Monthly Archives: September 2018

HOW THE BEATLES’ ‘ESHER DEMOS’ ENHANCE THE WHITE ALBUM

In an interview a few years ago at Radio.com about the reissue of his Hater side-project, Matt Cameron of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam commented on the deluge of outtakes included in box sets. “It can almost be like an invasion of privacy,” he said. He felt that not every note recorded in the studio is meant to be heard by the general public.

The conversation veered towards the latest installment of Bob Dylan’s Bootleg Series: it was Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965–1966, an 18-CD collection that contained every surviving take he recorded during those two years, including an entire disc devoted to the recording of “Like a Rolling Stone.” He laughed and said, “Are you really going to listen to that?”

Which brings us to the Beatles. Although they’ve been heavily bootlegged over the decades, they haven’t mined their vaults as much as Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and many of their other peers. There were the Anthology collections, two compilations of BBC recordings and last year’s six-disc 50th anniversary expanded edition of 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club BandPepper seemed to be an odd choice for an expanded version. The original album seems so perfect, the idea that it would need any enhancements at all seemed odd. Even the inclusion of “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane,” which were recorded during the same era, felt a bit out of place. The extras were interesting, but not essential.

Your first look at Paul McCartney’s picture book Hey Grandude!

Hey Grandude! is Paul McCartney’s first picture book and will publish in September 2019. You can pre-order your copy now from the following retailers:

Waterstones (UK) | Amazon (UK) | WHSmith (UK) | Indiebound (US) |Amazon (US) | Barnes & Noble (US) | Booktopia (Australia) | Amazon (India) | Exclusive Books (South Africa)

The story

Meet Grandude, an intrepid explorer grandfather, and his four grandkids. With his magical colourful postcards, Grandude whisks his grandchildren off on incredible adventures. Join them as they ride flying fish, dodge stampedes, and escape avalanches..

It’s a wild rollercoaster ride with a twist of magic, and a heartwarming family story, inspired by Paul’s own experiences of being a grandfather. Brought to life with funny, colourful illustrations from talented artist Kathryn Durst, this is the perfect picture book for parents, grandparents and their little explorers.

Paul McCartney speaks with 60 Minutes

Just a few weeks shy of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ “White Album,” McCartney speaks candidly with Sharyn Alfonsi as he prepares to tour for his new album, “Egypt Station.” Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. PT on CBS

It took 50 years, but fans will find it well worth the wait. Sir Paul McCartney appears in his first 60 Minutes profile, a report containing surprisingly intimate moments in which he shares rare details from the Beatles years and his subsequent decades as the most successful musician in popular music history. Sharyn Alfonsi’s interview with McCartney will be broadcast on the 51st season premiere of 60 Minutes, Sunday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m. ET and 7:00 p.m. PT on CBS.

Alfonsi interviewed McCartney as he prepared to tour for his new album, “Egypt Station.” It’s also a few weeks away from the 50th anniversary of the band’s classic album, “The Beatles,” known as “The White Album.” The 76-year-old music legend, who is credited with 29 number-one songs, was candid when she asked him if he and John Lennon ever complimented each other on their songwriting skills.

“Once,” McCartney tells Alfonsi, “Once John gave me a compliment. It was only once the whole time.”  It was for a song on the band’s 1966 album “Revolver.” “It was ‘Here, There and Everywhere,’ [it] was one of my songs on [Revolver]… John says just as it finishes, ‘That’s a really good song, lad. I love that song.’ And I’m like, ‘Yes! He likes it!'”

McCartney tells Alfonsi he and Lennon were quite competitive at their songwriting, a one-upmanship collaboration that spurred some of the biggest hits in popular music history.  Lennon’s compliment was felt deeply. “I’ve remembered it to this day,” he says, “It’s pathetic, really.” Even with the fierce rivalry, McCartney says he would give Lennon credit. “I would tell him his stuff was great. You’d normally have to be a little bit drunk. It helped,” he says with a smile.

Alfonsi and her 60 Minutes crew spent two days with McCartney at his recording studio in the south of England. In two interviews, McCartney waxes nostalgic about the band’s last concert, a live session atop the Apple Building’s roof in London. He also tells Alfonsi the stories behind rare photos such as those taken on the set of the famous Abbey Road album cover shoot and another one of him and Lennon that he calls, “Very special for me…We’re obviously just two mates.”

‘Abbey Anniversary’ to the Abbey Road album – released on September 26th 1969.

‘Abbey anniversary’ to the Abbey Road album – released on September 26th 1969.
On September 26th 1994, all those involved in the making of the album ( apart from the Beatles unfortunately) gathered at Abbey Road Studios to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the album.

Here is a picture I took that day – from left to right Geoff Emerick, Phil McDonald, Eddie Klein, Jeff Jarratt, Ken Townsend and George Martin

Sir George Martin on the steps of Abbey Road Studios – September 26th 1994
A rather famous album cover :>)

International Beatles Experts to Headline Monmouth University Midnight Listening Party of Remixed and Repackaged “White Album”

Public listening party to feature Mark Lewisohn, Geoff Emerick, Chris Thomas as part of 50th anniversary celebration of the Beatles’ “White Album”

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (Sept. 24, 2018) – The much-anticipated release of the Beatles’ 1968 record “The Beatles” (later popularized as “The White Album”) box set, remixed and repackaged with previously unreleased outtakes, will take center stage Thurs., Nov. 8 to Sun., Nov. 11 at Monmouth University’s international symposium commemorating the album’s original release in Nov. 1968. Tickets for “The Beatles’ ‘The White Album’: An International Symposium” are available now at monmouth.edu/whitealbum.

Apple Corps Ltd. has officially announced the reissue of the “White Album” and copies will be made available on Nov. 9.  Monmouth University will host a special listening party on the evening of Nov. 8, leading up to a midnight listening session with copies available for purchase at that time and throughout the four-day symposium. Special guests at the midnight listening party and throughout the weekend will include keynote speaker Mark Lewisohn, world-renowned Beatles historian, as well as recording engineer Geoff Emerick and record producer Chris Thomas, both of whom worked on the original album in 1968.

“Monmouth University will be the place to be this November, as the world comes together to celebrate one of the Beatles’ most remarkable musical achievements,” said Kenneth Womack, Ph.D., dean of the Monmouth University Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences.  Womack is a critically acclaimed Beatles author and is spearheading conference activities.  “Fans will be treated to listening parties, live performances, and expert panels on the album’s enduring legacy.”

Other special guests at the symposium include former Apple Records manager Ken Mansfield, music journalist Rob Sheffield, and musicologist Walter Everett of the University of Michigan. In addition, events will feature the premiere of the film “The Beatles in India” by Paul Saltzman (who was in Rishikesh, India at the same time as the Beatles in 1968), and a concert performance by Beatle-esque Jersey Shore favorites, The Weeklings. A highly regarded cast of experts will also be on hand, including Bruce Spizer, Allan Kozinn, Tim Riley, Jude Southerland Kessler, Ken Dashow, and a host of others.

Smaller breakout sessions will explore the history, significance, and artistry of the Beatles and the “White Album.” The conference will also include a bus and walking tour of historical rock ‘n’ roll sites in Asbury Park and Freehold led by Jean Mikle and Stan Goldstein, authors of “Rock and Roll Tour of the Jersey Shore.”  Attendees interested in interactive sessions can mix a track and take home an MP3 in one of the sessions, and there will also be a music demonstration room where people will have instruments and will show attendees how the Beatles discovered sounds accidentally.

Monmouth University, a member of the GRAMMY Museum’s affiliate program, is presenting the four-day symposium in association with the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music.

Conference registration is available for a daily fee of $75 that includes conference meals and activities, musical performances, film screenings, book signings, and plenary and keynote sessions. The conference daily sessions are free to Monmouth University students with current university identification and pre-registration at the Central Box Office.

Registration and full conference details are available at monmouth.edu/whitealbum.

Questions about the conference can be directed to Kenneth Womack at kwomack@monmouth.edu.

Reissue Producer Giles Martin: “Paul And Ringo Have To Be Happy”

Giles Martin has spoken to uDiscover Music about the great pleasure of mixing The Beatles’ catalogue and working with his “bosses,” surviving members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. The son of the group’s original producer George Martin has been discussing the multi-format, 50th anniversary reissue of 1968’s The BEATLES, widely known as ‘The White Album,’ on 9 November via Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe.

The release comes some 17 months after Martin’s work on the similar reissue of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Suggesting that the decision to embark on a Beatles remix project is not taken until relatively close to the anniversary time, he tells us: “This one’s been slightly more organised, but I always underestimate the amount of work that one has to do on it.”

The Super Deluxe version of The BEATLES includes six CDs, a DVD and a hardbound book, with a total of 107 tracks, comprising the original 30-track album, the famous Esher Demos and countless early session versions. “You forget, with this album particularly,” he says. “Because it’s such a big album, 30 tracks and then all the extras, then the Esher Demos, you suddenly realise ‘Oh my God, we’ve done 150 mixes.”

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The Beatles’ ‘White Album’ 50th Reissue is #1-Seller

That didn’t take long. Within hours of the announcement on Monday (September 24) of the eagerly awaited 50th Anniversary expanded editions of The BEATLES (White Album), which Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe is releasing on November 9, the 7-disc Super Deluxe edition vaulted to the #1 spot on Amazon in both the U.S. and U.K.

The album’s 30 tracks are newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio, joined by 27 early acoustic demos (aka the Esher demos) and 50 session takes, most of which are previously unreleased in any form. All of the new packages include Martin’s new stereo album mix, sourced directly from the original four-track and eight-track session tapes. Martin’s new mix is guided by the album’s original stereo mix produced by his father, George Martin.

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The Unheard White Album: An Exclusive First Listen

The massive new box set of the Beatles’ 1968 masterpiece is full of unheard gems. Here are 15 of the most revelatory moments.

Everything we know about the White Album is about to change. The Beatles’ 1968 masterpiece has always been been the deepest mystery in their story—their wildest, strangest, most experimental, most brilliant music. But as it turns out, the White Album is even weirder than anyone realized. Especially when you’re hearing it in Abbey Road, the fabled London studio where the band spent five long months making it. Over a couple of sunny days (and late nights) in Abbey Road, Rolling Stone got a one-on-one exclusive tour of the previously unheard gems from the new Super Deluxe Edition of The Beatles (due November 9), forever known as the White Album. Producer Giles Martin, son of George Martin, is a valiant guide, playing outtakes from deep in the vaults, often grabbing a guitar to demonstrate a chord change. “They were a band on fire,” he says. “It’s double or triple Sgt. Pepper—the four walls of this studio couldn’t hold them anymore.”

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THE BEATLES CELEBRATE ‘THE BEATLES’ (‘WHITE ALBUM’) WITH SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY RELEASES

White Album’ Presented with New Mixes in Stereo and 5.1 Surround Audio;  Expanded with Previously Unreleased Demos and Session Recordings

– AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE NOVEMBER 9, 2018 –

London – September 24, 2018 – In November 1968, millions of double LPs were shipped to record stores worldwide ahead of that tumultuous year’s most anticipated music event: the November 22nd release of The BEATLES (soon to be better known as ‘The White Album’). With their ninth studio album, The Beatles took the world on a whole new trip, side one blasting off with the exhilarating rush of a screaming jet escorting Paul McCartney’s punchy, exuberant vocals on “Back In The U.S.S.R.” “Dear Prudence” came next, John Lennon warmly beckoning his friend and all of us to “look around.” George Harrison imparted timeless wisdom in “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” singing, “With every mistake we must surely be learning.” Ringo Starr’s “Don’t Pass Me By” marked his first solo songwriting credit on a Beatles album. For 50 years, ‘The White Album’ has invited its listeners to venture forth and explore the breadth and ambition of its music, delighting and inspiring each new generation in turn.

On November 9, The Beatles will release a suite of lavishly presented ‘White Album’ packages (Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe). The album’s 30 tracks are newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio, joined by 27 early acoustic demos and 50 session takes, most of which are previously unreleased in any form.

“We had left Sgt. Pepper’s band to play in his sunny Elysian Fields and were now striding out in new directions without a map,” says Paul McCartney in his written introduction for the new ‘White Album’ releases.​

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