Saturday, June 20, 2009

Do the Oz by John Lennon – *

First released: 1971

This was the b-side to a single by Bill Elliot and the Elastic Oz Band of a song written but not performed by John Lennon called "God Save Oz" (except in a demo version). This song was by Lennon, though no one knew it. Later, it was released to CD on 1998’s "The John Lennon Anthology" and added as a bonus track to the 2000 CD reissue version of "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band". Not one of Lennon’s better moments. It should have remained unreleased.

Dizzy Miss Lizzie by The Beatles – ****

First released: 1965

Originally a hit for Larry Williams in 1958, "Dizzy" later appeared as an album track on the US "Beatles VI" album, and soon thereafter on the British version of The Beatles’ "Help!" A 1965 radio version appears on 1994's "Live at the BBC". Good, solid rock and roll!!

When it was time for the Toronto Rock n’ Roll Revival Concert in 1969, Lennon remembered this one that was performed numerous times with The Beatles. It was released on "The Plastic Ono Band – Live Peace in Toronto 1969" album in 1970. It was also on 1990’s "Lennon" and "Instant Karma" from 2001.

Distractions by Paul McCartney – ***

First released: 1989

The best part of this song is the instrumental break, which is very "Disneyish" in its approach. Lyrically, it's not bad either, from McCartney's "Flowers in the Dirt".

Distance Makes No Difference With Love by George Harrison – ***

First released: 1996

Nice duet with Carl Perkins and George Harrison featured on Perkins' "Go Cat Go" album.

"Disney Time" (feature) by Paul McCartney – (NC)


Paul and Linda hosted this British Disney special in 1973. To date, it has not been released to video in any form.

Dirty World by George Harrison – ***

First released: 1988

“Dirty world, dirty world, it’s an ****-ing dirty world!” The self-censorship makes this song all the more a joy from George’s "The Traveling Wilburys, Volume 1".

Ding Dong, Ding Dong by George Harrison – ***

First released: 1974

One of the better tunes on the otherwise abysmal "Dark Horse" album and the second single that was released too close to the actual holidays of Christmas and New Year’s to actually have an impact. Lyrically, the song has very few, but it makes for an easy sing-along and makes a fine holiday addition with Lennon’s "Happy Xmas (War is Over)", McCartney’s "Wonderful Christmastime", and Starr’s "I Wanna Be Santa Claus", plus "The Beatles’ Christmas Album".

Digging My Potatoes by The Beatles – ***


The Beatles perform this track during the 1969 "Get Back" sessions. It was a cover of a Lonnie Donnegan skiffle tune from the 50s.

Dig It by The Beatles – **

First released: 1970

Kind of a silly nonsense song from "Let it Be". Strangely, the full version appears in the movie, but not on the LP. It was one of two songs left off of the remake album "Let it Be…Naked". It would give it three stars for the full version.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Dig a Pony by The Beatles – ****

First released: 1970

Also known as "I Dig a Pony", or "I Dig a Pygmy". In any case, it is one of my favorite songs if only for the nifty guitar work from "Let it Be". It was remixed sans the false start for 2003's "Naked". A demo version appears on "Anthology 3" in 1996.

Did We Meet Somewhere Before? By Paul McCartney – ***

First released: 1979

This was released if you count it on the backing soundtrack of The Ramones’ "Rock ‘n’ Roll High School" film. It wasn’t officially released in any other form although Paul intended it at one point for his "Cold Cuts" rarities compilation.

"Dick Cavett Show, The" (series) by John Lennon and George Harrison – ****

First released: 1971

John Lennon and Yoko Ono appeared on three separate episodes of Cavett’s late night series. The first two times were actually an extended interview that was broken up into two parts. The second part appeared on tape while people like comedian Stan Freberg appeared live. The third appearance featured Shirley Maclaine and this time, the Lennons actually performed music live instead of just being interviewed. Though the Lennons’ performance is fairly good, it pales in comparison to their appearances on "The Mike Douglas Show" a few months later. All of these appearances were released as a DVD set in 2006. On another DVD set are George Harrison’s two appearances (on different occasions) on the same show.

Dialogue From The Beatles’ Motion Picture "Let It Be" by The Beatles – **

First released: 1970

Promotional only single that features dialogue from "Let it Be". Nothing much. At this point, watch the movie instead.

Devil’s Radio by George Harrison – ****

First released: 1987

Another song from "Cloud Nine" that was attempted to be a single. The highly abundant album has this chestnut, which is an ode to gossip. A fine tune by George. Also performed on George Harrison’s "Live in Japan" album and tour in 1991.

Devil’s Been Busy, The by George Harrison – ***

First released: 1990

Muddy and Boo Wilbury (Tom Petty, Bob Dylan) take the lead on this "Traveling Wilburys, Volume 3" track. Did George even show up to these sessions?

Devil Woman by Ringo Starr – ***

First released: 1973

When I purchased the "You’re Sixteen" single, I thought this track was a cover of the popular Cliff Richard tune from 1976. No such luck. It’s not a bad tune, just not the same tune. Oh yeah, it’s also on Ringo. Strangely, when Ringo was issued to CD in 1991, this song segues into "You and Me (Babe)", something the song doesn’t do on vinyl.

Devil in Her Heart by The Beatles – ***

First released: 1963

The Donays recorded this Drapkin tune and The Beatles covered it with a slight lyric modification. It appeared on the "With The Beatles" album. A 1963 radio version appears on the b-side of the 1994 single of "Baby It's You" and not on "Live at the BBC".

Desperado by Joe Walsh – ***

First released: 1993

A live version by Joe Walsh appears on Ringo Starr and "His All-Starr Band Volume 2 Live From Montreux" in 1993 (this version reissued on 2000’s "The Anthology…So Far").

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Denny Laine (dialogue) by Denny Laine – ***

First released: 1993

Denny is a little bit nervous and excited about talking about "Band on the Run" on the "20th Anniversary album". Probably because since he left Wings, he hasn’t done much to put him back in the public eye the way he was in Wings and The Moody Blues before that. He reflects glowingly on the experience, with good reason mind you, as "Band on the Run" is a very good album and Denny contributed significantly to it.

Deliver Your Children by Denny Laine – ***

First released: 1978

I always thought about this song being a potential hit single for Wings, but for some reason, Paul was never comfortable about releasing a Denny Laine vocal for a Wings song. As it stands, it ended up as the b-side of "I've Had Enough" and as an album track off of "London Town".

Dehra Dun by George Harrison – ***


George Harrison outtake from the "All Things Must Pass" sessions. It did sort of have an unofficial release as Harrison mucked about with McCartney and Starr in "The Beatles Anthology" in 1995, but that version wasn’t committed to the album, nor was it as complete as the 1970. The song itself may have its origins in India as far back as 1968.

Deep Deep Ocean by Belinda Carlisle – **

First released: 1989

George plays guitar on this Belinda Carlisle track from her album "Runaway Horses".

Deep Blue by George Harrison – ***

First released: 1971

Originally a forgotten b-side of "Bangla Desh", this beautiful tune is George’s ode to his dying mother. Finally, in 2006, long after George’s passing, the song was finally included on the CD re-release of "Living in the Material World".

Dear Yoko by John Lennon – ***

First released: 1980

I really liked this tune when it came out, but was disappointed that John composed basically a remake of "Oh Yoko" from "Imagine". I wasn’t as big of a Yoko fan and didn’t understand why John would want to waste lyrics writing about Yoko, when he could take this jaunty tune and write about something else. It’s almost as if I went around singing "I Am Woman" (which I have since because now I don’t give a shit what other people think when I sing to myself. I’m not crazy…really I’m not.). This was the last new track we heard from John Lennon during his lifetime (unless you played the "Double Fantasy" album out of order). It’s also on "The John Lennon Collection" from 1982 and 1990’s "Lennon". A demo version appears on 1998’s "The John Lennon Anthology" and 2004’s "Acoustic".

Dear Wack! by The Beatles – ***

First released: 1994

One of the goofy spoken word segments from The Beatles' "Live at the BBC". John reads a letter from the fans.

Dear Santa by Ringo Starr – **

First released: 1999

Another Christmas original from Ringo’s "I Wanna Be Santa Claus" album. This one is kind of slow moving and I would have preferred another song cover.