Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Nose

As we've seen, Brian Matthew interviewed George and John in November 1965 for BBC Radio's Pop Profile. Six months later, he sat down with the other half of the group, beginning with Ringo on May 2nd, 1966.

This is the original, complete and unedited Overseas Transcription Disc recording of the interview:

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sweden 1963

CBM, 1973

The first complete (but middling quality) issue of the great Stockholm radio performance from October 1963. Impressed bootleg collector John Lennon upon initial hearing. Side 2 is useless filler from Washington DC and From Us To You.

- I Saw Her Standing There
- From Me To You
- Money (That's What I Want)
- Roll Over Beethoven
- You Really Got A Hold On Me
- She Loves You
- Twist And Shout

- Till There Was You
- I Want To Hold Your Hand
- Roll Over Beethoven
- All My Loving
- I Wanna Be Your Man
- From Us To You

Friday, August 27, 2010

I Think Of Wink

After touring the UK, France, and US in a four-month period, followed by two months spent filming A Hard Day's Night, The Beatles took the month of May 1964 off. Paul and Ringo headed for the Virgin Islands with their girlfriends Jane Asher and Maureen Cox.

John and his wife Cynthia accompanied George and Pattie to Hawaii, en route to Tahiti. As they departed Honolulu Airport on May 5th, George expressed his displeasure at the intrusions of the American press during their brief stay:

Three weeks of sun, surf, and sand in Tahiti seemed to lift his spirits. When he and John connected through Los Angeles on the way back home May 25th, they were in a silly mood as they recorded greetings for radio station KFWB-AM and their DJs Joe Yocum and Wink Martindale. John recognized Wink's name from his hit single "Deck Of Cards", which he parodied as "Deck Of Dubs":

This brief recording was pressed onto a souvenir single sold at a Los Angeles-area music store in June, with "You Can't Do That" on the B-side.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Live At Abbey Road Studios

no label, 1984

A Tobe Milo-associated release, containing an audience recording of the soundtrack to the 1983 multimedia presentation The Beatles at
Abbey Road. This was the first Beatleg appearance of many alternate studio takes.

- Love Me Do
- How Do You Do It
- I Saw Her Standing There
- Twist And Shout

- One After 909
- Don't Bother Me
- A Hard Day's Night
- Leave My Kitten Alone
- I'm A Loser
- She's A Woman
- Ticket To Ride
- Help!

- Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
- I'm Looking Through You
- Paperback Writer
- Rain
- Penny Lane
- Strawberry Fields Forever

- A Day In The Life
- Hello Goodbye
- Lady Madonna
- Hey Jude
- While My Guitar Gently Weeps
- Because
- #9 Dream

Friday, August 13, 2010

Zappled Right Between The Eyes

By request, here is a recording of John and Yoko promoting their new Zapple LP, Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions. On or about May 8th, 1969, they spoke with BBC Radio's Pete Drummond, most likely from their office at Apple HQ in London. This may have been the only time "No Bed For Beatle John" was aired on BBC Radio!

Thursday, August 12, 2010


Parlophone/EMI, 1985

Not an EMI release, of course, but copied from a tape of a cancelled EMI release, by the Yellow Dog folks. An exciting Beatleg at the time, but nearly all of these same mixes (unfortunately - the editing is atrocious) ended up on the Anthology CDs.

- Come And Get It
- Leave My Kitten Alone
- Not Guilty
- I'm Looking Through You
- What's The New Mary Jane

- How Do You Do It
- Besame Mucho
- One After 909
- If You've Got Trouble
- That Means A Lot
- While My Guitar Gently Weeps
- Mailman Bring Me No More Blues
- Christmas Time Is Here Again

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Dance, Tony, Dance!

With George in the USA, Ringo moving into a new home, and John by Yoko's side in hospital, it fell to Paul McCartney to promote The Beatles (aka the "White Album") on Radio Luxembourg.

To this end, DJ Tony Macarthur recorded a track-by-track examination of the double album at Paul's London home on November 20th, 1968. Except that Paul only felt comfortable talking about his own compositions, although he does touch on "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" and a few other songs.

Here is a composite, mostly from a so-so off-air recording (it aired November 21st) but with a couple of excerpts from a very good quality source tape spliced in. Who out there has the complete upgrade?

Monday, August 9, 2010

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Thames, 1986

Notable at the time for the title track, the "Oh! Darling" vocal tape, and an 8 minute version of "Dig It". The rest is filler repeated from File Under: Beatles and elsewhere; also a bit skimpy on the total running time.

- Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da/Christmas Time Is Here Again
- Cannonball/Not Fade Away/Hey Little Girl/Bo Diddley
- Oh! Darling
- Dig It

- We Can Work It Out
- Let It Be
- Christmas Time Is Here Again

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Mersey Sound Meets Puget Sound

Seattle, Washington was the third city on the summer 1964 North American Beatles tour.

When they landed at Seattle-Tacoma airport on August 21st, local TV news was there to film a few words from Paul. So was Larry Kane, who chatted with Ringo as he deplaned.

Kane also spoke with press officer Derek Taylor and interviewed fans hanging around outside the Edgewater Inn, where the group stayed and fished out the window of their suite overlooking Elliott Bay in Puget Sound.

Prior to their show that night at Seattle Coliseum, The Beatles met the media for a typical press conference, livened only by John's reluctant reading of his poem "Good Dog Nigel".

Friday, August 6, 2010

Snaps 'N' Trax

Geritol Records, 1982

A listenable compilation, half Beatles-era and half solo-era. Everything is copied from other boots, but the side 2 material is fairly obscure.

- I Got A Woman
- Honey Don't
- Act Naturally
- It's All Too Much
- Yer Blues
- Hound Dog

- Too Many Cooks
- I Love My Suit
- My Carnival
- The Pirate Song
- Say Darling
- Soundstage Of Mind
- Twenty Flight Rock

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Psychedelic Freakouts

On January 18th, 1967, a few weeks into the Sgt. Pepper sessions, Freddie Prinze - er, I'm sorry, Paul McCartney sat down for a filmed interview to discuss the burgeoning psychedelic scene for the benefit of Granada TV's viewers. Excerpts of the interview were used in the Scene Special documentary "It's So Far Out, It's Straight Down", aired March 7th.

Another snippet appeared in a 1971 Guinness Book TV special, The Record Makers, and more recently further extracts were issued on a DVD. I've stitched all the available bits together into a recording lasting 6:41:

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Kum Back

no label, 1970

A knock-off of the earliest Beatleg, with a couple of mono tracks ("One After 909" and "Dig It") inserted into the stereo lineup.

- Get Back
- The Walk
- Let It Be
- One After 909
- Teddy Boy
- Two Of Us

- Don't Let Me Down
- I've Got A Feeling
- The Long And Winding Road
- Dig It
- For You Blue
- Dig A Pony
- Get Back

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Hernia and Odeon, take 2

In listening to the fabulous new Unsurpassed Broadcasts set, I realized it contains a slightly longer version of the Dibbs Mather Doncaster interview, with a few more lines of John's "The Neville Club" reading. So, in the interest of completeness, here it is:

Monday, August 2, 2010

Come Back Johnny!

Melvin, 1979

Another of Melvin's entertaining Beatlegs, albeit not as eclectic as usual. Most of the LP consists of the One-To-One concert (a mix of audience and broadcast tapes), with a healthy dose of Lennon media appearances sprinkled throughout.

- Comment to a Bleary-eyed Bob Dylan
- Power To The People
- New York City
- It's So Hard
- Woman Is The Nigger Of The World
- Listen to This Radio Spot
- Well Well Well
- Instant Karma!
- Goodnight Vienna radio spot

- Monday Night Football
- Mother
- Come Together
- Cold Turkey
- Hound Dog
- Well (Baby Please Don't Go)/Rock Island Line/Maybe Baby/Peggy Sue
- Johnny B. Goode
- Imagine

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Hernia and Odeon

On December 10th, 1963, The Beatles' Autumn Tour stopped by Doncaster for a pair of shows. Backstage at the Gaumont, they were visited by Australian broadcaster Dibbs Mather, who interviewed them for Dateline London, a BBC Overseas Transcription show.

This is one of the longer and more in-depth 1963 Beatle interviews, as well as one of the most entertaining, largely thanks to John, who reads his newly-minted poem "The Neville Club" but is reticent to answer many questions.