Today’s rare Daily Dose of Dead (rare because it was hardly ever played and also because I hardly ever post anymore) is the cover of the Beatles song “Rain” from the Boston Garden on September 26, 1993.
If you are like me you are thinking this could be a disaster based on the required harmonies that are part and parcel of this song… but somehow the dead pull it off. Phil is really in control and Jerry & Vince make the vocals work.
The song Rain (1966 B-side to Paperback Writer) was recently highlighted on the PBS series “Soundbreaking” for being one of the very first to use multi-track taping technology to layer sounds, including backward vocals. Because it did not appear on any album (recorded for revolver) my son Rob for the longest time refused to admit it existed :-)
Apparently there is also a Donne Jean song with the same title.
“When the sun shines, they slip into the shade and sip their lemonade.”
Note: French singer
Sylvia Vartan and below a shot (I am told) taken by George Harrison explaining his absence from it.
Beatles road manager Mal Evans (1935 - 1976) John Lennon (1940 - 1980), Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and director Michael Lindsay-Hogg in conference during the making of promotional films for their single ‘Rain’ and 'Paperback Writer’ May 20, 1966
“I remember thinking I just want more. This isn’t it. Fame is not the goal. Money is not the goal. To be able to know how to get peace of mind, how to be happy, is something you don’t just stumble across. You’ve got to search for it.”
Yesterday and Today style photos of the Beatles and Liverpool by photographer, Keith Jones.
‘Ask anybody from New York to Nepal, Auckland to the Arctic, to name someone or something from Liverpool and I imagine John, Paul, George and Ringo would be right out in front.
'I feel our city should be proud and thankful for their music, their impact and their message, and blending their image back into the modern day scenes makes me smile and also wish I had been around to be in that queue for a lunchtime show at The Cavern Club!’
I went back as close to the same vantage point to 'rephotograph’ the same view, to compare the scenes.
'It struck me that I found it equally fascinating whether the scene was unchanged in one hundred years, completely different or now a mixture of modern and historic elements.
'I’m lucky to live and work here in that the City of Liverpool has an amazing history, with everything from incredibly grand architecture from the most prosperous times in the 19th Century, to the most modern designs, quite often already placed side by side.
'When I get the chance to 'change the timeline’ by blending in people from different eras to a modern day scene, it fascinates me to imagine how life was for city residents in decades gone by.’ [Keith Jones, Daily Mail, 7th Nov 2016]