Whiter Than White – Three Shades of “The BEATLES” (White Album)

 

 

When this year began, I mentioned that throughout the year I would post some blogs celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles landmark “White Album.”

Well now that the year is almost over I decided to hop to it and finally share some posts about a few of the different copies of the White Albums I have in my collection.

Now as most rabid Beatle fans know there will be a super nice (and expensive I’m sure) White Album box set coming out probably in November of this year which will feature all sorts of goodies like outtakes, remixes and who knows what else.

So until that collection comes out and possibly readdresses the best sounding version of the album, I thought it might be nice to take a look at some of the best sounding versions of “The BEATLES” I own.

(Note: the album is actually just called “The BEATLES” but its nickname of the “White Album” has become so prevalent that it’s now mainly known by that name but I’ll refer to it both ways.)

Today I am featuring two of my favorite White Albums: one vinyl and one CD and both stereo versions. I’m also throwing in a first pressing U.S. vinyl copy of the White Album I acquired earlier this year not because its the best sounding but because it’s in great shape and fun to see.

In my opinion out of all the vinyl pressings you may find of The BEATLES (White Album) the best in terms of quality of sound would have to go to the 1978 UK white vinyl pressing.

This pressing is superb and I think sounds so clear and so vibrant that it easily takes the top spot of all the pressings I own.

Don’t get me wrong,  a first pressing UK regular black vinyl issue is right up there neck and neck with the white vinyl pressing from 1978 but there’s just something special about the sound of the 1978 pressing that makes it stand out from all the others.

And I happened to stumble on a really beautiful condition copy of the white vinyl issue (see photos above) a couple of years ago at a record show. The dealer must not have known what he had as he only charged me $40 for it and it goes for well above that most places online as its sought after by collectors for its sound and is relatively rare these days.

My other favorite way to listen to The BEATLES (White Album), if I’m listening to a CD version, is the first pressing numbered CD issue that came out in 1987.

I just love the sound of the original 1987 mastering as its not as pumped up with bass as the 2009 remaster CD and just sounds right – lovely, nice bass and sounds near the first UK vinyl pressing in terms of dynamics.

I like the 2009 remaster but tend to reach for the 1987 CD whenever I’m in the mood for listening to the stereo version of the White Album.

(Note 2: For the mono version hands down the 2009 mono CD wins but that’s not a part of this blog post so never mind lol.)

And lastly take a look at the beautiful U.S. Apple numbered pressing copy of the White Album (also see above) I got just this year. It has the song “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill” listed as just “Bungalow Bill” which indicates a first issue label but also has a higher number on the cover which is almost 2 million.

I’m guessing the cover and album are both first pressings as the album sold in vast quantities but I thought the first issue labels were found with lower numbers but who knows if it was switched over the past fifty years or so – still a very lovely copy.

And the cover is actually still pretty white as most U.S. pressing get very grimy and dirty over the years but this is is still in really nice shape!

As for sound, I’ll never say a U.S. pressing is the best listening experience for this album as British copies beat it hands down, but this U.S. copy does actually sound pretty nice.

So take a gander at some of the photos above!

As usual you’ll see hype stickers (the person who had the UK white vinyl pressing actually kept the hype sticker yay!!!) and the CD longbox for the 1987 CD issue as I’m a pack rat with music and love to see them as most people threw them away.

More on more versions of the White Album soon!

Until next time be well and TTFN!!!

 

 

“Egypt Station” Second Stop! Exclusives – colored vinyl and more

“My name is James, I’m a McCartney/Beatles addict. It’s been three days since I bought my last vinyl album …”

Okay, sometimes even I go off the deep end a bit in the collector’s pool. Every year I say I’m going to do better and then WHAM here I am again.

When it was announced that there would be multiple versions of McCartney’s new album on different colors of vinyl I said to myself ‘nah, I’m okay with skipping these’. Until I made the mistake of walking into Barnes & Noble just to see what their exclusive vinyl looked like – big mistake.

I even took a ride on the rationalization train (at the Egypt Station of course – I know, groan right) saying to myself I’ll buy it just to show on this blog.

Oh well, my madness is your gain.

Today I’m going to take a look at some of the exclusive versions of Paul McCartney’s new (and I must say excellent!) album “Egypt Station”.

There are several different colored vinyl versions of “Egypt Station” available at various locations on the Web and in retail stores as well a version of the CD with two bonus tracks that’s available only at Target stores int he U.S. (overseas its available at HMV stores).

For those who are sane, and you know who you are lol, the best deal going is by far the Target exclusive CD for the two bonus tracks. One-stop shopping and you have what I would consider the complete album.

Now, you may think bonus tracks means lesser but as is usual with Paul McCartney he sometimes leaves tracks as bonuses that are better than some tracks that made the album.

The two bonus tracks on the Target CD are:

“Get Started” – a really nice slice of Wings like pop that has shimmering guitars and a ’60s/’70s vibe that sounds just great. The riff that runs through out the song reminds me of the riff in The Monkees song “You Bring the Summer” from 2016  for those who are familiar. Nice track and nice production by Greg Kurstin who produced most of the tracks on the rest of the album.

“Nothing for Free” – this lovely slice of modern pop, produced by Ryan Tedder and Zach Skelton who produced “Fuh You” as well, is a much better realized song than “Fuh You” which did make the album. It’s modern sounding and very quirky but damn near irresistible if you ask me. It’s very much like McCartney’s bonus track from his 2013 “New”  album called “Struggle”. Weird yet oddly enchanting.

I would have preferred these two songs on the album proper so suffice to say if you’re interested in this album track this exclusive CD down, you won’t regret it.

Now, on to the vinyl.

I will admit that McCartney’s marketing people saw collector’s coming. My first thought was yikes, who would buy these knowing damn well I would!

So far the vinyl comes in black, red (Barnes & Noble exclusive), orange and blue (PaulMcCartney.com exclusive) and green (a version offered to Spotify users – don’t even ask lol – and again a PaulMcCartney.com exclusive).

But wait, just like the limited concertina style CD cover some of the vinyl covers are special one print concertina style covers that fold open and some are just regular covers that hold two vinyl albums but don’t fold out in any way.

There are both covers with the black vinyl pressings, the red vinyl isn’t a concertina cover but has printed inner sleeves, the orange and blue vinyl comes in a concertina style cover and has a lovely fold out lyric sheet as well but no printed sleeves and the green vinyl is in the same cover and style as the red vinyl.

Got all that?!!

Anyway, so far (he says admittedly) I’ve bought the regular CD, the Target CD, the red vinyl and the orange and blue vinyl. I must admit that the concertina cover is a must have as you get the two Egypt Station paintings by Paul McCartney that make up the album cover in all their glory in a magnificent deluxe cover that’s really worth tracking down.

(Note: I realize that this is all pretty wacky looking from the outside but welcome to the collector mindset. Aren’t you glad if you’re not inflicted?!!)

Feast your eyes above at my “Egypt Station” madness as it stands today. Btw, the Target exclusive CD also comes with a green sash to hold the concertina cover together as the regular CD comes with a red sash. Just in case you were wondering.

Until the train brings me to another stop next time  … be well!

“Egypt Station” (a review) – Paul McCartney returns! … and well worth the wait!!

 

 

 

 

While today was a mixture of good and bad – I hate cars just sayin’ – and while it won’t go down as one of my best days ever I did manage to get a hold of a copy of Paul McCartney’s new CD entitled “Egypt Station” three days before its official release date!!! Yay!!!

Okay, in my mind that makes it a great day overall so without further delay I’m going to take you through my first listen so those who are curious as to what it sounds like can get some kind of feel for what to expect.

(Note: of course you’re all buying it right lol!)

First off, I have to say that I love the cover and title. The cover is taken from two McCartney paintings called Egypt Station I and Egypt Station II. I’ve read online that some think it looks like George Harrison’s album “Gone Troppo” which I guess it does but I just love the Egyptian and mystical feel of the painting and love the theme of the album – a journey thorough some sort of mystical train station of life.

(Note 2: This is the regular version of the CD without bonus tracks. More on the bonus tracks and “Egypt Station” vinyl in a future post!)

Okay, the first issue of this CD comes with what’s called a “Limited Edition Concertina” cover which folds open to reveal the full Egypt Station paintings as well as lyrics and photos.

The inner sleeve which holds the CD was shrink wrapped which was odd but overall the cover is lovely and the red sash wrapped around the concertina cover was also a nice touch (see photos above).

It’s been five years since Paul McCartney has released an album of new music so I’ve been eagerly waiting for this new music and I must say was well worth the wait.

Unlike 2013’s “New” which featured several producers and was quite slick and modern sounding, I would say “Egypt Station” is definitely more earthy and quirky sounding and very much like McCartney’s album “Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard” mixed with Wings – at least in my mind.

This new album feels more low key and sounds more personal to me than the songs on “New”.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of what sounds a bit experimental mixed with nice instrumentation and orchestration (and quirkiness) yet this album feels more personal sounding, more restrained and less overly polished than “New”.

Because the album was mainly produced by one guy – Greg Kurstin – it forms more of a whole and seems less disjointed and is very much like McCartney’s 2005 album “Chaos” as I mentioned above but with fuller production touches that hint at The Beatles and Wings quite a lot, in my humble opinion.

My first impressions of the songs on “Egypt Station”:

Opening Station  – sound of train station and people which segues into next track …

I Don’t Know – still love this song, great instrumental work, very “Chaos” Paul. (8 out of 10)

Come On to Me – nice song, has grown on me since it was first issued a few  weeks ago. Love the sound and production of this track. (7 out of 10)

Happy With You – like others have said this is very similar to “Calico Skies” from McCartney’s 1997 album “Flaming Pie”. Lovely acoustic song, lyrics are much more frank/personal than McCartney usually gets. (9 out of 10, one of my favorite songs on the album)

Who Cares – nice Jim Hendrix intro. Love the lyrics. Nice cross between Wings and “Chaos” era Paul. Nice tune, very bouncy pop with a bite and nice organ stabs. Would have made a nice single, very relevant in this time of online comments on every Website. (8 out of 10)

Fuh You – I’ve warmed to this song dramatically from the first time I heard it. I hated it the first time I listened to it but its now grown on me to the point where I really enjoy it. Still the goofy Fuh You joke is sort of lame but not a bad track. Definitely modern Paul pop. Lyrics could be better but not bad. (7 out of 10)

Confidante – acoustic song like other reviews have said. Nice vocals from Paul. Supposedly written about his guitar. Reminds me of ELP vocally but really nice McCartney acoustic track. Hints of “Off the Ground” era as well. (7 out of 10)

People Want Peace – love the sound of this track. Almost sounds like Paul is an announcer, lovely strings. Nice vocal from Paul. Still hear lots of “Chaos” on this one. Much nicer than the similar themed “C’mon People” from “Off the Ground” in 1993. Nice pop track. (7 out of 10)

Hand in Hand – another “Chaos” sounding piano track. Good wedding song, a little sad sounding with more nice strings. Paul sounds weary vocally but nice. Love the flute like sound. (7 out of 10)

Dominoes – really nice Paul vocals on this one. Wings reborn, very 70s pop sound. Acoustic pop again. Jeff Lynne touches on the vocals and production. Love the electric guitar near the end. (7 and 1/2 out of 10)

Back in Brazil – nice jaunty track. Very like Biker Like an Icon but more interesting. Not what I was expecting but I like it actually. More atmosphere than story but fun. Hints of early 80’s “McCartney II” Paul experimentation. (7 out of 10)

Do It Now – reminds me of listening to a music box in intro.  Paul piano track. Slightly repetitive but lovely song. “Chaos” era again but strong Paul vocal. Actually sounds like 70s pop, reminded me of a Partridge Family track in spots – seriously. That’s a good thing for me lol. Love the silky vocals at the end. (8 out of 10)

Caesar Rock – nice Brian Wilson influenced pop track. Weird yet accessible. “Ram” era like vocal from Paul, think “Oh Woman, Oh Why”. Lyrics are slight but nice groove. (6 out of 10)

Despite Repeated Warnings – very cool track! Love this one! Great vocals, nice twists. Mini suite of songs. A bit of “Wanderlust” mixed with a Lennon like piano and vocal to begin then a nice upbeat middle followed by a nice horn driven (or synth?) bit with rock guitar and strings. Reminds me of Lennon and Wings – Plastic Ono McCartney! (9 out of 10)

Station II – more train station atmosphere with an Alice in Wonderland or Harry Potter twist followed directly by …

Hunt You Down/Naked/C-Link– love this track. What I would call a Wings track. Reminds me of “Red Rose Speedway” and “It’s Not True” mixed together. One of my favorite tracks on the album! (9 out of 10)

 

Overall I would give the album a solid 8 out of 10. There are no real stinkers in the set and quite a lot of really solid tracks. I was surprised at how low key the album felt as the preview singles were a bit more modern sounding but I think the album as a whole feels like classic McCartney and I’m sure will grow on me even more with each listen.
I love the sound of the album – lovely instrumentation and production throughout and a really nice collection of McCartney songs.

I would say toward the middle of the album there was a bit of sameness to a couple of the songs but nothing that I really disliked and three songs that I think are just terrific.

 

So pleased with this new collection of McCartney magic and can’t wait to see how these songs age with me.
McCartney albums usually get better the more time I spend with them and I look forward to seeing how this album stacks up over time.
As for now, I  have to say I really think its a strong album!

Until next time be well and run out and buy some “Egypt Station”!!!

Let Me Take You Down to Penny Lane and Beyond … 1997 30th Anniversary CD Singles

 

Let me take you down cause I’m going to … Penny Lane?

Since I’ve been obsessing over The Beatles 1967 recordings for the past couple of weeks or so I thought it might be fun to take a look at the three singles, all number one hits on both sides of the Atlantic, that The Beatles released in that fateful year.

“Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane”, “All You Need is Love/”Baby You’re a Rich Man” and “Hello Goodbye/I Am the Walrus” capture, each in their own way, The Beatles at the height of their fame and musical power and represent the pinnacle of popular music in 1967 (and beyond!).

The photos that accompany this blog post (see above) feature three promotional CD singles that were released in 1997 to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of these three classic and iconic Beatles singles.

These promo CD singles are a bit tough to find these days but are really lovely reproductions of the original Capitol 45s and picture sleeves. Too bad they were only released as promo CDs as a reissue of the original vinyl 45s along with the CDs would have been really nice.

Anyway, here’s my take on these three Beatles 45s from 1967:

“Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever” – released February 1967

Ahhh, two of my absolute stone-cold favorite Beatles tunes. Actually two of my all-time favorite tunes by anybody!

The recent broadcast (and expanded version which aired last week) of Paul McCartney’s Carpool Karaoke appearance on James Corden’s “The Late, Late Show” has reawakened my love for the song “Penny Lane”.

Not only do McCartney and Corden sing “Penny Lane” while driving around Liverpool but they also visit the actual Penny Lane district while reminiscing about McCartney’s childhood which of course was the fuel and inspiration for the song “Penny Lane”.

I have to say that for me The Beatles 1966/1967 output marks the zenith of The Beatles creative powers both as writers and as recording artists. In fact, the three singles they released in 1967 have always seemed to stand out of time for me.

“Strawberry Fields Forever” in particular felt like it came from Mars the first time I heard it. Part dream, part nightmare and part Alice Through the Looking Glass; this song doesn’t scream any particular decade to me. It feels like a disembodied sound painting that glows brighter and more colorful with each passing year.

Likewise “Penny Lane”, it’s flip-side, with its signature use of the classical sounding piccolo trumpet also seems to elude the ravages of time and remains as fresh and lovely sounding as the first time it graced the airwaves in early 1967.

For me, pretty much most of The Beatles work from 1967 seems to hold some sort of magic pixie dust as it comes across as one long carnival ride through the past and the present and beyond.

I push came to shove I’d have to vote this 45 as the best one that The Beatles ever released – it’s that amazing.

“All You Need is Love/Baby You’re a Rich Man” – released July 1967

Released at the beginning of the so-called ‘Summer of Love’, “All You Need is Love” was The Beatles and Britain’s contribution to a special television broadcast called Our World.

The Our World program was the first time a television show was broadcast via satellite simultaneously to the entire world at the same time. An amazing feat for 1967 and naturally The Beatles were the perfect choice for one of the artists appearing on the program as they were the most popular and influential group of the era.

Lennon was mainly responsible for writing “All You Need is Love” and even though it’s a simple anthem for love its very simplicity helps the song endear itself to multiple generations and the production of course is typical 1967 Beatles, full of swirling orchestration and lovely vocals which made the song stand out then as well as now.

Granted of the three singles The Beatles released in 1967 this one is probably the one could be considered a bit dated. It’s not the music or production that sounds dated but it’s the association the song shares with the Summer of Love and the trappings of hippies and the counter culture which are dated.

I would argue that both songs really don’t sound that dated as The Beatles rarely used the slang of the era in their lyrics which leads them to be less topical and more timeless.

“All You Need is Love” especially still comes across as an eternal anthem that while seen as naive by some is nevertheless still refreshing and most of all hopeful which accounts for a lot – never underestimate a bit of hopefulness in this erratic world!

“Baby You’re a Rich Man”, the b-side of  “All You Need is Love” has always been one of my favorite Beatles tracks that while not as mysterious and intriguing as “I Am the Walrus” or “Strawberry Fields Forever” is still beguiling and wondrous in its own way with its thick bass and swirling psychedelic instrumentation which seems to call out to the listener like a siren in the night.

At least that’s the way the song has always struck me!

“Hello Goodbye/ I Am the Walrus” – released November 1967

“Hello Goodbye”, the last of the 1967 singles, is typical McCartney pop – well crafted, fun, full of melody and catchy as hell.

As a song it’s not nearly as psychedelic as Lennon’s songs on the b-sides of the 1967 singles but it’s sure damn fine to listen to and a lovely pop confection that’s a welcome breeze on the airways anytime it’s played.

“I Am the Walrus”, the flip side of “Hello Goodbye” is another matter entirely. Yellow matter (custard) as a matter of fact!

“Walrus” is another magical, mysterious (sorry, couldn’t resist) Lennon creation that takes the whimsy and madness from the two earlier 1967 singles and amps them up a few notches. A totally unique Lennon composition, “I Am the Walrus” is other worldly and ethereal while being accessible at the same time.

I remember the very first time I heard “I Am the Walrus” I was completely mesmerized  by its originality and sheer weirdness.

The slurpy cellos, as Beatles producer George Martin once referred to them, really give this song its character and a bit of spook factor which is topped off by dialogue at the end of the song which was taken from a BBC radio broadcast of Shakespeare’s King Lear” – chilling and brilliant.

This song along with “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “A Day in the Life” from the “Sgt. Pepper” album (also from 1967) form an amazing trilogy of Lennon (and McCartney) weirdness and brilliance which to this day seem fresh, stark, puzzling and achingly beautiful with just a side of menacing that are unlike any popular music before or since.

Luckily Capitol Records compiled all of these 1967 singles onto the U.S. only “Magical Mystery Tour” Lp which along with the other songs on the album form the perfect companion to The Beatles other 1967 album (Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”) which for me personally is one of my most played Beatles records.

Whew! Well that’s my take on The Beatles singles form 1967.

Take a gander at the three promo CD singles above and until next time peace and  I’m going to …

 

 

 

 

Run Devil Run, Collector’s Having Fun – Paul McCartney 1999 Collectible Vinyl 45 Set and CDs

Okay, anyone out there remember having a small record carrying case full of (usually) beat up 45’s that you carried around with your portable record player?

If you’re of an age – and I most certainly am – you probably wax nostalgic from time to time about the “old days” and today we’re doing just that – waxing nostalgic for 1999.

1999 you say? Seriously?

If you’ve read this blog more than once you probably realize that I rarely wax nostalgic for anything from the 1990’s BUT in this particular instance I’m looking back at a couple of really nifty Paul McCartney collectibles so not to worry, I’m still firmly planted in the past lol.

Back in 1999 (I never get used to the fact that that’s nearly 20 years ago!) Paul McCartney was just overcoming the death of his wife Linda the previous year and he himself was in a reflective mood as well.

McCartney released his second oldies laden album entitled “Run Devil Run” which featured nice rocking covers of songs like the more obscure “She Said Yeah” and “I
Got Stung” along with more familiar fare like “All Shook Up” and the unexpected yet lovely cover of Ricky Nelson’s “Lonesome Town”.

There were also three terrific McCartney originals on the set done in fifties rock style as well – the title track “Run Devil Run”, “What It Is” and “Try Not to Cry”. All three were terrific old school McCartney rockers and fit the mood of the collection perfectly.

When this album was released McCartney had been laying low for several months since his wife Linda’s death from cancer in 1998 so it was a great relief to see him recording again and this set is full of great playing (David Gilmour of Pink Floyd was one of the stellar guest players on the album) and great singing.

One of the coolest McCartney collectibles I’ve ever seen accompanied the release of “Run Devil Run” – a really nice retro-looking red record carrying case filled with eight 45’s featuring songs from the album plus a bonus track called “Fabulous”.

Each of the eight 45’s were housed in old style Parlophone sleeves and vintage purple Parlophone style labels which just look ‘fabulous’ (sorry couldn’t resist) and were accompanied by a booklet that listed information about each song in the set.

Really to this day this is one of my favorite McCartney collectibles (see photos above) and was pretty hard to find at the time of its release and is still pretty hard to locate as it was an import from the UK and not that many of them were made.

There were also two really nice CD singles released in the UK (also above) and of the two my favorite is the limited mono CD single (complete with with mini poster) that features true mono mixes of the songs “No Other Baby”, “Brown Eyed Handsome Man” and the bonus cut from the vinyl set “Fabulous”.

As you well know by reading this blog I LOVE mono mixes and these special mono mixes are a real treat as they fit the time period of the material so well and better yet just sound great!

If you’ve never heard of this cool 45 set take a gander above and if you’ve also never listed to the “Run Devil Run” album you should definitely try and track that down either in physical form or online as its a really fun collection of songs.

Of course the CD of the “Run Devil Run” album will work just fine but if you want a taste of the era in which most of this songs came to be track the 45 set down and really get a nostalgic rush, as well as a bit of fun!

Until next time, be well and rock on …

 

Listen to What the Man Said – My Life as An Entertainment Journalist (Part 2 – Audio)

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Okay, a couple of posts ago I shared some of the articles I wrote featuring interviews I did with some of the famous musicians that I’ve had the pleasure and honor to interview as part of my work as an entertainment journalist.

Today I thought I’d share some of the actual audio from a few of those same interviews.

What’s nice about the audio is that there’s much more information then ever made it into print plus you get to hear how funny and interesting some of these people really are which doesn’t always come across as vividly on the page.

Of course my favorites of the ones I’ve listed below are the two interviews I did with with Peter Tork (HUGE Monkees fan plus he’s quite an interesting and complex guy to interview) and the Peter Frampton (super nice guy!) and Gene Simmons (interesting to say the least) interviews.

I’ll post more audio from some of my other interviews in future blogs. Until then, feast your ears on the ones below.

Click any of the links below to hear the full audio of me interviewing the following:

Peter Tork interview 2015

Peter Tork interview 2011

Bryan Adams interview

Jim Brickman interview

Rick Springfield interview

Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys interview

Chip Davis of Mannheim Steamroller

Clay Aiken interview

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull interview

Peter Frampton interview

Gene Simmons of Kiss interview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only the Beginning … The Beatles “Love Me Do”/”P.S. I Love You” 45 Spotlight

Let’s start at the beginning shall we …

The Beatles first official 45 release came out on Parlophone records in the United Kingdom a whopping 56 years ago this upcoming October!

It’s hard to believe it’s been so long ago but I recently took out my original UK 45 pressing on the red Parlophone label and was knocked out by just how good the 45 sounds!

There’s no better way to hear The Beatles hits than playing good condition original UK 45s! There’s a sparkle and and freshness in sound on the 45s that’s never really been captured quite as well on any other format including CD.

Luckily I got my hands on a VG+ copy that plays beautifully and looks great too!

For those who don’t know the Beatles story – and I’m sure there are a few – the very first UK pressing of this 45 featured Ringo Starr playing the drums while the album version (from the “Please Please Me” album) featured a session drummer named Any White on drums.

Long story short, The Beatles producer George Martin had just gone through Pete Best being replaced with Ringo (Martin felt Best wasn’t a good enough drummer for recording so the band decided to replace him with Ringo) so he wasn’t taking chances on recording an unknown drummer.

Unsure of Ringo’s ability, Martin recorded two versions of “Love Me Do”, one featuring Starr on the drums and one with White playing the drums.

(Note: the tell-tale sign of the White version is the presence of a tambourine which was played by Ringo)

Anyway, the tape of the Ringo version was destroyed many years ago so the only version now available is a dub from a vintage 1962 vinyl copy. Thus owning the original 45 is the closet one will ever get to the master tape so it’s a prized part of any Beatles collection.

Above I thought I’d also include some of the lovely photos of reissues I own of “Love Me Do”  – a UK picture disc and a UK black vinyl 45 both from 1982, a 1982 US 45 Capitol reissue (with picture sleeve), a 1992 CD single reissue (still in the shrink wrap complete with hype sticker) and a rare 2012 50th Anniversary pressing of the 45 that was withdrawn quickly as it featured the album version of “Love Me Do” instead of the 45 version.

There’s still something magical to me about this first Beatles 45. It does sound the most dated of The Beatles music but it’s just so much fun to listen to and I love the feeling of nostalgia and joy I get every time I play it.

In an earlier post I took a quick look at the original UK 45 of “Love Me Do” but I thought it might be nice to see it along with the various reissues I have from throughout the years.

I’ll feature many more Beatles 45’s in future blogs but this is the perfect place to start my in-depth 45 spotlights where I take a look a multiple releases of the same 45 from different time periods.

Until then feast your eyes above and until next time .. be well and pull out some 45s!