Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Mach Shau!

1985, Savage Records

Largely unreleased Star-Club tapes, in untampered form.

- A Taste Of Honey
- Till There Was You
- Where Have You Been All My Life
- Lend Me Your Comb
- Your Feet's Too Big
- I'm Talking About You

- To Know Her Is To Love Her
- Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby
- Matchbox
- Little Queenie
- Nothin' Shakin' (But The Leaves On The Trees)
- Roll Over Beethoven

Monday, March 29, 2010

You Ottawa Been There


Published in The Ottawa Journal, Wednesday, June 4, 1969
By David Yates

Dressed in all-white suits, Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono brought their crusade for peace to Ottawa Tuesday and urged their followers to sell it like merchandise -- by using advertising.

"You must plug peace and make it known as an alternative to war," Mr. Lennon told a select group of 50 students and reporters at a University of Ottawa seminar sponsored by the students union.

The Lennons and daughter Kyoko arrived in Ottawa late in the afternoon after a drive from Montreal where the couple had just finished a week-long bed-in campaigning for peace from a hotel suite.

They were due to appear on the lawn of the university's administration building at 4 p.m., but that was put back to 4:30 and just before then an announcement was made to several hundred waiting youngsters that the Lennons would not be making the scene until 6:30 p.m. because of "a mechanical breakdown."

But the Lennons feinted them right out of their shoes and arrived at the arts building at 5 p.m.

They went straight into discussion on a panel which included actor-CBC personality Bruno Gerussi, Colin Wells, chairman of the university's classics department, Martin Loney, president of the Canadian Union of Students, and Al Rock, president of the university's student union.

Youngsters were left standing in the rain until the Lennons made a brief appearance at 7 p.m. outside the administration building.

The couple have been trying to avoid the younger crowds during their stay in Canada to speak to the news media and reach as many people as possible, it has been explained.

During the panel discussion and press conference which followed John and Yoko lashed radicals who love peace and refuse to try to convince the "squares."

"They (the radicals) are just snobs," said John and Yoko at different times.

"Use the system and don't be snobs about peace," John declared.

As examples, he said he and American comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory have been able to infiltrate the system, make money and spread their messages.

"They (people who run the system) are more greedy than they are prejudiced," he said.

In other comments John declared "cops are human" and "all prime ministers compromise their principles to get where they are -- even the best."

John had hoped to meet Prime Minister Trudeau during his stay in Canada, but the prime minister's office said he was too busy to meet the Beatle.

Copyright by The Ottawa Journal, published June 4, 1969


Here's a recording of John and Yoko at the Ottawa Peace Conference.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Behind Closed Doors

Moon Child Records, 1982

A repackaging of Get Back and Watching Rainbows.

- I'm Ready/Save The Last Dance For Me
- Don't Let Me Down
- Dig A Pony
- I've Got A Feeling
- Get Back
- One After 909

- For You Blue
- Teddy Boy
- Two Of Us
- Maggie Mae
- Dig It
- Let It Be
- The Long And Winding Road
- Get Back (reprise)

- Madman
- Mean Mr. Mustard
- Watching Rainbows
- Blackbird
- Honey Hush
- Stand By Me
- Hare Krishna Mantra
- Two Of Us
- One After 909

- Too Bad About Sorrows
- Just Fun
- She Said She Said
- Mean Mr. Mustard
- Don't Let Me Down
- All Things Must Pass
- Fools Like Me
- You Win Again
- She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
- A Quick One (While He's Away)
- Her Majesty

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Beatles Abroad

The Beatles

Brian Matthew traveled on the first few stops of The Beatles' 1965 North American tour, recording interviews for the BBC Radio special The Beatles Abroad. The finished production has been bootlegged from an original broadcast as well as reairings of an Overseas Transcription Disc.

But here are Brian's unedited (and unbooted) interviews from two days in New York City, conducted in their suite at the Warwick Hotel:

A broad

Friday, March 26, 2010

Not For Sale

NEMS, 1985

The first Beatleg I ever purchased, and still one of the best, mostly drawing on rare material from the radio series Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: A History Of The Beatle Years, with a couple of retreads from File Under: Beatles and Singing The Blues thrown in.

- One After 909
- Catswalk
- Bad To Me
- How Do You Do It
- Do You Want To Know A Secret
- Leave My Kitten Alone
- If You've Got Trouble
- Shout!
- Love Me Do/Please Please Me/From Me To You/She Loves You/I Want To Hold Your Hand
- The National Health Cow

- Yes It Is
- We Can Work It Out
- Paperback Writer
- Your Mother Should Know
- Birthday
- Goodbye
- I've Got A Feeling
- I Me Mine
- A Day In The Life

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Super, super!

British TV maven David Frost had The Beatles on his various radio and TV shows numerous times, most famously as a group performing "Hey Jude", but also individually for sit-down interviews.

Paul was first to appear, on A Degree Of Frost, April 15th, 1964:

On August 1st, 1966, Paul was a guest on Frost's BBC Radio series, David Frost At The Phonograph, discussing "Eleanor Rigby" and chatting between other discs:

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Singing The Blues

King Records, 1984

The second in Yellow Dog's mid-80s trilogy of Get Back session boots, and probably the best, especially the multitrack mixes on Side 1. Side 2, from Nagras, is of lesser quality but has some entertaining performances.

- I've Got A Feeling
- Rip It Up/Shake Rattle And Roll
- Kansas City/Miss Ann/Lawdy Miss Clawdy
- Blue Suede Shoes
- You Really Got A Hold On Me
- Get Back
- The Walk
- I Me Mine

- Take This Hammer
- Johnny B. Goode
- Polythene Pam
- Two Of Us/Hello Goodbye
- Diggin' My Potatoes/Hey Liley, Liley Lo/Rock Island Line
- Singing The Blues
- I Me Mine
- The Back Seat Of My Car
- "Song Of Love"

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Worst Beatles LP Ever

Ah, Ed Rudy. If he was the Fifth Beatle, I am the Fifth Rutle.

The nadir of his cash-in albums was also the last. After two decent interview/press conference LPs (and one featuring the Stones) came the masterpiece pictured above, in 1965.

Probably released around August to cash in on the US tour, it contained a genuine Beatles concert recording, from Atlantic City, August 30th, 1964!

As you'll hear, it was an audience recording, but it was complete - and otherwise unbootlegged!

Oh yeah, the music was a little distant and hard to hear beneath the screams, so Ed hired a group called The Liverpool Lads to sweeten up the recordings. But you can tell the Lads were intimately familiar with the material, and enthusiastic about being in the studio!

Well, perhaps not, but to make up for that, Ed threw in a lengthy revealing conversation with a famous British manager of a pop group talking about the travails of dealing with hotels, fans, and the press!

OK, so it's not Brian Epstein (I have no idea if it's supposed to be someone imitating him or just the Liverpool Lads' unfortunate representative). But who cares? This album only costs a couple of bucks!

What's that you say? It only sold about 70 copies in 1965 and most of those were destroyed by incensed consumers after hearing the first 2 minutes, and now it's so rare, it'll cost a couple of hundred dollars IF you can find it?

Fear not.... or actually, if you plan to play these files, be VERY afraid. Without further ado:

Sunday, March 21, 2010

"In Abbey Road"

BRF Records, 1984

Highlights from an audience recording of the recent The Beatles In Abbey Road multimedia show.

- I Saw Her Standing There
- One After 909
- Don't Bother Me
- A Hard Day's Night
- Leave My Kitten Alone
- She's A Woman
- Help!

- Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
- I'm Looking Through You
- Strawberry Fields Forever
- Lady Madonna
- Hey Jude
- While My Guitar Gently Weeps
- Because

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Beeb Bits

By request, a few unbootlegged chat fragments from various BBC Radio shows.

"Side By Side" (recorded 4/1/63)
- intro to "A Taste Of Honey"

"Pop Go The Beatles" (7/2/63)
- intro to "That's All Right (Mama)"
- intro to "There's A Place"
- outro to "Clarabella"

"Pop Go The Beatles" (7/10/63)
- intro to "Sweet Little Sixteen"
- outro to "Sweet Little Sixteen"
- intro to "A Taste Of Honey"

"Pop Go The Beatles" (7/16/63)
- intro to "Crying, Waiting, Hoping"

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

File Under: Beatles

Shalom, 1983

Now that's more like it! Yellow Dog's version of a bootleg which introduced the world to the so-called "Boardroom Tapes", marking the debuts of a number of studio outtakes and "Get Back" rehearsals.

- Come And Get It
- Rip It Up/Shake Rattle And Roll
- Leave My Kitten Alone
- I'm So Tired
- Cannonball/Not Fade Away/Hey Little Girl/Bo Diddley
- I Me Mine
- Third Man Theme
- Bad To Me
- Christmas Time (Is Here Again)

- Goodbye
- Blue Suede Shoes
- If You've Got Trouble
- "Negro In Reserve"
- That Means A Lot
- Get Back
- One After 909
- Dig A Pony
- Kansas City

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Beat Around The Busch

August 21st, 1966 saw The Beatles play concerts in two cities: Cincinnati by day (to make up for the previous night's rainout), and St. Louis at night. While waiting to go onstage at Busch Stadium, they chatted with a DJ from Denver radio station KIMN:

KIMN-AM interview (poor quality)

Here's a bit of the concert, performed in a downpour under a canopy:

And the requisite dark and grainy home movie (ignore the overdubbed soundtrack):

Monday, March 15, 2010

I Had A Dream

King Records, 1983

Actually a Yellow Dog release, with the debut of some lengthy and not too inspiring sessions from Apple Studios, January 21-23, 1969.

- I've Got A Feeling
- New Orleans
- Madman
- "All I Want Is You"
- Good Rockin' Tonight
- "You Gotta Give Back"
- Dig A Pony
- You've Got Me Thinking
- Help!/Please Please Me
- I Want You (She's So Heavy)

- She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
- Get Back

Sunday, March 14, 2010


By request, a TV interview with John McGregor, recorded October 31st, 1964 at the Ipswich Gaumont during the Autumn UK tour:

Saturday, March 13, 2010

As Well As Abbey Road

Alternative Record Company, 1983

A crappy Brazilian copy of No. 3 Abbey Road NW8, chopped up and missing some material.

- You Never Give Me Your Money
- Octopus's Garden
- Maxwell's Silver Hammer
- Oh! Darling
- Something

- How Do You Do
- Blackbird
- Heather
- The Unicorn
- LaleƱa
- Heather (again!)
- Mr. Wind
- The Walrus And The Carpenter
- Land Of Gisch

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Strawberry Fields Forever

NEMS, 1982

A decent collection of "psychedelic era" Beatles outtakes (mostly 1967-1968), and the first appearance of the title track, from an acetate.

- Strawberry Fields Forever
- "The Bus"
- The Inner Light
- The Fool On The Hill
- All You Need Is Love
- By George! It's The David Frost Theme/It's Now Or Never
- Hey Jude

- I Am The Walrus
- Spiritual Regeneration/Happy Birthday To You
- Yer Blues
- What's The New Mary Jane
- Peace Of Mind
- It's All Too Much
- The Barber Of Seville

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Beantown Beatdown

The Beatles' final tour hit Boston on August 18th, 1966 for an evening concert at Suffolk Downs race track. Here are some news reports and a bit of "She's A Woman" from WBZ radio:

WBZ-AM report

Kenny Everett was also covering the tour for Radio London, and captured a few song snippets, including an interview with a fan who jumped on stage during "Long Tall Sally":

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Limited Edition

BAG Records, 1982

One of the earliest NEMS Beatlegs, compiling the best of John Lennon's rarities and studio alternates.

- As Time Goes By
- I Saw Her Standing There
- Whatever Gets You Thru The Night
- Move Over Ms. L
- Angel Baby
- I Found Out
- Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
- Give Peace A Chance

- I'm The Greatest
- Be My Baby
- Yer Blues
- Do The Oz
- What's The New Mary Jane
- As Time Goes By
- (Just Like) Starting Over
- Good Night

Monday, March 8, 2010

Garry Chrimble and Many Rudolph

A couple of Xmas-themed goodies, recorded December 20th, 1963 during rehearsals for The Beatles Christmas Show:

Day By Day (aired 24 December)
ITV News (aired 25 December)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

With Love From Us To You

ORO Records, 1982

Another sampler of songs from the 1982 radio special The Beatles At The Beeb.

- Please Mr. Postman
- I'll Be On My Way
- Crying, Waiting, Hoping
- Don't Ever Change
- A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues
- Lonesome Tears In My Eyes
- Nothin' Shakin' (But The Leaves On The Trees)
- All My Loving
- Roll Over Beethoven
- I Wanna Be Your Man

- Can't Buy Me Love
- This Boy
- Rock And Roll Music
- And I Love Her
- A Hard Day's Night
- Things We Said Today
- Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey!
- Honey Don't
- Dizzy Miss Lizzy
- Ticket To Ride
- From Us To You

Saturday, March 6, 2010

For Ed Sullivan + Peter Noone

On May 19th, 1966, The Beatles spent all afternoon at EMI Studio 1 videotaping promotional clips for both sides of their new single, "Paperback Writer" and "Rain". The mimed performances were aired on Ready, Steady, Go! and Goodbye Lucky Stars in the UK, and (with a special introduction) The Ed Sullivan Show in the US:

After a dinner break, they moved to Studio 3 to complete work on Paul's ballad "For No One", overdubbing bass, tambourine, and Alan Civil's French horn parts. Here is a 1983 "monitor mix" of the final take being played back from the multitrack, with various elements isolated:

Friday, March 5, 2010

Wonderful Picture Of You

Circle Records, 1982

Half Get Back material (copied from the LP Her Majesty) and half BBC Radio material, including some rare early performances.

- Maxwell's Silver Hammer
- Speak To Me/When I'm Sixty-Four
- Give Me Some Truth
- Polythene Pam
- Maggie Mae
- Her Majesty
- There You Are, Eddie

- Diggin' My Potatoes/Hey Liley, Liley Lo/Rock Island Line
- Hot As Sun
- Every Night
- Let It Be
- Because I Love You So
- Child Of Nature
- I'll Wait 'Til Tomorrow

- All Shook Up/Your True Love
- A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues
- Memphis
- Dream Baby
- A Picture Of You
- Some Other Guy
- Keep Your Hands Off My Baby

- Beautiful Dreamer
- Happy Birthday Saturday Club
- Ooh! My Soul
- Too Much Monkey Business
- I Got To Find My Baby
- Youngblood

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Here's To Veterans

As requested, here is Paul's appearance on the Here's To Veterans disc, both in its super-rare original form and the more common later issue, probably from 1969 (this copy is circa 1974), which substitutes newer songs and slices up Paul's introductions:

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Dream Lab, 1982

A nice sampling of numbers from 1982's The Beatles At The Beeb radio special.

- Soldier Of Love (Lay Down Your Arms)
- So How Come (No One Loves Me)
- Lend Me Your Comb
- Carol
- Don't Ever Change
- A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues
- I Wanna Be Your Man

- Clarabella
- Too Much Monkey Business
- Nothin' Shakin' (But The Leaves On The Trees)
- Sure To Fall
- Dizzy Miss Lizzy
- Lonesome Tears In My Eyes
- I'll Follow The Sun
- And I Love Her

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Symphony Men

On June 25th, 1967, The Beatles represented Great Britain and recorded their new single, "All You Need Is Love", live in front of a potential 400 million viewers.

The broadcast, entitled Our World, was seen in 31 countries. Here's some of CBC's coverage as seen in Canada.

The Beatles' performance sounded like this in Japan.

And it looked like this:

Here's the original outro to The Beatles' segment.

And finally, the studio recording of the mono feed to the BBC's mobile van, with extra material after the cameras had switched off.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Sweet Apple Trax Volume III

Sweet Sound, 1981

A copy of The Dream Is Over, Vol. 1 and 2, which was a copy of the obscure Vegemite LP. Contains material from the first two days at Twickenham (January 2nd and 3rd, 1969).

- Two Of Us
- Child Of Nature
- I Shall Be Released
- Sun King
- Don't Let Me Down

- Don't Let Me Down
- Sun King
- Tea For Two Cha-Cha
- Chopsticks
- Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
- Crackin' Up
- All Shook Up
- Your True Love
- Blue Suede Shoes
- Three Cool Cats
- Blowin In The Wind
- Lucille
- I'm So Tired
- Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
- The Third Man Theme
- "Negro In Reserve"

- Don't Let Me Down
- One After 909
- "Because I Know You Love Me So"
- One After 909
- "I'll Wait 'Til Tomorrow"
- Thinking Of Linking
- "Won't You Please Say Goodbye"
- Bring It On Home To Me
- Hitch Hike
- You Can't Do That
- Hippy Hippy Shake
- Two Of Us

- Two Of Us
- All Along The Watchtower
- Short Fat Fannie
- Midnight Special
- Seven Drunken Nights
- What's The Use Of Getting Sober
- What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For
- Money (That's What I Want)
- Give Me Some Truth
- All Things Must Pass