Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Best of Wednesday Reviews (part 2)

Last Wednesday I listed 8 of the most viewed reviews from the past 6.5 years of this blog and tonight I give you numbers 7-1.

7.  James McCartney (concert review)
From June 6, 2013

In June of 2013 I saw Paul McCartney's only son, James, perform in concert in St. Louis.    It was my first (and so far only) time seeing one of the "Beatle sons" perform.  It was an interesting experience that left me with mixed emotions.   I still enjoy James' music and I would see him in concert again if he came to town, but I wanted to be honest with readers out there about what to expect. 

6.  My Kid Brother's Band (book review)
From October 22, 2014

When I started adding reviews to this blog, I decided right off that I was going to post honest reviews and not sugar coat things that I didn't like.    That I was going to say both positive and negative things in my reviews because that is what I want to read whenever I read a review of something.     My review for Louise's Harrison's book, My Kid Brother's Band is one of the few reviews that was mostly negative.   Louise's book was one of the most difficult books for me to get through.   I didn't mind that much of the book was about her life and I did enjoy what she wrote about George, however her personal and political views were shoved into the book in the strangest places.  Her negative words about Dhani and Olivia (which she never called by name) made it even harder to read.   For a long time my review of this book was the only one that wasn't glowing but slowly since I wrote it more and more honest reviews have popped up.  

5.  Give me a Chance (book review)
From January 9, 2012

  This is the story of every day Beatles fan, Gail, who heard that John was in her town, Montreal for a bed in and decided to interview him for her school paper.   Well she interviewed him and was asked back for eight days!   She spent eight days with John and Yoko in their hotel.  She was there during the writing and recording of "Give Peace a Chance."   She looked after Kyoko, answered the telephone oh and she watched "A Hard Day's Night" on television with John Lennon!   What an experience!   

4.  Sara Finally Meets a Beatle for Real (concert review)
From May 28, 2013

Alright so I didn't actually MEET Paul McCartney, but as this concert review from Paul's Memphis show on May 26, 2013 shows, I got as close as I could possibly get when Paul read my sign aloud in concert and made direct eye contact with me as he spoke to me.   I love re-reading this review from  two days after the event because I can read the excitement I still had jumping off the screen.   My idea was to give readers a review of a Paul concert from the 4th row center, but I think the review was more about my emotions and feelings than about Paul McCartney.

3.  The Lost Beatles Photographs (book Review)
From April 24, 2011

From what I can tell, this is the first book review I wrote for the blog.  By now I think most fans are familiar with the Bob Bonis photo archives book, The Lost Beatles Photographs.     But if you have never gotten this book, you really owe it to yourself to have it in your collection.    The color and black and white photos of the boys during the U.S. tours are outstanding.   Plus there are photos of Brian, Mal and Neil among others that really add to the story.   

2.  Beatles at Shea  (book Review)
From December 30, 2013

Every Beatles fan love the Beatles Shea Stadium concert, right?    So what isn't there to love about a book about the topic?    Dave Schwenson wrote this amazing book that focused on the Beatles' Shea Stadium show with insights from insiders and fans that were there and lived it.  But what I really found fascinating was the inside information about the TV special.    Another great book for those of us who can't get enough information about the Beatles touring years.

1.  Ringo Starr and the All Starr Band -- Sara's VIP concert review
From July 6, 2014

This is a review that I wrote from when my mom and I saw Ringo Starr and the All Starr Band in Tunica, Mississippi on July 3, 2014 with VIP seats.     I wanted fans who might not have been to a Ringo concert in recent years to learn what they were missing out on.     It was a great show and I am glad that so many people liked my review of it.   Heck Ringo pointed to my mom's "Ringo rocks" t-shirt in the middle of singing "Yellow Submarine" so it was a special night.  

Thank you again to everyone for all of the support towards the "Wednesday Reviews."   If there is a book you would like for me to review or if you recently read a Beatles book and would like to be a guest blogger for Wednesday Reviews, I would love to read it.   I am wanting to read older Beatles books and review them today---maybe even compare them to a review written in a fanzine.   Suggestions are appreciated!

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