Friday, 20 September 2019
The Beatles have made available another foretaste of the new edition "Abbey Road" album. This time it's two versions of "Come Together". It's the new stereo mix and also take 5 from the session tapes.
This is the third official leak from the upcoming release, the previous ones having been "Something" and "Oh! Darling". So will they also tease us with "Octopus's Garden" before the release date, which is September 27?
Let us know what you think about the tracks in the comment section!
Thursday, 19 September 2019
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: (L to R) Mary McCartney, Sir Paul McCartney, Stella McCartney, Sir Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach attend as the McCartney & Taschen families celebrate the launch of "Linda McCartney. The Polaroid Diaries" at The Victoria and Albert Museum on September 18, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for TASCHEN) "Linda McCartney. The Polaroid Diaries" is priced at 40 Euro and will be available one of these days. Also there is going to be a "Collector's Edition" and two "Art editions", with a print signed by Paul.
|This is the first glimpse we got to see of John and Paul together after the Beatles break-up. It appeared in Peter "Dougal" Butler's book about Keith Moon in 1981. It took decades before we got to see a second one from the same occasion.|
|A number of the photos are of Lennon, Starr and McCartney, among other musician friends.|
This is only one of 354 lots in Omega Auctions The Beatles Collection: Memorabilia & vinyl records auction, lot no 354 is the famous Wings tour bus of 1972! Go check it out!
Link to auction
Thursday, 12 September 2019
|Front of the new Ringo album|
The album will be released on CD, on LP and on a limited edition blue LP.
1. Gotta Get Up To Get Down (R. Starkey – J. Walsh) 4:20
2. It’s Not Love That You Want (R. Starkey – D. Stewart) 3:34
3. Grow Old With Me (J. Lennon) 3:18
4. Magic (R. Starkey – S. Lukather) 4:09
5. Money (That’s What I Want) (B. Gordy – J. Bradford) 2:56
6. Better Days (S. Hollander) 2:49
7. Life Is Good (R. Starkey – G. Burr) 3:11
8. Thank God for Music (R. Starkey – S. Hollander) 3:38
9. Send Love, Spread Peace (R. Starkey – G. Nicholson) 2:58
10. What’s My Name (C. Hay) 3:45
Release date is October 25 and it will become available for pre-ordering very soon. The title track, "What's My Name" has been released as a (non-physical) single today. It is an uptempo rocker written by Men At Work frontman and All Starr Band member, Colin Hay. It features Steve Lukather and Colin Hay on guitar, Nathan East on bass and Warren Ham on harmonica with Ringo on drums and percussion. The track, and album, were recorded, mixed and edited by Bruce Sugar.
Thanks to Mike Carrera for illustrations and the Lennon pin story.
|Anthony Fawcett: One Day At A Time (1976)|
The following appeared in Anthony Fawcett's 1976 book, One Day At A Time (p. 95-97):
John, Paul and George discussed this problem at Apple in the autumn of 1969, on one of the rare occasions when they got together. John glared at Paul and said, sarcastically: "It seemed mad for us to put a song on an album that nobody really dug, including the guy who wrote it, just because it was going to be popular, 'cause the LP doesn't have to be that. Wouldn't it be better, because we didn't really dig them, yer know, for you to do the songs you dug, and “Ob-La-Di, Ob- La-Da" and "Maxwell" to be given to people who like music like that, yer know, like Mary [Hopkins] or whoever it is needs a song. Why don't you give them to them? The only time we need anything vaguely near that quality is for a single. For an album we could just do only stuff that we really dug."
“We always carved the singles up between us,” he told Paul. “We have the singles market, [George and Ringo] don’t get anything! I mean, we’ve never offered George ‘B’ sides; we could have given him a lot of ‘B’ sides, but because we were two people you had the ‘A’ side and I had the ‘B’ side.”
“Well the thing is,” Paul answered, without even looking at George who sat a few feet away, “I think that until now, until this year , our songs have been better than George’s. Now this year his songs are at least as good as ours.”
George was quick to correct Paul: “Now that’s a myth, ‘cause most of the songs this year I wrote about last year or the year before, anyway. Maybe now I just don’t care whether you are going to like them or not, I just do ‘em… If I didn’t get a break I wouldn’t push it. I’d just forget about it. Now for the last two years, at any rate, I’ve pushed it a bit more.”
“I know what he’s saying,” John said, “‘cause people have said to me you’re coming through a lot stronger now than you had.”
“I don’t particularly seek acclaim,” George said. “That’s not the thing. It’s just to get out whatever is there to make way for whatever else is there. You know, ‘cause it’s only to get ‘em out, and also I might as well make a bit of money, seeing as I’m spending as much as the rest of you, and I don’t earn as much as the rest of you!”
Like the others, George was now out on his own musically. "Most of my tunes," he said, "I never had the Beatles backing me."
"Oh! C'mon, George!" John shouted. "We put a lot of work in your songs, even down to 'Don't Bother Me'; we spent a lot of time doing all that and we grooved. I can remember the riff you were playing, and in the last two years there was a period where you went Indian and we weren't needed!"
"That was only one tune," George said. "On the last album [White Album] I don't think you appeared on any of my songs--I don't mind."
"Well, you had Eric [Clapton], or somebody like that," John replied, in a hurt tone of voice.
There was a long pause as each Beatle seemed lost in contemplation, wondering. Not wanting to admit that they were becoming individual musicians, Paul grasped at the remnants of truth and spoke slowly, almost whispering. “When we get in a studio, even on the worst day, I’m still playing bass, Ringo’s still drumming, and we’re still there, you know.”
There is more dialogue on pages 92-95 which is possibly from the same meeting (this one Fawcett ascribes to September 1969), wherein John complains about having to fight to get his share of songs on an LP, or single A-sides, and basically admits to having given up.
I’m pretty sure this was Schaffner’s source in Beatles Forever (1977), although he may have gotten to hear the tape as well. There are a few people out there who claim to have heard portions of it (I certainly haven’t).
|Nicholas Schaffner: The Beatles Forever (1977)|
Here's what Nicholas Schaffner said in "Beatles Forever", from pages 130 & 131 of the Third edition 1978:
"In any case, shortly after Year One's [peace and music festival] organizers passed word that the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and a convoy of U.F.O.'s were all likely to appear, in Toronto the coming July , Lennon called the whole thing quits. The reasons given involved business differences, but after Altamont [Dec 6, 1969], the rock festival was on its way out anyway. The counterculture had lost one of its most potent symbols; and it was about to lose another.
The Beatles' few remaining meetings seldom produced anything but further disagreement. Once, when Paul tried to corral the others into going back on the road, John stunned him with the words: "I want a divorce." Both McCartney and Klein persuaded him to reconsider, or at least not to sound off to the press.
On another occasion, preserved on tape (the Beatles having caught Andy Warhol's habit of letting tape recorders eavesdrop on intimate conversations), John and George presented Paul with an ultimatum. Lennon said he was tired of playing a bit part in "pre-packaged productions," conceived by and tailored to the genius of Paul McCartney. Henceforth the three Beatles must each be awarded precisely four songs per album, with Ringo getting to add one or two if he so desired. Paul complained that that kind of arbitrary regimentation was more suited to the military than to the Beatles, but the others insisted it was the only way to insure a fair shake for all.
That proved to be a moot point, however, as the fabulous foursome never made it back into the recording studio. In the absence of fresh Beatles product (the Get Back/Let It Be tapes continued to languish on the shelf) Klein patched ten old songs together to create an LP for the American market; his title, The Beatles Again, was revised by public demand to Hey Jude."
Wednesday, 11 September 2019
A tape recording of a business meeting in 3 Savile Row between three of the Beatles on September 8, 1969 has been the big news today. Speaking with Richard Williams of the Guardian about his upcoming touring multimedia show, "Hornsey Road", Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn played an excerpt of the tape which prompted the headline: "This tape rewrites everything we knew about the Beatles".
Although quoted from in Anthony Fawcett's book "One Day At A Time" as early as in 1976, and again in Nicholas Schaffner's book from the same era, "The Beatles Forever," the tape has been largely neglected by later Beatles authors (see this post).
Earlier this year, Erik Taros and Richard Buskin revealed that they had indeed heard the tape, and used it as a starting point for one of their "Swinging Through The Sixties" podcasts. So it looks like it has began to circulate among high-end collectors of Beatles material. Lewisohn has now been able to pinpoint the date of the business meeting, something which has not been public knowledge before.
In the tape, John Lennon is positive about The Beatles making a new album after having completed "Abbey Road", and also brings up the subject of recording a single for the Christmas market. He also suggests that George should get equal treatment as a songwriter within the group, and should get four songs on the next album, with John and Paul also contributing four songs each, and two from Ringo, should he want to. Ringo was in hospital for a check up at the time of the meeting, so it was recorded for his sake, in order for him to be able to later listen in to their discussion.
Perhaps the most shocking revelation in today's excerpt from the meeting was Paul McCartney being quoted as to say that he hadn't thought much of George as a songwriter until "Abbey Road".
Head on over to the Guardian and read the article.
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
|Friday, Ringo tweeted this picture of himself with Jim Keltner, Joe Walsh, Steve Lukather and Benmon Tench.|
The new album is going to be called "What's My Name?" and there is also a title track. According to several sources, the album has a release date of October 25, and there is also a leaked track list: "Gotta Get Up," "It’s Not Love That You Want," "Grow Old With Me," "Magic," "Money," "Better Days," "Life Is Good," "Thank God for Music," "Send Love, Spread Peace" and "What’s My Name."
While appearing at Liverpool's Beatle Week at the end of August, producer Jack Douglas mentioned that he had produced a duet with Ringo and Paul for Ringo's new album. Rumours now identify "Grow Old With Me" as that song.
"Grow Old With Me" was one of the tracks that John Lennon left behind, unrecorded - apart from a few cassette demo recordings. Originally intended for "Double Fantasy", it was decided to leave it for the successor to that album. Yoko Ono did release a follow up to "Double Fantasy" in 1984, "Milk and Honey", where she included a demo of "Grow Old With Me" with John singing and playing the piano, accompanied by a rhythm box.
|Unfinished music from John, finished music from Yoko: the Milk and Honey album.|
In 1998, Sir George Martin made a string arrangement which was then added to Lennon's demo and released on the "John Lennon Anthology" and later on the "Gimme Some Truth" CD compilation in 2010. There are several cover versions of the song which has been recorded and released over the years, perhaps the best known of these is the late Glen Campbell's version from 2008.
Friday, Ringo tweeted a picture of himself with Benmont Tench, Steve Lukather, Joe Walsh and Jim Keltner, together for an interview for the Beatles channel on Sirius XM, and Ringo also mentioned getting ready to promote his new CD. Saturday, Lukather followed this with a tweet saying that he thought Ringo's upcoming album was "a killer". Beatlefan's "Something New" blog has more on that album.
Friday, 6 September 2019
Two new teasers for the upcoming anniversary editions of "Abbey Road" are "Oh! Darling", new stereo mix and take 4 of the same song from the sessions. Above is the Spotify link, below are YouTube links:
From before: "Something" playlist
Thursday, 5 September 2019
|Also available on DVD from the Cavern Club shop.|
Founded in 1957 by young jazz aficionado - Alan Sytner, who sought to recreate the headiness of his beloved jazz clubs in Paris. Famous for being the place where The Beatles played 292 times, the club survived two closures and was tragically demolished, only to be rebuilt brick-by-brick. After many highs and lows, the club is back to its former glory, hosting artists like Jessie J, The Arctic Monkeys and Adele.
Written by Bill Heckle, Directed and Produced by Christian Francis-Davies & Co-directed by Jon Keats, this documentary will be televised in Great Britain on 10.00pm this Saturday night on Sky Arts.
For the geographically challenged, the film is also available to purchase on DVD from the Cavern Club store.
Thursday, 29 August 2019
|BBC Radio 2 Beatles’ digital radio pop-up station to celebrate Abbey Road’s 50th Anniversary|
Broadcasting from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 September from London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios, the station will honour John, Paul, George and Ringo as a group, as individual artists, and as songwriters. All the live shows on Radio 2 Beatles will come direct from Abbey Road - with some also simulcast on Radio 2 and BBC Sounds - and broadcast alongside pre-recorded specials and classic Beatles content from the unique BBC archive.
All programmes featured on Radio 2 Beatles will be available to listen to on BBC Sounds (you may need to register, but it's free and registration from outside the UK is also accepted) for 30 days after broadcast.
Lewis Carnie, Head of Radio 2 says: “The Beatles are woven into the fabric of UK culture. They inspired and continue to inspire artists of all generations and created some of the world's most loved music. As their seminal album Abbey Road is 50 years old, I am delighted that Radio 2 is celebrating the Fab Four with a four-day pop-up DAB radio station.”
Programme highlights include We Write The Songs, where Gary Barlow interviews Paul McCartney about the music, where Paul discusses how The Beatles only began writing because other bands were stealing their act, and describing how he’s stayed at the top of the music business for six decades.
In the series My Beatles, Dave Grohl, Jack Savoretti and Tom Odell talk about the influence the Fab Four’s music had on them; across the daily series I Was There, the likes of Tony Blackburn and radio critic Gillian Reynolds talk about what it was really like being part of the swinging Sixties, whilst Martin Freeman presents the story of The White Album across two shows.
6 Music Breakfast and Desert Island Discs host Lauren Laverne presents Desert Island Beatles, featuring the many guests who’ve selected one of their group or solo records, as a must-have track, plus Liza Tarbuck meets pop-artist and Sgt. Pepper sleeve designer Sir Peter Blake, while Jimmy Tarbuck hosts an hour of novelty versions of hit Beatles songs.
Gary Barlow says: “It was an absolute honour that Paul McCartney, one of my true heroes and a legendary songwriting genius, agreed to talk in depth about his work for my Radio 2 series We Write The Songs. This particular episode really is a masterclass from the master! I am thrilled to launch my first series on the network as part of Radio 2 Beatles, which sounds like it is going to be four days of unmissable radio.”
Simulcast on Radio 2 and BBC Sounds, and broadcasting live from Abbey Road studios on Thursday morning, Radio 2 Beatles will be launched by Ken Bruce whose show will feature a special Beatles themed Tracks Of My Years and PopMaster quiz (9.30am-12pm). Later that day, Jo Whiley will present her Radio 2 evening show live from Abbey Road with live performances and very special guests (7pm-9pm). On the Friday, the day kicks off with The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, with a special Friends Round Friday (6.30am-9.30am) including music from Rick Astley.
Later that day, Sara Cox is joined by the listeners for a Beatles All Request Friday (5pm-7pm), and that evening Friday Night Is Music Night presents The Beatles Orchestrated. Guy Garvey will be hosting, with the BBC Concert Orchestra and a guest list of artists, including Cerys Matthews, Katie Melua, Level 42’s Mark King, alongside Guy himself, all performing songs from across the Beatles catalogue (8pm-10pm). On the Saturday morning Dermot O’Leary presents his show live from Abbey Road (8am-10am), followed by an extra hour exclusive to the Pop-Up, where Dermot speaks to writer Richard Curtis about his recent film Yesterday (10am-11am).
Other shows exclusive to Radio 2 Beatles include Grace Dent presenting Hip to the Trip focussing on free love, fashion and The Fab Four, while Nicky Campbell discusses the crucial role played by the band’s producer Sir George Martin, with his son Giles. Actor Himesh Patel, the star of the movie Yesterday, tells the incredible story behind Abbey Road - the band’s last recorded album - in a new two-part special and songwriter Guy Chambers looks at the genius of their lyrics and melody.
Craig Charles uncovers some of the BBC’s incredible archive audio, and Paul Merton takes to the imaginary stage to introduce The Beatles Fantasy Concert, featuring the ultimate collection of live performances recorded by The Beatles as a band and as solo artists. Scott Mills takes us on an alphabetical trip through the Beatles back catalogue, Paul Gambaccini tells the musical story from the other side of the Atlantic, and Tris Penna presents a four-part series charting each of the Fab Four’s individual music careers and most memorable albums.
Radio 2 Beatles has also commissioned a special chart from the Official Charts Company - The Beatles Downloaded: Official UK Top 60, will be revealed across the Saturday and Sunday afternoons (5-7pm) with Janice Long and Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Greg James counting down the most downloaded and streamed Beatles songs in the UK. Plus Steve Wright presents a special Beatles Love Songs, Trevor Nelson playing classic soul Beatles’ covers in Rubber Soul, Radio 1’s Alice Levine explores the Fab Four’s various musical pairings, and Country Covers with Ben Earle, from country band The Shires, features Fab Four tracks covered by country artists.
From the BBC archive Radio 2 Beatles will be broadcasting When John Met Paul with Bob Harris, Radio 4’s Mastertapes with Paul McCartney, and Sgt. Pepper Recreated, recorded in 2007 and featuring performances from Oasis, Bryan Adams, and Kaiser Chiefs.
Radio 2 Beatles follows other successful pop up DAB’s from the station, including Radio 2 Eurovision (2014 and 2015) and Radio 2 Country (2015, 2016 and 2017).
Source: BBC Media Centre
Friday, 23 August 2019
|The U.S.A. version of the Ballad of John and Yoko single, B-side.|
Recently, a new photo was published from this occasion. It premiered in the current issue of the Mojo music magazine, as part of their article on the new "Abbey Road" release. The photo is taken by Linda McCartney who was along for the session.
|The U.S.A. version of the Ballad of John and Yoko single, A-side.|
|Linda's photo. Copyright Apple Corps Ltd.|
Tuesday, 20 August 2019
|Screen captures from "Follow The Beatles".|
Bitchute:Follow the Beatles
Monday, 19 August 2019
In 1985, when Paul McCartney was performing "Let It Be" at the Live Aid concert on Wembley Stadium, his vocal microphone was not working for the first part of the song. But the occasion was the first step in Paul's return to the stage.
Still, the audience knew the song well and helped with their singalong. Aware of the problem, Paul McCartney went to a studio the next day and re-recorded his "Let It Be" vocals, should there ever be need for it. He reckoned some TV channel may reprise the concert film, or perhaps it would see a video cassette release. That never happened, but in 2004, the Live Aid concert was finally available for purchase for the home video market, as a DVD set. Last year, the official Live Aid YouTube channel published this video, of Paul playing "Let It Be" on Live Aid, with his inaudible vocals replaced by the recording from the next day.
The appearance by Paul was his first live performance since the UK tour of Wings in December 1979. He must have enjoyed his comeback to the stage, because he then went on to play, unannounced, at the Prince's Trust anniversary concert on June 20th, 1986 - a year after "Live Aid". He did "I Saw Her Standing There", "Get Back" (duetting with Tina Turner) and the old closing number of the Beatles as well as on the first Wings tour, "Long Tall Sally". He was also in the backing band when David Bowie and Mick Jagger performed "Dancing In The Street", introduced by Paul.
The same year, Paul also took to the stage at the Royal Variety Command Performance on the 24th November, to perform his new song "Only Love Remains".
A little over a year later, 27th November 1987, Paul returned to the stage yet again, this time performing with a TV-studio band for the TV programme "The Last Resort". To a studio audience, Paul and the band performed "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Lawdy Miss Clawdy", two of which were recently recorded for his upcoming "Russian" album, "CHOBA B CCCP". The two songs in question, "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" were also released in 1987 for the U.K. market as they appeared on the two different 12"-singles for "Once Upon A Long Ago", one song on each record.
Just two years after this, Paul finally returned to touring again for a spell, lasting from 1989 to 1993. After that, he didn't tour again for another nine years. Thankfully, he went back to touring again in 2002 and has barely stayed off the road ever since.
Thursday, 15 August 2019
|The upcoming edition of Mojo magazine celebrates Abbey Road's 50th anniversary.|
|The Liverpool side of the map|
MOJO’s Abbey Road celebration includes fresh looks at all the songs by top MOJO writers plus all you need to know about the forthcoming reissue, including its revealing studio banter and revelatory alternate versions.
Sunday, 11 August 2019
|Iain Macmillan’s photo no 4 above, newly published Linda McCartney photo below.|
The photo catches the fab four just after Iain Macmillan’s fourth attempt of the front cover image. You’ll notice that Macmillan is positioned slightly above the Beatles, as he was standing on a stepladder. Heavily pregnant Linda was standing on the pavement, and must have just walked into the street for this shot.