Monday, July 21, 2008

I'm malleable.

Having been unduly influenced by An Illustrated Record, I spent a lot of years thinking that "Within You Without You" was the "nadir" of the recording career o' the Beatles.

Now, I quite like the recording.

"We were talking . . . "


lupner said...

Wow. This inspired me to seek out my own copy of Illustrated Record, so I could see how many well-worn pieces it was left in. Only to find that the binding disintegrated completely . . . It was like our Beatles' Bible in 1975-76, there just wasn't a wealth of material at that time -- Anne, Chris and I used to go to the public library and seek out old photos and articles in the periodicals for information.

Will have to make a point to read thru the IR again.
And then maybe "Growing up with the Beatles' . . . :)

Sir George Martin said...

well, Beatles-chick, this means that our life-long friendships may have sprung from this under-discussed well.

I lived that book from '75-76 on, and a recent discussion with misterparker revealed he was just outside Nashville doing the same thing.

If it's any consolation: any inspection of my corpus reveals unequivocally that my binding disintegrated completely too . . . .

The Jestaplero said...

Wow, I had no idea how prevalent this was. ILLUSTRATED RECORD was the Bible. For me, for Circus Guy, and our other childhood BeatleFanCompatriot Matt-who-just-played-Galaxy-Hut.

I wonder if my extreme fondness for George's solo work might have its roots in the appallingly unfair treatment he received in that book.

That damned book is so ingrained in my psyche I wonder if I actually learned in part how to express myself through total immersion in it.

I have two copies. I bought an updated one (goes through 33 1/3, WINGS OVER AMERICA, and RINGO IV!) at a rummage sale in Harlem circa 1994.

The Jestaplero said...

Oh, and to your original point about "Within You Without You" - Illustrated Record just dismisses it as a lame remake of "Love You To" and says it's inferior Bollywood fare. I don't know about you, but to my ears today it's probably more musically sophisticated and emotionally compelling than anything on SGT PEPPER except perhaps "A Day in the Life."

I really love the outlook in the lyrics and am eternally amazed by the "East-meets-West" marriage of George Martin's string section with the classical Indian instrumentation.

OK I'll shut up now.