The Beatles, With the Beatles

December 1, 2006

The Beatles’ second disc, sporting a now-iconic black and white cover, heads half-lit and shaded, is musically similar to Please Please Me, but with a sharper, darker edge, and a balance of covers and Lennon / McCartney originals.

The Beatles, Please Please Me

November 30, 2006

Please Please Me was the Beatles’ debut album, and an uncharacteristically strong one for a new band. The Fab Four had to prove themselves commercially before moving on to greater things, and so packed the disc with energy and efficiency – the whole shebang recorded in a mere day. There are early glimmers of artistic prowess to come via some Lennon / McCartney compositions, that hold their own alongside the rock-n-roll covers.

Dr. No

November 26, 2006

Dr. No

My quest to watch all the James Bond films continues, and Dr. No was the first, starring a young Sean Connery who is a bit rough around the edges and looks almost thuggish. But the main elements are in place and it’s a bit stunning to see that much of what people expect from a Bond film today, was present right out of the gate back in 1962.

The Beatles, Love (Album)

November 21, 2006

I picked up a copy of The Beatles: Love (with the DVD audio disc). As mentioned before, this music is pretty personal to me, and I had some conflicting emotions listening to it. However, after one listen it has more I’m excited about than not, and I’m thinking this soundtrack to the Cirque du Solei show will be a pretty awesome Christmas gift for many a Beatles fan – if they haven’t rushed out and bought one already.

Thunderball

November 18, 2006

Thunderball

I think I’ve just seen one of the best, if not the best, Bond film. Suddenly I “get” what Bond is about, and why so much time spent (and so many movies made) trying to replicate the suspenseful experience that is Thunderball.