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More brains than Bron
(bring in the Eleanor)
hey, you’ve got to hide your filthy eastern ways AWAY!
Is this one of the photos Astrid took? She could always got the best out of John.
But where?, and what sort of guitar?
Astrid took some photos of John at his London apartment in Emperor’s Gate, the place he lived before Kenwood. I believe that’s where this one was taken. Can’t help with the guitar, I’m afraid…
Valentian guitar from the 1920s. Photograph from March 1964. Lennon’s Emperor’s Gate apartment. Photograph by Kirchherr.
Wow!, this pic really threw me. What songs did John ever record using this guitar?.
None that I know of.
i just enlarged this photo – it’s a really good shot, i just LOVE black and white photography… i like that it’s such an unusual angle. i agree, cara, astrid got some amazing photos of john. of course the fact that they were friends and he felt at ease makes a big difference. i can feel that with henry grossman’s photos too – an intimacy that is so refreshing to see after all those thousands of posed promotional shots. i only saw a portion of grossman’s book. i looked through the help phase at studio 2 in march and the 1967 ones at a friend’s house. now with the book being sold out, i can only dream of seeing the rest of it…
Astrid took this picture when she was visiting John and Cyn during the filming of AHDN.
Did George use that guitar on And I Love Her?
I am afraid he did not. As I wrote earlier, this guitar was not featured in any Beatles’ recordings. The guitar played by Harrison in “And I Love Her” was a Ramírez Instrumento de Rondalla. It was bought by Klaus Voorman while in Madrid and presented to Harrison at his 21st birthday. Two days later it was recorded at the session for “And I Love Her”.
I assume both guitars are nylon string classicals. What other Beatle tunes featured classical guitar? The beginning of Bungalow Bill is the only one I can think of just now.
‘Till there was you’, ‘I’ll be back’ . .
I don’t remember where…but, I read that Bungalow Bill Intro is the stock tape out of the Mellotron for the guitar setting. Possibly played by Django Reinhardt. I don’t know how the machine works or how THAT tape is compatible in any way for it.
Whoever plays that solo is quite the flamboyant flamenco player…
Andre Segovia or better!
Or, I’m completely out to lunch…
which means someone around here will save me.
All the children sing…
Correctamundo Kwai, the Bungalow Bill into is from the mellotron, unless Messrs Horse and Datey shoot me down in a ball of fizzing flame as being wrong, otherwise i’m holding firm (as you do)
Indeed. “Bungalow Bill” is E.M.I. Studios’ Mellotron Sound Effects Console, right keyboard guitar station, played by Chris Thomas. Other songs featuring classical guitar:
“Any Time at All”, “Things We Said Today”, “I’ll Be Back”, “No Reply”, “Yes, It Is”, “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”, “That Means a Lot”, “I Need You”, “Michelle”, “I’ve Just Seen a Face”, “The Fool on the Hill”, “I Me Mine”.
Wow, I never knew, and I’ve read Recording Sessions many times.
Kwai that would be cool if Django was on a Beatle track.
The flamenco cadenze found on the stock Mellotron Mk II tapes were performed by Australian classical guitar player, Eric Cook. The Mk II guitar station has one cadenza for each key on the right keyboard. Hold one key down and it will playback one whole cadenza. Hold another, and it will playback another different cadenza. This is what Chris Thomas did: he held one key down and the Mk II played back the whole cadenza, then the group started with playing the song. The spanish guitar is on Station 3 track A. For the mandolins Thomas just forwarded the tape to Station 4 track C. And for the coda he moved the track selector to track A, since the trombone is also on Station 4 but on that track.
This is one key of the Spanish guitar samples, Station 3 track A:
Get ‘mellow’ with it, henry! That’s the attention to detail we needed. It might seem technical, but I think the Beatles were fairly adventurous regarding ‘technique’. So, that slice of history was nutritious and delicious. I would have expected Paul McCartney to be disassembling the machine to put his own set of tape loops in it…even, before the factory tapes wore out. I know there were progressive bands that used the Mellotron as the center piece of their craft. In the right hands, the machine definitely expanded the horizon. Although, I can’t see it competing with current sampling systems.
THANK GOD, Paul purchased the ‘white album’ Mellotron from Abbey Road at the ‘sale of the century’. I guess Lenny Kravitz got there before Paul.
The Mellotron is one of the greatest historical samplers, together with the Fairlight CMI, the Synclavier, the Emulator, and Kurzweil K2000.
Actually, Kravitz got his mixing desk from Dan Alexander, who, in turn, got it from a German collector which is the one who bought it at the “sale of the century” in 1981. For more than twelve years the desk was in Alexander’s studio in Oakland . Man, there are so many great things that I love there in San Francisco Bay: the Beat Generation poets, The Fillmore and Winterland Ballroom, Sillicon Valley, the CCRMA, Skywalker Ranch, ILM, Starfleet Academy…
Correction: Kurzweil K250 rather than the K200.
Than the k2000.
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