Monday, February 17, 2014

We LOVe You

we love you..and we hope you love we too

ok I think Alan Parsons was an ok rocker, an ok bloke...nothing special but when I saw him on stage hamming it up with pal Nipper at the Avocado Fest a few years ago, I figured he'd lost his mind....a pink void

but there he was at the Beatles Fest at the Carp Plaza Theater recently...Parsons says he was an engineer on the Beatles album "Abbey Road"...actually he was listed as 2nd engineer on a few cuts from info obtained online...but no credits on the actual album....a 2nd engineer is like being a co-publisher..

where do we go from here?


the second engineer is a tea boy if you are drinking tea, the guy who places the food orders, makes all kind of runs, and sometimes actually gets rough levels, as he's is usually just an intern or a very low man on the totem pole...for a hot minute.

now back in the 1960s the Beatles and the Stones used to visit Montecito alot...I happened to meet Mick while he was sitting on a stone fence one day...he introduced me to Keith and John  and we'd hang out in a little cottage on Olive Mill Road...we all wrote the Stone's gem "We LOve YOu"...remember that one..a little obscure but it was a parody of John's "All You Need is Love" and the whole Love Generation thing...John and Mick wrote most of it but the clanging piano sound in the beginning was my idea...John and Paul sang the high harmonies, uncredited by the way, and Brian Jones' mellotron was brilliant...that song ROCKED!!!

can Alan Parsons match that? I don't think so

now "Abbey Road" was the end of the Beatles and contained some odd songs, half songs but the best ones were George's "Something" and "Here Comes the Sun"...George was on a roll...he made that Gibson Jumbo acoustic guitar sound like 12 string and the Moog was breathtaking...John was injured and didn't play on it...probably Alan Parsons was the guy who got jam butties for everyone..still not a bad gig but let's not tell everyone you were the Beatles recording engineer if you weren't

Here Comes the Sun written by: Harrison Recorded: 7, 8, 16 July; 6 15, 19 August 1969
Producer: George Martin
Engineers: Phil McDonald, Geoff Emerick

Released: 26 September 1969 (UK), 1 October 1969 (US)

George Harrison: vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonium, Moog synthesiser, handclaps
Paul McCartney: backing vocals, bass, handclaps
Ringo Starr: drums, handclaps
Uncredited: four violas, four cellos, double bass, two piccolos, two flutes, two alto flutes, two clarinets

ok so I watched the Grammy salute to the Beatles and it was pretty good..the best was Paul and Ringo doing "A Little Help from My Friends" and "Something" covered by JoeWalsh, Dhani Harrison and ELO guy, Jeff Lyne who also played with Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Dylan...

2nd engineers, co-publishers, water-tasting experts...all  part of the same  grand illusion

1 comment:

Oh to be young said...

Interesting remembrances. I had to google 'jam butties'though. Any DWI/DUIs in those days?