8-Trackin’: The Beatles Revival, (1976 & ’77) — 7 Comments

  1. I’ve always thought Love Songs should have been titled Slow Songs but I do admit it is a great collection o’ some o’ their mellower tracks. I wasn’t aware o’ the Beatles tribute issue o’ National Lampoon…you got me goin’ now.

    • Thanks for readin’, John! You can read that Lampoon tribute issue online with the link. Especially a fan of Fabgearbeat (p 47) and Apple Boutique Annual Near-Giveaway Sale (p 63).

  2. One interesting Beatles exploitation I discovered too distracting to put into the narrative: A 1974 stage musical featuring Beatles songs that was loosely adapted into the (awful) 1978 Sgt. Pepper’s film. Scanning the storylines of both projects, I see the essential plot is the same, with a Billy Shears character wooed away from his (ill-fated) girlfriend Strawberry Fields and seduced by fame and the alluring Lucy.
    I didn’t include this because it’s more of a curio; few heard about this short-lived musical back in the day, so it didn’t really kick off the resurgence imho.

  3. Dead Fab. As per its true Liverpudlian superlative sense. The National Lampoon tribute a new one on me, too. Although it’s the thought of you and your mates in the car on the way to see Wings at the Cow Palace that lingers. As for the recordings of The Beatles’ last week at Star-Club—by Adrian Barber and/or Kingsize Taylor—controversy still lingers. Is that an unknown barman—or Horst Fascher—or his brother Ewe—singing John’s favourite number Be-Bop-A-Lula? True rocker that he was—my DMs are on it being Horst. Stay on The Beatles 8-Track.

    • Thanks, Tony! Coming from a certified Beatle historian and alternate-history novelist like you, that means a lot! (Beatle riff there for ya.) Looking forward to reading your new book about everyone’s favorite band. As for Horst, I’m gonna go with the Hamburg crowds referenced on the back of the bootleg LP “The Beatles Vs. The Third Reich.” Ve vant Horst!

  4. Additional 8-track listening:
    Also available on cart are The Rutles (the All You Need Is Cash soundtrack), the almost entirely awful Sgt Pepper’s movie soundtrack, the Beatlemania “cast album,” and the 1980 US version of Rarities. Capitol also issued Klaatu’s self-titled debut and prog concept followup Sir Army Suit on 8-track. That first album is the one that caused all the fuss; it features trippy favorites Little Neutrino and Calling Occupants, the latter covered in a hit version by the Carpenters.

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