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.
Ken Russell and Ringo on the set of Lisztomania. 1975.
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.
Italian Another Day.
Front, rear and record label of Japanese Another Day.
Japanese lyric sheet.
Weird home-made picture sleeve consisting of two ads for the single cut out of a UK music weekly and pasted together. Another Day folk art bought on eBay.
Front and rear of Portuguese Another Day.
Front and back of the French Another Day.
Belgium Another Day.
Front and rear of the Israeli Another Day (which is more or less the same).
German Another Day.
Record Store Day release. 2012.
George and Patti at Cannes. 1968.
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.
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.
If you were wondering how Ringo Starr got his power from roughly 1976 to 1980 (a period of career freefall), wonder no further. It wasn’t from all the cocaine, it was from his power ring! And that item that you never knew existed can now be yours thanks to an upcoming auction. It’s one of two items consigned by ex-girlfriends of ex-Beatles being offered by the online auction house Mecum Auctions (the things we never knew existed are starting to pile up). This ring was commissioned as a gift for Ringo by his mid-70s era girlfriend Nancy Andrews and was designed by Heyoka Merrifield, supposedly a jeweler to the stars. Ringo wore the ring on the cover of his Ringo the 4th album, an LP that recast the tired-sounding former Fab as an unlikely disco singer and found little favor with the record buying public.
The inscription on the inside of the ring reads, “12/25/76…’You’ll never know just how much I love you’” which aside from being a trite platitude is also a line from You’ll Never Know, a song made popular by Alice Faye in 1943, because at least 3 out of 4 members of The Beatles were fixated on the music of their parents’ generation.
This item is part of a sale of showbiz memorabilia ranging from eyeglasses and clothes owned by John Lennon to a Swarovski Crystal Darth Vader helmet (because we all remember that scene in Star Wars where Darth Vader turned up blinged the fuck out) to a killer pair of truly old school Nikes once owned by some dead Hollywood stuntman to a fairly awesome rolling pin signed by employees of Republic Pictures. So get your credit cards ready.
Meanwhile, Ringo Starr turns 73 today. The oldest Beatle continues to get old.