Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Texas Two-Step

The Beatles held two press conferences in the state of Texas. The first took place at Dallas Memorial Auditorium on September 18th, 1964, near the end of their summer tour of North America.

One year later, they faced the press at the Sheraton-Lincoln hotel in Houston. A bit of the conference was captured on film; later that day (August 19th, 1965), they performed two raucous shows at the Sam Houston Coliseum.

Monday, November 29, 2010


"Parlophone", 1988

Well-designed package of demos and outtakes from 1967, complete with lyrics on the back cover!

- Sgt. Pepper Inner Groove
- A Day In The Life
- Strawberry Fields Forever
- Only A Northern Song
- Penny Lane
- All You Need Is Love
- It's All Too Much
- A Day In The Life

- Magical Mystery Tour
- The Fool On The Hill
- Mellotron Music
- Blue Jay Way
- Your Mother Should Know
- I Am The Walrus
- Christmas Time (Is Here Again)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Get A Job, Cop!

The Beatles' first visit to Philadelphia took place on September 2nd, 1964. Prior to their concert at Convention Hall, they were interviewed backstage by Charlie Murdock, a DJ from WQAM Radio in Miami. Murdock took the opportunity to pass along greetings from police sergeant Buddy Dresner, The Beatles' minder during their February stay in Miami Beach.

Monday, November 22, 2010

File Under: Beatles

Gnat, 1983

The TMOQ original, with plenty of new material from the "Boardroom tape" and other sources.

- 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

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Beatlegmania Update

Volume 1 is SOLD OUT
Volume 2 is down to 8 copies!
Volume 3 still available but going fast...
Volume 4 should be out early in 2011.

Make haste to the Multiplus Books website before it's too late.

I hope to get back to regular blog posts on Monday, but in the meantime, don't miss the 1964 Washington Coliseum concert - complete from the video source for the first time ever - on iTunes.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Big Beatlegmania Bargain Book Bonanza!

If you've enjoyed this blog and want to read more about vinyl bootlegs, I have just the books for you! Beatlegmania is an illustrated discographical series covering singles, EPs, and LPs in depth, with full-color photos of sleeves (front and back), labels, accurate contents listings, and little-known facts behind each release.

The most recent in the series, Volume 3, is on sale from now until December 31st, 2010. Save $10 by ordering now at www.multiplusbooks.com. I also have a very limited number of copies of Volumes 1 and 2 remaining - please write me at dinsdalep@aol.com to check availability.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Magical Mystery Tour Plus Beatle Rarities

Wizardo, 1975

Disc one condenses CBM's Cinelogue V: Magical Mystery Tour from 2 discs down to one (omitting "I Am The Walrus"). Disc two is mostly copied from CBM boots, with two Pete Best singles thrown in for bad measure.

- Magical Mystery Tour
- The Fool On The Hill
- Flying

- Jessie's Dream
- Blue Jay Way
- Death Cab For Cutie
- Your Mother Should Know
- Magical Mystery Tour
- Hello Goodbye

- Mean Mr. Mustard
- All Together On The Wireless Machine
- Step Inside Love
- Nice Time
- Peace Of Mind
- Miss Ann/Kansas City/Lawdy Miss Clawdy
- What's The New Mary Jane

- The Way I Feel About You
- If You Can't Get Her
- Boys
- Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey!
- People Say
- I'm Walking
- I'll Be On My Way
- Soldier Of Love
- George phone interview w/Ed Rudy
- Tony Barrow interview w/Jerry G. Bishop

Monday, November 8, 2010

E. H. Eric

On June 30th, 1966, The Beatles performed their first concert in Japan. On the way down from their suite to a press conference at the Tokyo Hilton, they filmed a TV interview with "E. H. Eric", who would be the master of ceremonies that night at the Budokan Hall. The brief interview also circulates on video, with a totally out-of-sync soundtrack.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Back In 1964 At The Hollywood Bowl

Berkeley, 1976

The dirt-common Hollywood Bowl concert, copied from TMOQ's version.

- Twist And Shout
- You Can't Do That
- All My Loving
- She Loves You
- Things We Said Today
- Roll Over Beethoven

- Can't Buy Me Love
- If I Fell
- I Want To Hold Your Hand
- Boys
- A Hard Day's Night
- Long Tall Sally

Friday, November 5, 2010

Let The Feasting Begin!

The Beatles' first press conference on US soil was by far the most covered and one of the more energetic, spontaneous, and chaotic of their career. Shortly after landing at JFK airport in New York on February 7th, 1964, they lined up in front of a Pan Am Airlines backdrop and faced a room packed with newspaper, radio, newsreel, TV, and magazine reporters. As press officer Brian Sommerville did his best to field questions, The Beatles fired back snappy and disarming rejoinders.

Here is a composite recording of the event, assembled from over a dozen audio and video sources.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

What A Shame, Mary Jane Had A Pain At The Party

Parlophone, 1980

First bootleg appearance of two lengthy mixes of "What's The New Mary Jane" from a November 1969 acetate - the second containing a new layer of overdubs on the original 1968 recording. "Parlophone" in this case was later and better known as NEMS/Bag Records.

- What's The New Mary Jane (RS4)

- What's The New Mary Jane (RS5)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

TM on TV, Part 2

Audience response to John and George's 1967 appearance on The Frost Programme was so well-received that Frost invited them back on October 4th to further discuss Transcendental Meditation.

This time, other guests were on the panel, including TM proponents John Allison and Nick Clark. Taking up the opposing (or at least highly skeptical) viewpoint was writer John Mortimer. John and George weren't exactly persuasive in their counterarguments, with George coming off condescending and John merely cranky.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Beatles Live In Milan

Why Not, 1989

A 12" picture disc EP (the other side does have a picture of The Beatles, trust me) whose contents are copied from an earlier Tobe Milo 7" EP.

- Twist And Shout
- She's A Woman
- I'm A Loser

- TV interview

Monday, November 1, 2010

TM on TV, Part 1

After the twin triumphs of Sgt. Pepper and "All You Need Is Love", The Beatles were bound to hit a fallow patch, especially after the death of Brian Epstein. In addition to filming the ill-fated Magical Mystery Tour and opening the even iller-fated Apple Boutique, they spent the autumn of 1967 learning Transcendental Meditation from the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, with only George seeming completely devoted.

He and John appeared on The Frost Programme September 29th to promote the practice of TM, explaining the discipline to a skeptical but patient David Frost. They would make a more contentious return the following week.