Wednesday, December 20, 2006


you should hear what they're saying about you

the work of a historian is based on instinct. chancing your arm. guessing how many beans there are in the jar. you find a document from the middle ages but you can never be sure if it's authentic. maybe it was changed to suit some financial need or other a couple of hundred years after the first document was written. it happens. money talks.

it's the same with these original records from the late 50s and early 60s. many of them were re-recorded later by different musicians and released under the original name on cheap label compilations. the only way to be sure is to have the record in your hand. and even then you can't be sure.

like, did baby it's you, by the shirelles really have that cheesy rolf harris stylophone solo? and the ripped drum intro? is that some mp3 fuck up or state of the art production technique?

i'm guessing it's the original. even geniuses fuck up now and then:

The Shirelles: Baby It's You

manho's vote on baby it's you: shirelles 6/10. beatles 7/10.

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