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Welcome[edit]

Welcome!

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Lord Upminster[edit]

Hi JG66 could you please help me to remove a load of "waffle" from the article Lord Upminster, and add some helpful sources. There may be a barnstar in it for ya!. All the best wishes Joe Vitale 5 (talk) 14:20, 10 January 2015 (UTC)

Hi Joe Vitale 5. Bit stretched for time right now, with things I'm committed to here and in RL, but I'll take a look soon. To be honest, all I imagine I'll be able to contribute in the way of sources is a few more reviews for a Reception section, perhaps. Cheers, JG66 (talk) 16:30, 10 January 2015 (UTC)

the Beatles discography[edit]

Do you realize that you're suggesting that the Beatles had 22 #1 singles in the U.S.? It is well established fact that they had 20. Two songs cannot occupy the #1 spot at the same time, and For You Blue definitely did not reach #1. - Bossanoven (talk) 10:53, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

@Bossanoven: It definitely did, per Nicholas Schaffner, the Castleman & Podrazik book, not to mention here. Also, I'm sure if you count up the number of US #1s at the AllMusic Awards page you could well come up with a different total – at least, they give For You Blue as a Hot 100 #1. What's actually needed for the "US" column with Long & Winding/For You Blue and for Something/Come Together (and for the latter single's UK chart peaks also) is a single row, combining the sides, with the peaks sitting midway down – i.e. Something/Come Together combined reached #4 in the UK, the songs didn't separately peak at #4. JG66 (talk) 11:03, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

If you look at the liner notes to 1 (Beatles album), there are actually 21 U.S. chart toppers among the 27 total songs on the disc. But I think if you look at any Billboard chart reference books or Guinness World Record books, they will state it as 20 in the U.S. It quickly becomes obvious that Something is the difference between 20 and 21. - Bossanoven (talk) 11:08, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

I'm sorry, but who cares what the liner notes to a compilation CD says? (Would we trust liner notes that said a song was number 1 for five weeks when it quite clearly wasn't? I remember that issue coming up with Elvis' Gold #1 compilation or whatever it was called.)
I hear what you're saying, but I think you're focusing too much on that magic number. Fact is, Something was number 1 on Billboard (listed first, in fact), with Come Together, on 29 November 1969. For You Blue was listed with Long and Winding Road when that single topped the Hot 100 for two weeks. If that's how the singles were listed when they topped Billboard, then of course it's how we should impart the information when, as in that Discography, we're listing each side of a single. Put it this way, count up the number of Beatles UK top 10 hits based on the peaks given in that discography and then compare it with an official count – I bet the number 4 sitting next to both Something and Come Together throws the total out there too. (They charted together at number 4.) As I've said, what is needed in such a situation is that effect whereby a single "1" appears in the US column for these double A-sides. JG66 (talk) 11:26, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

I won't revert your changes, but you can expect that someone else will. - Bossanoven (talk) 11:30, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

Spanish guitar and introducing.....[edit]

Re: this edit, I don't suppose you're thinking about the intro to "Bungalow Bill", which is the "Spanish guitar" tape on a Mk II Mellotron? In the song itself, I think it's just bog standard acoustic, isn't it? Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 14:36, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

I don't know about the Mellotron "Spanish guitar" tape … I was following the mention under album content: "The Spanish guitar at the beginning of the recording was overdubbed later by Harrison." Apart from Lewisohn, I've read about this somewhere else – and it certainly doesn't sound like a steel-string to my ears. JG66 (talk) 21:10, 26 February 2015 (UTC)
Our article on Bungalow Bill says it's a Mellotron, though the source is about the worst example of a source I can think of! Planet Mellotron says it's a 'Tron too, but most people wouldn't treat that as a reliable source (though given Andy Thompson's expertise in the subject matter, I frankly would!) Let me go and grab MacDonald. Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 11:18, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
Bloody 'ell – no, that's right, it must be the Mellotron key. Someone go tell Lewisohn! I only added the instrument in Personnel because I saw the mention under Side One in the article. Talk about learning something new every day … JG66 (talk) 11:25, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

Hi[edit]

Hello, I've noticed that you've done a great job in expanding a great deal of George Harrison's singles, and I was wondering if you would like to help out in adding to some of Paul McCartney's solo work. None of his singles are up to good-article status, and I am hoping to expand a few of his songs, such as "Band on the Run". If you don't want to, I don't mind, but I am having trouble finding worthwhile information. Thanks. Beatleswhobeachboys (talk) 20:21, 11 March 2015 (UTC)

Hi @Beatleswhobeachboys: Thanks for the compliment – that's very kind of you! Yeah, I'm fascinated by the Beatles' first decade as solo artists (far more so than I am by their career as a band, in fact), and I've always hoped to do more work on Starr and Lennon articles. Have to confess, I find McCartney's releases the least interesting to write about – he just seemed to churn them out. But sure, I'll try to help.
I've got recording info I could add (from Madinger & Easter's Eight Arms to Hold You, and Bruce Spizer's The Beatles Solo on Apple Records), and stuff for a Reception section in most cases (via Rock's Backpages and a couple of other sources). And I've got Howard Sounes' McCartney bio Fab and Keith Badman's Beatles Diary Volume 2. I'll take a look at "Band on the Run" anyway … JG66 (talk) 07:44, 12 March 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! Admittedly, McCartney's solo work was pretty spotty, but I think at its peak it is the strongest to come out of all four. Just personal preference, though. I also have a McCartney book about his time in the '70s (Man on the Run), but specific song information is hard to come by. Beatleswhobeachboys (talk) 19:56, 12 March 2015 (UTC)
On "Band on the Run", I was pretty proud of how it was coming along. Generally though, as someone who has never played an instrument or studied musical structure, I don't think I would do the song justice in explaining the composition. If you have found anything though, it would definitely help... I think I've found all I could at this time. Beatleswhobeachboys (talk) 19:13, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
Also, I'd like to apologize if I nominated the article before you could add more; I took a look at some other GA Beatles-related articles ("Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (song)", "You Never Give Me Your Money", etc.) and I felt it was sufficient enough for the rank. Beatleswhobeachboys (talk) 19:40, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

Nomination of The London Session for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article The London Session is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/The London Session until a consensus is reached, and anyone is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion notice from the top of the article. Marchjuly (talk) 07:08, 16 March 2015 (UTC)

Similar Skin[edit]

Hi JG66,

Can you take a look at Similar Skin and double check my work? I tried adding some of the links that were pointed out in "The London Session" AfD discussion, but that's the first time I've used {{Album ratings}} and I'm not sure I did it right.

Also, I have a general question. How does the template handle reviews that don't seem to give any rating? For example, the Similar Skin metacritic page says Cokemachineglow give the album an "80"; Yet, the actual review does not give any rating at all that I can find. Then there's this All Music review, but once again no rating is given (unless the rating is actually "zero" stars). I would've added these to the template as well, but I wasn't sure about what to enter for the "revscore" parameter. Anyway, there's no great rush here. Thanks in advance. - Marchjuly (talk) 02:54, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

Hi @Marchjuly: Sorry to take a while. That looks great, certainly enough to make me remove the ref improve tag. Thanks! JG66 (talk) 15:26, 20 March 2015 (UTC)
No worries. Time is on my side. Do you know if there is a way to use that "album rating" templates when there does not seem to be a rating given by the reviewer? The AllMusic review for the album only has stars for "user ratings"; There doesn't seem to be an "AllMusic rating". - Marchjuly (talk) 15:34, 20 March 2015 (UTC)
Ah, well AllMusic always give a ratings, in my experience. Which is what made me think that the Similar Skin write-up was simply filler/descriptive. (Put it this way, AllMusic's reviews consistently appear at Metacritic, but this one didn't.)
With Cokemachineglow, that's does appear at Metacritic, and the latter tells us it's on the acclaimed side of favourable. The album rating template was changed a couple of years ago – pretty much in secret, if truth be told. Guidelines there used to allow for "very favorable", "favorable", "mixed", "unfavorable", etc., but a handful of editors gained consensus to only have scores and alphabetical ratings, without putting the word out to any relevant project pages such as Music or Albums. (Here's the discussion. Okay, a few editors became involved in the discussion, but I don't know how they heard about it, because nothing was posted at the more high-traffic forums.) As a result, I have to say, I tend to ignore that new guideline. (Of course, if we were inundated with reviews containing numerical scores at Similar Skin, that might be different.)
Bit more information than you were after, there, maybe! JG66 (talk) 16:30, 20 March 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the info and the link about the "new" guideline. I wasn't sure how to make those two reviews work which is why I didn't try and add them. "A man's got to know his limitations", even when it comes to Wikipedia editing. - Marchjuly (talk) 22:20, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

Source for Lennon's quote on McCartney album.[edit]

Hi, sorry for bothering you like this but I'm having trouble adding the source citation that you asked (using the visual editor). I'm a bit new here but I was able to find the entire source article from Rolling Stone. It's here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/one-guy-standing-there-shouting-im-leaving-19700514 and is a great article for supplementary information. Quite a few citations refer to the article from books. I was able to create a citation but wasn't able to move it into the quote box. Thank you very much for your time! I think this is what you were looking/asking for...

Zreh (talk) 14:36, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

Hey, don't worry, I'll do it as you've provided the link! And I wasn't asking you to do anything. I just meant that if we're directly quoting something that carries asterisks over expletives, well, we can only reproduce how it appears in that particular source. Thanks anyway, that's great. I'll fix it. Cheers, JG66 (talk) 14:49, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

Template:Did you know nominations/The Radha Krsna Temple (album)[edit]

An issue has arisen regarding this nomination when someone when to promote it for April Fool's Day. Please visit right away if you want to this run on schedule. Many thanks. BlueMoonset (talk) 02:58, 30 March 2015 (UTC)

DYK for The Radha Krsna Temple (album)[edit]

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Q review[edit]

Hi! Thanks for adding those scores for the Springsteen albums. Do you have access to the words/prose? It would make a great addition to articles like Born in the U.S.A., which lacks criticism to balance what seems to be unanimous praise from critics. Dan56 (talk) 01:58, 21 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi. Yeah, I've come across a swag of Q mags, courtesy of my brother's collection from the late '80s/early '90s. I'm on the move now and over the next week, but when I get a chance, I'll definitely add something from Richard Williams at Born in the USA - his rating is so off-message relative to the other critics cited there, it begs a comment or two. JG66 (talk) 09:46, 21 April 2015 (UTC)

Untitled[edit]

Hello JG! Not really sure what to follow up the hello with, so I'll address your previously asked messages I didn't answer at the time...

Re:W&B backstory: I'll need to check the history as I can't remember if I removed the box from Egg based the person's rationale or of my own accord. The reason why I removed it from Egg was that the template doc (which might have/have not been changed since) said the box was optional. I think at the time I thought that since reviews are turned into prose the box wasn't needed. That being said, if another user re-added the box I wouldn't object.
Re:inclusion as WP The Beatles article/use of artist navbox: Way back when I first started working on Beatles articles, I added the banner to any article that mentioned some form of contribution by a Beatle. I probably should've took a step back and thought what really made an article a part of the project. As a result, I think the confusion stems from me adding (spamming in this case?) the banner to a lot of talk pages... I feel that based on George's contributions to Tana Mana and "Early 1970" they definitely should be classified as Harrison articles. (Criteria might have been suggested before in the archives of WT:Beatles.)
On the subject of navboxes, if an article is linked in the navbox, the article should carry the navbox, IMO. That's the way I see it, at least - there might be something about this in a navbox doc somewhere.

Hopefully(!) that has cleared up your previous questions. Thank you by the way for taking Egg to GA status. After my rather long absence, I should be back for good this time. Yeepsi (talk) 01:11, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

@Yeepsi: it's great to hear from you! Wow, those queries of mine you mention take me back … Thanks for the replies. And no probs with Back to the Egg. It had to go for a second attempt (from memory, the first reviewer ignored the rewrite), but I really enjoyed working on that one. I seem to warm to album and song articles where the artist is up against it and/or the work wasn't well-received. (Always makes for a more entertaining story, I find.) Anyway, it's good to see you back here, Y. JG66 (talk) 04:54, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Be Here Now (song)[edit]

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Hello Goodbye GA[edit]

Hi JG66, I was wondering what's still left to do on "Hello, Goodbye". I'm kind of stuck as to what else could be added. Beatleswhobeachboys (talk) 21:48, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

I'm just tinkering away with the Promo films section – apart from a couple of minor details to fix elsewhere, I think that'll be it. Bit concerned, though, about Personnel being sourced to Guesdon & Margotin, when there are acknowledged authorities on the Beatles who offer musician and production credits, such as Mark Lewisohn and Ian MacDonald. (Right or wrong – I know reputations can be deceiving.) I had a slight issue regarding this while giving "Something" FA (apparently an FA) a much-needed rewrite, so that's what flags it with me at "Hello, Goodbye".
With the Promo films section, btw, I'm thinking there might be enough to allow for an image from the best-known clip – say, when the hula dancers are on the stage. I notice we have a non-free image at Strawberry Fields Forever#Promotional film and I was thinking of including one at "Hey Jude" once I've added the necessary "critical commentary". It might not be possible, at "Hello, Goodbye" or "Hey Jude", but it would be a nice addition if there's sufficient commentary/discussion to justify the non-free content. JG66 (talk) 03:48, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
The picture would definitely be nice - if I can find another source for the personnel, I'll add it. Beatleswhobeachboys (talk) 12:16, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
Update: I just found the sources for MacDonald on Google Books and added them. Beatleswhobeachboys (talk) 12:53, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
@Beatleswhobeachboys: I think it's ready to roll now. In fact I was just about to put it up for GA review and add your username too, but couldn't work out how to co-nominate …
Aside from adding loads more info, I've changed so many things since your nomination (as I'm sure you've noticed). Is there anything there you want to discuss? The changes under Charts, for instance (here and here) – to me, they're important in the interest of historical accuracy. Not only that but the template (which we're not obliged to use) renders the chart name and nationality as, say, "Norway (VG-lista)" – which would be fine if the column heading read "Country (chart name/compiler)", but it doesn't. So to correspond with the heading "Chart", seems to me it has to be "Norwegian VG-lista Singles" etc. JG66 (talk) 02:49, 1 July 2015 (UTC)
OK: I also think the article's ready. I'll do a little searching to see how to co-nominate. Beatleswhobeachboys (talk) 12:17, 1 July 2015 (UTC)
I just asked IndianBio how to co-nominate - you have to put the {{subst:GAN|subtopic=songs}} on the talk page, save, then edit the nominator section. I'll go do that now. Beatleswhobeachboys (talk) 13:28, 1 July 2015 (UTC)
Nice one, BW-BB – it's up there now! Cheers, JG66 (talk) 13:37, 1 July 2015 (UTC)
Cool - I wasn't sure if it was going to work. Now all we have to do is wait. Beatleswhobeachboys (talk) 15:33, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

White Album lead[edit]

There seems to have been an awful lot of tinkering of this article's lead since my original draft for GA. Perhaps we should blow it up and start again? Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 08:41, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

@Ritchie333: Ha! Yep, it's had its fair share of heavy foot traffic, hasn't it? Not good.
Personally, I've always thought the Background and Recording sections needed something more, because it's a very MacDonald-esque view we're giving – i.e., Rishikesh was a mere blip; back to London/back to the drugs; sessions were a misery. In fact, Rishikesh was the last extended period of unity among the band members – it was massive, and that's the background to the album (not Sgt. Pepper‍ '​s success as such). MacDonald likes to paint Lennon as LSD-drenched up until India when in fact John was evangelical about T.M. after meeting Maharishi the previous August, probably more so than George; it's just that MacD can understand LSD but he can't comprehend the spiritual influence that consumed the Beatles. So I can't help thinking that giving that and other areas the required depth, and then adding to the Lead accordingly, might keep interference to a minimum. I mean: if people see everything/more laid out authoritatively, they'll be less likely to jump in on the Lead, say, and add info that doesn't even appear in the article body.
That's probably not what you wanted to hear(?). It's been on my mind since a) falling back in love with the White Album about 3 months ago, and b) since you and I were discussing expanding Break-up of the Beatles (which got me heading to The Beatles in India and realising that too needed work – which got me onto Sour Milk Sea, which got me onto Hey Jude …) I take your point here, but at the same, I'm thinking there's plenty missing in the article and, quite conceivably, the Lead could easily stretch to a fourth para (like Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, All Things Must Pass and others) once the main body's fleshed out. What do you think? JG66 (talk) 13:35, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

Hello, Goodbye[edit]

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Nice one! Keep up the good work. SilkTork ✔Tea time 01:21, 14 July 2015 (UTC)

Hello, Goodbye GA Passed![edit]

The article passed - yay! It was a fun project to work on: I was always very nostalgic about this one because it was one of my favorite Beatles songs when I was younger. On a side note, if you'd be interested in doing another collab, I would be very willing to help out. Beatleswhobeachboys (talk) 01:39, 14 July 2015 (UTC)

Hi @Beatleswhobeachboys: yeah, blimey, that was quick! I know the feeling, when you get an article promoted and it's a song or album that's pretty special. "Hello, Goodbye" doesn't do a whole lot for me, I have to confess – a fine performance and a great record, to use the old parlance, but not a great song, imho. Anyway, I don't want to take anything away from your satisfaction. (Not only that, but I'm probably just underestimating the track, in that way that everyone tends to do with the Beatles because they set the bar so darn high.)
I'd like to work with you again on song articles, for sure. As you can probably tell, I do like to give these articles everything, rather than looking to just scrape by on what's required of a GA. I tend to look at FAs and/or keep an eye on the FACs when they're underway, and aim for that standard – because I try to focus on doing justice to the subject: "Good" or "Featured" just happens to reflect the article's quality rating as recognised by others, but every single article's "featured" once it's on the encyclopaedia, as far as I'm concerned. So, when it comes to music from this era, made by all or each of the Beatles (or by the Beach Boys, Stones, Byrds, Band, Small Faces, Dylan, etc), the subject deserves the extra attention, given its impact, scope and legacy. And if it takes months to pull everything together for what happens to be termed a Good Article, then that's fine. Admittedly, I don't get the impression that many other editors here see things the way I do on this point … Anyway, I hope all this explains my fussiness/occasional grumpiness – I'd completely understand it if you're thinking, "Forget it, I'm going the easy route"! JG66 (talk) 01:24, 15 July 2015 (UTC)
Yeah - when I work on articles, I try to get as much info as possible, but my resources are kind of limited (basically to websites, Google Books, and a couple of books I own at home). Either way, I definitely want to boost many of those classic artists' songs (Beatles, Beach Boys, Who, Kinks, etc.) to higher quality. As for "Hello, Goodbye," I think it is one of their better pop releases - I guess its just the divisive nature of the song! :) Beatleswhobeachboys (talk) 14:30, 15 July 2015 (UTC)

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Derek and the Dominos[edit]

OK. "Dog" was funny. Bob Caldwell CSL (talk) 12:58, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

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