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14 October 2022
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Sir Ringo Starr has cancelled the rest of his North American tour after testing positive to Covid-19 again:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/ent…..s-63251925

Get well soon, Ringo!  Peace and love.  a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

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And in the end

The love you take is equal to the love you make

 

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BMG have announced today, following last year’s news that they were taking over the administration of George’s publishing, that — in conjunction with Dark Horse Records — they will now also handle his solo recordings catalogue, with his solo albums now available in Dolby Atmos on Apple Music to mark his 80th birthday.

The full statement can be read here.

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Variety are reporting rumours from multiple sources Paul has recently recorded bass parts (“parts” maybe suggesting more than one song) for an upcoming Rolling Stones “project” (one would surmise an album) with the producer Andrew Watt — Grammy producer of the year in 2021. It’s also suggested that Ringo is going to contribute to the unannounced album (what do they do after the death of Charlie? Makes no sense to try and replace him at this point in their career, so makes sense they’d use session drummers and maybe a few star(r) guests on drums).

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22 February 2023
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Variety are reporting rumours from multiple sources Paul has recently bass parts (“parts” maybe suggesting more than one song) for an upcoming Rolling Stones “project” (one would surmise an album) with the producer Andrew Watt — Grammy producer of the year in 2021. It’s also suggested that Ringo is going to contribute to the unannounced album (what do they do after the death of Charlie? Makes no sense to try and replace him at this point in their career, so makes sense they’d use session drummers and maybe a few star(r) guests on drums).

  

Dump on a rejected George solo and some harmonies by John and you’ve got the ultimate supergroup AND a Beatles reunion not on a Beatles song so the fans don’t get into arguments of whether it’s a true Beatles song. 

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“The Quarrystones” as a name, maybe? 

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“The Quarrystones” as a name, maybe? 

  

Haha weird…Sirius Radio started playing the Stones while I was typing that; and then followup with this

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…oh wait, now the song’s ended and the DJ is specifically talking about the newsworthy news, so obviously the pairing wasn’t a coincidence 

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Paul: Yeah well… first of all, we’re bringing out a ‘Stamp Out Detroit’ campaign.

         

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The earliest known full recording of The Beatles playing a live concert in the UK, at the point they were becoming the biggest band in the nation, has been revealed by BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, almost exactly 60 years after it was made.

The hour-long quarter-inch tape recording was made by 15-year-old John Bloomfield at Stowe boarding school in Buckinghamshire on 4 April 1963 when the band played a concert at the school’s theatre. 

Source: BBC

I haven’t listened to the show and I won’t as it will be the normal people talking about how great it is without actually letting us hear how great it is outside of brief clips. That will annoy me far too much.

Hopefully it somehow finds a way to the fans but what are the odds that Apple get their hands on it and it’s shoved in a vault for 75 years. Or it’s kept as a sacred artifact shoved in someone’s safe in an attic with tripwires and impenetrable defences.

But it’s very cool how a complete 1 hour 1963 UK concert has surfaced after 60 years as we have so little material from the UK shows. Gives hope for going forward.

 

On a related note, it’s a couple of months before the 60 year anniversary of the first episode of ‘Pop Go The Beatles’, a landmark BBC radio series. We know the BBC have at least the latter episodes complete so how incredible would it be if the BBC actually aired them as originally broadcast for the first time since. I know there is talk about copyright issues with other groups but surely an agreement could be made where necessary.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8The audio is pretty dreadful. At the moment it makes the original 1977 releases of the Star Club tapes sound high fidelity, but with the technology we have now there’s no doubt it could vastly improved. You only really get to hear a bit of the opening I Saw Her Standing There  going straight into Too Much Monkey Business on the show, but a fascinating discovery.

The interesting thing is that it’s out of copyright (at least in Europe), and so there is nothing Apple could do to prevent its release should John Bloomfield decide to explore the possibility.

Means the beginning of April 1963 are quite heavily documented days in the life, as we have the BBC radio session for Side By Side on the 1st, a live BBC performance for Easy Beat on the 3rd, another BBC Side By Side during the day of the 4th, now an almost complete “ballroom” performance from Stowe that evening (“ballroom” performance because of its length, rather than the 25/30 minute “concert” performances that were becoming the norm) — thought to be missing the last two or three tracks, and the EMI House performance on the 5th that emerged at the beginning of last year.

I do wish they’d revealed the set-list for Stowe though, as alongside Monkey Business, it’s mentioned they did I Just Don’t Understand, and it would be fascinating to know what other songs we know only through BBC recordings are on the tape, or if there’s anything that’s completely new.

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Wow, John Bloomfield?  Wonder if he’s a far-distant relation to myself (why not  it’s possible.)

I know Julia Lennon was living at Blomfield Road (one ‘o’) when she died…

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There is certainly one interesting connection to Beatles history with the Stowe performance, @Von Bontee, in that it was organised by David Moores, whose uncle Sir John Moores bought the Stuart Sutcliffe painting that gave him enough money to buy a bass guitar and join John’s group.

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Interesting that Stella attempts to block one of the phones filming. I speculated when Paul was photographed smoking last year just before his tour, but there ain’t no doubt that’s a joint.

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Well, Beatrice is 19 now. Paul is free from the restrictions from Heather Mills. 

Puff, Paul, puff! 

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There is certainly one interesting connection to Beatles history with the Stowe performance, @Von Bontee, in that it was organised by David Moores, whose uncle Sir John Moores bought the Stuart Sutcliffe painting that gave him enough money to buy a bass guitar and join John’s group.

That is a very cool coincidence!

I wonder if Sir John ever received the paintings other half….

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GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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There’s also the Red and Blue albums, @vonbontee. The colours of Liverpool and Everton football clubs. David Moores would go on to own Liverpool, while Sir John owned Everton.

There are some interesting conjunctions between the Moores family and The Beatles.

I do like that one though, because it’s kind of like the Moores family accidentally manage to bookend the rise of The Beatles, from when they’re truly starting to become the group we know to just after their first album has been released and with their first official #1 single about to be released.

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No idea how long it will stay up, but the Front Row segment on the Stowe performance has been uploaded to YouTube…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?…..-Pb1-jh9Kg

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I share mmm’s frustration at our not being allowed to hear this whole set immediately, but that entire segment is fascinating, with those personal reminiscences. I’d especially love to see that photo of whichever Beatle posed with a hockey stick while visiting in the lad’s room. (Canadian thing)

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More details and a full setlist:

https://www.theguardian.com/mu…..the-nation

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The US Library of Congress named its 25 additions for 2023 to their National Recording Registry on Wednesday, taking it up to 625 recordings of the roughly 4 million recordings they hold — so a pretty prestigious list, and chosen from public nominations, of which there were more than 1,100 different recordings nominated this year.

Among the 25 recordings added to the list was Imagine  (the song, not the album), 20 years after the only other Beatles-related recording — Sgt. Pepper  (album) — was added to the list. (It surprises me that I Want To Hold Your Hand  is yet to make the list, given its impact on American culture and society.)

The full list of 625 recordings can be found on the Library of Congress website.

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Details of Dolly Parton’s rock album, Rockstar, have been announced. Due on 17 November, with an interesting tracklisting full of big-name collaborations (only 3 of the 30 tracks are just her), and it confirms the rumours that both Paul and Ringo had contributed.

They both appear on Dolly’s version of Let It Be , along with Peter Frampton and Mick Fleetwood.

Not Dolly’s first visit to the Lennon/McCartney catalogue as she did a version of Help years ago…

She, like so many others, has also done a version of John’s Imagine

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