12 592 Things We Said Today - Talking With The Beatles
Produced by Geoffrey Giuliano, Fred Betschen and David St. Onge
Released on August 22, 1995
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I should have been a pair of ragged claws scuttling across the ocean’s floor or, failing that, a niggling critic who breathes in the marginalia of musicians for its intoxicating aroma. Then (and mayhaps only then) would I have more than a casual interest in the audio interviews that pock The Beatles’ discographical landscape. This one is credited to Geoffrey Giuliano, who interleaves his own archives from the ‘80s with sub-historical press conferences that follow the boys from the early days of Beatlemania to Paul’s classical cloud-chasing. In lieu of revelations, you get added insight, much of which may already be familiar. Denny Laine seems a little bit bitter. John Lennon’s lyrical ideas (“Power to the People,” “Mind Games,” “Give Peace A Chance”) weren’t sudden inspiration so much as part of an internal dialogue he was having every day. Ringo might be the funniest of the Fab Four. Paul was a devoted husband. Linda didn’t get along so well with Paul’s working-class family. Interesting in isolated islands, but the illumination these dialogues shed is akin to flickering candlelight that casts its share of grotesque shadows. Giuliano’s long introduction tries to give the disc some sense of context, his short introductions strive for structure, but these Things have been said better before. Even secondhand the press conferences are a painful bore, and the newer interviews with Yoko and Jo Jo Laine are just plain spacey. Of course, there are some of us who will pay five dollars for anything with The Beatles name on it, and Laserlight knows its audience (cheap people without a lick of common sense). Make me proud, and pass on this product. Buy a book instead about The Beatles, take a walk, run from the margins through the wild lanes of courier-typeface flowers and use your freak flag for a picnic blanket, but don’t piddle away an hour listening to someone else’s archival research.

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TRACK LISTING

  1. INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR
  2. THE BEATLES
  3. NEMS ARTIST AND BILLY J. KRAMER DRUMMER, TONY MANSFIELD
  4. DENNY LAINE
  5. THE BEATLES
  6. TINY TIM
  7. THE BEATLES
  8. JOHN LENNON
  9. APPLE EXECUTIVE PETER BROWN
  10. YOKO ONO
  11. WINGS' DRUMMER STEVE HOLLY
  12. SUPER GROUPIE JO JO LAINE
  13. PAUL McCARTNEY
  14. BONUS TRACK: MORE EXCLUSIVE BEATLECHAT FROM THE HEADY EPICENTER OF THE FABS ARDUOUS ROAD TOURS OF AMERICA

CREDITS

Brenda Giuliano -- research, author photo collage
Sesa Giuliano -- research
Deborah Lynn Black -- research

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US August 22, 1995 Laserlight CD 12 592  

 

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