The Great Lost Beatles Album of 1971

There are many, many “what if”s to ponder in Beatles history.

What if they hadn’t sacked Pete Best in favour of Ringo?

What if Brian Epstein had been straight and therefore less able to see the potential to create the world’s first boy band?

And what if John had never met Yoko? Well, for one thing, they would never have split up when they did.

In 1970 the four Beatles were far from creatively spent. Looking back at the early 70s it seems that for the first few years after the breakup , all four members were furiously engaged in trying to out-do each other as to who could put out the best songs and sell the most records.

I’ve never subscribed to the theory that “they never reached the heights they reached together”.

It is more accurate to say “they never reached the sustained heights” – and it is my contention that the only reason for this was that they were no longer working together.

Paul would have vetoed John’s more indulgent experiments, and John would have continued to rein in the more overt examples of Paul’s whimsy. And both would have encouraged George to new heights.

Simple mathematics tells us that if the same creative team makes four albums separately, these are, on average going to be only 25% as good.

Weight the average in favour of John and Paul and against Ringo and you’d probably expect a Lennon or a McCartney album to contain 40% Fabs-quality material, George’s album would have a one in five hit-rate and anything Ringo could come up with would be a bonus.

So, suppose the Beatles had taken a year off after the release of Let It Be, gone their separate ways, but then reconvened at Studio Two, Abbey Road around mid-1971.

The resulting album could have been their best yet. They would have argued about the tracks and the order, with John finally winning the battle to finish on a political, rather than a feel-good song.

The Great Lost Beatles Album Of 1971

Side One

What Is Life (George)
Back Off Boogaloo (Ringo)
Another Day (Paul)
Wah Wah (George)
Maybe I’m Amazed (Paul)
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (Paul)
Instant Karma (John)

Side Two

Imagine (John)
The Back Seat Of My Car(Paul)
Give Peace A Chance (John)
It Don’t Come Easy (Ringo)
C Moon (Paul)
My Sweet Lord (George)
Working Class Hero (John)

Disco Polo

There are a few pop stars these days who have a little bit more to them than meets the eye from pictures like this one :

Dorota Rabczewska aka Doda shows off her tongue stud

Doda is one of the biggest pop stars in Poland. She has recently been found guilty of the crime of “offending religious sensibilities” for remarking in a year-ago television interview that she believed more in dinosaurs than she did in the Bible because “it is hard to believe in something written by people who drank too much wine and smoked herbal cigarettes”.

Bible Stories by Doda

If John Lennon had made his famous quote about the Beatles being “bigger than Jesus” and Christianity “fading away and dying pretty soon” in the present day in Poland, he’d probably have been crucified. Maybe literally.

Doda’s music is great pop. Non-Polish speakers shouldn’t let that put them off – after all, who listens to lyrics anyway? Love this video. Never mind the gyrating bottoms, this is a great track!

I reckon she actually looks slightly hotter at the start of the video with the glasses and fluffy slippers on. But maybe that’s just me.

Doda’s website is  here – loads of pix and videos. Enjoy.

For every one of Doda’s followers on Twitter, there are 469 who follow Shakira. Which isn’t as bad as it sounds as a LOT of people follow Shakira. Even former chat show hosts from Norwich.

Here are some Polish football hooligans who formed a boy band called – This is actually rather loverly. Take THAT, Take That. And they could definitely take Take That if it came to fisticuffs.

MIG “Co Ty Mi Dasz”

Now to what is becoming the obligatory prog rock section – a genre you can trust, no matter what the origin or the language. Poland’s biggest ever prog rock band were called SBB (which originally stood for the Silesian Blues Band). Not, unfortunately the Silurian Blues Band

Diana Ross And The Silurians

The name changed its meaning to the classically muddy prog monicker “Search, Break Up, Build”. Whatever the hell that means. The band are great – they properly rock out at times, as you can hear on this track which along with the usual proggy influences, has something of Roxy Music in the guitar solo. Definite similarities to Focus, too.

Finally, Republika were big in the 80s and 90s. This is called “Moja Krew” (“My Blood”)

Never made it over to the UK (don’t get me started on British cultural narrow-mindedness – a topic for another day …)

Next up – Denmark. Yeah, that means Alphabeat. Obviously.