Startling Music. David Hentschel. 1975.
Here’s a weird one. A synth-based track-by-track cover album of Ringo Starr’s Ringo LP on Starr’s own Ring-O Records vanity label (because, at the time, Ringo was as obsessed with his nickname as he is now with the concept of “peace and love”). This album is not unlike Paul’s Thrillington project (which was recorded a few years before it but released a few years after it) in that the Beatle involved couldn’t be bothered to play on the thing so the actual music is played by top-drawer session folk. In the case of Startling Music, most of the drumming is handled by Phil Collins. And because it’s a former Beatle in the 70s, of course at least one track has a reggae lilt about it. Those dudes couldn’t get enough of that stuff.
A seriously misaligned label on The Clash‘s Cost of Living EP. 1979.
Cold Cuts (Another Early Version). Paul McCartney and Wings. 1987.
West German pressing of the oft-floated but never-realized odds and sods collection that Paul McCartney seems to have fussed over endlessly in the early 80s but never got around to actually putting out. As the parenthetical part of the title suggests, there are a number of different versions of this comp floating around. This one opens its second side with an 11 minute version of Linda’s Wide Prairie. It’s worth seeking out if that’s your thing.
The Beatles’ Christmas Album. The Beatles. 1970.
Between the misaligned label and the fuzzy-around-the-edges type, I didn’t need Bruce Spizer to tell me that my copy of this LP is a counterfeit.
Some Time in New York City. John Lennon and Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band with Elephant’s Memory and Invisible Strings. 1972.
Postcard included in album’s original release.
German press of Live Through This. Hole. 1994.
For the McCartney completist, here’s a interview LP issued to American radio stations to promote Wings‘ Band on the Run album. Below is the first page of the script that was included so radio DJs knew which tame questions to ask Paul and Linda. The disc also includes a handful of tracks from the album all in exceptionally poor sound. I think the mix of Helen Wheels might be slightly different from the normal one though so there’s that, I guess. 1973.