Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Hey Jude

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Paul McCartney Sets Record For Fastest Ever Selling Show

Foro Sol Stadium - May 27th 2010

Macca mania has hit the streets of Mexico City! Paul McCartney's forthcoming show at the Foro Sol Stadium on Thursday May 27th is set to be a wild night. The people of Mexico have made it clear to their musical hero that they are desperate to see him and can't wait to be rocked. Tickets for the 60,000 capacity stadium sold out in literally a matter of minutes, setting a brand new record! In fact sources at Ticketmaster Mexico think the tickets could have gone even faster but the technology couldn’t support the overwhelming demand!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lucy Vodden loses brave battle with lupus

Ross Vodden and the O'Donnell family regretfully have to announce the sad passing of their beloved Lucy aged 46, after an incredibly brave fight against lupus.

Lucy was the childhood friend of Julian Lennon and the inspiration for the Beatles' 1967 psychedelic classic "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".

Julian and Lucy were linked together by something that happened more than 40 years ago when Julian brought home a drawing from school and told his father, "That's Lucy in the sky with diamonds."

She added "I am sure that many people will wish to pass on their support to Lucy's family and they can do so via the St. Thomas Lupus Trust by e-mailing"

Lucy Vodden was at nursery school in Weybridge with John Lennon's son Julian, who one day took home a drawing of a girl surrounded by stars.

When John asked him to describe he said, "It's Lucy in the sky with diamonds"

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Beatles Stereo Box Set


-Dimensions: 12"x6"x3"


Hard black glossy lift top with magnet clasp
CDs packaged in three panel digi-pak with digital mini documentaries


All 13 Studio remasters plus Past Masters
(digi packaging with digital mini documentaries)

Please Please Me
With The Beatles
A Hard Day's Night
Beatles For Sale
Rubber Soul
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles
Yellow Submarine
Abbey Road
Let It Be
Past Masters

Also includes a DVD of all 13 mini-documentaries (Running time: 40 minutes)

Who could have ever thought it would have been possible? 09/09/09 has become a red-letter date in the history of Beatle-dom. It could be the repetitive nature of the phrase "Number Nine, Number Nine" featured in the track "Revolution 9" from "The White Album". Or, even the bit of dialogue "dial 9-9-9" from the 1965 motion picture "Help!" However, 09/09/09 has become important for a far better reason.

After more than 22 years of having The Beatles' albums on CD, we are finally treated to the definitive box set of Beatles music. This time, the folks at EMI and Apple finally got things right for a change. While having Beatles CDs is a thrill, it is now even more-so with this brilliant audio collection. For the very first time, their entire recorded output has been remastered for the 21st century, complete with unique liner notes and special digipak-packaging to boot. With the exception of the "Past Masters" set, each disc also contains a brief mini-documentary about that album. These short bits can only be utilised with the assistance of a computer's disc drive. However, the box set does include a bonus DVD disc featuring all of these short sequences together so you can enjoy it on your very own DVD player. What you have here are the original British Beatles albums just like what had been released before; only now, the listener can enjoy the first 4 albums - "Please Please Me". "With The Beatles", "A Hard Day's Night", "Beatles For Sale" - available in true stereo for the very first time. Combined with the remaining 9 albums recorded by the group between 1965 and 1970, this is a masterpiece set, and a special treasure trove of timeless, classic songs that changed the entire structure of popular music as we know it today.

Each CD is carefully and painstakingly put together in a very special 3-border fold-out, which allows the CD to be housed in a slot on the far right-hand side (except for the double discs, which have their CDs fitted inside the packaging). Each title also comes with a special CD booklet containg many unreleased photographs that represent the time when each album was originally released, plus well-written liner notes (including the original notes from the first 4 albums). The "Yellow Submarine" booklet contains both the original UK and US back cover notes together for the very first time. And, what a thrill it is to finally be able to have the photo/comic-strip booklet from "Magical Mystery Tour", that was initially issued in the American LP in 1967, in an official CD release for the very first time. The "White Album" packaging includes the original poster, in a CD sized reproduction, that features the photo collage on one side, and the album's song-lyrics on the other side. This marks the second time that this poster was made available in a "White Album" CD release, following the 30th anniversary reissue from 1998.

The sound quality of the songs are, without a doubt, the very best that I have ever heard before. For the first time, the audio quality of each track is sharp, crisp, crystal clear and truly an audiophile's dream come true. It should also be noted that the songs "Love Me Do" (both versions), "P.S. I Love You", "Only A Northern Song", "She Loves You", "I'll Get You" and "You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)" are all presented in their original monaural mixes, whereas the remaining songs are all in true stereo. Even "I Am The Walrus" still has its orignal mix of half-stereo/half-duophonic, just like the first time around. All in all, this box set far surpasses all other box sets that have come before.

And, the bonus DVD of the mini documentaries is also well-produced. Each segment features audio comments from The Beatles themselves along with George Martin. This DVD gives a fascinating insight into why these classic albums have stood the test of time so well, and continue to be so popular, even into the 21st century.

Many current and legendary artists have called The Beatles a major influence. One listen to this music and you too will see why. Beatlemania will live on forever!

Timothy Swan "disc jockey" (Boring, Oregon USA)

The Beatles Mono Box Set

Originally billed as a 10,000 copy limited edition The Beatles Mono Box Set was compiled as a special interest package for the hard-core fan. It presents the first ten albums in re-mastered mono (the final 3 albums made their debuts in stereo only), and a double album of singles and EPs, called "Mono Masters". At the time of writing, the mono albums are not available individually. Why would anyone want a newly minted mono collection? The final mono songs were sometimes different. Stereo mixes were usually done days, if not weeks after the original mono mix, and could include different takes when the engineers made the overdubs. Stereo mixes, particularly for the first five albums, did not include as much critical listening from George Martin, and almost none from the Fab' Four. Also, stereo in early 60's England was not broadcast over the air, and the format was largely the preserve of the hi-fi snob. For more than half The Beatles recorded repertoire, the most affordable "weapon of choice" for the twisting, shouting teenage market was the mono mix. Ironically - this box set is the best The Beatles have ever sounded. Like the stereo sibling these are re-mastered, not re-mixed, but unlike the stereo, they have not been clipped or limited to push levels closer to current music ingested through our MP3 players. These albums are cleaner than ever before and compared to the 1980s CD editions you're taken aback by how much dynamic range is on those original tapes. Nothing in this box sounds like a 45 year old recording. Each disc is presented as if it were a miniature "33", replete with plastic anti-scratch sleeve, inner paper sleeve, original album cover, inserts and all original text rendered frustratingly small for anyone old enough to have bought the LPs the first time around. -- Hugo Munday

Product Description

-Dimensions: 5.75" x 5.38" x 2.63"


·Hard white glossy slip box
·Limited edition
·CDs packaged as mini LP replicas (replica artwork, sleeves and gatefolds)
·Remastered by Paul Hicks, Sean Magee with Guy Massey and Steve Rooke


Original Mono version - 11 albums (12 discs)

+= mono mix CD debut

·Please Please Me
·With The Beatles
·A Hard Day's Night
·Beatles For Sale
·Help! (CD also includes original 1965 stereo mix)+
·Rubber Soul (CD also include original 1965 stereo mix)+
·Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band+
·Magical Mystery Tour+
·The Beatles+
·Mono Masters (features all of the mono tracks that appeared on singles, EPs. or that never made it onto the 13 albums)

-Essay written by Kevin Howlett

*note: Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road and Let It Be are not included, as they were originally recorded in stereo

Thursday, April 16, 2009

1961 Performance at the Top Ten Club, 136 Reeperbahn, Hamburg, Germany.
1963 BBC-TV's `625 Show' broadcast (filmed 13 April 1963).
1964 Interview with Ed Sullivan in London, during `A Hard Day's Night' shootings.
1964 Studio 2. 10.00am-1.00pm. Recording: `A Hard Day's Night' (takes 1-9). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Norman Smith; 2nd Engineer: Geoff Emerick. Afternoon. St John's Secondary School (Church of England), London. Outside location filming for `A Hard Day's Night': scene at police station.
1964 Heathsfield Street, London. Shooting for `A Hard Day's Night'.
1964 `The Portland Arms' pub, London. Shooting for `A Hard Day's Night' (scene deleted from film).
1965 Wembley TV Studios, Wembley, Middlesex. George and John are interviewed for the TV programme `Ready Steady Goes Live!'.
1966 Studio 2. 2.30pm-1.30am. Recording: `Rain' (overdub onto take 5, tape reduction take 5 into take 6; takes 7-8). Mono mixing: `Rain' (remixes 1-4, from take 7). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush.
1967 Performance of the Impressions at the Saville Theatre. [?]
1967 Performance of Bo Diddley, Ben E. King and the Alan Bown Set at the Saville Theatre.
1969 Studio 3. 2.30-5.00pm. Recording: `Old Brown Shoe' (take 1). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush. Studio 3. 7.00pm-2.45am. Recording: `Old Brown Shoe' (takes 1-4); `Something (takes 1-13). Stereo mixing: `Old Brown Shoe' (remixes 1-3, from take 4). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Jeff Jarratt; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush. Recording of 2nd demo (2.30-5.00pm session) and 1st proper take (7.00pm-2.45am session) of `Old Brown Shoe'.
1971 UK single release: `It Don't Come Easy'/`Early 1970'.
1971 Paul and Linda McCartney appear on the cover photograph of `Life' magazine. Magazine includes Paul's interview.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Today In Beatles History

April 14

Teddington TV Studios, Middlesex. Filming for ABC-TV's 'Thank Your Lucky Stars'.
After they drive to the Crawdaddy Club.
Evening. The Beatles see the Rolling Stones at the Crawdaddy Club, Richmond, Surrey, London.
After the show, party at Jagger, Jones and Richards's flat (102 Edith Grove, West Brompton, London). The Beatles attend, staying until 4am.
Arlington Road (at Rosslyn Road), St Margaret's, Twickenham, Middlesex. Shooting for 'A Hard Day's Night': traffic jam scene (deleted from film).
'Ticket To Ride' number 1, 1st week in the ranking (UK New Musical Express chart).

Ailsa Avenue, St Margaret's, Twickenham, Middlesex. Shooting for 'Help!': the Beatles get into 4 houses.

Studio 3. 2.30-7.30pm. Recording: 'Paperback Writer' (overdub onto take 2).
Studio 3 (control room only). 7.30-8.00pm. Mono mixing: 'Paperback Writer' (remixes 1, 2, from take 2).
Studio 3. 8.30pm-1.30am. Recording: 'Rain' (takes 1-5). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush.
Studio 3. 2.30-9.00pm. Recording: 'The Ballad Of John And Yoko (They're Gonna Crucify Me)' (working title of 'The Ballad Of John And Yoko') (takes 1-11). Studio 3 (control room only). 9.00-11.00pm. Stereo mixing: 'The Ballad Of John And Yoko (They're Gonna Crucify Me)' (working title of 'The Ballad Of John And Yoko') (remixes 1-5, from take 10). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: John Kurlander.
1st session for 'The Ballad Of John And Yoko'/'Old Brown Shoe'.
Paul's concert in Miami ('Get Back' tour).