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9 December 2013
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^^ I'd like to see the mono set re-released on CD so I can get a real set from the local store and not some cheap pirated Chinese copy which is about all you can get from the net these days.  Even the local 2nd-hand store say they have had 2 of the pirated ones show up.

9 December 2013
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Why are making all the original Capitol Beatles albums on CD such a big deal to people. I was well into my 20's before I even realized that Yesterday and Today wasn't a real Beatles album! But once I got hip to the offical UK discography I never looked back. Now I understand some audiophiles and collectors think the Capitol albums sound better, which seems crazy to me. But that aside, whats the attraction? Memories, duplicates of what you had when you were 17? The one good thing I would say about the Capitol albums, instead of 13 Beatles studio albums, you get more albums with the Capitol albums, extra albums, but they removed good songs to do that, weakening the original albums! So why do people want these? I'm not being sarcastic I really don't know why people want them.

9 December 2013
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whobeatle said
Why are making all the original Capitol Beatles albums on CD such a big deal to people. I was well into my 20's before I even realized that Yesterday and Today wasn't a real Beatles album! But once I got hip to the offical UK discography I never looked back. Now I understand some audiophiles and collectors think the Capitol albums sound better, which seems crazy to me. But that aside, whats the attraction? Memories, duplicates of what you had when you were 17? The one good thing I would say about the Capitol albums, instead of 13 Beatles studio albums, you get more albums with the Capitol albums, extra albums, but they removed good songs to do that, weakening the original albums! So why do people want these? I'm not being sarcastic I really don't know why people want them.

Rose-tinted spectacles?  There may be a few that have music or song versions not available on the usual LPs; I haven't seen the listings but do some of the early films have some of George Martin's incidental music?  Other than that, some rabid collectors might want the different liner notes and artwork.

 

9 December 2013
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The United Artist A Hard Days Night LP had George Martin orchestral scores of some of the tracks eg This Boy (Ringo's Theme) (maybe its the other way round). Capitol's Help! had Ken Thorne's incidental music.

I suppose the US albums have value as in they are the lp's that helped break the US and maintain the love affair it's had with the Beatles, and many folks grew up listening and adoring them, but aside for the alternate mixes some of the albums contain they are pretty irrelevant outside of America. 

Its a natural step for Apple as there is a decent sized customer base that will very happily folk out for them and its not going to do any harm to the brand (critics cant heavily complain over the albums being released). Hopefully one day this will lead to the Christmas messages being made available but i doubt it.

I thought about getting the Capitol boxes a number of times but in the end it wasn't worth the money for a few different mixes that are out there on bootleg. Create the playlists and save a fortune.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
9 December 2013
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From The Examiner:

Singer Sinead O'Connor, who appeared at the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 16, 1992, announced on Dec. 6 the concert is coming to DVD and Blu-ray for the first time next year and also on CD with bonus tracks.

She said Sony has contacted her about the release and said that one of her songs done the day before the concert will be put on CD as a bonus track.

The list of performers at this show were amazing. They included Johnny Winter, Neil Young, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Tracy Chapman, Eric Clapton, Eddie Vedder, John Cougar Mellencamp, George Harrison, Johnny Cash and wife June Carter Cash, Ron Wood, Kris Kristofferson, Roger McGuinn, the Band, and, of course, Bob Dylan.

More at the link. I imagine Sony didn't want that leaking out just yet, but bless her.

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10 December 2013
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A quick question: was that Dylan concert the last time George ever played on stage (he did a mtv interview where he got his guitar out but thats not on stage).

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10 December 2013
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Paul's pre-concert DJ, Chris Holmes, has made a 2-hour mix available on SoundCloud. More at Rolling Stone.

[x-posted to the Out There tour thread]

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10 December 2013
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* Touching story of a man who looks after the John statue in Havana.

 

* Julian was on Queen Latifah's show.

* Dame Edna turned on Stella McCartney's Christmas lights.

 

* From The Examiner. If you read my account of Ringo's book unveiling in Los Angeles, you might remember Henry Diltz was on the panel.

Henry Diltz, who has photographed members of the Beatles, plus many well-known rockers in his long career, will appear at two exhibits and book signings this week on opposite ends of the country for Morrison Hotel Gallery. On Dec. 11, he'll be at 124 Prince St. SoHo, New York City, and on Dec. 13, he'll be at the Sunset Marquis Gallery, 1200 Alta Loma Road in Los Angeles. The events will feature newly printed photos and of his classics.

 

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10 December 2013
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There's now a website for events surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival to America. From the Examiner:

Specific events will include “Twist & Shout: New York Celebrates the Beatles,” a star-studded concert at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Feb. 6; a gala “America Celebrates the Beatles All-Star Concert” on Feb. 7, and an “Across The Universe” Beatles Festival Feb. 8-9. More events will be added. The events, including several celebratory events and gala concerts across the city, will benefit the Food Bank For New York City.

More at the link.

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13 December 2013
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Examiner article reporting the on the official Beach Boys Bootleg coming on the 17th December entitled 'The Big Beat 1963'. Confirmed track listing is: 

1. The Big Beat — recorded by Bob & Sheri
(Brian Wilson)

2. First Rock and Roll Dance (Instrumental) — recorded by Brian Wilson
(Brian Wilson)

3. Gonna Hustle You (a.k.a. New Girl In School) [Demo] — recorded by Brian Wilson
(Brian Wilson, Bob Norberg)

4. Ride Away — recorded by Bob & Sheri
(Brian Wilson, Bob Norberg)

5. Funny Boy — recorded by The Honeys
(Brian Wilson)

6. Marie — recorded by Bob Norberg & Brian Wilson, with The Honeys
(Brian Wilson)

7. Mother May I — recorded by The Beach Boys
(Brian Wilson)

8. I Do (Demo) — recorded by The Beach Boys
(Brian Wilson, Roger Christian)

9. Bobby Left Me (Backing track) — recorded by Brian Wilson
(Brian Wilson)

10. If It Can't Be You (a.k.a. I'll Never Love Again) — recorded by Gary Usher
(Brian Wilson)

11. You Brought It All On Yourself — recorded by The Honeys
(Brian Wilson)

12. Make The Night A Little Longer — recorded by The Honeys
(Carole King, Gerry Goffin)

13. Rabbit's Foot (Unfinished track w/backing vocals) — recorded by The Honeys
(Brian Wilson)

14. Summer Moon — recorded by Vicki Kocher and Bob Norberg
(Brian Wilson)

15. Side Two (Instrumental)— recorded by Brian Wilson
(Brian Wilson)

16. Ballad Of Ole Betsy (Demo) — recorded by The Beach Boys
(Brian Wilson, Roger Christian)

17. Thank Him (Demo)— recorded by Brian Wilson
(Brian Wilson)

18. Once You've Got Him — recorded by The Honeys
(Ginger Blake, Dianne Rovell)

19. For Always And Forever (Demo) — recorded by The Honeys
(Ginger Blake, Dianne Rovell)

20. Little Dirt Bike (Demo) — recorded by The Honeys
(Ginger Blake, Dianne Rovell)

21. Darling I'm Not Stepping Out On You (Demo) — recorded by The Honeys
(Ginger Blake, Dianne Rovell)

22. When I Think About You (Demo) — recorded by The Honeys
(Ginger Blake, Dianne Rovell)

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
14 December 2013
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[Couple of reposts in here due to the migration loss.]

*WogBlog (1 and 2) and Examiner (1 and 2) articles on the US Album releases.

 

* LA Times article on the Beatles NYC 50 celebration.

 

* From SF Gate:

Jim Marshall, the San Francisco photographer who captured some of the most famous moments in rock 'n' roll history, will receive a trustees award at the Grammys next month, the Recording Academy said Thursday.

[*snip*]

Some of Marshall's best-known shots include Johnny Cash raising his middle finger at San Quentin State Prison in 1969, the Beatles walking across the field to their final concert at Candlestick Park in 1966 and Janis Joplin lounging backstage with a bottle of Southern Comfort at the Winterland Ballroom in 1968.

Marshall died in 2010.

 

* And a recap, for the sake of posterity… My video for Paul's track "Appreciate" got featured on his Facebook, Twitter and Google + sites on Tuesday the 10th. And the Macca Report did a great write-up on it (it's a different angle from the previously reported The Examiner article).

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16 December 2013
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The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963 has gone up on iTunes New Zealand (according to WogBlog) and iTunes Australia (verified by our own trcanberra). Both entered the 17 December several hours ago. This would indicate that there is a worldwide iTunes rolling out of these 59 unreleased tracks is happening over the next few hours.

The price for the full set is appearing very reasonable as well. NZ iTunes has the set for $15.99, with each individual track at $2:39. Australian iTunes are pricing it a little cheaper a $15.50 and $2.20. (Obviously the dollar mark here refers to their dollar.)

This would appear to indicate that as the set becomes available, the set is going to be very reasonably priced, and if early reports are correct, tracks are an upgrade on their previous bootlegged versions.

No knowing how long this set will be available, so I would recommend it while you can.

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16 December 2013
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The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963 has gone up on iTunes New Zealand (according to WogBlog) and iTunes Australia (verified by our own trcanberra). Both entered the 17 December several hours ago. This would indicate that there is a worldwide iTunes rolling out of these 59 unreleased tracks is happening over the next few hours.

The price for the full set is appearing very reasonable as well. NZ iTunes has the set for $15.99, with each individual track at $2:39. Australian iTunes are pricing it a little cheaper a $15.50 and $2.20. (Obviously the dollar mark here refers to their dollar.)

This would appear to indicate that as the set becomes available, the set is going to be very reasonably priced, and if early reports are correct, tracks are an upgrade on their previous bootlegged versions.

No knowing how long this set will be available, so I would recommend it while you can.

Yes indeedy, and I did a little rounding – the prices were 15.49 and 2.19 :)   .  Our dollar is a bit higher than the NZ one, hence our price.  Works out to about US$14 – so a great price – even if they are .mp4s (not .mp3s nowadays I notice).

I have no idea what rate Apple (you know, the other Apple) has encoded these at, hopefully as high as they can with the format – which I understand could even be lossless – though the files don't seem quite large enough for that – around 300MB – which seems larger than .mp3 would be at 320 kbps.

 

17 December 2013
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Brian Epstein and original Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham have been announced as receiving the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/…..s/4039049/

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19 December 2013
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Brian Epstein's copy of Yesterday and Today has been bought for $19,999 on ebay.

Heather Mills is in the news accused of harrassment (does a Beatle's ex-wife deserve mention on here?).

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19 December 2013
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Some movie-related music news from Paul's site:

* Live and Let Die is on the American Hustle soundtrack

* Cut Me Some Slack has been confirmed as eligible for an original song Oscar.

* Excerpt on the Beatles' struggles with Allen Klein from the new book, Beatles vs. Stones by John McMillan

 

* Yesterday was declared Terri Hemmert Day in Chicago, in honor of the longtime radio personality and WXRT's Breakfast with the Beatles host.

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20 December 2013
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Via Reddit: beautiful story of The Reo Brothers who survived Typhoon Haiyan performing Beatles songs at a recent concert.

And their performance:

 

 

 

*sniff*

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20 December 2013
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A crater on Mercury has been named after John.

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20 December 2013
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^ When things like that happen, I wonder what John would think of it. I like it, anyway. I feel an odd sort of pride.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

20 December 2013
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fabfouremily said
^ When things like that happen, I wonder what John would think of it. I like it, anyway. I feel an odd sort of pride.

I think John would be made up. He did believe in extra-terrestrial life anyway, his spotting of the UFO one night outside his apartment in New York being the one that comes to mind ("there's UFO's over New York and I ain't too surprised"). A Beatles Examiner article on it as well.

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