Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Another preview from the Ringo Starr "A Lifetime of Peace and Love" CD

Photo by Steve Marinucci

Here's Ben Folds singing "Oh My My." The CD will be released Dec. 4 digitally only. You can hear another track on our Ringo Starr Examiner column.

And here's Ringo singing "Boys" from the TV broadcast of the show.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

New Beatles singles lithograph: "Hey Jude, don't make it bad ..."

Dennilu Corp. today announced the latest in the series of Beatles singles lithographs is "Hey Jude" and "Revolution." The cost is $60 unframed (measuring 20" x 20") and $129 framed (measuring 22.5" x 22.5"). As with previous entries, they are limited to 400 and were issued on the day of the record's anniversary.  (All images courtesy Dennilu Corp.)

Previously announced were 
"A Hard Day's Night"/"I Should Have Known Better,"

"Paperback Writer"/"Rain"
"The Long And Winding Road"/"For You Blue"

Fifty years ago: 'The Beatle Cracker Suite'

Fifty years ago in November, 1965, Billboard reported that an EP with seven Lennon and McCartney songs played in the style of classical composer Tchaikovsky would be released and the costs for it would be shared by the Beatles' publishing company Northern Songs Ltd. The EP was to be titled "Beatle Cracker Suite," and was eventually issued by the Arthur Wilkinson Orchestra on EMI Records. The EP was to be issued throughout the world and was to be followed by an album if it did well enough, but it appears there was none.

The seven songs were "From Me To You," "Help!," "It's For You" (written for Cilla Black), "Can't Buy Me Love," "She Loves You," "Ticket To Ride" and "All My Loving." The last song is available on Amazon digitally.

The full vinyl EP is offered by several sellers on eBay.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Mary McCartney book signing in New York today (Nov. 21)

Mary McCartney will talk with Derek Blasberg and sign copies of her book, "Monochrome Colour" at Gagosian Shop, 976 Madison Ave., New York from 2 to 3 p.m. ET today (Nov. 21).  
Gagosian Gallery

According to the gallery, "The event will take place alongside McCartney's premiere exhibition with Gagosian, "Linda McCartney and Mary McCartney: Mother Daughter," on view November 20–December 19, 2015. The conversation will cover the inspiration behind her photographs and the relationships that emerge while exhibiting alongside her mother Linda McCartney." 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Beatles TV alerts for week of November 22

First, on Monday the 23rd, there's "Change Begins Within," the film of the David Lynch Foundation benefit concert with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr on AXS TV. (Note, this is not in prime time but about 5 a.m. ET Eastern.)

Then on Saturday night the 28th, Paladia will air "The Last Waltz."

Check your local listings for the exact time in your area.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Beatles book signing this Saturday

Emilio Lari will sign photos his book "The Beatles: Photographs From the Set of 'Help!' from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 21 at Morrison Hotel Gallery's SoHo location at 116 Prince Street, Second Floor, New York City. You can get a signed or personalized copy by mail through the gallery if you order before noon ET Saturday.

Monday, November 16, 2015

How to see the ITV Beatles special outside the UK


Since our article published Sunday on Beatles Examiner about last week's UK ITV “The Nation's Favourite Beatles Number 1” TV special that had some things people outside of the UK would love to see, there have been several inquiries from people wanting to know if there were any options to see it streamed. 

Well, actually, there is, but only if you live on certain continents. ITV has a pay-per-view site for Europe called ITV Essentials that allows you to watch their shows in Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Gibraltar, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia and Spain. The cost is 4.99 Euros. You can either subscribe month-to-month or get a 30-day pass for the same price.  A similar service, called ITV Choice, is available for over 100 countries in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. 

But unfortunately, there's nothing similar for the U.S. As a viewer services rep. from the channel told us today:
"ITV is a UK broadcaster and the rights for many of our programmes dictate that they can be screened in the UK only. We do not have a licence to transmit our domestic family of ITV channels (ITV, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, ITVBe, ITV Encore and CITV) outside the UK and we do not seek to promote these services elsewhere. 
"The ITV channels on satellite are designed to reach all corners of the United Kingdom for domestic viewers watching via Sky and Freesat using a small satellite dish. The channels listed above are not aimed at other European countries or farther afield. 
"As part of the satellite operator's on-going renewal programme, our domestic services have transferred to new satellites with a tighter beam. The satellite footprints have been designed to meet the requirements of broadcasters who distribute their channels in the UK and hold broadcasting rights for the UK but not for other countries. As a result of the transfer, viewers outside the UK may no longer be able to receive some channels via satellite." 
She did, however, make a suggestion that U.S. viewers can do.  "If your region isn’t listed in the links above you may like to contact the local broadcasters in your area to let them know about the programmes you would like to see."

The full show hasn't yet been posted on YouTube, though a short clip has. 

Be sure to check out our That's What I Want Beatles Store (U.S) and That's What I Want Beatles Store UK

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Why the UK UTV Beatles special should be shown in the U.S.


Normally, these memory specials aren't worth wasting your time on. But the ITV "Favourite Beatles Number 1" special should be shown in the U.S. Read our story on Beatles Examiner to see why and who to contact.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Ono to release "Yes I'm a Witch, Too" in February

Yoko Ono will release "Yes, I'm A Witch Too," the sequel to her 2007 collaboration record "Yes, I'm A Witch"  on February 19th as a double vinyl set, as well as in deluxe CD and digital formats. The new album features collaborations and remixes pairing with Death Cab For Cutie, Peter Bjorn and JohnSparks, tUnE-yArDs, Moby, Miike Snow, Cibo Matto, Portugal. The Man and more.

Tracks will include: 
  • "Forgive Me My Love" ONO-Death Cab For Cutie
  • "Mrs. Lennon" ONO-Peter Bjorn and John
  • "Give Me Something" ONO-Sparks
  • "She Gets Down on her Knees" ONO-Penguin Prison
  • "Soul Got Out of the Box" ONO-Portugal. The Man
  • "Move On Fast" ONO-Jack Douglas
  • "Dogtown" ONO-Sean Ono Lennon
  • "Warrior Woman" ONO-tUnE-yArDs
  • “Hell In Paradise” ONO-Moby     
  • "Catman" ONO-Miike Snow
  • "Walking On Thin Ice" ONO-Danny Tenaglia
  • "Yes, I'm Your Angel" ONO-Cibo Matto
  • "Wouldnit" ONO-Dave AudΓ©
  • "I Have A Woman Inside My Soul" ONO-John Palumbo
  • "No Bed For Beatle John" ONO-Ebony Bones
  • "Coffin Car" ONO-Automatique
  • "Approximately Infinite Universe" ONO-Blow Up

Hollywood Vampires to market clothing, art, collectibles

 Three years ago, Hollywood Vampires founding member Alice Cooper and his good friend Johnny Depp decided the time was right to revive the camaraderie and spirit that defined Hollywood Vampires (minus the drinking), creating an environment for great artists to hang, laugh and play together. Cooper and Depp were joined by Aerosmith's Joe Perry, along with producer Bob Ezrin, and soon the recording began.  The new album, "Hollywood Vampires," which featured an appearance by Paul McCartney, was released on September 11. It was followed by two live performances at The Roxy in Hollywood and an international appearance at "Rock in Rio" in Brazil.  

The Hollywood Vampires have partnered with Epic Rights and Global Merchandising Services ("Global") to create rock-themed apparel, collectibles, wall art and more through their network of licensees.  The all-new merchandise, licensing, e-commerce and digital media agreement encompasses concert merchandise, brand opportunities, fan experiences and licensing and retail strategies. In addition, Epic Rights and Global will manage the band's official online merchandise shop.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Beatles "1+" ad in Los Angeles

Reminds me of the old days with the billboards on the Sunset Strip. Thanks to Dave Morrell for the use of the pic. 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Great photo of Ringo posted on Twitter

There's something very wonderful about this photo. Peace and love. Peace and love.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Beatles "1" DVD release day around the world, part 3

More Japanese displays. Love that "No music, no life" sign. Order the "1" DVD here. And look back at all of our coverage of it from announcement to today right here.

Beatles "1" DVD release day around the world, part 2

More pictures from release day, all from Japan, where it looks like Beatlemania is back again...

Check out the rest of our coverage at the link on the right. 

OMG!! Official Beatles "1" DVD poster quotes us!!

That's us in top left. You can see the full tweet they sent out today below. Our complete (and best) coverage of the "1" DVD release. And here's where to order.

Their tweet with the poster (yeah, it's here twice, but this is huge...)

 ... here's a link to the quoted review.

Beatles "1" DVD release day around the world, part 1

The huge displays in Japan remind us of the good ol' days when record stores (Tower Records, for one) would go nuts on days like this.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Three Beatles "1" DVD promo videos from Japan

The first two of these three Japanese promo videos, :30 and :15 seconds long respectively, have Japanese announcers saying "The Beatles!" and talking about the new release in their native language. The third one is the longest, 1:50, but does not have any Japanese announcers, just video clips with music. You can order the Japanese "1" releases at this link.

Beatles "1" update: eBay vintage bundle, PopMarket 2015 version special

Want a Beatles "1" bundle without having to travel to Canada? An eBay seller is offering a 2011 version. (The pictures of it are on this page.) (Thanks to Mike Rapsis for the alert.)

Of a more recent vintage, Popmarket is offering 24-hour specials on four of the 2015 combos of CD and DVD (just the regular release, no special bundles with extras) at prices ranging from $23.99 to $47.99 all with free shipping.icon And, of course, there's still Amazon in the U.S. or in foreign countries.