Saturday, July 30, 2016

History: Beatles Book Monthly July 1966

As this issue of the Beatles' official fan magazine went to press, the band was finally out of the studio having completed the Revolver LP, had finished a short German tour, and were on the way to more dates in Japan. 

As a tie-in to the group's recent trip to Germany, this issue has a look back at at the group's early days in Hamburg, featuring an interview with Rosa (no last name provided), the cleaning woman at the Indra Musikclub, who befriended the band when they first arrived in the city.

Another flashback article, meanwhile, focuses on July 1964, when the Beatles attracted huge crowds of admirers during their visits to Australia and New Zealand ... 

and were pelted with rotten eggs by people who didn't like them:

There's also an article by pop writer Sue Mautner who had visited with the Beatles as they shot promo films for "Paperback Writer" and "Rain" at Chiswick House near London back in May. Numerous photos from the film shoot are also featured, including a pic of the band having a late lunch in the back of their Austin Princess.

Meanwhile, Neil Aspinall, in his column, details the the production of a separate set of promo films for "Paperback Writer" and "Rain," shot indoors at Abbey Road:

In the "Letters from Beatle People" section, Paul answers a query about that "boss" new tune, "Rain":

The "Song of the Month," meanwhile is "Paperback Writer," illustrated with Paul's handwritten lyrics and notes for the tune:

And, finally, some pics of Ringo playing around with the fold-up travel bike:

Friday, July 29, 2016

New poster for "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years"

Posted on Twitter today by Universal Music:

Beatles Bits: Weekly news roundujp

Entertainment Tonight spoke with Ron Howard about his new Beatles touring years documentary, "Eight Days a Week" documentary which airs on Hulu in September.
The film traces John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr from 1962-1966 during the years that they became a phenomenon. Howard was a kid at the time, playing Opie on The Andy Griffith Show, and he (like everyone else) found himself swept up in Beatlemania.
"For my 10th birthday what I wanted was Beatle boots and a Beatle wig," Howard said. "My parents couldn't find Beatle boots, but down at the dime store, Woolworths or someplace, they found a Beatle wig!"

Billboard reports Olivia Harrison is open to an archive project collecting some of George's unreleased work, possibly with son Dhani finishing some songs still in the vault. That's about all the detail she's offering at the moment, however.
Harrison said she and Dhani Harrison, her 37-year-old musician son with George Harrison, have talked about him finishing some unreleased tracks that her late husband left behind. “There are a lot of songs that are unfinished,” she said. “I think there’s a project there. I just need time to get to it.”
Fans have been hankering for a sequel to 2012's Early Takes Vol. 1, which collecting 10 Harrison session outtakes and demos in excellent sound.

In the same Billboard piece, Yoko Ono mentions she hoped to release around 10 songs on a new LP soon. Her bout with the flu earlier this year, which garnered a lot of press and generated dark rumors about her health, delayed work on the project until recently, she said.
“That derailed the whole situation,” she said. Ono explained that “everything in my body is OK now, except I have a problem walking,” adding, “I want to be a little more normal” before turning her attention back to the record.

The Liverpool Echo posted a video of Pattie Boyd talking about her Beatles Story photo exhibition featuring images of ex-husbands George Harrison and Eric Clapton.

The exhibit also includes some of Boyd's clothing worn during the 1960s, including an outfit created by the design collective The Fool, which provide clothing to the Beatles' Apple Boutique store in London.

A St. Louis newspaper has a nice profile of Sara Schmidt, who runs the excellent Meet the Beatles for Real blog, who has just released a book about the Beatles' appearances in her home city.


Beatles friend Klaus Voormann discusses his new graphic novel, which recounts how he designed the cover to the band's Revolver LP 50 years ago.
“So the band all asked me to come down to Abbey Road Studios. This was when they had recorded about two-thirds of the tracks for that album. When I heard the music, I was just shocked, it was so great. So amazing. But it was frightening because the last song that they played to me was Tomorrow Never Knows.”

A 1956 Austin Princess hearse once owned by John Lennon is going up for auction.
A defining feature of the car is its five aeroplane seats, which were added by John and are still in the car today.

The buyer will also receive the original vehicle registration and title document, complete with John’s signature from the original purchase.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Complete Shea Stadium concert included in theatrical screenings of new "Eight Days a Week" documentary

The Beatles' full 1965 Shea Stadium concert will reportedly be shown at theatrical screenings of Ron Howard's "Eight Days a Week" documentary about the band's touring years, according to a  fresh news release about the film.
The Beatles played Shea Stadium on August 15th 1965 in what was to be the first rock concert ever staged in a stadium in front of more than 55,000 people. The event was filmed using fourteen 35mm cameras by Ed Sullivan Productions and Brian Epstein and for the very first time, the fully restored, remastered, 30-minute performance will be available to screen as part of the worldwide theatrical release of Academy Award®-winner Ron Howard’s authorized documentary feature film, The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years.
Only available in theatres, the 4K restoration with sound remastered at Abbey Road Studios by Giles Martin and Sam Okell, includes performances of the classic songs such as “A Hard Day’s Night,” “I’m Down,” “Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby” and “Dizzy Miss Lizzy.”
The news release lists 11 songs in the Shea set list:

Twist and Shout
She’s a Woman
I Feel Fine
Dizzy Miss Lizzy
Ticket to Ride
Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby
Baby’s in Black
Act Naturally
A Hard Day’s Night
I’m Down

This list misses "Can't Buy Me Love," which was also performed. Perhaps it was mistakenly left off in the news release.

This evidently means those of us watching the film when it start streaming on Hulu Sept. 17 will be missing out on the full Shea experience, but hopefully the complete concert will be included as a bonus on an eventual DVD/Blu-ray release.

It should be noted that the 1965 Shea concert has been available on TV and video before.

"The Beatles at Shea Stadium," a 50-minute film of the performance and additional footage from the event aired on television in Britain and West Germany in 1966 and the following year on ABC TV in the United States. It was released on home video without the Beatles' permission in 1978 and circulates on bootlegs.

The Beatles went into the studio in early 1966 to overdub the original live recordings from Shea in order to bolster the sound and, in the case of "Help!" and "I Feel Fine" recorded completely new versions of the songs because the live recordings were of poor quality. These new recordings are heard in the 1960s version of the concert film.

Additionally, the film used the 1965 studio recording of "Act Naturally" and a version of "Twisted Shout" not from Shea, but from one of the band's concerts at the Hollywood Bowl.

The Shea performances of "She's a Woman" and "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" weren't included in the original film.

It will be interesting to learn whether Howard's film is using any of these overdubs or substitutions or if Giles Martin was able to improve the concert recordings enough to use them unadulterated.

"Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years" debuts in select theaters Sept. 15 and begins streaming on Hulu Sept. 17.

See teaser videos from Netflix's upcoming "Beat Bugs" featuring star covers of Beatles tunes

"Beat Bugs," a CGI-animated children's show debuts on Netflix Aug. 3 and includes a soundtrack of various current musical acts covering Beatles songs. In total, more than 50 Beatles tunes are covered.

There's also a soundtrack - featuring 26 songs - available for download now from iTunes.

Here's a look at some tunes from the show featuring the Lumineers, Sia, Robbie Williams, James Corden, P!nk, Eddie Vedder, the Shins and more.


See another trailer for Ron Howard's "Eight Days a Week" documentary

New Paul McCartney VR video: "My Valentine"

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

Up for auction: Klaus Voormann signed art from Ringo LP booklet

A set of Ringo Starr  art prints signed by Klaus Voormann are going up for auction in Liverpool.

The images originally appeared in lyrics booklet included in vinyl copies of the Ringo LP.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Artifact: Rare jacket from the Beatles' Apple Boutique

Paging Sonny Bono: Up for auction in Liverpool next month is this jacket created by the Dutch design collective The Fool for the Beatles' short-lived Apple Boutique store in London.

The Fool also created the psychedelic mural that decorated the Boutique's exterior and the inner sleeve of the Sgt. Pepper LP.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Beatles bits: Weekly news roundup

Sad news: A baby rhino paced in a nature conservancy via Ringo Starr's fundraising assistance and named Ringo in the musician's honor, has reportedly died. No details on the cause of death.

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy issued this statement:

“When Ringo fell ill, our dedicated team of caregivers and vets ran tests, consulted specialists in South Africa and made him as comfortable as possible – monitoring him 24 hours a day.
Unfortunately, raising wild-born rhinos in captivity is notoriously difficult. Inevitably, no matter how hard we try, humans can never replicate the environment that a rhino calf would be exposed to in the wild.”

1960s pop artist Dudley Edwards and Paul McCartney biographer Chris Salewicz will share anecdotes about the Beatles and Rolling Stones at a "Spirit of '66" event in Harrogate, England, July 30.

Edwards helped found the artist collective BEV (for Binder, Edwards & Vaughan) and provided a psychedelic paint job for Paul McCartney's famed "magic piano" and for a Cobra car owned by the Beatles' friend Tara Browne, an heir to the Guiness brewing fortune who died in a car accident in 1967 and was immortalized in the lyrics of "A Day in the Life."


A re-discovered tape of a 1964 interview with the Beatles by British Armed Forces reporter Alistair McDougall is up for auction.
The original reel-to-reel tape recording could now sell for £10,000.

During the audio recording, McDougall asks the band if they would ever ‘consider taking up residence in America or even record over there’.

Lennon replies: ‘You’re joking! Wouldn’t live there, wouldn’t mind recording there.’

Gothamist has a two part (part one, part two) interview with Jack Douglas, who produced John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy LP and worked on earlier recordings by the pair.
Were the final sessions pretty quick? No, it was a long process. Like I said, we’re talking about like four records. He took a little time off, he told me he was going back to Bermuda to write, the plan was to do a Ringo album, Paul had already signed on. So it was going to be Paul and John and we were trying to get George to back Ringo, which would have been unbelievable.

He’d written a couple songs here and there specifically for Ringo, right? Like "I'm The Greatest"? Yeah, there were a bunch of things. Almost every song, at some point, he says, “Okay, this is for Ringo.” And it could be that the Milk and Honey record may have been... a lot of those songs ended up on Ringo’s record.

A handwritten letter Paul McCartney sent to Prince in 1966 asking for a donation to the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts sold at auction for nearly $15,000. Here's the text and original:
Dear Princely person,
Hi there! I know how hard it is to always be getting letters that ask for some favour or another, so it was not easy for me to accept the job of Lead Patron for a Performing Arts School to be located in my home town, Liverpool.
But, you guessed it! I did agree to do it, so now I'm writing to "friends and all good people" to try and interest them in the scheme.
The story started just after the inner-city riots in Liverpool a few years ago. A friend suggested that "what the city needs is a "Fame" School."
I liked the idea as a possible positive focus for local and overseas kids, but it was only later when I went back to my own old school that was in ruins, that I thought by locating a Performing Arts Centre there we could save the 1825 building in the process.
So..... (phew!)
We're now well on our way, as the enclosed info shows, but there's still a lot to be done.
Now the hard part. A donation from you would be a great boost to the project, and I know your involvement in some way, would be a thrill for everyone concerned.
Hope you didn't mind me writing this, it's so long since I've written letters I feel like I'm back at school myself.
Anyway, one of these days you'll have to come and teach a class some moves!!
Who knows, it may turn out to be something special for thousands of future kids.
Thanks for looking at this.

Cheers, & love

Paul (McCartney)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mystery photos from the Beatles' last concert go on display

The Reclaimed Room in San Francisco next month will display a series of Beatles photos shot by a mystery photographer at the band's final live performance.

The images come from a contact sheet discovered by collector/musician David Seabury at a garage sale (why doesn't this ever happen to me?) in 1986. Nobody knows how took the photos or printed the contact sheet.

The sheet sat forgotten in Seabury's collection of photos and posters until he noticed years later how the patterned shirts the Beatles were wearing in the photos matched those seen in professional photographer Jim Marshall's images of the band's final performance at San Francisco's Candlestick Park in August 1966.

Seabury launched a Kickstarter project to get the images from the contact sheet enlarged and printed so they can be exhibited at the Reclaimed Room starting Aug. 29 - 50 years to the day of the Candlestick Park show.
“We have no other purpose other than to share these with the world and maybe root out the photographer,” Seabury told the San Francisco Gate. “We’d love to know who took these pictures. There’s no profit motive. I do this for fun. I’ve played in a lot of rock ’n’ roll bands and I don’t make a dime.”

Seabury, who also makes photographs, thinks these were taken by a talented amateur who’d gained access to the ball field where the Beatles, isolated from the screaming mob in the stands, arrived and departed by armored car. The images were taken with a half-frame 35mm camera, Seabury explains, which the pros didn’t use.

“They’re not all in great focus, but they’re beautiful shots,” he adds. “Their faces are so expressive. Nobody knew this was going to be the Beatles’ last concert. They’re still having fun, but I see a little weariness. If you read accounts of that tour, you know how messed up it was. The previous gigs had been hellish. I kind of see the road-weariness in their faces.”

Original Paul McCartney demo for "It's For You" surfaces in Liverpool

Family members of late singer Cilla Black have found an ultra-rare Paul McCartney recording - the original demo for her 1964 hit "It's for You," written by the former Beatle.

The acetate disk, labeled "Cilla Black - It's For You," was found in the collection of one of Black's relatives who died last year. Members of his own family, thinking it was an old recording by Cilla took it to Liverpool's Beatles Shop, where it was played. The voice on the record, however, belonged to Paul, not Cilla.

"I was shaking with excitement and speechless," said Beatles Shop owner Stephen Bailey in a news release. "I realised that this was the long lost Beatles demo disc from 1964 and I was probably one of the few people to have seen and heard it in over 50 years."

He added: "Apart from a few crackles, which you get with acetates, the quality is fine. It's a wonderful recording.

"I can't think of finding anything better unless I discover there is a sixth Beatle."

Black wrote in her memoir, "What's it All About?," that "John and Paul wrote my next single ‘It’s For You’ and Paul introduced me to the song by sending a demo disc that he had made of it round to The Palladium. Although Paul had sung it as a waltz, George Martin took a big hand in my recording of it and asked Johnny Spence to arrange it."

Paul played piano on Cilla's recording of the song, which peaked at number 7 on the British charts.

The disc will go on sale August 27 at the Beatles Memorabilia Auction in the Paul McCartney Auditorium of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and is estimated to fetch between £15,000 and £20,000.

Beatles fans can hear a 20-second clip of the recording, which McCartney introduces with the words "'It's For You' take one'"  here.

Details revealed: Reissue of Beatles' live Hollywood Bowl recordings

The official website for the Beatles' "Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years" documentary has posted details about the reissue of the band's Hollywood Bowl recordings, which will be out this fall on CD and vinyl.

The album isn't a directed re-issue or remastering of the 1977 Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl album but a new release made from better-quality tapes of the same shows, which have been used by Giles Martin, son of the Beatles' late producer, Sir George Martin, to create a better-sounding release.

As rumored, the release includes tracks not included on the 1977 album.

Here's a look:

The Beatles’ Companion Album to New Ron Howard-Directed Feature Documentary Presents Remixed and Mastered Recordings from Three Hollywood Bowl Concerts

Apple Corps Ltd. and Universal Music Group are pleased to announce global release plans for The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl, a new album that captures the joyous exuberance of the band’s three sold-out concerts at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl in 1964 and 1965. A companion to The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, Academy Award®-winner Ron Howard’s authorized and highly anticipated documentary feature film about the band’s early career, The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl will be released worldwide on CD and for digital download and streaming on September 9, followed by a 180-gram gatefold vinyl LP on November 18. The album includes a 24-page booklet with an essay by noted music journalist David Fricke, and its cover art features a sunny photo taken on August 22, 1964 by The Beatles’ then-U.S. tour manager, Bob Bonis, as John, Paul, George and Ringo boarded a chartered flight from Seattle Tacoma Airport to Vancouver, BC for their first concert in Canada.

Documenting The Beatles’ Hollywood Bowl concerts on tape was no easy feat, as producer Sir George Martin explained in his album notes for 1977’s The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl: “The chaos, I might almost say panic, that reigned at these concerts was unbelievable unless you were there. Only three track recording was possible; The Beatles had no ‘fold back’ speakers, so they could not hear what they were singing, and the eternal shriek from 17,000 healthy, young lungs made even a jet plane inaudible.”

While The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl references the long out of print 1977 album, it is an entirely new release, directly sourced from the original three track tapes of the concerts. To preserve the excitement of the shows while unveiling the performances in today’s best available clarity and quality, GRAMMY Award® winning producer Giles Martin and GRAMMY Award® winning engineer Sam Okell have expertly remixed and mastered the recordings at Abbey Road Studios, including the thirteen tracks from the original album produced by Giles’ father, plus four additional, previously unreleased recordings from the momentous concerts.

“A few years ago Capitol Studios called saying they’d discovered some Hollywood Bowl three track tapes in their archive,” says Giles Martin. “We transferred them and noticed an improvement over the tapes we’ve kept in the London archive. Alongside this I’d been working for some time with a team headed by technical engineer James Clarke on demix technology, the ability to remove and separate sounds from a single track. With Sam Okell, I started work on remixing the Hollywood Bowl tapes. Technology has moved on since my father worked on the material all those years ago. Now there’s improved clarity, and so the immediacy and visceral excitement can be heard like never before. My father’s words still ring true, but what we hear now is the raw energy of four lads playing together to a crowd that loved them. This is the closest you can get to being at the Hollywood Bowl at the height of Beatlemania. We hope you enjoy the show…”

Featuring rare and exclusive footage, Ron Howard’s The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. The film is produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years touches on the band’s Hollywood Bowl concerts and includes footage of the “Boys” performance featured on The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl.

White Horse Pictures’ GRAMMY Award®-winning Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci, and Academy Award® and Emmy Award®-winner Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment are producing with Howard. Apple Corps Ltd.’s Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde are serving as executive producers, along with Imagine’s Michael Rosenberg and White Horse’s Guy East and Nicholas Ferrall.

Following a world premiere event in London on September 15, the film will roll out theatrically worldwide with release dates set in the U.K., France and Germany (September 15); the U.S., Australia and New Zealand (September 16); and Japan (September 22). In the U.S., Hulu is the presenting partner for Abramorama’s theatrical release of the film, which will be available to stream exclusively to Hulu subscribers beginning September 17. Studiocanal and PolyGram Entertainment are also anchor partners on the film, having acquired U.K., France, Germany and Australia and New Zealand rights. For more information about the film, visit

The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl

1. Twist and Shout [30 August, 1965]
2. She’s A Woman [30 August, 1965]
3. Dizzy Miss Lizzy [30 August, 1965 / 29 August, 1965 – one edit]
4. Ticket To Ride [29 August, 1965]
5. Can’t Buy Me Love [30 August, 1965]
6. Things We Said Today [23 August, 1964]
7. Roll Over Beethoven [23 August, 1964]
8. Boys [23 August, 1964]
9. A Hard Day’s Night [30 August, 1965]
10. Help! [29 August, 1965]
11. All My Loving [23 August, 1964]
12. She Loves You [23 August, 1964]
13. Long Tall Sally [23 August, 1964]
14. You Can’t Do That [23 August, 1964 – previously unreleased]
15. I Want To Hold Your Hand [23 August, 1964 – previously unreleased]
16. Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby [30 August, 1965 – previously unreleased]
17. Baby’s In Black [30 August, 1965 – previously unreleased]

Artifact: Beatles in September 1966 Paris Match magazine

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tickets now available for UK theatrical premiere of "Eight Days a Week"

Ron Howard's documentary of the Beatles' touring years, "Eight Days A Week," will screen in various cities Sept. 15 in advance of the film's debut on the Hulu streaming service.

You can get tickets for screenings in various British locations here. We'll keep you posted if tickets for screenings in other locations crop up.

Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl album set for official CD, vinyl release this fall

Several days ago, hints surfaced on Beatles discussion boards that the band's live album, issued in 1977 and never officially available on CD, would be re-released this fall as a tie-in to the Ron Howard directed "Eight Days a Week" live years documentary.

Now it looks as if the hints are true. CD and vinyl listings for The Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl have surfaced on Amazon.

The CD is set for Sept. 9 release while the vinyl will be out Nov. 18.

"Eight Days a Week," which focuses on the Beatles' touring years, will debut on Hulu Sept. 17 with screenings in select British cities Sept. 15.
We'll update you on official details once they become available. The hints revealed earlier stated the album will carry its official track listing, plus four bonus tracks also from concerts recorded at the Bowl in 1964 and/or 1965.

Most interesting to learn will be how the tracks sound and to what extent they've been changed or improved upon since the 1977 release. Producer George Martin shelved the tapes back in the 1960s, feeling they were too low quality for release. When technology improved, he went back to the studio and did his best to boost the Beatles' music above the sound of their screaming audiences. Even so, the screaming was pretty overwhelming. Now, who knows?

One immediate change is the release's title. Originally it was just The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl, but the word "live" has been inserted.

In one way, this is all happy news, as the album has been much missed by many fans and, as the only official live document of the band, should be in print. But there are many other live performances out there worthy of release and the new film provides an opportunity for a more expansive, far-ranging compilation of live tracks. Many of us would also love to see a spruced up, official version of the band's first Shea Stadium performance made available on DVD or Blu-ray. Maybe there's still hope.

Here is the track list for the original Hollywood Bowl LP.
  1. Twist and Shout.
  2. She's a Woman.
  3. Dizzy Miss Lizzie.
  4. Ticket to Ride.
  5. Can't Buy Me Love.
  6. Things We Said Today.
  7. Roll Over Beethoven.
  8. Boys.
  9. A Hard Day's Night.
  10. Help!
  11. All My Loving.
  12. She Loves You.
  13. Long Tall Sally.

Artifact: Beatles Fan Club Summer 1966 newsletter

Monday, July 18, 2016

Paul's voice - should he pack it in?

The Daily Mail notes how some fans are expressing dismay at some of Paul McCartney's recent vocal performances. The topic was also the subject of a recent editorial in Beatlefan magazine.

Paul's voice obviously isn't what it once was and he's struggled during television performances in recent years. Even his speaking voice is sometimes weak.

Yet, my impression is that his voice just needs some time to warm up and he does amazingly well. I saw him live a couple years back and the first couple tunes were a little rough. After that, he sounded great.

Bringing some of his most challenging songs - such as "Maybe I'm Amazed" - down to a lower key could be helpful. But, then again, who are fans to provide advice to man who's been singing professionally for more than 50 years, and helped invent rock'n'roll vocals? And since when has he ever followed fans' advice?

Many fans going to Paul McCartney shows this year are seeing him for the first time and I doubt few are going home disappointed. One always hopes that a performer will go out with people wanting more - the Beatles certainly succeeded in doing that. I hope Paul will do the same, but nobody can set a timeline for that but him.

Vintage Beatles magazine covers

Friday, July 15, 2016

New compilation collects works of Apple Records group Grapefruit

Grapefruit: Yesterday’s Sunshine: The Complete 1967-1968 London Sessions

• Promoted as the first protégé’s of the Beatles in 1968.
• Boasting the remarkable song writing talent of George Alexander, signed to Apple Music publishing in 1967.
• The London based quartet Grapefruit recorded their first set of Alexander songs through 1967-1968. All are included here.
• Representing the Grapefruit sound as it existed before the LP of 1969.
• Lullaby was committed to tape at Advision Studios and produced by John Lennon & Paul McCartney. The speeded up stereo version is included here, released for the first time. (This follows the mono version recently released on vinyl only).
• Six previously unreleased songs are included, plus thirteen tracks recently discovered on master tapes , including multi-tracks.
• A sparkling collection of prime British Pop Psych of proven appeal to 60’s collectors, Apple collectors.

Track Listing:
7. YES **
11. SOMEDAY (ALT. VSN) * / **
20. ONE MORE TRY * / **
* prev unreleased
** new tape transfer / multi track mix.

Beatles Bits: Weekly news roundup

A "psychedelic eye" mosaic that once graced the bottom of John Lennon's swimming pool has been restored and will be displayed in an upcoming museum display in London, the Kenwood blog reports.


Barry Tashian of Barry and the Remains recalls touring with the Beatles in 1966.
“I remember after the Toronto show, I went to George Harrison’s room and hung out with him for a while,” Tashian said. “I saw my first-ever cassette player that night; he played me Ravi Shankar. I also left my sunglasses in his room, and we got up early the next day, and I saw The Beatles arriving at the gig. I noticed that George was walking up the steps into the plane and came up the aisle, and he had on two pairs of sunglasses. I thought, ‘Wow, cool, he wore my sunglasses.’”

Gerald “Gabe” McCarty, who jammed with George Harrison in Benton, Ill., four months before the Beatles' American debut on the "Ed Sullivan Show" died July 3 at age 83.

Harrison was visiting his sister, Louise, who lived in Benton and ended up sitting in with McCarty's band, the Four Vests, while visiting the local VFW outpost.


The former Pigman Ranch in Missouri, where the Beatles spent a couple days relaxing during their 1964 U.S. tour is auctioning off a few items of Fab-related memorabilia ahead of the site becoming a state park.
Items for sale include household furniture and appliances in place when the Beatles visited the property for three days in September 1964: an antique fridge, antique chairs, original windows from the main house, an old green lamp, a yard swing, an old lantern, old doors, and occasional chairs.

The ranch was owned by the pilot of the Beatles' private plane for the tour, Reed Pigman. Several photos of the Beatles at the ranch ended up on the back cover of the band's Rubber Soul LP.
Pigman, meanwhile, suffered a cardiac event and crashed his plane in 1966. He and 82 of 98 other people on board the flight died as a result of the accident


Love, Love, Love: Various members of the Beatles clan are in Las Vegas this weekend celebrating the 10th anniversary - and re-vamping with new music and production pieces - of the "Beatles Love" show by Cirque de Soleil. Lots of media coverage, as you might expect, including this Guardian interview with Giles Martin, who created the mash-up music for the show with his late father, Beatles producer George Martin and two pieces from Variety: One on the show's makeover and another on the cast members.

Meanwhile, Sean Lennon tweeted this to prove he'd arrived in Sin City for the show.

And, based on the decor, it looks like Ringo's there, too:


Paul McCartney posed with Pennsylvania Highway Patrol officers during his tour stop in Philadelphia this week.


Roag Best, Pete's step-brother and son of Beatles assistant Neil Aspinall, told Beatles News Insider he's starting a new Beatles history museum in Liverpool.
"We bought a four-story building on Mathew Street between the Cavern Club and the Hard Day's Night Hotel," he said. The building faces the Cavern Club "so our position I think is pretty wonderful."
...The building will have displays of Beatles history going up through 1970 with memorabilia he inherited from his mother, Mona Best ("who was a hoarder") and from his father, Neil Aspinall (whose link to the Beatles should be known to anyone reading this) and stuff he has collected himself over a 30-year span. (Pete is not involved.)

An Australian man who pelted the Beatles with eggs when they visited that nation in 1964 is now a politician - and an eccentric one at that:
Mr Katter, a champion of Queensland farmers, has some unconventional views. He once claimed there were no homosexuals among his voters, promising to walk “backwards from Bourke to Brisbane” if any could be found.

He has called for the culling of bats because they carry so many diseases that they amount to the “greatest possible danger to human life”.