The Glass Sho ~ A Podcast Chat with Allan Kozinn on The Beatles

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New York Times critic/journalist and author Allan Kozinn had another wonderful Beatles-driven chat with me, this time for the podcast The Glass Sho! We talked about the recently-released mono LP remasters, the fascinating-but-farcical “Paul Is Dead” phenomenon, and other Beatle-related things.

Listen to the podcast here (It starts with my attempt at parody):
The Glass Sho: Episode 30 (Allan Kozinn)

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Mystery ’Train Song’ Has Beatles Experts Divided

Funny, I always thought it was The Beatles when I heard it.

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Bill King takes a look at a mystery track that has surfaced recently …

The buzz in Beatles circles the past week or so has been a rare recording that appears in the film “A Hard Day’s Night” and may or may not have been done by The Beatles.

The music is heard briefly during a scene aboard a train in "A Hard Day's Night." The music is heard briefly during a scene aboard a train in “A Hard Day’s Night.”

Here’s the story. Legendary collector Dave Morrell, who has a new book out, guested on Chris Carter’s “Breakfast With The Beatles” radio show on KLOS-FM in Los Angeles and played a 30-second stereo version of the “Train Music” that blared from a transistor radio Ringo turns on in a famous scene of the movie where The Beatles are in a train compartment. An older passenger objects to the music and turns it off.

Although the music is only heard in the film for a few…

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Beatles ~ “Turn Me On, Dead Man” (Radio show, date unknown)

From YouTube:
“Radio show about an urban legend suggesting that Paul McCartney died in 1966. Seems like this is not the complete show, part is missing in the beginning. WKNR radio in Detroit, Oct. 1969” (By the way, the date given appears to now be incorrect).

Radio show found on YouTube about the “death” of Paul McCartney–It’s a completely outlandish urban legend that is every bit as fabricated as Orson Welles’ radio adaptation of War of the Worlds, yet just as creepy, fascinating and, at times, effectively persuasive. Still not entirely sure this is the same radio show I heard on WPLJ (on Paul’s B’day in 1979) as there were several different broadcasts that were just as creepy on the subject.

I have to add to this that in my most adamant but humble opinion, I do NOT believe any of this or other documentaries that even try to entertain the possibility that Sir Paul McCartney is dead. I want to know, who is the person that even started this whole thing? Mind you, at times the “clues” can be quite elaborate, and this person seems to do an interesting job with syncing certain things up, but a majority of the clues have since proven to be both false and erroneous–The most noticeable ones being that the flowers that are supposed to be “P” for “Paul” on the Pepper cover are really just supposed to be a guitar, and that Lennon says “cranberry sauce” in “Strawberry Fields”, not “I buried Paul”–Dismissed as chance.

 

An Open Letter to Billy Joel, RE: Attila

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Dear Mr. Joel,

Ok, I am aware that this record you made back in the early 70’s (PRE-solo 70’s, and post-The Hassles, a band which made another great somewhat-forgotten set of recordings), the album and duo we know as Attila, is a part of your past that you seem to dislike and toss off as “psychedelic bullshit”, and for some reason other people are quick to dismiss it as “one of the worst” or “the worst” rock records of all time.
But is it really that bad??

I don’t know if anyone has given you any sort of feedback from the other side of the coin, but let me ask you, if this is the worst rock recording of all time, where do these people put the weakest recordings by Styx?

Has anyone besides me proclaimed that what you have here is something very unique and inventive? You made an organ sound like a fucking guitar, a loud one at that! It sounds to me like if Jon Lord had fired or killed the rest of Deep Purple and kept the drummer. Attila was probably the only thing that qualifies as a power duo, and if there is such a thing, given that power trios were a thing at around the same time, Attila made a mark in history already just by being that.

And besides the way you recorded the organ, can we talk about your playing on this album? It sounds as challenging and stunning, if not moreso, than any of your best piano solos or riffs from the solo years. This is the work of a then-uncredited virtuoso, and I really don’t understand why neither this or other attributes of the recording didn’t place Attila or its album within the echelon of AOR classics like Black Sabbath’s Paranoid or Jethro Tull’s Aqualung.

Where the record stands now, it seems as if we the fans (and trust me, there’s many of us) have to either shell out a great sum of money to acquire the original album from special shops scattered throughout the world, whether it’s in person or through thankfully-easy-to-find websites like eBay or Discogs, that feature sellers that are aware of the record’s value, or simply settle for horrible bootlegs or semi-legitimate indie releases of the album possibly taken from questionable sources like umpteenth-generation tape formats or half-assed needle-drops that may or may not be from the original pressing.

I am asking you if, at some point, you could find it in your best interest to give something to the people that truly want the Attila record and reissue the album, remastered on CD, possibly with additional unreleased material if there is any (I think we would chomp at the bit for Attila outtakes), and have it re-released on both CDs and vinyl LPs. Please consider it, for it belongs among your best efforts, however different it may be from The Stranger or The Nylon Curtain, and it needs another chance for posterity.

Thank you.

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Attila (Complete album on YouTube)

Allan Kozinn ~ On His Beatles E-Book Got That Something

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Allan Kozinn, a gentleman whom you are all familiar with as he has been writing music reviews and articles (first as a freelancer, then full-time) for The New York Times for many years, is here to talk to The Glass about his current E-Book single, Got That Something. This is a relatively short read, but Allan offers such a great context of what roles the song “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and its recording play in the Beatles’ history. If you are a true fan of The Beatles, as both Allan and I am, this book does offer some fascinating accounts of what took place in relation to the song and even in its aftermath (Early on in the book, he even talks about Moving Sidewalks, which was basically ZZ Top when they were a psychedelic band covering the song in an early single, at a time when the Beatles were already making The White Album).

You can purchase the book here or on the link on the bottom. Continue reading

Lou Reed (1942 ~ 2013)

Photo courtesy of Jean Baptiste Mondino; From the final photo shoot, Sept 2013
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I’d like to remember Lou for several things.

With a single, solitary song of his (“Walk On The Wild Side”) that was his only exposure to mainstream rock radio for many years during my youth, it was very weird but intriguing to see articles and reviews about him in Rolling Stone and not having any real idea who he was. And it would be a long time before I’d get to hear The Velvet Underground, as their records were unavailable to us by the time I’d heard about them (I just needed to know where the cool record stores were). Continue reading