Tag Archives: The Beatles

What Else Can Be Said?

1 Jun

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (often shortened to Sgt. Pepper) is the eighth studio album by the Beatles. It was released on June 1 1967.

Paperback Writer and Rain

30 May

On May 30, 1966 the Beatles released the single “Paperback Writer” b/w “Rain” in North America.

Paperback Writer was a standalone single released in June 1966, written by Paul McCartney and recorded over two consecutive days during the Revolver sessions.

” Paperback Writer is son of Day Tripper, but it is Paul’s song. Son of Day Tripper meaning a rock ‘n’ roll song with a guitar lick on a fuzzy, loud guitar.” John Lennon

 

Released on the Paperback Writer single, “Rain” is considered by many Beatles fans to be their finest b-side.

“I don’t think he brought the original idea, just when we sat down to write, he kicked it off. Songs have traditionally treated rain as a bad thing and what we got on to was that it’s no bad thing. There’s no greater feeling than the rain dripping down your back. The most interesting thing about it wasn’t the writing, which was tilted 70-30 to John, but the recording of it.” Paul McCartney

Please Please Me

22 Mar

At 10:00 am on Monday, February 11, 1963, the Beatles and George Martin started recording what was basically their live act. In three sessions that added up to 9 hours and 45 minutes, they produced an authentic representation their live set that could have been heard at the  Cavern Club. It was released on March 22, 1963.

Please Please Me
Studio album by The Beatles
Released 22 March 1963
Recorded 11 February 1963,
EMI Studios, London
Genre Rock and roll,[1] pop[2]
Length 32:45
Label Parlophone
Producer George Martin

01. 00:00 “I Saw Her Standing There”
02. 02:54 “Misery”
03. 04:42 “Anna (Go to Him)”
04. 07:38 “Chains”
05. 10:02 “Boys”
06. 12:30 “Ask Me Why”
07. 14:55 “Please Please Me”
08. 16:57 “Love Me Do” (Mono)
09. 19:19 “P.S. I Love You” (Mono)
10. 21:23 “Baby It’s You”
11. 24:03 “Do You Want to Know a Secret”
12. 26:01 “A Taste of Honey”
13. 28:03 “There’s a Place”
14. 29:53 “Twist and Shout”

On the Rooftop

30 Jan

On January 30, 1969…

On the roof of their own Apple Studios in London, the Beatles gave their last public live performance. They performed “Get Back”, “Don’t Let Me Down”, “I’ve Got A Feeling”,  “One After 909”, and  “Dig A Pony”. They did more than one run through of several of the songs. The performance came to an abrupt end after 42 minutes when police shut it down. There were complaints from a nearby shop owner.

Watch it here:

A lot  of this session was commercially used  in the Let It Be film and on the Get Back (unissued) and Let It Be albums.

More details and a rather thorough run down of the event  here.

The History of Epiphone Guitars

14 Jan

The Epiphone Guitar Book: A Complete History of Epiphone Guitars

Why the Epiphone?

“In the mid-1960s, Epiphone models were played by a little-known cult act called the Beatles — “Everybody but Ringo,” as Carter told me. McCartney played an Epiphone Texan acoustic on “Yesterday,” George Harrison played his Epiphone Casino on Sgt. Pepper, and John Lennon played his own Casino on the rooftop of Apple Records during their legendary last concert at the conclusion of Let It Be.”

A good article and interview here.

The book here.

Rubber Soul #1

8 Jan

Rubber Soul was the eleventh album released by the Beatles in the US. It was released three days after the British LP by Capitol Records in both the mono and stereo formats.Rubber Soul thus began a 59 week chart run on Christmas Day. It topped the Billboard Album chart for six weeks starting on 8 January 1966. The album sold 1.2 million copies within nine days of its release, and to date has sold over six million copies in America.

Rubber Soul really opens the flood gates for experimentalism in rock and roll. It is a folk rock album,[1] and also incorporates pop and soul music styles.[3]  Among other notable experiments, the sitar makes it’s debut on “Norwegian Wood”. The album was described as a major artistic achievement, attaining widespread critical and commercial success, with reviewers taking note of the Beatles’ developing musical vision.[4]

Notice that it doesn’t have the Beatles name on the cover.

Rubber Soul was successful commercially and critically, and is often cited as one of the greatest albums in music history.[5][6][7][8] In 2012, Rubber Soul was ranked #5 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.[9]

Track listing

All songs written and composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. I’ve Just Seen a Face McCartney 2:07
2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) Lennon 2:05
3. You Won’t See Me McCartney 3:22
4. Think for Yourself” (Harrison) Harrison 2:19
5. The Word Lennon, McCartney and Harrison 2:43
6. Michelle McCartney 2:42
Side two
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. It’s Only Love Lennon 1:55
2. Girl Lennon 2:33
3. I’m Looking Through You McCartney 2:31
4. In My Life Lennon and McCartney 2:27
5. Wait Lennon and McCartney 2:16
6. Run for Your Life Lennon 2:18

Personnel

According to Mark Lewisohn,[41] Ian MacDonald[42] and The Beatles Anthology.[43]

Released 3 December 1965
Recorded 17 June and 12 October, 11 November 1965 at EMI Studios, London
Genre Folk rock[1]
Length 35:50
Language English, French
Label Parlophone (UK), Capitol (US)
Producer George Martin

The Beatles meet Little Richard

12 Oct

The Beatles with new drummer Ringo Starr meet their hero Little Richard 1962

October 12th 1962: The Beatles perform at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, as main support act for Little Richard, along with 10 other Liverpool groups. Among them: The Undertakers, Rory Storm & The Hurricanes, Billy J Kramer & The Coasters and Lee Curtis & The All Stars (with Pete Best). It is rumoured that during the evening Little Richard tries to seduce Paul. Later, performance at The Cavern with Little Richard. Photographer unknown.