Jim Boggia is another one of those musicians whose work shows a heavy Beatles influence. And people won't hate you just for being a fan of Jim Boggia, unlike a certain other Beatles influenced musician I know. But like that other Beatles influenced musician I know, Jim gives his fans lots of free things. There is much to enjoy on his web site, his MySpace site and on YouTube.
Jim did an outstanding cover of "She's Leaving Home" on the World Cafe.
He also did a rocking version of "Helter Skelter."
We are not talking a casual Beatles fan when we talk about Jim Boggia. You can go to ITunes and buy his cover of "Simple Life," a song recorded by Ringo Starr exclusively for a Japanese television commercial for Leisure Suits! That song, and several other Beatle covers can be purchased on the Jim Boggia MySpace Page.
Another gem on his MySpace is a special mix of a song he did for his album "Safe In Sound." The song "Let Me Believe (Evan's Lament)" was a collaboration with Emitt Rhodes. When Emitt's eponymous album came out in 1970, many people thought it was the Beatles or Paul McCartney. Although Emitt grew tired of the comparisons, he was another fan of the Beatles music and more recently the subject of a thread at "Nothing Is Real." The great thing about the version of the song on Jim's MySpace is that it is a karaoke version with the lead vocals eliminated. As a result, you can clearly hear Emitt's Beatlesque backing vocals. I am planning to do a post about Emitt Rhodes in the near future.
Back to Jim Boggia...There is another thing that makes him worthy of a post here. Jim was in fact, one of Iamaphoney's earliest critics.
In response to "Paul Is Dead - Rotten Apple 7" which pointed out the lyrics to the not yet released "You Never Give Me Money" on Manson's door at the Spahn Movie Ranch in 1969, Jim wrote the following comment:
JimBoggia (1 year ago)
Dude, as is the case today - radio gets the record BEFORE it's released. Abbey Road was being played on the radio in Aug '69. Always good to see Mike Douglas, though.
I would love to see Jim Boggia collaborate with Iamaphoney. Maybe Jim could do a Beatles song forwards while Iamaphoney does it backwards, and they could meet in the middle.