New cuts of classic Beatles tracks from the forthcoming special edition of ‘Let It Be’ have been shared ahead of its release.
The Fab Four’s final studio album is set to be celebrated on October 15 with a reissue that will span a number of formats.
A trio of tracks from the ‘Let It Be’ re-release were shared back in August including ‘Let It Be’ (2021 Stereo Mix), ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ (first rooftop performance) and ‘For You Blue’ (‘Get Back’ LP Mix).
Now four more new mixes of their songs, which you can listen to below, have been shared including ‘Get Back’ (Take 8), ‘One After 909’ (Take 3), ‘I Me Mine’ (1970 Glyn Johns Mix) and ‘Across The Universe’ (2021 Stereo Mix).
The original album has been newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell in stereo, 5.1 surround DTS and Dolby Atmos.
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Paul McCartney is set to appear at a livestream event on Nov. 5 in which he'll discuss his new book, The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present.
The music legend will chat with author Paul Muldoon about The Lyrics, which includes anecdotes and personal history spanning McCartney's entire career - including his time with the Beatles and Wings, and his solo work.
A statement on the event's website reads: "Arranged alphabetically to provide a kaleidoscopic rather than chronological account, [The Lyrics] establishes definitive texts of the songs’ lyrics for the first time, and describes the circumstances in which they were written, the people and places that inspired them, and what he thinks of them now."
The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present is due for release on Nov. 2, a few days before the livestream event.
“More often than I can count, I’ve been asked if I would write an autobiography, but the time has never been right," McCartney said in a statement earlier this year.
George Harrison has given us some of the most inspiring songs in rock ‘n’ roll history. He was the first Beatle to have a No. 1 hit as a solo artist with his song “My Sweet Lord.” However, before and after his time as a Beatle, George had one very special muse for all of his love songs; his wife, Pattie Boyd. George wrote many Beatles hits about Boyd, including the romantic “Something” and “I Need You.” But George only wrote one song about her during his solo career, and it wasn’t a love song.
George met Boyd while The Beatles were filming A Hard Day’s Night in 1964. They married two years later, and Paul McCartney was his best man. During their marriage, Boyd inspired George to write songs like “Something,” “I Need You,” and “For Your Blue.”
However, after George cheated on Boyd multiple times, including having an affair with Ringo’s wife Maureen, the couple’s marriage started to disintegrate around the early 1970s. Speaking with Start at 60, Boyd talked about what the final years of her marriage to George were really like.
For one Times Past reader, there was a surprise in store when his favourite band came to town – and a mystery he has yet to solve.
Phil Quigley explains: “I am 80 years of age and the memories of the Beatles’ visit to Glasgow are still vivid in my mind.
“I was working as a gent’s hairdresser near Charing Cross at the time and during the usual chit chat with one customer, he asked me if I liked the Beatles.”
He adds: “I said, yes, of course and when he took his wallet out to pay, he offered me a ticket for the Glasgow concert, which knocked me out.
“He apologised and said he only had one ticket, but I gratefully accepted it. He wouldn’t take any payment for it and said ‘just give the money to charity’, which I did.”
Phil, who lives in Rutherglen, still has no idea who the benevolent gentleman was. He adds: “I was in a daze all day.”
When he got to the concert, the first thing Phil noticed was there were not many men in the audience.
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“Help!” has some of the most famous lyrics John Lennon wrote for any of The Beatles’ folk-rock songs. During an interview, John revealed he wrote the lyrics to please a journalist who noted he didn’t use certain types of words in his songs. John said writing The Beatles’ “Help!” to please this journalist reflected his own insecurities.Paul McCartney told Billboard two people heard “Help!” before the public did. “I turned up at John’s house for a writing session and saw the opportunity to add a descant [melody in the second verse],” Paul said. “We finished it quite quickly; we went downstairs and sang it to John’s wife at the time, Cynthia, and a journalist he was friendly with called Maureen Cleave. We were very pleased with ourselves.”
Fifty-seven years ago, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney performed their one and only Pittsburgh show at the Civic Arena.
Thousands of shrieking teenage girls made more noise than the chartered Lockheed Electra that delivered the Fab Four to Greater Pittsburgh Airport on Monday, Sept. 14, 1964. First off the plane was Ringo Starr, who spoke briefly with KDKA-TV reporter Al McDowell as someone inexplicably tossed tomatoes at the band.
It had been that kind of tour for the Beatles, reported the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Crazy, unpredictable, playful, a hint of anarchy and danger in the air. And flying food. Mostly it was jelly beans, but in Chicago a week earlier, a frozen T-bone steak hurled at the stage nearly clobbered Paul.”
A set of previously unheard interview tapes featuring John Lennon speaking about his favourite Beatles songs are to be sold at auction.
Canadian journalist Ken Zeilig recorded the 91 minutes of interviews with the star, and Yoko Ono, on three separate occasions during 1969 and early 1970.
It is believed only five minutes have been aired, in the late 1980s.
Lennon also speaks of his musical influences, the future of The Beatles and how his wife changed his life.
He said he thought the band had "a positive effect" on the youth of the 1960s.
Lennon also recalls a Christmas memory in which he reached into a stocking and found a present of a mouth organ.
"That was one of the greatest moments of life, when I got my first harmonica," he said.
The 12 reel-to-reel tapes contain both edited and unedited interviews, Beatles music and detailed transcripts.
When United Airlines Flight 175 hit the North Tower, Paul McCartney was sitting waiting for his plane to take off at John F. Kennedy Airport. The beatle was a direct witness to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the closure of airspace over a shocked New York.
McCartney was putting the finishing touches on the excellent Driving Rain, which included the single “From a Lover to a Friend”, a song in which he tried to deal with the death of his wife Linda. Instantly, he announced that royalties from the theme would be donated to the families of the dead firefighters in the attack. But he felt the need to do more and help the city that launched The Beatles to stardom in 1964. On September 12 he had ready “Freedom”, a song destined to be chanted by thousands in which raised a flag for social rights and that would become a classic during his 2002 US tour, his first tour since 1993.
The Beatles recorded their first-ever single, Love Me Do, on September 4, 1962, with the band's first drummer Pete Best playing the percussion instrument. The band's manager, Brian Epstein, and their producer, Martin, decided Best wasn't cut out for the job, so got rid of him. George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney attempted to replace him with Ringo Starr, but Martin and Epstein had other ideas.
On this day, September 11, in 1962, Ringo arrived at EMI studios to record his first single with The Beatles only to find another drummer in his spot.
Martin once recalled: "On 11th September 1962, we finally got together to make their first record. The boys, meanwhile, had brought along a guy [Starr], and they said: 'We're going to get Ringo to play with us.'"
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No other band has been examined under a microscope as meticulously as the Beatles. Detailed books have even been written focusing solely on the instruments they played and the gear used to make their recordings in the studio.
But with all this exhaustive research, some details are still unknown. For example, historians may know what instruments were brought to and available for each recording session, but the exact guitars and amps used on many songs still remain purely the subject of speculation.
Although many photos were taken of the Beatles working in the studio, only one video exists of them at work while recording.
On February 11, 1968, the Beatles showed up at Abbey Road Studio Three to shoot footage for a promotional film for Lady Madonna. To make the best use of their time, they decided to record Hey Bulldog while the cameras rolled. As a result, the footage provides a definitive record of the instruments used.
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