Saturday, April 30, 2016

Things We Said Today #182 - 'Kisses on the Bottom,' the death of Prince

Things We Said Today #182 - 'Kisses on the Bottom,' the death of Prince: On this week's show, Al, Allan, Ken and Steve first discuss the news of the deaths of three famous musical talents, Prince, Lonnie Mack and Billy Paul, and their relationship to the Beatles. The guys also spar about whether their opinions have changed abo...

Now back in print -- "Sgt. Pepper" with strings

Just reissued and available again: "Orchestral Sgt. Pepper's" arranged by Dee Palmer. From 1968 until 1980, she was arranger and, subsequently, keyboardist with Jethro Tull. On leaving the group she produced a series of albums of symphonic versions of prog-rock music of the 70's – Tull, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Yes, Queen etc. – performing them, live, in Europe and the Americas throughout the 90's.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Magazine alert: New Beatlefan with tribute to George Martin

 Beatlefan #219, just out, celebrates the life of Sir George Martin with a special section that includes Allan Kozinn's assessment of his career, Al Sussman looking at best productions, and Tom Frangione's meeting with him. Also in the new issue: the 40th anniversary of the Wings Over America tour by Robert Rodriguez, "Beatleness" author Candy Leonard argues that "Nowhere Man" was The Beatles' first "political" song, plus fan reaction to the forthcoming "Pure McCartney" compilation and more.   
A sample issue costs $8 in the U.S. or $12 abroad. U.S. funds only. For more information, email

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

New 'Pure McCartney' remasters? Yes, there are (plus SHM-CD news)

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One of the questions about "Pure McCartney" is what exactly will be remastered, though there were no specifics in the original announcement about what tracks would be. Well, here are the answers and some of them are, our sources tell us, 2016 remasters.  

 2016 remasters: "The Songs We Were Singing," "Big Barn Bed," "Flaming Pie," "Live and Let Die," "Mull of Kintyre," "My Love," "Bip Bop," "Calico Skies," "Hi Hi Hi," "Arrow Through Me," "The World Tonight," "Souvenir," "The World Tonight," "Press," "Winedark Open Sea,' "Beautiful Night," "Girlfriend," "We All Stand Together," "Good Times Coming"/"Feel the Sun," "Goodnight Tonight," "Baby's Request," "With a Little Luck (DJ edit)," "Little Willow," "Don't Let It Bring You Down," "No More Lonely Nights," "Great Day," "Venus and Mars"/"Rock Show."

Other remasters: "Maybe I’m Amazed" (2011), "Heart Of The Country" (2012), "Jet" (2010), "Warm And Beautiful" (2014), "Listen To What The Man Said" (2014), "Dear Boy" (2012), "Silly Love Songs" (2014), "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" (2012), "Another Day" (2012), "Too Many People", "Let Me Roll It" (2010), "Let ‘Em In" (2014), "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five" (2010), "Waterfalls" (2011), "Band on the Run" (2010),  "Every Night" (2011), "Junior’s Farm" (2014), "Mrs Vandebilt" (2010), "Pipes of Peace" (2015); "Coming Up" (2011), "The Back Seat Of My Car" (2011), "Temporary Secretary" (2011), "Junk" (2011). 

2015 remixes: "Here Today," "Wanderlust," "Say Say Say (radio edit)" (2015), "Ebony and Ivory (2015). 

Also, Japan will have a 4-CD SHM-CD version

You can order versions for the U.S., U.K., Germany and Japan in the box at the top right of this page. And tickets for all of McCartney's North America One On One tour shows are also available here and here.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Beatles release three new "Anthology" podcasts

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Three new podcasts about the Beatles "Anthology" albums just became available through iTunes. They feature British music journalists and Beatles experts Kevin Holwett and Mark Ellen discussing the Anthology releases and the stories behind the albums. There are separate shows, each about 11 minutes long, on "Anthology 1," "Anthology 2" and "Anthology 3." As these are authorized by Capitol, they are not critical of the albums, but the two men do talk about the music on them and their significance in the Beatles story. The new podcasts tie in with the recent adding of the albums now being streamed

A much better set of podcasts about the Beatles Anthology is the unauthorized series that came out around Christmastime which have pretty much disappeared. Our "Things We Said Today" show also did a special analysis of the "Anthology" for its 20th anniversary. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Ron Howard on Twitter on his meetup with Paul McCartney for Beatles Live documentary

From Ron Howard's Twitter account: 

Two trailers for the documentary