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6 July 2015
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And today is a special day for us all.......

 

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I hope the entirety of both songs leak one day, but they probably won't.

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meanmistermustard said

Wogblog article follow-up on John's 1962 "Jumbo" J160E Gibson guitar reportedly stolen in 1963 (see here for details) which is going up for auction in November.

The theory put forward by Harry Hodgson (tho read the article for all the information) is that John and George both had Gibson guitars and George is on camera watching an old clip of 'This Boy' in 1974 saying he gave his away. Dhani however has one in his collection so George gave his away and kept John's meaning that John's wasnt stolen as originally thought. 

Taking that all in then doesnt it mean that George's is up for auction not John's?

That was confusing--yes, it would be George's. And George's would be John's.

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Study leads to stupid thought.

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Britain may have become obsessed with The Beatles because they bombarded the public with songs about the weather, a new study suggests.

Brits love nothing more than moaning about the weather and it seems a spell of bad weather is an inspiration for songwriters too.

Over 900 songwriters or singers have written or sung about weather - and The Beatles are among the most prolific, researchers from Oxford and Southampton Universities found.

Out of 308 songs penned by the Fab Four, 48 (16 per cent) make reference to the weather.

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i clearly see the weather reference in "Love Me Do " , but thought that " rain" was about a state of mind...

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Going back a second - are there 308 songs penned by the Fab Four? There are something like 220 different Beatles tracks on the studio albums (someone will know it exact) but a number are covers; are there 80-odd additional ones written by John, Paul, George and Ringo on the post-1970 released tracks? 308 seems like a lot to me.

 

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meanmistermustard said
Going back a second - are there 308 songs penned by the Fab Four? There are something like 220 different Beatles tracks on the studio albums (someone will know it exact) but a number are covers; are there 80-odd additional ones written by John, Paul, George and Ringo on the post-1970 released tracks? 308 seems like a lot to me.
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To the best of my knowledge, the Beatles wrote approximately 215 songs (give or take a few); one source states 208, including Anthology releases but not bootlegs. In all there are somewhere around 300.

Okay, according to the Almighty Wikipedia (as Necko calls it) there are 309 songs, 72 of which are cover versions, and the remaining 237 are originals. 

Those numbers could be debated, as with nearly everything else in the world, but it's enough to say that that article was quite wrongly erroneous. Or erroneously wrong. Something like that. 

(I haven't quite woken up yet as you can see...) 

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Its bizarre we have audio of John performing on that day.

I first heard that audio a few years ago on iTunes radio. It gave me chills. Thanks for posting it!

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showbiz 411 coverage of Ringo's 75th birthday celebrations. More noteworthy however is Ringo's answer when being asked if he would ever write a book

“No, I do it on record.  There’s a track on the last album [Postcards from Paradise] that deals with my life in Liverpool, in Rory and The Hurricanes [his first group] and with the Beatles. That’s how I’m doing it. So I’m not going to be sitting down writing a book. Other people are writing books but they don’t really relate to me, I don’t feel. “

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Ross says, "there's something about almost every era, related to each album, that I can find inspiration from."

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Wow, those are fantastic! I really, really love that. Thanks for sharing heart 

 

Edit: Looks like they'll cost an arm and a leg, though: http://darkhallmansionstore.com/

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Wogblog report on how the Beatles Spain concert from July 1965 (see post above) reported to be coming out on the 50th anniversary of the show has proven to be all a scam. Highly disappointing.

The people selling this record sound like total fucking crooks:

"For all these reasons, and since you have bought the album, we want to state that the audio of this concert is not appropriate to that of the concert in Madrid (which probably does not exist). If you want to return your order, you just have to communicate with us and negotiate the return.

"If you have bought the numbered edition, unless we hear from you before the 7th of July that you want to cancel the purchase, when we receive this edition, we are going to ship it to you: towards the 15th of July.

"In any case, yes we would like to warn that these editions in these three formats, and which are based on a small lie, over time will turn into a collector's item. It may be in the part of the record collection labeled "bizarre" or "Made in Spain", if you like, but nonetheless collectible. Oddities, "bootlegs" which in all likelihood will rub discographers given its strange origin, and the value that is placed upon pieces related to the Beatles discography.

For the time being, we have withdrawn the albums from sale, but we are thinking, for this collector's market, we will keep selling the units that we have got in stock. But, of course, while warning of their falseness."

So they've "withdrawn" it from sale, but continue to sell it. They're not cancelling orders or contacting purchasers to inform them that they've been mis-sold goods on false pretences; they're hoping that people don't notice the truth in time so they can close the sale. It's not "a small lie", it's out-and-out fraud.

The Wogblog comments also have a great "I'VE BEEN HACKED!!!"-style defence by José Luis Álvarez Sánchez, the guy who claimed to own the concert tapes. Apparently they were switched without his knowledge, the poor lamb.

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Disappointing news about the Madrid stuff. Glad I didn't buy one.

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Jose's response (in the spoiler) to the waves of criticism and outrage following the discovery that folk have been duped into what is worthless shit is quite something, reminds of Jim Carrey's sarcastic comment in and as 'The Mask' after being stopped by the police - "it wasn't me, it was the one-armed man".

As you say it boils down to a "my dog ate my homework" type excuse which nobody believes, gets them even more annoyed, and makes him out to be an even more unlikable crook. His comment that "My conclusion is very clear to me: the album has to be authenticIf it weren´t, it shall be for reasons beyond me and I insist on that, right now I am investigating about this matter." cannot be any more deluded. Of course he cannot admit he deliberately mis-sold the concert. 

MY RECORDING OF THE CONCERT OF "THE BEATLES" IN MADRID, JULY 2, 1965

It has sparked a fierce criticism against me and my work, casting doubt on the authenticity of the recorded concert by me that day. I assure you that the recording that I did was REAL, although I can not guarantee is that "someone" might have the handle, and I´m going to try to tell you why.

When I recorded that live show, the tape was saved (not too well) in my recording studio PUBLI / VOX, where passed many people, groups, artists, advertising agencies, broadcasters, and good friends of mine and also “the other friends”, and I was just not much there, because my dedication to my magazine Fonorama was absolute, ie, I did not have much time to make productions, although I did a lot of them.

Though you do not believe it, I did not give too much importance to what happened in 1965, because for me it was just another job and for many years I did not worry about that tape. In fact, in the mid-70's, when we close the recording studio, all my personal things were stored in the garage of my parents' house, where those things were keept for a long time until I could bring these things back to my house in the late of 80´s (and thank goodness, because many of my things went away to the litter when my brother Paco went to live in that house; toys, books, tapes and even hundreds of numbers of my magazines Fonorama and Acordes para Guitarra (“Guitar chords”), with a lot of numbers dedicated to The Beatles by the way, went away).

A bit earlier, in the early 70's, when I started working at Spanish National Radio, I used that old tape for programming some fragments in my various programs in Peninsular Radio and Radio Juventud (“Youth Radio”) and, frankly, that thing did not have much significance, passing unnoticed, the opposite of what might today seem ...after all these previous events, it´s just now when I have reasonable doubts about if anyone could change the tape time before in my studio. What I had clear is that I never had manipulated it and, for me, it was the same as it was recorded. Moreover, as it was still something that I did not really matter and that also could not be used seriously due to my contract or paper signed with Brian Epstein (that recording could not be used in 25 years, as stated in that document), then I didn´t think about checking if the concert that I recorded myself years before was the containing of the tape that I kept and still have in my possession. Anyway, this possibility surprises me a lot and I think the real explanation is a different one as I'm now investigating...

Taking up the theme, was a result of the releasing of several Lp´s containing similar concerts of the European tour of The Beatles of 1965 during the mid-80's when people became interested again for what happened in Madrid that July 2, 1965 and apparently, people contacted Tony Luz, guitarist of PEKENIKES group, who was asked if he knew something. I was told, he said that maybe I had recorded something. I do not know if he would see me when I recorded it, but the fact is that from that moment a lot of people started asking for that record and I said who is interested that I had it, but did not know where the tape was.

As the 25 years after the show was approaching, then I thought of doing something with the recording and searched and founded my tape, especially to please all the fans and friends, and I tried to contact those who may be interested in rescuing this document: Paul, Ringo, George, Yoko, or EMI, Apple or even Michael Jackson himself, who had bought the publishing rights of The Beatles ...but nobody answered me. A little later, on a business trip to Miami, I met at the airport of Barajas (Madrid) with my friend Manolo Diaz (Los Bravos), who at that time was the director of EMI in Madrid, and I discussed the idea. He was very interested in that and we agreed to meet when the two come back to Madrid, but when I went back and try to talk to him again, I knew that he had change to live in Miami and had left the company, so I gave up and again forgot about the story.

Not much later, in the early 90's, TVE (Spanish National Television) found several movies made during the Spanish live shows of The Beatles in 1965, although without audio, and then I lent some fragments of my recording to be used to enrich this documentary. Nobody then doubted that my master was not good in that film...

Then, the tape returned to a shelf in my office, extracting several parts of the concert in few CD's and with them I was invited to several radio programs over that years for talk about this, but no one heard the entire content of my master. I must confess that I have never been a specialist in The Beatles and therefore I would not know differentiate recordings of the group from different shows and also unknown whether there were recordings in places such as Tokyo or if there was any record of the shows of Paul in Spain ... that is, in the 90's I had no need to show false recordings on radio programs where you could hear fragments of it all.

In short, all this I find it very strange... it may be that for decades I was fooled with a changed tape of what I had recorded and I didn’t realize for years, but I find very hard to believe that, as I said, no one had realized before with the fragments that I leaked for years or with the TVE movie about that Spanish shows, so I'm actually investigating right now is what has been happening with the master that I gave recently in connection with what has finally appeared on sale and the master that was returned to me. In addition, you have to take into account that I have been working for decades in this musical business and I have always offered very interesting things and I don´t need to edit something that would be questionable or false.

I also know that there are people who have always defamed me and also my work and serve as an example that there are people who reached to doubt that I had been with the Beatles in those days, or that the pictures that were made by my friend Paco Barahona where I was with them were false when at that time it was impossible to falsify, and so on...

My conclusion is very clear to me: the album has to be authentic. If it weren´t, it shall be for reasons beyond me and I insist on that, right now I am investigating about this matter. If anyone has the slightest doubt that the project would not be what it is, I recommend you just do not buy it, please !. I've never pretended to fool anyone absolutely. At least a bit of interest and joy has taken place for a few hundred of friends who will possess a document made with love, good faith and enormous graphic documentation. To those who slander me whatever I do, I can not tell them anything other than pursue their things and just leave me alone. And for those that besides criticizing have been using my stuff for years without permission to their books and their fan clubs of the group and without even giving me no thank you, I wish you continue to use it well.

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Wogblog report on a new Beatles museum that has opened in the Hotel Korona in Eger, Hungary called the Egri Road Beatles Museum.

 

[x-posted in 'Beatles Exhibits'] 

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The Woolton Picture House in Liverpool is screening 'Help!' at 1pm on the 16th July to celebrate its 50th anniversary reports the Liverpool Echo. Tickets cost £5.

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PaulMcCartney.com releases some behind-the-scenes video from Ringo's RNRHOF Induction.  Sir Paul refers to Ringo as "my little brother."

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PaulMcCartney.com releases some behind-the-scenes video from Ringo's RNRHOF Induction.  Sir Paul refers to Ringo as "my little brother."

I wonder if it pisses off Ringo as it would have done George.

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I highly doubt that, as Ringo isn't actually younger than him. he would just laugh at that endearing term

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