Open Your Eyes

August 1, 2017

Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Video games train the kids for war.
Army chic in high-fashion stores.
Law and Order’s done their job.
Prisons filled while the rich still rob.
Assassination politics.
Violence rules within our nations’ midst.
Well ignorance is their power tool.
You’ll only know what they want you to know.

The television cannot lie.
Controlling media with smokescreen eyes.
Nuclear Politicians picture show.
The acting’s lousy but the blind don’t know.

Open your eyes. See the lies right in front of ya.

They scare us all with threats of war.
So we forget just how bad things are.
You taste the fear when you’re all alone.
They’re gonna get’cha when you’re on your own.

The silence of conspiracy.
Slaughtered on the alter of apathy.
You gotta wake up from your sleep.
‘Cause meek inherits earth six feet deep.

Open your eyes. See the lies right in front of ya.

Wonder Woman is back in the news with a new movie. Which gives me the perfect excuse to listen (?!?) to this comic book. If you’d like to listen to this comic book too then click here.

There were a number of these “Peter Pan” records and comics produced in the late 1970s. I enjoyed this one immensely and am now on the lookout for more.

Surprisingly the story in the comic book that accompanies this record is unique and not a reprint from an earlier DC comic. The artwork is surprisingly good too. According to the GCD it was drawn by Rich Buckler and inked by Neal Adams and Dick Giordano from a period when both were at the top of their game.

The Death of Batman

July 1, 2017

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R.I.P William West Anderson   19/09/1928 – 09/06/2017

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Firkin by Hunt Emerson and Tym Manley

Don’t drag no more

July 1, 2017

Today

June 1, 2017

Today is the oldest

you’ve ever been.

Today is the youngest

you’ll ever be.

So enjoy Today while it lasts.

Abbey Road

June 1, 2017

It’s fifty years ago today (give or take a few weeks) since I bought the LP “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (Parlophone PMC 7027). It was the first (new) LP I ever owned. I saved a record token from my birthday along with a few weeks pocket money and was still short of the asking price. Luckily my father made up the difference. My LP was mono. I suspect the Stereo version would have been even more money and superfluous to me as I owned a mono Dansette record player. I still own the (now extremely scratchy) LP but I don’t own the cover! It spent a year or so pinned up on my bedroom wall and disappeared in the early 1970s! Ironically it is the first-pressing stereo LPs that are now worth the most money as they are rarer than mono versions. It is interesting to listen to both though due to the different mixes.

The difference in the stereo and mono mixes is due to the analogue compressor that was between the mixer and the tape recorder.The stereo mix used a Fairchild stereo compressor. The mono mix used an Altec limiter. This gave everything a punchy compressed sound which was how I heard my sixties music on the (medium wave and long wave) radio then. Also the mono echo used was different to the stereo version.

Originally meant to be a “concept” album only “Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!” really fitted in with the title track. That was probably a good thing. I doubt it would have been a classic if it was just full of novelty/music-hall type songs. But is it really such a classic as people claim? There are a few throwaway songs on there along with the classics such as “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” and “A Day In The Life”. “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane” should really have been on the album too, but such was the desire for Beatles “product” those tracks were rush-released as a double A-side single in February 1967 (although why that prevented them being added to “Sgt Pepper” anyway escapes me!).

1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
2. With A Little Help From My Friends
3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
4. Getting Better
5. Fixing A Hole
6. She’s Leaving Home
7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
8. Within You Without You
9. When I’m Sixty-Four
10. Lovely Rita
11. Good Morning Good Morning
12. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
13. A Day In The Life

Already owning the mono LP, the Stereo LP, a pre-recorded cassette, the T-Shirt and the original CD I now have the chance to purchase Sgt Pepper once more. This time it is a new (improved?) Stereo re-mix by Giles Martin and umpty-thrumpty versions/works-in-progress of the 13 tracks along with Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields from the Sgt Pepper sessions. At over £100 the box set is a luxury I could live without…but I bought it anyway. The best LP of all time? No. The most famous LP of all time? Probably.

PS: Nothing to do with the above whatsoever but I’ve always wondered if it was my car pictured on the “Abbey Road” sleeve. Not the Beetle LMW 281F, but what appears to be a Triumph Herald Estate visible further back on the left just above Paul’s head.