Monthly Archives: December 2017

Why Beatles’ Star Club Tapes Best Represent the Group’s Early Bar-Band Spirit

Any deep-delver into the Beatles‘ catalog is familiar with those raging pockets of sound where this band, so often remembered for their beautiful melodies and graceful harmonic transitions, could be one badass mother of a group.

It’s easy to list favorites indicative of this hell-for-leather slant: the guitar duel on the second side of Abbey Road, the grinding metal-fuzz of “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey,” the jagged, overdriven rhythm and blues coda to “Money.”

But often overlooked are the recordings the Beatles made at Christmastime 1962, all the evidence that exists of this unit as a literal bar band. They are the toughest recordings the Beatles ever made, the rawest, the most fun, perhaps, judging by their comments while making them, and maybe the most purely Beatles-esque, for it was a badass mother of a band the Beatles first set out to be, not the sonic wizards of a Revolver or a Sgt. Pepper. For more click here

 

Beatles Christmas Records Reach Number 4 in US Vinyl Chart

The Beatles Christmas records box set has reached number 4 in the new Billboard Vinyl Albums Chart, with sales of 7,000 units. Due to being only available in vinyl and not as downloads, it reached number 199 in the full album charts.

In the UK, due to the released of the new picture disc, Sgt Pepper re-entered the UK vinyl album chart at number 3, while it rose to 51 in the full album charts.

Rock Hall unveils updated Beatles exhibit with new memorabilia

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled an updated Beatles exhibit Thursday, showing off new Fab Four items, including one of John Lennon’s early guitars and the piano Lennon and Paul McCartney used to write “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “We Can Work It Out,” “Eleanor Rigby” and other iconic songs.

The Beatles display, located in the Rock Hall’s downstairs main exhibition area, also features costumes, instruments, lyric sheets and other Beatles items.

In addition to the two new pieces, the display includes items that are regularly rotated through the museum’s collections, including a suit worn by George Harrison during the Beatles’ 1966 tour and a pair of Ringo Starr drum sticks used in a Sept. 15, 1964. Beatles show at Cleveland’s Public Hall.

The piano was originally owned by the family of Jane Asher, a girlfriend of Paul McCartney. McCartney lived with Asher’s family for a few years. For more click here

Get Back to Beatles gig

FEW of the original venues played by the Beatles still remain – but a little piece of music history will be recreated at one next year.

Lydney Town Hall hosted the Fab Four for a gig on August 31, 1962.

And now one of the top John, Paul, George and Ringo tribute acts – the Mersey Beatles – will Get Back to create the Mop Tops’ magic there, playing exactly the same songs. For more click here.

Blogger Richard Porter is a Beatles tour guide in London. For more on his tours see http://www.beatlesinlondon.com