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Now And Then – The Massive Image

Now And Then – The Massive Image






Do they suppose we’re deaf? Why can’t they go away properly 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 “On the spot Karma,” that crunchy drum sound, however largely John’s insightful and apparent but with all his persona 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 other of a Beatles file. Underproduced.

And positive, “Think about” had strings, you might even say it was sappy, however it was in no way vanilla mush, like “Now and Then.”

John wished his information to be visceral. And even when he labored with Jack Douglas on his last undertaking… Hell, take heed to “Stunning Boy,” it’s heartwarming, whereas “Now and Then” is dreary. And there’s a cause it was only a demo, as a result of John didn’t need it out!

I imply in a group of dreck, like these “Anthology” albums of thirty years in the past, positive, 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 have been excited, but there was a cause these items was left on the chopping room flooring. 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 grow old, typically rock stars show their true values, and it’s not fairly. There’s a fantastic story in right this moment’s “Los Angeles Occasions,” and if we nonetheless lived within the pre-internet period, it will be learn by everyone within the business, it will make an influence, now it’s simply crickets. Hell, seemingly everyone I do know has canceled the “Los Angeles Occasions.” My shrink, who will get the “New York Occasions” and the “Wall Road Journal.” My bodily therapist’s husband switched to the “Every day Information,” that’s the San Fernando Valley “Every day Information,” as a result of the L.A. “Occasions” 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 Occasions 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 trustworthy, 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 received to promote one thing…

Even worse, there will probably be no influence. There was press, and boomers may test it out, however radio gained’t go on it, that’s not what High Forty does anymore, they don’t play this sort 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 should not. After which there’s an errant piano, a chunking rhythm part, something however outlined, something however clear. Seems like ELO and Jeff Lynne, a wash of sound, something however distinct, the alternative of not solely John’s solo output, however the Beatles’ too.

After which the strings are available in, A seesaw “Woman 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. For those who make it previous this I provide you with credit score.

Now it’s a drag, the form of tune 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 likely one of 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 thought? That there was no cause to tarnish the picture of the band that received it proper from starting to finish?

“Free as a Fowl” was dangerous sufficient. I’m making an attempt to think about a worse Beatles tune, however I can’t. A minimum of the slight songs of yore contained magic. As for magic, there’s completely none in “Now and Then,” I imply why reduce it in any respect? For those who don’t suppose that is the worst Beatles reduce ever, you’ve received no ears.

After which you may have the mind useless press saying how nice it’s. That is the issue with the hype industrial complicated, it’s received 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 may discuss “Now and Then” throughout Thanksgiving dinner, however you actually don’t need to play it, until there’s somebody who hasn’t heard it and doesn’t know what you’re speaking about.

By Christmas “Now and Then” will probably be utterly forgotten. Drowned within the tsunami of crap coming throughout the transom each single day, hour and minute. “Now and Then” solely received traction due to the nonetheless reigning energy of the Beatles. However this detracts from the picture.

As for the film:

It’s extraordinarily properly completed. 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 permit our recollections intact? We didn’t need our heroes to get outdated, however now it’s slammed in our face. Do you suppose George would have allowed this footage if he have been nonetheless alive? Completely not. Picture is every little thing.

So the movie is alternately each fascinating and creepy. You’ll be able to test it out, however it gained’t go away you with a superb feeling.

And who cares that we now have know-how that may…

Why don’t we repair the Sistine Chapel? Return and resurrect every little thing that was forged apart as imperfect, not fairly ok up 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 have been rushed, which Geoff Emerick, the unique engineer, instructed me was patently unfaithful, they’ve now change into the usual on-line, indistinguishable from the originals until you’re really paying consideration. How can this be, how are you going to mess up the legacy of the most important group in historical past, which can final far past its demise? Taylor Swift recutting her originals is heinous, they don’t sound the identical, however nobody will probably 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. A minimum of 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 suppose hmm, he’s fairly with it, he sounds good, perhaps Biden isn’t too outdated. After which because it goes on and also you proceed to pay attention you notice that Paul has misplaced a step, that he’s outdated, that he’s not the identical, you’ll be able to 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 nice Beatles songs have been such due to the push and pull of the 2. However Lennon received 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. For those who lived by Beatlemania, you recognize it was totally different. Swiftmania isn’t in the identical league. The Beatles have been in every single place and impacted us all. You’ll be able to undergo life by no means listening to a Swift reduce, however the Beatles? They have been omnipresent, they dominated radio when radio was king. They received all the blokes to develop their hair, they received 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 have been progenitors. Every part they did rang true.

However not “Now and Then.”


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Initially printed by Bob Lefsetz within the 11/03/2023 on the Leftsetz Letter


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