There probably isn't a more controversial figure in the Beatleworld than Yoko Ono. But people mostly discuss her in reference to the Beatles, and not as a musical artist. In this episode, Dave and Chris talk about and play their favorite Yoko songs, and present a more diverse and fascinating picture of her music that goes beyond the stereotypes.
I’ve Got a Beatles Podcast!
An educational, informative, and irreverent look at all things Beatles.
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.
Aug 2nd, 2016 by ivegotabeatlespodcast
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.
Jun 21st, 2016 by ivegotabeatlespodcast
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!
May 17th, 2016 by ivegotabeatlespodcast
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!
Mar 21st, 2016 by ivegotabeatlespodcast
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.
In this episode (our 75th! Thanks, everyone!) we rank George's 22 original songs recorded on the standard 13 Beatles albums from "Don't Bother Me" to "I Me Mine." Dave and Chris agree on the placement and order of most songs, but have some wildly different views on others.
In 1991, Paul McCartney performed on MTV's Unplugged and released a very successful and unique album of the concert. In this episode, we discuss the recording of the concert, the setlist, go through the tracks, and wonder why Paul hasn't played concerts like this since.
Feb 5th, 2016 by ivegotabeatlespodcast
In this episode, we take a look at the connections between the late David Bowie and the Beatles, particularly John Lennon. Bowie was a big Beatlefan and made references to the Fab Four throughout his career. Chris--a huge Bowie fan--leads this tour through Bowie's life and music related to the Beatles, including his "famed" (no pun intended) recordings with John Lennon, a funny story about a party with Paul McCartney, and his cover of George's "Try Some Buy Some."
Jan 24th, 2016 by ivegotabeatlespodcast
We're back to start 2016 with another song under the microscope! In this episode we look at the 1964 song "I'll Be Back," a subtle and sophisticated John Lennon song. We discuss the lyrics, music, and recording process, and then check out a few interesting cover versions of the song. Enjoy!
Dec 31st, 2015 by ivegotabeatlespodcast
On our Facebook page we asked you to tell us your favorite George Harrison song, and here are the results! We selected one song by each person who joined in the discussion and shared their reasons why they chose a particular song. Thanks to everyone who contributed, and look forward to more interactions next year.
Check out the diverse Beatles-related books, CDs, DVDs, merchandise, and more! We go through some of the major items like "Beatles 1+" and the McCartney reissues, and we also share a couple of non-Beatles recordings you might like. Happy shopping!!
Check out this episode where we discuss the history of the Beatles' 1965 album "Rubber Soul." We discuss each Beatle's contributions to the album, the cover, the recording background, and whether or not it we think it deserves to be #5 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Nov 9th, 2015 by ivegotabeatlespodcast
In this episode Dave interviews music scholar John Covach, a professor of music theory at the University of Rochester/Eastman School of Music. We talk about John's background, his online courses, three of his favorite Beatles songs, and more. If you want to know more about him, check out these sites:
We dig deep into the new reissued/remastered/remixed Tug Of War, Paul McCartney's acclaimed 1982 album. Hear about each track, the album's background and context, as well as our take on the bonus tracks included with the "deluxe" edition. It was released on the same day as the Pipes of Peace deluxe edition that we'll discuss in our holiday episode.
Oct 9th, 2015 by ivegotabeatlespodcast
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!
Jul 7th, 2015 by ivegotabeatlespodcast
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.
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.
Apr 20th, 2015 by ivegotabeatlespodcast
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!
Apr 2nd, 2015 by ivegotabeatlespodcast
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.
Mar 3rd, 2015 by ivegotabeatlespodcast
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.
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...
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.
Oct 19th, 2014 by ivegotabeatlespodcast
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.
Sep 28th, 2014 by ivegotabeatlespodcast
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.