Monday, February 27, 2017

Former Wings guitarist Laurence Juber uncorks third instrumental LP of Beatles tunes

Here's a video teaser for Laurence Juber's third instrumental LP of Beatles tunes, Can't Stop Playing the Beatles, out March 3.

The track list includes:

“And Your Bird Can Sing”
“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”
“She Loves You”
“Day Tripper”
“Hey Jude”
“I’ll Follow the Sun”
“If I Needed Someone”
“It’s Only Love”
“Ticket to Ride”
“And I Love Her”
“Hey Bulldog”
“Don’t Let Me Down”
“Honey Pie”

You can learn more here.

John and Yoko social media posts pay tribute to "Beatles Illustrated Lyrics" illustrator Alan Aldridge

The official John Lennon and Yoko Ono Twitter accounts have paid tribute graphic artist Alan Aldridge, who died at age 73 Feb. 17.

Aldridge, once dubbed the "Beardlsey in blue jeans," came into the Beatles' orbit during the Apple years and provided illustrations for the popular "The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics" first published in 1969. He also illustrated concert posters for the Rolling Stones and the LP covers of Cream's final LP, The Who Sell Out and Elton John's Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. The Guardian published an obituary last week.

Here are the John and Yoko posts:

Artifacts: Plastic Beatles

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

George Harrison pop-up exhibition set for Los Angeles Feb. 26

From the news release:

LOS ANGELES: In celebration of George Harrison’s birthday, the launch of George Harrison: The Vinyl Collection and the publication of I ME MINE – The Extended Edition, Genesis Publications in conjunction with the George Harrison Estate will be holding a pop-up exhibition and store at Shepard Fairey's Subliminal Projects on Sunday 26th February. The exhibition will include facsimiles of George Harrison’s handwritten lyrics and personal commentary on his songs, pictures from the family albums, and original portraits of Harrison by Shepard Fairey. Rare limited editions on display will include: I Me Mine, Songs by George Harrison 1 and 2, Concert for George, Fifty Years Adrift and Live in Japan.

Genesis’ pop-up store will include framed prints and books by artists including: Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Ronnie Wood, and Sir Peter Blake. A special I ME MINE package has been created for the exhibition, consisting of the new book, a poster and book bag; the first 100 customers will receive copies signed by Shepard Fairey.

February 26th - 12pm-6pm
Subliminal Projects
1331 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026. 

Vintage Beatles pic: Abbey Road

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Paul guests on Ringo's upcoming LP

After Ringo tweeted a photo, the media is abuzz over the news that Paul is providing bass to at least one track on the drummer's next LP. Not too much info apart from that, however.

Also joining the former Beatles in the studio was Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, who Starr said had “come out to play”.
Bruce Sugar, who is producing Starr’s latest album, posted a photo of him with McCartney and Starr on Facebook, with the caption: “Magical day in the studio today with these two.”
It is the first time since 2010 that the pair have collaborated to make music, when McCartney played bass on Starr’s track Peace Dream, and contributed his vocals to Walk With You.

Vintage "Let it Be" lobby cards

Via Heritage Auctions:

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Listen on BBC now: A Year in the Life - The Beatles 1962

Stream here.


Roger McGough tells the story of the pivotal breakthrough year for the newly mop-topped beat combo via the recollections of those who knew and worked alongside them.
The programme will range from their unsuccessful January 1st audition for Decca records through to the recording and release of their breakthrough hit Love Me Do.
A Year In the Life will also reflect upon their crowning in the Merseybeat newspaper as the leading Liverpool group, their first radio broadcasts at the BBC's Manchester studios, the death of original bassist Stu Sutcliffe, their return to Hamburg's Star Club, and the ousting of drummer Pete Best.
Contributors include Bill Harry (the editor of Merseybeat), Klaus Voorman (their close friend from Hamburg and the artist responsible for Revolver's striking sleeve) Pete Best (their original drummer) Joe Brown and Mike Berry (who shared bills with the group shortly before their national fame) Andy White (the studio session drummer who played on 'Love Me Do') and publicist Tony Calder (who promoted their first single).

Limited-edition "Beatles 1964" turntable on the way

Following up its limited edition George Harrison player, Pro-Ject is issuing five more limited-edition Beatles-designed turntables, What Hi-Fi? reports.
The first is this '1964' turntable, which includes copies of original tickets for the band's concerts between 1962 and 1966.
The ink of the design has been dried out with special ultra-violet lights that are apparently the best way to ensure that "all the details are transformed without loss and smear to the turntable".
The turntable itself is the Debut Carbon Esprit SB, which features an Ortofon 2M Red stylus attached to its carbon tone-arm, an acrylic platter, as well as built-in electronic speedcontrol for switching between playback speeds. 

Report: Paul records song with Kanye, Ezra Koenig and Dirty Projectors

NME says Paul McCartney is featured on a new song featuring Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Dirty Projectors and Vampire Weekend‘s Ezra Koenig.
McCartney previously teamed up with Kanye West for the collaborative song ‘FourFiveSeconds’ which also featured Rihanna. The bridge was written by Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth.

Longstreth has revealed in a New York Times interview that this wasn’t the only song penned during the Kanye West sessions. During one sit-down, West played Longstreth and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig an improvised track composed of McCartney’s Wurlitzer noodling and some improvised West lyrics.

Longstreth heard the phrase “Memories can get you into trouble” and went off with Koenig to turn it into a song. “Maybe you’re with your girlfriend but thinking of your ex,” Longstreth said of its possible use. “Kanye didn’t wind up using it,” he added, “but it was good—maybe something will come of it down the line.”

Ringo, Paul and Tom Hanks spotted on the town

The Daily Mirror has pics of Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and Tom Hanks out for dinner in Santa Monica this week. The group was joined by Ringo's brother-in-law Joe Walsh and the wives of Ringo, Walsh and Hanks.

The Beatle who vanished: Jimmie Nicol story optioned for film

A docudrama about brief Beatle Jimmie Nicol may be in the works, Steve Marinucci reports.

Nicol was swiftly recruited to play drums with the Beatles after Ringo Starr was hospitalized with tonsillitis and pharyngitis shortly before the band's 1964 world tour. He was a Beatle for 13 days, playing dates in Sweden, Hong Kong and Australia before Ringo rejoined the band Down Under.

Jim Berkenstadt details Nicol's life before, during and after the Fab Four in "The Beatle Who Vanished," published in 2013 and now optioned (by Roy Orbison's son, Alex, interestingly) for a film.

We'll keep you posted on progress. You can read more in Steve's story here.

Vintage Beatles pic

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

History: Beatles Book Monthly February 1967

The February 1967 issue of the Beatles' official fan magazine appeared at just around the same time as the "Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields" single, released Feb. 17 in England and four days earlier in the United States.

The opening editorial details some of the speculation surrounding what was perceived as the group's lack of activity after a period of separate projects, yet they'd obviously recently been very busy on their new single, and were now deeply into recording what would become the Sgt. Pepper album.

The group is also interviewed about plans for the upcoming year. One idea is a TV special tied to the upcoming album, which, at this stage, is Pepper, not Magical Mystery Tour.

The Beatles also discuss their current mode of making records and working in the studio.

There's also a tour of Paul's home in St. John's Wood:

While the letters sections features discussion of Ravi Shankar and the Beatles' 1966 Christmas record.

Meanwhile, in the news briefs there's a precursor to the "Paul is Dead" furor, plus an update on facial hair.