September 18, 2011
Beatles bootleg specialists "Fab Productions" have released the first ever Blu-ray version of "Let It Be". They are claiming this to be a 1080p transfer from the 35MM print direct to Blu-Ray in 16:9 aspect ratio, augmented by a remasted stereo soundtrack.
Although this fills a void in any Beatles video collection, everyone is anticipating a definitive, official release of this Beatles movie. It has been suggested that since 2012 will be a big anniversary year for the group (50 years since "Love Me Do"), we may see an official "Let It Be" after all these years.
Another Blu-ray title from the Fab Productions company is a 2-disc release from Paul McCartney's recent "On The Run" tour. The film contains every song performed on the tour, taken from 7 of the 8 concert performances. Since many of the people who upload songs from the concerts on YouTube are filming in 1080p resolution with an aspect ratio of 16:9, it certainly makes sense to make the switch from DVD-R to recordable Blu-ray discs for releases like this.
Posted by Wogew at Thursday, September 01, 2011
September 17, 2011
The reissue schedule runs from 2010 to 2016. Here is the deluxe schedule with hopes, including DVD archives.
1 Band On The Run 3 cds 1 dvd
2 McCartney 2 cds 1 dvd
3 McCartney II 3 cds 1 dvd
4 Ram 3 cds 1 dvd
5 Venus & Mars 2 cds 1 dvd
6 Speed Of Sound 2 cds 1 dvd
7 Wings Over America 2 cds 2 dvds
8 Linda McCartney Wide Prairie 2 cds 2 dvds
9 Wild Life 2 cds 2 dvds
10 Red Rose Speedway 2 cds 2 dvds
11 London Town 2 cds 1 dvd
12 Back to the egg 2 cds 1 dvd (probably the Back To The Egg TV Special)
13 Wings Live 1979 (NEW TITLE) 2 cds 1 dvd (Probably Glasgow audio and Hammersmith DVD)
14 Tug Of War 2 cds 1 dvd
15 Pipes Of Peace 2 cds 1 dvd
16 Give my regards to Broad Street 3 cds 2 dvd
17 Press To Play 4 cds 1 dvd
18 Choba B CCCP + Prince's Trust Birthday Party 2 cds 1 dvd
19 McGear / Holly Days / Whippets / Country Hams and Surprises 4 cds
20 Flowers In The Dirt 3 cds 1 dvd
21 Tripping The Live Fantastic 3 cds 2 dvds
22 Unplugged 2 cds 1 dvd
23 Off The Ground 3 cds 2 dvds
24 Paul Is Live 2 cds 2 dvds
25 The Fireman Vol 1 & 2 ( Strawberry + Rusches ) 3 cds 1 dvd
26 Oobu Joobu , liverpool collage, Daumier's Law and crazy stuff 3 cds 1 dvd
27 Flaming Pie 2 cds 2 dvds
28 Run Devil Run 2 cds 1 dvd
29 Driving Rain 2 cds 1 dvd
30 Back In The US / World 3 cds 1 dvd
31 Chaos & Creation in The Back Yard 2 cds 2 dvds
32 Memory Almost Full 2 cds 1 dvd
33 Electric Arguments 3 cds 1 dvd ( reissue )
34 Liverpool Oratorio 3 cds 2 dvds
35 Standing Stone 3 cds 2 dvds
36 Working Classical / A Leaf 2 cds 1 dvd
37 Ecce Cor Meum 2 cds 1 dvd
38 The Studio Outtakes (NEW TITLE) 1970 / 1989 4 cds
39 The Studio Outtakes (NEW TITLE) 1990 / 2014 4 cds
40 The Rude Studio Recordings (NEW TITLE) 1970 / 1997 4 cds
41 The Demos (NEW TITLE) 1960 1979 4 cds
42 The Demos (NEW TITLE) 1980 2016 4 cds
Ram and Venus and Mars are both expected around Christmas 2011. All this from an unknown source, so take it as gospel at your own will...
Posted by Wogew at Friday, June 03, 2011
September 16, 2011
McCartney's fiancée Nancy Shevell offered a pre-nup but he refused
(She has got daddy's money after all)By Paul Scott
Last updated at 10:07 AM on 16th September 2011
Making small talk at a recent party in Las Vegas to celebrate a new Beatles musical, Paul McCartney found himself separated from his wife-to-be, Nancy Shevell, for the first time that evening.
He was, according to those present, suddenly distracted — his eyes darting around the large room until he spotted New York-born Nancy, stunning in a thigh-skimming gold-silk dress.
As soon as there was a suitable lull in the conversation, Sir Paul nipped back to the side of his 51-year-old fiancee.
No more lonely nights: Sir Paul appears truly in love as Nancy Shevell snuggles up to him during a ceremony in California in 2009
Few who know the couple well are in any doubt that, after the catastrophe of his second marriage to ex-model Heather Mills, Paul, 69, has finally found a woman who can fill the void left by his beloved first wife Linda, who died from breast cancer 13 years ago.
Certainly, Nancy, who has kept out of the limelight during their four-year relationship, is seen by many in Macca’s circle as a formidable figure.
Finally, they say, a compromise was reached, which means the couple will spend most of their time at McCartney’s London townhouse in St John’s Wood and his 933-acre estate in East Sussex.
Inseparable: Paul McCartney and first wife Linda kiss on their wedding day in 1969 with Linda's daughter, Heather
Close: Sir Paul embraces his former bride Heather Mills in 2002 castle Leslie, in Glaslough, County Monaghan, Ireland
‘Paul’s got his way on that one,’ says a member of his entourage. ‘But Nancy is no pushover. Paul’s never been interested in women he can dominate.’
Indeed, visitors to McCartney’s homes here say his new wife-to-be has already been subtly stamping her mark on the cluttered farm in Peasmarsh — the McCartney family home where Linda’s ashes are scattered.
Nancy has persuaded him to do away with the more dreary furniture, invested in scented candles, new expensive linens and soft furnishings.
But if her tastes are more Park Avenue princess than Linda’s bohemian style, the success of Paul’s relationship with Miss Shevell is precisely because she is, in so many ways, similar to Linda.
After all, both came from rich Jewish-American East Coast families. Photographer Linda Eastman, who McCartney married in 1969, was the daughter of wealthy New York showbusiness lawyer Lee Eastman — who later managed Paul’s career.
In love: Paul and Linda McCartney on holiday in the virgin islands in 1972
Still smiling: Paul and Linda at a fashion event in 1998 shortly before she died from breast cancer
Both women are a world away from working-class, pushy Heather who Paul married in haste nine years ago while still struggling to come to terms with Linda’s death.
Crucially, Nancy’s background and aversion to the limelight has endeared her to the rocker’s children: Mary, 42, Stella, 40, James, 34, and 48-year-old Heather, the daughter from Linda’s first marriage, who Paul adopted.
That they have so readily taken to her is in striking contrast with the McCartney offspring’s loathing of Miss Mills, who was awarded a £24 million pay-off when the couple divorced amid acrimony in 2008.
Even so, family friends say it took time before fashion designer Stella, who more than any of the children has her father’s ear, completely warmed to the idea of her father walking down the aisle again.
When Sir Paul first floated the possibility of marrying Nancy, who has a son, Arlen, 19, from her 20-year marriage to New York lawyer Bruce Blakeman, Stella is said to have asked: ‘Do you have to marry every woman you meet?’
But the charming Nancy worked her magic on her future step-daughter, and made a point of wearing Stella’s fashion creations while on the arm of Sir Paul.
Last Christmas, Miss Shevell even hosted a vegetarian Christmas for all the McCartney clan at the family estate (although not a vegetarian herself, she never eats meat in Macca’s presence).
By way of illustrating the warm nature of the relationship, Nancy and McCartney were the guests of honour earlier this week at Stella’s 40th birthday celebrations in London.
In fact, the children have known Miss Shevell on and off for the best part of 20 years, since Paul and Linda became friends with Nancy and her first husband during family holidays in the U.S. at their respective summer homes in New York.
And an added bonus is that, while detractors of Miss Mills accused her of being a gold digger, the latest Mrs McCartney is clearly not after Sir Paul’s money.
Indeed, Nancy is said by his friends to have offered to sign a pre-nup agreeing to take nothing from his £495 million fortune should the marriage end in divorce.
As with Miss Mills, however, the musician rejected the offer. Even so, Nancy is believed to have signed a short one-page legal statement giving up the right to make any claim on the trust funds of McCartney’s children and grandchildren.
Those close to the couple insist Paul did not instigate asking his new wife to sign the papers, but say it was a legal requirement because his divorce from Miss Mills stipulates he must protect the trust of Beatrice, their seven-year-old daughter from the marriage.
And yet despite her moneyed upbringing, Miss Shevell’s life has not been without its share of controversy.
Her 74-year-old father, a tough-talking self-made man, was charged with fraud, along with his brother Daniel, in 1975 when it emerged one of their haulage companies had a convicted mobster on its payroll.
The case never went to trial, but the brothers were forced to relinquish control of their businesses. The firm later went bust leading Daniel, Miss Shevell’s uncle, to commit suicide.
Undeterred, Nancy’s father was soon building up another trucking business, which now turns over £250 million a year.
But claims of links to the underworld remained. In the late Eighties, he was accused of cultivating a ‘corrupt relationship’ with Tony Provenzano, an infamous mobster hitman who was later jailed for murder and extortion.
In 2009, Mr Shevell was put under investigation by the U.S. Government’s Organised Crime Strike Force over his alleged links to Vincent ‘the chin’ Gigante — head of the Genovese family, one of New York’s principal crime dynasties.
A lawsuit claimed Mr Shevell paid off Gigante’s mobsters in return for ‘sweetheart deals’, which gave his company carte blanche to operate outside of union rules, although Mr Shevell later maintained the suit was settled without any charges against him.
None of which has damaged Miss Shevell’s position as one of the leading lights of Manhattan society or put off her fiance.
After their London wedding, the newlyweds are said to be planning a party in New York for her family and friends next week.
Sir Paul is also due to premiere the debut ballet he has written, Ocean’s Kingdom, in the city at the same time.
It promises to be a triumphant homecoming for the newest Lady McCartney.