Friday, 2 October 2015

The Some Other Guy tape

The tape. Photo: © Johnnie Hamp
As we reported back in early June, a tape recording of The Beatles performing "Some Other Guy" at the Cavern Club in Liverpool is about to be auctioned. For some reason, the story only broke yesterday in the "overground" media, probably because of a press release from the auction house.

The recording was done because the sound quality on the original TV footage was so bad. Granada sent their sound engineer Gordon J. Butler back to the Cavern just to record audio, which was to be dubbed onto the film. At the August session with a TV crew present in the club, only one microphone had been used, but at the September session Butler recorded, the sound engineer had set up three microphones to get a better quality recording. Two of the microphones were individually placed on Lennon and McCartney's microphone stands. Butler returned to Manchester's Granada TV with the audio of a full concert by the fabs, but only "Some Other Guy" and "Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey" seem to have survived.

The press release goes on to say that due to legal issues with other acts on the show, the programme was not screened. That may be true at the time, but Granada TV did finally screen the programme more than a year later, as part of their new magazine series "Scene at 6:30" on 6 November 1963.
The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein was so impressed with the recording that he asked for five acetate discs to be pressed from the tape to use as promotion. At least one of these discs were two-sided and contained the other surviving song on the flip side, "Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey".
That disc was sold at auction in 1993 for £16,000 to Apple Records, and portions of it used in The Beatles Anthology TV series. Surprisingly, the full audio version of "Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey", seemingly from another source, turned up on video sharing site DailyMotion in 2013. The accompanying video just shows an acetate disc being played.

The tape kept by former Granada TV producer Johnnie Hamp is of course in a better condition than the acetates made from it, and will be sold by auctioneer Adam Partridge. With the help of Beatles historian Paul Wilde, Hamp listened to the tape on a reel-to-reel tape machine and found that it was "crystal clear" even after all of these years.

The tape will be sold as part of Adam Partridge's next specialist Rock & Pop Memorabilia auction on 4th November and Johnnie Hamp will be donating all of the proceeds to charity.

Johnnie Hamp and Adam Partridge will together be holding a press launch where the tape will be played in public for the very first time. Aptly taking place in the Cavern Club in Liverpool, the tape will be played with the help of Beatles historian Paul Wilde. The launch will take place at 12pm on the 8th October (the day before what would have been John Lennon’s 75thbirthday) and entry is by invitation only. Please RSVP to in order to enquire entry.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

And the Profits Four told:

In-store display poster.
1969, 8-track tapes and the new cassette format is all the rage, and for some reason, in the USA, Apple Records released this rather cheeky store display promoting the entire Beatles catalogue on 8 Track and Cassettes.  This 37" tall by 11.5" wide promotional poster features The Beatles in a stained glass window with the following verbiage:  "And the Profits Four told: Our Tapes Make Divine Gifts".  At the bottom of the poster is the complete Beatles catalog on 8 Track and Cassette Tapes.  This poster was manufactured and released to record stores in late 1969:  the very rare The Beatles Deluxe 3-Pack is listed at the bottom which was released in September 1969. It consisted of these three titles, "Meet The Beatles", "Yesterday And Today" and "Magical Mystery Tour".

Legible close-up of the bottom of the poster.

Paul McCartney cassette interview

A printed cardboard held the cassette.
SFX Cassette Magazine was a short-lived British music magazine published in the very early 1980s (not to be confused with SFX magazine, a best-selling science fiction magazine published continuously since 1995). The distinguishing feature of SFX was its format: rather than traditional print media, the magazine was distributed in the form of a one-hour cassette. Magazines were sold as cassettes twist-tied to an 8-1/4" x 11-3/4" cardboard backing. The tag line of each issue: "The Only Music Magazine on C-60."

The format of each issue was similar to a radio show, featuring news and interviews with pop stars (mostly but not exclusively British) and others involved with the music industry; reviews of record releases given by other musicians and artists; previews of upcoming album releases; unsigned band demo recordings; occasional features on culture, fashion and football (soccer); and three or four commercials per issue.

Part 2 of the McCartney interview was published in the next edition of the magazine.
The concept was conceived and developed by Hugh Salmon, then a young account executive at Ogilvy & Mather, and edited by the respected NME journalist, Max Bell. Among notable editorial coups, including Paul McCartney talking for the first time about his feelings of the murder of John Lennon, SFX provided the first opportunity for Jools Holland, keyboard player of Squeeze, and the young Paula Yates, a well-known figure on the music scene then going out with Bob Geldof. They both went on to present the TV programme The Tube.

The publication was short lived, running from November 1981 through the summer of 1982. There were at least 19 known issues published. Taken as a whole, the SFX cassettes capture a narrow slice of music and pop culture as the punk/new wave movement was becoming more mainstream in content and performance.

The McCartney interview, originally spread across two issues in April/May 1982, was one of the first times he had been interviewed at length since Lennon's death. In the interview he candidly discusses his relationships with The Beatles, Yoko and his feelings about and fame in general as well as the new "Tug of War" album, albeit briefly. It's a refreshing, genuinely insightful interview, free from his well-rehearsed 'stock answers' we get these days.

Here then, is the interview with McCartney from these cassettes, courtesy of Parlogram.

You can find all the editions of SFX cassette magazine here.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Animated Beatles feature planned

Beatles cartoon figures as figurines

Paul King, who recently directed the animated feature Paddington, is now in talks to tackle Warner Bros.’ animated musical "Meet The Beatles". This will be an animated family film, which will feature songs from The Beatles’ entire discography and will be shaped around the concept of the "one that got away," according to sources close to The Tracking Board.

Producer will be David Heyman, via his Heyday Films, along with Jeffrey Clifford. Courtenay Valenti and Racheline Benveniste are overseeing for Warner. The script is by Jay Stern.

The news broke just after the fiftieth anniversary of the first time we got to see The Beatles animated. The Beatles cartoons were screened in the US from September 25, 1965 to April 20, 1969 on ABC Television. It has been said that Neil Aspinall never cared much for the cartoon series in his day, and bought the rights as well as the production prints only to lock them away forever. Lately though, the Beatles' likenesses in the cartoon series have been licensed off by Apple Corps Ltd for use on commercial products.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Eirik Wangberg's biography

Eirik Wangberg with his biography. Photo: © Roger Stormo
"My first meeting with Eirik was remarkable, and it took place during the late 60's. One day when John Lennon and I visited with Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys while they were recording, Brian and I ended up sharing the piano bench an playing our new songs, with John, Beach Boys, Van Dyke Parks and Eirik as an audience." - from Paul McCartney's introduction in the biography of Eirik "the Norwegian" Wangberg.

Friday we attended a press lunch to launch the biography of Eirik Wangberg, written with his collaborator Stein Slettebak Wangen. Eirik who? Perhaps you know him better as Eirik the Norwegian, which is the name he goes under on the cover of "Ram", where Eirik is listed as mixing engineer.

"Ram" credit
This book is bound not to get the attention it truly deserves, because it is published in Norwegian. But it contains some fantastic stories from Wangberg's career, and a few are Beatles related. Eirik Wangberg was born in 1944 in England, but grew up in Oslo, Norway. He started out in the music business as the bass player for one of the earliest rock groups in Norway, "The Cool Cats", who recorded a demo in EMI studios in Abbey Road as early as in 1960, Eirik is only sixteen and it's two years before the Beatles arrive at the same studios.

In 1964, Wangberg moved to California to study, but is soon captured by the recording industry, where he starts to work as a recording, mastering and mixing engineer and producer until he moves back to Norway in 1980. During his time in California, Wangberg is involved in the recording and or mixing of several well known recordings and hits, like stereo mixing records like The Turtles' "Happy Together", Scott McKenzie's "San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)" and the soundtrack to "Monterey Pop".

In 1967, Wangberg finds himself in Sound Recorders Studio in Hollywood, one of many studios Brian Wilson decided to utilise for the recording and mixing of The Beach Boys' upcoming album, "Smile". Having already recorded the song "Vegetables" with Wangberg first as second engineer and later on in control of the engineering, the Beach Boys, Van Dyke Parks and Wangberg are there to put the songs together to make a coherent album when John Lennon and Paul McCartney stop by, together with Derek Taylor.  After having congratulated John and Paul on the success of their latest single, "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever", Wangberg plays back "Vegetables" for the guests from England. After having harvested compliments for the song, Wangberg, still not sure about who is who of John and Paul, witnesses an encounter where Paul and Brian are both sitting at the piano, playing each other's new songs. "Sgt. Pepper" is still not released, so Paul starts by playing and performing "Fixing A Hole". Brian counters by playing and singing "Heroes and villains", and Paul answers with "Lovely Rita". Wangberg can still rewind Paul's solo version in his mind, he writes. Brian performs "Surf's up", before the party breaks up, John and Paul leave and "Smile" is shelved indefinitely... until 2011!

This visit by John and Paul is not documented in Beatles history. In April 1967, Paul spent a week in USA with his assistant, Mal Evans - not John. During his time in LA, Paul did visit Brian and The Beach Boys in their recording studio (April 10, 1967) without Mal, and the story goes that Paul partly co-produced "Vegetables" with Brian, chewing a bit of celery during the proceedings, and also played "She's Leaving Home" to Brian on the studio piano. It's tricky to work John Lennon into the story here, but Paul gives credence to the tale in his introduction to the book. I believe more research should ensue.

Wangberg's book: The photo on the front cover was taken before McCartney's concert in Drammenshallen in 1989.
Another chapter in Wangberg's book is from 1968, when George Harrison is in town and shows up with the "White album" tapes. Unhappy with Capitol's mastering job, George wants it remastered by the studio where Wangberg is working. Wangberg's business partner Armin Steiner is busy mastering the double album anew, assisted by Carl Frisk. The upcoming single, "Hey Jude" and "Revolution" is also part of the package they perform their work on, and Wangberg sits in to listen, leaving Harrison waiting.

This visit by George is somewhat documented. In the December 1968 issue of The Beatles Monthly Book, Mal Evans related how George was so upset by the cut he heard at Capitol that he took all day re-equalizing it so it sounded like it should. As detailed in page 270 of Bruce Spizer's book "The Beatles Swan Song" George Harrison did not approve of the original mastering job done by Capitol on "The White Album" As was often the practice at the time, Capitol's engineers had run the sound signal through a limiter and compressed the volume range of the recording by cutting back the high volume peaks and bringing up the low passages. Harrison insisted that the album be remastered. This took place under his supervision at Sound Recorders Studio on Yucca Street, which was located around the corner from the Capitol Tower.

The book is jumping back and forth through Wangberg's exciting adventures and is a fun read. Anecdotes aplenty about celebrities like the Beach Boys, Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Mamas & Papas, The Jackson Five, Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta and a host of renowned studio musicians. Of course, there's a huge section devoted to Paul and Linda McCartney's "Ram", the most important album of Wangberg's career. There are plans to have it translated into English. Wangberg is currently putting together a 2CD of music of his own, which he wrote and recorded during the sixties and seventies.

Tug and Pipes review

A sideways look at what's new on Tug of War/Pipes of Peace. Photo: MPL/Hear Music.

Miguel Carrera from Mexico City has sent us his review of the new "Tug of War"/"Pipes of Peace" bonus material:

Here is my review of the two new Archives Bonus CDs. I think anyone else can give their opinion on the remastered and “remixed” versions (the advance sampler comes with the ‘Remixed’ Tug of War only, not the ‘Remastered’), but there are no substantial difference with the past versions in my opinion, even the “remixed” Tug Of War which has LOUD vocals, and instruments and orchestras, but no alternate elements (like  different vocals, extra instruments, etc), so I won’t go deeper on those.
So, here my review, maybe you’ll find it helpful in some way.

Sadly there is no new material on ‘Tug Of War’, for those of us who are familiar with the bootleg recordings, but ALL the demos have been remastered and speed corrected (that’s why they run longer than the bootleg versions), sometimes they cut off a few seconds of original sound (Paul playing a few notes, some background noises, etc.)

Tug of War

TUG OF WAR – Bonus Audio
01. Stop, You Don’t Know Where She Came From [Demo] (previously unreleased)
Speed corrected but the very same version as on bootlegs.

02. Wanderlust [Demo] (previously unreleased)
Speed corrected but the intro is slightly edited (4 seconds). Complete on bootlegs.

03. Ballroom Dancing [Demo] (previously unreleased)
Speed corrected but the very same version as on bootlegs.

04. Take It Away [Demo] (previously unreleased)
Speed corrected but the very same version as on bootlegs.

05. The Pound Is Sinking [Demo] (2015 Remaster)
Speed corrected but the very same version as on bootlegs.

06. Something That Didn’t Happen [Demo] (previously unreleased)
Speed corrected but the intro is slightly edited . Complete on bootlegs, where it is known as ‘Hear Me Lover’.

07. Ebony and Ivory [Demo] (previously unreleased)
Speed corrected but the intro is slightly edited (3 seconds). Complete on bootlegs.

08. Dress Me Up As a Robber/Robber Riff [Demo] (previously unreleased)
Speed corrected but the very same version as on bootlegs. (3 separate demos in one)

09. Ebony and Ivory [Solo Version] (B-side of Ebony and Ivory 12” single)
10. Rainclouds (B-side of Ebony and Ivory 7” single)
11. I’ll Give You a Ring (B-side of Take It Away single)
All 3, this is the first time they are out on an official CD.

Pipes of Peace
PIPES OF PEACE – Bonus Audio
01. Average Person [Demo] (previously unreleased)
Speed corrected but the very same version as on bootlegs.

02. Keep Under Cover [Demo] (previously unreleased)
Speed corrected but the very same version as on bootlegs.

03. Sweetest Little Show [Demo] (previously unreleased)
Speed corrected but the intro is slightly edited (3 seconds). Complete on bootlegs.

04. It’s Not On [Demo] (previously unreleased)
NEW 3 minute demo!! Unreleased song. Many changes in rhythm, I think one of Paul’s daughters sings the first part.

05. Simple As That [Demo] (previously unreleased)
NEW 3 minute 15 sec demo!! This is NOT the 1986 song. And not one of the best I’ve heard. Weird one that sounds like a John demo from the late 70’s!!

06. Say Say Say [2015 Remix] (previously unreleased)
NEW!! This was a surprise, it’s an alternate vocal take from start to finish! On this one, Michael takes the lead vocal first, instead of Paul (as on the official record) and continues thru all the song (MJ sings Paul’s parts and vice versa). The only “remix” I can hear is on the backing track, which does sounds like the released version, mixed. Glorious 7 minutes of alternate take!

07. Ode to a Koala Bear (B-side of ‘Say Say Say’ single)
First time on official CD.
08. Twice in a Lifetime (bonus track from 1993)
Nothing new
09. Christian Bop (previously unreleased)
A demo recording from 1984 on a compilation from 1980-83??. Still, the very SAME version as on bootlegs, and also, NOT “unreleased”, since it’s included on ‘Liverpool Oratorio’ under a different treatment. Sometimes called on boots “Christian Pop”.

The DVDs contain the common video clips. The second version of the ‘Tug of War’ video has been in circulation among collectors since more than 10 years ago, still, very good that it’s finally official. This version is VERY similar BUT NOT the same as other unreleased Macca video: ‘Here Today’. It’s a mix of studio footage from the sessions, the mixing of the album, plus Paul doing some press interviews. The unreleased version of ‘Tug of War’, contains Japanese journalists on the footage, for example, but the ‘Here Today’ video does not contains any of the press interviews but adds more studio footage, sadly ‘Here Today’ was not released on this Archive set. The “other” ‘Here Today’ video with a  collage of John Lennon pics is FAKE, by the way, many fans think is real and it has appeared on many video compilations through the years, but is a FAKE ONE, a BIG ONE! The making of ‘Take it Away’ and home footage from Montserrat and AIR studios makes these boxes worth to get! I will go deeper on those later.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Another taste of Tug of War

Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder in the studio. Press photo.
Paul McCartney continues to use Billboard in USA and NME in the UK as vehicles to promote the upcoming Archives editions by feeding them samples from the releases.
This time, it's "Ebony & Ivory" which gets a Soundcloud preview, on Billboard here and on NME here.
Billboard describes this remix of "Ebony & Ivory" like this: "additional vocals and a different mix that brings out the bass a bit more".

Meanwhile, Best Buy - the US chain stores are annnouncing special editions of the upcoming albums containing tote bags.

Best Buy edition of Tug of War

Best Buy edition of Pipes of Peace

Beatles in November Mojo

The November issue of Mojo.
The November issue of Mojo music magazine will be on newsstands in the UK from Tuesday 29 September. The issue features The Beatles on the cover, and the accompanying CD contains the original versions of 15 tracks covered by John, Paul, George and Ringo, including "Shout", "Money", "Please Mr. Postman" and more by the likes of Buddy Holly, Ray Charles, The Isley Brothers and The Marvelettes.

Beatles features in the magazine:

THE BEATLES NUMBER 1s! As Apple unleash all 27 chart-toppers in an exciting new package, MOJO salutes the songs that changed the world forever, with a year-by-year examination of Fab Four chart-topping from 1963-1970, packed with feedback, freakitude and Na-Na-Na-Nas.

PLUS! PAUL ON JOHN Inside the ultimate hit-making team! Macca unburdens to Paul Du Noyer in an exclusive extra from the MOJO writer’s new book.

AND! FABS ON FILM The Beatles’ promo clips unpacked with their cinematic collaborator Michael Lindsay-Hogg.

And no doubt, full page ads for the "Beatles 1" and "Beatles 1+" collections.

Link: Mojo

Beatles 1 and Beatles 1+ press launch

Banner for Beatles 1+. Apple Corps Ltd.
Richard Porter attended the press launch for "Beatles 1" and "Beatles 1+" in London. Here is his report:

"It was held in a special screening room in the basement of the Soho Hotel in London - just yards from Trident Studios, where Hey Jude was recorded.
Unfortunately, none of the Beatles turned up, but there were many well known Beatles writers and DJs, including Mark Lewisohn, Philip Norman, and Paul Gambaccini."

"As we went in, we were each given a copy of the very nice book, that will be included in the 'Beatles 1+' set. It is very nice, with details of how each song was recorded and also how the videos were made."

"We were then given a talk by Jonathan Clyde from Apple, who told us about each video, and then shown the clips on a big screen. The quality of the videos is awesome, as is the audio.
It's was interesting that Jonathan told us that Apple didn't have good quality copies of some of the videos, and that some came from an unnamed 'American Collector'.
The stand-out video was definitely Strawberry Fields Forever, which looked like it had been shot yesterday. It is in totally amazing quality.
Another highlight was Don't Let Me Down, taken from the infamous 'rooftop concert'. Also brilliant was Paperback Writer, filmed in the grounds of Chiswick House."

"I'd seen nearly all the videos before (but not in such good quality). The only one shown to us which I don't think I had seen was Rain, from Abbey Road Studios."

Shot at Abbey Road Studios. Photo: © Robert Whitaker
The Beatles Live Project slated for this time next year

"During the event, I had a brief chat with people at Apple, who told me the Ron Howard 'Beatles Live Project' film is slated for release about this time next year. Mention was made of when we can expect 'Let it Be', 'Live at Shea Stadium' and 'Hollywood Bowl' to be released, but was told 'Apple work slowly' - so hopefully we will see these in our lifetimes!"

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Complete promo clip collection

Intertel promo for I Feel Fine. Photo: © Robert Whitaker.
Not to be outdone by official product, Japanese bootleg company Misterclaudel is releasing their own promo set, quite a bit more comprehensive than "Beatles 1" and "Beatles 1+", the bootleg consists of 5 DVDs plus one CD.
This list of contents has been distributed.


01. Help!
02. I Feel Fine
03. Ticket To Ride
04. Day Tripper
05. Help!
06. We Can Work It Out

07. Paperback Writer
08. Rain

09. Strawberry Fields Forever
10. Penny Lane
11. A Day In The Life #1
12. A Day In The Life #2
13. Hello Goodbye #1
14. Hello Goodbye #2
15. Hello Goodbye #3

16. Lady Madonna #1
17. Lady Madonna #2
18. Apple Promo
19. Hey Jude #1
20. Hey Jude #2
21. Revolution #1
22. Revolution #2

23. Get Back
24. Don't Let Me Down
25. The Ballad Of John And Yoko
26. Something

27. Let It Be


Promo clips made to promote the album ROCK 'N ROLL MUSIC:
01. Back In The U.S.S.R. #1
02. Back In The U.S.S.R. #2

Promo clips made to promote THE BEATLES BOX:
03. Reel Music (probably Movie Medley)
04. Come Together

Promo clip made to promote the campaign IT WAS 20 YEARS AGO TODAY:
05. Love Me Do #1

Promo clip made to promote the album 20 GREATEST HITS:
06. Love Me Do #2

Promo clips made to promote the campaign IT WAS 20 YEARS AGO TODAY:
07. Please Please Me #1
08. Please Please Me #2
09. Please Please Me #3

Promo clip made to promote the campaign IT WAS 20 YEARS AGO TODAY:
10. I Want To Hold Your Hand #1

Promo clip made to promote the album 20 GREATEST HITS
11. I Want To Hold Your Hand #2

Promo clip made for TV programme IT WAS 20 YEARS AGO TODAY:
12. Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Promo clips made to promote the 30th. ANNIVERSARY:
13. Get Back
14. Day Tripper

Promo clips made to promote the RED & BLUE ALBUMS on CD:
15. 1962-66/1967-70 #1
16. 1962-66/1967-70 #2

Promo clips made to promote the RED ALBUM first CD release:
17. Ticket To Ride #1
18. Ticket To Ride #2
19. Help! #1
20. Help! #2

Promo clips made to promote the BLUE ALBUM first CD release:
21. Hello Goodbye #1
22. Hello Goodbye #2
23. The Fool On The Hill #1
24. The Fool On The Hill #2

Promo clips made to promote the LIVE AT THE BBC album and Baby It's You EP:
25. Baby It's You #1
26. Baby It's You #2


Promo clips made to promote the ANTHOLOGY 1 album:
01. Free As A Bird
02. Long Tall Sally
03. I Want To Hold Your Hand
04. Twist And Shout

Promo clips made to promote the ANTHOLOGY 2 & 3 albums:
05. Help!
06. Paperback Writer
07. All You Need Is Love
08. Hey Jude
09. Revolution
10. Two Of Us
11. For You Blue
12. Real Love

Promo clip made to promote the YELLOW SUBMARINE SONGTRACK:
13. Hey Bulldog

Promo clips made to promote THE BEATLES 1 album:
14. All You Need Is Love
15. I Want To Hold Your Hand
16. We Can Work It Out
17. Hello Goodbye
18. Hey Jude
19. Yesterday
20. Let It Be
21. Get Back
22. Paperback Writer
23. Beatles 1
24. She Loves You

Promo clips made to promote the LET IT BE NAKED album:
01. Don't Let Me Down
02. Get Back
03. Naked TV Trailer #1
04. Naked TV Trailer #2
05. Naked TV Trailer #3
06. Naked TV Nov. 17th Trailer
07. Naked TV Trailer Textless Trailer
08. Naked TV Trailer #4

Promo clips made to promote the Capitol U.S. BOX set:
09. Dizzy Miss Lizzy
10. I'm Down

Promo clips made to promote the 090909 REMASTER releases:
11. One After 909
12. I Saw Her Standing There
13. Roll Over Beethoven

Promo clips made to promote the ON AIR - LIVE AT THE BBC VOL.2 album:
14. Words Of Love
15. Live At BBC Vol.2

16. 1995 Anthology
17. 2003 Anthology DVD #1
18. 2003 Anthology DVD #2

19. Rain #1
20. Rain #2
21. Hello Goodbye
22. Paperback Writer

01. Don't Let Me Down
02. I Feel Fine
03. Two Of Us

Promo clips made to promote the LOVE album:
04. Within You Without You - Tomorrow Never Knows
05. All You Need Is Love
06. Hey Jude
07. Octopus's Garden
08. Revolution
09. Something

Promo clips made to promote the iTUNES STORE:
10. 090909 Remaster #1
11. 090909 Remaster #2
12. iTunes Store #1
13. iTunes Store #2
15. Beatles 1
16. Anthology

Promo clips made to promote the MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR DVD/Blu-ray release:
17. I Am The Warlus
18. Blue-Ray #1
19. Blue-Ray #2
20. Blue-Ray #3
21. Blue-Ray #4
22. Blue-Ray #5
23. Blue-Ray #6

Promo clips made to promote various other releases:
24. Stereo Vinyl
25. The U.S. Albums #1
26. Help!
27. The U.S. Albums #2
28. Naked iTunes
29. Live At The BBC Vol.2
30. Words Of Love
31. Live Project #1
32. Live Project #2
33. Live Project #3
34. Help! Blue-Ray
35. Japan Albums
36. Beatles In Mono Box
37. A Hard Day's Night
38. Now Bring Them Home

39. Love Me Do
40. Please Please Me
41. Paperback Writer
42. Rain
43. Hello Goodbye
44. Hey Jude
45. Revolution

46. Strawberry Fields Forever

47. Documentary
48. James Taylor
49. Mary Hopkins
50. Badfinger
51. Billy Preston


01. She Loves You Audience Live Mix
02. I Want To Hold Your Hand Ed Sullivan Show Mix
03. Help ! New Stereo Mix
04. Paperback Writer New Stereo Mix
05. Penny Lane New Stereo Mix
06. Hello Goodbye New Stereo Mix
07. All You Need Is Love New Stereo Mix
08. Hey Jude UK Live Promo Mix
09. Revolution Promo Master Mix
10. Something New Stereo Mix
11. The Ballad Of John & Yoko New Stereo Mix
12. Get Back New Stero Mix
13. Beatles 1 Medley
14. Help! 1993 PV Mix
15. Ticket To Ride 1993 PV Mix
16. Fool On The Hill 1993 PV Mix
17. Hello Goodbye Promo Video Mix
18. Let It Be 1970 PV Rough Mix
19. One After 909 PV Mix
20. Don't Let Me Down Promo Film Mix
21. Two Of Us Promo Film Mix
22. The Long And Winding Road PV Rough Mix
23. Rain PV Longer Mix

I think you will agree with me that even though we may not purchase this bootleg, the list gives a good overview about which promo clips were released to promote the various projects through the years, and how many versions or edits were made. Of course, these promo clips were usually never issued to the commercial market, but to TV stations only.

Please don't write to us to enquire about where to purchase the bootleg, we have no clue - this list was found posted in a forum.

More Beatles auction lots

6. December 1980 at Hit Factory Studios. Photo: Paul Williams
The above photo is probably familiar to you, as a similar one was used on the back of the soft cover book, "The Lennon Tapes", a transcription of the interview John and Yoko had with Andy Peebles from BBC Radio on 6 December, 1980. The people in the photo are Doreen Davies (Executive producer) and Andy Peebles, with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. This photo, along with other pictures taken on this occasion are now for sale through the auction house Nate D. Sanders, ending today, Thursday, September 24th, 5pm pacific. There are 33 total images on the negative strips, but only nine of them are of Lennon, and another one of just his wife, Yoko Ono. These photos are sold with copyright.

6. December 1980 at Hit Factory studios, John and Yoko. Photo: Paul Williams
Another item from the same auction is a silent colour film of the Beatles, identified as 25 August 1963 at ABC Theatre in Blackpool, England, filmed by fellow musician Chas McDevitt. At this concert, the footage shows The Beatles performing and there are also also backstage scenes, all in all lasting approximately 3 1/2 minutes. Shooting from the side curtain, McDevitt captures The Beatles performing on stage with John Lennon doing his ''spastic'' routine (recently a hot potato in the British press), though most of the film is of the Fab Four playfully mucking about backstage. It sees them reading fan letters, with John Lennon in particular being very animated, playing with musician Hank Marvin's glasses, and combing and styling his hair in a comical manner. George Harrison is shown playing his guitar and all four are seen talking to various people backstage. This film was earlier auctioned by Sotheby's back in 1999, and parts of it have been broadcast.

In addition to the film spool itself, the lot includes two letters: one from Sotheby's, referencing the auction where this film originally sold (lot 399 in their Rock & Film Memorabilia sale on 15 September 1999), and referencing an enclosed letter where Chas McDevitt relinquishes copyright to the film. This letter is also included, where McDevitt indeed releases copyright to the new owner, who is the consignor of this lot and will transfer ownership to the winning bidder.
The lot also includes an original concert program with the date of "Sunday, August 25th", corresponding to the year of 1963, listing both The Beatles and Chas McDevitt as performers. The Kodak film cartridge has handwritten labels that read, "Beatles Blackpool 1964 [sic]", "Beatles / on stage 4 in room", "Blackpool" and "Indoor Film / ASA.40". All the items are in very good condition, with the film spool in particular intact and well preserved. Perhaps this will be interesting to the people currently working on The Beatles Live Project?

Other Beatles items from this auction:
- The Beatles 1966 ''Battle of the Giants'' award given to them by the well-known Luxembourg radio show of the same name in 1966.  Originally lot 62 in Christie's 26 May 1994 sale in London.
- A signed programme from 1962, featuring the autographs of John, Paul and George. Missing Ringo's.
- A signed John Lennon "Bag One" print.

Another upcoming auction with a few Beatles items among the lots is coming up on September 29, at Sotheby’s. In this sale is the first and only management contract signed by the four Beatles with Brian Epstein in 1962 (estimated 300,000 — 500,000 GBP).  There are just ten Beatles related lots in all, mostly signed items. Among these are;
- A fully signed 1963 concert programme from Margate Winter Gardens (8,000 — 12,000  GBP)
- Three album covers signed by all four, "Please Please Me", "Meet The Beatles" (both 15,000 — 20,000 GBP each) and "Beatles For Sale" (just 4,000 — 6,000 GBP).

One of the colour slides from the filming of A Hard Day's Night. Photo: Sotheby's
Another interesting lot is a set of eight colour slates taken during the filming of "A Hard Day’s Night" (2,500 — 3,000  GBP)

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Lennon's last day

From BBC Radio 2: On 8th December 1980, one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century was shot dead in New York City. This single voice, dramatic monologue sits between drama and documentary and is an utterly compelling story of John Lennon’s last day.
The Beatles star would have turned 75 on 9th October 2015, but his life was cut tragically short. This docu-drama, written by Stephen Kennedy, charts the events of that infamous day. The story is told by Liverpool actor Ian Hart (Boardwalk Empire, Harry Potter as Professor Quirinus Quirrell), who has played Lennon on three separate occasions. He guides listeners through the events of that fateful day in forensic detail and his narration is combined with the voice of Lennon himself – both from archive recordings and from the music that made him a legend.

Ian Hart says: "There will always be interest and intrigue into every part of his life, and now we take a sensitive look at the incomprehensible day when he was tragically taken from this world too soon."

Stephen Kennedy says: "I’m delighted to have my first radio drama commissioned by BBC Radio 2 and ecstatic to have Ian Hart performing in it. In my opinion, no actor has ever captured John Lennon’s character better than Ian did in the film Backbeat. He has extraordinary talent."

The radio play will be transmitten on Thursday October 8, between 10.00pm-11.00pm. It's likely to be available for a month following that, through the BBC iPlayer.

Stephen Kennedy is also director of the Dublin Beatles Festival.

Even though we at WogBlog are very supportive of everything that promotes or portrays The Beatles and the individual Beatles in media, we are not altogether happy with all those documentaries which focus on that fateful day in Beatles history. The senseless murder of John Lennon was a very traumatic time for those of us who were Beatles fans at the time, and one can only imagine how hard it was for those who were close to Lennon. We could have done with a more uplifting way of celebrating 75 years since the birth of John Lennon.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Lizzie's book

Lizzie Bravo with her book.
Lizzie Bravo's book about the Beatles "Do Rio A Abbey Road" will be released at the end of November. So far, it's the Portuguese language edition which is being released, the English language book will be available early next year. It's 300 pages, with 210 unpublished photos of the Beatles, most of the photos are of her favourite, John, then Paul, George and Ringo. Hardcover, 23x23cm, matte coated paper, photos and and/or illustrations are on most of the pages.

Lizzie will handle the sale, packaging and shipment herself, and can be contacted by e-mail (write to and receive more information about payment and shipping).

This is Lizzie with har favourite Beatle, John Lennon.
This is an important document because it is a great collection of photos of the Beatles, in the majority unpublished, shot by herself, and she is a historical figure in Beatlemania. You'll remember Lizzie as one of the backing singers on the original version of "Across The Universe". When she was a teenager, Lizzie Bravo used to stand outside Abbey Road studios every day, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Beatles. She moved from Rio de Janeiro to London in 1967, when she was actually on a summer holiday, sponsored by her parents for her 15th birthday, but she decided to stay and eventually found a job as an au pair to support herself. Between shifts, she hung around the entrance to the famous building on the off chance that John, Paul, Ringo or George would drop by. On 4 February 1968 she was outside the studio as usual, when Paul came outside and asked if any of them could hold a high note,. Lizzie raised her arm, as she was a soprano at her school choir back in Rio de Janeiro. After that, Lizzie and fellow Fab Four fan Gayleen Pease were escorted to Abbey Road's Studio Two, where the Beatles were busy recording "Across The Universe". Paul and John started to give the girls instructions about the part they needed them to sing. She was sharing the same microphone as Paul and John. According to Lizzie, the session lasted for "about two hours". She then returned to her "vigil" outside the studio, while Gayleen Pease went home. Lizzie's adventures in London ended in October 1969.
She was homesick, but she had also noticed that the camaraderie she had seen during the "Across the Universe" sessions seemed to have faded.
"The Beatles weren't coming to the studio every day and most of the time they wouldn't even be there together. It was time to move on."
Always a champion of The Beatles in Brazil and on the internet, Lizzie remains a Beatles fan.

Auction results

"Rosi", the tip jar. Photo: Heritage Auctions.
Here are some of the results from Heritage Auctions' sale of the Uwe Blaschke collection, as we reported about in an earlier blog post.

The Beatles' recording contract with Polydor: $93,750
Sealed first state stereo "Butcher cover" LP in Gem Mint 10 Condition: $75,000
Signed UK "Love Me Do" single (signed on label), framed: $25,000
Another one of those, but unframed went for just $6,250
Rare early (1962) signatures with Roy Young and Bernard Boyle in matted display: $12,500
Signed Austrian menu obtained during "Help!" filming, in matted display: $12,500
Early (late 1962) signatures on a Star-Club promo photo in matted display: $9,375
Early signatures (with Pete, 1962) on Peter Kaye promo photo in matted display: $8,750
Set of signatures on a piece of paper in matted display (1964):  $8,750
Small page featuring the signatures of all four Beatles:  $5,312
A Paul McCartney signed 1965 Höfner bass guitar:  $8,750
A vintage-style Höfner Ignition Series modern bass guitar signed by Paul: $6,875
A Liverpool Beatles fan's autographed scrapbook (1962-63):  $7,097.50
The Beatles (aka The White Album) low number A0000010:  $6,875.00
Brian Epstein typed and signed letter to Peter Eckhorn of Top Ten Club in Hamburg: $6,562
John Lennon's signed Star-Club pay voucher for the club's opening week: $5,000
A John Lennon owned Levi's suede jacket gifted through Bob Dylan: $5,000
Ringo Starr handwritten postcard  from Hamburg to his grandmother, signed "Richy":  $4,625
A second one of those also went for $4,250
Star-Club Photo signed by John Lennon and mounted with a signature of George Harrison: $4,000
John Lennon signed £10 travellers' cheque from 1967: $4,000
A full set of psychedelic Beatles portrait posters by Richard Avedon for Stern magazine also went for $4,000, as did a mono US sealed copy of the Sgt Pepper-album (MAS 2563).
"A Hard Day's Night" RIAA white matte gold record award:  $3,750
A sealed US "Let It Be" album from 1970 sold for $3,000. A pristine copy of a pasteover second-state "Butcher Cover" with the original shrinkwrap and price tag went for $1,875.
Three English Beatles jigsaw puzzles, together with A Beatles "Flip Your Wig Game": $180

You can find more auction results here. 114 items failed to reach the minimum bids, including "Rosi", the Star Club piggy bank tip jar.

Paul McCartney's Archive Collection: Flowers in the dirt

Inlay card from preview boxed sets.
The inlay card in review boxed sets for the upcoming new Paul McCartney's Archive Collection series releases, "Tug of War" and "Pipes of Peace" was, for both boxes this one.
So, "Flowers in the Dirt" will be out on it's own, and not released simultaneously with another one from the series. Which prompts the question, will this be the final release in the series? It's likely the release will be scheduled for next year, 2016 and the series was going to end that year, according to the original plan. Standalone releases have been "Band On The Run", "Ram" and "Wings Over America", the ones that came in pairs were "McCartney" with "McCartney II", and "Wings: Venus and Mars" with "Wings: At The Speed of Sound".
In a recent interview with BBC's Radio 2 on Saturday (currently available here), Paul talked about Wings: "Wings were getting a bad rap at that time [the Seventies] because it was post-Beatles, and anything you did or I did that was solo was stood up against The Beatles. So you tend to go along with that, and I went along with a bit of that thinking 'well it's never gonna be that good but I'll do it because I love doing it'."

"And then you listen to it back and think 'this is better than I thought it was'. So that's great to do, to really listen back and think 'I'm glad I did that, glad I kept going', because you know if I listened to the critics I might have given up."

Then what happened to the Wings albums "Wild Life", "Red Rose Speedway", "London Town" and "Back To The Egg"? It's this writer's hope that the series will continue so that expanded versions of these albums will get the treatment they deserve. "Wild Life" ought to include the film from the ICA rehearsals prior to the 1972 tour, "Red Rose" should be expanded to the double album it was originally conceived as and the DVD should include the "James Paul McCartney" TV special, and "Back To The Egg" could include a live Wings concert from their last ever tour, as well as a DVD with the "Back To The Egg" TV Special.

We also have a soft spot for "Press To Play". There, I said it.