I’ve Got a Beatles Podcast!

An educational, informative, and irreverent look at all things Beatles.

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!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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:

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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Check out the upcoming International Beatles Conference where Dave will be presenting a paper:

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.

We're back with a retrospective look at Ringo Starr's 1973 album Ringo.  Usually considered his best solo album, you'll hear Dave and Chris discuss each song as well as the huge list of guest stars that helped Ringo put the album together.  You'll also hear a bit about Chris's experience seeing Paul McCartney this summer, with the promise of more details in a further episode.  Don't forget to "like" us on Facebook to keep up with the latest...

We're back with a special 25th episode all about the first Beatles singles including "Love Me Do," "Please Please Me," "From Me To You," "She Loves You," "I Want To Hold Your Hand," and all the B-sides too. Learn how Del Shannon had a hand in making a Beatles song more famous and decide for yourself if "This Boy" shares any similarities to Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata.

The link for the Beatles conference mentioned in the podcast is here:

Thanks as always for listening and check us out on Facebook and iTunes...

What do Brian Wilson, Eric Clapton, Donovan, George Michael, and Allen Ginsberg have in common?  They all collaborated with Paul McCartney at some time during his career on a song or two.  In this episode you'll hear Dave and Chris discuss some famous McCartney collaborations (MJ, Stevie Wonder) as well as learn some obscure tunes with Macca cameos by people you might not expect.

For this podcast, we imagined that the Beatles reunited for a concert/tour in 1979 and each came up with a set list for the first concert.  We limited ourselves to 30 songs and had to make many tough choices!  Listen to the podcast for other rules and for lots of sample clips from live performances of the songs we chose.  What would you choose?  Do like or dislike our choices?  What did we forget?  Our setlists run like this:

Dave: Get Back, Day Tripper, A Hard Day's Night, Got to Get You Into My Life, Here Comes the Sun, Come Together, Coming Up, Whatever Gets You Through The Night, Live And Let Die, Ticket To Ride, Yellow Submarine, Maybe I'm Amazed, Money, Blow Away, Yesterday, You've Got To Hide Your Love Away, Give Me Love (Peace on Earth), Lady Madonna, Rain, Band On The Run, Watching The Wheels, Something, In My Life, Hey Jude, I Saw Her Standing There, It Don't Come Easy, Let It Be, My Sweet Lord, Imagine, Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End

Chris: Sgt. Pepper's, With A Little Help From My Friends, Help!, All My Loving, Something, Mind Games, Jet, Yer Blues, Every Night, In My Life, Can't Buy Me Love, Jealous Guy, Wah-Wah, I've Got A Feeling, I'm Only Sleeping, Photograph, Maybe I'm Amazed, God, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, All You Need is Love, Hey Jude, A Hard Day's Night, Hello Goodbye, Isn't It A Pity, A Day In The Life, Because, Yesterday, Imagine, Let It Be, Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End

We're back with another round of great, quirky, and awful Beatles cover songs for you.  Hear songs from such diverse artists as Frank Sinatra, Bjork, George Burns, Joe Cocker, Ramsey Lewis, and more!  Let us know your favorite song... or favorite dud.  Be sure to "like" us on Facebook:

Time for some George Harrison discussion!  In this episode, Dave and Chris go track-by-track through George Harrison's 1973 album "Living In The Material World."  This album was his followup to "All Things Must Pass" and was a big hit in its time (#1).  If you're a George fan, be sure to listen to this episode featuring many song clips and in-depth analysis of the album.

Hear some in-depth analysis of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1980 album Double Fantasy, including discussion about the "stripped down" version of the album released in 2010.  This album features some of John's greatest solo songs -- and most of the Yoko tunes are pretty good too.  Really!  Please rate, comment and subscribe, and thanks as always for listening.

The famed "Agree to Disagree" episode is here!  Dave and Chris tackle topics that they've fought over for many years: the worst Beatles album, the song "Here Today," and whether or not Jeff Lynne was a good influence on the Beatles.  Enjoy their good-spirited banter about these and several other topics.  Share your own thoughts below.

Happy Valentine's Day!  Dave and Chris discuss songs written about Paul McCartney's lovely ladies through the years.  You'll hear about songs inspired by Jane Asher, Linda McCartney, and Heather Mills, as well as learn about other important McCartney ladies like Nancy Shevell and Dorothy "Dot" Roane.  Included are tunes like "And I Love Her," "Maybe I'm Amazed," "My Valentine," and many more.

Happy New Year!  Hard to believe, but the Fab Four's first album Please Please Me is 50 years old this year.  In this episode, Dave and Chris do a track-by-track analysis of the album and conclude with some thoughts on where it fits within the Beatles' catalogue.

(apologies to those who downloaded earlier for a technical glitch in the middle of the first upload.  The episode has been fixed.)

Happy Holidays everyone!  Thanks so much for listening to our podcast over the last year.  In this show, we discuss all kinds of gifts for the Beatlefan in your life.  We talk about new recordings, DVDs, and books all released for the holiday season.  We are looking forward to putting together more interesting, provocative, and humorous episodes together for you in 2013!

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