Geek, music

Records, cassettes, CDs, iTunes

Back in 1995, I wrote as part of my History Of The World: 1964 Beatlemania sweeps the world. Shortly afterwards, electronics companies devise a fifty year plan to get people to buy all their favourite music many times over, by introducing new recorded music technology every decade. This works until the 1990s, when, due to a tactical miscalculation, everyone is perfectly happy with their CDs.


The Long And Winding Road

Call me slow, but I just figured out why I never used to be that keen on The Long And Winding Road but how recently I've come to like it -- and even find it quite emotional. It's not just because I'm getting old. It's because for years all I had was the original version from Let It Be, and now I have the revised Let It Be -- Naked version (as well as a similar version from Anthology 3). W

music, Retrospectives

John Lennon 1940-1980

John Lennon died thirty years ago yesterday. He was as old then as I am now. It would have been the following day, thirty years ago today, when the news broke in Australia. I remember getting home from school and switching the television onto channel 9, probably to watch Skippy or The Curiosity Show. A news flash came on. When I spoke to my mum at work a little while later on the phone, I do


Abbey Road remastered

My old school friend Raoul used to say he went into Brashs in Elizabeth Street sometime in the 80s and asked for Abbey Road and was told they didn't stock reggae. I asked Raoul last week about the new remixed Beatles CDs, and he reckoned don't bother unless you have a high-end stereo system -- which I don't. On the other hand, as one of the iPod masses, I listen to a reasonable proportion of my

music, Video games

It’s the Beatles!

Today's release of The Beatles Rock Band video-game and the remastered CDs is enough to get me excited about the band all over again. Not that I'll rush out and replace my collection of CDs with these new ones, but it's sorely tempting to buy my the new versions of a few favourites, such as Sgt Pepper, The White Album and Abbey Road, which were the first three I bought on CD, back in the late-8


A Day In The Life

I was reading my old copy of The Beatles Recording Sessions the other day, in particular about the creation of A Day In The Life -- which recently was voted number 24 in Triple J's Hottest 100 of All Time. I was interested in the orchestral crescendo of sound halfway through the song and again at the end, but I also mentioned to the kids the "dog whistle" sound just after it. The book reveals i