Saturday, April 25, 2009

Crackin’ Up by Paul McCartney – ***

First released: 1988

Paul did a decent studio cover of this song for his "Choba B CCCP" album. A live version was performed on 1990’s "Tripping the Live Fantastic".

Crackerbox Palace by George Harrison – ****

First released: 1976

Another bouncy tune from George Harrison’s "33 1/3", and also the second single. This one should have also topped the charts, but at least George saw fit to include it on "Best of Dark Horse 1976-1989". Another fun video as well.

Cowboy Music by George Harrison – ***

First released: 1968

Originally known as "Cowboy Music", the title was corrected on the CD reissue of "Wonderwall Music" in 1992.

Cow by Linda McCartney – ***

First released: 1998

Linda McCartney recording dating from 1988 that eventually appeared on her "Wide Prairie" album. It also appeared that same year on the "Oobu Joobu – Ecology" album.

Country Dreamer by Paul McCartney – ***

First released: 1973

A pleasant little ditty and nothing more that was originally the b-side to "Helen Wheels", that was finally included on album on the 1990 CD reissue of "Red Rose Speedway". Later on it was added to the 1993 UK "Band on the Run" CD reissue, but taken off of subsequent editions like the "25th Anniversary Edition".

Cottonfields by The Beatles – **


The Beatles do a quick version of this song while being interviewed with Kenny Everett in 1968.

Cosmically Conscious by Paul McCartney – ****

First released: 1993

The full-length version of this song is the only version to listen to. Unfortunately, Sir Paul decided to leave it off of "Off the Ground", offering only a truncated version on the album. The full-length version is one of the b-sides on the "Off the Ground" single.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Cosmic Empire by George Harrison – (NR)


1970 George Harrison outtake from the "All Things Must Pass" sessions.

Corrina, Corrina by Bob Dylan – ***


George plays guitar with Dylan as they do a run through during rehearsals in 1970.

Corridor Music by Paul McCartney – ***

First released: 1984

Some general soundtrack music from "Give My Regards to Broad Street" that seems to set the stage for McCartney’s upcoming classical music efforts. It was originally coupled with his remake of "Good Day Sunshine".

Cornish Wafer by Paul McCartney - ***


Paul composed and recorded the music for his Rupert short in 1978 that was left unreleased. This song was coupled with a song called "Sea".

Coquette by Paul McCartney – ***

First released: 1999

Paul did a good cover of this obscure Fats Domino tune for his "Run Devil Run" album.

"Cooler, The" (feature) by Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney – ***

First released: 1981

A short 11-minute film featuring Paul’s contributions to Ringo’s "Stop and Smell the Roses" album ("Private Property", "Attention", "Sure to Fall"). Paul and Linda also appear as does Barbara Bach, but the film hasn’t been released in any official video format since its original theatrical exhibition. It’s not to be confused with the William H. Macy film from 2003.

Cool Dry Place by George Harrison – ***

First released: 1990

Still another mid-tempo tune from the highly competent but virtually same "Traveling Wilburys, Volume 3" album. George is supposed to be on here somewhere. It was also the b-side to "Wilbury Twist".

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Cookin’ (in the Kitchen of Love) by Ringo Starr – ***

First released: 1976

John Lennon’s final studio appearance before he hung up the guitar for (almost) five years. He actually hadn’t recorded anything in almost a year, but somehow Ringo convinced Lennon to produce one last piece of work for "Ringo’s Rotogravure". It’s not too bad of a tune with great piano. I think the female singers kind of blow it for me from making this more of a classic to my ears. The song was also included on "Starr Struck: Best of Ringo Starr, Vol. 2" in 1989.

Cook of the House by Linda McCartney – ***

First released: 1976

Linda’s first lead vocal release from "Wings at the Speed of Sound", complete with various cooking noises. At the time I first heard this, I didn't know the McCartneys were such staunch vegetarians, as the sound effects used sound like bacon frying.

Linda used to be the butt of jokes with my friends and me, because we originally joined the choir about how Linda sucked (What’s a dog with wings? Linda McCartney). I have since revised my opinion of Linda.

Later on, this song was added to the Linda McCartney solo album "Wide Prairie" in 1998. It was also the b-side to "Silly Love Songs", so Linda got a hit record. Yay!

Coochy-Coochy by Ringo Starr – **

First released: 1970

Ringo sings a typical country song that was originally the b-side of "Beaucoups of Blues". It was added to the 1995 "Beaucoups of Blues" CD reissue. Pretty much if you know the title, you know the lyrics.

Conversation by The Beatles – **

First released: 2003

Name given to various dialogue tracks on the "Fly On the Wall" bonus single and CD included with The Beatles' "Let it Be...Naked".

Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill, The by The Beatles – ***

First released: 1968

A pretty cool song that for some reason I happened to know before I ever owned the "White Album". It wasn't a hit single, yet I somehow knew the lyrics, although I tended to sing Buffalo Bill, instead of Bungalow. Yoko is heard singing a line for the first time and I always liked it that John changed Captain Marvel to Marbles. I don't know if he consciously knew about the "Mad" parody of "Superduperman", but I like to think he did.

Conquistador by Procol Harum – ***


Old Procol Harum tune from 1972 that was performed numerous times by Gary Brooker on the various All-Starr Band tours, but never officially released to any of the CD compilations.

Congratulations by George Harrison – **

First released: 1988

Another track from "George’s Traveling Wilburys, Volume 1". This song showcases Lucky Wilbury, I mean, Bob Dylan. It was also the b-side of "End of the Line". It’s kind of boring…unless you like Bob Dylan…which I don’t. Real Dylan fans eats these dirges up.