By in show blog on Jun 03, 2017 |


“Inspiration Information III”

3 June 2017

Intro (2:39)

Good Morning, Good Morning (Take 8)*

Inspirational Abbey Road Information Block (12:00)

Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (Speech - Take 1; Take 4 & speech at end)*

A Day In The Life (Orchestra overdub)*

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (2017 Mono Remaster)*

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (2017 Stereo Remaster) *

Getting Better (Take 1 - Instrumental & speech at end)*

A Day In The Life (Hummed last chord) (Take 8, 9, 10, & 11)*

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Take 1 – Instrumental)*

With A Little Help From My Friends (Take 1 - False start, Take 2 – Instrumental)*

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Speech, false start & Take 5)*

Revolution 9#

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Take 9 & speech)*

Within You Without You (George coaching the musicians)*

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Take 1 & speech at end)*

Good Morning Good Morning (Take 1 - Instrumental, breakdown)*

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (Speech & Take 8)*

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (2017 Mono Remaster)*

A Day In The Life (The last chord)*

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Take 1 & speech at end)*

A Day In The Life (2017 Stereo Remaster)*

The Beatles

*(Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band {4 CD Super Deluxe Edition}/2017)

#(The Beatles/1968)

Let me introduce to you… A dream box for Pepper fans:

Apple Corps and Universal Music have reissued The Beatles' 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band as a six-disc super deluxe edition box set, 50 years after the original album was first released. This is the very first time Apple have authorized a super deluxe edition box set of a Beatles studio long-player.

This multi-disc collection delivers the landmark album in a number of forms. The first disc features a new stereo remix (not remaster) by Giles Martin and Sam Okell (from the original tapes) and two further CDs of Sgt Pepper sessions with 33 additional recordings from the studio sessions, mixed for the first time from the four-track session tapes, sequenced in chronological order of their recording dates. These ‘session’ discs also feature a new stereo mix of Penny Lane.

The mono version of Sgt. Pepper – generally the Beatle aficionado’s preferred version – is on the fourth CD with six bonus tracks including what Apple are describing as “the lost version of Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” and the Capitol Records Mono Mix of Penny Lane (previously released on the “Rarities” album).

The DVD and Blu-ray include ‘fully restored’ version of the 1992, 50-minute documentary The Making Of Sgt. Pepper and 5.1 surround and hi-res stereo mixes of the album, plus Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever. The content is the same on the DVD and blu-ray, but the latter will offer lossless 5.1 and improved visuals.

As well as the six discs, this box set includes a 144-page book full of rare images, handwritten lyrics and recording notes, two posters and a replica of the original cardboard cut-out insert. These are contained within an outer box designed to look like a period EMI tape box, over which slides the classic Peter Blake cover art of Sgt. Pepper.

As well as the six-disc super deluxe, there is a two-LP vinyl edition which features the new stereo mix on the first LP and an alternative version of all 13 tracks on the second vinyl record, all previously unreleased.

A two-CD edition also pairs the stereo remix with 18-tracks of selected ‘sessions’, and for what it’s worth, there’s also a one-CD edition.


sCreamGrrrl's CanCon Corner (12:46)

Up To You – Cordcalling (We are Still/2017)

We started off sCreamGrrrl’s Can Con corner with a song called “Up to You” from one of our favourite local treasures – Cordcalling from their 2nd full length album “We Are Still” released this past April. The band Cordcalling is made up of husband and wife duo Denise and Brian Conway who totally freak me out and I mean that in a good way. Their sound is hard to pin down. They seem so familiar to me yet so unfamiliar. They definitely have a style of their own. I love that about them and am proud to say that they are based out of our very own City of London, Ontario. “We are Still” was recorded here in London at the award winning EMAC Studios. The album has a vintage sound encompassing a bold throwback to "old-school" musical recording, mixing, and Mastering. We are very excited for both of them and are happy for their success which is evident in the support they’ve received from The Forest City Arts Awards as one of the most nominated bands and included among the live ceremony performers. They were also been nominated for Fan Favourite in The Jack Richardson London Music Awards. HowieZowie and sCreamGrrrl are most certainly huge fans and they are undeniably one of our favourites. There have also been such wonderful remarks from our local press including James Reaney of the London Free Press, Chris Montanini of The Londoner, Dave Clarke of Scene magazine. We attended their Album Release party at the London Music Club this past April and caught them performing at Grooves on Record Store Day. They are so much fun to catch live so if you get a chance to see Cordcalling, don`t miss them. And you can learn more about them on their official website and they also have a FB page you can check out to learn more about the band.

Star Rise Sun Shine – Brent Jones (Coincidence Makes A Miracle/2017)

What a delight it was to discover this very talented musician Brent Jones. We played a song called Star Rise Sun Shine from his album Coincidence Makes a Miracle released on May 15, 2016. I thought Brent's song flowed really nicely with the Blue Rodeo keyboard sounds. HowieZowie & sCreamGrrrl met Brent Jones for our first time after he played Harris Park here in London on Canada Day 2 years ago. We met Brent behind the main stage while waiting to talk to my friend Johannes Linstead who had just played and whom I had not seen in over 20 years since living in Oakville. While waiting to see Johannes, we instantaneously hit it off with Brent, talking up a musical storm and walking away with a copy of his new album he gave us for free. Little did we know how much we would fall in love with his record. We played that album all summer long and continue to play it on regular rotation all year long. The CD comes in a slim vinyl-esque sleeve with a foldout lyric sheet, download card and full colour disc face featuring the artwork of noted Canadian artist Ken Jackson. There were also a limited amount of vinyl pressings available as well. The album was recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real Word Studios in London, England. Much of what is heard on the album is played or sung by Brent Jones. His beautiful touch at the piano marks the signature sound of album, standing out in the gentle flow of chorales, Mellotron and Moog swirls. Brent has rocked as far off as Australia — and as close to home as the Back to The Garden outdoor music fests he hosts at his Jones Family Farm every August in Dorchester. And from what we heard, this year's festival is covering 2 days kicking off on the Saturday August 19th through to Sunday August 20th. There will be over 25 acts offering their talents for free. And one of those acts will be The Mongrels, making their debut at the festival this year. Secret Squirrel has canceled all non-musical related missions for this festival weekend in order to focus on festival fun-ness. We’ve never attended his festival and can’t wait to check it out this summer. We highly recommend Brent Jones` album, you can buy it on line, it’s called Coincidence Makes a Miracle and I promise it will be the best $10 you ever spent! And from what I understand, he is currently working on a band project record with Black Heart Machine. We are awaiting news on the album launch in September. Very exciting stuff and can't wait to see what this talented artist has in store for us. We just love Brent Jones! Check him out...

Dark Angel – Blue Rodeo (Five Days in July/1993)

The last song on CanCon Corner was from one of my favourite bands. A band which I find as time passes I am beginning to love and appreciate more and more each day since first discovering them over 30 years ago.

That band would be Blue Rodeo.

I chose a song called ``Dark Angel`` from their 5th studio album called ``Five Days in July.`` The band's most commercially successful album. It has been certified six times platinum as of 2008.

The album was recorded on singer/guitarist Greg Keelor's farm in Southern Ontario in July of 1993. He's been living at that farm in Clarington for over 25 years now. Clarington is just east of Toronto, in the Durham region just before Belleville. Keelor states that the beauty of the area was the catalyst for this record. For me personally, the record is one of Canada's greatest albums. The band originally intended for the recordings to serve only as demos, they found that the songs had a warmth and spontaneity that warranted releasing the collection as an album. So that they did and boy am I glad they did. Guest musicians on the album include Sarah McLachlan, Colin Linden and Anne Bourne. This album also features keyboardist James Gray's first debut with the band.

Five Days In July is supposed to be a tribute album to the Harvest-era Neil Young sound. "5 Days in May", "Hasn't Hit Me Yet" and "Bad Timing" were notable hit singles for the band off this record. "Hasn't Hit Me Yet" is probably my favourite song off the record and I love to sneak it into my can con corner whenever I can get a chance.

In the thirty years since forming, Blue Rodeo have sold over 4 million albums, won countless Juno awards, been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, been named to the Order of Canada and have been honoured with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award. And deservedly so. As you can tell, sCreamGrrrrl loves Blue Rodeo.


Sub Pop Christ Block (12:25)

Jesus Christ Pose – Soundgarden (Badmotorfinger/1991)

Featuring lyrics written by frontman Chris Cornell and music co-written by Cornell, drummer Matt Cameron, bassist Ben Shepherd, and guitarist Kim Thayil. Some see the song as defining the "essence" of Soundgarden, as it is credited to all four band members. Cameron said, "As soon as I played this pattern everyone dove right in, and within an hour we had the guts of the song. The approach we took on this one was pure assault of the senses. Canadians dance to this song."

Kim Thayil explained the origin of the song in a Rolling Stone interview:

"[It] was definitely a jam at rehearsal. I think Ben was just jamming up this loud and blurry, detuned bass line flopping around there. And Matt starts making it precise and coherent; Matt's drum part is insane – it's so fast and coordinated. And I picked up my guitar, thinking, "What the hell are they doing?" It took me a while to figure out what's going on rhythmically and where to punctuate the one, so what I start hearing is that swirling, kamikaze bat [guitar] sound at the beginning. And that was a groove. Then I revisit the feedback and beneath-the-bridge guitar squeals that I used to do in '84 and '85. I did that mostly out of necessity because I really didn't understand what it was Ben and Matt were playing; it was just too fast and involved.”

Eventually, Matt and Ben lost each other, so we recorded it. Chris takes it home. We loved the groove, the action and dynamic of it. So Chris takes a recording home and works lyrics and around the lyrics finds a chorus. So he writes a couple other sections to help flesh out the arrangement dynamic and give room for the vocals. He brought that to rehearsal and we're like, "Holy shit, this crazy, insane car wreck is now a song.”

The band explained that the lyrics for "Jesus Christ Pose" concern the exploitation of religion for personal benefit. The song is a criticism of how public figures use religion (particularly the image of Jesus Christ) to portray themselves as being "better" than others, or as "martyrs". Chris Cornell specifically mentioned Jane's Addiction's frontman Perry Farrell) as an influence on the song, explaining, "It became fashionable to be the sort of persecuted-deity guy." In an interview with Spin magazine in 1992, Cornell explained the term "Jesus Christ Pose":

"You just see it a lot with really beautiful people, or famous people, exploiting that symbol as to imply that they're either a deity or persecuted somehow by their public. So it's pretty much a song that is nonreligious but expressing being irritated by seeing that. It's not that I would ever be offended by what someone would do with that symbol.”

Kapt. Kutter Mash-Up – Pop Christ

'The unveiling of a new religious figure does not go over well down at the church. Philosophy and technology clash as onlookers witness the ultimate showdown of satirical sanctimony.'


Advert Photo Block (17:14)

Testify (Parts I & II)– Isley Brothers {feat. Jimi Hendrix} (West Coast Seattle Boy/2010)

For a flop single that was so strange that it had no realistic chance of being a hit, "Testify -- Pts. 1 & 2" is a pretty amazing and interesting record. If it's noted by historians at all, it's because a young Jimi Hendrix plays explosive R&B-rock guitar on it. Most Hendrix fans would agree that it represents the best of his slim body of recorded work prior to the formation of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. But more than that, this 1964 single, issued on the Isley Brothers' own T-Neck label, is tremendously exciting uptempo soul music, just one step removed from a gospel revival tent. That's not an unusual place for the Isley Brothers to be -- their first hit single, "Shout," was very much like a gospel chant adapted into a rock n' roll or soul song. But whereas "Shout" was fairly straightforward in its secularization of fervent gospel into a love tune, "Testify" teeters on the edge of dementia, both in its barely containable energy and the overtly satirical content of its latter parts. The six-minute track had to be split in two to fit onto a 45 single, and the first part is the more "normal" of the halves. A gospel organ and Hendrix's spindly, roving electric guitar ground the opening section, in which a spoken voice indeed testifies like a fire-breathing preacher. He's not talking about saving souls, though; he's talking about getting soul. When he starts singing, the full band crashes in with a soul-rock-blues groove, as do backup harmony singers, his testimony to the delights of moving your feet to soul music broken up by occasional stutters of the brass section. The backup Isleys urge on the lead with infectious "yeah yeah"s, the lead occasionally rising to high screams. About a minute and 15 seconds into the track, Hendrix takes over -- but only briefly -- with ten seconds of some really wild, unhinged R&B soloing. Then the Isleys go into an ascending chorus about how glad they are to get some soul, in a fashion somewhat reminiscent, but again much wilder, of the ascending bridge they sang in "Twist and Shout." The final four minutes of the track are where things get really strange. The Isleys create a fictional scenario within a song where they yield the floor to other soul singers to testify about the greatness of getting soul, imitating, in succession -- and fairly accurately and humorously -- Ray Charles, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and the Beatles. Yet a galvanizing dance rhythm is maintained throughout, so the track can be enjoyed both as comedy and straight soul music. Whoever thought this might get a lot of airplay was probably deluded, but the result was a delightful track, one that worked as a both an out-and-out raver and a novelty.

Stairway to Heaven – Frank Zappa (The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life/1991)

Frank Zappa put together a formidable band in 1988, for what became his last tour; he later called it the best band he’d ever taken on the road. Zappa told an interviewer from Guitarist Magazine:

[The band] was unique because it combined a very strong five-piece horn section with all kinds of electronic stuff, with effects on the percussion section, on the drums, multiple keyboards—a very interesting blend of this horn harmony and very strange sound effects. All those little effects and things coming in, that’s just the way it was on the live show. We had three stations generating samples; there was Ed Mann, who had this whole vocabulary of dog barks and bubbles and weird shit, then there was Chad Wackerman who had all these strange percussion things hooked up to a big rig, and then there was the synclavier, which I could play when I wasn’t playing the guitar.”

Before the band dissolved in mutiny, it performed enough to generate material for three albums (two of them doubles): The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life, Make a Jazz Noise Here, and Broadway the Hard Way.

The sets included, in Zappa’s words, “deranged versions of cover tunes”: the band played “I Am The Walrus,” the theme from The Godfather Part II, “Purple Haze,” Boléro, “Sunshine of Your Love,” and “Ring of Fire.” My favorite of these is Zappa’s take on “Stairway to Heaven,” sung by the peerless Ike Willis. It’s like listening to Spike Jones—the band performs a meticulous arrangement of the song, down to the horn section reproducing Jimmy Page’s solo at the end, but comments on the lyrics at the end of every line with a gag sample. If you share my appetite for this flavor of broad shtick, listen for the “songbird who sings” and the forests echoing with laughter. You’ll never hear the original the same way again.

One Love/People Get Ready – Bob Marley (Exodus/1977)

First recorded in a ska style by Marley's original group, The Wailers in 1965 and released as a single. This version was later included on their first sin les compilation The Wailing Wailers in 1966. It was rerecorded as part of the 1970 medley All In One, which contained reggae reworkings of their early ska songs. This was released as a single and is also included on the compilation African Herbsman under the name "All in One". The version on Exodus was not released as a single until 9 April 1984, promoting the forthcoming greatest hits album Legend. However, the single became one of his biggest hits and has been included on many of Marley and the Wailers subsequent compilation albums.

The song contains an interpretation of The Impressions' song "People Get Ready" written by Curtis Mayfield. The original recording of the song does not credit Mayfield's song and is simply titled "One Love" - this is because copyright law was not enforced for Jamaican recordings at this time. When the famous version was recorded for Island in 1977 it was titled "One Love/People Get Ready" and credited Mayfield (as Island wanted to avoid copyright problems) and it gives co-authorship credits to both Marley and Mayfield.

A posthumous music video was directed by Don Letts in 1984 to accompany the Bob Marley & The Wailers compilation album, Legend. It combines footage of a young British boy, Jesse Lawrence, in his home on the World's End Estate, outdoor sequences on King's Road and archival footage of Marley (from the "Is This Love" music video). It also features several cameo appearances including Paul McCartney, two members of Bananarama, the members of the reggae group, Musical Youth, and Suggs and Chas Smash of Madness; some of the short clips in this video are also in Madness' video for their song "The Return of the Los Palmas 7". The song was also released alongside the video and gave Marley a posthumous UK hit when it reached number 5 in May 1984.

A second video for "One Love" was produced by Marley's estate in 2014, with fans submitting video ideas through Tongal and then ultimately compiling a video of diverse contributors lip-syncing and dancing to the song.