Friday, December 30, 2016
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Monday, December 26, 2016
God bless George Michael peace and love to all his friends and family 😎✌️🌟💖— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) December 26, 2016
George... you inspired, you filled the room with no apology and filled my childhood with such moments of magnificence... thank you x Stella pic.twitter.com/Tpp3CVpgrx— Stella McCartney (@StellaMcCartney) December 26, 2016
George Michael, who was known for his generosity, saved John Lennon's piano.
George Michael saved John Lennon’s favourite piano so that it could stay in Liverpoolhttps://t.co/OoHTnz66D9— Liverpool Echo (@LivEchonews) December 26, 2016
Elton John also said this:
I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend - the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. RIP @GeorgeMichael pic.twitter.com/1LnZk8o82m— Elton John (@eltonofficial) December 26, 2016
Saturday, December 24, 2016
The Japanese Amazon.com lists a limited edition version of the deluxe "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years" DVD that we haven't seen elsewhere. It contains a third DVD, It appears from the text on the Japanese site that the third disc is the full Japanese version of the film that is excerpted in the U.S. deluxe editions, though we haven't been able to confirm this.
The Japanese Amazon also has special bundles with T-shirts, a poster and a booklet called "Complete Tour List." Some are labeled "limited edition," but we don't know what the difference is. Amazon listings are not always accurate since they are put up by the retailer, not by the record company. So they could be the same.
Here's the rundown on what Amazon Japan is carrying:
- Collector's Edition with three DVDs and black t-shirt
- Collector's Edition with three DVDs and white t-shirt
- Limited edition with three DVDs and poster
Amazon Japan is also listing a second "Limited Edition" that has three DVD and a poster (See picture at bottom.). It appears that all the "Eight Days" versions in Japan come with a poster not in the U.S. set.
If some of this sounds confusing, we've written this as Amazon has them listed. And if we get more information, we'll revise this. (Thanks to Mitch Axelrod of Fab 4 Free 4 All for the alert on this.)
|Limited edition with poster|
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
We have some news about two holiday contests where you can win FREE Beatles stuff.
First, our "Things We Said Today" radio show has a contest right now where we're giving away two copies of the deluxe Blu-ray of "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years." Send your name and address (U.S. addresses only, please) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your thoughts about the show would be appreciated, though they aren't a requirement to win. We'll take entries until Dec. 25 and then pick two winners. You can listen to our shows at the Podbean link, on iTunes or on YouTube.
And one of our TWST co-hosts, Ken Michaels, has got his own separate contest through his website www.kenmichaelsradio.com starting Dec. 29. He'll be giving away all this to one winner: Beatles 1+ (CD & DVD), "The Beatles: Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years" BluRay Deluxe, The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl CD, Pure McCartney 2-CD Compilation, and Kit O'Toole's book "Songs We Were Singing: Guided Tours Through The Beatles' Lesser-Known Tracks." That starts Dec. 29.
And if you still need to do holiday shopping, don't forget our That's What I Want Beatles Store with everything Beatles at great prices and with quick shipping.
Monday, December 19, 2016
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An internet petition has been started asking Paul McCartney to put the download-material on the deluxed edition of the upcoming "Flowers in the Dirt" reissue on physical CDs. The petition, started by Eugene Sokolov, which minces no words, reads:
We, Paul McCartney fans, are extremely disappointed by the fact that the forthcoming reissue of the classic album Flowers In The Dirt by Paul McCartney will include some great tracks (b-sides, remixes, alternate versions) only as download. The price of the deluxe set is high enough and those who buy those expensive sets deserve actual CD's but not downloads.
Please reconsider the set, otherwise we will not buy it. Please stop hoping that fans are so stupid and blind and will buy everything you put out.The link to the petition.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Thursday, December 15, 2016
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To answer some questions we've gotten on Facebook (we'll add more as time goes on):
- What's the difference between the original and 1988 demos? A. The 1988 versions are with the band, reportedly.
- Update to above: One of McCartney's reps told us today the '88 versions are "more developed."
- Does the Japanese version have anything different? A. Not that we can tell.
- Is "Let It Be" coming, too? A. You never know.
The full press release.
You can order the Deluxe Edition, 2-CD special edition, or 2-LP vinyl from these links. (Photos MPL Communications Ltd.)
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Links and photos now on Amazon. You can order the deluxe 3 CD/1 DVD edition, the 2-CD special edition or the vinyl. Unofficial release date (which Amazon's listings are, despite the general feeling they're not) is March 23, though we've heard that is correct. The new set will have a lot in it, including demos, and both CDs and DVDs. An announcement may come Thursday. You can order it now. (Updated 12/14/16) (Photos MPL Communications Ltd.)
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Thursday night in Seattle, Ringo Starr paid tribute to his brother-in-law Joe Walsh, who was given the MoPOP Founder's Award. On hand to perform were Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Todd Rundgren, Robert Randolph and Paul Rodgers.
STARRstruck as @ringostarrmusic makes remarks at #FoundersAward in honor of @JoeWalsh pic.twitter.com/CWhQm4PIG9— MoPOP Seattle (@MoPOPSeattle) December 9, 2016
I love the view I'm getting excited tonight we will be at MoPOP which is celebrating Joe @ Walsh peace and love. 😎✌️️🌟💖🎶🎶☮️ pic.twitter.com/irGbMKhaYk— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) December 8, 2016
(Thanks to Karen Dyson for the alert. Paul McCartney was rumored to also be attending, but he has not been sighted.)
Please visit our That's What I Want Beatles store for all your Beatles holiday needs at the best prices.
Sunday, December 4, 2016
|Cherry Red Records|
The song “Dear Delilah” by Grapefruit was one of our favorites back when it was released in 1968. We loved the phasing sound that this song featured. “Goodnight Sweet Josephine” by the Yardbirds used a similar effect.
Though “Dear Delilah” was their best-known song, not too many people knew that the Beatles had some connection with Grapefruit. John Lennon had suggested their name and they were the first group signed to Apple Publishing. The original group was made up of John Perry, Peter Swettenham and his brother Geoff. Their manager brought in George Alexander (real name George Young, brother of Angus and Malcolm Young of AC/DC), who himself was former rhythm guitarist with the Easybeats.
The group's music, though signed to Apple Publishing, didn't get released on the Beatles' Apple Records label. John Lennon attended a press reception held for them and Paul McCartney directed one of their promo films. But Grapefruit's songs didn't make much of an impact on the charts. “Dear Delilah” only hit no. 98 on the Billboard charts in the U.S. and no. 21 in the UK, while the follow-up, “C'mon Marianne” (the song also recorded by the Four Seasons) only hit no. 31 in the UK.
They were, however, quite good. Their two original albums, “Around Grapefruit” and “Deep Water” (both with bonus tracks) have been on CD from Repertoire for a while. “Yesterday's Sunshine: The Complete 1967-1968 London Sessions” (Cherry Red Records) was released earlier this year. It includes the first release of the speeded-up stereo version of the song "Lullaby," which was produced by Lennon and McCartney. And if you look around, you'll find there's a Japanese only “Around the BBC” CD that has 12 music tracks comprising their BBC appearances, some previously unreleased stuff and two interviews.
If you've heard “Dear Delilah” (listen to a rare live TV version below), you'll got a taste of the group's psychedelic rock sound. This is great stuff, all of it.
Friday, December 2, 2016
|Copyright Pro-Ject Audio|
A brand new limited edition Pro-Ject Audio Beatles turntable will be available starting Sunday at Best Buy stores. The black-and-white turntable was made to commemorate the Beatles 1964 tour. It has an acrylic platter, carbon fiber tonearm and modern Otofon 2m Red cartridge and is decorated with Beatlemania years pictures of John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Get it at this link.