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BROWcast #107 - “Roll Over Beethoven” (live with Jimmie Nicol)
April 20, 2014 05:47 AM PDT
Although George Harrison privately resented it, The Beatles began their summer 1964 tour of Europe, Hong Kong and Australia with Ringo Starr sitting out. This was due to his sudden illness during a photo session on June 3rd, where he was hospitalized with tonsillitis. Shubdubs drummer Jimmie Nicol was quickly called in to replace Ringo. While in The Netherlands The Beatles with Jimmie made a special television appearance for VARA-TV that included a short performance in the nearby town of Hillegom. From that show this is George taking the lead on “Roll Over Beethoven.” Ringo, of course, rejoined his bandmates later in the tour in Melbourne, Australia on June 14, although since he was advised not to sing for awhile, the shows were shortened to 10 songs until the end of the tour.
BROW = Beatles Rarity Of The Week (as introduced on TheBeatlesRarity.com) and BROWcast is the podcast version. BROWcast was originally publicized on Fab4Radio. For more Beatles rarities be sure to visit TheBeatlesRarity.com.BROWcast #106 - “Yellow Submarine” (special effects track)
April 13, 2014 07:09 AM PDT
The Beatles got the great idea of adding a “party atmosphere” to "Yellow Submarine" and what better way to create it than by having a party in the recording studio? The date was scheduled for June 1, 1966. The invited, who participated in recording the party atmosphere heard in the mix, include Brian Jones (of The Rolling Stones), Marianne Faithful, George’s wife Patti Harrison, Beatles assistants Neil Aspinal and Mal Evans and others. This week’s BROWcast features a special recording of the effects used in the “Yellow Submarine” song, with the backing track and Ringo vocal from take 5 heard in the background.
BROW = Beatles Rarity Of The Week (as introduced on TheBeatlesRarity.com) and BROWcast is the podcast version. BROWcast was originally publicized on Fab4Radio. For more Beatles rarities be sure to visit TheBeatlesRarity.com.BROWcast # 105 - “Ride Rajbun” (from Bunbury Tails)
April 06, 2014 06:29 AM PDT
This week I'm remembering one of George Harrison’s lesser known projects from the early nineties. His contribution to The Bunbury Tails CD (1992) is concerning a character from the children's book series - an Indian Bunbury cricket-bunny named Rajbun. George co-wrote “Ride Rajbun” with his son Dhani, who, at the time, was only about 9 or 10 years old. It’s Indian-influence is enhanced by the amazing Ravi Shankar playing sitar. Dhani can also be heard on backing vocals. This track has not been re-issued since the very limited release of the CD, 18 year ago, and given that it is as intriguing as it is obscure, I thought it a good candidate for BROWcast. Enjoy…
March 30, 2014 06:48 AM PDT
It’s no secret that The Beatles were all big fans of many of the early rock and rollers and r & b artists that preceded them. One need only look at the string of albums they put out during their first couple of years to see covers by Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly, The Isley Brothers, The Marvelettes, The Miracles, Arthur Alexander and even a few more. One of the greats that The Beatles idolized was Little Richard, who is famous for “Long Tall Sally,” “Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey” and “Lucille,” just to name a few.
On February 5, 1993, we find Paul McCartney showing up for his Cardington (London) gig soundcheck, and as an illustration that much of his taste remains the same after all these years, he breaks into an old Little Richard favorite called "Miss Ann" for old time sake.
BROW = Beatles Rarity Of The Week (as introduced on TheBeatlesRarity.com) and BROWcast is the podcast version. BROWcast was originally publicized on Fab4Radio. For more Beatles rarities be sure to visit TheBeatlesRarity.com.BROWcast #103 - "She Loves You" (live at the Indiana State Fair)
March 22, 2014 08:35 PM PDT
On September 3, 1964 The Beatles kicked off an afternoon concert in the Fairgrounds Coliseum for the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. They performed their 12-song set list running a little over a half-hour, before 10,000, or so, screaming fans. Since it was an immediate sellout, they agreed to do a second evening show there before heading out to Milwaukee WI for the next stop on the tour. This performance of "She Loves You" is from the afternoon show.
March 16, 2014 06:59 AM PDT
On July 12, 1958, The Quarrymen visited Percy Phillips in another part of Liverpool to make their very first record. Percy was the guy in town who had his own disc-cutting machine and John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John "Duff" Lowe" (piano) and Colin Hanton (drums) showed up that day, and paid the fee to have a double-sided 78rpm demo disc made of them with Buddy Holly's "That'll Be The Day" on the a-side and the McCartney-Harrison composition "In Spite Of All The Danger" on the b-side.
March 09, 2014 12:40 PM PDT
Back in October 1973, while John Lennon was in sessions for what would appear later on his collection of oldies called Rock ‘N’ Roll, he wrote a song with producer Phil Spector that remained unissued throughout the remainder of his lifetime. “Here We Go Again” was eventually released on Menlove Avenue, a collection of out-takes from the Walls & Bridges LP and Rock ‘N’ Roll LP, in 1986. This week’s feature is that same track in demo form. The Spector-produced version on Menlove Avenue sounds very reminiscent of John’s Rock ‘N’ Roll album with lots of brass in the mix and the “wall-of-sound” treatment. The naked version here is quite a contrast with John, still apparently working the song out with only an acoustic guitar.
March 02, 2014 06:02 AM PST
Early in the White Album sessions, the avant-garde piece known as “Revolution 9,” largely a concept of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s, was originally meant to be a chaotic coda to “Revolution 1.” Takes 1-17 of “Revolution 1″ were of a standard length, similar to what is now on record. Beginning with take 18 through take 20, the coda was added and later, after further development, John decided to make it a separate track. Although Paul McCartney shares a composition credit with John for it, he did not have any involvement with it, outside of the “Revolution 1″ track. In fact, he, along with producer George Martin, fought desperately to keep it off the record entirely, but John refused to drop it. Featured here is the fully intact account of take 20, where we hear the missing link between “Revolution 1″ and “Revolution 9.” The “Revolution 1″ section sounds very similar to the finalized account of the song but without the signature electric guitar in the intro, yet to be overdubbed in. The “Revolution 9″ section is certainly recognizable, yet there were a lot more changes to come, after it was separated into a track of it’s own. It’s also interesting to note that although the fast (single) version of “Revolution” was released first, these 20 takes of the White Album version were all recorded first.
BROW = Beatles Rarity Of The Week (as introduced on TheBeatlesRarity.com) and BROWcast is the podcast version. BROWcast was originally publicized on Fab4Radio. For more Beatles rarities be sure to visit TheBeatlesRarity.comBROWcast #99 - "Lay His Head" (b-side)
February 23, 2014 06:37 AM PST
This week's BROWcast focuses on George Harrison who at the time of this writing would be coming up on his 71st birthday. I give a little background information about why one of George Harrison's best b-sides was never released on any of his official albums. "Lay His Head" did appear on a bonus 4-track CD that came packaged with his very rare 1988 book Songs By George Harrison and in remixed form as the b-side to his "Got My Mind Set On You" single in 1987. What a great tune!
BROW = Beatles Rarity Of The Week (as introduced on TheBeatlesRarity.com) and BROWcast is the podcast version. BROWcast was originally publicized on Fab4Radio. For more Beatles rarities be sure to visit TheBeatlesRarity.comBROWcast #98 - “Return To Pepperland” (out-take)
February 16, 2014 06:46 AM PST
This week’s entry comes from the large and quite interesting collection of Paul McCartney out-takes over the years. Back in 1987, Paul, with Phil Ramone producing, had an entire album in the cannon, and for reasons unknown, backed out on releasing it. The album was titled Return To Pepperland (Twenty Years Later) which, of course, is a reference to that famous fantasy place in the Yellow Submarine film as well as the 20th anniversary of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band LP. Some of the tunes from the Return To Pepperland sessions surfaced on later releases. This title track for the aborted album was not one of those, but I have it for you here.
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