Sunday, May 09, 2010

Fab! Gear! The Beard Beatles Special!

We raise our thumbs aloft to the Fab Four. Rest assured this is no predictable Mojo-style snooze fest featuring the same old stuff. We kick off with a classic blast of Yoko, with John freaking out, Sonny Sharrock style, on noisy slide guitar. Take that Yoko haters! There's Beatles sampling hip-hop, bizarre easy listening proto-mash-ups, and some great - and memorably awful - Beatles covers, including one from the infamous Sgt Peppers film starring the Bee Gees, Pete Frampton and Frankie Howerd! There's a tune from Macca's secret lounge project, Thrillington, featuring an all star cast of session musos including Clem Clattini, and, fresh from recording Serge Gainsbourg, Herbie Flowers and Vic Flick. You can tell: Flower's bass playing is awesomely fluid and funky. We even manage to fit in a couple from the Fab Four themselves, as well as some weird solo cuts. Of course, we had far more stuff lined up than we had time for, so keep an eye on the blog over the next few days for some bonus beats.

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band - Why; Plastic Ono Band (Apple)
The Rutles - Cheese & Onions; Anthology (Warner Bros.)
The Beatles - I'll Follow The Sun; Beatles For Sale (Parlophone)
Ernest Ranglin - You Won't See Me; Trojan Beatles Box (Trojan)
Alan Copeland - Mission Impossible/Norwegian Wood; Golden Throats (Rhino)
Wu Tang Vs The Beatles - Got Your Money; Enter the Magical Mystery Chambers (Teasearecords)
Beastie Boys - Sounds of Science; Paul's Boutique (Capitol)
Dangermouse - 99 Problems; Grey Album (Self-Released)
The Beatles - Dear Prudence; The Beatles (Apple)
Ringo Starr - Blindman; Goodnight Vienna OST (Apple)
Paul McCartney - Temporary Secretary; McCartney II (Parlophone)
Percy 'Thrills' Thrillington - Too Many People; Thrillington (Regal Zonophone)
Stevie Wonder - We Can Work It Out (Motown)
George Burns - With A Little Help From My Friends; Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band OST (RSO)

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