Tuesday, April 27, 2021

New kids book: "When We Was Fab: The Birth of the Beatles"

Out July 1 and listed on Amazon. Written by Judith Kristen and illustrated by Eric Cash with an introduction by Paul's step-sister Ruth McCartney.

Details:

Four lads from a small town called Liverpool changed the face of Rock and Roll--forever. But their story is far more than one of music. It's about having dreams and making them come true. It's about the power of genuine friendship; it's about believing in yourself--and others--and living a life filled with heart, tenacity, and passion. John, Paul, George, and Ringo gave the musical world its Happily Ever After, and for this, a billion fans are eternally grateful. But, maybe even more than that, The Beatles' story is a heartfelt reminder to every one of us that it's not where you start that counts--it's how you finish.





 

Vintage ad: Denny Laine's Buddy Holly tribute (featuring Paul McCartney)

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Author Bruce Spizer planning book on "Magical Mystery Tour" and "Yellow Submarine" albums




Author Bruce Spizer—who in recent years has penned books tied to the Beatles' Deluxe Edition releases of Sgt. Pepper, "The White Album," Abbey Road and Let it Be—is now taking on Magical Mystery Tour and Yellow Submarine in a combined tome.

Details from his website:

AWAY IN THE SKY, beyond the clouds, live 4 or 5 Magicians. By creating WONDERFUL SOUNDS they turn the Most Extraordinary Recording Studios into a MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR. The journey starts with the Beatles singing “All You Need Is Love” throughout the world via three satellites beyond the clouds as part of the Our World TV program. By bus they journey throughout Southwest England for a TV spectacular featuring “The Fool On The Hill” and “I Am The Walrus,” stopping along the way to tell us “Hello, Goodbye.” The four lads then return to their rock ’n’ roll roots with “Lady Madonna” and provide us with “The Inner Light” before departing for Pepperland in their Yellow Submarine cartoon with everyone singing “All Together Now.” IT’S ALL TOO MUCH! The trip ends somewhere ACROSS THE UNIVERSE with a song that will later be beamed way beyond the clouds into deep space.

This latest installment of Bruce Spizer’s Beatles Album Series focuses on the first ten months of the Beatles phenomenal post-Pepper phase from the British, American and Canadian perspectives, and includes chapters on the packaging of the Magical Mystery Tour and Yellow Submarine albums and the writing and recording of the songs. It also has chapters on how the Beatles influenced our world, the friendly rivalry between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, the Beatles Saturday morning cartoons, dozens of fan recollections and more. The book has over 150 color and original black and white images.

498 Productions will begin taking pre-orders on Friday, May 14, 2021.

 On a similar topic, we speculated here a few years ago on what a Magical Mystery Tour/post-Pepper Deluxe Edition might look like. It's still a project I hope the Beatles will do!

Vintage sheet music folio: "Step Inside Love"

Beatles social media gallery

New images from the Beatles, family and friends on Instagram.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Vintage Ringo Starr "Goodnight Vienna" press kit, 1974

Video: The Beatles live in Paris, 1965

Artist/bassist Klaus Voormann recalls playing in the Plastic Ono Band with John and Ringo

John Lennon from the Plastic Ono Band session, by Klaus Voormann

Variety has a new interview with Klaus Voormann about his work on John Lennon and Yoko Ono's respective Plastic Ono Band albums, which are celebrated in a new box set with lots of extras out today.

What can you say about the dynamic between you and Ringo in the studio for “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band”? Other than how John’s voice is boosted in the mix, the one thing that comes through loud and clear on “The Ultimate Collection” is the intricacies of the rhythm section. You really feel it on this remaster. Was that an easy camaraderie?

Playing with Ringo, what he can play, it was heavenly. Fantastic. Us playing together was never a problem. He knew I was playing the right thing. I knew he was playing the right thing. That just glued itself together naturally, like one thing. Don’t forget John’s rhythm guitar in there. I feel as if his rhythm guitar playing has long been underestimated. It’s amazing. I don’t know another who is that good. That was, for me, the best part of the Beatles – John’s rhythm guitar and Ringo’s drumming.


 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Vintage Beatles pics: Giddy up

The Beatles on horseback while on a short break in Missouri during their 1964 U.S. tour.

Video: Beatles featured on The Jack Paar Program, Jan. 3, 1964

A month ahead of the band's live appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," Paar featured a clip of he group on his own program, poking fun at the mania surrounding them in England. 

Video: "The Mersey Sound," 1963

An early documentary (with much staged footage) spotlighting the Liverpool scene and the ascending Beatles.

 

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Vintage mag: George Harrison covers Rolling Stone, 1971

Vintage Beatles "Help!" movie poster, Japan

Coming Up: "Good As Gold – Artefacts Of The Apple Era 1967-1975" 5-CD set of rarities related to the Beatles' record label

Out June 25 from Grapefruit Records.

Details:

Established in 1967 at the height of their powers, The Beatles’ Apple operation saw the group embrace and encourage a wealth of contemporary musical talent, offering studio time and demo facilities alongside recording and publishing contracts. This unique opportunity attracted artists and songwriters from across the musical spectrum, and GOOD AS GOLD presents a snapshot of that talent, spanning the years 1967 to 1975. From the psychedelic tinged sounds of the mid-late 1960s onwards, the label matured and evolved alongside its audience and remains as compelling today as it did during those halcyon days.

Featuring a wealth of familiar names and lesser known artists, most of whom were hand-picked by The Beatles and their inner circle during the late 1960s and early 1970s, GOOD AS GOLD is a fascinating and insightful peek into the minds and tastes of those behind the company, and a broad snapshot of those who hoped to catch their attention.

Presented here across five incredible discs, including many previously unreleased tracks, GOOD AS GOLD provides a comprehensive overview of the hits, misses, should’ve beens and could’ve beens of an experiment only The Beatles could ever have instigated. A must for fans of ‘60s and ‘70s pop and rock, The Fab Four themselves and students of the mysterious mechanisms behind the pop scene, and housed in a deluxe clamshell box.

Track Listing:

DISC ONE:
LOST SESSIONS AND SINGLES
1968-1969

1. LULLABY – Grapefruit
2. SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY – Timon
3. WHO NEEDS A KING – Timon
4. AND NOW SHE SAYS SHE’S YOUNG – Timon
5. LOVERS FROM THE SKY – Contact
6. MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S SCENE (AKA ROUND AND ROUND) – Contact
7. DEDICATED TO LOVE* – Drew And Dy
8. TAURUS THE BULL* – Drew And Dy
9. TALES OF FRANKIE RABBIT* – Drew And Dy
10. JUST ONE MORE TRY- Grapefruit
11. KING OF FUH – Brute Force
12. NOBODY KNOWS – Brute Force
13. YOU DON’T SAY YOU LOVE ME – Mortimer
14. ON OUR WAY HOME – Mortimer
15. LOVERS FROM THE SKY (VERSION) – Contact

DISC TWO:
CHILDREN OF THE SUN: POP PSYCH SOUNDS
OF THE APPLE ERA 1967-1971

1. AN APPLE A DAY (MIX 2) – The U (Don’t) No Who
2. DEAR DELILAH – Grapefruit
3. LISTEN TO THE SKY – Sands
4. THE WORDS – The Cyrkle
5. FOOL FROM UPPER EDEN – Andy Ellison
6. BREAKING UP A DREAM – The Ways And The Means
7. TREACLE TOFFEE WORLD – The Fire
8. I AM NEARLY THERE – Denis Couldry And The Next Collection
9. LAND OF PEOPLE (DEMO) – Jackie Lomax
10. A FAIRY TALE – Second Hand
11. SAILING – Joker
12. ELEVATOR (UK SINGLE MIX) – Grapefruit
13. FATHER’S NAME IS DAD – The Fire
14. RIP VAN WINKLE – Joker
15. SISTER SAXOPHONE – Turquoise
16. FORGIVE AND FORGET – Rawlings And Huckstep
17. SOLDIER – Lace
18. EVIL LOVING WOMAN – Pete Cooper
19. CHILDREN OF THE SUN (IBC) – The Misunderstood
20. SAYNIA – Turquoise
21. CHARLOTTE ROSE – Majority One
22. SINGING SONGS UNSUNG –Danny Kaih And Stefan Grossman
23. DEEP WATER – Grapefuit
24. HOME IS IN MY HEAD – Jackie Lomax

DISC THREE:
PUBLISHING CURIOS

1. DEAR DELILAH (DEMO) – George Alexander
2. IN YOUR WONDERFUL WAY – Gallagher And Lyle
3. THE FANTASTIC STORY OF THE STEAM DRIVEN BANANA – Legay
4. LOVE YOU FOREVER – Focal Point
5. FLYING MACHINE – Turquoise
6. TECHNICOLOUR DREAM – Gallagher And Lyle
7. FOOL FROM UPPER EDEN – George Alexander
8. NOT SARAH – Promise
9. MIRROR – Coconut Mushroom
10. YOU’VE GOT A HOLD ON SOMEONE – George Alexander
11. IVY UNREHEARSED – Gallagher And Lyle
12. SYCAMORE SYD – Focal Point
13. ONLY EVERY TIME IT RAINS* -Drew And Dy
14. THIS LITTLE MAN (DEMO) – George Alexander
15. STRANGE PEOPLE – The U (Don’t) No Who
16. NEVER NEVER – Focal Point
17. HOW DOES IT FEEL – The Perishers
18. NOW AND AGAIN REBECCA – The U (Don’t) No Who
19. THINKING PICTURES – Rawlings And Huckstep
20. WITHOUT HER – Coconut Mushroom
21. GIRL ON THE CORNER – Focal Point
22. I UNSEEN (IBC DEMO) – Misunderstood
23. WOODSTOCK (ALT MIX) – Turquoise
24. GOOD AS GOLD – The Cups

DISC FOUR:
THE SAVILE ROW SOUND 1971-1975

1. AIN’T THAT PECULIAR – Fanny
2. PAUL MCCARTNEY – Tony Hazzard
3. SPRING SONG – Linda Lewis
4. STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel
5. LOVIN’ YOU AIN’T EASY – Pagliaro
6. MIDNIGHT CALLER – Tim Hardin
7. THEY’RE ALL COMING ON – Contact
8. HEY BULLDOG – Fanny
9. SOME SING, SOME DANCE – Pagliaro
10. PERFECTION – Tim Hardin
11. NEXT – The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
12. WOULD YOU MIND/THE WRITER – Fairfield Ski
13. PLAY AROUND – Linda Lewis
14. I THINK I’M OVER GETTING OVER YOU – Tony Hazzard
15. KID IN A BIG WORLD – John Howard
16. THE FAITH HEALER – The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
17. WATERCOLOUR VIEW – Chris Sievey
18. LET’S TURN THE RADIO ON – Mike McGear
19. FOUND MY WAY TO YOU – Stealers Wheel
20. BLOWIN’ IN THE BAY – Mike McGear
21. LAY ME DOWN – Badfinger

DISC FIVE:
THE GHOSTS OF 94 BAKER STREET
SONGS FROM THE APPLE DEMO STUDIO

1. MISS SINCLAIR – Focal Point
2. IT WAS LOVE – Jack Hollingshead
3. JUST LIVING OUR LIVES – Robert and Miles Priestley
4. IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT (94 BAKER ST VERSION) – Jackie Lomax
5. REFLECTIONS* – Focal Point
6. CARNABY KING – Jack Hollingshead
7. EMILY JANE (BAKER ST VERSION) – Barry Alexander
8. WINDY LOVE AFFAIR – Robert and Miles Priestley
9. TAURUS THE BULL (BAKER ST DEMO)* – Drew and Dy
10. NEVER NEVER (BAKER ST VERSION) – Focal Point
11. BELINDA BE GOOD – Jack Hollingshead
12. FAIRYTALE PRINCESS – Barry Alexander
13. LULLABY (94 BAKER ST DEMO)* – George Alexander
14. VOTE FOR ME – Jack Hollingshead
15. FLYING MACHINE (BAKER ST DEMO)* – Drew and Dy
16. LOVE YOU NICOLA – Barry Alexander
17. I’VE GOT A SECRET – Jack Hollingshead
18. TALES OF FRANKIE RABBIT (BAKER ST DEMO)* – Drew and Dy
19. KINGFISHER – Barry Alexander
20. I FEEL GOOD – Jack Hollingshead
21. TALES OF TWO CITIES (BAKER ST DEMO)* – Drew and Dy
22. ‘CEPT ME – Focal Point
23. DEDICATED TO LOVE (BAKER ST DEMO)* – Drew and Dy

* previously unreleased