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Friday, 26 October 2007

Macca whacks out Beatles hits

AS predicted Sir Paul McCartney trolled out some Beatle oldies for a 3,000 Roundhouse Crowd at his BBC Electric Proms show on Thursday.

The BBC is showing the gig at its website and a full list confirms the following Beatles' songs made the set, 'Magical Mystery Tour', 'Got To Get You Into My Life', 'The Long And Winding Road', 'Follow The Sun', 'Blackbird', 'Eleanor Rigby', 'USSR', 'I Got A Feeling', 'Hey Jude', 'Let It Be', 'Lady Madonna', 'I Saw Her Standing There' and 'Get Back'.

Thursday, 25 October 2007

High times recalled by Help director

RICHARD Lester is doing the promotional rounds for the release of the spruced up DVD of Help and there's a nice interview with the director of the first two Beatle features in The Times here.

There's much talk of John, Paul, George and Ringo's enjoyment of the herbal produce of the West Indian locations in which they shot parts of the 1965 movie.

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Surely some mistake! Fabs only second in soundtrack poll

THE Beatles' soundtrack to A Hard Day's Night was pipped into first place by Prince's Purple Rain in a poll among readers of Vanity Fair.

'I Should Have Known Better', 'And I Love Her' and 'If I Fell' weren't as good as 'When Doves Cry' and 'I Would Die 4 U' readers of the US publication reckoned.

The top ten is: 1. Purple Rain, 2. A Hard Day's Night, 3. The Harder They Come, 4. Pulp Fiction, 5. The Graduate, 6. Superfly, 7. Trainspotting, 8. Saturday Night Fever, 9. American Graffiti, 10. The Big Chill.

All You Need Is Love Me Tender

PEACE has won the day in the battle of The Beatles and Elvis Aaron Presley and their accolytes.

Newspaper headline writers have had a field day with the dispute between Elvisly Yours owner Sid Shaw and Howard Cohen, owner of The London Beatles Shop over a shared basement - not far from Sherlock Holmes's fictional 221b Baker Street as it happens.

Currently running top of the headline charts is We Can Work It Out. There's lovely.

Stay in a Beatle hotel

IF you need a place to keep your face in its jar by the door, then you can now stay at Eleanor Rigby's place in Liverpool according to the Liverpool Daily Post.

The family behind the Eleanor Rigby Hotel already have a bar called Lennon's and are banking on filling their 18 rooms in part at least with visitors tempted by Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture in 2008.

Monday, 22 October 2007

Drive His Car - George's Aston for sale

"I'VE found a driver and that's a start" you may say if you are very wealthy, and you can now put your driver in a George Harrison-owned car.

It's A platinum-colored Aston Martin DB5 and will cost you $250,000 to $300,000 if estimates are correct at RM Auctions Inc.

George took possession of the Aston on January 1, 1965

McCartney interview in MP3

THERE'S a lovely Paul McCartney interview on this musical blog, and then there's a piece about the interview (fear of your heroes) with Macca and also an MP3 you can play to hear some extracts from the conversation between Paul and the writer Lilou.

Highly recommended.

A Week To Go Till Help release

JUST a week to go before the technicolour wonder that is The Beatles' Help! is yours to own on little silver discs.

The film is out on October 29 in the UK and October 30 in the United States of America.

Eschewing the faux day-in-the-life realism that made A Hard Day's Night a favourite with critics Help! doesn't usually garner such praise and is far, far, sillier.

But you can't argue with the soundtrack: :'Help!', 'You're Going To Lose That Girl', 'You've Got To Hide Your Love Away', 'Ticket To Ride', 'I Need You', 'The Night Before' and 'Another Girl'.

And extras, where are my extras? On the second disc, which includes a making of documentary, a missing scene, cast and crew memories, three trailers. If you want more extras you'll have to shell out for the deluxe box set including a facsimile of director Richard Lester's marked up script, copies of film publicity and a 60 page book including an appreciation of the film by Martin Scorsese of all people - perfect for Christmas.

You can pre-order here.

And here's a little snippet from you tube: