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18 May 2022
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Confirmation that complete copies of episodes 5 -> 15 of ‘Pop Go The Beatles’ exist in excellent sound quality in the BBC archives, taped directly as they were originally aired back in the summer/autumn of 1963 by Margaret Ashworth. Most of the Beatles tracks we have, if not officially then on bootleg, but a lot of the chat and guest groups remain unavailable.

The most important aspect of the article in my opinion:

After the thrill of this, my husband and I had a thought: why not start a website (it’s am-records.com) to share our musical tastes?

And I thought it would be fun to put out the old programmes at 5pm on Tuesdays throughout the summer to recreate the tension of having to wait a week for the next one, so I contacted the BBC for permission to air them.

In my naivety, I thought this would be a formality, as it had been nearly 60 years since the programmes were made and I was not seeking to profit from the broadcast. 

However, a BBC operative told me that it had copies of the programmes in its archive and would ‘not approve’ the upload of my versions to any site, adding that there were ‘quite complex issues with the use of Beatles materials across BBC, or external, sites’.

I have no way of knowing whether the BBC versions are as good as mine. They may have come from one of the other six sets of CDs made at Abbey Road .

Nevertheless, after all these years, with the Beatles still extremely popular, it seems mean-spirited of the BBC not to allow these little time capsules to be broadcast, either by me or by the Corporation. I cannot believe there are copyright issues that cannot be solved.

 

Would be fantastic if the BBC would air the episodes, possibly for the 60th anniversary of the series next year – surely they can find a way to get the relevant permissions.

  

This type of news is always exciting. Glad to hear it, and indeed, fingers crossed for a release.

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Not sure this is the right thread, but I really wanted to share this video

 

Paul in Orlando, lightning storm happening overhead during Helter Skelter. from beatles

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The remaining dates on this leg of Ringo’s tour have been postponed until later in the year. When Edgar Winter was diagnosed with Covid on 7 June they tried to carry on, but with Steve Lukather having also been diagnosed with Covid, the remaining twelve dates of the 22 will be added to the next leg of the tour in September.

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The 3 McCartney albums are being issued as a box set on 5 August.

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The eponymous solo albums written, performed, and produced by Paul McCartney from 1970, 1980, and 2020. Includes 3 CDs with 3 limited edition photo prints and an introduction from Paul in a beautiful slipcase box.

Written, performed, and produced entirely by Paul McCartney , his three eponymous career-spanning solo albums (1970’s McCartney, 1980’s McCartney II , and 2020’s McCartney III ) will now be packaged together and available in one special boxset for the first time.

McCartney I II III box set will be available in three different formats – Limited Edition Color Vinyl, Black Vinyl Edition, and CD – each including three special photo prints with notes from Paul about each album. The newly created boxset cover art and typography for the slipcase are by Ed Ruscha.

Bookending 50 years of unparalleled work, each album demonstrates Paul McCartney ’s restless creativity and adventurous artistic spirit. McCartney, the Number One Album was Paul’s first solo album released in 1970 and features timeless tracks “Every Night ” and “Junk,” along with the immortal classic “Maybe I’m Amazed.” This album saw a global music superstar pioneer a novel homespun approach to recording that would, in time, become a sought-after sound and the highly influential precursor to the “lo-fi” alternative genre.

Just as McCartney marked the end of an era with Paul’s first release after leaving the biggest band in history, Paul did it again in 1980, this time signaling the end of 70s rock giants Wings. Taking a fresh approach to things, Paul wrote, performed, and produced the avant-garde masterpiece McCartney II , which reached Number One in the UK, and Number 3 in the US, producing such classics as “Coming Up ,” “Waterfalls,” and “Temporary Secretary .”

With McCartney III Paul went back to basics again to create some of his most revealing work to date. Released in December 2020, just two years after Paul’s Billboard-topping Egypt Station album, “Rockdown,” saw Paul turn unexpected time on his hands into an opportunity to get into the studio on his own. An intimate and loose record featuring “Find My Way” and the now live favorite “Women and Wives,” McCartney III features Paul’s melodic gift at its forefront throughout. Upon release, McCartney III charted at Number One on the UK’s Official Album Charts and Number One on Billboard’s Top Album Sales Chart.

In an unrivaled career, Paul has always been willing to take risks and have fun along the way – his musical projects have included classical albums, electronic albums, ballet scores, writing for video games, and left-field collaborations — along the way, breaking chart records, box office records, winning countless awards and remaining one of the world’s most influential and revered artists of all time. McCartney, McCartney II , and McCartney III captured and documented landmark moments of his singular career, each offering a personal snapshot of a unique artist at a particular moment in time.

The coloured vinyl edition is clear, white and creamy white.

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You can buy all three McCartney albums on Amazon for £26 separately yet the box set is just under £40. I get that it’s new and so is more expensive but surely it would make sense to have the box slightly cheaper so it’s more appealing to purchase; even if each album was £10 each you still would be paying £10 for the extras. Yes, you get some limited edition gumpf but it’s not worth £10 more.

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Mark Lewisohn will be back with a new Beatles shows in October – ‘Evolver62‘.

 

Back in pre-COVIOD 2019, Mark Lewisohn toured his ‘Hornsey Road’ one-man show about the ‘Abbey Road ’ album on its 50th anniversary. Now, on October 7 and 8, he’ll be commemorating the 60th anniversary of Love Me Do ’s release with three performances of a brand new two-hour production at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre.

Evolver:62 will see him dip into his own archive to speed-deliver 62 short stories about The Beatles’ 1962: a concept he intends to continue with, next year, 63 history bites about 1963, followed by 64 about 1964 and so on, all the way to the end.

The shows: Friday, 7th October at 7:30pm; Saturday 8th October at 2:30pm and 7:30pm.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, 29th July, at 10:00am (UK).

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There is also a video on Mr Lewisohn’s Twitter page showing one of the photo discussions. 

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American Beatles magazine Beatlefan are saying on their Facebook page they’ve a couple of sources who are suggesting a multi-disc Revolver  is on the way, with a possible release date of 26 or 28 October, and that the Ultimate version of Some Time In New York City  will appear on 9 October. Both are unconfirmed rumours.

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Giles Martin said in an interview with Rolling Stone last year that the technology wasn’t quite there yet to do Revolver  justice so far as being able to separate the tracks, but Giles has obfuscated in the past about what’s planned next during the course of these Deluxe releases, and we know Peter Jackson made quite the leap forward in being able to separate the the sound on the mono Nagra tapes for Get Back .

Revolver  would be an interesting one as there aren’t too many circulating outtakes from the sessions (officially or unofficially) allowing for the opportunity to surprise.

It was looking like the Ultimate Some Time in NYC might have been shelved, but as we know with John releases, 9 October would make sense as his birthday is often used to make releases.

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Wouldn’t it be strange for both releases to be out within three weeks of each other? Tho many casual fans won’t care about ‘STINYC’, it might make more sense for a ‘Revolver ’ set to come out in mid to late November where it gets the Christmas market sales immediately and let’s John’s set have a bit more time to breathe.
Tho suppose you could argue that everyone would opt for ‘Revolver ’ so will a few extra weeks make much differerence?

Here’s hoping that a deluxe ‘Revolver ’ will reverse the trend of the box sets as ‘Let It Be ’ was the continuation of a real drop in terms of content and interest. There is so much scope with the sets to really immerse the hardcore fans yet with ‘Let It Be ’ and ‘Abbey Road ’ it felt more a matter of ‘must we? Well ok, here you go’ and we got scraps. 

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Though the Lennon Estate scheduling the Ultimate NYC so close to Revolver  might give the Lennon Estate a reason to offer as to why NYC doesn’t sell that well in comparison to the Ultimate editions of JL/POB and Imagine . Or to argue it exceeded expectations given the problematic nature and reputation of the album and its close proximity to a Revolver  deluxe.

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