Friday, 30 November 2012

The Beatles Come To Town


A very wide screen movie from Manchester 1963, here courtesy of Pathe News and the Guardian.

Unsold Decca tapes

Remember we informed you about this tape a week ago? According to the Danish newspaper Jyllands-posten, the owner of The Fame Bureau, Ted Owen told them that "the Beatles management" through EMI's lawyers managed to ban the tape from being sold. This, he claims, proves that the tape must be genuine. Yeah, right.
Source: Jyllands-posten

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Paul's Christmas single

Paul McCartney's Christmas single for 2012
Paul McCartney is going to release a new 7" Christmas single on green and red vinyl. A couple of copies have already been sold over at ebay, although the release date is December 3d (4th in the USA). The song is of course the old chestnut "The Christmas Song", which is on side A of the single. The song on the flipside is McCartney's 1979 Christmas hit single "Wonderful Christmastime", as interpreted by the band "The Shins". Both tracks have been taken from the new Hear Music Christmas album Holidays Rule . The new single is released by Universal and has the catalogue number 7234232.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Decca tape from 1983

You may have read a news item regarding a Beatles Decca audition tape which is up for sale at the Fame Bureau auction in London's Mayfair on November 27. The main stream media has picked up on this (as examplified here by The Telegraph). You may have noticed that only ten of the 15 tracks from the original Decca audition are listed on the tape. That's probably because this is just the master tape for the 1983 albums from Backstage Records.
As with all publicly circulating versions of the Decca audition recordings, these are also derived from the old Joe Pope Deccagone singles of the seventies, or from the same tape.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Hamburg Beatles Museum sale

Part of the exhibitions from Hamburg's Beatles Museum are now offered for sale as "Buy it now" items on the German ebay site. A replica Beatles drum set as well as Sgt Pepper's costumes are among the items. The museum closed it's doors for business in June this year. ebay link.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

The Beatles Live Project

A planned feature film about The Beatles’ concert tours is in the works. OVOW Productions Inc is working on the project, with the support of The Beatles’ company Apple Corps Ltd. The Beatles Live! Project is a collaborative global quest to find and reveal hidden films, sound recordings, stories, photographs, and other media artifacts that were captured during The Beatles' concert tours. OVOW Productions has assembled a global team of archivists, collectors, information specialists, artists, social media strategists, amateur media groups, The Beatles fan clubs, writers, academics, and film restoration experts to support the activities in the field. The research will be active through December of 2012. The project will cover concerts from From October 16, 1963, when the term “Beatlemania” was coined, until their final concert on August 28, 1966 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. If you attended one of the concerts and have media or a story to tell, they would like you to contribute your media or memories in the Contribution section of their website. Official website: http://thebeatlesliveproject.com

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Tomorrow Never Knows promo vinyl LP

It exists. But only as a very limited edition promotional giveaway. It's on Apple. It opens at the top, like the first edition of the UK White album, not at the side like regular LP's. Happy hunting!
When the album was released as a digital download in July, a spokeswoman said that Tomorrow Never Knows would not be released on CD or vinyl. So far, only a couple of these have appeared on ebay. There's one there at the moment, but with a starting price of $599.99, there are no bidders.
The back cover
detail
Accompanying letter
Also, a free download