Friday, August 31, 2018

Hear Ringo's "Hey, Would You Hold it Down" from the new Roger Miller tribute LP

Ringo's cover tune if featured on "King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller," available now from Amazon.

 


Paul McCartney announces first U.S. dates for "Freshen Up" tour


News release:

The Freshen Up U.S. Tour 2019:

Monday, May 27 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
Thursday, May 30 - Greenville, SC - Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Saturday, June 1 - Lexington, KY - Rupp Arena
Thursday, June 6 - Madison, WI - Kohl Center
Tuesday, June 11 - Moline, IL - TaxSlayer Center

TICKETS ON SALE TO THE PUBLIC SEPTEMBER 7TH AT 10am LOCAL TIME

PAUL TO APPEAR ON A VERY SPECIAL TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON SEPTEMBER 6th


Paul McCartney has confirmed his eagerly anticipated return to the U.S. with his new Freshen Up tour. Five confirmed dates have been announced, marking Paul’s first series of Stateside concerts since the One On One Tour that played to some two million fans around the world during 2016 and 2017.

The Freshen Up tour is Paul’s first outing following the release of his brand new studio album, Egypt Station, out September 7th on Capitol Records. Featuring the AAA Top 10 single “Come On To Me,” Egypt Station is already generating rave reviews, with Q magazine writing in a 4-star review that Paul is “enjoying his music too much to stop now. And so, for that matter, are we,” and Rolling Stone raving "Macca keeps adding new gems to his songbook, with nothing to prove except he’s the only genius who can do this… And, oh yeah — in his spare time, he happens to still be the greatest live performer on Earth.” 

Paul will also be appearing on The Howard Stern Show September 5th and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon September 6th. 

The U.S. leg of Freshen Up will begin with Paul rocking the Carolinas, on May 27th at the PNC Arena with Paul’s first show in Raleigh NC since 2002’s Driving World Tour and on May 30th with Paul’s debut appearance in Greenville SC at the  Bon Secours Wellness Arena. On June 1st Paul will return to the Rupp Arena in Lexington KY for the first time since 1990, while June 6th will see Paul play his first ever show in Madison WI at the Kohl Center. And on June 11th, Paul will rock the Quad Cities, visiting Moline IL for the first time to play the TaxSlayer Center.

The Paul McCartney live experience is everything any music lover could ever want from a rock show: Nearly three hours nightly of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music, dozens of songs from Paul’s solo, Wings and of course Beatles catalogues that have formed the soundtracks of our lives. Paul and his band have played an unparalleled range of venues and locations throughout the Americas, the UK, Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and all points between: outside the Coliseum in Rome, Moscow’s Red Square, Buckingham Palace, The White House, a free show in Mexico for over 400,000 people, the last ever show at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park where The Beatles played their final concert  in 1966, a 2016 week in the California desert that included two headline sets at the historic Desert Trip festival and a jam-packed club gig for a few hundred lucky fans at Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, and even one performance broadcast live into Space! Featuring Paul’s band of the last 15+ years – Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums) –and constantly upgraded state of the art audio and video technology that ensures an unforgettable experience from every seat in the house, a Paul McCartney concert is never anything short of life-changing.

Tickets will go on sale to the public at Friday September 7th at 10am local time.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, September 4 at 10am local time through Thursday, September 6 at 10pm local time.  

For further information, go to http://paulmccartney.com/

Vintage Life Magazine cover


Friday, August 24, 2018

Upcoming book examines Beatles' "White Album"



We mentioned a few days back that author Bruce Spizer has a "White Album" book in the works. Here's another one that's on the way, out Nov. 22 and available for pre-order now from Amazon.

Details:

Critical opinion on The Beatles (aka the 'White Album') in 1968 varies, the record being seen as something of a comedown after the exhilaration of the group’s somewhat over-rated predecessor, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. In addition, conventional wisdom holds that The Beatles marks the beginning of the end of the Lennon/McCartney partnership. This book however, exists to argue that The Beatles is not only the finest achievement of the Beatles group but can also be considered one of the greatest LP recordings of all time.

The Beatles were famous as a tight unit with extremely high standards of composition, musicianship and production and it is the ‘messiness’ of The Beatles LP that is considered problematic (most famously by producer George Martin who wanted to edit the songs into a single LP). Unlike the relatively consistent style the previous LPs had offered, The Beatles revels in confusion. Is the LP rock’n’roll? Folk? Avant-garde? Rock?

Looking back at the LP 50 years later, The Beatles can be seen as a true representation of the spirit of the ‘Fab Four’ and the individual talents that combined to form the greatest group of all time.

This book is not to be read as a scholarly study of The Beatles LP but rather as an experience like listening to the actual record itself: uneven, disorientating, difficult and fun.

 

New Beatlefan mag!

Publisher Bill King just announced the new issue of Beatlefan out now.

Items by yours truly include book reviews of Carol Tyler's graphic novel "Fab 4 Mania," and "Tom Murray's Mad Day Out" photo book, along with a feature titled "Waiting on the White Album," about news coverage regarding the Beatles and their work on the LP prior to its release in 1968.

Here's Bill's description of the issue and how to order a copy:

Beatlefan #233 celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” and “Revolution” single and the launch of their Apple Records label, with articles by Bruce Spizer, Al Sussman, Bill King and John Firehammer. Included is my playlist of the Best of Apple, updated with an assist from Al, Brad Hundt and Allan Kozinn. Also in the new issue, marking our upcoming 40th birthday, we have more from the early years of Beatlefan. And Dave Hinchberger takes on a tour of The Beatles’ Liverpool, while Kit O’Toole traces the influence of the British music hall tradition on the band. Plus, we look at why Paul McCartney’s “Carpool Karaoke” had such a wide impact. And, we have all the latest news (including reports on Macca’s secret gigs in the U.K., Ringo’s tour and Paul’s upcoming album), and reviews of new recordings, books and more. For more information, email goodypress@gmail.com.

Vintage ads: various Apple Records releases





Thursday, August 23, 2018

Video: Imagine / Gimme Some Truth - trailer for 2018 BluRay/DVD release



Listen: John Lennon - "Imagine (original demo)"

A teaser for the upcoming "Imagine" anniversary set.



Details:

While sifting through boxes upon boxes of the original tapes for Yoko Ono, engineer Rob Stevens discovered something truly remarkable that had gone unnoticed all these years. “Early 2016, during the gestation period of this project, I'm in the Lennon archives with my people going through tape boxes that have labeling that's unclear, misleading, or missing entirely”, says Stevens. “There's a one-inch eight-track that says nothing more on the 'Ascot Sound' label than John Lennon, the date, and the engineer (Phil McDonald), with DEMO on the spine. No indication of what material was on the tape. One delicate transfer to digital later, the “Imagine” demo, subsequently enhanced superbly by Paul Hicks, appears within this comprehensive set. It was true serendipity.”

John Lennon "Imagine: Ultimate Collection" six-disk set out Oct. 5 - Full details


Details:

On October 5, Universal Music celebrates the apex of John Lennon’s solo career with a six-disc box set, Imagine – The Ultimate Collection. This historical, remixed and remastered 140-track collection is fully authorized by Yoko Ono Lennon who oversaw the production and creative direction.

Spread across four CDs and two Blu-ray discs, this truly unique expanded edition offers a variety of listening experiences that are at once immersive and intimate, ranging from the brand new Ultimate Mixes of the iconic album, which reveal whole new levels of sonic depth, definition and clarity to these timeless songs, to the Raw Studio Mixes that allow listeners to hear Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band’s original, unadorned performances, to enveloping 5.1 surround sound mixes, and a Quadrasonic Album Mix, presenting the original four speaker mix remastered in Quadrasonic sound for the first time in nearly fifty years. 

This ultimate deep listening experience, which features scores of previously unheard demos, rare outtakes and isolated track elements, also includes The Evolution Documentary, a unique track-by-track audio montage that details the journey of each song from demo to master recording via instructions, rehearsals, recordings, multitrack exploration and studio chatter. The comprehensive nature of the full Imagine – The Ultimate Collection is the absolute best representation of a career artist working at the top of his creative game. imagine - the ultimate deep listening experience

Imagine will also be released in concurrent multiple physical and digital configurations including as a 2CD Deluxe Edition, 1CD remaster, and 2LP 180 gram heavyweight black vinyl edition.



Ultimate Collection track list:

Disc: 1

  1. Imagine
  2. Crippled Inside
  3. Jealous Guy
  4. It's So Hard
  5. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die
  6. Gimme Some Truth
  7. Oh My Love
  8. How Do You Sleep?
  9. How?
  10. Oh Yoko!
  11. Power To The People
  12. Well... (Baby Please Don't Go)
  13. God Save Us
  14. Do The Oz
  15. God Save Oz
  16. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Disc: 2

  1. Imagine (Elements Mix)
  2. Jealous Guy (Elements Mix)
  3. Oh My Love (Elements Mix)
  4. How? (Elements Mix)
  5. Imagine (demo)
  6. Imagine (take 1)
  7. Crippled Inside (take 3)
  8. Crippled Inside (take 6 alt guitar solo)
  9. Jealous Guy (take 9)
  10. It's So Hard (take 6)
  11. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (take 11)
  12. Gimme Some Truth (take 4)
  13. Oh My Love (take 6)
  14. How Do You Sleep? (takes 1 & 2)
  15. How? (take 31)
  16. Oh Yoko! (Bahamas 1969)
  17. Power To The People (take 7)
  18. God Save Us (demo)
  19. Do The Oz (take 3)
  20. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (alt mix)

Disc: 3

  1. Imagine (take 10) (Raw Studio Mix)
  2. Crippled Inside (take 6) (Raw Studio Mix)
  3. Jealous Guy (take 29) (Raw Studio Mix)
  4. It's So Hard (take 11) (Raw Studio Mix)
  5. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (take 4 - extended) (Raw Studio Mix)
  6. Gimme Some Truth (take 4 - extended) (Raw Studio Mix)
  7. Oh My Love (take 20) (Raw Studio Mix)
  8. How Do You Sleep? (take 11 - extended) (Raw Studio Mix)
  9. How? (take 40) (Raw Studio Mix)
  10. Oh Yoko! (take 1 - extended) (Raw Studio Mix)
  11. Imagine (take 1) (Raw Studio Mix)
  12. Jealous Guy (take 11) (Raw Studio Mix)
  13. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (take 21) (Raw Studio Mix)
  14. How Do You Sleep? (take 1) (Raw Studio Mix)
  15. How Do You Sleep? (takes 5 & 6) (Raw Studio Mix)

Disc: 4

  1. Imagine (Evolution)
  2. Crippled Inside (Evolution)
  3. Jealous Guy (Evolution)
  4. It's So Hard (Evolution)
  5. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (Evolution)
  6. Gimme Some Truth (Evolution)
  7. Oh My Love (Evolution)
  8. How Do You Sleep? (Evolution)
  9. How? (Evolution)
  10. Oh Yoko! (Evolution)

Disc: 5

  1. Imagine
  2. Crippled Inside
  3. Jealous Guy
  4. It's So Hard
  5. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die
  6. Gimme Some Truth
  7. Oh My Love
  8. How Do You Sleep?
  9. How?
  10. Oh Yoko!
  11. Power To The People
  12. Well... (Baby Please Don't Go)
  13. God Save Us
  14. Do The Oz
  15. God Save Oz
  16. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
  17. Imagine (Quadrasonic Mix)
  18. Crippled Inside (Quadrasonic Mix)
  19. Jealous Guy (Quadrasonic Mix)
  20. It's So Hard (Quadrasonic Mix)
  21. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (Quadrasonic Mix)
  22. Gimme Some Truth (Quadrasonic Mix)
  23. Oh My Love (Quadrasonic Mix)
  24. How Do You Sleep? (Quadrasonic Mix)
  25. How? (Quadrasonic Mix)
  26. Oh Yoko! (Quadrasonic Mix)
  27. Imagine (demo)
  28. Imagine (take 1)
  29. Crippled Inside (take 3)
  30. Crippled Inside (take 6 alt guitar solo)
  31. Jealous Guy (take 9)
  32. It's So Hard (take 6)
  33. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (take 11)
  34. Gimme Some Truth (take 4)
  35. Oh My Love (take 6)
  36. How Do You Sleep? (takes 1 & 2)
  37. How? (take 31)
  38. Oh Yoko! (Bahamas 1969)
  39. Power To The People (take 7)
  40. God Save Us (demo)
  41. Do The Oz (take 3)
  42. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (alt mix)

Disc: 6

  1. Imagine (take 10) (Raw Studio Mix)
  2. Crippled Inside (take 6) (Raw Studio Mix)
  3. Jealous Guy (take 29) (Raw Studio Mix)
  4. It's So Hard (take 11) (Raw Studio Mix)
  5. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (take 4 extended) (Raw Studio Mix)
  6. Gimme Some Truth (take 4 extended) (Raw Studio Mix)
  7. Oh My Love (take 20) (Raw Studio Mix)
  8. How Do You Sleep? (take 11 extended) (Raw Studio Mix)
  9. How? (take 40) (Raw Studio Mix)
  10. Oh Yoko! (take 1 extended) (Raw Studio Mix)
  11. Imagine (take 1) (Raw Studio Mix)
  12. Crippled Inside (take 2) (Raw Studio Mix)
  13. Crippled Inside (take 6 alt guitar solo) (Raw Studio Mix)
  14. Jealous Guy (take 11) (Raw Studio Mix)
  15. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (take 21) (Raw Studio Mix)
  16. How Do You Sleep? (take 1) (Raw Studio Mix)
  17. How Do You Sleep? (takes 5 & 6) (Raw Studio Mix)
  18. How? (takes 7 - 10) (Raw Studio Mix)
  19. How? (take 40 alt vocal) (Raw Studio Mix)
  20. Oh Yoko! (take 1 tracking vocal) (Raw Studio Mix)
  21. Imagine (Elements Mix)
  22. Crippled Inside (Elements Mix)
  23. Jealous Guy (Elements Mix)
  24. It's So Hard (Elements Mix)
  25. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (Elements Mix)
  26. Gimme Some Truth (Elements Mix)
  27. Oh My Love (Elements Mix)
  28. How Do You Sleep? (Elements Mix)
  29. How? (Elements Mix)
  30. Oh Yoko! (Elements Mix)
  31. Imagine (Evolution)
  32. Crippled Inside (Evolution)
  33. Jealous Guy (Evolution)
  34. It's So Hard (Evolution)
  35. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (Evolution)
  36. Gimme Some Truth (Evolution)
  37. Oh My Love (Evolution)
  38. How Do You Sleep? (Evolution)
  39. How? (Evolution)
  40. Oh Yoko! (Evolution)
  41. Power To The People (Evolution)
  42. Well... (Baby Please Don't Go) (Evolution)
  43. God Save Us/God Save Oz (Evolution)
  44. Do The Oz (Evolution)
  45. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (Evolution)
  46. Tittenhurst Park (Evolution)
  47. Imagine John & Yoko - The Elliot Mintz interviews