December 30, 2015

Beatles Perform Live For You For The New Year

The Beatles Live Cut
Live, television: It's The Beatles, 
3.45pm, Saturday December 7,1963

I Saw Her Standing There and I Want To Hold Your Hand
Live on Drop-In TV Show, Stockholm, Sweden. October 30, 1963

Can't Buy Me Love
NME Poll Winners' Concert, April 26, 1964, Empire Pool, Wembley, London

You Can't Do That Melbourne Australia 1964, recorded by local TV station GTV9

Hello Goodbye


Don't Let Me Down

Apple Corps Rooftop, 3 Savile Row, London, January 30, 1969

Beatles Catalog Goes on Streaming Services

Happy holidays from the Beatles: As of 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 24, the band’s music will finally be available on streaming services worldwide.

The group announced the news in a 35-second video featuring a medley of its biggest hits that kicks off to the sound of the 1963 single “She Loves You.” An accompanying news release simply said: “Happy Crimble, with love from us to you.”

However, the surviving members of the group, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with Universal Music Group, which controls the band’s recorded music, made no statements other than the fact that the Beatles’ catalog — 13 original albums and four compilations — will now be playable on nine subscription streaming music services: Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon Prime Music, Tidal, Deezer, Microsoft Groove, Napster/Rhapsody and Slacker Radio.

Known as singular holdouts in the digital era, the Beatles, the best-selling group of all time, resisted offering its songs on iTunes for more than seven years before coming to an agreement with Apple in 2010. “It’s fantastic to see the songs we originally released on vinyl receive as much love in the digital world as they did the first time around,” Mr. McCartney said at the time. The band sold 450,000 albums and two million individual songs in its first week on the service, according to Apple.

Now, streaming is the industry sea change too big to ignore. This month, Warner Music Group, one of the so-called big three label groups, said streaming revenue exceeded download revenue for the year. And other classic rock resisters have come around recently: AC/DC started streaming its music this summer, following Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd in 2013. (The Beatles were already available on Pandora, the Internet radio service, since it does not offer on-demand songs; a court decision recently raised the royalty rate for labels and performers on those services, known as pureplays. The band members’ solo material is also widely available.)

Modern artists, however, have started to resist streaming in certain rarefied cases. Taylor Swift, who helped persuade Apple Music to pay royalties during its free-trial period when she protested publicly, has not made her albums available on streaming services with a free tier, like Spotify, while Adele has so far kept her blockbuster “25” off streaming services altogether. The Beatles’ music will be available on the free and premium versions of services that have both.


December 27, 2015

New Beatles Let It Be Movie on Blu-ray

Complete Collection Featuring Fullscreen And Widescreen Edition With Subtitle Plus Original Movie Edtion And Get Back Sessions, Japanese TV Broadcast. HQ scans below.

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01. Introduction 02. Piano Improvisation 03. Don’t Let Me Down 04. Let’s Sing The Corny One 05. Maxwell’s Silver Hammer 06. Shocktric Shocks 07. Two Of Us 08. I’ve Got A Feeling 09. Coming Down To The Faster 10. I’ve Got A Feeling 11. Oh! Darling 12. One After 909 13. Boogie Woogie Piano 14. Two Of Us 15. Across The Universe 16. Dig A Pony 17. Suzy Parker 18. I Me Mine 19. For You Blue 20. I Dig A Pygmy 21. Besame Mucho 22. Octpus’s Garden 23. Jamming With Heather 24. You Really Got A Hold On Me 25. The Long And Winding Road 26. Rip It Up / Shake Rattle And Roll 27. Kansas City / Miss Ann / Lawdy Miss Clawdy 28. Dig It 29. Talk About The Movie 30. Two Of Us 31. Let It Be 32. The Long And Winding Road 33. Rooftop Concert 34. Get Back 35. Don’t Let Me Down 36. I’ve Got A Feeling 37. One After 909 38. Dig A Pony 39. Get Back 40. The End NTSC Color 16:9 FULL SCREEN with Japanese Subtitle LPCM Stereo New Remaster / Original Movie Mono Soundtrack time approx. 80min. “LET IT BE” DOCUMENTARY NTSC Color 16:9 (4:3) with Japanese Subtitle LPCM Stereo time approx. 22min. “LET IT BE” WIDESCREEN&REMASTER EDITION 01 – 40. Movie Chapter (Same as Fullscreen Edition) NTSC Color 16:9 WIDE SCREEN with Japanese Subtitle LPCM Stereo Remaster / Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound time approx. 80min.
01 – 40. Movie Chapter (Same As All Movie Edition) LET IT BE EXTRA ALTERNATE VIDEO 41. Don’t Let Me Down – Movie Remaster 42. Dig A Pony – Movie Remaster 43. Don’t Let Me Down – Imagine Rough Cut 1988 44. Don’t Let Me Down – Imagine 1988 45. Don’t Let Me Down – Anthology Director’s Cut 1993 46. Don’t Let Me Down – Let It Be Naked 1999 47. Get Back – 1969 release remastered 48. Get Back – Anthology 1995 LET IT BE…NAKED 49. Get Back 1999 (Promo Video) 50. Trailer One 51. Trailer Two 52. Trailer Three 53. Long Trailer with captions 54. Long Trailer without captions 55. 30 second spots 56. Two Of Us 1999 (Promo Video) 57. Japan AD 58. Sony TV Special 59. Target AD NTSC Color 16:9 (4:3) with Japanese Subtitle Dolby Digital Stereo (Original Movie Mono Soundtrack) time approx. 144min. GET BACK SESSIONS 1. JANUARY 2ND 1969 (THURSDAY)Setup / Tuning – Dialog / Don’t Let Me Down/ Dialogue / I’ve Got A Feeling / Two Of Us 2. JANUARY 3RD 1969 (FRIDAY)Adios For Strings / Don’t Let Me Down/ All Things Must Pass Rehearsals / Feedback/ All Things Must Pass / Maxwell’s Silver Hamm 3. JANUARY 6, 1969 (MONDAY)Oh! Darling / Dialogue / Don’t Let Me Down Rehearsals/ Dialogue / Don’t Let Me Down / Dialogue – The Fight / Two Of Us 4. JANUARY 7, 1969 (TUESDAY)Get Back / Dialogue / Maxwell’s Silver Hammer/ Across The Universe / Dig A Pony 5. JANUARY 8, 1969 (WEDNESDAY)I Me Mine / Two Of Us / I’ve Got A Feeling/ All Things Must Pass Rehearsals / I Me Mine / Goodbyes 6. JANUARY 9, 1969 (THURSDAY)Two Of Us / Suzy Parker / I’ve Got A Feeling / One After 909/ Get Back / Tennessee / House Of The Rising Sun / Commonwealth/ Goodnight 7. JANUARY 10, 1969 (FRIDAY)Get Back / I’m Talking About You – George Quits / Jamming With Yoko 8. JANUARY 13, 1969 (MONDAY)Dialogue on filming 9. JANUARY 14, 1969 (TUESDAY) Piano Boogie / John and Yoko Interview for the CBC/ Peter Sellers Visits / Mal Tears Down Equipment 10. JANUARY 21, 1969 (TUESDAY) John Films Rock’n’Roll Circus Introduction/ My Baby Left Me / Dig A Pony Playback / Dig A Pony / Dialogue / Don’t Let Me Down 11. JANUARY 22, 1969 (WEDNESDAY)Dig A Pony / Dialogue / Billy Preston Arrives 12. JANUARY 23, 1969 (THURSDAY)Beatles Arrive at Apple / Billy Preston Arrives / Jamming with Yoko/ Billy’s Original / Get Back Rehearsal 13. Get Back Rehearsals I’ll Get You / Get Back / I’ve Got A Feeling / Help! / Please Please Me / Help! 14. Get Back Playbacks 15. JANUARY 24, 1969 (FRIDAY)Dialogue – Jamming / Get Back Playbacks / Dialogue 16. JANUARY 25, 1969 (SATURDAY) Two Of Us Rehearsals / For You Blue Rehearsals / Playbacks / For You Blue / For You Blue Rehearsal / Let It Be Rehearsals / Playback 17. JANUARY 26, 1969 (SUNDAY) Octopus’s Garden / Let It Be Rehearsals / Dig It / Shake Rattle And Roll / Miss Ann / Kansas City / You Really Got A Hold On Me / Jamming/ The Long And Winding Road 18. JANUARY 27, 1969 (MONDAY)Dig It Playback / Dialogue / Let It Be Rehearsals / Jamming / Break for Lunch/ Get Back – single recording / I’ve Got a Feeling 19. Januaray 28, 1969 (TUESDAY)For You Blue Playback / Get Back Playback / Jamming/ I’ve Got a Feeling / Every Day Is Like a Week / I Want You 20. JANUARY 29, 1969 (WEDNESDAY)Dialogue / All Things Must Pass / Besame Mucho 21. JANUARY 30, 1969 (THURSDAY)Discussion Before Rooftop ROOFTOP CONCERT – JANUARY 30, 1969 (THURSDAY)22. Rooftop Entrance / Rehearsal 23. Get Back 24. Don’t Let Me Down 25. I’ve Got A Feeling 26. One After 909 27. Dig A Pony 28. God Save The Queen 29. I’ve Got A Feeling 30. Don’t Let Me Down 31. Get Back 32. JANUARY 31, 1969 (FRIDAY) Two Of Us / The Long And Winding Road / Let It Be 33. Let It Be – with Movie Trailer 1970 NTSC 16:9 (4:3) Dolby Digital Stereo / Mono time approx. 220min. “LET IT BE” MOVIE JAPANESE TV BROADCAST 01. Japanese TV Opening and CM 02.-27. Movie Chapter 28. Intermission 29.-42. Movie Chapter 43. Japanese TV Ending Credit and CM
Movie Chapter (Same as Fullscreen Edition) NTSC Color 16:9 (4:3) inc.Japanese Subtitle Dolby Digital Stereo (Original Movie Mono Soundtrack) time approx. 88min

Here is "Don't Let Me Down" from the Rooftop Concert:

Here is the entire 23 minute rooftop concert to enjoy:

Here are some outtakes and chatter from the Let It Be movie as a bonus:

August 18, 2015

Beatles' first recording contract to be auctioned next month

NEW YORK—The Beatles' first recording contract was signed in Hamburg, Germany, where the band honed its craft playing gigs in the city's boisterous nightclub district.

The 1961 recording session produced the single "My Bonnie." It was released on the Polydor label in Germany only and never hit the top charts. But the tune led directly to the Beatles' discovery back home, a contract with EMI the following year and their first hit, "Love Me Do."

Heritage Auctions will auction the six-page contract in New York on September 19 for an estimated $150,000. It's the centerpiece of a Beatles collection spanning the band's entire career. It's being sold by the estate of Uwe Blaschke, a German graphic designer and noted Beatles historian who died in 2010.
This undated photo provided by Heritage Auctions from an upcoming Beatles collection sale shows the Beatles’ first recording contract, which was signed in Hamburg, Germany, where the band honed its craft performing in the city’s nightclub district.
This undated photo provided by Heritage Auctions from an upcoming Beatles collection sale shows the Beatles’ first recording contract, which was signed in Hamburg, Germany, where the band honed its craft performing in the city’s nightclub district.

"Not many people know that the Beatles started their careers in Germany," said Beatles expert Ulf Kruger. "The Beatles had their longest stint in a club in Hamburg at the Top Ten Club. They played there three months in a row, every night. The style they invented in Liverpool, they cultivated in Hamburg."

"Without this contract all of the pieces wouldn't have fallen into place," added Dean Harmeyer, Heritage's consignment director for music memorabilia, who said the band was "a ramshackle, amateur band" when they first went to Germany.

"They were probably a C class in the pantheon of Liverpool bands," he said.

But their stints in Hamburg between 1960 and 1962 changed that.

"It really is where they honed their musical skills to become the Beatles," he said. "They set about learning new material, they worked on their instrumental abilities."

But it was "crazy luck" that got them to Hamburg, he said.

This undated photo provided by Heritage Auctions from an upcoming Beatles collection sale shows a set of four psychedelic posters by Richard Avedon commissioned by the German magazine Stern in 1966, which will be auctioned in New York on Sept. 19.
This undated photo provided by Heritage Auctions from an upcoming Beatles collection sale shows a set of four psychedelic posters by Richard Avedon commissioned by the German magazine Stern in 1966, which will be auctioned in New York on Sept. 19.

Their booking agent fortuitously ran into a club owner looking for rock `n' roll bands to perform in his Hamburg nightclub. The Beatles were not the agent's first choice and wound up going only after other bands declined.

When the Beatles — John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and original drummer Pete Best — were later hired to be the backup band for British singer/guitarist Tony Sheridan at the Top Ten Club, German record producer Bert Kaempfert signed them and Sheridan to record a rock `n' roll version of "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean."

"My Bonnie" netted the Beatles about $80. It was credited to "Tony Sheridan and the Beat Boys" because Kaempfert felt the name "Beatles" would not cut it with Germans.

"The Beatles didn't care what they were signing as long as it was for a recording contract," said Kruger.

The only copies that made it out of Germany initially were the ones sent to the Beatles back home in Liverpool, England. After a local club disc jockey got his hands on one and started playing it, music fans began asking for it. That got the attention of Liverpool record shop owner Brian Epstein, who decided to hear them perform at the Cavern Club.

"He immediately sees their potential. He tells them 'I want to manage you and I'll make you successful' — and he did, going on to secure them a record contract with EMI," Harmeyer said.

"Every great collector wants their collection to be illuminative of the subject, and Blaschke's collection does this so well largely because it also covers the German period," he said. "It covers everything else. He's got stuff from `Sgt. Pepper' and `Abbey Road' and the later things ... but he's got this great trove of things that are specific to Hamburg. That's really where the story started ... it's where they really become the Beatles."

Other highlights and their pre-sale estimates include:

— A 1962 autographed copy of "Love Me Do," the first single recorded with Ringo. $10,000.

— A 1960 postcard Ringo sent from Hamburg to his grandmother. $4,000.

— A Swiss restaurant menu card signed by the Beatles while they were filming "HELP" in 1965. $12,000.

— A set of four psychedelic posters by Richard Avedon commissioned by the German magazine Stern in 1966. Estimate: $5,000.

The auction comes on the 55th anniversary of the Beatles' first trip to Hamburg and 50 years after the Fab Four's record-breaking performance at Shea Stadium in Queens, New York.


May 17, 2015

The Beatles Live Project Film

Los Angeles, July 16, 2014 – Apple Corps Ltd., White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have announced they will produce a new authorized documentary for Apple, based on the first part of The Beatles’ career -- the touring years. The film will be directed by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard and will be produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. White Horse’s Grammy Award-winning Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci and Academy Award winner and multiple nominee Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment will produce with Howard. Imagine’s Michael Rosenberg and White Horse’s Guy East will serve as executive producers.

Howard said, "I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964. Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated."

This film will focus on The Beatles’ journey from the early days of the Cavern Club in Liverpool and engagements in Hamburg to their last public concert in Candlestick Park, San Francisco, in 1966.

The Beatles began touring Europe in late 1963, after an extraordinary arrival on the British scene in 1961 and ‘62. However, it was their much-heralded Ed Sullivan appearance on February 9, 1964 that caused The Beatles’ popularity to explode. By June, the band had commenced their first world tour, and continued on a relentless schedule for two subsequent years. By the time the band stopped touring in August of 1966, they had performed 166 concerts in 15 countries and 90 cities around the world. The cultural phenomenon their touring helped create, known as "Beatlemania," was something the world had never seen before and laid the foundation for the globalization of culture.

Beatlemania was not just a phenomenon. It was the catalyst for a cultural shift that would alter the way people around the world viewed and consumed popular culture. This film will seek to explain what it was about that particular moment in time that allowed this cultural pivot point to occur. It will examine the social and political context of the time, and reveal the unique conditions that caused technology and mass communication to collide. The film will also explore the incomparable electricity between performer and audience that turned the music into a movement – a common experience into something sublime.

Founded in London in 1968, Apple Corps Ltd. represents The Beatles. Under the direction of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, the company administers The Beatles’ business interests, and it also develops new creative projects, making a significant contribution to the staging and safekeeping of The Beatles’ musical and cultural legacies. Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde will act as executive producers for Apple Corps.

Over the course of a near 30-year partnership, Howard and Grazer have produced a long list of successful and critically acclaimed films, including Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon, A Beautiful Mind – for which Howard won an Academy Award for Best Director and Grazer and Howard won Best Picture – and, most recently, Rush, and music-driven films like 8 Mile. This will be the second documentary for Howard -- the first being 2013's Made in America.

Sinclair’s long association with documentaries has resulted in a string of award-winning films, including Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living in the Material World, which won two Emmy Awards and was nominated for a BAFTA, and No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, for which Sinclair won a Grammy Award, Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who, The Last Play At Shea, 1, and both the Academy Award-winning Undefeated and the Grammy Award-winning Foo Fighters: Back and Forth.

Pascucci, Managing Director of Concord Music Group and former head of Warner’s Rhino Entertainment, was an executive producer on George Harrison, and has recently been associated with Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival: 2013 and Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’.

This project was originally brought to Apple Corps by One Voice One World, which has conducted extensive research around the globe, including inviting Beatles fans to send in clips of home movies and photos that they acquired during this extraordinary period. OVOW’s Matthew White, Stuart Samuels, and Bruce Higham will form part of the production team as co-producers.

Acclaimed and award winning editor Paul Crowder will serve as editor. Crowder directed and edited the Grammy-nominated Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who, The Last Play at Shea and the Formula One documentary, 1. Crowder’s long-time collaborator, Mark Monroe, will serve as writer. In addition to the aforementioned films, Monroe’s credits include Sound City, Chasing Ice, and the Academy Award-winning, The Cove. Marc Ambrose (Bhutto) will serve as supervising producer.

Nicholas Ferrall will be the executive in charge of production for White Horse Pictures, assisted by executives Jeanne Elfant Festa and Cassidy Hartmann. The Beatles documentary is one of the first projects under Nigel Sinclair’s new White Horse Pictures banner, which he founded in 2014 with long-time business partner Guy East.

Sinclair said, "The way The Beatles burst onto the scene in Britain was an overwhelming social, cultural and musical phenomenon, but was even then eclipsed by that extraordinary explosion on the American scene and then the world. I was lucky enough to see The Beatles perform in Glasgow in 1964, shortly after their Ed Sullivan appearance. It is an honor to work on this project for The Beatles, and to be collaborating again with the extraordinary Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, and my good friend Scott Pascucci."


January 03, 2015

Beatles 1964 - Live In Paris Shows

This has always been a favorite concert of mine due to the amount of energy in their performance. The evening concert in Paris took place on the same day as the previous post: January 16 1964. The Beatles would play several concerts as the touring years continued. The venue in question for this particular performance is at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, France.

This performance included an audience of the so-called "upper class" (in those days) and so the reception for the band is not as enthusiastic as would appear in the afternoon show in front of students. The show was recorded and edited for radio broadcast three days later. The radio show was entitled "Musicorama" and the radio personnel were from Europe 1.
The tunes that we hear on the bootlegs start with the first version of the single "From Me To You" followed by a rendition of the current (for then) B-side of the latest single "This Boy". After the B-side is performed, the A-side follows in the form of "I Want To Hold Your Hand"; John singing the B-side and shared vocals between John and Paul for the A-side. The previous single is performed in the form of "She Loves You".  The Beatles then play the cover tune from the first LP "Twist And Shout" before reprising "From Me To You" once again.

An upgraded tape of the show includes the Paul vocal for the Little Richard cover "Long Tall Sally" and finally the show ends with an instrumental version of "From Me To You" (odd that this was played three times during a concert). There you have it.

You can find this show on bootleg LP with the title "A Paris". It's quite a nice package with a gatefold cover and a mini booklet inside. There is also a CD version of the show entitled "Live In Paris 1964 And In San Francisco 1966". Both of these boots include the show up to the second reprise of "From Me to You".

Live At Palais Des Sports, Paris, 1.8.1965 (Afternoon Show)
1     Twist And Shout
2     She's A Woman
3     Can't Buy Me Love
4     I'm A Loser
5     I Wanna Be Your Man
6     A Hard Day's Night
7     Baby's In Black
8     Rock And Roll Music
9     Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby
10     I Feel Fine
11     Ticket To Ride
12     Long Tall Sally
Live At Palais Des Sports, Paris, 1.8.1965 (Evening Show)
13     Twist And Shout
14     She's A Woman
15     I'm A Loser
16     Can't Buy Me Love
17     Baby's In Black
18     I Wanna Be Your Man
19     A Hard Day's Night
20     Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby
21     Rock And Roll Music
22     I Feel Fine
23     Ticket To Ride
24     Long Tall Sally

You can find more information here;

You can listen to the whole 57 minute concert here: