Sunday, August 14, 2016

Talkin' 'bout you (Chuck Berry) (LP 34)

The Beatles Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962 (Vinyl, double LP - Interfusion, 1977) *** 

Genre: Beatles pop

Places I remember: A double album, bought in 1977 when I was in my first year at Auckland University, it cost me $9.98 from Marbeck's Records (15 Queen's Arcade) in Auckland.  How do I know this? The Marbeck's sticker on the cover and I kept the price tag! 

Fab, and all the other pimply hyperboles: Side four is fantastic - they sound like a gnarley punk band on these tracks. Lennon's Talkin 'Bout You wins out over some terrifically spirited playing on the side four songs like Long Tall Sally and Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby. 


Gear costume: McCartney is terrific as well on another Chuck Berry song, Little Queenie  (side three).

Active compensatory factors:  Yes, it's one for the completists, but still... There is enough raw rock and roll to interest even the casual rock fan.

In interviews, Lennon often made the claim that the real Beatles were never recorded, in that their live performances in Germany and Liverpool's The Cavern were a truer record of their vibrancy.

This double doesn't quite back up that claim, but, you can hear what he's alluding to.

Where do they all belong?  The roots of the Beatles are on fine display on Anthology Volume 1. Some of it's hard graft, but worth it, maan.

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