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Film Review: “De-constructing The Beatles – Rubber Soul” and winners!

The husband and I took a night off to go out to dinner and movie. This time we were lucky enough to have a Beatles themed flick playing one town over from us.

Deconstructing The Beatles is the brain child of musicologist and Beatles scholar Scott Freiman. He’s made four ‘Deconstructing’ films so far that are showing around the country. You can find out if any of them are playing near you on the website. Before I give my thoughts, here’s the trailer for this film:

 

 

I’ve seen several great Beatles experts who do lectures similar to this one…Kenneth Womack and Walter Everett come to mind and if you’ve ever been lucky enough to see either of these Beatles experts’ lectures, you’re sure to love this film. Scott Freiman literally walks his audience through each day of the 30 days the Beatles had to record their Rubber Soul album. What songs they recorded on what days, what instruments where used on each song, the tracks used, etc.. An amazing process to experience that just about any Beatles fan is sure to enjoy. In fact, I’m going to need to go back and find out where I can go to see the first three Deconstructing films about the White Album, Sgt. Peppers and Revolver. And for that reason…

I rate this film, 4 out of 4 Beetles!

 

 

 

The winners of last week’s giveaway for a copy of John Lennon: The stories behind every song 1970-1980 are: Meredith Floate, Deborah Allen and Rob Conlin! Please email me your mailing addresses so I can get your books out to you ASAP. Congrats!

 

 

 

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Album/CD Review: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 50th Anniversary Edition

I decided it was time for me to review something new, so I went out and bought the new Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 2 CD Deluxe EditionYou can pick up various packaging for the revised/remix of the original album (1 CD, 2 CD, Deluxe, etc.), but I decided that for my own purposes all I really needed was the 2 CD set with the new mix and a CD of outtakes (I won’t be reviewing the outtakes).

In order to fully understand what Giles Martin did in his editing of the original cuts, I pulled out my Sgt. Pepper’s CD from 1987 and tried desperately to get my old 5 disc player to play the two discs in spiral mode so I could hear the old, then new version of each track…but alas, after 2 hours of wrestling with both our players, I ended up having to do it manually! UGH…time warp back to the 1980s!

Well, it didn’t take long to hear the difference! The older disc has a duller, more muted sound to it and the tracks sound very distinct as they change from speaker to speaker.  The new version is an amazing mix that flows…Picture yourself in a boat on a river, With tangerine trees and marmalade skies INDEED! The music literally surrounds you and it made me sorry I was listening to it on just two speakers. My next purchase is going to be a fantastic set of headphones for just the purpose of listening to this CD. I also can’t wait to get to listening to these mind blowing, full bodied moving tunes in the six speaker sound chamber of my car. It’s so hard to describe, maybe you just have to be there! And for that reason…

I rate this album/CD 5 out of 4 Beetles! (George Martin included this time…)

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Review: “International Pop” exhibit at Philadelphia Museum of Art

War is Over pop artThe International Pop art exhibit is currently at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through May 15, 2016.  Unlike a lot of other traveling art exhibits, this one is free with paid admission to the museum.  They also offer free guided tours of the show sporadically throughout the day of the show, but my husband and I found it a little too artsy for us, so we decided to walk it alone and discuss the works among ourselves.

Here’s a description of the exhibit from the museum’s website:

Focusing on work made from 1956 to 1972, the exhibition presents Pop art as a movement that is at turns celebratory, critical, and probing in its message.
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This exhibit includes paintings, drawings, ads, posters, and videos from around the world that are consider part of the pop art movement.  And how could these years (1956-1972) be complete without references to the Fab Four.  On display is John & Yoko’s War is Over poster (signed) and copies of albums Sgt. Pepper’s and the White Album.

If you dig the works of Andy Warhol, there are several of his pieces on display.

If you’re not sure if this show is for you, check out the International Pop trailer:

Additionally, musician Ben Vaughn created a musical playlist as a companion to this exhibit.  It includes two songs by the BeatlesDrive My Car and Tomorrow Never knows.  This soundtrack is only available on Spotify:
  

This exhibit only contains about 150 pieces of work from around the world, so if you decide to go you will have plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the museum or spend a day walking around Philadelphia.  And for that reason…

I rate this exhibit, 4 out of 4 Beetles!

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