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Beatles Come Back With Get Back

The Peter Jackson movie Get Back is finally going to be released on November 25 2021 after being delayed by COVID-19.

The project revives the Beatles Let it Be Movie released in 1970 from the original footage shot by director Michael Lindsay-Hogg.

The original Beatles Get Back Sessions from early 1969 evolved into Let It Be the album and the film were shot at Twickenham Studios and Apple Records.  

Here the band is recording their 12th album which was to go back to their rock and roll roots without overdubbing or fancy studio trickery.

The highlight of the film was the rooftop concert the Beatles did on January 30, 1969 that showcased the songs they had been working on with keyboardist Billy Preston augmenting the bands sound.

The concert itself generated a huge buzz with the police telling the band to shutdown after they churned out over 40 minutes of songs including highlights like Get Back and Don’t Let Me Down.

The Jackson Documentary which will air on Disney Plus in three two hour segments, goes back through 55 hours of video and over 140 hours of audio from the original sessions. 

If anything the Jackson documentary attempts to dispel the myth that the sessions were not in anyway productive or amicable. 

The Let It Be Film which showed George Harrison and Paul McCartney arguing over song ideas as well as other parts of the footage gave us a sense the band was on the way out.

They were however able to produce the original Let It Be Recordings as well as a followup in Abbey Road. 

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The Tea Party’s The Edges of Twilight turns 25 years old!

“tell my lover come back to me” is the line spoken by Jeff Martin, lead singer of The Tea Party in the song The Bazaar from the The Edges of Twilight, The band’s third album released 25 years ago today.

The Canadian band caught my attention with its previous release Splendor Solis.

They really struck gold with Edges of Twilight though from an artistic and sales prospective. Edges of Twilight went double platinum (over 160,000 units) and earned The Tea Party Juno Award Nominations including “Best Rock Album” and “Group of the Year”. It also propelled the band to stardom in Canada, making them more of a household name.

The Band

Formed in 1990, The Tea Party line up revolved around three permanent members:

Jeff Burrows – drums and percussion
Stuart Chatwood – bass guitars
Jeff Martin – guitars, vocals

Jeff Martin was often compared to the Doors Jim Morrison because of his voice, but the leanings of Martin and the band evoke more of Page and Plant then they do of Morrison and company. The band had and has a huge world music influence to go with its blues rock leanings. To me there is always a Middle Eastern tinge to things that evoked mystical places such as Morocco or Egypt.

The Tracks

  1. “Fire in the Head” 5:06
  2. “The Bazaar” 3:42
  3. “Correspondences” 7:28
  4. “The Badger” 3:58
  5. “Silence” 2:51
  6. “Sister Awake” 5:43
  7. “Turn the Lamp Down Low” 5:16
  8. “Shadows on the Mountainside” 3:39
  9. “Drawing Down the Moon” 5:26
  10. “Inanna” 3:48
  11. “Coming Home” 5:53
  12. “Walk with Me” (includes a spoken word piece by Roy Harper)

Kicking off the album is the epic Fire in the Head, which has Martin, Burrows, and Chatwood along with a broken mellotron. Roy Harper, who was to be given the track for his upcoming album with Jeff Martin, instead had it hijacked when the trio jammed on it in the studio.

The Bazaar is next and it is my personal favourite from this album! With the world music/eastern influence very prevalent, the video itself was shot in Istanbul, Turkey and its Grand Bazaar.

“The Bazaar” is Martin, Burrows, and Chatwood supplemented by harmonium and goblet drums. Jeff Burrows described the song as fusing “the exotic with heavier rock side of the band better than any other song”.[2]

Sister Awake took on a life of its own from this album as it was released as a promotional single in Canada and Australia. The album Alhambra bridges The Edges of Twilight and Transmission albums. It includes amongst others a remix of “Sister Awake” by Rhys Fulber.

Turn the Lamp Down Low is my 2nd favourite track from this album. An epic song that starts slow and builds to a massive wall of sound with a crunchy guitar riff and epic drums, it has that Zeppelin quality of When the Levee Breaks.

What really stands out on this song and the album throughout is the drumming of Jeff Burrows. He is an absolute beast who not only hits hard but has impeccable timing as well.

When I saw the band in 2017 for the 20th anniversary of Transmission, the follow up to The Edges of Twilight, Burrows spent two plus hours absolutely destroying his kit.

If you are looking for a chance to see The Tea Party live again, this summer is your best chance. They are touring Canada as part of the Saints and Sinners tour with Big Wreck, Moist, and Headstones.

Songs from The Edges of Twilight should be in their set. Hopefully that allows us to relive the glory of this great album released 25 years ago!