Tuesday, 30 September 2008
The sixth volume in Purple Chick's overview of The Beatles' live career finishing off their first U.S. tour and bringing us to the end of 1964, plus an orphan show from 1965 (there won't be room for it next volume!)
As always, some shows already sounded great (like Indianapolis), PC's proprietary audio equalization and clean-up system made some significant improvements to others (like Philadelphia) while some shows were really beyond redemption (like Montreal).
Monday, 29 September 2008
Friday, 26 September 2008
Here's the set list from Paul McCartney's concert in Tel Aviv last night.
Drive My Car
Only Mama Knows
All My Loving
Let Me Roll It
Let 'Em In
The Long and Winding Road
I'll Follow The Sun
Here, There and Everywhere
A Day In The Life/Give Peace A Chance
Band On The Run
Back In The USSR
I Got A Feeling
Live and Let Die
Let It Be
I Saw Her Standing There
Sgt Pepper's/The End
Thursday, 25 September 2008
The interviewer (Ardy Strüwer) tries to convince The Beatles that he's talking swedish, when he's really just making silly sounds. Little does he know that gobbledegook is Lennon's second language. A small gem from The Beatles in Sweden, 1964.
Sunday, 21 September 2008
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
Here are the details of a new Beatles DVD box set TURN LEFT AT GREENLAND; it does not feature any music, but is a collection of circa 19 hours of Beatles Interviews. It consists of 5 DVDs in laminated card sleeves and a 16-page booklet. The box is part of a collectors numbered limited edition of only 1000 copies, catalogue number NostBox1001. These DVDs are code-free and will play in all regions.
Saturday, 13 September 2008
In a new biography on John Lennon, Philip Norman seems to have cracked the riddle presented in the song Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown): Who was the woman John Lennon had an affair with? Paul Du Noyer reports in his review of the book:
"This song was always read as a coded admission of adultery - but with whom? The journalist Maureen Cleave is often suggested - she was pretty and clever and Lennon adored her - but Norman's evidence points elsewhere. When John moved to London with his wife Cynthia and their child Julian, they took a flat in South Kensington. It had been found for them by The Beatles' photographer Robert Freeman, who lived downstairs with his beautiful wife, Sonny. Now, she was German but preferred to say she was Norwegian. The Freemans' pad was fashionably wood-panelled. When Robert was out and Cynthia upstairs, John slipped down to see Sonny Freeman and they did, indeed, have an affair."
The book will be published October 1st.
Friday, 12 September 2008
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
NORWEGIAN WOOD No 114 - Autumn 2008 Summary in English
Page 1 Front cover - from 1964
Page 2 Inside cover - Ringo in Concert 2008 by Lars Olav Hole
Page 3 Contents & Credits
Page 4-5 Editorial: Ole talks The Beatles and parenting.
Page 6 Old newspaper clipping about The Beatles' children.
Page 7-8 President Linda about The Beatles influences on everyday phrases
Page 9-12 Reviews:
Page 13-19 The Beatles play Northwich - about a concert on the 23d of June, 1962 - by Roger
Page 20-23 On Tour With The Beatles - Scotland 1963 by Ole
Page 24-37 Tripping The Fantastic Liverpool - Highlights about The Liverpool Sound concert
Page 38-44 Ringo Starr and His 10th All-Starr Band - 2008 Tour by Lars Olav Hole
Page 45-49 My Favourite Record - McCartney II by Kjetil Johannessen.
Page 50-61 A Starr of the Screen - a film-by-film review of Ringo's acting career by Linda
Page 62-68 The News Today, Oh Boy edited by Ole
Page 69 Ad for the Beatles Festival in Beitostølen 2008
Page 70 Ad for the Beatles Convention in Karlstad, Sweden 2008
Page 71-73 Classifieds
Page 74 Mad Day Out photo
Monday, 8 September 2008
Product no.: BB 3502
Disc format: DVD-5
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Picture ratio: 16:9
Total Running Time: 1:29:55
Songs: Magical Mystery Tour - Flaming Pie- Got To Get You Into My Life - Dance Tonight - Only Mama Knows - C'Moon - The Long And Winding Road - I'll Follow The Sun - That Was Me - Here Today- Blackbird - Calico Skies - Eleanor Rigby - Band On The Run Back In The USSR - House Of Wax - I've Got A Feeling - Live And Let Die - Hey Jude - Let It Be - Lady Madonna - I Saw Her Standing There - Get Back
Recorded live at Roundhouse, Camden, London, UK, October 25, 2007.
The quality is okay, I guess, but I remember that the images I saw on TV after the concert were great. Conversion from PAL to NTSC probably is to blame. The company responsible for this release seem to have superimposed a logo in the upper corner on the entire concert.
Friday, 5 September 2008
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
In the September issue of the british music magazine "Mojo", Yoko Ono was quoted to say "When the new White Album comes out....". The magazine also mentioned that they would bring an exclusive Beatles news item in their next issue, which lead to speculations among Beatles fans that a 40th Anniversary Edition of the White Album was due. An ebay seller claimed to have a release schedule from Capitol records that had "White Album" as a new release for November.
In the October issue, the magazine featured a review of ten of the new remastered songs from the forthcoming White Album. The verdict is "Better even than we'd hoped."
The Mojo article, written by Mat Snow, talks about meeting Guy Massey and Allan Rouse (sound engineers who were also involved in the making of the 2003 re-thinking of the Let It Be album, Let It Be...Naked) when he heard the ten tracks (Helter Skelter, Dear Prudence, Happiness is a Warm Gun, Bungalow Bill, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Martha My Dear, Don't Pass Me By, I Will, Everybody's got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey - that's just 9!). Apparantly "Rouse managed a small team of remastering engineers working in pairs so that each decision concerning EQ levels and removing clicks and pop could be properly debated. The biggest issue the team faced was bass. EMI's 1960's techical team was highly trained but extremely cautious; their cutting engineers feared too much bass would jolt the stylus out of its groove. The new remasters restore the intended, recorded bottom end. Massey has never heard any response from Paul, Ringo, Yoko and Olivia other than a unanimous thumbs-up."
The statement about the cutting engineers trimming off the bass for vinyl masters is clearly a non-issue, as the original master tapes are from before that process. The intended, recorded bass sound IS on the master tape, and does NOT need to be tampered with. The same goes for EQ. The original master tapes are based on studio multitrack tapes that has already been subject to levelling of the various instruments, so that decision has already been made, in the sixties. If you remix from the session tapes, EQ should be used only to achieve the same levels on the instruments as intended on the sixties master tape. Clicks and pop? There's no such thing on tapes. Removing clicks and pop is something you do to transfers from vinyl records!
"In 1987, George Martin remixed the stereo Help! and Rubber Soul for CD to mitigate the primitive voices-to-the-left, instruments-to-the-right sound first used. The new versions of those albums keep Martin's rebalancing. But Beatlists will want those original left-and-right mixes spruced up too so (subject to EMI's confirmation) they'll be released seperately, as well as every mono mix."
Re: keeping George Martin's re-balancing of instruments in the stereo picture, that was not something he only did for those two albums, he also re-balanced some songs for the earlier compilation albums "Rock and Roll Music" (1976) and its counterpart "Beatles Ballads" (1979).
No word in the article about re-balancing the other albums, but rumour has it that new stereo mixes will probably place the instruments differently in the stereo image (like on the Yellow Submarine Songtrack album from 1999).
People "in the know" claim that the remasters will follow this format:
- a standard CD version with new stereo mixes
- a deluxe edition with the following features:
- new stereo mix (like the standard version)
- a 5.1 surround mix
- mono mixes and extra tracks
- possibly the original stereo mix
- might also include hardbound book
Another rumour has October 22 as the release date for the remastered White Album, whereas the rest of the albums will be released next year. That's a month too early, because the original White Album was released on November 22nd, 1968.
Purists are already concerned that EMI will be boosting the bass and de-noising the high end to death. Let's all just hope not.