14 April 2010
John Clive voiced John, and Geoffrey Hughes (who found fame as Eddie Yeats in Coronation Street and later Onslow in Keeping Up Appearances) voiced Paul. Paul Angelis is the younger brother of Michael Angelis, who took over from Ringo in voicing Thomas the Tank Engine.
Onslow was Paul?!?!
I loved Hughes' character in Keeping Up Appearances but never made the connection.
To the fountain of perpetual mirth, Let it roll for all its worth.
16 August 2012
About the infamous "Butcher Cover", from Wikipedia, as they sum it up the best:
In 1987, former president of Capitol Records Alan Livingston released for sale twenty-four "first state" butcher covers from his private collection. When the original cover was scrapped in June 1966, Livingston took a case of already-sealed "Butcher" albums from the warehouse before they were to be pasted over with the new covers, and kept them in a closet at his home. These albums were first offered for sale at a Beatles convention at the Marriott Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport on Thanksgiving weekend 1987 by Livingston's son. These still-sealed pristine items, which included nineteen mono and five stereo versions, are the very rarest "pedigree" specimen "Butcher Covers" in existence. These so-called "Livingston Butchers" today command premium prices among collectors, the five stereo versions being the most rare and valuable of these. In April 2006, Heritage Auction Galleries sold one of the sealed mono "Livingston Butchers" at auction in Dallas for about $39,000.
An extremely rare original "first state" stereo copy that was not from the Livingston collection was presented for appraisal at a 2003 Chicago taping of the PBS series Antiques Roadshow. It was still in the possession of the original owner, who had bought it at Sears & Roebuck on the day of release in 1966, the only day that the original Butcher cover versions were on sale before being recalled by Capitol. Although not in its original shrink-wrap, it had rarely been played and was still in excellent condition, and Roadshow appraiser Gary Sohmers valued it at US$10,000 – $12,000.
Capitol Records of Canada vice president and A&R head at the time Paul White kept a mono cover and a stereo cover slick for his collection.
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