Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Let It Be comparison

HMC opening shot
By request, here are a few screenshots from the recently released HMC version of "Let It Be" compared to an older bootleg DVD of the same film.

Opening shot, older version.

HMC Title screen
Onscreen Beatles logo, HMC.

Onscreen Beatles logo, older version.

George arriving, HMC

George arriving, older version. More bottom, less top.

Two Of Us, HMC.

Two Of Us, older version

End screen, HMC - more sky than earlier.

End screen with titles, older version.

End screen with titles 2, older version.
As you can see from these comparisons, the picture quality of HMC is brighter and better, but the bottom part of the screen is severely cropped, whereas it has more of the top part. The older bootleg has the German release of the film, from around 1984 as image source. As most noticeable on the end screen, the right part of the screen is also cropped quite a bit on the new release, and the end credits are also completely missing.
The version uploaded by Revolver TV to YouTube last year did feature both these original end credits, as well as additional credits particular to the 1992 restoration:






See also our main Let It Be page.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Review of the new HMC bootleg DVD of Let It Be


A copy of the latest release from His Master's Choice, "TMOQ Vol #23 The Beatles: Let It Be - The Movie" has reached us, and here's our verdict.

The stereo clips that appeared last year on Revolver TV appear to be slightly stretched vertically and squeezed horizontally. The NTSC version released by HMC is a different transfer of an identical copy, but has not been distorted like the Revolver version was. The version on this DVD (as was also the case with the Revolver TV online clips) is in the 4:3 aspect ratio, which makes it plausible that this copy stems from a video tape which was readied for release by VCI in the UK back in 1997 - but withdrawn. On an old 4:3 TV, the image will fill the whole screen, whereas on a modern 16:9 TV there will be black bars on the sides, but not on the top/bottom. The picture quality of the HMC version seems better than all previous versions, similar to the watermarked Revolver TV clips.

The overall impression of this presentation is that it's quite good looking and sounding. It doesn't look like any real picture restoration has taken place per se, the artifacts typically present on older celluloid still there, but no missing cells. The imperfections are most noticeable at the very beginning of the first film reel. I imagine, in spite of the evidence on The Long And Winding Road on "Beatles 1" that later restorations in the digital realm must have cleaned up these. Great stereo on everything from For You Blue onwards and good picture quality. It may have been taken from a VHS (or Beta) copy though, because the image is a little bit blurry. The end credits are missing, we are left with the still as the Beatles are leaving the roof, no titles superimposed on the picture. You may recall that Revolver TV's version of the rooftop footage included end credits about the 1992 restoration.
As mentioned, from For You Blue onwards, the new HMC version is in full stereo, which includes:

- For You Blue
- You Really Got A Hold On Me
- Shake Rattle And Roll
- Kansas City/Miss Ann/Lawdy miss Clawdy
- Dig It
- January 31st Apple Studio tracks
- January 30th Roof top tracks

A previously shared online bootleg DVD taken from the 16mm UK and German TV broadcasts of the film featured remastered mono sound from the Nagra reels as well as remastered stereo sound from the various stereo mixes. If you have this previous effort, the only track you didn't have in stereo before now was You Really Got A Hold On Me.

If you compare the image of the new HMC version to the UK/German hybrid bootleg DVD, the older release has a bigger, less cropped picture. The image of the new version, although in better quality, is missing a lot of the bottom part of the picture, compared to the UK/German hybrid DVD and it even has a little less (just a tad) at the bottom than the video from Revolver TV. As noted before though, the picture quality is the best ever, save for the glimpses Apple has given us on various documentaries like the Anthology DVD, the mini documentary on the 2009 remastered Let It Be CD and various clips used in promotion of Let It Be...Naked.

The HMC DVD is accompanied by a soundtrack CD (not reviewed here), all housed in a 24 page booklet, which includes a brief history of the film, a biography on Michael Lindsay-Hogg, some interview bits with George, John, Paul and Ringo from 1969, details about tracks from the film on "Anthology 3" and "Let It Be..Naked", stills from the film, the film poster and even an ad for the official "Beatles 1" cd/DVD/Blu-ray release.

See also our main Let It Be page.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Mister Twist reissued

Reissue of the "Mister Twist" EP
In France, Cameleon Records have reissued the EP record "Mister Twist" by Tony Sheridan. The cover has a photo of Tony Sheridan taken by Astrid Kirchherr in the autumn of 1961 in Hamburg, at the Heiligengeistfeld ("Field of the Holy Spirit"), during the Herbst Dom festivities. The twist was a popular fad at the time, hence the title. This is possibly the earliest known international release of a Beatles record, although the group is not mentioned on the cover or the label of the record. Still, that's the fab four backing Tony Sheridan on these numbers, and "Cry For A Shadow" is a Lennon-Harrison (spelt Horrison on the label) penned original instrumental. "My Bonnie", coupled with "The Saints" was released as a single in Germany in October 1961. A follow-up single containing "Why" and "Cry For A Shadow" was planned for release in Germany, but was cancelled. Hence, this French EP record is likely to have been the first outing of these songs.

"When The Saints", "Cry For A Shadow", "My Bonnie" (with the introduction in German) and "Why", were recorded with the German producer Bert Kampfert at the beginning of the summer of 1961, specifically on 22 and 23. June 1961, in the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg-Harburg.
A release for the French market, the record's original release date is lost in time, but a copy of the EP was officially given to the "Bibliothèque nationale de France" on January 26th, 1962, and the receival date was stamped on the record's back. This was documented by French Beatles author Erik Krasker in his book, "Enquête sur un mythe 1960-1962" in 2003, in English as "The Beatles Fact and Fiction 1960-1962" in 2009.

Back cover of the reissue.

An original "Mister Twist" on the Polydor label, catalogue number 21 914 will set you back between £200-£300. The record was also released in early 1962 in Spain and Argentina.

In Germany, Polydor issued two EP's of songs from the sessions. The first, "Ya Ya" (October 1962, Polydor 21 485), contained "Ya Ya"/"Sweet Georgia Brown"/"Skinnie Minnie". The second, "My Bonnie" (July 1963, Polydor 21 610) contained "My Bonnie"/"Cry For a Shadow"/"The Saints"/"Why"

Cameleon Records

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

McCartney album news

News about Paul McCartney's upcoming album, courtesy of The Sun.
British tabloid newspaper The Sun reports that Paul McCartney has hired Adele "Hello" producer Greg Kurstin to work on his new album. An anonymous source within the recording industry is quoted by The Sun to have said: "Paul loved what Greg did with Adele and knows he can add something special to his record. He is really embracing the pop direction of his last album and wants to continue in that vein with his new stuff".
Kurstin was originally going to produce Paul’s full album, but the understanding now is that he is going to work on a couple of tracks first and they will take it from there.

Source: The Sun

Sunday, 31 January 2016

The Beatles and WW II

The soundtrack album, 1976.
All This and World War II is a strange 1976 musical documentary which juxtaposed Beatles songs, performed by a number of contemporary seventies artists, with World War II newsreel footage and 20th Century Fox films from the 1940s. It lasted two weeks in cinemas and was quickly sent into storage. The film has never been officially released on home video or DVD, but bootleg copies of the film are available from several collector-to-collector resources. A fairly high quality transfer is also available as an unofficial DVD release.

The Beatles World War II is the new title of the reedited film.
Now it's being readied for an official DVD release in May, but in edited form and with a new title, "The Beatles World War II". The new edit by Tony Palmer means it's not quite the same film - as great chunks of it is re-edited, but he has used much of the same material, and of course many of the same songs. This is the new song selection:

1. Greensleeves – arr. Vaughan Williams – 2:00
2. The Fool on the Hill – Helen Reddy – 3:37
3. Yesterday – David Essex – 2:44
4. The Long and Winding Road" – Leo Sayer – 4:47
5. I Am the Walrus – Leo Sayer – 3:49
6. Come Together – Tina Turner – 4:08
7. Shostakovich 11th Symphony – 3:00
8. Maxwell's Silver Hammer – Frankie Laine – 3:27
9. She's Leaving Home – Bryan Ferry – 3:07
10. Let It Be – Leo Sayer – 3:43
11. Getting Better – Status Quo – 2:19
12. Help! – Henry Gross – 3:07
13. Nowhere Man – Jeff Lynne – 3:56
14. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds – Elton John – 6:15
15. With a Little Help from My Friends – Jeff Lynne – 3:00
16. Strawberry Fields Forever – Peter Gabriel – 2:30
17. Get Back – Rod Stewart – 4:24
18. A Day in the Life – Frankie Valli – 4:04
19. Shostakovich 11th Symphony – 3:00
20. Michelle – Richard Cocciante – 4:00
21. The Long and Winding Road" – Leo Sayer – 4:47
22. When I'm Sixty-Four – Keith Moon – 2:36
23. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight – The Bee Gees – 3:17
24. Hey Jude – The Brothers Johnson – 4:58
25. Shostakovich 4th Symphony – 4:00
26. Fool on the Hill – John Williams – 3:00

The original intention of the filmmakers was to use actual Beatles music in the film. The decision to use other artists covering Beatles music was made by the film's producers after they realised additional money could be made through a soundtrack album. The decision was a sound one, as the soundtrack actually generated more revenue than the film. The vinyl (and cassette) soundtrack album was released in November 1976, and as a limited CD release in 2007. It was re-released on CD last year, still as a limited edition release.

2015 CD re-release

Further reading: Earcandymag.com

Friday, 29 January 2016

Admiral Grove 10 for sale

The "V for victory" sign was recently replaced with a new one.
Following the death of former resident Margaret Grose, the house where Ringo Starr grew up and lived until The Beatles took off is up for sale. Number 10 Admiral Grove in Toxteth, where the former Beatle lived until he was 21, is up for auction after the housing association gave the okay for the sale to go-ahead.

Ringo the accordionist in the doorway at Admiral Grove 10, with mother Elsie.
The two-bed Victorian terrace property was a regular haunt for the Fab Four in their younger days and other well-known faces on the Merseybeat scene, including the late Cilla Black. The Empress pub at the end of Admiral Grove was also famous for appearing on the front of Ringo’s first solo album, Sentimental Journey. In the film "The Mersey Sound" from 1963, Ringo can be seen leaving the house in Admiral Grove to be picked up by George Harrison, arriving in his car. The scene was also used in the promotional music video for the BBC recording of "Words of Love" in 2013.

Outside Admiral Grove 10: Ringo with his mother Elsie and stepfather Harry.
The property still attracts fans daily as it is part of the official Beatles Tour and Margaret Grose, the tenant who had lived at the property for 37 years, was always happy to invite people in to have a look inside the house until her death last year.

Following her passing away, Plus Dane made the decision to sell the house at auction on 24th March 2016.

Claire Griffiths, Plus Dane’s Executive Director of Property, said:

“Plus Dane has considered all of the options in relation to this property following the sad death of Margaret, who was a well-respected figure in the community. We felt it would be most beneficial to the community for the property to be sold as any profits made will be reinvested back into Plus Dane homes in the L8 area.”

Taking on board the concerns local residents may have, a number of restrictions have been placed on the sale of the house so it cannot become a tourist attraction or museum.

The house is just up the road from Ringo's first childhood home in 9 Madryn Street, which was recently saved from demolition. Ringo moved from Madryn Street to Admiral Grove at age 5.



Like other recently sold former Beatles member's houses, an auction will be held at the Cavern Club. The auction will take place on Thursday 24th March and the house has a guide price of £55,000, but auctioneers Countrywide are hoping it might attract investors with an interest in the Fab Four.

Tony Webber, Auction Surveyor, Countrywide Property Auctions, said:

“We are delighted and excited that Plus Dane Housing has chosen Countrywide to auction this property, which is such a unique part of Liverpool’s history as well as that of The Beatles.  We have auctioned properties lived in by three other members of The Beatles – John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney, and we expect a high level of interest from potential buyers in the UK and internationally.  We would urge all interested parties to register their details as soon as possible to ensure they don’t miss out on this rare opportunity.”

In 2014 and 2015, Beatles fan Jackie Holmes purchased both George Harrison's former home at Upton Green in Speke as well as the former home of Julia Stanley Lennon, John's mother, in Bloomfield Road in Allerton’s Springwood estate. She plans to live in the house in Bloomfield Road, where Julia taught young John to play the banjo and rent out George Harrison’s former home at Upton Green in Speke as a Beatles-themed let. The house in Bloomfield Road was sold for £155,000 in late March 2015, while Upton Green went for £156,000 in October 2014.

In October 2013, John Lennon’s childhood home at 9 Newcastle Road in Wavertree (just off Penny Lane), sold at auction for £480,000 to an undisclosed telephone bidder. Paul McCartney’s childhood home in 72 Western Avenue was sold at a Cavern Club auction in February 2015 for £150,000 to a mystery buyer.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

The "Help!" store

Illustration photo: The main HMV store in Oxford Street, London, December 1965.
Twenty years or so ago, a Norwegian gentleman who was partly involved in selecting Beatles songs to release as singles in Norway told me this story.

He happened to be in London, England on the day The Beatles' album "Help!" was released. As he was walking along Qxford Street, London's main shopping street, he noticed that one of the stores there was just selling "Help!" albums. The Norwegian went inside the shop, and the only question he was met with was "mono or stereo?"

Mono or stereo?

I haven't come across any other references to this shop other than the story he told me, and I have no clue as to for how long the store was in operation. It may have been that this was the regular HMV store, fitted out for the occasion, or that HMV, which was EMI's own record store chain, had rented a vacant shop and stocked it up with "Help!" albums only.

Jenny Boyd outside the Help! store?
I had found no photos of their window display either, but after I had initially posted this blog post, Sara S. directed us to one of her stories which had the above photo.

If anyone else was there and can verify the story about this "Help!" store, please comment.

Uncropped

Uncropped photo by Angus McBean
An uncropped and unsmiling version of a photo from this session recently appeared online. For U.S. based readers, you may associate this photo with the one used on the Vee Jay album from early 1964, "Introducing The Beatles", which is similar, but mirror imaged and with the fabs smiling.

Introducing...The Beatles on Vee Jay Records.
Readers elsewhere in the world may associate the photo with the U.K. EP release "The Beatles' Hits", which was out on 6 September 1963. Here, the photo is presented correctly and not mirrored, but with the background airbrushed out. You can also see The Beatles in full figure, down to McCartney's shoes.


The Beatles' Hits EP release.
The photo session took place 11 February, 1963 - and McBean also took the photos of the Beatles in the staircase of the EMI building in Manchester Square the same day - among these, one ended up gracing the Please Please Me album cover.

The smiling photo was also used on the first French Beatles EP release in October, 1963.
The French "From Me To You" EP, catalogue number SOE 3739 was released in October 1963, ahead of the group's 3 week long residence at "L'Olympia" in Paris. It also featured the smiling photo, more cropped than the "Introducing..." version, but the right way.

Ringo's summer tour

Ringo and his All Starr Band hits the road again this summer. Photo: Rick Glover
Ringo and his All Starr Band Summer tour 2016

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band – featuring Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette – announce another string of North American shows. The tour kicks off on June 3 in Syracuse, New York and ending with two dates in California, the first July 1 at Humphreys in San Diego and concluding the tour July 2 at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.  This current All Starr line up is the 12th and longest running, and as Ringo recently told The Boston Globe, “I love this band – we have a lot of fun together on and offstage, so here we come again.”

June 3 Lakeview Ampitheater, Syracuse, NY
June 4 Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino, Salamanca, NY
June 5 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
June 7 Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, NJ
June 8 Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, ME
June 10 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford, NH
June 11 DCU Center, Worcester, MA
June 12 Santander Arena, Reading, PA
June 15 St. George Theatre, Staten Island, NY
June 17 Warner Theatre, Washington DC
June 18 Koka Booth Ampitheatre, Cary, NC
June 19 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
June 21 Foellinger Theatre, Fort Wayne, IN
June 22 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
June 23 Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI
June 25 Pinewood Bowl Theater, Lincoln, NE
June 26 Hartman Arena, Wichita, KS
June 28 Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO
July 1 Humphreys Concerts, San Diego, CA
July 2 The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

Source: RingoStarr.com

As Cirque du Soleil is planning a red carpet event in June to mark the tenth anniversary of their Beatles show "Love", we were guessing that one of Ringo's concerts would be in Las Vegas, but not so. Still, there's time off at the end of June for Ringo, so we are guessing the event will be around then. "More dates to be announced soon" is the word from Ringo.

Paul McCartney is also confirmed to be continuing his never ending tour in 2016, but he prefers to announce single dates and not disclose a full tour schedule.

Monday, 25 January 2016

The Fab Four meet The Big Four

The Beatles on the Morecambe and Wise Show, December 2, 1963.
In an in-depth article about The Beatles on TV in the U.K.,  Andrew Hesford-Booth speculates that the replacement of Pete Best with Ringo Starr could have been deliberately timed to coincide with the Granada TV filming of The Beatles in concert at the Cavern Club. The article gives an overview of The Beatles' U.K. television appearances in the sixties and 1970, particularly on the independent channels. The article is illustrated with some quite interesting facsimile pages from the TV Times magazine, as well as stills from the television shows. Good research also details which promo films were shown on which television programmes.

Read the full article on TransDiffusion.org.
Thanks to our reader Kevin Clark for alerting us about this article.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Bowie spewing

"Bowie Spewing" 1990, Oil on canvas (51 x 41 cm) by Sir Paul McCartney

David Bowie said "Paul sent me a picture of the painting, together with the question if I would mind the title of it. I answered 'Of course not, but what a coincidence, I am currently working on a song that's called "McCartney Shits".

From a review at a 1999 McCartney exhibition in Siegen, Germany, where the painting was one of many on display: Although entitled "Bowie spewing", this small painting was not planned as a portrait. As so often the case with McCartney, the subject emerged during the painting process. Experimental painting with no other motive than "just to let the paint lead the way" (McCartney) results in a physiognomy which reminds the artist of David Bowie at an early stage in his career, the time of his "Ziggy Stardust" album. This second level of consciousness causes him to include a frame in the composition of the picture, which he then decorates with mystic symbols. Using a picture within a picture, McCartney reflects here on painting as a medium. The paint running down the canvas breaks up the narrative illusion, connects the levels and draws attention to the material nature of painting. Here too McCartney makes use of his mental store of images as he is reminded of a motif similar to "Bowie spewing" on a Polaroid photo which Linda McCartney made of Bowie.

Ziggy and Paul, “Live and Let Die” film Premiere in July 1973.
It has been thought that at least part of McCartney's lyrics from the song "Jet" are references to Bowie: "I thought the major (a reference to Major Tom) was a lady suffragette (refers to Bowie's song Suffragette city)". Apparently, McCartney thought Bowie's Ziggy persona looked like a woman. The lyrics of Bowie's song "Ziggy Stardust" have been interpreted to be all about Paul McCartney and Wings.

Bowie smoking.
At the 1986 Prince's Trust concert, Paul introduced Mick Jagger and David Bowie who performed "Dancing In The Street", with Paul on acoustic guitar as part of the backing band. The clip was cut out from the concert film before it was televised and put out on video, but exists on YouTube.

After David Bowie's death, Paul released the following statement on January 11:
"Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together. His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I’m proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world.
"I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever."
- Paul

Order print (McCartney Art)
PaulMcCartney.com
DavidBowie.com
Dancing In The Street (Prince's Trust/YouTube)

Friday, 22 January 2016

More music videos emerge

Filming "Hey Jude" at Twickenham Film Studios
In the wake of the officially released promo video collection "Beatles 1" and "Beatles 1+", more videos have emerged on the internet. As you know, only one of the two "Revolution" music videos was included on the official release, the same goes for "Lady Madonna", and for "Hey Jude", one real video was accompanied by another, hybrid version which edited together two of the other "Hey Jude" performances.
On the video platform Dailymotion (similar to YouTube, but another company), both the "Lady Madonna" videos, both the "Revolution" videos as well as all three "Hey Jude" performances have been uploaded lately by by Revolver Records & Video, sans the familiar watermarks associated with this uploader.

The source of the videos is said to be a collection of Beatles promo films remastered by Ron Furmanek for Apple back in the early nineties. The quality is not as good as the videos on the official release, but much better than versions of these films which have circulated earlier. Also, "By George! It's The David Frost Theme" is present in three variations as an intro to the "Hey Jude" videos. For "By George! It's The David Frost Theme", John C Winn have made this list of versions now available to us:

- Takes 1 and 2
(listed erroneously as takes 2 and 3 in Winn's book That Magic Feeling)
First heard in the Japanese Anthology broadcast, and then on the home video version. Ends with applause from the crowd and a reprise of the theme

- Take 3
(listed erroneously as take 1 in That Magic Feeling)
Used on Frost on Sunday, and circulating as a kinescope forever - with a tiny bit extra at the end (Frost says "Try one more, while we're running…") compared to the video source. Video source released on "Beatles 1" DVD. Ends with "It's Now Or Never"

- Take 4 (FS)
Shared by Revolver TV on New Year's Eve, John counts-in the theme, but Frost halts him and Paul asks the orchestra to stand.

- Take 5
First released on the "Beatles 1+" DVD, the orchestra is now standing and joining in
Ends with "You Are My Sunshine".

The David Frost themes were all performed one after the other and not before each take like it appears in the released "Hey Jude" video(s). Winn also noticed that all sorts of audio magic has been applied to the official releases. For instance, on one of the "Hey Jude" takes, Giles Martin has mixed in the tambourine from the record earlier than it appeared in the actual promo. There was something off about the handclaps, too. And on "Revolution" (take 1) from "Anthology", they mixed in John's lead vocal from the record in places where it shouldn't be, so it's double-tracked. So the only versions you can really trust to be untampered with are from Revolver TV.

Variation 3 of the "Hey Jude" videos is presented in full for the first time. The first two thirds of this performance of the song is new to the video collector community, only bits of the final third has been used as edit pieces in the Smothers Brothers version, in "Anthology" and "Beatles 1+". Before filming "Hey Jude", The Beatles performed a jam session to warm up the audience. In the "Let It Be" film, "Lucille", "Long Tall Sally" and "Jenny Jenny" are mentioned to have been played at that jam session, although the jam was not filmed by director Michael Lindsay-Hogg's crew.



"Lady Madonna" is the two different 1968 edits, and not the "Anthology" version, which flew in bits and pieces unrelated to the main video.

These videos come as an addition to the fan made "18+" collection of Beatles music videos we posted about earlier, and incidentally that collection has now been expanded to a "21+" collection.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Love changes for tenth anniversary

The Beatles show "Love" is about to undergo some changes.
Cirque du Soleil is planning some changes for their Las Vegas shows, including The Beatles' Love. This according to Robin Leach of the Las Vegas Sun, who has spoken with Jerry Nadal, Cirque’s senior VP. Nadal confirmed a major refresh for “The Beatles Love” at the Mirage ahead of its 10th anniversary this year with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr set to attend.

"Love is undergoing a major refresh right now. We’ll go down mid-February and come back at the end of February with a whole refreshed version of the show, then have a grand celebration probably in June," says Nadal.

"We’re going to add elements over the next couple of months, technological stuff, then in June we’ll do another red carpet event around Paul McCartney and Ringo’s schedule for the 10th anniversary. Yoko and Olivia have been quite involved, Paul and Ringo at more of a distance, but the women are very involved in it. They’ve been around all the time running support and adding creative input".

Source: Las Vegas Sun

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Let It Be from HMC

Front and back cover of booklet
Word from the HMC bootleg company is that their release of the 1992 Furmanek restoration of The Beatles' Let It Be movie is going to be out in just a few weeks. They have also made public this image of the front and back cover of the booklet which accompanies the release.

Here's what they are writing on the back cover:
Let It Be is a 1970 documentary film about The Beatles rehearsing and recording songs for the album Let It Be in January 1969. The film features an unannounced rooftop concert by the group, their last performance in public. Released just after the album, it was the final original Beatles release.

The film was originally planned as a television documentary which would accompany a concert broadcast. When plans for a broadcast were dropped, the project became a feature film. Although the film does not dwell on the dissension within the group at the time, it provides some glimpses into the dynamics that would lead to the Beatles' break-up.

The film has not been officially available since the 1980s, although original and bootleg copies of home video releases still circulate (as does bootlegs of various television screenings. WogBlog). The film's director Michael Lindsay-Hogg stated in 2011 that a DVD and Blu-ray was possibly going to be released in 2013, but did not happen due to the film's negative (though accurate) portrayal of The Beatles. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr collectively won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for the film.

A tracklist is also supplied, referring to both the DVD and CD included in the package, so it seems the film's soundtrack is simply repeated on the CD. Because of the time limit of a CD, we are guessing that some of the dialogue must have been omitted there.

Flyer distributed by HMC vendors.
This is an unofficial release, which qualifies it as a bootleg. At one point in 1997, a U.K. based company revealed plans of releasing this 1992 remastered edition of the film as an official video cassette. As with all later announcements of an impending release of the film, this never happened. The film and outtakes from it have been the subject of several later transfers, restorations and remasters by Apple Corps Ltd, none of which have seen the light of day in full, although clips from the results of these restorations have been shown in documentaries, mini-documentaries and as standalone promotional videos released to television companies only. For a full overview of the history of the Let It Be home video releases and attempts to re-release the film, we refer you to our main Let It Be post.

The bootleg company is also bringing back some of their older releases.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Book projects

New George Harrison book due in March
John Blaney: George Harrison Soul Man Vol. 1
Hardback ISBN 978-0-9544528-7-2
Publication date 25/03/2016

To celebrate what would have been George Harrison’s 73rd birthday, Paper Jukebox publishes the first volume of a new career spanning discography – George Harrison Soul Man Vol. 1. Compiled by author and Beatles expert John Blaney, it’s the first in-depth illustrated critical review of Harrison’s remarkable solo career.

Vol. 1 maps his career as songwriter, producer and reluctant star from Wonderwall Music in 1968 to George Harrison in 1979. It places his songs in their historical, cultural and crucially spiritual context while also mapping his stylistic changes, which saw him reject Phil Spector’s turgid Wall of Sound in favour something altogether more anodyne and modest.

John Blaney is a passionate fan of The Beatles who brings to his writing the experience and rigour of a professional historian. His previous books include Paul McCartney: The Songs He Was Singing, John Lennon: Listen To This Book, Beatles For Sale: How Everything They Touched Turned To Gold and A Howlin’ Wind: Pub Rock and The Birth of New Wave.
Blaney studied at Camberwell College of Arts and Goldsmiths College (both in London) before taking up a post as a curator at a museum of technology.

George Harrison Soul Man Vol. 1 is available as a 8-inch x 8-inch 416 page hardback book illustrated with over 400 colour images that include UK and US label variations, album sleeves, picture sleeves, trade advertisements and more.

Meanwhile, the people behind last year's excellent "Eight Arms To Hold You" book about the filming of "Help!", Archivum Publishing have two new book projects on the way.
Early design idea.
One of these is called "Performance" - which they intend to release in time for Christmas 2016. It will concentrate on the Beatles concert performances, which ties nicely in with Ron Howard's film, working title "The Beatles Live Project", also due out around Christmas.

"All You Need Is Love" - due out this spring.
The other one, "All You Need Is Love" will be a photo book concentrating solely on The Beatles' song and performance on the "Our World" satellite TV Special in 1967. It's available for pre-ordering at Pledgemusic.com/projects/AllYouNeedIsLove, where you'll also find details about the book and it's various editions.

The Hamburg Days
Also in the making is a new graphic novel from John Timmons called "The Hamburg Days", all about The Beatles in Hamburg.
It lets the fans see visually what happened to The Beatles as they played in the clubs in Germany, and is not very expensive to buy. The aim of the book is also to help younger kids understand the fab four. This is the first of four Beatles products from Timmons. If your are interested in viewing the first 20 pages of the graphic novel online, check out this link. You may enquire the author directly about this book by emailing him at johntimmo@hotmail.com.