OK, this is slap-dash research so don’t take it as gospel… Listen The Snow is Falling was first released as the b-side of John & Yoko’s Happy Xmas (War Is Over) in the US in December 1971, it got it’s first UK release on the flip of Yoko’s Mind Train in January 1971, and then as the b-side of Happy Xmas (War Is Over) in December 1972.
Listen The Snow Is Falling
My cursory scouring of YouTube suggests there is only one recording, although the version released on the CD reissue of The Wedding Album contained an intro not released on the singles.
Galaxie 500 recorded it for their final album This Is Our Music
There’s an awesome live version on Copenhagen
I’m happy that Dean & Britta have played this live – and a search of YouTube will find plenty of videos of that – but Galaxie 500′s version is frankly untouchable so it alone is sharing this page with Yoko. Don’t even try and suggest that this isn’t one of the three best cover versions ever recorded – because you’d be wrong!
The latest issue of ESOPUS Magazine is dedicated to “personal and institutional archives”, it consists of a beautiful collection of booklets each dedicated to reproductions from someone’s (or some institution’s) archive, all are rather lovely but of interest to us is the one called…
GOOD ON PAPER: Early drafts of Galaxy 500 Lyrics by Dean Wareham
The cover of Esopus 20′s Dean Wareham booklet
Ignoring the annoyance of getting the band’s name on the front cover (although it’s hard to ignore!!) the book is a lovely little peek into Galaxie 500′s beginnings, containing scans of handwritten pages from Dean’s lyrics notebook.
Can’t See More (aka Temperature’s Rising)
Here’s an early draft of Fourth of July, coupled with an even earlier draft of Luna’s Crazy People.
Fourth of July vs Crazy People
The magazine is very lovely and for a Galaxie 500 fan a treasure, their web site has a few scans and an online store where you can buy a copy for just $20 for folk in the UK I got my copy from Newsstand.
I wish I was a chimp
The 7″ single released with the fab Galaxie 500 “oral and visual history” is being sold separately from Damon & Naomi’s web store. The single contains Temperature’s Rising b/w Crazy which would have been the bands second release back in the day if plans hadn’t changed.
Head over to D&N’s shop and pick up a copy of this gem for $10
Issue #20 of Esopus magazine due out at the end of October, has reproduced pages of Dean Wareham’s lyrics. Dean wrote on his Facebook page…
Latest issue of Esopus is beautiful, it contains facsimile reproductions of personal archives from various artists, from Stephen Sprouse to Matt Weiner, also some pages from my lyric notebooks 1988-1990
You can pre-order the magazine from Esopus web site for $20 and the Esopus web site tells you where you can find copies in real shops if that’s what you prefer!
Isn’t It a Pity first saw the light of day on George Harrison’s triple album All Things Must Pass in 1970, but it had been kicking around for a while before that. It had been apparently been vetoed by John Lennon during The Beatles’ Get Back Sessions, and George may have put it forward as a Beatles track as early as 1966 for Revolver. If you’re interested there’s a lot more to the Isn’t It a Pity story over at Wikipedia!
George recorded two versions for All Things Must Pass, which don’t appear to be on YouTube… so here’s a demo recorded during The Beatles’ Get Back sessions
And here’s George (although not sure of the source of this version)
Galaxie 500 covered the song on their second album On Fire:
The band didn’t play it live because, according to this 1990 interview in Sounds, because it was “too hard”:
I guess things get easier over time as Dean’s been playing it a few times of late:
With Britta and Jonathan and Grasshopper of Mercury Rev:
With My Morning Jacket
And finally Dean and Britta struggling through it in Sweden
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