Saturday, June 15, 2019

Listen: BBC Radio program - "The Studio: The Beatles and Beyond"

Listen here. Part of a series on the history of recorded music presented by Nick Mason of Pink Floyd.

Episode details:

Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason continues the story of the recording studio, exploring how bands such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys brought avant-garde production techniques into the mainstream during the 1960s.

The programme also charts the role jazz and dub reggae played in advancing studio production, and how increasingly sophisticated studio technology slowed down the recording process.

But the advent of portable tape recorders – and then digital technology - saw the studio begin to shrink in size, while at the same time expanding access to the recording process.

With it came a boom in in alternative music which was previously ignored by the major record labels, and bedroom producers making music on home computers kick-started an explosion in electronic dance music.

Today, digital studio technology has become so sophisticated that it can help even the shakiest of singers deliver the perfect performance.

Artifact: "Magic Christian" press kit

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Sir Paul McCartney pays tribute to John Lennon's attorney, Leon Wildes, at graduation ceremony

Paul was honored with the International Advocate for Peace award from the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law’s graduation ceremony last week and gave a shout out to John Lennon's onetime attorney.

At the graduation, Sir Paul said he is “especially proud to receive the award from Cardozo, which for many years has been known for its work on behalf of peace and justice, helping people who have been wrongfully convicted, and assisting immigrants seeking asylum from violence and poverty. When my mate John Lennon wanted to become an American citizen, he had an immigration fight on his hands with President Nixon. It was a Cardozo professor that won that fight for him — Leon Wildes.”

Paul reportedly did double duty at the ceremony - he also was there to see his stepson graduate.

"Yesterday" soundtrack album - track list unveiled

The soundtrack to Danny Boyle's comedy about a world where everyone - except for one guy - doesn't know the Beatles' music is out June 21.

As you can see, most of the tracks are performed by the film's star Himesh Patel, plus a duet on "I Want to Hold Your Hand" featuring Patel and co-star Lily James. And, it looks like, some instrumental tracks from soundtrack composer Danial Pemberton.

I assume the "from the album" selections refer to a fictional album mentioned in the film.

Here's a look at the track list:
  1. Yesterday by Himesh Patel 
  2. The World Is Universal (Universal Fanfare) by Daniel Pemberton
  3. Summer Song by Himesh Patel
  4. Interlude I: A Day In The Life by Daniel Pemberton
  5. I Saw Her Standing There (Tracks On The Tracks Sessions) by Himesh Patel
  6. Something (From The Album "One Man Only") by Himesh Patel 
  7. Let It Be (From The Album "One Man Only") by Himesh Patel 
  8. Interlude II: Strawberries by Daniel Pemberton 
  9. Carry That Weight by Himesh Patel 
  10. Here Comes The Sun (From The Album "One Man Only") by Himesh Patel 
  11. The Long & Winding Road (Recorded Backstage) by Himesh Patel 
  12. Interlude III: Gorleston Beach by Daniel Pemberton 
  13. Help! (Live At Pier Hotel) by Himesh Patel 
  14. Yesterday (From The Album "One Man Only") by Himesh Patel 
  15. She Loves You (Tracks On The Tracks Sessions) by Himesh Patel 
  16. A Hard Day's Night (From The Album "One Man Only") by Himesh Patel 
  17. Something by Himesh Patel In My Life (From The Album "One Man Only") by Himesh Patel
  18. Interlude IV: Train Tracks by Daniel Pemberton 
  19. I Want To Hold Your Hand (Tracks On The Tracks Sessions) by Himesh Patel & Lily James 
  20. Back In The U.S.S.R (Live At Wembley) by Himesh Patel 
  21. All You Need Is Love (Live At Wembley) by Himesh Patel 
  22. Interlude V: Yesterday's Rain by Daniel Pemberton 
  23. The Long & Winding Road (From The Album "One Man Only") by Himesh Patel 
  24. Hey Jude (From The Album "One Man Only") by Himesh Patel 
  25. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Live At Cleves School) by Himesh Patel 
  26.  Interlude VI: Life Goes On by Daniel Pemberton 

New "Today Show" interview with Ringo

Vintage pic: John and Yoko

Friday, June 7, 2019

Listen: The Dirty Mac - featuring John Lennon, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Mitch Mitchell - play "Revolution"

From the newly released and expanded soundtrack to the Rollings Stones' Rock and Roll Circus.


Linda McCartney's "Wide Prairie" set for re-release Aug. 2

Via the news release:

Wide Prairie, a posthumous 1998 compilation of Linda McCartney recordings spanning the early 1970s through the late 1990s, will be re-released August 2 via MPL / Capitol / UMe.
The only album to be released solely under Linda’s name, Wide Prairie features Linda on vocals and various instruments on songs she wrote or co-composed and recorded with Wings between 1972 and 1980, the single-only 'Seaside Woman’ / 'B-Side to Seaside' released under the pseudonym of Suzy and the Red Stripes, cover versions of classics by the McGuire Sisters, The Coasters and more, and solo work from the ‘80s and ‘90s including her final recording, 'The Light Comes from Within' (co-authored by and featuring Paul McCartney, as well as their son James on electric and acoustic guitar). 
The album was recorded in various locations including Jamaica, Paris, Nashville and Sussex with contributors including husband Paul; son James; Wings members Denny Laine, Denny Seiwell, Henry McCullough, Jimmy McCulloch, Joe English and Laurence Juber; writer Carla Lane who also co-wrote ’The White Coated Man’ and ‘Cow'; Lee “Scratch” Perry and members of the Black Ark studio band Boris Gardiner, Winston Writer and Mikey Boo. 
Two tracks from the release also highlight Linda’s interest in other art forms outside photography and music. ‘Seaside Woman’ featured in the Palme d’Or winning short film by Oscar Grillo at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980. 'Oriental Night Fish’ also appeared in a short film of the same title created by Linda and Ian Emes.
Wide Prairie will be released August 2nd on limited edition white/blue colored vinyl and classic black vinyl, digitally and on streaming services. The reissue will mark the first time the album has been available on vinyl since its original 1998 release. The album is available for pre-order now.
To celebrate the first UK showing of the Linda McCartney Retrospective, the limited edition colour vinyl LP pressing of Wide Prairie will be available exclusively for one month prior to the album's general release at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow from the exhibition’s July 5th opening. The major retrospective of Linda’s photography has been curated by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney. [More information here:]
The full track listing for Wide Prairie are as follows. All songs written by Linda McCartney, except where otherwise indicated:
1. Wide Prairie
2. New Orleans
3. The White Coated Man (Linda McCartney, Paul McCartney, Carla Lane)
4. Love's Full Glory
5. I Got Up (L. McCartney, P. McCartney)
6. The Light Comes from Within (L. McCartney, P. McCartney)
7. Mister Sandman (Pat Ballard)
8. Seaside Woman
9. Oriental Nightfish
10. Endless Days (L. McCartney, Mick Bolton)
11. Poison Ivy (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
12. Cow (L. McCartney, P. McCartney, Lane)
13. B-side to Seaside (L. McCartney, P. McCartney)
14. Sugartime (Charlie Phillips, Odis Echols)
15. Cook of the House (L. McCartney, P. McCartney)
16. Appaloosa (L. McCartney, P. McCartney)