Traveling Wilburys Anniversary Picture Disc Available Soon

Available for pre-order now, The Traveling Wilbury’s Vol. 1 limited edition, 30th anniversary vinyl will be released on Nov 2. The 12-inch picture disc features gorgeous cover art along with a depiction of the famous fraternity of rock’n’roll. It is considered by music critics to be a historic collaboration within the genre.

The collaboration was born out of a friends-helping-friends interaction in 1988, when Bob Dylan offered his in-home studio to fellow artists George Harrison and co-producer Jeff Lynne. The pair were in a hurry to create a B track for Harrison’s album Cloud Nine. The shared space led to not only Dylan being pulled onto the track, but Roy Orbison and Tom Petty also ended up contributing as well. The supergroup’s chemistry and artistic spontaneity manifested into what would be the first track on their eventual album, a song called “Handle With Care” The song never made an appearance on Cloud Nine, but only because the group recognized it was worth much more than a B track.

Harrison spoke of the pressure that came from creating a song like “Handle With Care” by stating, “I just carried it around in my pocket for ages thinking “Well what can I do with this thing?”” That first collab led the band of brothers to produce another nine songs for a full length album, The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1. Each of the five shared songwriting and lead singer responsibilities on the album. It’s creation served to strengthen their bond as friends as each member adopted an alter ego under the premise of a family band. Bob Dylan as Lucky, George Harrison as Nelson, Jeff Lynne became Otis, Roy Orbison became Lefty, and Tom Petty took on the pseudonym Charlie T. Wilbury Jr.

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Red Rose Speedway and Wild Life to be Added McCartney Archive Collection

Paul announces reissues of 'Wild Life' and 'Red Rose Speedway' + 'Wings 1971-73'





Paul proudly announces the 11th and 12th classic works from his revered catalogue to be remastered, reissued and expanded across multi-format installments of his GRAMMY-winning Archive Collection, to be released December 7, 2018 via MPL/Capitol/UMe.

First up is the four-disc (3CD, 1DVD) limited deluxe edition of Wild Life, the debut album from Wings, originally released December 1971. Written by Paul and Linda McCartney (with the exception of a cover of Mickey & Sylvia’s ‘Love Is Strange’), Wild Life is beloved by fans for its raw and direct vibe – having been recorded in just over a week with the majority of tracks laid down in a single take. Wild Life’s limited deluxe edition treatment features the full album remastered at Abbey Road plus 25 bonus audio tracks including rough mixes of the album, original single edits, B-sides, home recordings and other previously unreleased material across three CDs. The set’s DVD features rare footage of acoustic home videos, rehearsals and more. The Wild Life deluxe package includes a 128-page book written by David Fricke telling the story behind the album – including track-by-track information and new interviews with Paul and key album personnel, a 48-page scrapbook of tour diaries, lyrics and set lists, unpublished Polaroids, lyrics, notes and memorabilia from the MPL archives. Wild Life’s download redemption card will provide access to all audio in HD 24/96kHz unlimited high-resolution versions.

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Paul McCartney Talks Beatles Secrets, New Album & More for iHeartRadio’s ‘Inside the Studio’

Despite of being one of the most famous rock stars in the world, McCartney insists that he lives a normal life — the only difference is that he gets recognized now. “I walk down streets. They’re for walking down. I like to get out and about and people say, ‘Oh no, you’ve got to have acres of security behind you and stuff,’ but I like to just get out, just so as you feel like yourself, instead of like a rock star. So I like to just get out like I always did when I was a kid. It keeps me sane. I’ve got quite a lot of freedom, actually, and I value it.”

Although success came early for The Beatles, McCartney is still filled with constant motivation and stimulus — ironically, that same early period of his career is also one of the biggest sources of inspiration. “Even when we were like maybe 20, 24 years old or something, at the height of The Beatles, we often would try to work out something on a song or what we were gonna do with a recording, we’d often say, ‘What would we have done when we were 17?’ And we’d check back to our 17-year-old selves, who we thought were the coolest people in the world. It’s your formative period, it’s when you get a lot of your ideas, and in my case if you’re writing songs, those memories are very rich wells of inspiration,” he shared.

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October 17th 1963 – I Want To Hold Your Hand, and a Christmas Message!

October 17th 1963 was a busy day for the Beatles at EMI Studios, Abbey Road. They recorded both sides of their new single, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and it’s B Side ‘This Boy’

If that wasn’t enough, they also recorded a Christmas message to be sent to members of the Beatles Fan Club. They would continue to record these discs for the Fan Club for the next 7 years.

I Want to Hold Your Hand was written in the basement of 57 Wimpole Street, where Margaret Elliott, the mother of Jane Asher, had her music room. Paul McCartney had recently moved into the Asher’s house, as he was dated their daughter, Jane. John Lennon visited Paul here on a few occasions, and as he told ‘Playboy’ magazine in 1980:

We wrote a lot of stuff together, one on one, eyeball to eyeball. Like in ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand,’ I remember when we got the chord that made the song. We were in Jane Asher’s house, downstairs in the cellar playing on the piano at the same time. And we had, ‘Oh you-u-u/ got that something…’ And Paul hits this chord and I turn to him and say, ‘That’s it!’ I said, ‘Do that again!’ In those days, we really used to absolutely write like that — both playing into each other’s noses.

Of course I Want to Hold Your Hand became the Beatles first number one hit in the USA.

I Want to Hold Your Hand on the Ed Sullivan Show

The Beatles 1963 Christmas Record

The Beatles 1963 Christmas record
The Beatles 1963 Christmas record

October 13th 1963 – The Beatles at the London Palladium

On 13th October 1963, the Beatles appeared on a TV show called Val Parnel’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium. The Palladium was, and still is, London’s most famous theatre, and it was regarded as a highlight of a ‘showbiz’ career to play there. Sunday Night at the London Palladium had been going for several years, and was one of the most watched TV shows in the the UK. On March 2nd 1958, Buddy Holly and the Crickets appeared on the show – and very much influenced the youth of the UK, including John, Paul, George and Ringo, who were all glued to the TV that night!

The Beatles appearance on the show was very popular – about 18 million people watched this show. By then, the Beatles already had 3 number one hits, and been on TV many times, but all on shows geared towards teenagers. The Palladium show was the first time they had been on an ‘family’ show. They topped the bill on the show, which was presented by Bruce Forsyth. Forsyth whipped the audience into a frenzy by counting down to the Beatles appearance. They sang From Me To YouI’ll Get You, She Loves You and Twist and Shout. They also appeared, together with the rest of the cast, right at the end of the show, to wave goodbye to the audience on the Palladium’s revolving podium.

No film of the show remains, as TV bosses at the time did not think anyone would want to watch this performance of the Beatles after it was first shown. There is audio of the show though – which you can listen to here

There is, however, footage of the Beatles coming out of the theatre. You can see that the street was packed with people. The Beatles come out, and there is no car waiting for them. They rush towards what they think is a taxi, but it turns out to be a police car, and policemen would not let them in. Ringo comes out first, then the other three follow, and there is nowhere for them to go. This confusion was probably because the stage door is around the back, and they came out of the front entrance. Maybe, that was deliberate, as all the press were outside here.

Throughout the day the theatre was besieged by several hundred Beatles fans. Next day all the UK newspapers were full of stories of the mayhem. Although screaming girls were a regular occurrence around the Beatles by then, the national newspapers had virtually ignored the Beatles and their fans up to this point. The Palladium show changed that; from now on the Beatles were hardly ever out of the newspapers. A couple of weeks after the Palladium show the term ‘Beatlemania’ was used for the first time to describe the scenes that now greeted the Beatles wherever they went.

Beatles books have often misstated that their famous 1963 appearance on the Royal Command Performance was held at the London Palladium, when it fact it was held at the Prince of Wales Theatre, a month after the Palladium concert. This confusion was no doubt brought about by a poster that was released at the time, of the Beatles standing in a doorway. The poster said: “The Beatles, Royal Command Performance 1963, London Palladium”. This is a mistake, and a strange one, as the poster was officially licensed by NEMS – Brian Epstein’s company! You would have thought someone would notice such an error!

The Beatles made a second appearance on Sunday Night at the London Palladium in January 1964, and, if anything, were greeted by more mayhem than their first appearance. They returned to the Palladium for the last time in July 1964 for a charity concert called The Night of a Hundred Stars.

The Beatles at the London Paladium

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The Beatles Beat Adele, Oasis, Pink Floyd, For Biggest British Album

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles has been crowned as the favorite studio album in Britain. The 1967 LP, reissued last year in a new box-set form, has home sales that exceed those of rival titles by Adele, Oasis, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, Dire Straits, Fleetwood Mac and Amy Winehouse.

Sgt. Pepper has 5.34 million combined sales, meaning physical purchases, downloads and streams. It tops a new list compiled by the Official Charts Company to mark the National Album Day celebrations on October 13.

Sir Paul McCartney, 76, who has just been in the charts with Egypt Station, is confirmed as the most successful albums artist in U.K. chart history, with 22 No. 1 albums across his career – 15 with the Beatles, two with Wings, four solo and one with Linda McCartney.

The chart reflects album sales of 135 million across more than 60 years. The top 5 sold about 25 million alone. Adele’s 21 is in second place (released in 2011 with 5.11 million sales). The Oasis album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory is in third place (1995, 4.94 million), followed by Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973, 4.47 million), and Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1983, 4.47 million).

In the top 40, the decade best represented is the first of the new Millennium, with 14 albums. The act with most albums is Coldplay, with three, while Adele, Dido, Ed Sheeran, Michael Bublé and Michael Jackson have two each.


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BBC 6 Music Celebrates the White Album

How many albums with a plain cover would be immediately recognised across the planet with just the words “The White Album”? A nightmare for the marketing team, but as ever, the ideas and wishes of the Fab Four fifty years ago were way ahead of their time. Respected, award winning actor Martin Freeman is a huge fan of The Beatles 1968 revolutionary work (which John Lennon regarded as their song writing zenith) and will provide enlightening, entertaining and surprising insights into it.
This special celebration will include in depth appreciation by fans, experts and critics.
Martin Freeman and Giles Martin will introduce and explain a sample of never before heard material from the album’s original fabled Esher sessions at George Harrison’s house.
Most importantly it will be a Listening Party for a double album from one of the greatest and most innovative bands of the time – all the original album tracks played, enjoyed and discussed over an afternoon with the finest commentators and contributors.
Back In The USSR is perhaps the greatest album opener. While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Blackbird and Good Night undeniably some of the most beautiful songs written in the 1960s and 70s. Revolution 9 would be most people’s first experience of electronic avant-garde experimentation.
With his thirst for knowledge and previous presenting experience on 6 Music and Radio 2, Martin Freeman is keen to dig deep into key tracks and will also hear about the Abbey Road recordings and production sessions with those involved at the time and with the new 2018 mixes.
Martin will look at the turbulent times of 1968 with archive illustrations and look at the era, reflected on the album, when peace and love started to evolve into something different. It was the year of the Apollo 7 beaming back TV pictures from space, Led Zeppelin’s first live gig, The Kink’s Village Green Preservation Society, the new Trojan Record label and a kiss between Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura breaking new ground.

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Rare first pressing of Beatles album Revolver to go up for auction in Lichfield

A rare first pressing of The Beatles’ iconic 1966 LP Revolver is coming up for auction in Lichfield.

The rare copy of Revolver by The Beatles

The rare copy of Revolver by The Beatles

The ground-breaking album, released on 5th August in the year England won the World Cup, is being sold by a record enthusiast from Sutton Coldfield through Richard Winterton Auctioneers.

The version has the rare XEX 606-1 matrix engraved between the run-off grooves on side two, signifying that it contains a different master of the LP’s closer Tomorrow Never Knows.

“This version has a longer fade-out with more prominent piano as the track draws to a close,” said Richard Winterton, auctioneer of TV’s Bargain Hunt and Dickinson’s Real Deal.

“By all accounts, the first copies from the production line were presented to each of the Fab Four. After playing his, John Lennon was unhappy with the final track and requested that the mix be changed or replaced, which it was as a matter of urgency.

“It is understood that these copies marked 606-1 were made for just a few hours before the instruction came to stop.”

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‘Helter Skelter’: The Story Behind The Song

Arguably The Beatles’ most visceral moment on record, ‘Helter Skelter’ grew from a bluesy jam into what’s been cited as the world’s first heavy metal song.

Preparing to record ‘Blackbird’ at Abbey Road Studio Two one evening, Paul McCartney warmed up with an early version of ‘Helter Skelter’. A light yet funky acoustic piece with a falsetto vocal, this nascent version sat at the opposite end of the spectrum to the screaming rocker that would eventually grace side three of The Beatles’ “White Album”.

‘Helter Skelter’ went through a number of incarnations as Paul sought to create the heaviest Beatles track yet. In an interview with Radio Luxembourg in November 1968, he talked about the song’s origins: “I’d read a review of a record, which said ‘and this group…’ it was about some group, I can’t even remember, saying, ‘This group really goes wild and they just stuck echo on everything, they’re screaming their heads off,’ and I just remember thinking, Oh, it would be great to do one like that, it’s a pity they’ve done it. It must be great, a really screaming record. And then I heard their record and it was quite straight, and it was very sort of sophisticated, and wasn’t rough and screaming and tape echo at all. So I thought, Ah, well, we’ll do one like that then. And I had this song called ‘Helter Skelter’, which is just [a] ridiculous song, so we did it like that ’cause I like noise.”


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At NYC gala, Ringo Starr presents Joe Walsh and wife with award for their support of addiction recovery

Joe Walsh and his wife, Marjorie, were among the honorees at the Facing Addiction with NCADD organization’s 2018 gala, held Monday, October 8, at Rainbow Room & Bar SixtyFive in New York City’s famed Rockefeller Plaza. Ringo Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach, who is Marjorie’s sister, presented the Walshes with the charity’s Humanitarian Award for their efforts supporting its cause helping individuals and families deal with the issues of alcoholism and addiction.

Prior to the event, Starr told ABC Radio, “Joe deserves [the honor]. I mean, Joe puts a lot of time in, more time than people realize, [supporting] Facing Addiction. So it’s my pleasure to be here to present him the Humanitarian Award.”

Walsh also spoke with ABC Radio before the gala, saying he felt humbled by the honor, while noting, “[W]e have almost an epidemic of addiction, across the board for all Americans.”

During the event, Starr and his wife took to the podium and discussed their own journey to overcoming addiction and alcoholism, as well as stressing the importance of helping others similarly afflicted. Joe and Marjorie then hit the stage to accept their honor. After a heartfelt, emotional speech by Marjorie, Joe opened up about how he became an addict and alcoholic, as well as his spiritual path to recovery.


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