Sunday, September 27, 2009

Figure of Eight by Paul McCartney – ***

First released: 1989

Sort of bland song that is saved by Paul's semi-screaming vocal from "Flowers in the Dirt". It was also the third or fourth single off of the album, depending on where you lived. A live version was performed on 1990’s "Tripping the Live Fantastic".

$15 Draw by Ringo Starr – ***

First released: 1970

Ringo sings a typical country song on "Beaucoups of Blues".

Fields of St. Etienne by Mary Hopkin – ***

First released: 1968

McCartney produces this Mary Hopkin sung tune.

Fiddle About by Ringo Starr – ***

First Released: 1972

One of two tracks performed by Ringo (the other being "Tommy’s Holiday Camp") off of the "London Symphony Orchestra" version of "Tommy". The Who wrote and performed the original version for their rock opera album in 1969 and later in their feature film in 1975. Usually Who member Keith Moon portrayed Uncle Ernie and sang this track, but for this orchestral release Moon called in his good friend Ringo.

Ferry ‘Cross the Mersey by Ferry Aid – ****

First released: 1989

Tribute single featuring Paul taking turns singing verses from the classic with Gerry Marsden and Holly Johnston. This version never fails to bring a tear or at least goosebumps.

Feet in the Clouds by Paul McCartney – ***

First released: 2007

Another winner from Paul's "Memory Almost Full".

Feel the Sun by Paul McCartney – ***

First released: 1986

Coupled with "Good Times Coming", this song is a little bit slower-paced, but still fun from Paul's "Press to Play".

Monday, September 21, 2009

Feed the World by Band Aid - **

First released: 1984

Paul delivers a spoken word message on this b-side to Band Aid's "Do They Know it's Christmas?"

Fat Budgie, The by John Lennon - ***


Not officially released to record comes this John Lennon reading of one of his poems from his books dating from 1964 and 1965.

Fastest Growing Heartache in the West by Ringo Starr - **

First released: 1970

A pretty good mid-tempo tune from Ringo’s "Beaucoups of Blues" album.

Faster by George Harrison - ***

First released: 1979

Some nifty sound effects augment this track, which was the third single for George from the "George Harrison" album in the UK. For some reason, it was not considered fit for American release as a single. This is George’s salute to his love of auto racing and the video for the track shows exactly that.

Farther on Down the Road by Jesse Ed Davis - (NR)


Jesse Ed Davis sung track that George appears on live from 1987.

Far East Man by George Harrison - **

First released: 1974

Co-written with Ron Wood right before becoming a Rolling Stone. Wood duly released his version of the song on his solo "I’ve Got My Own Album to Do" released in the same year as George’s. I will have to give the nod to Ron’s as being preferable as George’s hoarseness ruins another potentially good "Dark Horse" track.

Fantasy Sequins by George Harrison - **

First released: 1968

Another track from George’s "Wonderwall Music".

Fancy My Chances With You by The Beatles - **

First released: 2003

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

Famous Groupies by Paul McCartney - ***

First released: 1978

A rather silly song that may be more at home with some of the goofier tracks from "McCartney II". As it stands, it is included on "London Town". There are some interesting sound effects throughout, however, and some goofy singing by Paul.

"Family Way, The" by Paul McCartney - ***

First released: 1966

This is a strange little film that’s only redeeming value is the early solo McCartney soundtrack and the chance to see young Hayley Mills nude after so many sugary Walt Disney roles.

Fame by David Bowie - ****

First released: 1975

One of David Bowie’s greatest hits, co-written and co-performed with a certain Mr. Lennon, before he went on his five-year sabbatical. It appears on Bowie’s "Young Americans" album and was a #1 hit single.

Falling in Love Again by The Beatles - **

First released: 1977

The Beatles performed it live on "Live at the Star-Club, Hamburg 1962" in 1977.

Fading In Fading Out by Ringo Starr - ***

First released: 2005

One of the better tunes on the slightly lacklustre "Choose Love" album by Ringo. It was also included on 2007’s "Photograph" compilation and on 2008’s "5.1".

Fabulous by Paul McCartney - ***

First released: 1999

I hate it when McCartney leaves tracks off of albums in favor of CD single b-sides because a lot of times they don’t get officially released in the US, like this one, which was the b-side to "No Other Baby". It should have been included on "Run Devil Run".

Fab Four on Film, The by The Beatles - **


B-side to "The Beatles’ Movie Medley" that was replaced at the last minute featuring commentary from 1964. This was due to some legal issues. Typical.

Eye to Eye by Ringo Starr - ****

First released: 2003

A strong heavy-thumping opening number to Ringo’s "Ringo Rama" album. It’s also on 2008’s "5.1".

"Extra Texture – Read All About it" by George Harrison - ***

First released: 1975

After the lousy Dark Horse album and tour, George Harrison returned in 1975 almost in full voice and with an album at least as good as "Living in the Material World". Other critics quibble more, but I do like this album. It is not as good as the next studio album, "33 1/3", but there are many fine songs like "You", "This Guitar", "Tired of Midnight Blue", and "His Name is Legs (Ladies and Gentlemen)". The original album also featured a textured surfaced with die-cut letters, something not replicated on the CD version released in 1991.

"Extended Versions: The Encore Collection" by Ringo Starr - ***

First released: 2003

A cheapo series of live music compilations from has been artists like Jefferson Starship, The Monkees, and numerous others amazingly got Ringo to release a collection in this series. This live concert features the same performers as on 2002’s "Ringo & His New All-Starr Band", but with unique performances and some previously unreleased performances in any form like "Karn Evil 9", "It Don’t Come Easy", "I Still Love Rock ‘n’ Roll", "Love Bizarre", and "Everlasting Love" left off of the "Ringo & His New All-Starr Band" album.

Everywhere It’s Christmas by The Beatles - ***

First released: 1966

Title song from "Pantomime: Everywhere It's Christmas" and later on "The Beatles' Christmas Album" from 1970. A solid tune that could have been recorded as a true Christmas related single by The Beatles. Still could by Paul.

Everyday by Ringo Starr - **

First released: 1998

Harmless Ringo tune released on the limited edition "Best Buy" single in the US and was on the Japanese version of "Vertical Man".

Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby by The Beatles - **

First released: 1964

At this point, George was having the same problem as Ringo, in that he wasn’t composing and Lennon and McCartney weren’t composing for them, so George, like Ringo, resorted to a Carl Perkins cover for "Beatles For Sale".

The Beatles performed it live on "Live at the Star-Club, Hamburg 1962" in 1977. A 1964 radio version appears on 1994's "Live at the BBC". A 1965 live version appears on "Anthology 2" in 1996. George played it live with Perkins in 1985 on "Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session".

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Everybody’s in a Hurry But Me by Ringo Starr – **

First released: 1983

An instrumental in the vein of "Beef Jerky" where the only lyrics are the title repeated over an over an instrumental backing. It’s from Ringo’s "Old Wave" album.

Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey by The Beatles – **** First released: 1968

First released: 1968

One of my absolute favorite Beatles songs and one that doesn’t typically get to much airplay or notoriety as the "White Album" tracks tend to favor McCartney’s output rather than Lennon’s. And, when they do talk about Lennon’s material on this album, they usually discuss "Julia", "Glass Onion", "Revolution 1", "Happiness is a Warm Gun", etc. over this track. I like it because of the lengthy title (sharing honors with "Why Don’t We Do it in the Road?" off of the same album for length) and for that thumping beat rhythm. The lyrics don’t make much sense, but I’ve heard its more nonsense about the Maharishi in disguise.

Everybody Wins by Ringo Starr – ***

First released: 1992

This was an outtake from Ringo’s "Time Takes Time" album that found it’s way onto the b-side of "Don’t Go Where the Road Don’t Go". It really should have been called "Everyone Wins", but who's listening to Ringo rarities anyway?

Everybody Wants You by Billy Squier – ***

First released: 2008

Billy Squier song from Ringo’s "Live 2006" album from 2008. Squier originally released the studio version in 1982.

Everybody, Nobody by George Harrison – **


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

Everybody Got Song by The Beatles – **


John improvised this song during the 1969 "Get Back" sessions.

Every Night by Paul McCartney – ****

First released: 1970

Excellent song from "McCartney", that would have been a good contender for a follow-up single to "Maybe I'm Amazed", had that track also been released as a single. It's also on 2001’s "Wingspan". McCartney does different live takes of the song on "The Concerts for Kampuchea" in 1979, "Unplugged (The Official Bootleg)" in 1991, and 2002/3's "Back in the US/World".

Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him by Yoko Ono – ***

First released: 1980

There’s a Yoko version of this song. It’s on John and Yoko’s "Double Fantasy". And there’s a John version of this song. It’s on the Yoko tribute album called "Every Man Has a Woman" from 1984 and was also released as a single and it’s on 1990’s "Lennon". Later, it was added to the 2001 reissue of "Milk and Honey". It’s really the same tune with Lennon’s vocals more prominent in the mix. Still later, there was a remix single that appealed to homosexuals as the lyrics were changed to say “Every man has a man…” or “Every woman has a woman…”.

Every Little Thing by Jeff Lynne – ***

First released: 1990

George appears in the video and I think plays on this Jeff Lynne composition that is different than The Beatles composition of the same name, from Jeff’s album "Armchair Theater".

Every Little Thing by The Beatles – ****

First released: 1964

Nice, pleasant little track by The Beatles, this is totally different from the Jeff Lynne solo track of the same name released on Lynne’s first post-ELO solo album after leaving that group. My favorite part is the “bum-bum” added after they sing, “every little thing she does”. Great! It’s on "Beatles For Sale". A demo snippet is featured on 2003's "Fly on the Wall".

Every Grain of Sand by George Harrison – ***


George adlibbed this Dylan tune on the radio in 1988.

Everlasting Love by Howard Jones – ***

First released: 2003

A live version by Howard Jones appears on Ringo's 2003 "Extended Versions". Jones originally had a hit with this in 1989.

Ever Present Past by Paul McCartney – ****

First released: 2007

McCartney’s best tune in a number of years. I actually heard this one played on the radio! Considered the US single except that singles aren’t released anymore from "Memory Almost Full". It is also the second UK single.

"Erection" (feature) by John Lennon – **

First released: 1969

I had never seen this film, and while writing this book, I decided to take a look on YouTube and lo and behold, there it was. Nothing too exciting, just a building going up in fast motion with Yoko’s music in the background. It reminded me of numerous Disney films about the construction of Disneyland. It hasn’t been officially released. I’m surprised as Yoko loves to issue more and more Lennon stuff that she hasn’t put out an official John and Yoko film DVD.