMRTBS wikipedia page, leading me to think this is how MPL was promoting it, not counting Rockshow(1980). The fact that McCartney had returned to film after his Beatles days, admittedly is, a great promotional angle. I understand how that can seem interesting to the public to have them go into the theatres with building on the classics like "A Hard Day's Night" does seem intriguing. But the similarities that the Film Review articles attempt to highlight, such as "Magical Mystery Tour" was first panned before years later considered a good film, is a bit like setting up an audience for failure with the hope of future acclaim. Why would anyone want to waste money on a film that will eventually pay off to be a good film? Yeah, that really sounds ambitious and foolish at the same time. It might be one of the several significant reasons that the film was not a hit for 1984- insinuating it will take 30 years to fully appreciate.

Has that happened? Well, if I'm still talking about the film today, it must have some value to others(not my co-workers, sadly). I can't say I even heard of it until the mid-1990s and I have since become smitten with the film as possibly one of the best examples of music video excellence in the 1980s. Unfortunately, it was disguised as feature length movie, not aware that the "musical" aspects were of more value than forcing a musician to be presented as an "Actor".

It's most likely that "Not Saying Anything To Paul McCartney" will discuss Broad Street again. It still needs a huge Blu-ray re-release if it is to be fully appreciated. Maybe we can hold our breath until 2034 for the 50th Anniversary? Technology may move on to a virtual reality version and that would be well worth the wait! Exciting stuff!