In honor of John Lennon's 75th birthday today, we go back into the lab to dissect his 1971 song "How Do You Sleep?" from the album Imagine. Hear about the background, the music, and lyrics of the song written as a dig against Paul McCartney. Thanks as always for listening!
In this episode, hear about the Beatles' 1965 American tour that took them across the country (and even into Canada a bit). We'll discuss the opening acts, the venues, the setlist, some of the special people they met along the way, and make the argument that this tour was the last real gasp of Beatlemania.
Everyone knows that Paul McCartney is one of the world's great bass players. Nowadays you only see him playing his iconic Hofner bass, but a look into his career reveals that he played several other types of basses that each sound quite different. We discuss Paul's five most used basses and play musical examples of each, touching on the Hofner, the Rickenbacker, and others. We hope you listen closely not only to the amazing bass playing, but the different sounds Paul gets from each instrument!
You may know her as the singer on Pink Floyd's "The Great Gig In The Sky" from "Dark Side of the Moon," but she also had an association with the Beatles. It's time for a look at another Apple artist in our "Apple Scruffs" series -- this time, it's singer Doris Troy, who recorded her eponymous album on Apple in 1970. You'll hear about the the history behind the album, all the celebrities who played on it, and some discussion about why it wasn't a hit despite some great players and songs.
We've discussed covers of Beatles songs, as well as played "reverse covers" where we hear the originals of Beatles covers, so now it's time for some solo covers! Hear great versions of solo tunes by people like Nina Simone, Bill Frisell, David Bowie, and even a Beatle covering another Beatle's solo song with another Beatle performing on the same track!
We're back with a new installment of the popular "Songs under the Microscope" series with a look at the Beatles' 1968 song "Helter Skelter." We'll discuss the inspiration for the song, the lyrics and music, the mono and stereo versions, and the song's connection with Charles Manson.
Happy Birthday to Ringo, who had "blisters on his fingers" at the end of this song!
In this episode we review Ringo's new album Postcards From Paradise and give the background on each song. Though we don't love every song on the album, we're just happy Ringo's still working on new stuff!
Time to step back 40 years when John Lennon was recording his oldies album "Rock 'N' Roll." Hear Dave and Chris discuss the crazy circumstances around the recording of the album, stories of guns and spilled whiskey, and mixed musical results. This episode is dedicated to the memory of Ben E. King, whose song "Stand By Me" John covers splendidly on the album.
In a recent issue the British music magazine NME published their list of 100 "greatest" Beatles songs chosen by "rock's A-listers." In this episode, Dave and Chris dissect their list, wonder about why certain songs were missing, and talk generally about such lists. Chris also divulges his favorite Beatles song!
We haven't focused on George for a while, so we decided to review his 1975 album "Extra Texture (Read All About It)." Dave and Chris delve into the history of the album, some of its interesting sidemen, and we group the songs into different categories to sift out the essential tunes on what would be George's last album on Apple Records.
We're back with another installment of Songs Under the Microscope, this time looking at the 1965 song "Yes It Is." Hear about the song's recording history, the lyrics, the music, as well as a couple of cover versions.
In this episode, Dave interviews Aaron Krerowicz, the author of The Beatles and the Avant-Garde about his recent book, including discussions about Yoko's artistic background, the strings on "A Day in the Life," and why you should listen to "Revolution 9" again.
You can get Aaron's book from your favorite online book sites (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.) or from his website directly:
How did the Beatles become the Beatles? We know about the Cavern and Hamburg days, but their audition for Decca Records on January 1, 1962 was extremely important in the group's development. We'll take you through the history, songs, and stories about the session, as well as reveal if we would have signed the Beatles (spoiler alert for those who don't know -- Decca Records didn't sign the group). Let us know your thoughts.
What are the best examples of Ringo's drumming? We came up with our own list and included some obvious ones as well as a few that are more subtle and understated. In any case, we found many great examples and renewed our admiration for Ringo's drumming abilities! What are your favorite examples? Tell us on our Facebook page.
Happy New Year from Dave and Chris! We're back with a full year of more episodes and topics to share with you...
Our first offering for 2015 is a review and reassessment of Wings's 1975 album, Venus and Mars, recently reissued as part of the Paul McCartney Archive series. We discuss the original 13-track album, and then delve into the bonus CD that comes with the reissue. Definitely worth a listen!
Check out our annual Beatles gift episode, just in time for the holiday buying season. We discuss all the top releases in recordings, DVDs, books, and more in this episode. Have fun buying something for yourself or your favorite Beatles fan, and Happy Holidays from I've Got A Beatles Podcast!
Here it is--Episode 50! We're excited to present a listener-suggested topic called "A Celebration of Sgt. Pepper," the monumental 1967 Beatles album that changed music forever. Thanks for all the great suggestions, and as always we appreciate your continued support. Here's to the next 50 episodes!
Check out our second installment of "Apple Scruffs" where we look at artists signed by Apple Records. In this episode, we discuss James Taylor's debut album James Taylor, released in December 1968 on Apple Records. Hear some alternate versions of famous Taylor hits, discussion about a purported guest background vocalist, as well as the background behind Taylor's signing on Apple which launched his career as one of the most famous singer-songwriters of our time.
Coming next -- Episode 50!!
In the first of an occasional series that we call "Songs Under the Microscope," we'll dissect a particular Beatles/solo track in detail from a musical (Dave) and lyrical (Chris) perspective. This edition looks at "You Never Give Me Your Money" from Abbey Road.
The episode was recorded late at night over the summer when Chris visited Dave in Kansas City, and we recorded it straight into the computer so there might be some ambient noise. But we hope you like our live analysis, and stay tuned for more in the future.
Everyone knows about the first Beatles Ed Sullivan performance in NYC that introduced them to America. But in this episode we dig into the other two performances as well, on February 16 and 23, 1964, including their trip to Miami Beach. Hear about microphone problems, the set lists, and Dave's experience staying at the Deauville Hotel in Miami.
**Anyone recognize the introductory clip? Tell us here or on our Facebook page!
In this episode, we divert from our Fab Four focus and discuss Sean Lennon's new music project and group, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger. Their new album, "Midnight Sun" has a lot of innovative and interesting sounds on it, and shows that Sean continues to reinvent himself. We discuss each track on the album, Chris shares his experience seeing the group in Chicago, and give the album a rating.
Keep the ideas for our 50th episode coming -- we've got some great ones so far!
Time for some George Harrison discussion. Listen to us pick our favorite George Harrison solo vocal songs from across his entire career (1970-2001). You'll hear some famous songs as well as some more obscure tunes worth checking out. Share your own best George solo vocal on our Facebook page!
Listen in as we talk about the new Criterion Collection reissue of A Hard Day's Night, the first Beatles film. In the spirit of former film critic Roger Ebert (a huge fan of the movie), we both give it "two thumbs up!" We talk about our favorite scenes, the quality of the reissue, and some of the extras in the package.
We're back with a review of Paul's concert in Kansas City, MO on July 16. Chris and Dave recorded this podcast together in the same room for the first time as well. Two thumbs up from both of us!
If you attended or are attending Paul's shows this summer or fall, please let us know your thoughts.
We already addressed John Lennon's dubious career moves in an earlier episode, so it's time to have some fun with Paul McCartney's! We describe 12 mistakes that caused Paul some damage throughout his long career, including dealings with MJ, a lack of quality control, and a plethora of live albums. Tune in to hear the rest and share your own thoughts or nominations on our Facebook page.
If you enjoyed our first episode of "reverse covers," you'll like the second episode. You'll hear original songs by many artists including Chuck Berry, Ella Fitzgerald, Sam Cooke, and even a return of Hoagy Carmichael. Let us know your favorite songs on our Facebook page.
Time for some John Lennon! Hear us discuss John Lennon's 1974 solo album Walls and Bridges, which contains some of his most famous solo music -- and some underrated tunes. Hopefully this episode will cause you to dig out the album and give it another listen.
Ever heard some of the original songs the Beatles covered? Have you ever heard of singers like Little Willie Littlefield, Dr. Feelgood, and Larry Williams? If not, check out the latest episode where we play and discuss the original versions of songs that the Beatles later covered. We will also look at solo covers in a future episode.
(apologies for the sound quality in the first part of the episode)
We present the first episode in an occasional series we'll call "Apple Scruffs," in which we look at some of the artists the Beatles signed to their record label, Apple. In this inaugural episode, we look at the music and career of the most successful group (besides the Beatles) signed to Apple, Badfinger. Their story reads like a Shakespeare tragedy, but along the way features some great music and intimate Beatles connections. If you've seen the final episode of "Breaking Bad," or listened to classic rock radio, you've heard plenty of Badfinger.
In this episode we talk about some recent events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles coming to America. Dave gives a full report from the "It Was 50 Years Ago Today" academic conference in Altoona, PA, and Chris shares his thoughts about the Beatles tributes on the Grammy awards and in the special featuring covers by many current pop stars.
Happy 2014, everyone! It's going to be a big Beatles year, to say the least. In this episode, we dig into George's maddeningly inconsistent album from 1974, Dark Horse. Lots of mixed reactions on this, but as always, we have a good time talking about the album and you'll hear Chris do some hilarious imitations of the dated instruments on some of the tracks. Look forward to a full year of podcasts!
To round out 2013 we offer our review of the "new" BBC release, "On Air." As you'll hear, this gets a thumbs up from both Dave and Chris. Lots of clips from the album give you an idea of what you'll find before you go out and buy it. Thanks again for listening in 2013, and look forward to more in 2014.
Happy New Year from I've Got A Beatles Podcast!
Altoona Beatles Conference: http://www.altoona.psu.edu/beatles/
Our final anniversary review of 2013 is of Paul McCartney's 1993 album Off The Ground. We cover the personnel, tracks (including bonus tracks), and all the history behind this album, somewhat forgotten today in the McCartney catalog. You'll hear a few hidden gems, and a whole lot of weird lyrics in these songs.
Christmas time is here again! Enjoy our annual Beatles gift guide episode filled with books, DVDs, recordings, and other unique items to satisfy your favorite fan of the Fab Four. Hear about books by Mark Lewisohn and Kevin Howlett, a book of Beatles-inspired drinks, new albums by Yoko and James McCartney, and a cool new John Lennon app. Thanks as always for listening and happy buying!
We're back with a review/analysis of the Beatles' 1963 album With The Beatles, released 50 years ago this month. Learn the background behind this album's release and the assassination of John F. Kennedy, hear the story behind a song on the album written for the Rolling Stones, and enjoy clips of all the tunes on the album.
Coming next -- your 2013 Beatles Holiday Gift Guide!
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Here it is -- our in-depth review of Paul's new album called New. We go track-by-track through the album, and bring in some commentary from reviewers online as well as our Facebook fans. Be sure to get the album and share your opinion on our Facebook page!
In Episode 30, we discuss the many connections through the years between Bob Dylan and members of the Beatles. You'll hear lots of audio clips of Dylan songs featuring George and Ringo, as well as a very recent tribute song by Bob about John Lennon. Listen to how two rock music giants intersected and influenced each other starting at their first meeting in August 1964.
(Next episode will be a review of Paul McCartney's new album!)
Listen as we dissect the Beatles' second movie, "Help!" from 1965, recently issued on Blu-ray. Hear about all the pratfalls, hijinks, Ringo's ring, Indian music, trips to the Bahamas and Austria, and much more. We also play short clips of all the songs used in the movie and place the film in its context within the Beatles' story. If you haven't seen the movie or it's been a while, you might want to watch it before listening.
Coming next month -- a review of Paul's new album, "New!" (out in the US on October 15).
In this mini-episode, we listen to clips of and discuss Paul McCartney's new single "New" from his album also called New (out on October 14 in the UK, Oct 15 in the USA). We promise a full album review after it's released in October. In the meantime, enjoy "new" music from Paul!
Hear us discuss John Lennon's collaborations with famous musicians including Mick Jagger, Frank Zappa, Elton John, David Bowie, Harry Nilsson, and more. Who was the "Dirty Mac?" You'll find out as you hear "Dr. Winston O'Boogie" play, produce, and sing many tracks with his friends in this episode. What do you think of these collaborations? Like us on Facebook and share your comments.