I’ve Got a Beatles Podcast!

An educational, informative, and irreverent analysis of all things Beatles.

With Cirque du Soleil in the news recently for reasons brought on due to the pandemic, (impending bankruptcy), in this episode we decided to discuss the soundtrack to their 2006 production Love, which has been performed at the Mirage in Las Vegas for 14 years now!

How does the soundtrack work and how was it created? What do we think of mash-ups, and the song decisions made by George and Giles Martin? Unfortunately, neither of us have either been to Vegas or seen the show, so we stick to a discussion of the music.

What do you think of the production and the musical soundtrack? Let us know at our email (ivegotabeatlespodcast@hotmail.com), on Facebook, or on Twitter (@ivegotabeatles).

 

We've been waiting for this one! Check out our episode about McCartney's 1984 flop movie, Give My Regards to Broad Street. Does the movie have a plot? How is the music? What's with the costumes and dream scenes? Does the movie deserve its terrible ratings and reputation?

We also discuss some recent Beatles news including the new release date for Peter Jackson's Get Back movie, as well as the new reissue of Flaming Pie.

Here's the link to the Broad Street album on Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/album/2AtvtW3U8dv9C61S88M2w8?si=BQ8SVMsrSAWInA-yjurnww

And a link to the first part of the movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-nyOLvVD_w

 

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After getting lots of requests for us to discuss the American albums, here we are with an episode about 1966's Yesterday and Today! The album is most famous for its "Butcher Cover" showing the Beatles surrounded by disembodied babies and slabs of meat, but we also discuss the album itself. American listeners would have been treated to hearing three songs off the Beatles' upcoming album Revolver in advance of that album's release, as well as two Ringo songs on one album! This will be the first of what we hope will be future discussions about American Beatles albums.

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In this episode, we discuss the Beatles' trip to Australia and New Zealand in 1964, covering such things as: Jimmy Nicol, rainy weather standing in clothes from Hong Kong, press conferences, and the setlist from the filmed gig in Melbourne. This was at a high point of Beatlemania, where the group was in good spirits and playing well, and the fans all came out for the shows.

Thanks to our listeners in Australia and New Zealand who helped with information about these gigs! 

Here's a great performance of the Melbourne gig that we discuss:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EVtWKkMa9E

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In this episode, we go back into the lab to discuss both sides of Ringo's 1971 single: "It Don't Come Easy" and "Early 1970." The A-side became one of Ringo's biggest hits and most identifiable songs, and the B-side can be seen as an open letter to his bandmates and what he hopes will happen after their breakup.

As before, we've made a Spotify playlist that contains most of the cover songs discussed, as well as the two songs under the microscope:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2WfVc1GwfLaDKTHGqobhEB?si=yxz7t8jBTx6eO-RzXIiPGQ

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Thanks to everyone who sent in questions for us to answer -- we had a great time answering them! We talk about how we got into the Beatles, our favorite B-sides, why Chris doesn't (or does he?) like "The Word," and so much more. Enjoy!

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Ever heard of a clavioline? How about a jal-tarang or a wobble board? If not, then check out this episode where we choose our favorite notable non-rock instruments that appear on Beatles and solo Beatles songs. We've made a Spotify playlist in case you'd like to hear all these tunes in their entirety after listening:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0N1oCb99Gnh29wed33kAom?si=QvOFtqAQQB6hHKWdnvm68A

Also, for our next episode, we need your help! Send us any questions you'd like us to answer about the Beatles, our opinions about the Beatles, the show, or anything else you'd like to know. Send your questions to:

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by April 15 and we'll try to answer them!

 

We've danced around the topic before, but never dug deeply into the Beatles' 1964 album, Beatles For Sale. This album either gets overlooked, dismissed, or forgotten, but in our discussion we feel there are some songs that should definitely get a second look (and some that shouldn't). We hope you enjoy our discussion, and feel free to comment on our Facebook page, on Twitter @ivegotabeatles, or by email at ivegotabeatlespodcast@hotmail.com.

 

 

In between episodes, we'll share some of the latest Beatles news and analyze all the happenings. In this show, we talk about the postponement of the Fest for Beatles Fans, an upcoming auction, Record Store Day, and some (possibly) exciting George news!

Info on the auction: https://www.juliensauctions.com/about-auction?id=321

The Rolling Stone article about Dark Horse Records/George's material: 

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/george-harrison-dark-horse-label-olivia-harrison-dhani-harrison-interview-961427/

As of this recording, Record Store Day has been postponed to June 20, 2020 because of Coronavirus.

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In this episode we examine the life and contributions of Klaus Voormann, friend to the Beatles going back to the early 1960s. We discuss his bass playing, his famous artwork on Revolver and The Beatles Anthology, and talk about some of the varied and eclectic people he worked with.

Here are some links to info on Klaus, as well as a Spotify playlist of his great bass playing:

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Intro/Outro music: "For You Red" by David Thurmaier and Jacob Souders
 
 

In this episode, Dave interviews author and critic Tim Riley, who is best known for his books on the Beatles (Tell Me Why) and John Lennon, as well as his new Beatles textbook co-authored with music theorist Walter Everett. You will hear about each of Riley's books, including the new text, as well as his thoughts on other areas of interest for Beatles scholarship. Enjoy!

 https://timrileyauthor.com

https://www.amazon.com/What-Goes-Beatles-Their-Music/dp/0190213175/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=what+goes+on+beatles&qid=1582127195&sr=8-2

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In this episode, we reflect on our 150 episodes thus far, and discuss some new format changes that will be taking place in our desire to broaden the reach of the show. These changes will allow us to keep doing what we do, but with even more content and platforms.

Then, we rank the 13 canonic Bealtes albums and discuss how we came up with the rankings. Do you agree with us? Do you think we have it all wrong? 

Thanks for all your support and for listening all these years, and we look forward to continuing to connect with you in all our upcoming episodes!

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We're excited to share our discussion and analysis of George Harrison's 1970 album All Things Must Pass, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Because the album is so big and epic, we've decided to do our review in two parts, and this episode covers the first disc/record. We talk about the album, songs, the recording, the Phil Spector influence, and much more. Share your thoughts on All Things Must Pass here:

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Happy 2020! Join us in our first episode of the year as we dig into the last Wings tour of the UK in 1979, with a specific look at the set of gigs they played in Glasgow, Scotland. Paul and his "Back to the Egg" band are in great form, having fun and playing tightly together. We discuss the diverse setlist which includes some surprises, our disappointment that Wings basically ended after these gigs, and of course, we comment on Paul's usual hilarious pre-song banter.

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Go back to the late 1960s/early 1970s as Dave interviews Chris O'Dell, who worked for the Beatles at Apple Records beginning in 1968, and continued working through the 1970s with CSN&Y, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and many others. Chris is famous for inspiring George Harrison's 1973 song "Miss O'Dell" (The B-side of "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)), but she had many more fascinating adventures and experiences working closely with the Beatles including seeing the Rooftop Concert, helping with the Concert for Bangladesh, and much more.

Enjoy this interview!

Chris's book can be found here:

https://www.amazon.com/Miss-ODell-Nights-Beatles-Clapton-ebook/dp/B002QJZ9WW/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=miss+o%27dell&qid=1571617408&sr=8-1

 

Thanks for all your support in 2019, and we look forward to more Beatles fun in 2020!

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Just in time -- if you're looking for a review of Beatles-related releases this year, look no further! We make our recommendations, and as usual, we suggest two non-Beatles releases each. Happy shopping!

 

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Better late than never! Here is our review of Ringo's new album What's My Name, released in late October 2019. We discuss all the tunes, including the cover of John Lennon's "Grow Old With Me," as well as the plethora of background vocalists and rotating lineups on each track. We also consider Ringo's recent comments about not making any more full-length albums and how that idea may have helped this album.

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Note - the cover of "Grow Old With Me" referenced in the episode was by the Postal Service, not Death Cab for Cutie (same lead singer, though!).

Join us for a double feature episode where we review two recent Beatle-related films, John and Yoko: Above Us Only Sky and Yesterday. We go through the plots, some of the highlights, discuss the key moments, and give our recommendations. Enjoy!

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Here is our review of the new Abbey Road super deluxe anniversary set! We discuss the Giles Martin/Sam Okell remix, the "sessions" tracks (unreleased stuff), the packaging, the special audio versions, and much more. Should you get this? Of course! 

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In this episode, we explore the meaning and music behind John Lennon's first single release of 1969, "Give Peace A Chance," backed with Yoko's "Remember Love." As usual, enjoy numerous cover versions and stories about this iconic song!

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In this episode, we walk through Sean Lennon's musical project and recordings with bassist Les Claypool. We discuss Lennon's songs from the albums both musically and lyrically, and talk about where these efforts fit into Sean's catalog. Very interesting music, to say the least!

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Let's go back to June 1966 to hear the Beatles play their first concerts in Germany since 1962. They are recording Revolver at the time, and yet their live show is filled with tunes from a few years ago. We discuss the set list, the performances, and the importance of the performance in context.

We also share some recent Beatles news related to various releases, as well as the upcoming Abbey Road super deluxe box set. Enjoy!

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In this episode, we revisit George Harrison's 1979 self-titled solo album. Was this George's high point at the end of the 1970s? We discuss what makes the album work so well lyrically and musically, and where it fits within George's solo work. At the end, Chris shares his review of seeing Jeff Lynne's ELO with opening act Dhani Harrison, who was an important inspiration for George Harrison

How does Paul McCartney's 2018 solo album Egypt Station hold up nearly 9 months and three+ versions later? We discuss the different configurations, the new bonus tracks, and Paul's marketing schemes in general.

In this episode, we discuss John Lennon's "Cold Turkey" and the B-side "Don't Worry Kyoko" by Yoko Ono, the second of two singles by John Lennon in 1969. As always, we talk about the music and lyrics, the recording context, as well as play cover songs.

 

In this episode, we dig into the many connections between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones from their beginnings to the present. These two groups competed with each other to some extent, but were good friends and collaborators and seem to have a strong affection for one another. Enjoy!

In this episode, Dave interviews Brian Hebert, the author of Blue Notes and Sad Chords: Color-Coded Harmony in the Beatles' 27 #1 Hits:

https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Notes-Sad-Chords-Harmony/dp/0692104798

We discuss Brian's background, his unique approach to studying the music of the Beatles, as well as discuss a couple of his favorite tunes.

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In the first of an occasional series where we look at a particular year in the Beatles' story, we examine the year 1984 and what was happening in Beatlesworld. Paul released his flop movie Give My Regards To Broad Street, John's Milk and Honey was released posthumously, Ringo did some TV work and hosted SNL, and George made a guest appearance with another famous British group. Oh, and a Beatle son released his first and most successful album. We discuss what other music was like during that year, and why the Beatles were particularly adrift and lost in their creative careers.

We're back after a bit of a hiatus with a new episode digging into Ringo Starr's 1972 single, "Back Off Boogaloo." We talk about the music and lyrics, sample some covers (including a Czech one for Dave!), and even get into a little disagreement about Ringo's brother-in-law, Joe Walsh. 

We're back now, so stay tuned for more episodes soon!

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In the first of an occasional series, we look at important gigs in the Beatles' career. This episode examines the Beatles' performances in late December 1962 at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany. We discuss the set list, the sound of the group, place this gig into context, and discuss how important Hamburg was for the Beatles. Enjoy!

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In this episode, we explore some of the great (and interesting, of course) covers of George Harrison songs. We'll discuss covers by Harrison's friends like Harry Nilsson and Tom Petty, as well as many other lesser-known artists who pay tribute to George's music by recording his songs.

Our first episode of 2019 is a review of the streaming version (2 disc) of Paul's Red Rose Speedway remaster and bonus tracks. We get into all the issues and songs with plenty of Paul histrionics, stoned tunes, some weird lyrics, and of course the big medley at the end of the album. Hope you enjoy the episode!

 

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For our final episode of 2018, go under the microscope once more with us as we examine Cream's 1968 song "Badge," co-written by Eric Clapton and... L'Angelo Mysterioso? Find out who that is, what we think the song means, what's happening in the music, and of course, you'll hear some unusual covers (including a non-English version). 

Thanks for your support in 2018, and we look forward to even more Beatle fun in 2019!

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In this bonus episode for the holidays, listen in as Dave interviews four different scholars who attended and presented along with him at the White Album conference in New Jersey in November. You will hear Dr. Kathryn Cox, Dr. Katie Kapurch, Dr. Gabe Lubell, and Aviv Kammay discuss all things White Album.

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Here it is! Our 2018 holiday gift guide to all things Beatles, as well as several non-Beatle releases of interest. We discuss all sorts of merchandise, from recordings to t-shirts. Enjoy!

We discuss the tremendous six-CD/Blu-ray box set out now for the 50th anniversary of The Beatles (The White Album). We talk about the book, the CDs, the wonderful Esher Demos, as well as the look into the White Album sessions. A must have! Enjoy and feel free to write us at ivegotabeatlespodcast@hotmail.com.

In this episode, we dissect the new Imagine: The Ultimate Collection box set from John Lennon, and discuss the packaging, content, and fascinating alternate versions of Imagine tunes found on this excellent collection. A great deal both in terms of content and price! Let us know what you think on our Facebook page, Twitter, or by email (ivegotabeatlespodcast@hotmail.com).

The link for the White Album conference Dave is presenting at from November 8-11 is here:

https://www.monmouth.edu/the-white-album/

In this episode, we conclude our look at Apple artists compiled on the 2010 album Come And Get It: The Best of Apple Records. We've had fun examining the careers and music of famous Apple alumni like Badfinger, Mary Hopkin, and James Taylor in full episodes, but what about the Hot Chocolate Band? The Radha Krishna Temple? David Peel? 

Join us for a tour of Apple odds and sods and let us know your thoughts on the episode on Facebook, Twitter, or by email (ivegotabeatlespodcast@hotmail.com).

 

Here is our review of Paul McCartney's new album Egypt Station that came out on September 7. We discuss the background of the album, and give track-by-track analysis of each song. Share your own thoughts about the album on our Facebook page, Twitter, or by email (ivegotabeatlespodcast@hotmail.com).

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In this episode, Dave interviews Dr. Jan (Honza) Blüml, a professor of musicology at Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic about the Beatles behind the Iron Curtain. Dr. Blüml is an expert on popular music and communism, and shares his insights about how people heard the Beatles' music, what they thought of it, and the cultural impact of the group during communism. Enjoy this episode on a fascinating topic!

 

Dr. Blüml's book (in Czech): https://www.kosmas.cz/knihy/239057/progresivni-rock/

Great site about the Beatles in Czech: http://www.brouci.com

 

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