MOJO PRESENTS x 3: The Roots Of Paul McCartney (2011) & Beatlemania/Volumes 1 & 2 (2006)

Three more freebies from MOJO. The latest, from the August 2011 issue, is The Roots Of Paul McCartney, a collection of roots and influences that, curiously, isn’t that far removed from a commercial CD of the same name that came out in 2009. Five of the tunes are identical. Don’t know whether to chastise MOJO for lack of originality… or thank them for making this one available for free. Beatlemania/Volume 1 and Beatlemania/Volume 2 were two of MOJO‘s earlier tributes to The Beatles, released the same month in 2004 (meaning you had to buy two of the same issues to get both), and includes a variety of artists tackling the music of the famed beat combo. Big thanks to Andrew F. and Johanna for the two Beatlemania discs, which can be found at Amazon (click the covers). There’s nearly 90 more MOJOs in our archives. Three more next Sunday.

MOJO Presents… The Roots Of Paul McCartney (August 2011)
LITTLE RICHARD Long Tall Sally (1:59)
EDDIE COCHRAN Twenty Flight Rock (1:41)
CHAN ROMERO The Hippy Hippy Shake (1:38)
CHUCK BERRY Little Queenie (2:38)
BIG JOE TURNER Honey Hush (2:37)
LARRY WILLIAMS She Said Yeah (1:49)
ARTHUR “BIG BOY” CRUDUP That’s All Right (2:53)
CARL PERKINS Movie Magg (2:06)
WILBERT HARRISON Kansas City (2:22)
THE JODIMARS Clarabella (1:58)
THE COASTERS Besame Mucho, Pt. 1 (2:11)
THE PLATTERS Red Sails In The Sunset (2:20)
RAY CHARLES Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying (3:40)
ANITA BRYANT Till There Was You (2:05)
GENE VINCENT Over The Rainbow (2:56)

MOJO: Beatlemania/Volume 1 (September 2004)
THE POSIES I’m Looking Through You (2:57)
LONNIE MACK From Me To You (2:28)
THE FREE DESIGN Michelle (3:09)
DILLARD & CLARK Don’t Let Me Down (3:47)
SCOTT McCARL Yes It Is (3:00)
BOOKER T. & THE M.G.’s You Can’t Do That (2:42)
THE DILLARDS Yesterday (1:03)
CHARLES RIVER VALLEY BOYS I’ve Just Seen A Face (2:40)
THE CYRKLE I’m Happy Just To Dance With You (1:57)
THE CRYAN SHAMES If I Needed Someone (2:18)
JOSE FELICIANO In My Life (3:24)
BILLY PRESTON Eight Days A Week (2:14)
ISSAC HAYES Something (11:42)
THE BAR-KEYS Hey Jude (6:04)

MOJO: Beatlemania/Volume 2 (September 2004)
CHEAP TRICK Magical Mystery Tour (4:07)
GRANT LEE PHILLIPS Here Comes The Sun (2:52)
HARRY NILSSON She’s Leaving Home (3:18)
WILSON PICKETT Hey Jude (4:03)
RICHIE HAVENS Rocky Raccoon (4:09)
TRUDY PITTS with PAT MARTINO Eleanor Rigby (2:50)
NINA SIMONE Revolution (Part 1) (2:49)
STEVE CROPPER With A Little Help From My Friends (5:33)
HARVEY AVERNE I Feel Fine (3:08)
THE FOUR TOPS Got To Get You Into My Life (2:35)
THE MAR-KEYS Let It Be (3:20)
GARY PUCKETT & THE UNION GAP Lady Madonna (2:14)
CLAUDINE LONGET Jealous Guy/Don’t Let Me Down (3:38)


  • Willard
    July 24, 2011 - 09:14 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Sean
    July 24, 2011 - 12:17 | Permalink

    Vive Le Mojo Sunday!

  • Dennis
    July 25, 2011 - 15:21 | Permalink

    This discussion makes me curious as to how many MOJO samplers are there in all? And on a related note, I guess, how many have yet to presented here?

    • Willard
      July 25, 2011 - 15:37 | Permalink

      By our count – we’ve posted 87 out of 109 CDs issued by MOJO Magazine proper (meaning: not including their Collections series or Dance Club CDs). We’re sitting on 107 total.

  • Michael Hockinson
    August 1, 2011 - 15:11 | Permalink

    I’d go with chastising, Willard. “The Roots of Paul McCartney” was a missed opportunity, but I suppose available licensing is the likely culprit. While Phil Alexander’s liner notes reference “Run Devil Run,” Macca’s excellent roots album, of the 12 songs he covered, only three of the original versions were included here: Joe Turner’s “Honey Hush,” (though the influential version might have been Johnny Burnette’s), Larry Williams’s “She Said Yeah,” and Carl Perkins’s “Movie Magg.”

    Instead of Chuck Berry’s “Brown Eyed Handsome Man” we get “Little Queenie.” Instead of Gene Vincent’s “Blue Jean Bop” we get “Over The Rainbow.” The inclusion of the original Crudup version of “That’s All Right” is puzzling, as Paul would have first heard and been influenced by Elvis Presley’s Sun version. And while “Don’t Let The Catch You Crying” was part of the the Silver Beatles’s repertoire in 1960, wouldn’t this have been more appropriate on a “Roots of Gerry Marsden” collection?

    While a download is fine, McCartney completists should really search out the actual CD, as the disc art is a spot-on parody of a red label/silver print Parlophone single.

    • Willard
      August 1, 2011 - 15:28 | Permalink

      Nice assessment, thanks. I’m sure you hit the nail on the head with licensing, but you also show it takes a little knowledge to do these things right. You might have given them an idea with Marsden.

  • Iggy
    October 31, 2012 - 10:15 | Permalink

    Nice material and nice discussions. Thanks Captain.


  • March 21, 2016 - 14:01 | Permalink

    GRAN MATERIAL, gracias por compartir.

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