Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Beatles - A Doll's House (2018 Update)


Here is my long-awaited 2018 update of my alternate version of The Beatles' 1968 self-titled album, appearing here as A Doll's House. The full change log can be found directly below.

SIDE A:
1. Back in the U.S.S.R. - 2018 Stereo Remix. Fade-out on ending SFX.
2. Dear Prudence - Brand new stereo remix mixed using the rock band stems. I attempted to match the 2018 stereo remix as closely as possible, I think it came out pretty good overall!
3. Glass Onion - 2018 Stereo Remix. Anthology 3 sound effects flown in twice, once in the opening, and again before the last verse.
4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
          - 2018 Stereo Remix. Missing handclap is flown in (extracted from the original stereo mix, as thankfully, all of the instruments are in mono, except for the handclaps, which are in spread stereo, allowing for an easy extraction)
5. Wild Honey Pie (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
          - 2018 Stereo Remix
6. The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
          - 2018 Stereo Remix. Yoko's line is re-centered.
7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (George Harrison)
          - 2006 Love mix.
8. Happiness is a Warm Gun (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
          - 2018 Stereo Remix. Missing organ overdub for Part One is flown in. Lennon's hard-right panned vocals during Part Three is re-centered.

Side B:
1. Martha My Dear (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
          - 2018 Stereo Remix
2. I'm So Tired (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
          - 2018 Stereo Remix. Missing guitar and organ overdub is flown in and panned 50% to the left.
3. Blackbird (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
          - 2018 Stereo Remix
4. Piggies (George Harrison)
          - 2018 Stereo Remix
5. Rocky Raccoon (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
          - 2018 Stereo Remix
6. Don't Pass Me By (Richard Starkey)
          - 2018 Stereo Remix. Intro slightly remixed, as the tambourine/Ringo's shout sounds kinda awkward being up-front and centered like that. Ending cello is slightly extended using the original mono mix, slowed down to its original key.
7. Why Don't We Do it in the Road? (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
          - 2018 Stereo Remix
8. I Will (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
          - 2018 Stereo Remix
9. Julia (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
          - 2018 Stereo Remix

Side C:
1. Not Guilty (George Harrison)
          - 1996 Anthology 3 mix.
2. Yer Blues (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
          - 2018 Stereo Remix. Solo slightly edited so that the cut back to the instrumental coda is more abrupt, similar to the original stereo mix.
3. Mother Nature's Son (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
          - 2018 Stereo Remix
4. Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
          - 2018 Stereo Remix
5. Sexy Sadie (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
          - 2018 Stereo Remix
6. Helter Skelter (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
          - 2018 Stereo Remix. Ringo's "blisters" comment is increased in volume via usage of the Rock Band stems. Happy to fix this problem many people have been complaining about with this remix!
7. Long, Long, Long (George Harrison)
          - 2018 Stereo Remix

Side D:
1. Sour Milk Sea (George Harrison)
          - 2018 Stereo Remix, courtesy of "TheDenniscott" on YouTube
2. Honey Pie (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
          - 2018 Stereo Remix
3. Savoy Truffle (George Harrison)
          - 2018 Stereo Remix
4. Cry Baby Cry (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
          - 2018 Stereo Remix
5. What's the New Mary Jane (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
          - 1996 Anthology 3 mix.
6. Good Night (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
          - 2018 Stereo Remix


Download Links:

mp3: https://mega.nz/#!Pk0TEAqT!TO_K9SufVCaKFLS3saPzrUlyZFnlmO347uaaheWpP1A


Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Links Down...for now

Hey everyone, just noticed that like, half of all of my links on this website are down right now. Sorry about that! Please allow some time for me to re-upload everything that's gone. Thank you!

EDIT:
Okay, I went through all of the links, looks like the following are down for now:
. The Beach Boys - All Summer Long (Alternate)
. The Beach Boys - Best of the Beach Boys (Alternate)
. The Beach Boys - Best of the Beach Boys Vol. 2 (Alternate)
. The Beach Boys - Best of the Beach Boys Vol. 3 (Alternate)
. The Beach Boys - Break Away (Alternate)
. The Beach Boys - Add Some Music (Alternate)
. The Beach Boys - 15 Big Ones (Alternate)
. The Beach Boys - Adult/Child (Alternate)
. Dennis Wilson - Bambu (Alternate)
. The Beatles - Beatles for Sale (Alternate)
. The Beatles - Abbey Road (Alternate)
. The Beach Boys - Love You (Deluxe Edition) (Disc One)
. The Beach Boys - Love You (Deluxe Edition) (Disc Two)
. The Monkees - Another One from The Monkees (Alternate)
. The Monkees - Changes (Alternate)
. The Doors - An American Prayer
. The Beach Boys - Add Some Music (First Draft)
. Celebration - Almost Summer (Soundtrack)
. Celebration - Celebration

Might take awhile to fix some of these links, seeing as I don't have a lot of these files anymore. I will persist however...

EDIT 10/4/18:
All links have been restored, a big thank you to The_Lifehouse for providing me with all of the missing files!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Beatles - Get Back (2018 Update)



So uh, how's everybody been for the past...four months? Geez, sorry about that! I've been really preoccupied with you know, life and whatnot. These past few weeks however, I've really been into the Beatles again, thanks to the anticipation for the recently-announced Super Deluxe Edition of The Beatles (The White Album), my favorite Beatles album! Once that comes out on November 9th, I'll probably be sharing an updated mix of my alternate version of the album, entitled A Doll's House. For now though, I'd like to focus on an update of another one of my alternate albums. Get Back was originally intended to be released in September 1969, then pushed back to January 1970, before being scrapped altogether and replaced with Let it Be, produced by Phil Spector. Here, I'd like to propose a possible "what-if" scenario: What if Get Back had been released in April 1969 as a followup to 1968's A Doll's House? I'm sure I've already talked a lot about the history behind the album in my previous post, so let's just skip right ahead to the music, alright?

          For this updated album, I've decided to remain as faithful to the original mixes as possible, to try and present as authentic of a listening experience as possible.
          "One After 909" is sourced from the original Let it Be album, albeit with a slightly faster fade-out on the ending dialogue.
          "Don't Let Me Down" is sourced from the original 1967-1970 album, sped up by 1% to more closely match the original mono mix (found on the Mono Masters album).
          "Dig a Pony" is sourced from the original Let it Be album, with the opening and closing dialogue completely removed
          "I've Got a Feeling" is also sourced from the Let it Be album, and also features a slightly-faster fade-out on the ending dialogue.
          "All Things Must Pass" is sourced from the Early Takes: Volume 1 George Harrison album from 2012. This is a stripped-back demo recorded early in the sessions for George's first solo album in 1970. Obviously this is a little anachronistic with the original 1969 Get Back sessions, but a little creative liberty has to be taken here. The full-band run-throughs during the Get Back sessions are simply painful to listen to (and in mono, nonetheless), and George's February 1969 demo is a little too barebones to be used. So, we'll be stretching our imaginations a little bit here! In my alternate history, this version of "All Things Must Pass" was recorded in four takes on February 21st, 1969, with George on acoustic guitar and vocals, Paul on electric bass guitar, and Ringo behind the drums. No involvement from John, him and Yoko would probably have been watching from the console booth. For this mix, the second bridge has been edited out, resulting in a running time of 3:30. Just close your eyes and imagine what could have been...
          "Let it Be" is presented here in the single mix featured on the Past Masters compilation album. I decided against using the more dynamic album mix produced by Phil Spector, as it completely went against the "back-to-basics" approach the Beatles had when working on the album.

          "For You Blue" is featured here in the mix released on Let it Be...Naked. Spector's mix completely removes the acoustic guitar overdub, resulting in a very empty-feeling mix. However, I decided to slow the track down by 1% to more-closely resemble the original 1970 mix in that regard.
          "Two of Us" is sourced from the original Let it Be album, with the opening dialogue removed. Some barely audible closing dialogue at the end has also been removed.
          "The Long and Winding Road" is presented here as it appears on the Let it Be...Naked album. Certainly one of the most controversial tracks regarding its presentation. Considering that the take Spector used for the Let it Be album was simply a run-through, and the take featured here was actually intended as the master take (it was also featured in the original Let it Be film), it only makes sense to include the stripped-down, more polished-sounding, "Paul-approved" version here.
          "I Me Mine" is also presented here in its Let it Be...Naked mix. As with "All Things Must Pass", this track was also recorded at a much later date than the April 1969 release date we're assuming for this alternate album. So, for shits and giggles, let's just pretend that the group recorded this track during the same February 21st session as "All Things Must Pass".
          "Across the Universe" is presented here in a pretty unique mix. For this updated album, I took the World Wildlife Federation version (which was technically the mix approved by The Beatles for release in 1969) off of Past Masters, slowed it down by ~4% back to its original pitch, and faded it out before the final "wing flapping" sound effect appears. Check it out for yourself, you should be impressed!
          "Get Back" is sourced from the 1967-1970 album in its original stereo mix.

So, while a few creative liberties were taken here, the end result is (IMO) miles stronger than the disappointing replacement we received in 1970. If only things could have been different for the Get Back album. Enjoy, and look out for more in...another four months I guess.

Side A:
   1. One After 909 (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
   2. Don't Let Me Down (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
   3. Dig a Pony (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
   4. I've Got a Feeling (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
   5. All Things Must Pass (George Harrison)
   6. Let it Be (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
Side B:
   1. For You Blue (George Harrison)
   2. Two of Us (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
   3. The Long and Winding Road (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
   4. I Me Mine (George Harrison)
   5. Across the Universe (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
   6. Get Back (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)


Download Link:

mp3: https://mega.nz/#!S0EgiQJa!OTKQTB1tO4L3wF_zk-y_qvj0yNunAUf9UaCtOuLYUpk


Enjoy!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Where the hell have you been, you lazy bastard?!?

          Remember how on my last album-related post, I said, "hopefully I won't be writing the next follow-up post in March"? Well, technically I was right, because now it's almost June and I still don't have a follow-up post. So, what have I been up to? Just school stuff, relationship stuff, life stuff. You know, stuff that's more important than sharing music with people so that they don't have to pay for it. But enough of that. I've decided to start post more Beach Boys rarities on YouTube. This time, however, it will be on a different channel, so that my main channel (which I've had for over ten freakin' years at this point) won't face the possibility of termination. My new channel, appropriately named "jiggy22", can be found at this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy0EXazGkhlyduTo6GkOrDA

          I've already posted a few really cool videos up there so far, including clean versions of "We Got Love", "Out in the Country (Demo)", and a kickass stereo remix of "Guess I'm Dumb". I also posted a couple of new videos on my channel, prior to making this new channel decision, one of which is an extremely rare Brian Wilson demo recorded in 1977, entitled "A Little Somethin'". Check it out below!

A Little Somethin' (Demo)

Big Sur (Original Version) (HQ)

Ten Years of Harmony

Ding Dang (1976 Rehearsal)

Guess I'm Dumb (Stereo Remix)

Walking on Water (Demo) (Cleaned Up)

We Got Love (HQ)

Bruce and Terry - Don't Run Away (Backing Track)

Almost Summer (Demo) (Cleaned Up)

The First Time (Demo)

Christmas Time (Cleaned Up)

Still I Dream of It (Alternate)

Jan Berry and Brian Wilson - Don't You Just Know It (Stereo)

          Cool stuff, isn't it? So go subscribe to jiggy22. Right now! Do it! As for what will become of this blog? I'm sure I'll still post something every once in awhile, but I'm busy with a lot of stuff at the moment. Summer semesters, new significant other, work, an enormous alternate Beach Boys history project, among other stuff. But in the meantime, I can find the time to post a few videos to this channel, so there's that for you all to look forward to. So yeah, go subscribe before BMI forces me to take them all down again! ;)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Link Removals

          Hey everyone, just got a notice from mega.nz that the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) requested to remove my link for my alternate version of Revolver. I'm sure this won't be the only link they request to have taken down, so just in case, I'd recommend downloading everything off this website that you don't already have. Thank you.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Celebration - Celebration & Disco Celebration




          Hey everyone, long time no see! Sorry for the long, long, LONG delay, I've just been preoccupied with a lot of stuff at the moment. I was planning on posting an expanded Ultimate Christmas collection the week before Christmas, but I got tied up with a lot of holiday stuff, so that unfortunately never came to fruition. I may still get around to posting that when the time comes. A lot of people have been commenting "RIP" and all that jazz, but I can assure you that this blog will never die. At least not until the heat death of the universe 100 trillion years from now, but I think we've got a little bit more time until that happens! Anyways, since I've been gone for so long, I thought it'd be smart to include the remaining two Celebration albums in one post, just to speed things up a little bit. I know a lot of people out there have never even heard the Disco Celebration album yet, so I don't want them waiting another two months to hear it! Both of these albums are sourced from high-quality vinyl rips, and since neither have ever gotten CD releases, this is certainly the best they'll ever sound!

          Celebration, released in late 1978 by Pacific Arts Records, features quite a few tracks already familiar to Beach Boys fans. These include a reggae-reworking of the 1967 single "Gettin' Hungry", "She's Just Out to Get You", featuring Mike on vocals (which was earlier recorded by American Spring in 1977 - released on their It's Like Heaven album in 1986), "I Don't Wanna Know", which would later be recorded by Mike for his First Love album, before being re-recorded for his 2017 Unleash the Love album (half of the album I actually really like. ESPECIALLY "Ram Raj"!), "Starbaby" which would be attempted by the Beach Boys in late-1979 during the Keepin' the Summer Alive sessions - yet remains unreleased, "Go and Get That Girl", which was recorded by the group during the M.I.U. Album sessions, and included on the track listing for the rejected Merry Christmas from the Beach Boys album, "How's About a Little Bit of Your Sweet Lovin'", also recorded by the Beach Boys during the M.I.U. Album sessions, and included on the track listing for the rejected California Feeling album, and "Country Pie", featuring Mike on lead, which was performed by the Beach Boys during their 1977-78 tours. Overall, it's a pretty solid album! The same cannot be said about Disco Celebration.

          Disco Celebration, released in limited quantities in 1979, features Mike only as a co-writer, providing no vocals to the album at all. Tracks include the infamous "disco-ization" of "California Girls", as well as "First Love", featuring the original backing track from Mike's rejected album, albeit with a new lead vocal performed by band-member/producer Paul Fauerso. The only good things I can say about this album are that "First Love" is pretty good, and the album cover is nice. That's it. Hopefully this post will help with those curious about the album, but personally, it's something I could live without.

          Anyways, I hope you enjoy this nice double post for today. I hope you all had a fantastic start to your new year, and hopefully I won't be writing the next follow-up post in March! Enjoy, and look for more coming soon!


Celebration

Side A:
1. Gettin' Hungry (Brian Wilson/Mike Love)
2. Sailor (Dave Robinson/Ron Altbach)
3. Lovestruck (Ed Tuleja/Ron Altbach)
4. She's Just Out to Get You (Mike Love)
5. I Don't Wanna Know (Mike Love)

Side B:
1. Starbaby (Mike Love)
2. Go and Get That Girl (Ed Tuleja/Ron Altbach)
3. How's About a Little Bit (Brian Wilson/Mike Love/Diane Rovell/Ron Altbach)
4. Song of Creation (Dave Robinson/Ron Altbach)
5. Country Pie (Ed Tuleja/Ron Altbach)


Disco Celebration

Side A:
1. Disco Symphony (Mike Love/Ron Altbach)
2. You Can Count on Me (Mike Love/Ron Altbach)

Side B:
1. California Girls (Brian Wilson/Mike Love)
2. Party Girl (Mike Love/Ron Altbach)
3. First Love (Paul Fauerso)


Download Links:

Celebration - mp3: https://mega.nz/#!zgUFjQTI!SxVzjcVoJNFQY2VpXxPHzbH2DS-FtBAvt6PVXwlexak

Disco Celebration - mp3: https://mega.nz/#!mhUASBRJ!lhdVU0cUlhGkN5zeZTQ-lnfTtjmeCsJgXpamErTubHI


Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Celebration - Almost Summer (Soundtrack)



          Here, I present Almost Summer, the first soundtrack album by Mike Love's "side group" during the late '70s, Celebration. The album was released on May 8th, 1978, and fails to chart. It's leading single, "Almost Summer", however, received a considerable amount of airplay upon its release, and charted at #28 in the US. This album is presented here in its original, unaltered form, in the highest-quality vinyl rip possible. The first three tracks feature Mike Love on lead vocals, while the tracks "Summer in the City" and "It's OK" are performed with Dave Robinson on lead. "Lookin' Good" and "Christine and Bobby" are instrumentals, primarily based off of the Beach Boys' song "She's Got Rhythm" from the M.I.U. Album. "Island Girl" is a lengthy instrumental performed with Charles Lloyd on flute. The final two tracks feature no involvement from Celebration at all; "We Are the Future" is performed by the group High Inergy, while "She Was a Lady" is performed by Fresh.

          Overall, not much else to say about this album. Mike's leads are pretty good for the '70s material, and certainly should've been released by the Beach Boys instead. The rest of the album is...eh. I've only decided to post it here since it's pretty hard to come by nowadays! I'll be posting the remaining two Celebration albums in high quality as well, so be on the lookout for those in the coming weeks. Thanks for looking, and check back for more soon!


Side A:
1. Almost Summer (Brian Wilson/Mike Love/Al Jardine)
2. Sad, Sad Summer (Mike Love)
3. Cruisin' (Mike Love)
4. Lookin' Good (Ron Altbach)
5. Summer in the City (John Sebastian/Steve Boone/Mark Sebastian)
6. It's OK (Brian Wilson/Mike Love)

Side B:
1. Football (Charles Lloyd/Ron Altbach)
2. Island Girl (Charles Lloyd)
3. Christine and Bobby (Ron Altbach)
4. We Are the Future (T. Laws/M. Bolton/J. Holiday/F. Womack)
5. She Was a Lady (Bill Pratt)


Download Link:

mp3: https://mega.nz/#!W0UD3K6a!xkT7KKRnN5TWcU8Mse5Vgv_FLHdg3Ki5V5Caw33NdXg


Enjoy!