Thursday, January 21, 2021

DOESN'T WORK IN DIGITAL. BUY THRASHED.


This is such a great package. The title song is a slice of good ol' fashioned American snottiness. Worth the price of a banged up copy, which is the only way to hear it. This is not a museum piece. This is something you run across with a slightly split sleeve and among the scuffs on the vinyl, what looks to be a beverage stain. Two bucks. Five bucks. Whatever, consider the lineage of ownership. Look at the cover image, iconic. This is an excellent example of a record you will run into and remember only vaguely but know that it's in your head for a reason. See it, buy it.

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Listen:
The Standells - Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White mp3
at 30 Milkshakes

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

AND EXHALE.


I had no idea what to post to match my mood. So I pulled a Coltrane LP out and put it on. Totally hit the spot. First serendipitous event in the post-45 era. It fits my mood. I think everyone is sort of in that mood. I heard "It's a new day." in conversation four different times today. It seemed to be a combination of relief and cautious hope.

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Listen:
John Coltrane - Acknowledgement mp3 at Get The Curse
John Coltrane - Nine more songs at Rubber City Review
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme (streaming) at YouTube Entire LP

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

GTFO


I've been waiting to wake up for four years. In November of 2016 I had the worst fucking nightmare. Under ordinary circumstances I would have gone on with my day and forgotten all about it. "It was only a dream." That always helped after other nightmares, which had sometimes found me getting arrested, falling from the sky, and being chased by a giant rolling ball of chop suey. For some reason the "only a dream" thing wouldn't work this time. So I went back to bed. I didn't sleep well. The nightmare kept reoccurring, each time worse and worse. Here's the weird part, the nightmare had so many scenarios that were so Bizarro World and beyond comprehension that I could not possibly have been thinking of them previously to seed this surreal nightmare. That's when the nightmare got even worse. The main protagonist was a simpleton, a lazy infantile blowhard. And he was everywhere. A real creep. I'm going to cut out. I've got to get a good nights sleep. This shit stops tonight.

Above illustration by Jamie Reid, creator of the "God Save the Queen" graphic for the Sex Pistols.

Monday, January 18, 2021

SCIENTIST MEETS NEIGHBOR IN THE ALLEY


Oh shit, I was just reminded that I never mentioned this. Those of you who know reggae, know that when it comes to dub King Tubby was the man. You might also know that he had a protégé named Scientist. Scientist was in his early twenties when he released his first LP in 1980, and that's about the time I started listening to him. That long ago, four decades. But that's not what I forgot to mention.

There's a woman who moved in across the alley about a year ago. She's involved in the local reggae scene and was lamenting the recent loss of San Diego reggae DJ Carlos Culture. This is where we made the reggae connection. A short time later she told me about the memorial or wake or whatever it was. She mentioned some heavy hitters that were there. Then a few days later she told that she had been hanging with some of the people that were also at the wake, at one point hanging in the alley. She asked me if I knew who Scientist was, I said of course blah, blah, blah. Then she told me that Scientist was one of the people she was hanging with in the alley. My alley. I go out to that alley three or four times a day. That line from Endless Summer, "You really missed it, you should have been here yesterday." That's the story of my life.

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MURDERER: DEAD


Yes I know, Phil Spector died from covid. Just letting you know that a tribute post won't be coming. He was a great producer, but he killed someone. Fuck 'im.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

LOCKDOWN THEATER NIGHT 41


Here's some good ol' fashioned cable access for you. Cable access was/is a channel that cable companies are supposed to provide for noncommercial broadcasting by members of the general public. Kind of a precursor to YouTube only less spontaneous. As you can imagine, the draw of free screen time in the pre-YouTube era attracted some oddballs. there was some stuff of serious merit as well.

On the previous post about Sylvain Sylvain, I linked to a video on YouTube. Some of you might have noticed that in the description at YouTube, the poster mentioned a full length video "Paul Tschinkel's Inner Tube", a compilation of clips from a public access show of the same name. The video has Johnny Thunders (acoustic), the Heartreakers (live) Sylvain, Mink DeVille, Levi and the Rockats, Jayne County, Suicide, the Contortions, 8 Eyed Spy, and the Feelies, among others I can't ID. These are from the late seventies to '81 or so. Most are live clips from small venues.

This Paul Tschinkel was prolific. His YouTube channel has a lot of other music clips, along with a lot of art oriented clips. Basquiat, Koons, Sherman, Schnabel, you get the drift. If you dig art, budget twice as much time.

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Watch:
Paul Tschinkel's Inner Tube
at YouTube Johnny Thunders (acoustic), the Heartreakers. Sylvain and the Criminals, Mink DeVille, Levi and the Rockats, Jayne County, Suicide, the Contortions, 8 Eyed Spy, and the Feelies
Paul Tschinkel's Channel
at YouTube

Saturday, January 16, 2021

RESPECT


You may have heard, Sylvain Sylvain died a couple days ago from cancer. He was a co-founder of the New York Dolls, the rhythm guitarist and the guy who came up with the name. His band-mate Johnny Thunders gets a lot of credit, rightfully so, for his swagger if nothing else. David Johansen was a good front man and is recognized as such. But. There's a but. Now, I've never read a long detailed bio of the Dolls so this is just an educated guess. I kinda think Sylvain is due a lot more credit for his contribution. I was never enthralled with his post-Dolls stuff (though I really never gave it a chance), but he brought the Dolls together, wrote songs and played guitar with them. He's always had my respect just for that.

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Listen:
New York Dolls - Personality Crisis mp3
at The Adios Lounge
New York Dolls - Bad Girl mp3
at Cubick Musik
Video:
New York Dolls - Jet Boy (1973 UK TV OGWT)
at YouTube Really good quality.
New York Dolls - Personality Crisis (TV)
at YouTube
Sylvain Sylvain and the Criminals - Teenage News (live, late 70s)
at YouTube
Sylvain Sylvain - Trash (Live, Houston 2016)
at YouTube

Thursday, January 14, 2021

THE EVER EXPANDING GENRE OF WHAT?


You know you got it bad when you see the band name Hallelujah Chicken Run Band and it seems familiar. I don't know where I saw it before but I don't think it was the hosting site. I knew they were African, but that's about it. After hearing this song I did remember that my first impression, whenever it was, was that they didn't fit into any distinct African sub-category, Cool.

The hosting blog says it's an "exciting form of afrorock called chimurenga." Another blog says "Fusing traditional Shona music with Congolese rumba and Zimbabwean rock." Huh? I guess I ain't got it that bad.

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Listen:
Hallelujah Chicken Run Band - Tamba Zimba Navashe mp3
at For the Sake of the Song

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

CARD CARRYING DUES PAYER


These days practically nothing seems all that shocking musically. I mean, really, just about everything radical that could be done, has been done. When was the last time you heard something and thought "Whoa! What the fuck is that?"?. To put things into perspective, let's set the Wayback Machine to the fall of 1977. The chart-toppers are Debby Boone (Pat Boone's daughter), KC and the Sunshine Band, Carly Simon, Shaun Cassidy, a disco version of the Star Wars theme, and "Boogie Nights" by Heatwave. You might understand how red blooded rockers were just waiting for things to change. Some already had a project in the works. The Sex Pistols did.

I'd heard about the Sex Pistols, knew what they looked like and had an idea of what they were about but had not heard them. When I finally did hear them I wondered where all the comparisons to the Ramones came from. This was not "Beat on the Brat" nonsense. The Sex Pistols raged. Like a pressure cooker that finally popped a lid. They shook shit up.

Yesterday (or the day before?) it was reported that there will be a TV series about the Sex Pistols on FX to be directed by Danny Boyle (the guy who did the film Yesterday). The part I like about it is that it's based on guitarist Steve Jones' book, Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol. (Jones, above.) The book is a good read. I've read a shitload of accounts of early UK punk over the years, including two memoirs by John Lydon (né Johnny Rotten). Jones's tale can seem almost Forest Gump-like in his uncanny string of being in the right place at the right time. But he and drummer Paul Cook struggled long before the Pistols got off the ground. Dude was a classic petty thief.

Though he's done his share of rock star skirt chasing and had plenty of success over the years, you get the feeling that Jones knows the bottom could drop out at any moment. Reading his take on the Pistols saga makes you feel like you're having a beer with him. Lydon's memoirs, on the other hand, read like a guy who's full of himself, self important and ego driven. Not to say his books aren't good. They just seem self aggrandizing. Jone's book seems more honest. Now that I know that Lydon is (was?) a Trump supporter, it all makes sense. Blowhards attract. I love it that it probably pisses him off to no end that Jones got the deal. Tee-hee. Oh well, he can always go start a band with his Trump bro Ted Nugent.

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Listen:
Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the UK mp3
at Tumblr
Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen mp3
at Clones Project
Visit:
Danny Boyle to direct Sex Pistols limited series for FX
at AV Club
John Lydon doubles down on Trump support in bizarre interview
at NME “He is the only hope”
More Sex Pistols stuff here

Sunday, January 10, 2021

DISREGARD TITLE.


Okay, I'd been going back and forth about posting this one. I didn't want to seem like I was taking Wednesday's shit show at the Capitol lightly, but once Jeri Jorden's "Riots" popped into my head, it would not leave. The invasion of the Capitol was less a riot than an invasion. I'm still shaking my head. It's just fucking unbelievable that there were that many people gullible enough to actually believe that the election was rigged, especially considering the source of their information. Someone who has lied consistently for the last four years. (The Washington Post kept a running tally but stopped counting on November 5 at 29,508 misleading claims or lies since he was elected,) 

After thinking about it, I figured that you deserved the song and if I didn't post it, then the Trump idiots have won. Fuck them, fuck him. You need to hear the sax in this song. It's major league squonk. As far as sax is concerned, the closest contender in the dissonance sweepstakes is Lara Logic's solo in X-Ray Spex's "Oh Bondage, Up Yours". So here's both...oh, and fuck Donald Trump.

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

THE SEMI-SUPER GROUP


Charlie Musselwhite (harp), Barry Goldberg (organ) and Harvey Mandel (guitar) on an instrumental that showcases all three. This is three minutes well spent. Compact, but still a lot going on. Something about it swings. And yes, it's yet another repost because "it popped into my head today". Just listen to it again. Once every two years, whether it kills you or not. It's worth it.

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Listen:
Charlie Musslewhite - Cha Cha the Blues mp3 at Groove Addict

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

AJAX ROCK


Being away from TV today I'm a little preoccupied with getting caught up on just what the fuck happened  in Washington. I'm cutting it short. I gotta say though, I don't shock easy but every little detail I happened to catch was...man, it was just a completely surreal shit show. I'm gonna leave it at that. For some reason when I was just hearing the magnitude of the chaos, this song started going off in my head. It's got a little bit of pissed off in it. A nice Sonics-type crunch. They're just banging the shit out of their instruments, particularly the drummer. I've posted it in the past, but I forgot that it was the very first song I posted here. Which means absolutely nothing.

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Listen:
The Ardells - Stronger Than Dirt mp3 at Probe is Turning-On the People

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

IT'S PARTISAN SOMEWHERE


I just realized, the Beatles vs Stones debate probably doesn't happen anymore. If you're of a certain age, you're thinking "Beatles vs Stones debate? What the hell is that?" Back in the day, it was a thing. You were a Beatles fiend or a Rolling Stones fiend. It was a binary choice. They. Could. Not. Be. Tied. Everybody had to take a stand. If you didn't, you were a music plebeian. I'm sure there were couples where it was a big enough deal that a marriage might not move forward if one didn't relent.

Last week I ran across some Exile on Main St.-era Stones videos (1972). Playing live in a studio, a sound-stage or something. Pretty clean footage, and nice to see them in a controlled environment, live without the distraction of an audience. Then last night I ran into a great Beatles related video. Peter Jackson, the guy who made the Lord of the Rings movies, got a hold of fifty something hours of Beatles footage, from when they were making Let It Be. The clip was about six minutes, including a introduction by Jackson. It's a teaser for a documentary he's making from the footage, now apparently delayed due to the pandemic. The footage is from roughly 1969, presented as sort of a montage, some synced to the backing track, them rehearsing "Get Back". It's excellent. There's a link down there with Paul McCartney raving to Howard Stern about how good the footage is.

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Watch:
The Beatles: Get Back - A Sneak Peek from Peter Jackson
at YouTube
Paul McCartney Has Seen the Upcoming Beatles Documentary From Director Peter Jackson
at YouTube
The Rolling Stones - Loving Cup (Montreux 1972)
at YouTube
The Rolling Stones - Shake Your Hips (Montreux 1972)
at YouTube
The Rolling Stones - Tumbling Dice (Montreux 1972)
at YouTube
The Rolling Stones - Jam Session (Montreux 1972)
at YouTube

 

Sunday, January 3, 2021

TO EARNESTNESS!


Boy, after the year that was 2020, this was nice to run across. It's not the latest hot shot band, a rare record, or some ridiculous trivial backstory of a song.  It was a short video that did what seemed impossible. It reminded me that life goes on, the wheels still move, and there is hope for the younger generations. It's like this: As you get older, you get jaded. Been there, done that and that sort of thing. You forget what life was like when you were younger and all the melarchy streaming out of the six o'clock news was stuff that was happening to other people.

I'm not sure how many of you have been hanging around here for over five years, but in the event that you haven't, let me introduce you to Kara, a guitar student I don't know. Five years ago I was posting Freddy King's "San-Ho-Zay", and ran into a cover by Kara who was, at the time, roughly ten years old. It was posted on YouTube by her guitar teacher, Michael Stevens. I was struck by the innocence of someone in the position I was when I took guitar lessons at about the same age. (I ultimately walked away from lessons, but my brother continued with them and would end up being an hot shit guitarist by the time he left high school.) I hoped that she kept up with it because she showed promise, and the song selection was an excellent one. Intrigued, I contacted Stevens and he filled in the blanks, telling me that he posted videos of his students to help them with poise, as many of them had never played in front of anyone outside of their households.

Over the ensuing years Stevens hepped me to new videos showing Kara's progress. The first few were blues songs and she had a pretty good feel for them. A couple other Freddy King songs, "Hideaway" and "The Stumble" and Albert King's "Born Under A Bad Sign". During the next few years the videos were of more recent songs, more acoustic guitar. The latest video that Stevens shared was Kara playing Radiohead's "Karma Police". It seemed recent to me. Wow, it came out in 1997. Time flies.

Anyway, it was a nice way to start the new year. Something encouraging. Stevens is still teaching and Kara's still taking lessons. As I've come to know Stevens, as little as I do, I know three things. He teaches guitar, he likes to cook, and he's a Ritchie Blackmore fiend. I wonder when that conversation will come up?

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Watch:
Kara - San-Ho-Zay at YouTube Freddy King cover, April 2014
Kara - Hideaway at YouTube Freddy King cover, March 2015
Kara - Zombie
at YouTube Cranberries cover, Mar 3, 2019
Kara - Norwegian Wood
at YouTube Beatles cover, January 15, 2020
Kara - Karma Police
at YouTube Radiohead cover, January 2, 2021

Michael K Stevens - Channel
at YouTube A whole mess of music student videos.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

WELL, IT IS A FENDER.


What a waste of a day off. Everything is closed and you can't hang out with anybody. Fuggit. I started re-reading another book, Surf Beat: Rock 'n' Roll's Forgotten Revolution, by Kent Crowley. It's a pretty thorough history of surf music, the best on the subject that I've yet read (albeit two). I'm only fifty or so pages into it and I'm already reminded of the questions I had the last time I read it. I'm still wondering why no one has written a full length biography of Dick Dale. What the hell? I'm also wondering why Eddie and the Showmen's work is out of print. And the big question, why don't recordings exist of Kathy Marshall, the Queen of the Surf Guitar? [Note: These and other questions just turned into a two hour surf music related detour. Thus, the short end to this post. I can't stay in front of a screen all night. I gotta get back to doing nothing.]

Anyway, the book mentions an early instrumental by Ritchie Valens, "Fast Freight" as being right on the cusp of early rock 'n' roll splitting off into surf. It was released under the name Arvee Allens. Del-Fi Records label owner Bob Keane was creating a back up plan in a Duane Eddy mold, in the event that his first two vocal hits were flukes.

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Listen:
Arvee Allens - Fast Freight mp3
at Rockabilly Hall
Arvee Allens - Big Baby Blues mp3
at Rockabilly Hall
Ritchie Valens - Come On, Let's Go mp3
at Rocky 52
Ritchie Valens - La Bamba mp3
at Rocky 52
Ritchie Valens - That's My Little Suzie mp3
at Rocky 52
Ritchie Valens - Donna mp3
at Rockabilly Hall

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

NO DOUBT, A PAID EXPERT WITNESS


From the man who brought you "Sweet Caroline", wrote "I'm A Believer" for the Monkees, is an inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, an honoree at the Kennedy Center Honors and the owner of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award comes a complete and utter dog. This one, from 1968 "The Pot Smoker's Song". Just listen to it. Happy go lucky intro straight into a testimonial of someone who started with pot and who claims that along with meth (remember, this is 1968),"I also used to shoot acid up my spine." Really? Do tell bro.

This is bad even as album filler. Downright embarrassing for someone who really does have talent. Maybe he was doing it for the ladies of the parking lot. Whatever. The post I found it on has twelve other pot related songs, though I doubt any will match the juxtaposition of talent and cluelessness that this one has. Yeesh.

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Listen:
Neil Diamond - The Pot Smoker's Song mp3
at Probe Is Turning-On the People
Session 223 - Love, Mary Warner
at Probe Is Turning-On the People Twelve more weed whackers.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

FROM THE SECOND LAP DEPARTMENT

Ha! I was scrounging around old posts at Art Decade and came across a song by Juaneco Y Su Combo. I instantly recognized it but didn't remember from where. I did a web search and this post came up. I figured that if I had forgotten about it maybe you had too. Here it is as it was posted four years ago.:

A week ago, I had no idea what chicha was. I'd never really listened to Peruvian cumbia. This week it was crash course time. It started with Juaneco y Su Combo, courtesy of the ever cool Super Sonido (or was cool. They haven't updated in a while). From there it was a stop at Tiger Milk Records, and by then I was sucked in. I'm not going to bullshit here, or re-write a description that's already been written. I got nothin'. Just links to all of the cool stuff I've been digging. Listen to a few of these. It's good, out there in an organic, spacey, definitely-not-from-here sort of way. Shit, I can't aptly describe the sounds, let alone the feel. Read the thing at Perfect Sound Forever, that's a solid rundown. But man, get lost in this music. File under "stuff from way over there".

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Listen:
Juaneco y Su Combo - La Cumbia De Los Cuervos mp3 at Super Sonido
Los Vagos De Paramonga - La Muerte Del Lobo mp3
at Super Sonido
Manzanita y Su Conjunto - Asi Asi Asi
at Super Sonido
Four more chicha bombs
at Super Sonido
Tiger Milk Records
- Streaming samples of their compilations
Visit:
Peruvian Chicha
at Perfect Sound Forever

Sunday, December 27, 2020

THANKS MYSTERY SELECTOR


I live near a fishing pier, a long fishing pier (1971 feet long). It's great for a walk at sunset with a lot of free range lollygagging. Even better with your sister, who you haven't seen in months, on Christmas Eve. The pier is T-shaped. It goes straight out into he ocean and then has wings, one pointed north, the other pointing south. That's the south wing that you see in the photo above, from three nights ago. Awesome sunset, no? As we walked away towards shore, it got more awesome. Someone at that end of that wing had a boombox of some sort and blasted "Sleepwalk" by Santo and Johnny. I had one of those moments, like when Dan Akroyd hears the Barkays' "Soul Finger" way off in the distance in Spies Like Us. The song selection was so was perfect for the time and place I was tempted to walk back out and thank the selector.



My introduction to the awesomeness of Santo and Johnny came from a hand me down record from my Uncle Mike, who was a Duane Eddy and Ventures freak as well, so I'm including the Ventures version too. It's about twice as long as the original. That's a good thing because the only thing that I don't like about the original is that it's too short. It's perfect for a slow dance but, really, what good is a slow dance if it only lasts two and a half minutes? I bet you dollars for donuts that Santo and Johnny were still living at home when they wrote it.

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Saturday, December 26, 2020

THE RIFF MAKER


Back when I had a paper route, I did what paperboys do between throwing papers, I trash picked. The night before trash days, the cans were brought out to the curb and that meant that the morning paper boys were the first to see what was in them. Alas, there was rarely anything worth taking home. But there was one trash can that I never skipped. There was a DJ from one of the local FM radio stations that lived in the middle of my route. Though not yet in my teens, I had the bug. I was just starting to get into music. So I knew about this DJ. I always checked his can. Unfortunately, if there was anything in there it was usually some singer songwriter type stuff that the station wouldn't play (i.e. Gordon Lightfoot, Jim Croce). It was getting to the point that even I, with my nascent musical knowledge, knew that that singer songwriter crap didn't cut it. But one day, right on top, Mountain's Climbing LP, their first. I'd never seen it before and didn't recognize the name of the band. But there were four members and they had sufficiently scraggly hair, a signifier of rock. I brought it home and the first song on the first side was "Mississippi Queen". Now, that song I knew. It was big enough that It had actually made it onto AM station playlists. And it rocked, hard.


That was the first Mountain song that I'd ever heard and it put Mountain on my list. By the time I was bussing tables when I was about fifteen, two waitresses were hired, transplants from Nantucket. Knowing nothing of Nantucket or where it was but knowing, by then, of Mountain's Nantucket Sleighride LP, I asked the women if they had ever heard of Mountain. I was flabbergasted when they told me that they knew Leslie West, Corky Laing and Felix Papalardi and actually partied with them "back home". Shit, I felt honored to bus their tables.


This all came flooding back to me three days ago when I heard that guitarist and lead singer Leslie West had passed away. West was the man with the riff. The intro to "Mississippi Queen" practically defines hard rock in the seventies. And his voice is one of those rock voices that sounds like it's seen a road or two. Man, that song has been a favorite of mine since that day after my paper route. That fucking riff.

West started out in a band called the Vagrants, and after Mountain it was West, Bruce and Laing.(Jack Bruce was formerly in Cream, Corky Laing was a holdover from Mountain.) Listen to "Why Dontcha". That intro, when the song really kicks into gear at :20 seconds, just knocks the fucking wind out of you.

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Listen:
Mountain - Mississippi Queen
(streaming) at YouTube
Mountain - Never In My Life mp3
at Nosmo Kings
West, Bruce and Laing - Why Dontcha
(streaming) at YouTube
Video:
The Vagrants - Appearance in a movie
at YouTube West at far right on stage

Thursday, December 24, 2020

THESE GUYS AGAIN

It's time for the Beatles' Christmas records. Yeah, I know, another repost. Just rotating the stock. Anyway, they sent these out to fan club members from 1963-1969. It's interesting to hear how their personalities evolved during the height of Beatlemania. If you know a beginning Beatle freak who doesn't know these existed, a burned CD and a little cut and paste cover would be a quick way to cross one off your list. If you've never heard them, check them out. Skip around and hear the messages go from zany to thoughtful to weird.

The first link has mp3s, just click on the record labels of each individual record. The second link has the same records streaming, but with descriptions and click-able high resolution images of the covers.

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Listen:
The Beatles Christmas Records Records - 1963 - 1969 mp3s
at The Beatles Source NOTE: Right click on record labels for mp3s.
The Beatles Christmas Records Records - 1963 - 1969
(streaming) at All Dylan Right click on record labels for high resolution.