Monday, 15 September 2014

Make the new What Is Life video

Apple Scruffs/What is Life: The Norwegian single
To celebrate the release of The Apple Years 1968-75 box set, Olivia & Dhani Harrison are giving filmmakers the opportunity to make a music video for George Harrison's song 'What Is Life'.
Originally released in November 1970 the All Things Must Pass triple album, and later in February 1971 as the second single from that album, 'What is Life' was to become a top ten hit in many countries. It was also the B-side to ‘My Sweet Lord’ in the UK where it was the biggest selling single of 1971.
Written by George in 1969, he had originally intended it for Billy Preston, but the track was not actually to be recorded until the All Things Must Pass sessions in May 1970 when George was at Abbey Road studios with Phil Spector. Featuring musicians such as Eric Clapton, members of Badfinger, and the powerful brass section of Bobby Keys and Jim Price, 'What is Life' has become one of George’s most acclaimed songs.
With no official video created at the time, this is a rare and exciting chance to create an official video for a globally loved and timeless recording!

Awards & Judging
5 finalists will be chosen by Universal Music & Genero.tv and will win a copy of The Apple Years box set. The ultimate winner will be selected by Dhani & Olivia Harrison from the final 5 and will win the $5k prize and be shared on the Official George Harrison website, Youtube channel & Facebook page. You may enter the competition through the Genero website. Deadline: October 21st.

Fan made videos
The trend of inviting fans to create videos for songs is a popular one, and has been employed earlier by both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Ringo's updated version of "Wings" had a music video made by Jem Gerard, who won $3,000 for the winning video in 2012. In 2007, Paul McCartney invited fans to send in their own videos for the track "Nod Your Head", and a compilation of videos were made into an official video for the song. Since then, McCartney has compiled several other fan made videos for his new songs.
Fan made videos is also a YouTube trend, typically they are mainly used to illustrate a song with photos or video footage or both of the artist. Here's a six year old fan made video for What is Life:

New book about Apple


There's a new book series on Apple Corps Ltd. coming up. Vol. 1: 1966-1968 is due out in the spring of 2015. It will have approximately 500 pages in full colour. Each book of this series will be limited to 500 copies only and each volume will come with a special collectable surprise! You can read more about the series and find sample pages over at AisforAppleBook.com.

Vol. 1 of a is for apple tells the story of how Apple came together. It starts in late Summer 1966 with Lennon and McCartney's first solo projects, How I Won The War and The Family Way, running over to 1967 when the first multimedia corporation became reality with the foundation of Apple Publishing, Apple Retail and Apple Electronics and finally to 1968 when Apple Records topped the charts nearly everywhere. But even before the phenomenal success of Hey Jude and Those Were The Days Apple published some wonderful music on other labels such as Decca, RCA and Beacon. Many of the artists behind this wonderful records have never told their stories before.

The book is authored by German Axel Korinth and Dutch Ed Dieckmann. They would also like to get in touch with people who worked for Apple, composed or play in a group signed (or nearly signed) to Apple Records and Apple Publishing, or people who have interesting stories to tell or rare documents, photographs and other stuff to share. You can get in touch with the authors through the website.

Friday, 12 September 2014

The Beatles - New live single

She Loves You - Live in Stockholm 1963
A small Italian company - Kutmusic - seems to have taken advantage of the loophole in EU copyright legislation to release two songs from the famous Swedish radio concert in 1963. Heralded as possibly the best live recording of the Beatles ever, this concert was exploited for The Beatles' Anthology in 1995 - but only five of the songs from the concert appeared on that album. The remaining two, "She Loves You" and "Twist And Shout" are presented on this CD single.
The radio programme was called "Popgrupp från Liverpool på besök i Stockholm" ("Pop group from Liverpool visits Stockholm"), and has been broadcast several times on Swedish radio, starting in 1963. The last broadcast was in October 2013, duly reported in this blog.

Bootleg Recordings 1963

When the official "Bootleg Recordings 1963" was released for Christmas 2013 on iTunes, we gathered that the release was intended to close that copyright loophole, but it fell a bit short to do just that. There were other 1963 recordings in circulation among fans and collectors that weren't part of that release. These we listed in a blog post from December 18, and the two tracks presented here were on that list.

The backside of the sleeve

The CD sleeve mimics the seventies "green series" of singles, and lists Hans Westman as the (original) engineer of the recording, and Nicola Battista as the engineer responsible for audio restoration.

It has been speculated that the great quality of this performance by the Beatles was mainly because their Vox amplifiers hadn't been delivered to Sweden yet, so they had to make use of the Fender amplifiers that were available in the studio. The Beatles were under contract to use Vox amplifiers only, but they figured they could get away with not using them this time, since they were only heard and not seen - apart from by the radio studio audience. This, combined with a good recording studio and an enthusiastic audience made for a superb performance, resulting in a great live record of the Beatles in 1963.

This single is listed over at Discogs.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Hope for the future



Here is the new Paul McCartney song called "The Hope Song".
The music of “Destiny” was a collaborative effort between Bungie's former in-house composer Marty O'Donnell, his partner Mike Salvatori and former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney.
The New York Times reports that one of McCartney's contributions to the game's soundtrack, "The Hope Song" will be released as a single.
The Times calls McCartney's track the game's theme song, reporting that it is fully orchestrated and was recorded at Abbey Road Studios under the direction of Giles Martin, son of The Beatles producer Sir George Martin.
The song's producer is Mark "Spike" Stent, who has experience recording a handful of James Bond movie theme songs: Tina Turner's "GoldenEye" and Madonna's "Die Another Day."
McCartney announced his involvement in the Destiny score in 2012, tweeting, "I'm really excited to be working on writing music with @bungie, the studio that made Halo."
O'Donnell detailed his collaboration with McCartney last year when Bungie unveiled the first details on Destiny. He said the former Beatle was drawn to the project by his interest in the technology behind interactive music. "He didn't only want to do Paul McCartney music," O'Donnell said. "He wants to get involved in themes, how melodies and motives can be a touch point for people."

Hope Song Recording details:

Writer & Composer. Vocals, guitars, piano: Paul McCartney
Drums: Abe Laboriel Jr.
Keyboards: Paul «Wix» Wickens
Additional keyboards and programming: Toby Pitman
Lead guitar: Rusty Anderson
Bass guitar: Brian Ray
Solo Cello: Caroline Dale
Conductor & Arranger: Ben Foster
Boys choir: Libera
Recording engineer: Sam Okell
Recording studios: Avatar Studio, Abbey Road Studios
Producer: Giles Martin
Original recording engineers: Jamie Kirkham, Eddie Klein & Keith Smith
Original recording studio: Hog Hill Mill
Mix studio: Henson recording studios
Mix engineer: Mark «Spike» Stent

Paul McCartney is also credited as co-composer of the incidental music piece "Music of the Spheres", alongside Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori.

Ed Sullivan in colour



Colourisation tests by our old friend, HIWAX.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

"The Art of McCartney" launched

The Art of McCartney - Deluxe edition
After months of suspension, a website for the "Art of McCartney" project was launched today. And yes, Dylan is confirmed to do "Things We Said Today"!
Here's the press release:

September 9, 2014 – New York – The Art Of McCartney is a long awaited and very special project celebrating one of the most universally acclaimed songwriters of all time, Sir Paul McCartney. With backing provided by McCartney’s long time band, classic tracks such as Maybe I’m Amazed, My Love, The Long And Winding Road, When I’m 64, Let It Be, Helter Skelter, Eleanor Rigby, Live And Let Die have been recorded by some of the world’s greatest artists. The Art of McCartney will be released on November 18th.

The caliber of artists showing their respect to Paul’s songwriting genius is truly staggering. Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, The Cure, The Who’s Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, Dr John, Yusuf, Barry Gibb, Jamie Cullum, KISS, Chrissie Hynde, ELO legend Jeff Lynne, and many more have recorded McCartney songs exclusively for this album.
The Art Of McCartney is the brainchild of Los Angeles producer, Beatles and McCartney fanatic, Ralph Sall, who has driven this project from conception to delivery. Sall met and worked alongside Paul in 2003 when they revived a song from the 1971 Ram sessions for a movie soundtrack. Ralph then asked Paul and his publishing company if they would support his making this album to honour him. They came back with Paul’s own blessing and thumbs aloft for the project to go ahead.

Ralph became a man on a mission, first recruiting McCartney’s gifted backing guitarists, Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray, keyboard player Paul “Wix” Wickens, plus the larger than life drummer, Abe Laboriel, Jr. They know Paul’s extensive back catalogue intimately and this is the first time they have recorded his songs with anyone else since they first started working together with Paul over 12 years ago.
Ralph then set about approaching the world’s greatest performers to invite them to step forward and make their mark. This has been a labour of love, not only for Ralph but also for the artists who gave their time to be part of it. All have spoken of the importance of McCartney and his songwriting in their own careers and wanted to show their appreciation.

A key strength of The Art Of McCartney is the way these world class artists have got to grips with the sheer range and quality of Paul’s work. From his groundbreaking recordings with The Beatles, through to key moments with Wings and his solo compositions, they are all featured on the album.
Legendary Beach Boy, Brian Wilson, was the first to take up the challenge. Undoubtedly he set the bar very high with his rendition of Wanderlust from the underrated 1982 album Tug Of War.
There are very few artists whose own work rivals The Beatles. So when producer Ralph Sall approached Bob Dylan to take part, he knew it was ambitious. Dylan’s choice was Things We Said Today - a track from The Beatles’ soundtrack A Hard Days Night – and audiences will be captivated as he growls his way through his remarkable version.

There are so many great interpretations here but look out for Willie Nelson’s heartfelt Yesterday, Roger Daltrey’s frenzied version of Helter Skelter, B.B. King’s atmospheric On The Way and The Cure’s Hello Goodbye . Also Smokey Robinson who makes his version of So Bad from Paul’s Pipes of Peace album his own, his tender vocals taking the song in a new direction.
All aspects of Paul ’ s peerless back catalogue have been explored from The Beatles to his experimental early solo work, to Wings and his latter solo output. Lesser-known hidden classics such as Junk and Every Night are given a fresh outing and interpretation.

The lead off track from the album is The Cure’s take on The Beatles classic ‘Hello Goodbye’ which is the band’s first release in 6 years and also features Sir Paul’s son James on keyboards. The track is available for download now for those who pre-order The Art Of McCartney.
Whether it is The Cure’s Robert Smith, Corinne Bailey Rae, Smokey Robinson, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel or KISS, they each bring their own special talent to Paul’s much-loved songs. In so doing, they have created versions that are both new and classic at the same time.

The Art of McCartney is the very definition of the universal appeal and timeless magic of Sir Paul McCartney’s songs and songwriting.
The Art Of McCartney is an audiophile’s dream. It is available in five beautifully packaged formats for the McCartney fan in your life:

Strictly Limited Deluxe Boxset (shown above)
A limited run of 1,000 Deluxe Boxsets will include Alan Aldridge signed artwork exclusively available on The Art of McCartney online store.
  • 2 pieces of specially commissioned artwork by Alan Aldridge
  • Bespoke Höfner guitar USB with FLAC files of 34 tracks
  • The Making of The Art Of McCartney – Collectors Edition DVD film containing behind the scenes footage from the recording studios and interviews with the artists
  • The Making of The Art Of McCartney - Audio documentary about the making of the album narrated by Bill Nighy
  • Illustrated guide to The Art of McCartney within a 64-page 12” hardback book
  • 4 black and white artcards
  • 42 track triple CD
  • 42 track quadruple 12”, 180 gram coloured vinyl
  • Certificate of authenticity hand numbered
This deluxe box is a must for any fan of McCartney’s music

Strictly Limited Vinyl Boxset
  • 42 track quadruple 12”, 180 gram coloured vinyl
  • Illustrated guide to The Art of McCartney within a 12” bound book

Triple Gatefold Vinyl
  • 34 track triple 12”, 180 gram vinyl

CD Casebook
  • 34 track double CD
  • 16-page hardback book
  • The Making of The Art Of McCartney DVD film containing behind the scenes footage from the recording studios and interviews with the artists

CD Remus
  • 34 track double CD
  • 8-page booklet

Standard Digital Album
  • 34 tracks

iTunes Album (MFiT)
  • 36 tracks and digital booklet

THE ART OF McCARTNEY TRACKLISTING
1. Maybe I’m Amazed - Billy Joel
2. Things We Said Today - Bob Dylan
3. Band On The Run - Heart
4. Junior’s Farm - Steve Miller
5. The Long and Winding Road - Yusuf / Cat Stevens
6. My Love - Harry Connick, Jr.
7. Wanderlust - Brian Wilson
8. Bluebird - Corinne Bailey Rae
9. Yesterday – Willie Nelson
10. Junk – Jeff Lynne
11. When I’m 64 – Barry Gibb
12. Every Night – Jamie Cullum
13. Venus and Mars/ Rock Show – KISS
14. Let Me Roll It – Paul Rodgers
15. Helter Skelter – Roger Daltrey
16. Helen Wheels – Def Leppard
17. Hello Goodbye – The Cure ft James McCartney
18. Live And Let Die – Billy Joel
19. Let It Be – Chrissie Hynde
20. Jet - Robin Zander & Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick
21. Hi Hi Hi - Joe Elliott
22. Letting Go - Heart
23. Hey Jude - Steve Miller
24. Listen To What The Man Said - Owl City
25. Got To Get You Into My Life - Perry Farrell
26. Drive My Car - Dion
27. Lady Madonna - Allen Toussaint
28. Let ‘Em In - Dr. John
29. So Bad - Smokey Robinson
30. No More Lonely Nights - The Airborne Toxic Event
31. Eleanor Rigby - Alice Cooper
32. Come And Get It - Toots Hibbert with Sly & Robbie
33. On The Way - B. B. King
34. Birthday - Sammy Hagar

The limited edition vinyl boxset and deluxe boxset features the following eight extra tracks;
1. C Moon - Robert Smith
2. Can’t Buy Me Love - Booker T. Jones
3. P.S. I Love You - Ronnie Spector
4. All My Loving - Darlene Love
5. For No One - Ian McCulloch
6. Put It There - Peter, Bjorn & John
7. Run Devil Run - Wanda Jackson
8. Smile Away - Alice Cooper

The Art Of McCartney is available to pre-order now via The Art of McCartney Online Store, iTunes and Amazon: TheArtofMcCartney.com

Beatles in Mono is out

Original photo for the Revolver back cover. © Copyright Robert Whitaker.
The Beatles in Mono is out, and I had the privilege of attending a small launch party at the appropriately named Mono Café in Oslo on Sunday to have a look and listen to the new pressings.
What was apparent about the new editions was that even though they had gone to great lengths of reproducing the original packaging, there are some tell-tale signs which makes one able to ditinguish an original from a reissued mono album. One of which, surprisingly, was that the back cover of Revolver was considerably darker than it used to be on the old Ernest J Day and Garrod & Lofthouse covers. Of course, even back then, the full clarity of the original photo (depicted above) was not reproduced on the cover (below).

Original back cover from 1966 (Garrod & Lofthouse edition)
You can clearly see where George's head ends and the dark background begins. This is more difficult on the new edition.

2014 edition
Of course, the quality of said photo has continued to deteriorate on subsequent reprints in the past, but I thought they would have taken more care to preserve the original quality on this particular reproduction of the album cover.

The label is also easy to verify as a new edition.

Original 1966 label
The new label omits the legend "Sold in U.K. Subject to resale price conditions, see price lists" and features a new matrix number (XEX 605 is now LCO1846). Also, below the record number (in this case PMC 7009) on the right is a new Apple Records catalogue number (in this case 509993380415). This is all very well, because I'd like to be able to distinguish between an oldie and a newie.
2014 mono Revolver label
For the sake of comparison, here's the label from the 1982 mono albums re-release.

The 1982 mono label also omitted the "Sold in U.K." text, but kept the original matrix number, since they used the old stampers.

For the vinyl itself, the weight is a giveaway. I had the opportunity to weigh an original "A Hard Day's Night", and it weighed in at 149 grams. The new edition of the same record clocked up an impressive 194 grams. Of course, if you bring a scale to the record fair it's very likely you'll be branded an idiot.

As for the sound, his was a little more difficult to compare in a noisy club, but I did think that the EQ has been adjusted a tad, I thought I heard more presence in the bass department on the new pressings. And for the record, "Tomorrow Never Knows" is RM8 and not the much rarer RM11, which was placed by mistake on the very first pressing of "Revolver".

Meanwhile, you can listen for yourself on the new official site.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Apple Years DVD


Here's what's on the DVD: 

George Harrison - The Apple Years Feature (2014) [7:27]
Produced by Peacock
Directed By Olivia Harrison

All Things Must Pass (bonus feature in 2001 album package) [8:03]
Produced by Radical Media

The Concert for Bangladesh EPK (2005) [6:03]
Produced by Olivia Harrison and Jonathan Clyde
Edited by Claire Ferguson

Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) (video from Live In Japan, 1991) [3:43]

Miss O'Dell (alternative version from 2006 deluxe edition of Living In The Material World) [2:31]

Sue Me Sue You Blues (acoustic demo version from 2006 deluxe edition of Living In The Material World) [3:04]

Living In The Material World (feature from 2006 deluxe edition of Living In The Material World) [3:34]
Produced by Abbey Road Interactive

Ding Dong, Ding Dong (original promo video, 1974) [3:46]
Directed by George Harrison
Filmed by Nick Knowland
Film Restoration: David Dean & Gwyn Evans

Dark Horse (original promotional clip, 1974) [0:30]
Created by Capitol Records

Video promo for the boxed set: http://youtu.be/bL21-rtHnp8

Friday, 29 August 2014

Track lists for remastered George albums

George Harrison - The Apple Years 1968-75
Wonderwall Music
Wonderwall Music 1968

20 page booklet.
Remastered stereo.
Introduction by Nitin Sawney.
Background piece.
Bonus tracks – "In the first place" by the Remo Four, "The Inner Light" (instrumental) and "Almost Shankara".

1. Microbes
2. Red lady too
3. Tabla and pakavaj
4. In the park
5. Drilling a home
6. Guru vandana
7. Greasy legs
8. Ski-ing
9. Gat kirwani
10. Dream scene
11. Party seacombe
12. Love scene
13. Crying
14. Cowboy music
15. Fantasy sequins
16. On the bed
17. Glass box
18. Wonderwall to be here
19. Singing om
20. In the first place
21. Almost shankara
22. The inner light

Electronic Sound
Electronic Sound 1969

20 page booklet.
Remastered stereo.
Introduction by Chemical Bros.
Background piece.
No bonus tracks.

1. Under the mersey wall
2. No time or space

All Things Must Pass

All Things Must Pass 1970

20 page booklet
An upgraded version of the standard 2001 package.
Remastered stereo – 2 discs
The 4 Bonus tracks in 2001 package will be included – "I Live for You", "Beware of Darkness", "Let It Down" and "What is Life".
Introduction in George’s words.

Disc: 1
1. I'd Have You Anytime
2. My Sweet Lord
3. Wah-Wah
4. Isn't It A Pity
5. What Is Life
6. If Not For You
7. Behind That Locked Door
8. Let It Down
9. Run Of The Mill
10. I Live For You
11. Beware Of Darkness
12. Let It Down
13. What Is Life
14. My Sweet Lord (2000)

Disc: 2
1. Beware Of Darkness
2. Apple Scruffs
3. Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)
4. Awaiting On You All
5. All Things Must Pass
6. I Dig Love
7. Art Of Dying
8. Isn't It A Pity
9. Hear Me Lord
10. It's Johnny's Birthday
11. Plug Me In
12. I Remember Jeep
13. Thanks For The Pepperoni
14. Out Of The Blue

Living in the Material World
Living in the Material World 1973

20 page booklet.
An upgraded version of the existing content standard 2001 package.
Both bonus tracks are from the 2006 package – "Deep Blue" and "Miss O’Dell".
Background piece from Kevin Howlett from 2006.
Remastered stereo.

1. Give me love (give me peace on earth)
2. Sue me, sue you blues
3. The light that has lighted the world
4. Don't let me wait too long
5. Who can see it
6. Living in the material world
7. The lord loves the one (that loves the lord)
8. Be here now
9. Try some buy some
10. The day the world gets 'round
11. That is all
12. Deep blue
13. Miss O'Dell
14. Bangla desh

Dark Horse
Dark Horse 1974

20 page booklet including Matt piece.
Remastered stereo – single disc.
Background piece.
Bonus tracks – "Dark Horse" demo and "I Don’t Care Anymore". One source also mentions "Sound stage of mind".

1. Hari's on tour (express)
2. Simply shady
3. So sad
4. Bye bye love
5. Maya love
6. Ding dong, ding dong
7. Dark horse
8. Far east man
9. It is 'he' (jai sri krishna)
10. I don't care anymore
11. Dark horse

Extra Texture
Extra Texture 1975

20 page booklet.
Remastered stereo – single disc.
Background piece.
Bonus track – "This guitar (can’t keep from crying)" (Platinum Weird). One source also mentions "Can’t stop thinking about you" and "You" (Ronnie Spector version).

1. You
2. The answer's at the end
3. This guitar (can't keep from crying)
4. Ooh baby (you know that I love you)
5. World of stone
6. A bit more of you
7. Can't stop thinking about you
8. Tired of midnight blue
9. Grey cloudy lies
10. His name is legs (ladies and gentleman)
11. This guitar (can't keep from crying)

Track lists sourced from Amazon.fr, except "All Things Must Pass" sourced from Amazon.co.uk. Source mentioning extra bonus tracks is jpc.de.

Double Fantasy film stills emerge

Stills from Double Fantasy recording session
Still images identified as from the video film shot at a John Lennon & Yoko Ono "Double Fantasy" recording session has emerged on social media lately. When John recorded Double Fantasy in 1980, a film crew spent a day in the studio filming John and Yoko. Lennon didn't like the video footage when it was played back to him, as he thought he was to thin looking. The video was made on August 19, 1980. A little piece of Yoko singing "I'm moving on" was used in the 1984 TV special "Yoko Ono - Then and Now" (also released on home video).

On August 19th, 1980 at the Hit Factory recording studios in New York City, director Jay Dubin filmed John Lennon & Yoko Ono with the intention of producing music videos to promote their upcoming release "Double Fantasy". A number of songs were filmed with the musicians recording the album including drummer Andy Newmark, and guitarists Earl Slick & Hugh McCracken.

Before 1987, no one except those present at the session on August 19th, 1980 knew that any footage existed at all from that night. None of the promotional videos since John's death contained even a hint from this session. Other snippets of 1980 footage filmed in November were included in the music videos for "Woman" and "Walking On Thin Ice" in early 1981, and in 1984 with the release of "Milk & Honey", clips for "Borrowed Time", "Nobody Told Me", "Grow Old With Me" and "I'm Stepping Out" were produced, but again nothing.

The first evidence that proved there was indeed a filming session came to light in 1987, with the release of approximately 30 minutes of off-line audio tape from the vocal booth that night. This audio was released on a bootleg record called "Before Play" on a record label called "Gnat Records". This audio tape was a revelation indeed, as John and the Double Fantasy band were not only playing "I'm Losing You" and "(Just Like) Starting Over" from the album, but in between camera takes were jamming on rock and roll oldies such as "Dream Lover", "Stay", "Mystery Train" and "I'm A Man", not to mention the Beatles' "She's A Woman". What was truly intriguing about this tape, proved to be the dialogue between John and the film director about camera angles and other details of the shoot. When this bootleg came out, there was still no information on what exactly was filmed other that the two songs : "I'm Losing You" and "(Just Like) Starting Over". There was no information on who the director was, who produced the footage, and what the exact date of the session was.

With the release of the theatrical documentary "Imagine : John Lennon" in 1988, it seemed that no one would ever know. Producer David Wolper and co-producer & director Andrew Solt worked with over 240 hours of footage, of which 200 hours were provided directly from Yoko Ono. Still, no Double Fantasy footage was found. Andrew Solt said the following when asked about Double Fantasy footage: " We had a couple of blind leads. I don't know if any exists. I've heard so many stories. Some local news station may have come in and done some shooting, but the tape seems to have disappeared. That's the one I was looking for. But it doesn't matter. The way the film works, we don't need to have a performance at the end."

in 1991, former Lennon assistant Frederic Seaman published a book called "The Last Days Of John Lennon", which portrays a decidedly different picture of the video shoot:
"Later that evening, things became even more tense. Yoko had hired a video crew to film John working in the studio. She directed the cameraman to shoot numerous close-ups of John's face from all angles. I felt bad for John, who had once told me that he hated to have his face filmed up close. Like a trapped animal, he jumped around and sang himself hoarse. He had been snorting cocaine, and he was so wired he was ready to jump out of his skin. It was painful to watch. The session lasted until 3:30 AM, and was sheer torture for all involved, except Yoko, who seemed to enjoy herself thoroughly."
For almost thirty four years this film has been missing, presumed destroyed. However, on page 275 of the book "The Solo Beatles Film & TV Chronicle 1971-1980" author Jörg Pieper writes:
"In 2005 a major Lennon film project was started but postponed in 2006. In the same year I was able to interview one of the professional researchers, who had unlimited access to Yoko's film archive, he confirmed that he never saw any footage of John's Hit Factory performance. However it can (be) revealed here for the very first time that 20 minutes of John's Hit Factory performance indeed survived in private hands, unnoticed by the public".

The stills shown here (John is playing a Sardonix guitar) could be an indication that something is going to happen with this footage, so that we finally may get to see it.

Further reading: Eagles Lair

Beatles' Atlantic City concert to be aired on radio

Press call at Atlantic City
A press release from yesterday:
Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles playing in Atlantic City, and local radio station KOOL-98.3 FM has a treat for local fans. At 6:15 p.m. Saturday, the station will play a recording of the band's full 30-minute show here. Staff at Longport Media discovered the recording in the station's archives as they worked to commemorate the concert anniversary, said Dave Coskey, president of the media company. "It's a 50 year old tape, it certainly doesn't sound pristine, but we think the historic value of it outweighs the technical quality," Coskey said. "I sat down and listened to it from start to finish. I thought it was especially cool, I'd always heard about the Beatles in Convention Hall, this is going to be as close as you can get to seeing it."

The broadcast is at 6:15 p.m. on SATURDAY August 30th, 50 years after the original show. Although they took the stage at 8:15 p.m., this show will air at 6:15 p.m.

Source: Press of Atlantic City
KOOL-98.3 website

The Apple Years 1968-75: package shot

George Harrison The Apple Years 1968-75
This just in: the full package shot of "George Harrison - The Apple Years 1968-75". The George Harrison channel on YouTube has been very busy of late, uploading old videos in better quality, Check it out here. George Harrison on YouTube.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Teaser for Apple Years

George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75
Here's the artwork for the upcoming boxed set from George Harrison. As a teaser for the upcoming The Apple Years 1968-75 boxed set the George Harrison estate has chosen this previously released concert clip from Japan. This video can be found on the bonus DVD from the 2004 Dark Horse Years boxed set, and was also made available on it's own later on. It was also included on the DeLuxe edition of "Living In The Material World".