Thursday, April 25, 2019

New #BeatlesMonoVinyl videos on YouTube

Four videos tagged #BeatlesMonoVinyl videos just surfaced on video. Is this just random, or a tease for a re-release of the band's mono LPs?

The mono versions of the Beatles' albums - Please, Please Me through "The White Album," plus the Past Masters singles compilations - were released in a box set and individually on vinyl back in 2014. But that batch is now out of print, with many titles hard to find and selling at high prices.

The new videos on YouTube are for "Fool on the Hill," "Eleanor Rigby," "I Wanna Be Your Man" and "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away."

We'll keep you posted.

Songbook: "The Music of Lennon and McCartney"

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Out May 8: Come Together - Black America Sings Lennon & McCartney

Cool cover. Order now from Amazon.

Details from Ace Records:

The unanimous acclaim for and success of Ace's recent 'How Many Roads: Black America Sings Bob Dylan' project pretty much guaranteed a follow-up at some point. Its release immediately instigated a high level of consumer interest in whether or not we were planning any further volumes in the series. Truth to tell, it wasn't meant to be a series originally, but the suggestion of Black America singing other notable rock icons of the 60s was too good to ignore. So it is that we now present a selection of interpretations by leading black American artists of the compositions of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.


1. Back in the USSR - Chubby Checker

  2. We Can Work It Out - Maxine Brown
  3. Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey - Fats Domino
  4. Ticket to Ride - Wee Willie Walker
  5. Good Day Sunshine - Roy Redmond
  6. Please Please Me - Mary Wells
  7. Eleanor Rigby - Gene Chandler
  8. And I Love Her - The Vibrations
  9. Come Together - Chairmen Of The Board
  10. Blackbird - Billy Preston
  11. Paperback Writer - R.B. Greaves
  12. Rocky Racoon - The Moments
  13. Drive My Car - Black Heat
  14. Lady Madonna - Junior Parker
  15. Help - David Porter
  16. Yesterday - Linda Jones
  17. Day Tripper (previously unissued alternate take 4) - Otis Redding
  18. Why Don't We Do It in the Road - Lowell Fulson
  19. I Saw Her Standing There - Little Richard
  20. Don't Let Me Down - Donald Height
  21. Get Back - The Main Ingredient
  22. The Long and Winding Road - The New Birth
  23. I Want to Hold Your Hand - Al Green
  24. Let It Be - Aretha Franklin

Details: Paul McCartney "Egypt Station: Explorer's Edition" out May 17

Details from the news release, just out:

Paul McCartney has confirmed a May 17 release for Egypt Station – Explorer’s Edition on Capitol Records. This expanded version of Paul’s #1 charting Egypt Station will arrive barely a week prior to the start of the U.S. leg of Paul's Freshen Up Tour—his first extended stateside run since the One On One Tour that played to some two million fans around the world.

Egypt Station was released September 7, 2018 to stellar reviews. Rolling Stone raved, “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,” while Entertainment Weekly described the album as “the still-vital life force of a superstar who has been there and everywhere and is glad just to be here now.”

Egypt Station – Explorer’s Edition is comprised of the original record plus a second album, Egypt Station II. The bonus disc collects all songs released during the Egypt Station voyage, from studio tracks including the surprise single “Get Enough” to live performances captured at stops such as Abbey Road Studios, The Cavern and Grand Central Station.

The complete track listing for Egypt Station II is:
Get Started
Nothing For Free
Frank Sinatra’s Party
Sixty Second Street
Who Cares [Full Length]
Get Enough
Come On To Me [Live At Abbey Road Studios]
Fuh You [Live At The Cavern]
Confidante [Live At LIPA]
Who Cares [Live At Grand Central Station]

The Explorer's Edition is available via Amazon on CD and vinyl.

Vintage pic: John and George

Monday, April 15, 2019

At Notre Dame

Documentary planned on John's gypsy caravan

A gypsy caravan, painted in a Sgt. Pepper motif, that once sat on John Lennon's property outside London is the subject of a planned documentary film, Surrey Live reports.

The caravan went missing for a number of years after John gave it to Ringo but was rediscovered, badly damaged, in 2012.

"John and Yoko left it behind when they went to America, although they were hoping to come back."

"Ringo Starr moved into John's property and then John died. When Ringo sold the house he moved the caravan to his next property in Longcross and then for some reason he left it there."

While at Longcross, the caravan was "turned to splinters" when a tree fell on it during the Great Storm of 1987 and was not rediscovered until 2012 when the house was sold to a new owner, who in turn passed the caravan onto the charity.

A charity called the Delight Makers is restoring the wagon and plans to take it on tour around England once the work is completed.

More information about the restoration and documentary is available here.

Vintage "Yellow Submarine" Ringo art

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Beatles cartoon model sheet

A reproduction of the character design model sheet for the 1960s Beatles cartoon TV series.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Lost Beatles "Top of the Pops" clip unearthed in Mexico

From the BBC:

An 11-second clip of the Beatles' only live appearance on the Top of the Pops, which was thought to have been be lost, has been unearthed in Mexico.

The silent snippet is all that exists of the Fab Four miming to Paperback Writer on the BBC pop show in 1966.

The original tapes were not kept, but it was recorded by a viewer filming their TV set with an 8mm camera.

The footage was shot by a family in Liverpool and eventually fell into the hands of a collector in Mexico.

...A missing episode of Top of the Pops from 1969, featuring an early cut of The Beatles' promotional video for their single Something, has also been discovered.

Vintage Quarry Men business card

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Capitol Records letter to U.S. retailers regarding early airplay of "Abbey Road" LP

Here's a 1969 to record retailers from Capitol, the Beatles' U.S. label, apologizing for early radio airplay of the "Abbey Road" album.