Saturday, January 31, 2009

Cathy’s Clown by The Beatles – ***


George sings a version of the Everly Brothers 1960 hit as part of a medley during the 1969 "Get Back" sessions.

Catch the Wind by The Beatles – **


The Beatles play this song along with Donovan in India during 1968.

Castle of the King of Birds, The by Paul McCartney – ***


Paul composed and recorded the music for his proposed "Rupert" project in 1978. There are versions of this interesting instrumental that date back to 1969 and the final Beatles sessions. It's kind of a spooky sounding song.

Casket, The by Paul McCartney – (NR)


Paul McCartney song given to his brother Mike in 1974. It is unknown whether there is a Paul version. I haven't heard it.

Case of the Blues, A by The Beatles – **


The Beatles ran through this song during their 1969 "Get Back" sessions. It is basically Lennon noodling around.

Carry That Weight by The Beatles – ****

First released: 1969

One of the many songs that are part of the "Abbey Road" medley. Before I memorized the location of this song within the medley, I would get the spot mixed up with "Golden Slumbers". Listen to it, and you’ll see what I mean. A live version was performed by Paul on 1990’s "Tripping the Live Fantastic" and another on 2002/3's "Back in the US/World".

Carolina in My Mind by James Taylor – ***

First released: 1968

James Taylor's first hit record, which was produced by Paul.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Carol by The Beatles – ***

First released: 1994

Chuck Berry song popularized by The Rolling Stones, but also recorded by The Beatles on the radio. This song first appeared on "Live at the BBC".

Carnival of Light by The Beatles – (NR)


Unreleased vocal experimental track done for a live show composed and performed by The Beatles. The track is approximately 13:48 in length. In 2008, Paul talked about finally releasing this, but you know Paul, he loves to tease us with these things. Stop it, Paul, and just release it!!

"Carl Perkins and Friends: A Rockabilly Session" (feature) by George Harrison and Ringo Starr - ****

First released: 1985

Carl Perkins amazingly got both Ringo and George to not only come out of virtual retirement, but also appear together on this special. Ringo sings "Honey Don’t" and "Matchbox". George sings "Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby" and "Glad All Over" and everyone sings along with Carl on everything else including Eric Clapton and Dave Edmunds among others. A great concert that made it onto video in 1986, also made a great DVD later on in 2002.

"Capitol Albums, Vol. 2, The" by The Beatles – ****

First released: 2006

After a two-year wait, the second volume of US-only albums appeared in the second box set. As before, there are mono and stereo versions. This set contains "The Early Beatles", "Beatles VI", and the US versions of "Help!" and "Rubber Soul". But will there be a volume 3? My votes would be for "Yesterday and Today", the US "Revolver", the US "A Hard Day’s Night", and "Hey Jude".

"Capitol Albums, Vol. 1, The" by The Beatles – ****

First released: 2004

After years of demands from US Beatles fans, Apple finally decided to release the US albums in both mono and stereo in box sets of four. This volume contained the complete "Meet the Beatles", "The Beatles’ Second Album", "Something New" and "Beatles ’65" albums. Some of the song versions are quite different, as Capitol would do strange things like add echo and reverb to beef up the sound of the British recordings.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Cannonball by The Beatles - **


An instrumental part of a medley The Beatles played during their 1969 "Get Back" sessions. It was originally performed by Duane Eddy in 1958.

"Candy" (feature) by Ringo Starr – (NR)

First released: 1968

Ringo’s first solo movie role in which he plays a Mexican gardener. It is readily available on DVD, but to date I have not seen this movie although it may be fun as I am a fan of "The Magic Christian". I am not a fan of "Sextette", and unfortunately, this film sounds more like that.

Can’t Stop Thinking About You by George Harrison – **

First released: 1975

By George and off of "Extra Texture". Lyrically, this is not very exciting, especially the chorus where if you know the title, you know the lyrics. But I do like the piano playing throughout.

Can’t Get Outta the Rain by Michael Jackson – **

First released: 1982

The b-side of Michael Jackson’s and Paul McCartney’s "The Girl is Mine". Also used again as the b-side of Jackson’s "Billie Jean". McCartney had no involvement in this so-so track that was left off of "Thriller".

Can’t Buy Me Love by The Beatles – ****

First released: 1964

Like "I Should Have Known Better", one can barely thinking of this song without thinking of Ringo bashing open the back door of the TV studio in "A Hard Day’s Night" and shouting, “We’re out!!” followed by the classic mayhem that help inspire The Monkees. It was yet another single hit. Strangely, it was also included on the "Hey Jude" compilation in 1970 where I feel that the slot would have been better filled with "The Inner Light". Later it appeared on 1973's "1962-1966". It's also on 2000's "1". A radio version from 1964 appeared on 1994's "Live at the BBC". A demo version appears on "Anthology 1" from 1995. Different live versions were performed by Paul on 1990’s "Tripping the Live Fantastic" and 2002/3's "Back in the US/World".

Can You Wash Your Father’s Shirts? by The Beatles – ***

First released: 1966

Wacky, song from "Pantomime: Everywhere it’s Christmas" and also on "The Beatles Christmas Album" from 1970. It only features two lyric lines that are repeated.

Can You Take Me Back by The Beatles – ***

First released: 1968

Song from the “White Album” that isn’t listed for mysterious reasons, but it’s sandwiched in between "Cry Baby Cry" and "Revolution #9". Paul sang and wrote it. He was to do a secret track again with "Her Majesty".

Monday, January 12, 2009

Can You Dig It? by The Beatles - **

First released: 2003

A demo snippet is featured on 2003's "Fly on the Wall".

Can She Do It Like She Dances by Ringo Starr – ***

First released: 1977

One of the better tunes off of the lousy "Ringo the 4th" set. Apparently, Rhino Records agreed as this song was also included on "Starr Struck: Best of Ringo Starr, Vol. 2" in 1989. This should have a single instead of the dreadful "Wings" or "Drowning in the Sea of Love".

Cambridge 1969 by Yoko Ono – *

First released: 1969

This is one of those tracks that forever cemented most people’s hatred of Yoko Ono. It is literally Yoko screaming against an instrumental background, recorded live with John Lennon on March 2, 1969. The performance is captured for posterity on "Unfinished Music No. 2 – Life With the Lions".

Call Me Back Again by Paul McCartney – **

First released: 1975

This song, even though it is on one of my favorite Wings albums "Venus and Mars", is very ponderous composition from Paul. It needed to be punched up tempo-wise and was performed much better live on "Wings Over America" in 1976. The studio version is also on 2001’s "Wingspan".

Call Me by Ringo Starr – **

First released: 1974

This Ringo tune kinds of plods along, but Ringo’s composing capabilities continues to improve as he wrote this and co-wrote three other tunes on his "Goodnight Vienna" album. It was also the b-side to "Only You".

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

California Calling by The Beach Boys – ***

First released: 1985

Beach Boys song featuring Ringo on drums from their album called (imaginatively) "The Beach Boys".

Calico Skies by Paul McCartney – ***

First released: 1997

A mellower track from Paul’s "Flaming Pie". Later on, Paul thought highly of this and performed it on tour, one of the few "Flaming Pie" tunes to be performed live, as no tour occurred when that album was originally released. The live version appears on 2003's "Back in the World". An instrumental version appears on "Working Classical" in 1999.

Cage by Paul McCartney – ****


This is one of those Wings tunes that remained on the shelf, while worse material actually saw release. McCartney did plan this track for the aborted "Cold Cuts" set, but to date, it still remains unreleased and it is a shame, because it is probably one of my favorite McCartney solo compositions of all time, dating from around 1978.

Café on the Left Bank by Paul McCartney – ***

First released: 1978

One of Paul’s more powerful upbeat songs from Wings’ "London Town". Many people complain of the mellowness of this album. Just one listen to this song and you could see how it could have easily felt at home on "Back to the Egg".

Saturday, January 3, 2009

C Moon by Paul McCartney – ***

First released: 1972

Paul claims that this was supposed to be the opposite of “L7” or square. Whatever. In any case, it’s sort a strange reggae tune that eluded inclusion on an album for years, finally appearing on "All the Best" in 1987, then on the 1993 UK CD reissued of "Red Rose Speedway" and later still on 2001’s "Wingspan". It was originally the b-side of the superior "Hi Hi Hi". Different live versions appear on the b-side of the "All My Trials" CD single, 2002's "Back in the US" and on the "Amoeba’s Secret" 12” and CD from 2007.

Bye Bye Love by The Beatles – (NR); by George Harrison – *

First released: 1974

An awful, depressing remake of a bright and lively tune originally by The Everly Brothers. It’s another case of “what was George thinking?” when he released anything on the "Dark Horse" album. If this is truly how George felt, no wonder Patti was saying, “Bye bye love”!

The Beatles version isn’t even worth mentioning as it is only two seconds long.

Bye Bye Blackbird by Ringo Starr – ***

First released: 1970

This 1926 song sung by Eddie Cantor was written by Mort Dixon and Ray Henderson and recorded by Ringo for his "Sentimental Journey" album. Maurice Gibb of The Bee Gees arranged the track. Ringo’s version is very lively and a highlight of the album.

Build Me Up, Buttercup by The Beatles – **


Paul runs through a few short a Capella renditions of the Foundations’ 1968 hit that was later popularized in the movie "There’s Something About Mary" during the 1969 "Get Back" sessions.

Brown-Eyed Handsome Man by The Beatles - ***; by Paul McCartney – ***

First released: 1999

Paul does another Chuck Berry cover for his "Run Devil Run" LP. He does it with a much different beat and feel than Berry did (kind of a cajun style), who did his version in his typical style. There was also a video produced for the song with a country line dance with people in costumes from all over the world, but there was no single of this song.

The Beatles also attempted it with John singing during their 1969 "Get Back" sessions.