Friday, January 25, 2013

Dire Straits Making Movies

Dire Straits Making Movies

Making Movies is the third album by British rock band Dire Straits, released on 17 October 1980 by Vertigo Records internationally, and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States. The album produced the single "Romeo and Juliet", which reached the number 8 position on the UK Singles Chart. The album reached the number one position on album charts in Italy and Norway, the number 19 position in the United States, and the number four position in the United Kingdom. Making Movies was certified platinum in the United States, and double-platinum in the United Kingdom. After the Communiqué Tour ended on 21 December 1979 in London, Mark Knopfler spent the first half of 1980 writing the songs for Dire Straits' next album. He contacted Jimmy Iovine after hearing Iovine's production on the song "Because the Night" by Patti Smith—a song she had co-written with Bruce Springsteen. Iovine, who had also worked on Springsteen's Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town albums, was instrumental in recruiting E Street Band keyboardist Roy Bittan for the Making Movies sessions. Without Bittan, the album's "cinematic power and evocative landscapes might have been impossible to achieve." Making Movies was recorded at the Power Station in New York from 20 June to 25 August 1980. Jimmy Iovine and Mark Knopfler produced the album.
David Knopfler left Dire Straits in August 1980 during the recording of the album. His guitar tracks were almost complete for the album, but were re-recorded by his brother. David appears on video playing "Solid Rock" and "Les Boys" live in concert, but these performances preceded the recording.
Four outtakes were recorded but not released on the album: "Making Movies", "Suicide Towers", "Twisting by the Pool", and "Sucker for Punishment". "Making Movies" and "Suicide Towers" appear on bootlegs. "Twisting by the Pool" was released on the ExtendedancEPlay EP on 10 January 1983. The title of the album is taken from a line in the song "Skateaway" and from the outtake "Making Movies".

1. "Tunnel of Love" (Extract from "The Carousel Waltz" by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II) 8:11
2. "Romeo and Juliet"   6:00
3. "Skateaway"   6:40
4. "Expresso Love"   5:12
5. "Hand in Hand"   4:48
6. "Solid Rock"   3:19
7. "Les Boys"   4:07

Dire Straits
Mark Knopfler – vocals, guitar
John Illsley – bass, vocals
Pick Withers – drums, vocals
Additional musicians
Roy Bittan – keyboards
Sid McGinnis – guitar (uncredited)
Jimmy Iovine – producer
Mark Knopfler – producer
Shelly Yakus – engineer
Jeff Hendrickson – assistant engineer
Jon Mathias – assistant engineer
Greg Calbi – mastering
Neil Terk – original design and artwork
Brian Griffin – photography
Bob Ludwig – remastering

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ray Charles, The Beatles, John Mayer I Got a Woman

"I Got a Woman" (originally titled "I've Got a Woman") is a song co-written and recorded by American R&B/soul musician Ray Charles and released as a single in December 1954 on the Atlantic label as Atlantic 45-1050 b/w "Come Back Baby." Both sides later appeared on his 1957 album Ray Charles (subsequently reissued as Hallelujah I Love Her So). Other versions that have made the pop or R&B charts in the US are those by Jimmy McGriff (#20 pop, #5 R&B, 1962), Freddie Scott (#48 pop, 1963), and Ricky Nelson (#49 pop, 1963).The song was recorded late 1954 in the Atlanta studios of Georgia Tech radio station WGST. It was a hit—Charles' first—climbing quickly to #1 R&B in January 1955.Charles told the Pop Chronicles that he performed this song for about a year before he recorded in on November 18, 1954. The song would lead to more hits for Charles during this period when he was on Atlantic. It was later ranked No. 235 on Rolling Stone′s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, one of Charles' five songs on the list. A re-recorded version by Ray Charles, entitled "I Gotta Woman" (ABC-Paramount 10649) reached No. 79 on the Billboard pop chart in 1965.
The song has also been covered by many other artists, including:
Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley (1956)
The Beatles - Live at the BBC
Bill Cosby
Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings
The Barbarians
Anneke van Giersbergen
Baby Face Willette
Fred McDowell
Jo Stafford (rewritten and recorded as "I Got a Sweetie")
Bobby Darin
Adam Faith
Booker T. & the M.G.'s
Roy Orbison
Al Kooper
The Honeydrippers
The Monkees
Stevie Wonder
Snooks Eaglin
Johnny Cash and June Carter
John Mayer Trio
John Hammond
Bill Haley & His Comets
Jamie Cullum
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
Jayson Slack
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Gibson Brothers
Andrew Wild
Kermit Ruffins & Rebirth Brass Band
Bryan Adams
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Sammy Davis Jr.
Toots & the Maytals
Jimmy Smith
Pink Anderson
Paolo Nutini
Alonzo Pennington
Johnny Hallyday
John Scofield
John Mayer
The Routers
Johnny Rivers (1964)
Martin Solveig
Lightnin' Hopkins
The Gibson Brothers
The band Dire Straits mentions the song in their song "Walk of Life", from their 1985 album Brothers in Arms in 2:44.
Kanye West's song "Gold Digger" contains samples (as well as an interpolation during the introduction) of the song.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Beatles- From Me to You

"From Me to You" is a song written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon and released by the Beatles as a single in 1963. The single was the Beatles' first number one in some of the United Kingdom charts, second in others, but failed to make an impact in the United States at the time of its initial release. However, a 1963 cover version released by Del Shannon resulted in the song becoming the first Lennon–McCartney tune to enter the American pop chart. It was one of the very last songs to be credited "McCartney–Lennon"; soon afterwards their songs began appearing credited to "Lennon–McCartney".