Music vet and New Times scribe Lee Zimmerman offers his insights, opinions, and observations about the local scene. This week: Majic 102.7 morning DJ and Beatle Brunch host Joe Johnson shares his listening pile.
Born in Brooklyn but raised in South Florida, Johnson boasts an encyclopedic knowledge of all things pertaining to John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Even those who think they've heard it all when it comes to those lovable lads from Liverpool can learn a thing or two from his weekly broadcasts.
The program, which airs Sunday from 10 to 11 a.m. on Majic 102.7, features obscure recordings, current and archival interviews, chat, trivia,
and the latest news regarding Beatles reissues and the comings and goings
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of the surviving band members and their inner circle. If, in fact, all
you need is love, Joe's devotion to the Beatles' legacy speaks volumes
about his affection as well as his obsession.
They're the perfect pair, Johnson's sly wit and knack for innuendo tempered by Davis' knowing asides and affable, easygoing attitude. And since Johnson works at an oldies station, after all -- since 1986, in fact -- we figured we could persuade him to give us a few of his musical favorites from his especially knowledgeable point of view. Maybe we'd even persuade him to include a few artists other than the Beatles. And we did too... well, almost anyway.
"The newly remastered first album from Paul has some interesting bonus tracks on it and boasts a DVD that tells its story via interviews with Paul himself. The DVD also boasts some live appearances from his MTV Unplugged special, the all-star 'Concert for Kampuchea,' and other classic appearances... I find it a nice, clean-sounding return to 1970 and one of the best and most honest albums ever."
"I never get tired of this CD, especially the title track and 'Time to Move On.' It's one of Petty's best. I even have the songs loaded into the hard drive in my car, which is pretty cool."
"I find this a fun album as far as new music goes. I might be a little late to the dance, but I like his optimistic outlook in songs like 'Just the Way You Are' and 'The Lazy Song.' Mars has a classic Michael Jackson sound with great production values. And it's all the more easy to get familiar with it because two of the songs have familiar titles, 'Just the Way You Are' and 'Count on Me' (by Billy Joel and Jefferson Starship, respectively)."
"This is my favorite album of all time. I still love the medley on side two, even though those were little bits of unfinished songs that were spliced together. The album is so varied and with so many distinct elements -- heavy rock: ('I Want You (She's So Heavy)'), acoustic ('Here Comes the Sun'), vocals ('Oh! Darling'). And there's even a song from Ringo ('Octopus' Garden').
"In addition to Majic, our HD2 channel contains more of the historic Majic playlist from years past, featuring such classic rockers as Dion, Elvis, Rick Nelson, and so forth. Fortunately, my car has an HD radio, and that makes a big difference."