Monday, December 11, 2017

Two Ringo LPs to be reissued on 180 gram vinyl in January



Capitol/UMe announced today that "Ringo" and "Goodnight Vienna" have been remastered by Ron McMaster at Capitol Mastering for worldwide reissue on heavyweight, 180-gram vinyl LPs. Preorder both of the albums at the links above.




Tracklists:

RINGO STARR: Ringo

I'm the Greatest (John Lennon)
Have You Seen My Baby (Randy Newman)
Photograph (Richard Starkey, George Harrison)
Sunshine Life for Me (Sail Away Raymond) (George Harrison)
You're Sixteen (You're Beautiful And You're Mine)" (Bob Sherman, Dick Sherman)
Oh My My (Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia)
Step Lightly (Richard Starkey)
Six O'Clock (Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney)
Devil Woman (Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia)
You and Me (Babe) (George Harrison, Mal Evans)
RINGO STARR: Goodnight Vienna

(It's All Down to) Goodnight Vienna (John Lennon)
Occapella (Allen Toussaint)
Oo-Wee (Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia)
Husbands and Wives (Roger Miller)
Snookeroo (Elton John, Bernie Taupin)
All by Myself (Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia)
Call Me (Richard Starkey)
No No Song (Hoyt Axton, David Jackson)
Only You (Buck Ram, Ande Rand)
Easy for Me (Harry Nilsson)
Goodnight Vienna (Reprise) (John Lennon)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Beatles ebook price drops and bargains all under $5


Here are some Beatles ebook bargains currently available through Amazon.com:






















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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Paul McCartney releases new Meat Free Monday film

Copyright MPL Communications Ltd. 
Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) next week, Meat Free Monday has released a short film about a huge contributor to climate change that is often left out of conference discussions – animal agriculture.

“There’s a simple but significant way to help protect the planet and all its inhabitants”, says Paul McCartney to the camera. “And it starts with just one day a week. One day without eating animal products can have a huge impact in helping maintain that delicate balance that sustains us all.”

The film is narrated by Paul McCartney, with additional appearances from Mary and Stella McCartney, Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone. You can see the film below. 





Official announcement and ordering links for new Christmas Beatles product






The Christmas Records (7" vinyl limited edition box) (U.S.)
The Christmas Records (UK)




"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" picture disc (U.S,)
"Sgt. Pepper" picture disc (UK) 

"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" black vinyl (U.S.)
"Sgt. Pepper" black vinyl (UK)

Official announcement:

The Beatles’ Festive Fan Club Holiday Recordings Presented Together on
Seven Colored Vinyl Singles with Original Artwork

Acclaimed ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ Expanded
Deluxe Anniversary Edition to be Released in HD Digital Audio

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ 2017 Stereo Mix to be Released on
180-Gram Vinyl LP and Limited Edition Picture Disc Vinyl LP

PBS Premieres Ron Howard’s Emmy® and GRAMMY®-Winning Film,
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years,’ Saturday, November 25


London – November 2, 2017 – Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe are wrapping up new, global Beatles releases for the holiday season, and a splendid time is guaranteed for all.

The Beatles’ annual holiday tradition of recording jolly Christmas messages for fan club members was an important part of the band’s relationship with their most ardent supporters, affectionately referred to by them as “Beatle People.” Spanning 1963 to 1969, The Beatles’ holiday recordings were originally pressed on flexi discs and mailed to fan club members each December. Never released beyond the fan club until now, The Beatles’ seven holiday messages have been newly pressed on a rainbow of seven-inch colored vinyl singles for The Christmas Records box set, to be released worldwide on December 15. The limited edition collection presents each vinyl single with its original flexi disc sleeve artwork, accompanied by a 16-page booklet with recording notes and reproductions of the fan club’s National Newsletters, which were mailed to members with the holiday flexi discs.

Preorder The Beatles’ limited edition The Christmas Records box set:  http://TheBeatles.lnk.to/ChristmasRecords


Watch / embed a brief video for The Beatles’ The Christmas Records box set:  https://TheBeatles.lnk.to/ChristmasRecordsTrailer


Also on December 15, the Deluxe Anniversary Edition of The Beatles’ 1967 masterwork, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, will debut worldwide in high definition digital audio (96kHz/24bit). The Deluxe Anniversary Edition features the album’s acclaimed 2017 stereo mix, plus 18 additional tracks, including complete alternate takes for the groundbreaking album’s 13 songs, newly mixed in stereo. The expanded edition also features the 2017 stereo mix and an instrumental take of “Penny Lane” and the 2015 stereo mix and two complete alternate takes for “Strawberry Fields Forever.”

On the same date, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’s 2017 stereo mix will be released in two distinct 1-LP vinyl editions: a 180-gram black vinyl LP and a limited, collectible picture disc vinyl LP. Produced by Giles Martin for this year’s universally heralded ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Anniversary Edition releases, the album’s new stereo mix was sourced directly from the original four-track session tapes and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by Giles’ father, George Martin. Praised by fans and music critics around the world, The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Anniversary Edition is 2017’s most celebrated historical music release and an ideal gift for Beatle People here, there, and everywhere.

 On Saturday, November 25, PBS presents the U.S. television broadcast premiere of The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, Ron Howard’s Emmy® Award and GRAMMY Award®-winning documentary film about The Beatles’ phenomenal early career. The premiere broadcast, from 8:00-10:30 pm ET, will be followed by PBS’ encore broadcast ofSgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution  (10:30-Midnight ET), which continues the story beyond The Beatles’ touring years, during the months the band spent creating Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.



The Beatles Channel on SiriusXM will also present special programming. “The Fab Fourum,” hosted by Dennis Elsas and Bill Flanagan, will air a special ‘Eight Days A Week’ episode on Wednesday, November 15 at 9:00-11:00 pm ETahead of the film’s PBS broadcast premiere. For more information, visit www.siriusxm.com/thebeatles
.


Happy Crimble, with love from us to you.



The Beatles: The Christmas Records [limited edition box set: seven 7” colored vinyl singles]

1963: “The Beatles' Christmas Record” (one-sided, 5:00 TRT)
Recorded: 17 October 1963 - Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London

1964: “Another Beatles Christmas Record” (one-sided, 3:58 TRT)
Recorded: 26 October 1964 - Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London

1965: “The Beatles' Third Christmas Record” (one-sided, 6:20 TRT)
Recorded: 8 November 1965 - Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London

1966: “Pantomime - Everywhere It's Christmas: The Beatles' Fourth Christmas Record” (one-sided, 6:36 TRT)
Recorded: 25 November 1966 - Dick James Music, New Oxford Street, London

1967: “Christmas Time (Is Here Again): The Beatles’ Fifth Christmas Record” (one-sided, 6:06 TRT)
Recorded: 28 November 1967 - Studio Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London

1968: “The Beatles' Sixth Christmas Record” (two-sided, 7:48 TRT)
Recorded: 1968, various locations

1969: “The Beatles' Seventh Christmas Record” (two-sided, 7:39 TRT)

Recorded: 1969, various locations

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

New Cavern Club book has intro by Sir Paul McCartney



Press release.

Price drop on "John Lennon: The Life" by Philip Norman



The e-book version of "John Lennon: The Life" by Philip Norman is now only $1.99 at Amazon.com. It's part of Amazon's monthly specials that are priced down for a limited time.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Meet the author of 'Experiencing the Beatles'




Brooke Halpin, author of the recently released "Experiencing the Beatles: A Listener's Companion," will talk about his book at 3 p.m. today (Oct. 28) at the Barnes and Noble store at 23630 Valencia Blvd. in Valencia, California. The book is a comprehensive look at the Beatles music. Admission is free. More information is here.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Indie singer's upcoming Beatles cover album

Water & Power Records

Indie folk-pop artist Fascinoma is releasing Don't Let Me Down: A Beatles Cover Album, across digital platforms only on Oct. 27. The tracks are "Something," "And I Love Her," "Cry Baby Cry," "Don't Let Me Down," "Long Long Long," "Happiness Is a Warm Gun," "I'm So Tired," "I'm Only Sleeping," "Julia" and, to end it, "Her Majesty." The first video below is a video trailer for the album, the second is a live version of the title song. You can preview the entire album on bandcamp.com.




Get thee to Cleveland. John Lennon's Epiphone from rooftop concert is on display at Rock Hall of Fame

Copyright Lennon Archive
It's one of 15 guitars now on display. From the Rock Hall of Fame: "At the heart of countless rock anthems, head-bangers and ballads is the guitar. 15 iconic instruments, including John Lennon's '65 Epiphone Casino, are now on display in our newly launched Guitar Gallery. See how we put the guitars up on display and click to rockhall.com for more behind-the-scenes stories."

The guitar, as the video shows, was used in the rooftop concert in "Let It Be." 



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Paul McCartney included in Grammy retro TV special

Photo by MJ Kim. Copyright MPL Productions Inc. 


Set your DVRs. The Recording Academy, which oversees the Grammy Awards, today announced a two-hour CBS special on Nov. 24 called "GRAMMY's Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special," with a look back at Grammy history. Among those featured on the show will be Paul McCartney.

"Never before have we gathered all of GRAMMY's greatest moments from more than a half-century of award shows for one primetime special, and when you see them put together in a parade of amazing clip montages interspersed with the stories behind the performances, it's really pretty unbelievable," said Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the GRAMMY Awards for the past 38 years.

Monday, October 9, 2017

'Lennonology' on sale today



From Chip Madinger, author of "Lennonology":


It's been two years since STRANGE DAYS INDEED first hit the street. To celebrate, paperback copies are on sale today (10/9/17) as follows. Prices include shipping (please make sure that you select the proper country).

US $65. paypal.me/lennonology/65  
Canada $105. paypal.me/lennonology/105  
ROTW $115. paypal.me/lennonology/115  

This offer is only good today (10/9/17)

Friday, October 6, 2017

Paul McCartney to fill your Christmas stockings with reissues


Six solo Paul McCartney albums and two of his albums with Wings will be reissued in bare bones single disc 180 gram black vinyl, colored vinyl and CD configurations on Nov. 17 in a move that marks his return to Capitol Records, he announced today.

The order links to the single disc black McCartney vinyl albums: “McCartney,” “Ram,” “Band on the Run.” “Tug of War,” “Pipes of Peace,” “McCartney II.”
The two Wings albums are “At the Speed of Sound” and “Venus and Mars.”  The colored vinyl pressings are available through udiscovermusic.com.

The order links to the single disc CDs: “McCartney,” “Ram,” “Band on the Run.” “Tug of War,” “Pipes of Peace,” “McCartney II” and the two Wings albums “At the Speed of Sound” and “Venus and Mars.” 

All the albums will be issued in single CD, black vinyl and various shades of colored vinyl with “McCartney” in red, “McCartney II” clear, “Tug of War” blue, “Pipes of Peace” silver, “Ram” yellow, “Band on the Run” white, “Venus and Mars” red and yellow and “At the Speed of Sound” orange. The vinyl albums will include a download card.




Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Lennon Plastic Ono Band drummer Alan White to perform at Seattle benefit concert Thursday



Alan White, who played drums with John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band during their live debut at the Toronto Rock 'n' Roll Revival Festival in 1969, and the Seattle Beatles tribute band Apple Jam and will re-create that debut at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at a benefit concert at the Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle, Washington. Also performing will be violinist Geoffrey Castle. The show, titled "Loispalooza," will raise funds for Lois and Jerry Levin, two Seattle-area photographers and friends of White. Lois was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

White recalled how he got involved with Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band. “The phone rang and there was a guy who said, 'Alan, this is John Lennon. I saw you playing at the club the other night. You’re a great drummer. Do you want a gig?' I thought it was a friend of mine playing a joke and I put the phone down. Five minutes later, I get another callback. The same person. And it was John Lennon.”

Besides the Plastic Ono Band, White was also a member of Yes and the show will include songs from both Lennon and Yes.

“Jerry and Lois have been great friends for many years. They have photographed me in both my personal life and professional career and have given their time selflessly for many charitable causes around Seattle. It’s an honor to be able to give back to them,” White said.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. The Hard Rock is located at 116 Pike Street in Seattle. More info at tickets online is available at www.loispalooza.org.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Coming soon: New McCartney vinyl albums, George Martin CD, more

Eight McCartney vinyls are coming out Nov. 17 from uMe. They are "Ram," "Band on the Run," "Speed of Sound," "Venus and Mars,"

"Pipes of Peace," "Tug of War," "McCartney" and "McCartney II." Order them at the links. 


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Six solo Paul McCartney albums and two of his albums with Wings will be reissued in bare bones single disc 180 gram black vinyl, colored vinyl and CD configurations on Nov. 17 in a move that marks his return to Capitol Records.

The order links to the single disc black McCartney vinyl albums: “McCartney,” “Ram,” “Band on the Run.” “Tug of War,” “Pipes of Peace,” “McCartney II.”
The two Wings albums are “At the Speed of Sound” and “Venus and Mars.”  The colored vinyl pressings are available through udiscovermusic.com.

The order links to the single disc CDs: “McCartney,” “Ram,” “Band on the Run.” “Tug of War,” “Pipes of Peace,” “McCartney II” and the two Wings albums “At the Speed of Sound” and “Venus and Mars.” 

All the albums will be issued in single CD, black vinyl and various shades of colored vinyl with “McCartney” in red, “McCartney II” clear, “Tug of War” blue, “Pipes of Peace” silver, “Ram” yellow, “Band on the Run” white, “Venus and Mars” red and yellow and “At the Speed of Sound” orange. The vinyl albums will include a download card.


"The Film Scores and Original Orchestral Music of George Martin" coming out November 10. Double vinyl out in January. Order it here.


From Amazon: 


 "This recording collects - for the first time - the major orchestral works of iconic composer, arranger and producer George Martin. Performed by the Berlin Music Ensemble conducted by Craig Leon, the album features music from the films Yellow Submarine, Live and Let Die and the previously unrecorded choral and orchestral score for The Mission. Also included are the Overture to Under Milk Wood, the suite Three American Sketches and other previously unreleased original compositions."

And if you're looking for something a little different that's out now, "Louis Van Dyke Plays Lennon-McCartney" is available on import CD.  It's E. Power Biggs meets the Beatles and one of our favorite Beatles cover albums. Here's a sample.


New George Martin orchestral album coming out in November




"The Film Scores and Original Orchestral Music of George Martin" coming out November 10. Double vinyl out in January. Order it here.


From Amazon: 
 "This recording collects - for the first time - the major orchestral works of iconic composer, arranger and producer George Martin. Performed by the Berlin Music Ensemble conducted by Craig Leon, the album features music from the films Yellow Submarine, Live and Let Die and the previously unrecorded choral and orchestral score for The Mission. Also included are the Overture to Under Milk Wood, the suite Three American Sketches and other previously unreleased original compositions."



Thursday, September 28, 2017

Harrison sitar sells for big bucks

A sitar used by George Harrison in 1965, the year the Beatles recorded Norwegian Wood sold Sept. 28 for $62,500, it was announced by Nate D. Sanders Auctions. The instrument was accompanied by two letters of authenticity, including one written by Pattie Boyd, who said Harrison played "Norwegian Wood" on the instrument for her when they were on their honeymoon. The second LOA was written by George Drummond, a friend of Boyd's, who was given the sitar by Harrison.  

Courtesy Nate D. Saunders Auctions

Friday, September 22, 2017

Paul McCartney featured in new Christmas music collection





It's not even October and already there's news about Christmas music. Paul McCartney is among the artists featured on "Holidays Rule, Vol. 2," a 16-track collection of holiday songs out Oct. 13. In addition to McCartney, who performs "Wonderful Christmastime" with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots, also featured is Barns Coutney featuring Lennon Stella, Albin Lee Meldau, Calum Scott, Rosanne Cash, Judah & the Lion, The Decemberists, Lake Street Dive, Flor De Toloache, Vera Blue, Muna (who sings McCartney's "Pipes of Peace"), Us Girls and Andrew McMahon. The disc is the sequel to the original "Holidays Rule" issued in 2012.

"Wonderful Christmastime" is available now with a pre-order of the album or separately for $1.29.

You can see the video of the McCartney/Fallon/Roots "Wonderful Christmastime" below.

Track listing:
  1. Paul McCartney, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots – Wonderful Christmastime
  2. Barns Courtney Feat. Lennon Stella – Baby, It’s Cold Outside
  3. Albin Lee Meldau – All I Want For Christmas Is You
  4. Calum Scott – It’s Beginning To Look Like Christmas
  5. Kandace Springs – (Everybody’s Waitin For) The Man With The Bag
  6. Norah Jones – Peace (Live at the Sheen Center)
  7. Grace Potter – Christmas Moon
  8. Rosanne Cash – May Ev’ry Day Be Christmas
  9. Judah & The Lion – The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
  10. The Decemberists – Jesus Christ
  11. Lake Street Dive – I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
  12. Flor De Toloache – That’s What I Want For Christmas
  13. Vera Blue – A Winter Romance
  14. MUNA – Pipes of Peace
  15. US Girls – Blue Christmas
  16. Andrew McMahon – What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve




Freda Kelly recovering from heart surgery

Freda Kelly and Kathy McCabe, one of the producers
of "Good Ol' Freda" at a screening of the film
in San Francisco. (Photo by Steve Marinucci.)
Freda Kelly, who the world now knows from the superb documentary "Good Ol' Freda," is on the mend at home after undergoing heart surgery. This note was posted on her "Good Ol' Freda" Facebook page today.
A Message From Freda Kelly
Many thanks to all of you who sent get well wishes after my recent heart surgery. I am recovering well and your love and support meant so much to me. 
I want to tell all my good friends in Mexico City how sorry I am about the horrible earthquake that happened. I am thinking of you constantly and hope life returns to normal for you soon.
Lastly, it is with great sadness I tell you of the sudden passing of my dear friend Billy Hatton of the great Liverpool band The Fourmost. We were friends for 55 years and his sense of humor was impeccable! Billy came to see me several times while I was in hospital. I'll always be honoured that he appeared in 'Good Ol' Freda.'
Godspeed, Billy.
We send our love and wish Freda, one of our favorite people ever, a speedy recovery. You can also leave your best wishes, as we did, on her "Good Ol' Freda" Facebook page.

Friday, September 15, 2017

McCartney brings Bruce Springsteen onstage during 9/15 MSG show!

Madison Square Garden










Thursday, September 14, 2017

Beatles "LOVE" YouTube miniseries, part 2

Apple Corps Ltd. 
Three more behind-the-scenes vids with backstage looks at the Las Vegas Beatles "LOVE" show dropped Thursday on YouTube. You can see them below in order. 
Catch the first three here






Wednesday, September 13, 2017

New Beatles 'Love' mini-series drops on YouTube

Apple Corps Ltd. 

Three behind-the-scenes vids with backstage looks at the Las Vegas Beatles "LOVE" show dropped today on YouTube. You can see them below in order. (Thanks to Bryan S. Burke.)




Monday, September 11, 2017

Report: Unreleased George Harrison tape sells big

Omega Auctions

We don't have confirmation of the final price from Omega, but we have a report that the "Hello Miss Miss Molly Bee" tape sold Sept. 11 for £14,000, which comes out to about $18,440 USD. That doesn't include buyer's premium. (Thanks, David.) 

The tape, which Omega said had never previously heard in public was recorded in 1968 on to a reel to reel tape and was made for his good friend Mary Bee. It described the song as very much in the Indian style of music that George was heavily influenced by and was produced around the time of his first studio album ‘Wonderwall’. Here's a short clip. Unconfirmed reports say the song was linked to Donovan and sounded similarly like his song "Peregrine," but the auction house made no mention of that. 

Here's the Donovan song if you want to compare. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Unreleased George Harrison song being auctioned




We have no knowledge of what this is, but Omega Auctions says it's an unreleased George Harrison song, "Song to Miss Mary Bee" from 1968 from around the time of "Wonderwall". The estimated value is 10,000 GBP - 20,000 GBP. 

Here's the description:

GEORGE HARRISON UNRELEASED RECORDING - of a track entitled "Song to Miss Mary Bee" along with a reel 2 reel recording of his "Wonderwall" album, postcards sent by George and his wife Patti Boyd to the vendor and a 6 page letter from Patti to the vendor. This incredible recording was made especially for the vendor whose name is "Mary Bee" back in early 1968 and was sent to her by George and Patti along with postcards and other recordings during 1967 & 1968. The song was recorded on an Emidisc Reel 2 Reel tape in 1968 at "Kinfauns" and is very much in the Indian style of the music that he was heavily influenced by and producing around the time of his first studio album "Wonderwall". In addition to the "Song for Mary Bee" which is approximately 2 minutes long there are other recordings of tracks that George would have been working on with The Beatles at the time. The case of this tape has writing on which reads "Tape to Mary Bee". The "Wonderwall" tape again has writing on the box which reads "Music from the film Wonderwall for Mary Bee". The 6 page letter is a great read and has numerous references to the tapes. Patti talks about George working on the "Wonderwall" soundtrack and at one stage says she can't send a tape of the music but then corrects herself (after speaking to George) to say that "George will tape his music". She also says that George has "just come into the kitchen singing Mary Bee, Mary Bee about to make a lovely cup of tea". There are 3 postcards from Patti & George included in the lot which are all addressed to Mary Bee and have been sent from India. The postcards mention where George & Patti have visited, how they are having their first yoga lesson and that she has been thinking of Mary when meditating. On one George has written "Hello Mary - love George". One of the postcards also starts by asking "Did you get the tapes?". Includes a letter of provenance from the vendor along with her transcribed lyrics for the song.