terça-feira, 5 de fevereiro de 2013

Klaatu - A história do pretenso "comeback" dos Beatles que não passou de rumor absurdo!

 História delirante, é ler para crer... mas não muito, vejam como a coisa nasceu e ganhou fama:
"Who are they?
In 1976 a rumor started circulating in the United States that the Beatles had recorded and released a new album under the pseudonym of "Klaatu" and sales of that record shot way up. The rumor went something like this:
The Beatles supposedly recorded an album in mid 1966 that was to be a follow up to Revolver but the master tapes were mysteriously "lost" from the studio. The Beatles didn't want to re-record the album as Paul had (supposedly) just died in a car accident. When Billy Shears (a Paul McCartney look alike contest winner) stepped in to fill the space left by Paul's death, the Beatles stopped touring and recorded a new album that eventually turned out to be "Sgt. Pepper." This explains the long gap between Revolver and Sgt. Pepper and also the change in musical direction. Meanwhile, in 1975, the missing masters were uncovered during research for the Beatles' story project titled, The Long And Winding Road (which eventually became 1995's Beatles Anthology) and the band decided to release the album as a tribute to the late Paul McCartney. They decided on a release with no credit shown to songwriters and no photos so that the album would sell on the merits of the music contained therein and not on any "Beatles hype" (similar to Paul giving away a song to Peter and Gordon in the early 60s called "Woman" under the songwriting name of Bernard Webb).
What were the clues that made people think that THIS album was the Beatles?

  • 1. The record was on Capitol records, the American record company that had released most of the Beatles' records in the US.
  • 22. The Beatles connection was confirmed in 1988 when the band reunited to record ONE new song called "Woman" which was an allusion to Paul's song that he had given to Peter and Gordon in the early 60s under a pseudonym and also to John's song Woman from his Double Fantasy album which was released just before his death. This song alledgedly contained an old John studio-recorded demo which had been added to by Billy Shears (as Paul McCartney), George Harrison & Ringo Starr.
    How did these rumors get started?
    A Providence, RI newspaper (The Providence Journal) ran an article by a rock music writer named Steve Smith which stated "Could Klaatu be the Beatles? Mystery is a Magical Mystery Tour." Smith concluded that Klaatu was more than likely in part or in whole the Beatles.
    Charlie Parker at WDRC(*see below*) in Hartford, CT said on air that it was, "a marvelous experience" to listen to this album and asked, "Who are Klaatu? Are the Beatles really back?" and suddenly Capitol records had to ship another 20,000 copies to that region of the country.
    All this led people to think this was the Beatles. If it wasn't them, then why not put their names and their pictures on it?
    The New Musical Express (a prominent music newspaper in England during the Beatles' time) ran an article with the headline, "Deaf idiot journalist starts Beatle rumour." But despite that and denials from the band (through spokesman Frank Davies) the rumor persisted and the band's album continued to sell in large quantities.
    In 1980 the band came out with it's 4th album (which also ended up being the last album released in the US by them) called Endangered Species. This time the album gave us some information. It said the songs were published by Klaatoons, but it told us that the album was produced by Christopher Bond. The songs also gave writing credit to Long, Woloschuk, and Tome. Were these the names of Klaatu members?
    The following note was also included in the liner notes for the album:
    "Nota Bene:
    There are three accepted definitions applied when describing the status of declining wildlife: rare, threatened and ENDANGERED SPECIES. The most recent figures published in the Red Data Book, as issued by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, indicate that there are at least 340 animals and 20,000 plants listed as endangered species.
    Experts throughout the world agree that unless immediate and effective measures are implemented to protect the existence of these life forms, their final outcome will inevitably be . . . extinction.
    Spring, 1980
    Terry Draper, Dee Long, John Woloschuk

    For more information, please contact: I.U.C.N., 1110
    Morges, Switzerland"
    The album also contained an address to write to the band:
    write: Klaatu
    P.O. Box 1030
    Oak Ridges, Ontario
    Canada L0G 1P0

    So now we had songwriting credits to three people and a note from three people (2 of whom had been part of the songwriting credits). Are these the members of Klaatu?
    Klaatu actually are:

    John Woloschuk - vocals - bass - guitar - keyboards
    Terry Draper - vocals - drums - guitar - keyboards - slide trombone
    Dee Long - vocals - guitar - keyboards

    and there is no Beatles connection on their albums at all."

    E as famosas pistas:

  • 2. The record had no names of band members listed on it anywhere.
  • 3. The record had no producer name on it anywhere. It simply said, "Produced by Klaatu."
  • 4. The record had no songwriter credits other than simply, "All selections composed by Klaatu."
  • 5. The record has a mysterious publisher listed. It says, "All selections published by Klaatu ASCAP/CAPAC." (The US re-issue in 1981 says the songs are published by Welbeck Music Corp/ASCAP and MCA Music/ASCAP)
  • 6. CAPAC (see clue number 5) is the Canadian equivalent of America's ASCAP and Britain's BMI and John Lennon had recently been rumored to be moving to Toronto Canada since the US was trying to deport him.
  • 7. The record had no pictures of band members on it anywhere.
  • 8. On a couple of songs (Calling Occupants, Sub-Rosa Subway) the vocals sound like Paul McCartney & John Lennon.
  • 9. The name Klaatu is taken from the movie "The Day The Earth Stood Still" in which the alien named Klaatu tells his robot Gort to stop hurting people with the command, "Klaatu barada niktu!" On Ringo Starr's Goodnight Vienna album Ringo is seen coming out of the spaceship from that movie and is standing next to Got

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