Thursday, November 15, 2012

Beatles Demos: "Sgt. Pepper" Era (1966/1967)

- ?? September 1966
- It's Not Too Bad [00:00]
- Strawberry Fields Forever (Acoustic Guitar Demo) [03:29]

- ?? November 1966
- Strawberry Fields Forever (Electric Guitar Demo) [07:31]
- Strawberry Fields Forever (Mellotron Demo) [10:13]

- ?? January 1967
- Good Morning, Good Morning [12:21]

Monday, November 12, 2012

Produced by George Martin: DVD Review

This BBC documentary, a profile of George Martin's career, provides an impressive interviewee lineup, including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Jeff Beck, and Cilla Black. Rather than being interviewed themselves, Paul and Ringo sit down with George Martin and reminisce over photos and studio tapes. There is also some interesting 1960s footage of Abbey Road Studios, including the familiar 1964 session with the Beatles and a less-familiar (to me) studio session with Cilla Black.

I could not help but feel like wanting more from this DVD, as if the DVD were a trailer to a longer feature. There are many stories to tell from George Martin's producing career, and this DVD provides a brief, albeit a somwhat too brief, overview. A nice companion piece to the previous Beatles documentaries that have been issued over the years.