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John Leckie on The La's

Postby Silva » Wed Aug 11, 2021 1:46 am

John Leckie talking about The La's
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyNtc-_Ov0s&t=1494s

His TSG version does have bass though
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Re: John Leckie on The La's

Postby Tony » Sat Aug 14, 2021 4:02 pm

I think most of them are on that Car Boot tape but there's a few Leckie versions

One or two are from early mixes where it's Lee and drums and yeah no bass or least it's not mixed particularly well being a work in progress

I think he must be confusing versions.

He has a point though. They released his version of TSG as a single.

It's interesting but to my ears massively inferior to Bob Andrews'
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Re: John Leckie on The La's

Postby Silva » Sat Aug 14, 2021 4:36 pm

It was released as a single?

The vocals on his version make it worth a listen. Full of emotion. The vocals sound a bit dead on the Andrews version although it sounds good.
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Re: John Leckie on The La's

Postby Tony » Sun Aug 15, 2021 8:29 am

Yeah in 2008
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Re: John Leckie on The La's

Postby yesterphobia » Wed Aug 18, 2021 11:57 pm

Thanks for this. Funnily enough I was building up to listening though the 3x Leckie "Produce Like A Pro" on YouTube to see if The La's got a mention.

One of the interesting things for me in recent years has been the steady tide of media/quotes/versions of events from many of the key players...

Rob Swerdlow
https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/rob-swerdlow-were-not-ruled-by-stats-we-prefer-the-algorithm-of-the-soul

Andy MacDonald
https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/andy-macdonald-independiente-essentially-music-is-an-emotional-language-that-connects-people/

Daniel Rachel
https://danielrachel.com/lee-mavers/

Can't find the reference...
https://web.archive.org/web/*/https://www.thedigitalfix.com/content/19599/daniel-rachel-review.html*

Steve Lillywhite
https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210315-the-mystery-of-lost-rock-genius-lee-mavers

In December 1989, Go! Discs turned to producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, Simple Minds), who was initially blown away by Mavers' talent. "Give him an acoustic guitar and pound for pound he's better than anyone. He was dynamite, an amazingly creative person," Lillywhite tells BBC Culture. But familiar problems reared their head. "It was like a game of snakes and ladders," says Lillywhite. "At any point in making the album he heard something he didn't like, it was back to square one".

Lillywhite is philosophical about Mavers' criticisms. "When I listen to the album now I'm still happy, it has some magical moments. But he's the artist: if we didn't get the sound he wanted, we failed. I'll stand with him on this one".

Ferdy Unger-Hamilton
https://hitsdailydouble.com/news&id=314488&title=THE-BELIEVER

Interesting summary / take on love of music as a feeling / reminder here.
20 / 20 Sound / The La's | Album Review: One Hit Wonders?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qmJKbFvU8I&t=621s

Chimes with Andy MacDonald (Big kudos from me, Andy again put his money where his mouth was... As he had done with Billy Bragg)

Andy MacDonald
https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/andy-macdonald-independiente-essentially-music-is-an-emotional-language-that-connects-people/

Proof that musical life is a collaborative process. Music is also a business. Sometimes the talent / songwriting / whatever is there and it is just a matter of time...

I have seen James Blunt play live twice for my sins, neither time did I pay my money expecting that outcome. 1st time at The Barfly in Camden supporting The Trashcan Sinatras, 2nd time on the main stage at Glastonbury. Like him or not it was painfully obvious each time - he was going to sell mega units. Often it is obvious to the industry.

Imagine if the 1989 release of Timeless Melody had not been aborted.
Imagine they had a manager like Peter Jenner to push through (and this is not to attribute any blame, RS seems very sound). Do another record. Do another tour. Etc
Imagine if The La's circa 1991 had been able to move beyond the disappointment with the 1990 album release.
It didn't happen like that. But nice to imagine!
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