Dave interviews historian and author Jude Southerland Kessler, author of several books about John Lennon including Shoulda Been There about her background, her work, and her thoughts about a variety of topics related to John Lennon. Part 2 of the interview will be released in the near future.
We've had some requests to discuss songs by the Traveling Wilburys for some time now, so here we go! In this episode, we talk about "Handle With Care," probably the supergroup's most famous song. Hear about the contributions from Harrison, Dylan, Petty, Lynne, and Orbison on this terrific song.
After discussing Pure McCartney in Episode 82, we decided to go through the various compilation collections that the Beatles released. In this episode we dig into such gems as the "Red" and "Blue" albums, "Love Songs," and even "1." In the future, we'll complete our look at compilations by discussing the solo collections.
The recent release of Paul McCartney's curated collection Pure McCartney has stirred up a lot of discussion regarding compilations, their purpose, and what fans really want in such a collection. In this episode, we share our ideas about the collection, discuss its content, and express our hopes for more interesting collections in the future.
In this episode we discuss the first artist signed to Apple Records, singer/songwriter/guitarist Jackie Lomax. Lomax had all the stars aligned for success--he knew the Beatles well, Brian Epstein was interested in signing him, his only album on Apple Records ("Is This What You Want?") featured some great musicians, but his career never really took off. Hear us discuss the album, Lomax's background, and speculate about why he didn't make it big.
We thought it'd be fun to travel through Sir Paul's extensive catalog and highlight some of his "silliest" songs (interestingly, "Silly Love Songs" didn't make the list!). We put them into categories ranging from experiments gone awry, to songs that don't rock even though you think they would, and many more. You'll hear some famous songs as well as a lot of obscure tunes, and we hope you'll laugh a little bit at some of them!
We're back with another look at a "song under the microscope," this time the great John Lennon tune "Dear Prudence" from the White Album. Hear about the musical and lyrical structure, some interesting cover songs including one by "David Paul," as well as recent words from the subject of the song, Prudence Farrow. Enjoy!
In 1976, Ringo Starr released an album with the unusual title Ringo's Rotogravure. It was the last album of his to feature all three Beatles writing songs for him, and it also features a song by Eric Clapton as well. We review the album--which received very mixed reviews--in this episode--and talk about how it came together, including a case where one Beatle sued another!
Dave and Chris present a tribute to Beatles producer Sir George Martin, who passed away in March of this year at the age of 90. We host a debate about some key issues that involved Martin, including his thoughts about the White Album being one disc, what his greatest contribution to the Beatles was, and some of his non-Beatles productions. Truly a legend and truly the Fifth Beatle!
In this episode, Dave interviews Kit O'Toole, the author of Songs We Were Singing: Guided Tours Through the Beatles' Lesser-Known Tracks and Michael Jackson F-A-Q: All That's Left to Know about the King of Pop. You can find Kit's work on her website, www.kitotoole.com and follow her on Twitter @kitotoole.