(November 4, 2018): Carol King – One Small Voice

From the 2017 MP3x1File single, One Small Voice. Carole King put this up on Youtube in early 2017. It is comprised of half the town of Stanley, Idaho (pop. 63), who came out in a snowstorm to march in peace and solidarity with men, women, and children on seven continents. Photos by Gary Gadwa & Elissa Kline. ©Rockingale Records. It is available to download on Amazon for free. Get out and vote to put a check on President Trump.

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(November 3, 2018): Billy Bragg – The Times Are Are A-Changing Back

From the 2017 youtube video seemingly posted by Bragg on January 23.  Bragg writes, “I wrote these lyrics within half an hour of seeing Donald Trump’s inaugural speech last Friday evening and played it in Salisbury that night. With apologies to Bob Dylan.” Get out and vote to check President Trump.

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(November 2, 2018): Chicano Batman – This Land Is Your Land

From the 2017 MP3x1File single, This Land Is Your Land.  A bilingual take on Woody Guthries anthem – Esta tierra es para ti y para mi!  Get out and vote to check President Trump.

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(November 1, 2018): Barbara Streisand – Don’t Lie To Me

From the 2018 album Walls. A typical heavily orchestrated Streisand outing, but with politcal pop. From the Billboard interview:

I’ve written many articles about this… this person… who has no manners, insults everybody, makes fun of disabled people. I don’t know what to say, I’ve written like 15 Huffington Post pieces. This was my way to do my record, because what else could I think about? It’s my protest, in a sense, about this unprecedented time in our history.

Remember. Get out and vote.

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The White Album’s 50th Anniversary

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For Beatles tragics. From today’s (30 October 2018) Wall Street Journal:

In November 1968, the Beatles released a follow-up to its psychedelic, extravagantly produced “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” The double LP, presented in a plain white sleeve, became known as “The White Album.” Officially, perhaps tellingly, it was simply called “The Beatles.”

The new album was chaotic where “Sgt. Pepper” was kaleidoscopic. Acoustic ballads (“Blackbird,” “Julia”) alternated with scorching rock (“Helter Skelter,” “Yer Blues”). The playfulness of “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” “Honey Pie” and “Piggies” contrasted with the extended, serious-minded sound experiment “Revolution 9.”

Over the years, the patchwork nature of the album has led to speculation that it chronicled the discord among the band members. But new special-anniversary editions, to be released on Nov. 9, may dispel that idea.

The Beatles, clockwise from top left: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison
The Beatles, clockwise from top left: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison Photo: John Kelly/Apple Corps Ltd.

 

The three-disc deluxe edition features new stereo mixes and officially unreleased demos, whereas the seven-disc super-deluxe edition features all of the above, plus outtakes, instrumental tracks, impromptu jams and studio chatter. What emerges is the sense that “The White Album” was as intentional an artistic statement as “Sgt. Pepper,” says producer Giles Martin, who oversaw the new editions.

“The work is collaborative, supportive and cohesive,” says Mr. Martin, son of the late Beatles producer George Martin. “It’s the sound of a band making a record together, not apart.”

The Beatles with George Martin during a recording session at Trident Studios.
The Beatles with George Martin during a recording session at Trident Studios. Photo: Tony Bramwell/Apple Corps Ltd.

 

The super-deluxe edition includes a 164-page hardbound book with track-by-track commentary, rare photographs, reproductions of handwritten lyrics, plus essays, including a piece by Tate Britain’s senior curator of modern and contemporary art, Andrew Wilson, contemplating the minimalist packaging as a work of art in its own right.

Thanks to the audio restoration work of Mr. Martin and his team at Abbey Road Studios, even diehard fans may hear something new. “Much of what I try and do in the remix work is to pull back the layers and draw the listener closer into the studio performance,” Mr. Martin says. “I’m so lucky to be allowed to listen to the original tapes. Part of my mission is to have everyone experience the same magic that I do.”

The Beatles’ “White Album” anniversary editions come out on Nov. 9.

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(October 31, 2018): Rufus Wainwright – The Sword of Damocles

From the 2018 youtube single, The Sword of Damocles. Bloomberg had a good article on the background: ‘Dear Mr. President’: Rufus Wainwright Is Back With a Political Anthem. A portion of the proceeds from the tune is going to voter registration efforts. Get out an vote to put to put a check on the viciousness and damage President Trump is inflicting on the United States.

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(October 30, 2018): The Beach Boys – Sail On Sailor

From the 1973 album, Holland.  Early releases of this LP included a 7″ EP within called Mount Vernon And Fairway (A Fairy Tale).  Blondie Chaplin with the pipes here. Both discs were recorded in Baambrugge, The Netherlands, using what was then a new Clover Sytstems custom quadrophonic console.

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