Friday, 29 April 2016

The 1998 Beatles pick-up CD player and radio

Packing case.
How about a piece of memorabilia from the late nineties? Back in 1998, licensed by Apple Corps Ltd as an official Beatles product, a portable Beatles pick-up CD player/Radio was manufactured. Made to look like an old style record player, it was a fully functional CD player and 2 band radio, with a built in arial. This was before Beatles.com and their affiliated officially sanctioned Beatles merchandise shops, so it was only advertised in the printed media. A limited edition of 1000 units is said to have been manufactured.

Made to look like an old style record player.

The back photo of The Beatles lit up at the flick of a switch.
It had two drawers with storage space for CDs, a VU meter and headphone outlet.

The portability meant it ran both on batteries as well as it could be plugged into the mains.

As closed for carrying.
It had a carrying handle with embossed Beatles logo.

Instruction manual in many languages.
Features included:
  • Full function CD-player
  • Memories program/repeat
  • 2 Band radio
  • Light on/off switch
  • 2x (1.2) (20) watt music power
  • Radio/CD selector lights up radio dial scale or CD windows
  • DC operated (8x D-batteries not included) or AC operated with detachable power cord
  • Inside lid features lighted Beatles photo
  • Integrated 2 Drawers for CD storage
  • Carrying handle with embossed Beatles logo
  • The lid opens with a full photo of the Beatles Band with a switch that turns 4 lights on and on that photo if desired.



These are now being sold used at ebay and other places, but at no fixed prices, as I don't believe any current Beatles memorabilia price guide exists.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Danish Beatlemania

The boys are checking out reviews of the previous night's concerts in Copenhagen. Photo: Tage Nielsen.
Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende, BT for short, has been in print a hundred years in 2016, August 31 to be precise. To celebrate, they are going to publish significant stories and photos from their archives. As a preview of this, they have selected this photo of The Beatles, taken the day after their two concerts in Copenhagen, as Paul is showing Jimmy, George and John photos of Danish Beatlemania in BT.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Paul McCartney records for special edition of BBC Radio 4 series Mastertapes

Get your tickets for a special recording session with Sir Paul at BBC Maida Vale Studios!
The radio series Mastertapes returns to BBC Radio 4 later in the year, and a special edition of Mastertapes with Paul McCartney at the BBC Maida Vale studios will be recorded on Wednesday 11 May. In this exclusive interview ahead of the release of a major retrospective collection, McCartney will talk to John Wilson about his music career and will answer questions from the audience.
A limited number of audience tickets will be available for 24 hours from today (Wednesday 27 April) at 12pm via the Mastertapes pages on the Radio 4 website.

The hour-long special edition of the programme will broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 10am on Saturday 28 May, and a version will be filmed for BBC iPlayer.

John Wilson says: “Mastertapes looks at the nuts and bolts of songwriting, and draws back the curtain on what can often be a private and sometimes lonely art. Having interviewed McCartney many times before, I know he offers great insight into that process. As the most successful songwriter of all time, and the man behind some of my favourite music, I couldn’t ask for a better guest – it’s going to be a very special session.”

In Mastertapes, musicians and artists join presenter John Wilson to discuss their career-defining albums. Usually broadcast over two consecutive days and recorded at BBC Maida Vale studios, each edition of Mastertapes involves an in-depth interview with the artist (for the 'A-side'), questions from the studio audience (for the 'B-side') and exclusive live performances of songs from the albums in question.

The Mastertapes website, which includes additional and exclusive live performances of all the artists featured on the programme (as well as photographs and videos from the sessions), is rapidly becoming a valuable musical resource. It is also the place from which all the previous editions of the series can be downloaded: bbc.co.uk/programmes/b021mjc4. Former Mastertapes guests include Noel Gallagher, Robbie Williams, Natalie Merchant, Manic Street Preachers, Sinead O’Connor, Paul Weller, Corinne Bailey Rae and Rufus Wainwright.

Apply for tickets here.

Monday, 25 April 2016

McCartney biography update

U.K. edition.
Philip Norman is publishing his new biography on Paul McCartney May 5th in the U.K. as "Paul McCartney: The Biography", May 6th in USA as "Paul McCartney: The Life", and for newspaper The Daily Mail, Norman has started a series of articles with excerpts from the book. As a tabloid newspaper, what interests them about McCartney is, you guessed it: not the music.

USA edition.

So far, the newspaper has published two excerpts, one about his relationship, marriage and divorce from Heather Mills, the other is about other romantic conquests of the Beatle.

Links:
The Daily Mail: Heather Mills
The Daily Mail: Other relationships with women
The Book: Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com / Kindle

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

The Wilburys are coming...again

The Traveling Wilburys have switched record company.
The Wilburys are coming… again...

Back in 2007, The Traveling Wilburys reappeared on Rhino Records, as they re-released the original two albums the group made, alongside some of the more obscure releases of the band which were made available through limited edition boxed sets on CD and vinyl, and a documentary DVD. What I thought was a revelation then, was that when Rhino found that their limited edition CD+DVD boxed set actually sold out, they simply pressed a second edition, thereby effectively putting an end to the credibility of the so-called "limited edition" lie, rendering it null and void.

Well guess what?  Concord Bicycle Music have now acquired the entire back catalogue of the group's output and they are doing us all over again, with the same releases. What's new is that the music of The Traveling Wilburys is now to debut on streaming services as well, plus that it will be made available for the first time as high-resolution downloads. And all the Rhino releases are going to be pressed up again.



Here's the press release: 
– Concord Bicycle Music is very pleased to announce that it has entered into a worldwide licensing agreement with The Traveling Wilburys to represent the iconic band's entire catalog, including physical and digital reissues.

For the first time ever, The Traveling Wilburys music will be available on streaming services, beginning June 3RD, 2016, along with the re-launch of the hugely successful Traveling Wilburys Collection box set as a limited-edition, uniquely numbered 2-CD 1-DVD box set, standard 2-CD 1-DVD package, deluxe 180-gram vinyl box and for the first time as high-resolution downloads. The release includes albums (Vol. 1 and Vol. 3), bonus tracks and a DVD featuring footage of the band from the first chord to the final mix.

When originally released in 2007, The Traveling Wilburys Collection debuted at #1 in the UK and six other countries and entered the US charts at #9, making it the highest chart debut of a box set at the time, and has since been certified Gold.

"…one of the few rock super groups actually deserving to be called either super or a group." —Rolling Stone, Dec 1, 1988




The previously released albums Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 and Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 feature music's greatest singer-songwriters—George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan—as the legendary band the Traveling Wilburys.

The Wilburys formed in 1988 after Dylan, Harrison, Petty, Lynne and Orbison assembled at Dylan's Malibu, California studio to record a B-side for the Harrison single "This Is Love." The resulting song, "Handle With Care," was instead released under the Wilburys name, with the artists posing as a band of brothers. George later said, "I liked the song and the way that it turned out with all these people on it so much that I just carried it around in my pocket for ages thinking, 'Well what can I do with this thing?' And the only thing to do I could think of was do another nine. Make an album." The original album release, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, achieved great success; after hitting No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, the certified double Platinum album earned a GRAMMY® for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group.

Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3, the group's second album, was released in 1990 and dedicated to Lefty (Roy Orbison) Wilbury, who passed away in late 1988 before recording could be completed. "She's My Baby" and "Wilbury Twist" became radio hits as the album reached #11 in the U.S. and was certified Platinum.

Scott Pascucci, CEO Concord Bicycle Music and Sig Sigworth, SVP Catalog Concord Bicycle Music said in a joint statement, "The global success of The Traveling Wilburys reissues in 2007 was one of our career highlights. So, we are very proud to bring the Wilburys' catalog to Concord Bicycle Music and work with these incredible songs and musicians a second time."

Links:

The Traveling Wilburys Website: travelingwilburys.com
Facebook: facebook.com/travelingwilburys
Instagram: instagram.com/officialwilbury
Twitter: twitter.com/officialwilbury
YouTube: youtube.com/user/TravelingWilburys

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Pete Best's revenge

An American release of the Polydor recordings.
When Klaus Voorman made the collage that became the front covers of the Beatles' Anthology album series and related releases, the front cover of Anthology Vol 1 had as centre piece the album cover of an obscure American 10" album of the Polydor songs the band, including Pete Best, recorded as a backing band for Tony Sheridan.

Anthology 1 depicted the old record, but Pete's head was torn off.
However, on the collage, Pete Best's head was torn off, revealing Ringo from a picture of The Beatles taken for the Please Please Me album cover.

Pete Best Band's album "Hayman's Green" from 2008 depicted the missing piece.

But Pete got his revenge when the album cover of his band's "Hayman's Green" album from 2008 featured just the missing piece from the Anthology cover on the front.

Even though he was not involved in the making of the Anthology series, he was the drummer on several songs on Anthology Vol. 1, including songs from the Polydor sessions as well as songs from the Decca audition and others. Best negotiated a deal with Apple for his involvement on these recordings, and through this deal he finally became a millionaire in pounds sterling.

Atlantic City - fake again!

Turns out this CD is not what it promised to be.

As reported in this blog earlier, The Livewire label has now released what they call a "classic live performance: FM radio broadcast from The Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey. August 30th 1964". The first copies have now arrived - and yes, it's a let down. It's the old Philadelphia recording again, running slightly fast and not in the best available quality.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Danish discography

New online Danish Beatles discography
After years of collecting data, not to mention records, the Danes have launched a website with a full discography of the Beatles releases in Denmark. Here you'll find information and illustrations og singles, EPs, LPs and a few CDs, released in Denmark from 1963 onwards. Included are not only records by The Beatles, but also solo-, Apple- and other related records. Also some non-EMI records are listed.

The discography is based on info collected by the long time  Danish Beatles expert Arno Guzek. It isn't complete, as they know about more variations, but as they don't have scans, they are not included. Collectors are encouraged to participate in sharing scans of variations not included. So far, nearly 70 new or improved scans have been added to the discography since the site was launched.

In Denmark, UK based singles were all released with the UK catalogue numbers, except "Hey Jude", which was released with catalogue number DP570 from the UK export series. Scandinavian based singles were released on the Odeon label, with prefix 'DK' for Danish based releases,'SD' for Swedish, and 'ND' for Norwegian. Most sleeves for singles were manufactured by Rotex, a small printing facility in Valby, Copenhagen. Other sleeves were imports from Sweden and Germany. The first Beatles-single "Love Me Do" was never released in Denmark. The record company received a demo in the autumn of 1962, but decided against the release. "Please Please Me" became the first Beatles single release in Denmark in early 1963.

The UK EPs were released in Denmark with UK catalogue numbers and Danish produced records. Besides the UK catalogue, EPs were taken from the Swedish GEOS-series, and two came from Germany. Nearly all covers were imports. As with the singles, the Scandinavian based EPs were released on the Odeon label. EMI-Denmark made a few mistakes with these, as some GEOS-EPs came on the Parlophone label.

All original UK Beatles LPs, up until "1962-1966" (Red album) and "1967-1970" (Blue album), were released in Denmark, using imported covers, and locally produced records. In the 70s, covers were also imported from Germany and Holland. "Hey Jude" was released with 3 different catalogue numbers, among them SW385 from the US. Only a few covers were locally produced, "Hottest Hits" from 1965, Club-editions from the 70s, and a few covers for solo-releases.

Link: FabFour.dk

Thursday, 14 April 2016

McCartney's One on One tour opens



Perhaps the most surprising element of the set list for Paul McCartney's opening show of his new tour in Fresno last night, was that "A Hard Day's Night" opened the ball. Primarily known as a John Lennon composition, Paul always sang the middle eight, but now he had a chance to sing the whole song. He also performed Love Me Do, which he dedicated to the late Sir George Martin. Another surprise was that The Long and Winding Road, a mainstay at McCartney's concerts was not performed. For the rest of the set list, click here. An amateur film from the concert is available at YouTube.

Monday, 11 April 2016

The Beatles on Spotify -the first 100 days

Infographics from Spotify about The Beatles first 100 days
The Beatles were a bit behind when it came to availability on streaming services, but Christmas eve 2015 saw the group make it's debut on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Pandora and Google Play. Spotify just released some numbers, as seen in the colourful infographics above.

Even though they had a late debut, now that the first 100 days are behind us, The Beatles has overtaken the figures from well known current acts like Sia and Ed Sheeran. If we add together the songs based on their lengths, so far 2,793 years of Beatles music have been streamed during these 100 days.

The majority of listeners in the U.K., 67 percent of them, are under 35 years of age. Globally, the biggest Beatles Spotify audience are people in the USA, followed by U.K., Mexico and Sweden. Also on a global scale, the most streamed Beatles song is George Harrison's "Here Comes The Sun". After that, it's the B-side, Lennon's "Come Together", followed by McCartney's "Let It Be" and "Yesterday".

4,2 million playlists featuring Beatles music have been created by Spotifyers. Of 65 million weekly global listeners to The Beatles' music on Spotify, 65 percent of them are male and 35 percent female. Top 4 albums globally are "1", followed by the classics: "Abbey Road", "The Beatles (White album)" and "Let It Be".

Friday, 8 April 2016

Beatles fanzines

Things, the German fanzine - March issue
In the age of internet, it's nice to know that there are still several Beatles magazines published throughout the world by fans. What with the new digital printing techniques, they are better looking than ever.
Current issues of Beatles fan magazines from Norway, USA, Great Britain and Sweden
The Danish fan magazine, "Beatles Again" was probably the first printed publication to feature the upcoming "Pure McCartney" release, and it had listings of the contents of all editions of the release within. It was timed to reach the subscribers on the date the release was announced on the internet, but the announcement came a few days earlier than anticipated.

"Beatles Again", the Danish fanzine.

Pure McCartney pack shots and track lists

4CD Deluxe edition

4CD edition:
DISC 1:
1. Maybe I'm Amazed
2. Heart Of The Country
3. Jet
4. Warm And Beautiful
5. Listen To What The Man Said
6. Dear Boy
7.  Silly Love Songs
8. The Song We Were Singing
9. Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey
10. Early Days
11. Big Barn Bed
12. Another Day
13. Flaming Pie
14. Jenny Wren
15. Too Many People
16. Let Me Roll It
17. New

DISC 2:
1. Live and Let Die
2. English Tea
3. Mull of Kintyre
4. Save Us
5. My Love
6. Bip Bop
7. Let 'Em In
8. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five
9. Calico Skies
10. Hi, Hi, Hi
11. Waterfalls
12. Band on the Run
13. Appreciate
14. Sing The Changes
15. Arrow Through Me
16. Every Night
17. Junior’s Farm
18. Mrs Vandebilt

DISC 3:
1. Say Say Say [2015 Remix]
2. My Valentine
3. Pipes of Peace
4. The World Tonight
5. Souvenir
6. Dance Tonight
7. Ebony and Ivory
8. Fine Line
9. Here Today
10. Press
11. Wanderlust
12. Winedark Open Sea
13. Beautiful Night
14. Girlfriend
15. Queenie Eye
16. We All Stand Together

DISC 4:
1. Coming Up
2. Too Much Rain
3. Good Times Coming / Feel the Sun
4. Goodnight Tonight
5. Baby’s Request
6. With a Little Luck
7. Little Willow
8. Only Mama Knows
9. Don’t Let it Bring You Down
10. The Back Seat Of My Car
11. No More Lonely Nights
12. Great Day
13. Venus and Mars / Rock Show
14. Temporary Secretary
15. Hope For The Future
16. Junk

Amazon (UK) link
2CD edition

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DISC 1:
1. Maybe I'm Amazed
2. Heart Of The Country
3. Jet
4. Warm And Beautiful
5. Listen To What The Man Said
6. Dear Boy
7. Silly Love Songs
8. The Song We Were Singing
9. Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey
10. Another Day
11. Sing The Changes
12. Jenny Wren
13. Save Us
14. Mrs Vandebilt
15. Mull of Kintyre
16. Let ‘Em In
17. Let Me Roll It
18. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five
19. Ebony and Ivory

DISC 2:
1. Band on the Run
2. Arrow Through Me
3. My Love
4. Live and Let Die
5. Too Much Rain
6. Goodnight Tonight
7. Say Say Say [2015 Remix]
8. My Valentine
9. The World Tonight
10. Pipes of Peace
11. Dance Tonight
12. Here Today
13. Wanderlust
14. Great Day
15. Coming Up
16. No More Lonely Nights
17. Only Mama Knows
18. With a Little Luck
19. Hope For The Future
20. Junk

Amazon (UK) link


Vinyl edition


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A1:
1. Maybe I'm Amazed
2. Heart Of The Country
3. Jet
4. Warm And Beautiful
5. Listen To What The Man Said
6. Dear Boy

A2:
1. Silly Love Songs
2. The Song We Were Singing
3. Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey
4. Another Day
5. New

B1:
1. Mull of Kintyre
2. Sing The Changes
3. Jenny Wren
4. Mrs Vandebilt
5. Save Us

B2:
1. Let 'Em In
2. Let Me Roll It
3. Ebony and Ivory
4. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five

C1:
1. Band on the Run
2. Arrow Through Me
3. My Love
4. Live and Let Die
5. Too Much Rain

C2:
1. Say Say Say [2015 Remix]
2. My Valentine
3. Goodnight Tonight
4. The World Tonight
5. Pipes of Peace

D1:
1. Dance Tonight
2. Here Today
3. Wanderlust
4. Great Day
5. Coming Up
6. No More Lonely Nights

D2:
1. Too Many People
2. Only Mama Knows
3. With a Little Luck
4. Hope For The Future
5.  Junk

Amazon (UK) link

To sum it up:
Origins

To sum it up:
· 8 songs from "Flaming Pie" gives this album most weight
· No tracks at all from "Driving Rain" or "Flowers in the Dirt"
· "New" has ethe equal amount of tracks as "Ram" and "Band On The Run"
· "McCartney II" represented with as many tracks as "Tug of War"

Our guess is that "Flowers In The Dirt" was left out because it will soon show up as an Archive series release on its own. "Driving Rain" probably reminds him too much of the Heather Mills years.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Clive Arrowsmiths photos

Up popped a sea lion

Photographer Clive Arrowsmith has made available some photos of Paul & Linda McCartney alone and together with assorted members of Wings and McCartney's 1989-93 tour band, jokingly nicknamed "The Shoes". The above promo photo for the 1974 "Junior's Farm" single release is one of them, and others are published in this article in the Daily Mail.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

White label 1985 promo

There are only 300 copies worldwide of this 12" single.
One of the weirdest ways to promote his new collection "Pure McCartney" McCartney chose, was to sneak out a white label 12" promotional single containing two new remixes of the song "Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five". Pressed in only 300 copies worldwide, it quickly sold out, but you can listen to samples of the two tracks on this page.

Ron Howard's tweet

Happy days: Ron Howard and Paul McCartney
Yesterday, Tuesday 4th of April, director Ron Howard went to see Paul McCartney in LA for "an extraordinary on-camera conversation" for Howard's documentary, "The Beatles Live" (working title). After that, he tweeted this photo of the two of them. You'll recall that Howard also once had his picture taken with John Lennon and his son Julian, while Howard was filming "Happy Days" for TV.

The "Happy Days" gang with John and Julian.