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Скоро выйдет книга с рисунками Маккартни

Автор: Corvin

New York Post сообщает, что в конце этого года выйдет книга с рисунками Пола Маккартни. Книгу готовит издательство Little Brown and Co., которое заплатило триста тысяч долларов за авторские права.

Пол старый поклонник живописи. Его увлечение началось в середине 60-х годов и продолжается по сей день. Среди его любимых художников можно назвать современного бельгийского живописца Рене Магритта (1898-1967). В книге Барри Майлза "Many Years From Now" Пол рассказал, что впервые познакомился в творчеством Магритта в 1966 году в Париже, когда он был в гостях у Александра Иола (Alexandre Iolas). "После обеда мы немного выпили и спустились вниз, где целый зал был полон картин Магритта. Я был на седьмом небе". С тех пор Маккартни стал собирать работы великого бельгийца. Лучшим подарком для Пола на Рождество были картины Магритта, и Линде несколько раз приходилось уезжать далеко от дома, чтобы купить мужу этот дорогой подарок. С легкой руки Пола, его увлечение было принесено в мир остальных битлов. Логотип фирмы Apple, зеленое яблоко совершенной формы было позаимствовано из "яблочной" серии картин Рене Магритта. Возвращаясь к словам Пола Маккартни из книги "Many Years From Now": "С моей точки зрения он возможно сейчас самый великий из сюрреалистов".

Прототип Apple кисти Магритта

P.S. Среди отечественных давних поклонников Рене Магритта можно назвать Бориса Борисовича Гребенщикова.

Дополнительные ссылки:
Easyart.com: McCartney's new love and old passion
Wolfnet.de: Paul McCartney paintings
Official Magritte site

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Вышел новый концертник The Who с участием Зака Старки

Автор: Corvin

Группа The Who, в которой на ударных играет Зак Старки выпустила концертный альбом "The Blues to the Bush", доступный только через Интернет. На сайте Musicmaker.com предлагается самим составить свой вариант этого CD из возможных 20 песен. Вот их список:

01. I Can't Explain 2:35
02. Substitute 3:17
03. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere 4:05
04. Pinball Wizard 2:54
05. My Wife 7:51
06. Baba O'Riley 5:24
07. Pure and Easy 6:07
08. You Better You Bet 5:40
09. I'm A Boy 2:53
10. Getting In Tune 5:09
11. The Real Me 4:12
12. Behind Blue Eyes 3:46
13. Magic Bus 9:18
14. Boris The Spider 2:33
15. After The Fire 4:48
16. Who Are You 6:53
17. 5:15 8:57
18. Won't Get Fooled Again 9:02
19. The Kids Are Alright 2:13
20. My Generation 11:02

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Скоро - сценический дебют Хизер Миллз

Автор: Corvin

На английском ТВ в конце осени состоится премьера сериала "Streetlife", где одну из главных ролей будет играть подруга Пола Маккартни Хизер Миллз. Главный герой сериала - английский частный детктив, которого играет знаменитый британский комик Джек Ди. Хизер досталась роль его боевой подруги. Для съемок "Streetlife" привлечен "звездный" состав английских актеров, из которого выбивается одна Хизер Миллз. Бывшую модель также можно будет увидеть и на другом канале британского ТВ - ITV, где Хизер участвует в шоу Истера Рантзена (Esther Rantzen) "That's Esther".

Дополнительные ссылки:
Beatles.ru: "Откровения" бывшего мужа Хизер Миллз (11/04/2000)
Beatles.ru: Хизер Миллз появится в The Oprah Winfrey Show (05/04/2000)
Beatles.ru: Хизер Миллз попросила Пола Маккартни прекратить их отношения (03/04/2000)
Beatles.ru: Пол и Хизер хотят иметь детей? (23/03/2000)
Beatles.ru: Хизер Миллз купила особняк неподалеку от фермы Пола Маккартни (22/03/2000)
Beatles.ru: Пол Маккартни нашел новую любовь - продолжение (20/03/2000)
Beatles.ru: Пол Маккартни нашел новую любовь - продолжение (17/03/2000)
Beatles.ru: Пол Маккартни нашел новую любовь (16/03/2000)
Beatles.ru: Пол Маккартни провел ночь после церемонии в Rock and Roll Hall of Fame танцуя в баре Hogs & Heifers (10/03/2000)
Beatles.ru: Пол Маккартни снова влюблен? (18/02/2000)
Daily Record: Macca's Heather makes her TV debut

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Грядет четвертая Антология Битлз?

Автор: Corvin

В рассылке Beatles List for Russia была процитирована заметка из форума Deja.com, суть которой сводится к тому, что 5 октября вместе с изданием книги "The Beatles Anthology" будет издан двойной CD "Anthology 4". Не спешите падать с кресел, так как это пока единственное сообщение на данную тему. Заметка написана Кеном Райтом (Kent Wright), который утверждает, что получил копию текста из буклета предстоящего релиза прямо из офиса Apple. Вот что согласно Кену Райту можно будет найти на этом двойнике:

DISC 1

1. Love Me Do
(John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
Recorded EMI Studios, London, 11 June 1962
Producer George Martin
Engineer Norman Smith

Upon the release of Anthology 1, Beatles historians were thrilled to hear a hitherto-unknown version of "Love Me Do," featuring, for the first time, displaced drummer Pete Best. Now, a second take of the song featuring Best, recorded five days after the first Best version, has been unearthed, although, unfortunately, it is incomplete. The repeated hollow, crunching sound audible just before the take comes to an abrupt halt is the thumping of John Lennon's guitar on Best's skull. As each blow descends, the attentive listener can hear John muttering, "That's the last fucking time you'll fucking drag down the fucking tempo you fucking wanker!"

2. Dominique
(Decker)
Recorded EMI Studios, London, 12 September 1963
Producer George Martin
Engineer Casey Jones

An uncharacteristically mellow cover version for the R&B-crazed Beatles. The studio chatter heard prior to Take 1 reveals that Ringo conceived the idea of covering the rather saccharine international No. 1 hit by Souer Sourire ("Sister Smile"), the Singing Nun. Paul immediately seconds the notion by suggesting it would be a "bit of a giggle," while John can be heard mumbling, "You're bleedin' daft, the lot of yer." Only George is silent. "Dominique" proved to be a difficult challenge for the Beatles. The version presented here is a composite of Takes 1, 3, 7, and 12, the last-named being the lengthiest surviving attempt at the song. The takes have been artfully spliced together and looped to create the illusion of a complete run-through. Unusually, the lineup for this number comprises George on lead guitar and harmony vocals; Paul on lead vocal (note the polished French accent that would later serve him so well in singing "Michelle"), rhythm, and bass; Ringo behind the drums; and John behind the studio console sneaking a smoke.

3. I Feel Fine
(John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
Recorded EMI Studios, London, 10 October 1964
Producer George Martin
Tea Boy Elton John

A newly discovered version of the late-1964 hit in which the Beatles, in an experimental frame of mind, dispense with the song's innovative guitar-feedback intro in favor of a hurdy-gurdy, played by a street vendor discovered outside EMI Studios by George Harrison whilst on a tea break. Careful listening in the left channel will reveal traces of the frantic gibberings of the hurdy-gurdy man's panicked pet monkey, Davy, brought into the studio at George's insistence because, as George expressed it in his memoirs, I Me Mine Not Yours I Said It's Mine All Mine, "I felt the vibe of the music wasn't quite the same without the chimp. In the cosmic sense, who's to say which of us is the hurdy-gurdy man and which is the monkey? Only Krishna knows." Donovan, a close friend of George's, later wrote a song about an entirely different hurdy-gurdy man. The resultant take, Take 23, was reportedly the favorite of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, but he was overruled by a resolute John, who told him, "Don't be a daft bugger, Brian."

4. Glaswegian Wood
(John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
Recorded EMI Studios, London, 12 February 1965
Producer George Martin
Tape Operator Noel Gallagher

An early version (Take 6) of "Norwegian Wood" that many Beatles experts prefer to the released version (Take 12), although some contemporary listeners may be put off by John's insistence on singing the entire song in a Scottish brogue that even Scots generally find completely impenetrable. The main source of interest in this take is the unusual instrumentation, principally a frankly lamentable bagpipe solo by George with Ringo on sporran.

5. Octopussy's Garden
(Richard Starkey)
Recorded EMI Studios, London, 14 February 1965
Producer George Martin
Scribe Marc Bolan

Perhaps the gem of this collection, if a single selection can be so isolated. An early songwriting effort by Ringo, it was perhaps based on the popular Ian Fleming novel (and subsequent James Bond film). Regrettably, only Take 3, an informal instrumental run-through, has survived, but a fragment of Ringo's lyric was preserved on two sheets of rolling papers recently discovered in a tea cupboard at EMI Studios:

"Eight kittens in her rosebushes
Eight moggies in her leeks
Eight felines in her daffodils
Eight cats a week
We all live in an octopussy garden
An octopussy garden live we
And all we gotta do is act naturally"

The other Beatles and George Martin decided against the song's inclusion on the Help! album, because of what Martin later described in his memoirs, The Real Fifth Beatle, as "abundant lyrical and musical qualms." Four years later, in the increasingly apathetic atmosphere of the group's last year together, Ringo would resurrect portions of the song's basic concept for his showcase on Abbey Road (see track 8).

6. Tomorrow Never Knows
(John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
Recorded John Lennon's conservatory, London,
1 April 1966
Producer The Beatles
Procurer Mal Evolent

Perhaps more than any other Beatles composition except "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Tomorrow Never Knows" underwent a tortuous evolution to become the psychedelic masterwork we know from Revolver. Anthology 2 gave us a fascinating glimpse into Lennon's early designs for the innovative, mantra-like song. Here we present a composite of even earlier experiments from rehearsal tapes. This version combines the rhythm track from Demo 2 (played, unusually for John, on the zither) with Demo 4's fascinating vibes-like colorations (actually played by George striking six water glasses filled to different levels), and Demo 5's inventive sousaphone improvisations (played, of course, by the protean McCartney). John articulates his lead vocal through a kazoo, lending it a detached yet amiable, almost jolly, quality. According to Beatles recordings chronicler Stew Diominutia, the rhythmic saw-like drone that permeates the track is Ringo snoring.

7. Within You Without You
(George Harrison)
Recorded EMI Studios, London, 1 April 1967
Producer None
Vocal Assistance John Lennon

Legend has it that an American audience once awarded Indian sitar master Ravi Shankar a standing ovation after several minutes of music. He thanked them graciously but pointed out that he'd just been tuning up. In a similar spirit, this track is a fascinating 21-minute composite edited down from two frustrating days spent by George Harrison attempting to tune his sitar so he could dub his parts on the already-recorded tamboura, tabla, dilruba, and swaramandal tracks for the Shankar-inspired "Within You Without You." Harrison was obsessed with achieving a proper Indian sound on the difficult instrument, a concern not particularly eased by frequent jibes and catcalls from an understandably impatient John Lennon, who was chafing to finish the time-consuming Sgt. Pepper album. Distracting as it must have been to George, John's heckling provides the listener, nearly 30 years later, a refreshing perspective on the discordant twangings of the sitar. Listen closely and you can hear John bellowing such choice remarks as "Shurrup, you tosser," Don't mind me, I'm only sleeping," and "Instant karma's gonna get you."

8. Octopus's Garden
(Richard Starkey)
Recorded EMI Studios, London, 2 February 1969
Producer George Martin
Guest Engineer Brian Jones

Rounding out the first CD neatly, this never-before-heard outtake of Ringo's Abbey Road spotlight number is certain to be a contentious topic of discussion among Beatles fans. Ringo's vocal here (Take 3) is far more self-assured and powerful than the released version (Take 24), and it surely would have been selected as the album performance were it not for an inexplicable blunder by guest engineer Brian Jones, visiting from a Rolling Stones singles session across the way in a mental state described tactfully as "catatonic" by Stones historian/bassist Bill Wyman in his memoirs, Give A Stone A Loan. Jones somehow caused the following conversational exchange between John, Paul, and George, seated behind the studio console, to be dubbed onto the instrumental track:

John: "Can't sing to save his bleedin' life, the sad git."
Paul: "Well, it was your bloody idea to let him sing a song every album."
John: "You're mad, you are. It was your idea. Wasn't it then, Yoko?"
Yoko: "Right you are, John."
Paul: "My idea? We were standin' right here in the studio when you said, 'Wouldn't it be a lark for Ringo to have a go?' 14 April 1964. Remember when I told you about that, Linda?"
Linda: (Hums chorus of "Hey Jude," astonishingly off-key)
John: "Well, it must've been George's idea then."
George: "I? Me? Mine? Not bloody likely, you poofter."
Paul: "Well, we'll be havin' no more of it. Next thing you know her over there (presumably points at Yoko) will be wantin' to sing."

DISC 2
Rock 'N' Roll Medley (Discussion)

(John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison,
Richard Starkey, George Martin, Yoko Ono, Linda Eastman,
Allen Klein) Recorded EMI Studios, London, 2 February 1970
Producer George Martin
Financial Consultant Allen Klein

As a special bonus for Beatles fans, Disc 2 consists of a verbatim transcript of the last-ever Beatles recording session. The Let It Be album, mixed and "sweetened" by Phil Spector from the legendary Get Back sessions held a year earlier, was soon to be released, but the band members (excepting Ringo, already in the midst of sessions for his Sentimental Journey album of standards) were unsatisfied with the results and convened in the hopes of injecting one last raw dose of rock 'n' roll into the LP. Armed with their instruments, the four sat in a circle in the studio, joined at various times by Yoko, Linda, producer George Martin, and Allen Klein, business manager for all the Beatles save Paul.

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