This 1963 John song often gets overlooked these days as album filler. However, this With The Beatles track can be seen as one of the songs responsible for writers and critics viewing The Beatles as actual artists. In a 1963 article, critic William Mann called John and Paul the greatest British songwriters of the year, but also heaped praise upon the band's "lugubrious" music and "pandiatonic clusters, and "the Aeolian cadence of 'Not A Second Time.'" John viewed this as nonsense, but the result was the validation of them not just as pop stars of the moment, but as writers of real serious art. It brought to light the unusual quality of work the band was doing from the onset, and one could argue is indirectly responsible for not just this podcast, but all Beatles podcasts, books, documentaries, etc. And even though it's tacked on the end of the record, it's better than people give it credit for. It's part of a handful that mark the beginning of John's dominant period in the band, where his confidence is at an all time high, and his material is top notch, a period that would reach its apex on A Hard Day's Night.
Kicking off Season 3 with us is Andrew Sandoval. Andrew's the producer behind some of the most landmark reissues in recent history from artists like The Kinks, The Monkees, The Zombies, The Beach Boys, The Bee Gees, Elton John, Big Star, The Left Banke, Nilsson, The Turtles and more. As a concert producer/manager, he's been behind the brilliant late-career resurgence of The Monkees, handling all their tours since 2011, in addition to handling A&R duties and additional production on their 2015 comeback album Good Times. His upcoming book The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story is the most in-depth and important dive into the one-of-a-kind, fascinating career and story of the Monkees, and is available for pre-order now at beatlandbooks.com. We discuss the relationship between the Beatles and the Monkees, creating reissue packages from a fan's perspective, John's not playing by the rules as a writer, and so much more. We could've picked his brain for many more hours, so hopefully, we can do this again.
You can catch Andrew this fall running the show with Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz on the Monkees' farewell tour, hitting US cities September through November. Trust us, you'll want to see this show.
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