Wednesday, January 17, 2018

'Concert For George' to be reissued in new configurations for George Harrison's birthday - press release



Copyright Concert For George


CELEBRATE THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF GEORGE HARRISON,
WITH A SPECIAL REISSUE OF CONCERT FOR GEORGE


AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON STREAMING PLATFORMS, AND ON VINYL —


THE LEGENDARY TRIBUTE CONCERT, FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY ERIC CLAPTON,
JOE BROWN, DHANI HARRISON, JOOLS HOLLAND, JEFF LYNNE, PAUL McCARTNEY, TOM PETTY, MONTY PYTHON, RAVI & ANOUSHKA SHANKAR, RINGO STARR AND MORE


SET FOR RELEASE ON FEBRUARY 23, 2018
In honor of George Harrison’s 75th birthday (February 25), the Grammy®-winning, 8-times platinum release CONCERT FOR GEORGE, will be available for the first time on vinyl, released as a 4-LP Box Set, as well as a Limited Edition Deluxe 10-disc Box Set via Concord Music.


Says Olivia Harrison, “We will always celebrate George’s birthday and this year we are releasing Concert for George in a very special package in memory of a special man.”


The Deluxe Box Set (limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide) features the complete sound and film recordings from the concert (on 4 180-gram audiophile LPs, 2 CDs, 2 DVDs and 2 Blu-rays), a 12”x12” hard-bound 60-page book, plus an opportunity to own a piece of the historic event, by way of a cutting from the original hand-painted on-stage tapestry used as the backdrop at the Royal Albert Hall on November 29, 2002. The package is housed in a gold-colored, fabric-wrapped box with a die-cut mandala window to display the unique stage fabric (which is mounted on an individually numbered card, suitable for framing). Includes a note from Olivia Harrison, explaining the story behind the tapestry. The 1,000 Limited Edition Deluxe Box Sets are only available on ConcertForGeorge.com. Click here to pre-order: http://found.ee/CFG-deluxe-r
The 4-LP Box Set includes the complete sound recordings from CONCERT FOR GEORGE, on 180-gram audiophile vinyl, featuring a special, mandala-design etched on side-8. This is the first time that all songs from the performance have been available on an audio configuration. The album will also be made newly available via streaming platforms, track listing mirroring that of the vinyl.


In addition to the vinyl formats, the release will also be presented as a 2-CD set, as well as newly issued 2-CD + 2-DVD, and 2-CD + 2-Blu-ray combo packages. The 2-CD set features sound recordings from the concert. The 2-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets also include the complete filmed concert on the first disc, with a second disc containing the original theatrical version featuring concert highlights, interviews with the performers, rehearsals and behind-the-scenes footage. Exclusive to the Blu-ray format, the second disc includes an interview segment featuring Ringo Starr, Jim Keltner and Ray Cooper, entitled “Drummers.”


Pre-order the Deluxe Box Set: http://found.ee/CFG-deluxe-r
Pre-order the 4-LP Box Set: http://found.ee/CFG-LP-r
Pre-order the 2-CD + 2-DVD Combo Pack: http://found.ee/CFG-CDDVD-r
Pre-order the 2-CD + 2-Blu-ray Combo Pack: http://found.ee/CFG-CDBR-r
Pre-order the 2-CD: http://found.ee/CFG-CD-r


On November 29, 2002, one year after the passing of George Harrison, Olivia Harrison and longtime friend Eric Clapton organized a performance tribute in his honor. Held at London's Royal Albert Hall, the momentous evening featured George's songs, and music he loved, performed by a lineup that included Clapton, Joe Brown, Dhani Harrison, Jools Holland, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Monty Python, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, Ringo Starr and many more.


Directed by David Leland (whose credits include the feature Wish You Were Here, HBO’s Band Of Brothers and the Traveling Wilburys video “Handle With Care”), CONCERT FOR GEORGE captures stunning renditions of some of the most significant music of the 20th century, including “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (featuring Clapton on guitar, McCartney on piano and Starr on drums), “Taxman” (performed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and “The Inner Light” (covered by Jeff Lynne and Anoushka Shankar). Lynne, Harrison’s longtime friend and collaborator, produced the audio elements of the concert, while Clapton oversaw the entire proceedings as Musical Director.

CONCERT FOR GEORGE has been certified 8-times platinum by the RIAA since its initial release as a 2-DVD set in November 2003 and earned a 2004 Grammy® Award for Best Long Form Music Video.


"The sweet, solemn music of George Harrison... has rarely sounded more majestic than in the sweeping performances of the enlarged star-studded band that gathered in London at Royal Albert Hall on Nov. 29" - The New York Times


"The event's warmth sweeps the audience along." **** Guardian


"The fondness that everyone in Eric Clapton's all-star band has for the former Fab shines throughout a tribute that retains the sincerity and simplicity of Harrison's music." **** Empire

"It’s hard to think of a more fitting tribute to a man who, despite being in the world’s biggest band, spent so much of that time in the shadows of his fellow players. George’s songs take centre-stage here, lovingly arranged by musical director Eric Clapton to accommodate as many famous friends as possible." **** Record Collector
For more information about CONCERT FOR GEORGE, please contact Todd Brodginski or Aaron Feterl at Reckoning PR: todd@reckoningpr.com,  aaron@reckoningpr.com, or visit the online media kit: http://mediakits.concordmusicgroup.com/p/concert-for-george/
CD TRACK LISTING:


Disc 1:
  1. Sarve Shaam – Traditional Prayer
  2. Your Eyes (Sitar Solo) - Anoushka Shankar
  3. The Inner Light - Jeff Lynne & Anoushka Shankar
  4. Arpan - Conducted by Anoushka Shankar
Disc 2:
  1. I Want To Tell You - Jeff Lynne
  2. If I Needed Someone - Eric Clapton
  3. Old Brown Shoe - Gary Brooker
  4. Give Me love (Give Me Peace On Earth) - Jeff Lynne
  5. Beware Of Darkness - Eric Clapton
  6. Here Comes The Sun - Joe Brown
  7. That’s The Way It Goes - Joe Brown
  8. Taxman - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  9. I Need You - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  10. Handle With Care - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Jeff Lynne & Dhani Harrison
  11. Isn’t It A Pity - Billy Preston
  12. Photograph - Ringo Starr
  13. Honey Don’t - Ringo Starr
  14. For You Blue - Paul McCartney
  15. Something - Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
  16. All Things Must Pass - Paul McCartney
  17. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
  18. My Sweet Lord - Billy Preston
  19. Wah Wah - Eric Clapton and Band
  20. I’ll See You In My Dreams - Joe Brown


DVD & BLU-RAY TRACK LISTING


Disc 1 (Complete Concert)
  1. Your Eyes - Anoushka Shankar
  2. The Inner Light - Jeff Lynne & Anoushka Shankar
  3. Arpan - Conducted by Anoushka Shankar
  4. Sit On My Face – Monty Python
  5. The Lumberjack Song – Monty Python with Tom Hanks
  6. I Want To Tell You - Jeff Lynne
  7. If I Needed Someone - Eric Clapton
  8. Old Brown Shoe - Gary Brooker
  9. Give Me Love - Jeff Lynne
  10. Beware Of Darkness - Eric Clapton
  11. Here Comes The Sun - Joe Brown
  12. That’s The Way It Goes - Joe Brown
  13. Horse To The Water – Jools Holland & Sam Brown
  14. Taxman - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  15. I Need You - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  16. Handle With Care - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Jeff Lynne & Dhani Harrison
  17. Isn’t It A Pity - Billy Preston
  18. Photograph - Ringo Starr
  19. Honey Don’t - Ringo Starr
  20. For You Blue - Paul McCartney
  21. Something - Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
  22. All Things Must Pass - Paul McCartney
  23. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
  24. My Sweet Lord - Billy Preston
  25. Wah Wah - Eric Clapton & Band
  26. I’ll See You In My Dreams - Joe Brown

Disc 2 (Theatrical Version)
  1. I Want To Tell You - Jeff Lynne
  2. If I Needed Someone - Eric Clapton
  3. Old Brown Shoe - Gary Brooker
  4. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)- Jeff Lynne
  5. Beware Of Darkness - Eric Clapton
  6. Here Comes The Sun - Joe Brown
  7. That’s The Way It Goes - Joe Brown
  8. Taxman - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  9. I Need You - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  10. Handle With Care - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Jeff Lynne & Dhani Harrison
  11. Isn’t It A Pity - Billy Preston
  12. Photograph - Ringo Starr
  13. Honey Don’t - Ringo Starr
  14. For You Blue - Paul McCartney
  15. Something - Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
  16. All Things Must Pass - Paul McCartney
  17. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
  18. My Sweet Lord - Billy Preston
  19. Wah Wah - Eric Clapton & Band
  20. I’ll See You In My Dreams - Joe Brown

Plus interviews, rehearsals and behind the scenes footage, including: 
  • Ravi’s orchestra rehearsals
  • Monty Python backstage
  • George’s band rehearsals
  • Interviews with musicians
  • Photo gallery
  •  “Drummers” featurette (on the Blu-ray only, not included on the DVD)
4-LP VINYL TRACK LISTING


Side 1
  1. Sarve Shaam – Traditional Prayer
  2. Your Eyes - Anoushka Shankar
  3. The Inner Light - Jeff Lynne & Anoushka Shankar
Side 2
  1. Arpan - Conducted by Anoushka Shankar
Side 3
  1. The Lumberjack Song – Monty Python with Tom Hanks
  2. Sit On My Face – Monty Python
  3. I Want To Tell You - Jeff Lynne
  4. If I Needed Someone - Eric Clapton
  5. Old Brown Shoe - Gary Brooker
  6. Give Me Love - Jeff Lynne 
Side 4
  1. Beware Of Darkness - Eric Clapton
  2. Here Comes The Sun - Joe Brown
  3. That’s The Way It Goes - Joe Brown
  4. Horse To The Water – Jools Holland & Sam Brown
  5. Taxman - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Side 5
  1. I Need You - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  2. Handle With Care - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Jeff Lynne & Dhani Harrison
  3. Isn’t It A Pity - Billy Preston
  4. Photograph - Ringo Starr
Side 6
  1. Honey Don’t - Ringo Starr
  2. For You Blue - Paul McCartney
  3. Something - Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
  4. All Things Must Pass - Paul McCartney
  5. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
Side 7
  1. My Sweet Lord - Billy Preston
  2. Wah Wah - Eric Clapton & Band
  3. I’ll See You In My Dreams - Joe Brown
Side 8
Etched vinyl with mandala design

DIGITAL TRACK LISTING

  1. Sarve Shaam – Traditional Prayer
  2. Your Eyes (Sitar Solo) - Anoushka Shankar
  3. The Inner Light - Jeff Lynne & Anoushka Shankar
  4. Arpan - Conducted by Anoushka Shankar
  5. The Lumberjack Song – Monty Python with Tom Hanks
  6. Sit On My Face – Monty Python
  7. I Want To Tell You - Jeff Lynne
  8. If I Needed Someone - Eric Clapton
  9. Old Brown Shoe - Gary Brooker
  10. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) - Jeff Lynne 
  11. Beware Of Darkness - Eric Clapton
  12. Here Comes The Sun - Joe Brown
  13. That’s The Way It Goes - Joe Brown
  14. Horse To The Water – Jools Holland & Sam Brown
  15. Taxman - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  16. I Need You - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  17. Handle With Care - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Jeff Lynne & Dhani Harrison
  18. Isn’t It A Pity - Billy Preston
  19. Photograph - Ringo Starr
  20. Honey Don’t - Ringo Starr
  21. For You Blue - Paul McCartney
  22. Something - Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
  23. All Things Must Pass - Paul McCartney
  24. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
  25. My Sweet Lord - Billy Preston
  26. Wah Wah - Eric Clapton & Band
  27. I’ll See You In My Dreams - Joe Brown

The following songs will be available for instant-grat download with digital preorders, as well as on streaming services; CWhile My Guitar Gently Weeps” - Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton (available January 26, 2018), “I Need You” - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (available February 9, 2018).

Monday, January 15, 2018

UK to get Beatles' film 'Yellow Submarine' back on big screen for a day

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Picturehouse Entertainment announced Jan. 15 that The Beatles’ animated hit film "Yellow Submarine" will return to cinemas across the UK and Ireland on July 8. This big-screen revival will give generations of audiences the golden opportunity to revisit Pepperland for the 50th anniversary of the film’s original release.  #YellowSubmarine

Tickets will go on sale April 17. Go to the brand new Facebook page for updates and news about this event: (Note to U.S. readers: Today's announcement concerned only the UK There is no word yet of a U.S. event.)



Thursday, January 11, 2018

Ringo vinyl reissues pushed back into February

Capitol/UMe announced Jan. 11 that the release dates for the vinyl LPs for "Ringo" and "Goodnight Vienna" have been pushed back to Feb. 9.

The LPs have been remastered by Ron McMaster at Capitol Mastering for worldwide reissue on heavyweight, 180-gram vinyl LPs. You can preorder both of the albums now at the links above.                                                                                        Track listings:

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)                                                                                                                    

Friday, December 29, 2017

Full 'Music of the Spheres' 'Destiny' video game soundtrack with McCartney vocal leaked online


On Christmas Day, some enterprising soul leaked the unreleased full musical "Music of the Spheres" suite composed for the "Destiny" video game by Martin O'Donnell, Michael Salvatori and Paul McCartney. The music, which is mostly choral and symphonic, includes McCartney singing "Hope For the Future," which was released on "Pure McCartney," at the end.

You can hear it on Soundcloud and YouTube. Download links are said to be floating around the internet. A great writeup on this is on Ars Technica. (Thanks, John Bezzini.)

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Report: Ringo to be knighted in New Year's Honours

Photo by Steve Marinucci
The UK Sun reported tonight that Ringo Starr is to be knighted. He will be honored for his contributions in music and charity in this year's New Year's Honours. Starr got the word in a letter a few weeks ago. He is said to be overjoyed at the honor, which comes well after Paul McCartney was knighted in 1997.

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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