Friday, April 18, 2014

John Lennon audio interviews surface on 'I'm Not the Beatles'

Beatles fans have had an embarrassment of riches competing for their entertainment dollars over the past few months thanks to the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four invading (and conquering) America in 1964 — special magazines (People), a TV concert (“The Night That Changed America”), books (“The Beatles Anthology”), DVDs (“A Hard Day’s Night” reissue) and CDs (“On Air — Live at the BBC, Volume 2”). Not to mention myriad online offerings. Read More - Deseret News






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Beatles to old buildings: Hidden Liverpool revives city's special spaces

The city boasts an impressive lineup: enormous water reservoirs, neo-classical buildings such as the old Liverpool School for the Blind on Hardman Street, and Jacobean arts and crafts buildings including the former Everton library. But many of these significant buildings lie derelict. The interiors are beautiful, many retaining numerous original features, yet no one is able to glimpse the fabulous decors and the high-vaulted ceilings, let alone sit in the fabulous old reading rooms. Read More - theguardian.com






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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Beatles' Japanese albums to be boxed in 50th anniversary set

Five Japanese Beatles albums from 1964 to 1965 will be issued on CD in June by Universal Music Japan in a limited edition set called “The Japan Box” to commemorate the Beatles 50th anniversary, the company announced April 12. The release of the albums as they were originally released in Japan is similar to “The U.S. Albums” box set released in America late last year. Read More - National Beatles Examiner.com






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Reading the Beatles

It’s been 50 years since the switch was flipped on American Beatlemania—perhaps the purest Beatlemania there ever was, certainly the most virulent—and torrents of analysis commemorate the occasion. Recently we have seen the publication of All the Songs, by Jean-Michel Guesdon and Philippe Margotin; The Beatles: The BBC Archives 1962–1970, by Kevin Howlett; and Tune In, the first volume, 900-plus pages long, of Mark Lewisohn’s projected biographical trilogy. But with no disrespect to these authors or their labors, if it’s a radical reexperiencing of the Beatles that you’re after, a refreshing of your Beatle-chemicals, there’s only one book you need. Read More - The Atlantic






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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

George's big sister: Louise Harrison made sure Liverpool Legends are Beatles at heart

Louise Harrison remembers The Beatles as kind and sincere young men who loved their music and their fans. So the late George Harrison's sister tried to find musicians with similar values when she formed the Beatles tribute band Liverpool Legends. Read More - News Democrat






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A Brief Look Back at the Beatles

Movies, dissertations, and psychological studies have been written about the Beatles. It seems we have exhausted the overall palette of discussion about the famous group. 50 years ago, the Beatles grace the United States and the United Kingdom with their debut album (it took an extra few months to hit the US, but by then, they were the UK’s most promising new pop act). But five decades later, we look at the most important band of all time, and what they provided in such an impressive and dizzying magnitude. Read More - Eshac News






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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Beatle news briefs: New Macca promo single; book on Paul as bass player out soon

A new Paul McCartney one-track promotional single for “Save Us” from the “NEW” album began turning up in mailboxes April 14. McCartney has been asking on his website for fan photos to help in the making of a new video for the song.The single comes with a press release promoting Macca's first four 2014 McCartney Out There! U.S. tour dates. We wouldn't be surprised if “Save Us” is among the songs played when the tour has its first show in Montevideo, Uruguay this Saturday. Read More - National Beatles Examiner.com






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No Brian Epstein? No Beatles!

As early as 1962 he proclaimed to one and all that the Beatles would be "bigger than Elvis". At the time this seemed like a ludicrous prediction. Elvis Presley was the biggest teen pop star of all time. A worldwide phenomenon. And he was American! The Beatles were from 'li'l ole England'. And though there had been a few sporadic hit singles of British origin, no pop act from the UK had ever had sustained success in the USA. Read More - Martin Lewis






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Imagine all the people

He was the product of his time, his surroundings, his family and friends. He had a sad upbringing. He didn’t have the best level of education. He came across some young men who sparked a passion in music. The stars lined up. The Beatles played clubs for several years until Love Me Do hit the charts. He lived through extraordinary times, lived excessively and created as a result of this. Read More - Nanton News




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Monday, April 14, 2014

Interview: The Beatles Star Club tapes deserve a better place in their history

The Beatles' Star Club sessions, revived by a recent CD release, have never gotten much respect from the Beatles or fans. They aren't the best quality, even on the new release, but even three tracks of the horrible quality tapes of the Beatles as the Quarrymen were released on “Anthology 1.” And there are some really rocking moments on the Star-Club set that are not only great, but also enlightening. Read More - National Beatles Examiner.com






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Restored first Beatles film looked 'fantastic' at film fest premiere

The screened film also had a new 5.1 surround soundtrack supervised by Giles Martin, Beatles producer Sir George Martin's son. “Giles Martin’s new stereo soundtrack was very good, the songs particularly. It’s carefully done to be a 1964 stereo mix, not a 2014 one,” he said. “The music is really rich – a lot of punch – but not all over the theater stereo, which is the way it ought to be. There's just a slightly noticeable stereo spread.” Read More - National Beatles Examiner.com






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Sunday, April 13, 2014

BARRY LEVINE: The end of Beatlemania

From their initial appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964 until their split in April 1970, The Beatles charted 52 songs, third all-time behind Elvis Presley (114) and Elton John (59). They had 20 No. 1 hits, an all-time record, two more than Presley. Fourteen of their hits reached the Top 10, four fewer than Presley’s record. Presley’s chart history spanned from 1956 to 1981, four times longer than The Beatles. Read More - Albany Herald




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Friday, April 11, 2014

'Time of the Season': It took a long time for The Zombies to get the love they deserved

Of all the bands that came from the British Invasion of the early 1960s, The Zombies may have had the most distinctly different sound. In the Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds and The Animals, you can hear American blues. The Beatles were steeped in Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Little Richard. With The Zombies, though, there was all that and a little something else, and it’s unmistakable from the first notes of “She’s Not There” and “Time of the Season.” Read More - Knoxville.com




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The Beatles and Their Historic High Five Anniversary

The Beatles have sold more than 2.3 billion albums through the years, a remarkable sales record by any measure. But the group's most historic chart-making moment was the first week of April, 1964 when the band held the top five positions on the Billboard charts. Read More - 90.5 WESA




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Radio.com Minimation: Paul McCartney on George Harrison

On Radio.com Minimation, we comb through the archives of legendary New York radio station WNEW-FM and animate interviews with legendary rock artists. This installment is taken from a 1984 interview with Paul McCartney where he discusses his former Beatles-mate George Harrison‘s reluctance to do press. Read More - 100.7 WZLX



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