Monday, 15 January 2018

Yellow Submarine at the movies

Theatrical release for 50th anniversary
Screen Daily reports that U.K. outfit Picturehouse Entertainment has struck a deal with Apple to release a digitally remastered version of the Beatles’ animated movie Yellow Submarine in cinemas for the first time since 1999.

The 4K version is due to play in Picturehouse and other U.K. and Ireland cinemas on July 8, 2018 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of its original release.

Clare Binns, deputy managing director of Cineworld-owned Picturehouse, said: ”I loved Yellow Submarine 50 years ago and it still rocks the universe. This summer, Picturehouse Entertainment is thrilled to bring The Beatles back to the big screen again with a film that makes your heart beat fast. Bringing the film back for its 50th anniversary is great, both for those who loved it the first time around and for those new singing and dancing audiences who will be introduced to this classic music and animation. I look forward to the huge smiles on faces all across the UK and Ireland on 8 July - as the fab four said, All You Need is Love!”



The Beatles performed the songs for the film but their cartoon characters are voiced by actors because the Beatles weren't too enthused - probably because they knew that this was a product of the same company who had done the animated television series. However, this was a totally different concept and character design, and upon viewing a work copy of the finished film, John Lennon was thrilled, and offered to get the Beatles to record the film's dialogue with their own voices. He was told it was too late, too bad the producers didn't take into account the home video market, which was in it's infancy at the time. The quartet does appear in the closing scene of the film, however.

Apple owns the Yellow Submarine IP, which it remastered in 4K for DVD and Bluray in 2012. United Artists produced the original which is directed by George Dunning. We doubt that the U.K. is the only market where the film will get a theatrical re-release, so look for local announcements.

New comic book due in August.
Also planned for the fiftieth anniversary is a new comic book, as we have informed about earlier. It will be on release August 7, 2018 - but is already available for pre-ordering from Amazon. Also available from Amazon U.K. 

We saw the 1999 version of the film in a movie theatre, and can vouch for a great surround sound experience, in addition to the splendid visuals. No need to bring acid.
Back then, a songtrack CD was released, with newly remixed songs which appeared in the cartoon feature. Perhaps this anniversary will see it re-released as well?

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Esher demos for 2018?

Rumours of a 50th Anniversary super deluxe edition of The Beatles aka 'The White Album' means that the Esher Demos and other early takes/sessions aren't out of the question. Here's a little something about those demos.

The precise date is unknown, but towards the end of May 1968, The Beatles met at George Harrison's bungalow in Surrey. Back from the Maharishi's meditation camp in Rishikesh, India, John, Paul and George all sought to get their new songs onto tape. John and Paul had likely already taped some at home and brought these tracks over to George's so-called Kinfauns bungalow in Esher, Surrey. A few photos taken by Michael Herring document the Beatles on May 28, with Paul allegedly considering leaving the band. George owned an Ampex 4-Track recorder, on which they subsequently demoed their new material. Ringo, Mal Evans and Derek Taylor were present at times and likely assisted with percussion.

One of Michael Herring's photos from 28 May, 1968 in Esher.
The 27 songs believed to have been taped at Kinfauns were mostly grouped together by the composer of each song, although John Lennon's songs were more scattered across the day. They were most likely taped in this order:

Cry Baby Cry - with a different intro and ending from the album version
Child Of Nature - unreleased, but the melody later became Jealous Guy with new lyrics
The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill - the other Beatles make animal noises
I'm So Tired - with a slightly different spoken passage
Yer Blues - John Lennon is 'insecure' rather than 'suicidal'
Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey - far less frenetic than the studio version
What's The New Mary Jane - included on Anthology 3
Revolution 1 - lacks the 'you say you'll change the constitution' verse
While My Guitar Gently Weeps - with different lyrics in places
Circles - unreleased by The Beatles, later released by George Harrison
Sour Milk Sea - unreleased by The Beatles, later released by Jackie Lomax
Not Guilty - studio version included on Anthology 3
Piggies - rather than 'eat their bacon', the piggies 'cut their pork chops'
Julia - in a higher key and with the verses in a different order
Blackbird - with a double-tracked vocal, no break, a slightly slower tempo
Rocky Raccoon - shorter, without the opening and final verses
Back In The USSR - lacks the final verse
Honey Pie - released on Anthology 3, with the final verse edited out
Mother Nature's Son - without the guitar intro of the studio version
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - with a double-tracked vocal from Paul McCartney
Junk - included on Anthology 3
Dear Prudence - with a spoken ending and double-tracked vocals
Sexy Sadie - also with double-tracked vocals from John, Paul adds "Oh Sadie" several times near the end.
Happiness Is A Warm Gun - lacks the intro and the final section
Mean Mr Mustard - his sister is called Shirley, not Pam
Polythene Pam - slightly different chords; 'well it's a little absurd but she's a nice class of bird'; the verses are repeated
Glass Onion - with double-tracked gobbledygook from Lennon

Most of the recordings were widely bootlegged, although the release of Anthology 3 resulted in previously-unheard demos of the four final songs (The Beatles Bible).

It is possible that not all of the demos were recorded at Kinfauns, and it has been speculated that some were recorded alone by the songs' composers. Still, these recordings continue to be referred to as "the Esher demos". John is likely to have come by George's house several times to record overdubs, as George had a permanent setup for doing this, whereas John's equipment was stored away in a cupboard. Also, John was nowhere near as technically minded as George.

John and George at Kinfauns, May 28, 1968. Photo:Michael Herring.
The demo songs were mono mixed by Harrison, with copies given to each Beatle. The general public first heard them in the late 1980s as part of the Lost Lennon Tapes radio series, and 23 of the songs had entered general circulation by the early 1990s through bootlegs. Most of these came from John Lennon's own tape, as mixed in mono by George in 1968. Still, they were a generation further away from the source, as they were likely taken from John's cassette transfers of the tape. It is also believed that after a burglary, Ringo's tape copy was leaked in full, which accounts for the bootlegged songs not aired on the Lost Lennon Tapes radio series.

The seven recordings included on the Anthology 3 album ("Happiness is a Warm Gun", "Mean Mr. Mustard", "Polythene Pam", "Glass Onion", "Junk", "Piggies" and "Honey Pie") are of a significantly higher fidelity, as they came from George's original stereo reels of the demo sessions, and were processed at Abbey Road Studios. After that release, parts of two more ("Sour Milk Sea" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps") have been broadcast on the radio in this quality. This raises the possibility that there are higher-quality versions of all twenty-seven songs. As a number of the songs included on the Anthology series were included in edited form, it has been suggested that the release of all the Esher demos as a legitimate future Beatles release is likely (Wikipedia).


The 50th Anniversary of the Beatles' White album is in November, as the album was originally released on the 22. of November, 1968. From what we are hearing, plans about a fiftieth anniversary deluxe release have not been finalised. We have no idea whether a new mix is in the cards, whether outtakes like the 27 minutes long version of "Helter Skelter" (it was faded down and then up again on the original record) will appear, or whether working versions or demos will be made available. In fact, a fiftieth anniversary release hasn't even been announced, but it's still early days. London Beatles tour guide Richard Porter reports that Giles Martin has been working on the White Album at Abbey Road for several weeks.

Link: The Esher demos on YouTube

Friday, 5 January 2018

Beatles top vinyl record sales charts for 2017

The biggest seller in USA, not so in the UK.
The vinyl revival continued in 2017 — and people clearly needed more Beatles records for their turntables, because the band took the top two spots on the year-end sales chart in USA for the resurgent format. Vinyl records sold the most amount ever in the USA since 1991, 14,3 million - an increase of 9 per cent since 2016.  Vinyl LPs comprise 14% of all physical album sales, an all-time Nielsen music high. The two Beatles albums which topped the charts was no surprise. 1. The Beatles: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" - 72,000 copies of this anniversary release and 2. The Beatles: "Abbey Road" - 66,000 copies. "Abbey Road" has topped the year-end sales charts in previous years. Obviously, it's now the 2012 remastered pressing which is shifting copies.

In the UK however, you will have to look further down the year-end sales charts to locate the Beatles.  The top two are both new albums, with Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" being the first retro album on number 3. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" can be found at no. 8, just below Pink Floyd's classic "Dark Side of the Moon", whereas "Abbey Road" is at a modest no. 16. We don't have the figures for these albums, but Ed Sheeran's album at no. 1 sold 51,700 units. Sales of vinyl in Great Britain were up 26.8 per cent, a tenth consecutive year of growth, with 4.1 million purchased in 2017 compared to 205,000 in 2007. Vinyl sales now account for almost 1 in 10 of all physical music sales there. If you compare the two top ten charts from these countries, only four albums can be found on both sides of the Atlantic.

USA year-end-sales charts:
1. The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
2. The Beatles, Abbey Road
3. Guardians of the Galaxy, Awesome Mix Vol. 1
4. Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide)
5. Amy Winehouse, Back to Black
6. Prince, Purple Rain (Soundtrack)
7. Bob Marley and the Wailers, Legend: The Best of...
8. Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon
9. Soundtrack, La La Land
10. Michael Jackson, Thriller

UK year-end-sales charts:
1. Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide)br /> 2. Liam Gallagher, As You Were
3. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours
4. Guardians Of The Galaxy, Awesome Mix Vol. 1
5. Amy Winehouse, Back To Black
6. Rag'n'bone Man, Human
7. Pink Floyd, The Dark Side Of The Moon
8. The Beatles, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
9. Oasis, What's The Story Morning Glory
10. David Bowie, Legacy

For the USA, only the top ten can be found on Nielsen's report on 2017 (pdf), but in the UK, the official charts company lists the top forty biggest vinyl sellers. No further Beatles albums to be found there, though.

Surprisingly, in the USA there was a 35 per cent increase in cassette tape sales versus 2016, with 174,000 units sold in 2017 marking the largest sales for the format since 2012. See? I told you there was a cassette revival!

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

George turned down British honour


It has been revealed that in 2000, George Harrison turned down an OBE after his band mate Paul McCartney was awarded a knighthood.

Every member of the Beatles was awarded an MBE in 1965, but Lennon returned his as a protest about British foreign policy. Lennon wrote: "Your Majesty, I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against ‘Cold Turkey’ slipping down the charts. With love. John Lennon of Bag"

John Lennon of Bag
Documents revel that the Beatles guitarist was put forward for the honour due to his contribution to the music industry. Surprisingly, his charitable causes such as famine relief for Bangladesh and Romanian Angel Appeal seems to have gone unnoticed by the royals, as well as his revival of the British motion picture industry through his Hand Made Films company. The OBE is the level just above MBE.

But journalist Ray Connolly, who knew The Beatles, said Harrison would have been insulted at such an offer after McCartney receieved a knighthood three years previously.

«Whoever it was who decided to offer him the OBE and not the knighthood was extraordinarily insensitive,» he said.

«George would have felt insulted – and with very good reason.»

George Harrison died on 29 November 2001, aged 58.

Source: Huffington Post

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Arise, Sir Ringo

Still from the film Lisztomania.
Several UK newspapers are reporting that a certain Richard Starkey MBE, is one of the the names on Queen Elizabeth II's New Year's Honours list over who are going to be knighted in 2018. This is something Ringo can't have dreamt about when he recorded the song Elizabeth Reigns for the album Ringo Rama i 2003. After the song finishes, we can hear him say: "Well...there goes me knighthood"!
The news was first published by scandal paper The Sun, but has since been confirmed by The Daily Mail, The Mirror, as well as other, reliable sources.
We have to admit that there has been a bit too many of these knighthoods of late, after Paul McCartney was knighted in 1997 at the age of 55. After that, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart and Ray Davies have all been honoured this way.
Neither John nor George received this honour, but George's friend and teacher Ravi Shankar was knighted in 2001.
Ringo is said to be "chuffed to bits" about the news, but the official announcement will be made on January 1. In the summer of 2018, Ringo and his All Starr Band is undertaking a European Tour, but no British dates have been announced.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Music videos from The Beatles

The Ballad of John & Yoko - now available on the internet
This past weekend, The Beatles uploaded a bunch of music videos to their official Vevo channel, echoed on the YouTube Vevo channel, for regionally challenged people like our good selves.
The videos are:

Something - viewed 418 000 times.
Paperback Writer - viewed 321 000 times
Yellow Submarine - viewed 211 000 times
Rain - viewed 178 000 times
Lady Madonna - viewed 178 000 times
The Ballad of John & Yoko - viewed 153 000 times
Yesterday - viewed 91 000 times

So, if this was a popularity poll, George Harrison takes the lead. And that seems to be the trend among young people, who also prefer the quiet Beatles when it comes to streaming: "Here Comes The Sun" is still the most streamed Beatles song on Spotify, now at 131 329 022 times.

Friday, 15 December 2017

It's the B-Day of Christmas

The boxed set cover features smiling versions of the Beatles portraits from the 1963 disc front cover.
It's B-Day or Beatles day or Boxed set day for the new Beatles boxed set release of their fan club Christmas records. It looks as though there are insufficient numbers available of these boxes here in Europe, whereas in North-America they are fully stocked. This according to reports from U.S.A. as well as Canada.

Amazon UK and Germany are both sold out, as are other online stores in Europe, and record stores are reporting limited supplies and they are not getting as many boxes as they have ordered. I checked my order at Amazon UK, and noticed that they had not yet dispatched my set.
Not dispatched from Amazon UK


So I checked again this morning and since there was no status change, I decided to go out and see if I could secure a copy. If Amazon should fulfill my order later, I could always get rid of it somehow. So I went to my local record store, and they had none. They couldn't even answer if they had ordered any, because the guy who's in charge of ordering was not at work this morning.

So I went to the local affiliate of the biggest record store chain in Norway. Their online shop says the boxed set is unavailable, but there was still hope that the actual mall stores had managed to get what they had ordered. Approaching the counter, I noticed that one of these boxed sets was put on display at the counter top next to the till. So I went to the clerk and asked for "one of those", pointing to the boxed set. He went around to look for it, and was informed by another clerk that the one on the counter was the only one they had. They had ordered plenty and had been alotted just the one copy.

My originals (left) and the new editions.
Back home, I've opened the boxed set and compared to my original flexis. Seems the sleeves are exactly the correct size, but the 1963 one has a regular single sleeve and not the envelope design of the original.

1963 original.

Looking through the booklet, it was also missing some of the so called «superpix» order forms, as well as the poster from the third Christmas record.
 
Foldout poster from the 1965 single.
I haven't yet played the new discs, but I understand that the contents have been mastered from dubs of the originals and safety copy tapes. Freda Kelly supplied the old flexis when the master of the 1970 Christmas LPs was assembled, because the original tapes were long gone already. So it seems, all we are likely to get are needle drops of Freda's flexis anyway.

Kevin Howlett has written a page in the booklet.
Link:
Variety.com

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Ringo's remastered albums

"Goodnight Vienna" - due out in remastered form in January, alongside "Ringo".
We've already mentioned this, but here's the official confirmation. The good news is that these two albums have been remastered for the new vinyl releases.

TWO ESSENTIAL RINGO STARR ALBUMS REMASTERED FOR WORLDWIDE REISSUE ON 180-GRAM VINYL LPS BY CAPITOL/UMe

‘Ringo’ and ‘Goodnight Vienna’ Available January 19


Los Angeles – December 11, 2017 – Two essential Ringo Starr albums, 1973’s Ringo and 1974’s Goodnight Vienna, have been remastered by Ron McMaster (that's his real name, folks!) at Capitol Mastering for worldwide reissue on heavyweight, 180-gram vinyl LPs. Both albums are available now for preorder and will be released by Capitol/UMe on January 19, 2018.

Preorder Ringo: https://UMe.lnk.to/RingoLP
Preorder Goodnight Vienna: https://UMe.lnk.to/GoodnightViennaLP

In 1973, Ringo released his self-titled Ringo, which yielded three Top 5 Billboard Pop singles, including the No. 1 hits “Photograph” and “You’re Sixteen (You’re Beautiful And You’re Mine),” and the No. 5 hit “Oh My My.” Platinum-certified in the U.S., the Ringo album peaked at No. 1 in Canada, at No. 2 in the U.S., and at No. 7 in the UK. All of Ringo’s Beatles bandmates joined him to participate in the album; Richard Perry produced and its notable guest players also include Billy Preston on organ, Harry Nilsson background vocals, Klaus Voormann on bass and sax, and Robbie Robertson on guitar.

Ringo released his fourth solo album, Goodnight Vienna in 1974, racking up more hits, including the Top 5 Billboard Pop singles “Snookeroo,” written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and “No No Song.” The album also features Ringo’s cover of the Platters’ “Only You,” which peaked at No. 6 on the Pop chart, and the title track, written by John Lennon. Perry, Preston, Voormann, Nilsson, and Robertson once again joined Ringo to collaborate in the studio, among others.

Finally out on vinyl: Ringo's Christmas album.

For the holiday season, Ringo’s beloved 1999 Christmas album I Wanna Be Santa Claus has been released on vinyl for the first time ever.

Ringo's latest album is available on CD and vinyl, as well as downloads and streaming.

In September this year, Ringo released his 19th solo album, Give More Love, before he hit the road again in October and November with his All Starrs. Ringo Starr and His All Starrs have confirmed several European tour dates for June and July 2018. Visit ringostarr.com/tour for more information.


We don't know if the remastered LP will have this Capitol anniversary logo.

RINGO STARR:  Ringo
1. I'm the Greatest (John Lennon)
2. Have You Seen My Baby (Randy Newman)
3. Photograph (Richard Starkey, George Harrison)
4. Sunshine Life for Me (Sail Away Raymond) (George Harrison)
5. You're Sixteen (You’re Beautiful And You’re Mine)" (Bob Sherman, Dick Sherman)
6. Oh My My (Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia)
7. Step Lightly (Richard Starkey)
8. Six O'Clock (Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney)
9. Devil Woman (Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia)
10. You and Me (Babe) (George Harrison, Mal Evans)

RINGO STARR:  Goodnight Vienna
1. (It's All Down to) Goodnight Vienna (John Lennon)
2. Occapella (Allen Toussaint)
3. Oo-Wee (Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia)
4. Husbands and Wives (Roger Miller)
5. Snookeroo (Elton John, Bernie Taupin)
6. All by Myself (Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia)
7. Call Me (Richard Starkey)
8. No No Song (Hoyt Axton, David Jackson)
9. Only You (Buck Ram, Ande Rand)
10. Easy for Me (Harry Nilsson)
11. Goodnight Vienna (Reprise) (John Lennon)

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Christmas boxed set sold out already?

Update: From what we have experienced, it looks like there are plenty of these boxes in USA but supplies in Europe have been insufficient. Record stores are reporting that they have only been alotted half the quantites they ordered of these boxes. And Amazon UK is sold out again.
The HMV Store: Sold out!

The Beatles Store: Sorry sold out!.
The official Beatles store in Europe displays a "Sold out" message, and the set hasn't even been released yet. The HMV store also says "sold out". Over at Amazon UK and US the set has been unavailable for some time, but it's been activated again. So perhaps a new run has been pressed? At the US Beatles store, it seems to be available as well. As late as yesterday, the Beatles tweeted an ad for the upcoming set.



Also the largest online record store in our native Norway displays a message that the item is no longer available to order.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Funny photo

Clipping from French newspaper.
This photo of a somewhat crosseyed George Harrison taking a selfie with Paul McCartney showed up in one of the Beatles related Facebook groups I belong to. The caption mentions British newspaper The Sun as originating source. However, I can't find this photo in the famous October 3, 1995 issue, which broke the reunion story with the first picture of the three of them together since Ringo's wedding in 1981.
Newspaper "The Sun" published the first reunion photo.
The photos were taken by photographer Tom Hanley at the Apple Office in London on March 31, 1995. Inside this newspaper is another photo from that same roll of film:
The headline parodies "We'll Meet Again" of Vera Lynn fame.
Most other press photos of Paul, George and Ringo together, taken in conjunction with the Beatles Anthology project were taken by Linda McCartney.
Here's a photoshop enhanced version of the funny one at the top of this story:

Is this a movie camera George is holding?
Both George and Ringo posed with these these cameras at the photo session.
Another photo from this occasion.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

RIP, Johnny Hallyday

Embed from Getty Images
French rocker Johnny Hallyday has passed at the age of 74. He was born June 15, 1943 and died on December 6, 2017. Johnny met the Beatles when the Beatles hit France, And as they became popular, he also recorded French language versions of some of their songs.

The above photo is from when Paul McCartney and Johnny Hallyday had a chance encounter in 2012, as they were both rehearsing with their respective touring bands in Burbank, California. Standing by, you can see members of McCartney's touring band, Abe Laboriel Jr. and Brian Ray - those two were actually also members of Johnny Hallyday's touring band back in 1998.

Back in the day: Johnny Hallyday and Paul McCartney
More: Read a review of Johnny Hallyday's concert debut in Great Britain in 2012.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Paul's Christmas album


During Christmas 1965, Paul McCartney went to music publisher Dick James' studio to transfer a tape onto disc as a present for his fellow Beatles. Only four copies were ever pressed, with many - including McCartney - believing they were lost in the mists of time. On December 1, Simon Wells uploaded Paul McCartney's 1965 Christmas album (or what's left of it) to YouTube. In 2011, a vinyl bootleg with this material appeared. Apparently one tape which used to contain the album was taped over by John and Ringo, but 18:33 of the original 26 minute tape has been restored. Paul is acting as a DJ here, with a heavy American accent, announcing the songs.

Friday, 1 December 2017

"Ringo" to be re-released


Last November, we mentioned that Capitol Records would celebrate their 75th anniversary this year, by re-releasing quite a numer of their classic records. Among these, quite a few Beatles related ones.
One of these, James Taylor's debut LP from 1968 on Apple Records is now available - and like we hoped, it has an Apple label. However, there seems to be a mistake here.

The Apple label, side 2. Photo: Jeff S. Levy.
Track #2 on side 2 is missing. It's mentioned on the label, but the song "Brighten Your Night With My Day" is just not there.

One album that we have just seen a mock-up of the cover of, is Ringo Starr's triumphant "Ringo" from 1973. Capitol has released this image:

"Ringo" with the Capitol Records 75th Anniversary logo.
According to the album's page on Amazon, it will be released on January 19, 2018. And the next album in Ringo's catalogue, "Goodnight Vienna" will also be made available on the same day.

Goodnight Vienna will be out at the same day as "Ringo". 
The image above is from a recent listing of the upcoming pressing of the album.
Like we have mentioned earlier, this year has seen both "Bad Boy" and "I Wanna Be Santa Claus" re-released on vinyl. Or, in the instance of the latter, this is actually it's first outing on vinyl.

And that's a good thing. For a number of years, Ringo's albums were only released digitally. It would be nice if they would make an appearance on LP for those who prefer that listening format.

So if anybody involved with the records are listening, the following Ringo albums are the ones we would like to see on the vinyl format:

1998: Vertical Man (only available on CD, cassette and download)
2003: Ringo Rama (only available on CD, cassette and download)
2005: Choose Love (only available on CD and download)
2007: Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr (collection, only available on CD and download)
2008: Liverpool 8 (only available on CD, USB-bracelet and download)
2014: Icon (collection, only available on CD)

Of course, there's also a bunch of live albums from Ringo and his various All Starr Bands which are only available digitally.

Meanwhile, "Bad Boy" has been made available on black, champagne and blue vinyl. The champagne one is on 180 gram vinyl and includes a poster. It will be released today, December 1.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

New TMOQ issues from HMC: MMT and Lennon

TMOQ Gazette Vol 34: 1 DVD, 1 CD
We have been sent the covers of these two upcoming releases from bootleggers HMC (His Master's Choice), whose series "TMOQ Gazette" has previously given us unexpected new material from "the vaults" of collectors. The first one concentrates on Magical Mystery Tour once again, and is the second of a 2 volume set. Like last time around, they do again promise us hitherto unseen movie material.

The second one is a 1 CD 1 DVD set about John Lennon's Walls and Bridges album. The DVD seems to marry the November 1974 film of Lennon out and about in NYC with alternate takes of some songs, with additional material from old news clips. The CD looks extremely tedious, offering mostly umpteen takes of "Whatever Gets You Through The Night" original and remake. Not something to entertain guests with, unless they are Lennon obsessed.
TMOQ Gazette Vol. 33: 2 DVD set.

New "special edition" Beatles magazine

New magazine
The publishers behind UK music magazine Uncut and the New Musical Express (NME) have put together a Beatles pictorial, which they are marketing as a special edition magazine. Here's the blurb:

The Beatles: A Life In Pictures is a lavish 100 page tribute to the four lads who shook the world. Fashions come and go, but The Beatles still amaze us with their music.

Fifty years on from their classic album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, their stature is completely undiminished, and this fresh new selection of pictures – many seldom-seen; some previously unpublished – tells their story, and helps to explain some of that enduring appeal.

Their music was remarkable for its rate of change, and so were the band themselves, taking on new influence, new hairstyles, and whole new outlooks. What didn’t change was the band’s essential personality – throughout their career, they remained as charismatic, intelligent and playful as at they were at the start.

Theirs were public lives, and yet they only rarely shut the door to the world. In a time of copy approval and scripted reality television, it’s hard to conceive of the level of access The Beatles granted to the world’s press. Their off-the-cuff remarks could be hilarious. Pictures of them taken as they worked on something else entirely can speak volumes.

A day in the life? This is the life of the Beatles, in 100 pages. From their residencies at disreputable Hamburg clubs, to recording their hits, charming a whole new medium – television – and conquering America, The Beatles: A Life In Pictures brings you closer to John, Paul, George and Ringo. On each spread here, you’ll also find contemporary remarks from the Beatles themselves and their associates, selected from the archives of NME and Melody Maker.

Step right this way…

Also, we couldn't help but notice the round sticker-like figure on the front cover, with the legend "Unseen photos discovered". Whether that's a news story or actual photos we have not been informed...

Link: The Beatles - A Life in pictures