One thing I can tell you is You got to be free
Well, after last years 50th anniversary editions of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band we finally get the remaster of the best Beatles album after Revolver. The remastered album sounds amazing but I really need to get the super deluxe edition for the remastered mono version of the album. For those who don’t know there were different takes used for stereo and mono versions of this album, with bits left in the stereo that had been removed from the mono version.
When the Beatles albums were mixed for stereo by George Martin he seemed to move all the instruments to one channel and the vocal to the other. This gave DJ Kenny Everett the opportunity to offer a sing along to The Beatles on his radio shows. Paul seems to know how to mix stereo for the best effect, John said he never liked stereo (I wonder if that was because of the mix?) I never understood quadrophonic sound as I only have 2 ears.
In my humble opinion, as a life-long fan of the Beatles (well not quite as I was 9 when they burst onto the scene from (it seemed) another planet) the 5 best albums they issued were:
1 – Revolver
2 – The Beatles
3 – Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
4 – Abbey Road
5 – Rubber Soul.
As I said this is my top 5 of their 12 UK album releases. Others will have different albums they enjoy more and that’s fine, some don’t even like the Beatles. If you have different faves then please let me know. It would be good to know what your favourite albums by the Beatles were, what other groups you enjoy and whether or not you still listen to albums or if you have playlists made up of tracks by people.
It seems to me that there is a huge backlash happening at the moment in the USA and the UK. Our respective Governments seem to have fallen out of favour, however, here in the UK our trusted opposition seems to be in-fighting and isn’t ready to take control of the situation. I am still not convinced that Brexit will leave us in a strong position, I would like to see borders destroyed not have new ones put up. Of course Northern Ireland and Scotland have given notice that if Brexit weakens their current opportunities within Europe they will seek to have referendum’s seeking to break up the UK. The last time Scotland did that it failed by less than 5% but with Brexit being rejected by Scotland they could go for independence this time.
Northern Ireland want to maintain free travel between North and South and if Brexit imposes a hard border between the two parts then a vote to leave the UK would re-unite Ireland into one country and take them straight back into the EU, just as happened when the USSR fell and Germany was re-united.
This is becoming far too political for my liking, so let’s take it down a notch with music from the Fabs, Come Together from Abbey Road courtesy of YouTube.