Do they assume we’re deaf? Why can’t they depart nicely sufficient alone?
And going straight to the center of the matter, John would have HATED this file. After the Beatles, John wished to strip issues down and make them extra impactful. His vocal was up entrance and the information tended to be easy, even when produced by Phil Spector. Hell, take heed to “Instantaneous Karma,” that crunchy drum sound, however principally John’s insightful and apparent but with all his character vocal. Discuss a killer monitor, you solely have to listen to it as soon as to get it, and I’ve by no means modified the channel after I’ve heard it on the radio.
Sure, the primary actual solo album, “Plastic Ono Band” was a cry from the center. The alternative of a Beatles file. Underproduced.
And certain, “Think about” had strings, you could possibly even say it was sappy, but it surely was on no account vanilla mush, like “Now and Then.”
John wished his information to be visceral. And even when he labored with Jack Douglas on his ultimate venture… Hell, take heed to “Lovely Boy,” it’s heartwarming, whereas “Now and Then” is dreary. And there’s a motive it was only a demo, as a result of John didn’t need it out!
I imply in a set of dreck, like these “Anthology” albums of thirty years in the past, certain, embody it if you wish to. However come on, did you take heed to these CDs greater than as soon as, if as soon as? You had been excited, but there was a motive these items was left on the chopping room ground. However there was a film, there was hoopla, why not money in with a file! In spite of everything, it’s simply in regards to the cash.
And as they become old, generally rock stars show their true values, and it’s not fairly. There’s an incredible story in at present’s “Los Angeles Instances,” and if we nonetheless lived within the pre-internet period, it could be learn by all people within the business, it could make an affect, now it’s simply crickets. Hell, seemingly all people I do know has canceled the “Los Angeles Instances.” My shrink, who will get the “New York Instances” and the “Wall Road Journal.” My bodily therapist’s husband switched to the “Day by day Information,” that’s the San Fernando Valley “Day by day Information,” as a result of the L.A. “Instances” now not prints the field scores. That is the way you fail as a enterprise. Put the underside line first. Hold chopping and chopping till even your core abandons you.
Anyway, right here’s the LA Instances article, “The unmasking of the narcissistic, conspiracy-spreading baby-boomer rock star”:
John Lennon is fortunate, his picture is frozen in time. There have been no late age compromises, fake pas, he was credible, true and sincere, hewing to his values till the very finish. The one penalty is that he’s gone.
And by releasing this travesty of a quantity… It does nothing for John’s picture, does nothing for the Beatles’ picture, however it’s the vacation season and we’ve bought to promote one thing…
Even worse, there might be no affect. There was press, and boomers would possibly test it out, however radio gained’t go on it, that’s not what High Forty does anymore, they don’t play this type of music, and High Forty is the one format that strikes the needle.
As for TikTok, “Now and Then” is so dreary nobody would set a video to it.
When John sings: “I do know it’s true,” that’s magical. However the adjustments are usually not. After which there’s an errant piano, a chunking rhythm part, something however outlined, something however clear. Feels like ELO and Jeff Lynne, a wash of sound, something however distinct, the other of not solely John’s solo output, however the Beatles’ too.
After which the strings are available, A seesaw “Girl Madonna” impact sans the magic. They arrive out of nowhere. They distract, not add.
After which comes the second verse and the superfluous guitar figures within the background, that is when it actually turns into dreck. When you make it previous this I provide you with credit score.
Now it’s a drag, the type of track you cease singing, after which these sawing guitars over a lame vocal change that’s overwhelmed by the instrumentation, after which an ELO refrain. If John heard this he’d be just like the Nazi in “The Producers,” he’d be standing up screaming that the folks concerned don’t know him or his music, this is among the causes he left the rattling band to start with.
Discuss dropping the plot… Didn’t anyone concerned blow the whistle, say this was a foul concept? That there was no motive to tarnish the picture of the band that bought it proper from starting to finish?
“Free as a Chook” was unhealthy sufficient. I’m attempting to think about a worse Beatles track, however I can’t. Not less than the slight songs of yore contained magic. As for magic, there’s completely none in “Now and Then,” I imply why minimize it in any respect? When you don’t assume that is the worst Beatles minimize ever, you’ve bought no ears.
After which you might have the mind lifeless press saying how nice it’s. That is the issue with the hype industrial complicated, it’s bought no soul, no powers of discrimination, it’s afraid of the haters, so it simply hypes crap to excessive heaven that the general public immediately forgets anyway. Hell, you would possibly discuss “Now and Then” throughout Thanksgiving dinner, however you actually don’t need to play it, except there’s somebody who hasn’t heard it and doesn’t know what you might be speaking about.
By Christmas “Now and Then” might be fully forgotten. Drowned within the tsunami of crap coming throughout the transom each single day, hour and minute. “Now and Then” solely bought traction due to the nonetheless reigning energy of the Beatles. However this detracts from the picture.
As for the film:
It’s extraordinarily nicely accomplished. However George appears to be like positively terrible. McCartney is the one one of many three who hasn’t aged. I imply can’t you allow our recollections intact? We didn’t need our heroes to get previous, however now it’s slammed in our face. Do you assume George would have allowed this footage if he had been nonetheless alive? Completely not. Picture is every little thing.
So the movie is alternately each fascinating and creepy. You possibly can test it out, but it surely gained’t depart you with a very good feeling.
And who cares that we now have expertise that may…
Why don’t we repair the Sistine Chapel? Return and resurrect every little thing that was solid apart as imperfect, not fairly adequate prior to now? You don’t mess with the classics, that’s heresy.
As for the godawful remixes of the Beatles albums, at all times with an excuse, that the unique stereo mixes had been rushed, which Geoff Emerick, the unique engineer, instructed me was patently unfaithful, they’ve now turn out to be the usual on-line, indistinguishable from the originals except you’re really paying consideration. How can this be, how will you mess up the legacy of the most important group in historical past, which is able to final far past its demise? Taylor Swift recutting her originals is heinous, they don’t sound the identical, however nobody might be listening to her crap 100 years from now. And her motivation was the identical because the Beatles’, cash. Oh, that’s proper, she was on a vengeance journey too. Not less than the Beatles haven’t devolved to that.
And also you take heed to McCartney’s voice-over within the film and and at first you assume hmm, he’s fairly with it, he sounds good, perhaps Biden isn’t too previous. After which because it goes on and also you proceed to hear you notice that Paul has misplaced a step, that he’s previous, that he’s not the identical, you may hear it proper in his voice.
And it is a Paul manufacturing, his fingers are stamped throughout it. Which is why John Lennon would hate this file. The good Beatles songs had been such due to the push and pull of the 2. However Lennon bought no say right here, they only laid crap upon his vocal… It’s John who has one thing to lose. He can’t file a brand new quantity to cowl this abomination, this stinker that leaves a foul style in our mouths.
And also you ask why I care. Why all of us care. And that’s precisely the purpose. When you lived by Beatlemania, it was completely different. Swiftmania isn’t in the identical league. The Beatles had been in all places and impacted us all. You possibly can undergo life by no means listening to a Swift minimize, however the Beatles? They had been omnipresent, they dominated radio when radio was king. They bought all the blokes to develop their hair, they bought us all to purchase electrical guitars. Come on, have a look at all of the musicians who say they began due to the Beatles.
The Beatles had been progenitors. Every part they did rang true.
However not “Now and Then.”
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Initially revealed by Bob Lefsetz within the 11/03/2023 on the Leftsetz Letter