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Re: Comprehensive and Complete BBC
« Reply #20 on: January 31, 2015, 07:29:38 PM »



A real assortment here. We start off with Saturday Club, featuring another great vocal from Paul on Long Tall Sally and a real lively version of Glad All Over, so very different to the one they'd recorded two weeks earlier. If anyone knows what the little ditty before You Really Got A Hold On Me is called then please speak up! Apologies for the dreadful sound quality of track 3 - do not adjust your radio sets.

Ooh! My Soul is the complete unedited version, unlike the official releases which were cut to ribbons. Long John Baldry makes a guest appearance and would later return in the Around The Beatles TV special. Baldry was one of the circle of R&B afficionados which included Alexis Korner, The Rolling Stones etc. This show (and the next) are notable for a change in recording technique with much louder drums and bass than before. This is possibly down to a change in producer (Ian Grant) and engineer (Keith Bateson). She Loves You (which would have been track 19) is sadly unavailable at this time, one of only two songs missing from the Pop Go The Beatles series (the other being the very first song broadcast). A snippet of a version was included on the Yellow Dog set but it is the wrong version (from 16th July). A copy exists but sadly the owner would not release it for use in this set.

PGTB from 3rd September includes a couple of upgrades probably unfamiliar to many people (I'll Get You and Money) plus upgrades of three tracks by Brian Poole, who gets to perform Twist And Shout "by special dispensation". There's also some unbooted links from Rodney Burke (including the stock lame jokes). There's A Place was apparently recorded for this show but in any event the recording from July 2nd was used for the broadcast. Why exactly this happened is anybody's guess.

At the end are The Beatles contributions to The Mersey Sound TV special, including a great upgrade of She Loves You unearthed recently. Two different versions of Twist And Shout were also performed, plus a rather amateurish sounding instrumental.

The show "Two Way Favourites" was a vehicle for listeners to request records for their relatives in the armed forces. John did a cheeky parody of this during the 1965 Beatles Christmas record.

The little ditty before You Really Got A Hold On Me is a very improvised version of Moonglow (Theme from Picnic), an instrumental that they used to do in the early days.

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Note that the Howlett book is being discontinued to make way for a new edition without the box on April 16th. If you intend to buy the box, do so now. Amazon UK still have plenty left. The US box as I said is too small.

Original recordists

Tracks 4-12, 20, 21, 31, 34, 38: Margaret Ashworth
Tracks 22, 41-47 from BBC archives
Other recordists unknown
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Re: Comprehensive and Complete BBC
« Reply #21 on: January 31, 2015, 09:55:20 PM »

Thanks Cor!
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Re: Comprehensive and Complete BBC
« Reply #22 on: February 01, 2015, 07:55:32 PM »



As posted by Lord Reith on the forum of Bootlegzone. Unless stated otherwise, the info with every cd comes from this source.

The last three Pop Go The Beatles, once again all recorded in one day and totalling a whopping 18 separate performances (She Loves You was only recorded once), their greatest ever marathon session. Also they somehow managed to find time to record extensive chat. Amazing.

Episode 13 for some reason had 7 Beatle numbers instead of the usual 6. Till There Was You has never circulated before, and can be heard here for the first time in over 50 years! The quality is not as good as the other tracks but is still interesting, very similar to the Royal Variety performance except with the high notes at the end (the last time Paul ever sang it this way). The rest of the tracks from these three shows appear in their best ever quality, with all the bass distortion and limiting gone. They really sound wild on a few of these tracks and were clearly enjoying themselves. A few segments of unbooted chat are included.

This Saturday Club was the 5th birthday edition and was recorded live as a keepsake by producer Bernie Andrews, explaining the sterling sound quality. The whole two hour show will feature on a subsequent volume, but here are The Beatles segments. Memphis is the full unedited version. For the commercial release the intro from the PGTB 7 performance was tacked on the front to remove the voiceover.

At the end is the performance from The Ken Dodd Show, which strangely had screaming teenage girls present - not Ken's usual audience! One can only guess that news of The Beatles' scheduled appearance leaked out in advance.

The Flowerpot Men was a popular children's puppet TV show, the closing song from which began "Goodbye Bill, Goodbye Ben".

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Original recordists
Tracks 4,7,9,14,16,19,24,26,31,36,41,43,45,47-52: Margaret Ashworth
Tracks 54-64: Bernie Andrews
Other recordists unknown
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Re: Comprehensive and Complete BBC
« Reply #23 on: February 02, 2015, 08:42:38 AM »



This is the first of two discs featuring the 5th birthday edition of Saturday Club, taped for posterity by producer Bernie Andrews. Almost the whole two hours is here, save for the news break halfway through and perhaps one other song. It's a great insight into what it was like to be a British teenager in 1963 and just how different The Beatles were from all their contemporaries. The trad jazz boom was on its last legs but still had enough followers to warrant regular intrusions by the likes of Kenny Ball and Clinton Ford. There's a nice live sessions by The Everly Brothers, Frank Ifield and Joe Brown. Also recorded congratulations from many people including some from across the pond in America, who had no idea of what was coming in just a few short months.

30 minutes from Saturday Club was also fed live into the World Service each week, so the show also had followers in many other parts of the world. Amazingly in early 1963 The Beatles received a request from a listener in Egypt (!)

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Re: Comprehensive and Complete BBC
« Reply #24 on: February 03, 2015, 10:15:26 AM »



The second half of Saturday Club. Interestingly, four of the songs by other artists - Take Good Care Of My Baby, Sheila, A Picture Of You and I Remember You - had all been in The Beatles' repertoire only a short time before. I Remember You is notable for featuring a trumpet instead of harmonica!

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Re: Comprehensive and Complete BBC
« Reply #25 on: February 04, 2015, 08:25:26 AM »

Volume 8:




With Pop Go The Beatles now history, the BBC sessions became more of an opportunity to plug their records which, by and large, were barely heard on the Beeb. There were still precious few shows that would actually play rock and roll records and so these live sessions were the only chance groups had to plug them. Which is great for us, but it must have been frustrating for them.

There was so much concern about The Beatles' safety during this Easybeat session that Brian Epstein banned them from doing any more radio sessions with audiences. The Peter Woods interview is hilarious, although oddly enough they repeated it almost word for word on film a few minutes later (which you'll see on the final volume). The Public Ear was a magazine style show which the group enjoyed listening to, and there's some interesting interviews that go beyond the usual questions about haircuts. Pete Best even gets a chance to grumble about his lot, something he would eventually turn into a full blown career :lol: If The Beatles heard this particular episode, this would have been the first time they became aware of his feelings. This show was picked up by the BBC Transcription Service for overseas sale on disc, which explains why it still exists.

The Saturday Club is a good one with plenty of witty banter, including an upgrade of IWTHYH shared on youtube a couple of years back and overlooked on the official set. The medley is fun. Sometimes it gets credited as "Shazam" but the similarity is probably unintentional. She Loves You is the same recording as from the birthday edition, for reasons unknown.

Rolf Harris first met the group at the Swinging Sound 63 broadcast heard on V2 (he can be heard at the very end after From Me To You). It seems they got along well although according to his biography he was sometimes on the receiving end of practical jokes during the Christmas Show at the Astoria. With their usual good cheer they join in with his biggest hit, showing their versatility and ability to come off well no matter how peculiar or artificial the circumstances. This show now sounds better than ever. I Want To Hold Your Hand is the unedited version. On the official BBC set the second middle section (from "and when I touch you" up to "yeh you got that something") is cut out and replaced with a copy of the first, losing Paul's harmony and rather spoiling the song.

At the end is an incomplete superior alternate source for track 21. Unfortunately the guy taping (the same one who taped track 19) wasn't that interested and changed the station midway through the song, before returning once more and then switching off before the end. The missing bits are pasted in from another source.

Also included is a patch for V5. This is just one track (Please Mr Postman) which is fixed to remove an annoying glitch during the opening line. The glitchy part has been replaced from an alternate source. Also the corrected artwork for V6.

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Re: Comprehensive and Complete BBC
« Reply #26 on: February 05, 2015, 10:55:16 AM »



We momentarily switch our attention to The Beatles BBC TV output. This night was a real coup for The Beatles: a whole hour of prime evening television to themselves. Quite extraordinary for a group that only a year before had been playing in a dive in Hamburg's red light district.

Both programmes were recorded the same afternoon at the Liverpool Empire before members of the fan club. The Juke Box Jury special is a great listen as it reveals them talking at length about the one thing they were most passionate about: music. Even if they didn't really like most of the records chosen, their views on what is commercial and why are fascinating. There are also plenty of funny moments, like where John puts his foot in it by panning The Orchids, only to be told afterwards that they are sitting in the audience. He recovers the situation with typical Lennon humour. It's just a shame that we can't see what is going on because like nearly all BBC tv programmes of the era it was uncerimoniously wiped after transmission. However this is a new off air recording discovered during the "Treasure Hunt" campaign in 2004 and has not been heard till now. The quality is great and has been further improved here by dubbing in the original records.

The concert appearance was controversial at the time because of the perceived poor techical quality. The camera work was mediocre and reportedly featured only one single close up of John in the entire show. Ringo's mic remained totally dead throughout his number, and many viewers said there were too many shots of the audience. There's an account of The Beatles watching the broadcast in their dressing room in a state of dismay, with Paul commenting that if he was someone unfamiliar with The Beatles then he'd wonder what anyone saw in them.

Luckily they still turned in a great performance, although once again the videotape was not archived. However it was innadvertantly preserved in part by being selected as a training tape for enginners to practice physical edits on. Gradually over the years the precious master was whittled away by apprentice technicians, until only parts of only four songs remained, plus a short reel of audience shots. The first poor quality boots of the complete soundtrack appeared in the 70s, and were all that was available until an in-line version appeared on youtube decades later. However even that version had severe wow and flutter and frequent loud clicks. A third tape has been freshly transferred for this set, and although it is incomplete (missing From Me To You, This Boy and the between-song chat) it has been restored and edited together with the youtube version to create the best sounding version of this concert ever (the only complete Beatles concert recording we have from 1963). The existing video clips will appear on the final volume.

Included as a bonus at the end are two solo Beatle appearances made for Juke Box Jury. John upset a lot of viewers with his forthright views, especially Elvis fans who didn't take kindly to their idol being likened to Bing Crosby. Even some of the fellow panelists sound a little taken aback by his comments. However, there is little doubt that he was actually correct in his views. At a time when the British hit parade was incredibly insipid, John's musical taste was way ahead of its time. George's appearance is far more lighthearted, although sadly only excerpts seem to survive. Ringo also made an appearance, but the existing recording is so poor as to be virtually inaudible.

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Tomorrow: The Beatles conquer America and the Beeb is on the spot to capture it all for UK listeners.

PS:
The four surviving track of It's The Beatles were released on the Empire Strikes Back DVD.
Here is an MP4 with that bit of film. The picture quality is quite nice.
http://www.mediafire.com/download/3gins1n7qalfvd6/ITBforBBCBN.rar


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Re: Comprehensive and Complete BBC
« Reply #27 on: February 06, 2015, 08:19:23 AM »



We head into 1964 now and Beatlemania moves up a gear. George and Ringo make a brief contribution to The Public Ear, and then it's an on-the-spot report of the US arrival for Saturday Club. This must have seemed like a dream to listeners in the UK as their success in America was unprecedented. The Beatles sound stunned and overwhelmed in their phone interview with Brian Matthew. Brian for his part seems tickled pink that the group he'd championed for the past year was now the greatest attraction in the world.

Before they left for the US they also taped a music session for Saturday Club which timed in nicely with news of their Stateside success. Like their previous appearances they plugged their current records but also threw in a couple of unreleased numbers, this time a peppy version of The Hippy Hippy Shake (surely performed to put The Swinging Blue Jeans in their place) and a laid back four in the bar treatment of Johnny B. Goode, which seems to go awry during the guitar solo. The recording of I Want To Hold Your Hand was reused from their December appearance. Another phone interview follows, and then some more entertaining contributions to The Public Ear, a show which they particpated in eagerly it would seem.

The second From Us To You special was the first Beatles music session to be picked up by the BBC Transcription Service, who reformatted it and pressed it onto a one-sided disc for overseas radio stations. Here it has been re-edited into its original sequence with the missing parts restored. The show used an identical format to Saturday Club, with prerecorded sessions and records played into a live broadcast presided over by Alan Freeman, thus the comment about Can't Buy Me Love being number one in the charts. The theme song is a new recording, not the one from the first special. These are exceptionally good performances, every one of them of releasable quality. As Alan Freeman notes, it was extraordinary that they could get these together so quickly.

Tomorrow: more fun with Fluff, and Bernie and Brian get to launch their new programme Top Gear, which would point British pop radio in a new direction.

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Re: Comprehensive and Complete BBC
« Reply #28 on: February 08, 2015, 07:46:34 PM »



The Beatles are the undisputed kingpins of the pop world by now, and the Beeb has to fight for their spare time just like everyone else. But they remain committed to Saturday Club, the programme they grew up with as teenagers, and in March turn in a very interesting session indeed.

This rendition of Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby is so totally different to the one put down for Pop Go The Beatles a year earlier, and really highlights the shift in The Beatles' sound away from flat-out dance hall music to a more laid back style. Paul's bass really pumps and George's newly acquired twelve string Rickenbacker gives this song and the others on this session a really unique sound. John performs the only other known rendition of I Call Your Name but doesn't seem quite sure of the words. He makes up for it in full with a screaming version of I Got A Woman, once again so totally different to the Pop Go The Beatles version. This shows that The Beatles took these sessions seriously - they must have found time to rearrange it in a different style since it's unlikely they'd performed it since their previous recording. This track like several others has double tracked vocals, a technique they were virtually addicted to by now. Sure To Fall was obviously one of their favourite songs, and here features for the first time the same "ska" reggae beat in the middle section that they'd recently used on I Call Your Name. Long Tall Sally has changed from the fast version with a skip drum beat that they did all through 1963 to a four-in-the-bar treatment they would keep from now on. Evidence once again that The Beatles didn't just pump out the same old sounds over and over like some critics claimed. They were constantly reinventing themselves.

The third From Us To You is another interesting session, with four numbers that had not yet appeared on record. I Forgot To Remember is a rare gem indeed for 1964, with George showing an increasing fondness for country guitar sounds. Honey Don't is still sung by John, although by now it incorporates Carl Perkins' walking lead guitar part that was missing from their previous rendition. And Ringo turns in one of his rare BBC vocals on Matchbox, sounding particularly eager.

Top Gear was the first of a new generation of "with it" pop programmes that dispensed with the jazz and middle of the road and concentrated on live sessions with a rock flavour. Unlike Saturday Club, it was on late at night after the kiddies had gone to bed and was squarely aimed at a more mature teenage audience. The Beatles appeared on the debut show and turned in a great session, with interesting electrified versions of And I Love Her and If I Fell. A Hard Day's Night was for some reason edited to incorporate the solo from the actual record. Why exactly this was done has never been satisfactorily explained. This edition was excerpted in part in the debut edition of "Top Of The Pops" - not the tv show of the same name but a special series created by the BBC Transcription Service. The one hour radio show was hosted by Brian Matthew and contained only live BBC sessions, which were pressed onto disc and circulated across the globe. Running to literally hundreds of editions, it would preserve for posterity many of these valuable sessions throughout the sixties and beyond. A copy of the Top Gear broadcast was also kept by producer Bernie Andrews, which accounts for the existence of the remaining tracks.

Finally there is an extract from the recording session for the final From Us To You. How exactly this survives is unknown, but perhaps a copy was kept by one of the studio staff. Sadly very little material of this sort seems to exist.

Track 47 provides a glimpse into the Light Programme's habit of playing random BBC sessions after midnight. Since these were never logged there is no way of knowing what was played, but it's not hard to imagine that some Beatles sessions got another airing.

Around this time Pop Go The Beatles was also revived for airing on the General Overseas Service (aka BBC World Service), although the guests artists were discarded and new links recorded. Only episodes 11-15 of the original PGTB series were mined (the rest had probably already been erased); two more runs under the same title would follow with material mined from Top Gear, Saturday Club and Ticket To Ride. Frustratingly, since the GOS transmitted from London using tape rather than disc, they would appear not to have survived.

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Note: this zip also includes a patch for the BBC Beatles Night (Paul's intro for Money) plus typo-corrected versions of a handful of covers.
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« Reply #29 on: February 08, 2015, 07:50:04 PM »



The music sessions are starting to wind down now. We have the fourth and final From Us To You, which has a couple of notable rarities in the form of I'm Happy Just To Dance With You and I Should Have Known Better. The former has an amusing gender bending slip up by George, while the latter highlights John's occasional harmonica playing. Also included is Cilla's BBC version of the Lennon-McCartney number It's For You, with an interesting use of harmonium. George continues to use his new 12 string Rickenbacker as he did for most sessions around this time.

The second and last Top Gear session is a particularly good one, with some classy performances equal to and perhaps even surpassing the EMI versions. This show also features plenty of witty banter and was mined almost in full (topical and local references were removed) for several editions of the Top Of The Pops radio series. The version of Honey Don't presented here is the Transcription Services edit; the full (poorer quality) version is included as an extra (track 41).

Interestingly, four of the Top Gear recordings also found their way into Saturday Club a month later. Perhaps this isn't surprising given that the same team made both programmes, but it is disappointing that they didn't record these numbers again. However there is more great chat to make up for it. Like Top Gear, this final Saturday Club was also plundered for Top Of The Pops.

The live Pop Inn interview only exists because it was taped and kept by the producer. Keith Fordyce also presented the TV show Ready Steady Go and so was well acquainted with The Beatles. Here they chat from the set of Help! and throw in an amusing improvised version of the jazz standard Hold That Tiger (Tiger Rag).

Finally we have some extracts from the second Top Gear recording session. I Feel Fine features the longest and most complete preamble yet, and reveals John having difficulty recreating the feedback noise at the start of the song. The take that follows is not the same as the one that they chose to overdub more vocals onto for the finished show. After that we hear some studio chat that preceded the finished take of She's A Woman, with Paul inciting the others to get it right. This session tape was found in the Transcription Services library in the late 80s, where it had been left over from the production of Top Of The Pops (Transcription Service preferred to work from session tapes rather than broadcast tapes). Another session tape still exists and was owned by Bernie Andrews up until shortly before his death in 2009. This tape contains takes of Honey Don't and I'll Follow The Sun, and a short excerpt of the latter song is featured here from a copy that turned up at auction (complete with a pretty dodgy cover story).

The very first track appears to be an out-take from either the 17th or 25th November sessions. This was included as a teaser at the start of one of the Top Of The Pops radio episodes.

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« Reply #30 on: February 09, 2015, 08:37:22 AM »



We're now halfway through the set and up to the last Beatles BBC music session. Although they would continue be interviewed on radio over the next five years, their music would soon become too complex to reproduce in a three hour BBC session. Aside from this, the advent of pirate radio stations free from restrictions on playing records meant that, strictly speaking, BBC radio was no longer essential to The Beatles' homeland success.

Their last bank holiday special bore a different and rather cumbersome title but was otherwise identical in format to the four From Us To You shows. The guests included The Lorne Gibson Trio (who had appeared in two Pop Go The Beatles episodes), The Ivy League (later to become Badfinger) and The Hollies (whom John despised but one of the most popular British bands of the time). The Beatles' contribution is good but engineer Keith Bateson (who had worked on Pop Go The Beatles) recalls that by this stage the novelty was starting to wear off and he wasn't surprised when they never returned. The Hollies turn in a terrific set, including a roaring version of the old rock classic Stay. John plays electric keyboard on The Night Before, the only other occasion on which they performed this song, and Paul overdubs some onto Dizzy Miss Lizzy. Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby and Honey Don't both benefit from some nifty Chet Atkins inspired guitar work from George, providing more evidence of The Beatles continuing musical development.

The Top Of The Pops interview was specially recorded for that show and bundled together with material from the last few music sessions. It is not known exactly where or when this was taped. The mention of Buckingham Palace is interesting - perhaps the news hadn't been announced when this conversation took place, since it is difficult to imagine Brian Matthew failing to mention it otherwise. Was George dropping a hint?

The World Of Books illustrates the difference in the BBC's approach to interviewing to that of the other media. Whereas the newspapers were content to ask banal questions about hairstyles, the BBC wanted to probe deeper. John is clearly delighted to be taken seriously for once and reveals quite a lot about his thought processes and influences. This is the longest version of this interview to ever appear.

Pop Profile was another Transcription Service series pressed onto disc for overseas broadcasters. All four Beatles were interviewed separately and once again were served up more probing questions than the type they were accustomed to. These are the complete (albeit brief) episodes. The official release omitted the theme music.

The last track is an early sighting of a man who would become a key feature of The Beatles BBC radio output in the future.

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« Reply #31 on: February 10, 2015, 08:47:51 AM »



With The Beatles no longer willing to do music sessions, the BBC was left to come up with this bank holiday special via their own resources. It weaved together interviews recorded by Brian Matthew during the first part of the 1965 US tour with The Beatles' own records. The interviews are quite interesting and capture their views on most aspects of life and also their impressions of the Shea Stadium concert. This complete version even includes the news break and has been restored by upgrading the music with better sources.

Also included is the Transcription Service version of the show, which omitted the music and concentrated soley on the interviews (although it omitted some of them). This is the version used in various retrospectives over the years, the master tape to the original broadcast being long gone. Following this are some unused interviews with Brian Matthew.

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« Reply #32 on: February 11, 2015, 08:25:57 AM »



We kick off this time with the Fabs' Christmas Day 1965 appearance on Saturday Club, although it had been recorded almost a month earlier. This isn't the actual broadcast but rather the unedited session tape which was discovered at the Transcription Service library in the late 80s. This is really classic stuff as The Beatles take off Juke Box Jury, their Cavern fans, and deliver an accapella version of the Saturday Club theme. This version is longer than any that has previously appeared, and now includes some fascinating fly-on-the-wall material where The Beatles discuss amongst themselves their rehearsal plans for the upcoming UK tour, as well as other matters.

The next day John and George recorded their Pop Profile interviews, which were included on the previous volume. A good six months later it was Paul and Ringo's turn. Ringo sounds a little lost, but the Paul interview reveals the changes in attitude and taste that he was going through at this time. The same morning they had all recorded an appearance for the 400th edition of Saturday Club, and while they did not sing they had much of interest to say, with George revealing that it is Paul playing guitar on Paperback Writer, "trying to sound like Jeff Beck". Brian Matthew gently needles them about not being as accessible as they used to be, prompted by the fact that their UK media appearances had dwindled alarmingly in 1966. This interview was also edited down and distributed by the BBC Transcription Service, but the missing sections have been restored here from off air tapes.

The interview with Paul by David Frost is another revealing insight into the major changes in attitude that were affecting all the Beatles at this time. Unfortunately the same can't be said for The Lennon & McCartney Songbook which was an ill-conceived attempt to pander to "serious" music audiences by highlighting all the non-pop artists who had covered their songs. John plainly thought it was a stupid idea and derailed the interview by being uncooperative, while Paul seemed flattered but still a little suspicious. The interview with producer Derek Chinnery confirms that it hadn't really worked out the way he'd planned. It was Chinnery who taped and preserved this programme for posterity, but it was also taken up as usual by the Transcription Service who whittled it down and gave it a new title. Both versions are included here.

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Note that I have also included a patch for V11, an extended outtake of I'll Follow The Sun kindly donated by one BZ member yesterday. Simply paste it over the top of the old file.
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« Reply #33 on: February 12, 2015, 09:04:48 AM »



A bizarre greeting from John for The Kenny Everett Show kicks off today's collection. Then it's over to the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards with John and Paul and their old friend Brian Matthew, who also returned to Abbey Road with them to record a short interview for his Top Of The Pops radio series. Here they make it perfectly clear that the old order is gone and they are now purely a studio band, an extraordinary development considering their extensive touring schedule throughout the previous years. Brian seems somewhat bemused and puzzled by this new attitude, but takes it in his stride and goes along with the Beatle humour which is still very much unchanged.

Next up is the first of many appearances with Kenny Everett, the zany radio pioneer who had defected to the BBC from offshore pirate station Radio London. Radio 1 replaced the old Light Programme and was modelled squarely on the format set by the pirates and US stations across the Atlantic, except of course that there was no advertising. The Beatles felt right at home with Kenny's offbeat sense of humour and unconventional attitude, and these are undoubtedly the weirdest free-form interviews they would ever put down on tape. Kenny was particularly fond of creating radio jingles for his programmes, so for Where It's At he joined Paul at the piano in a little ditty that went "Kenny Everett and Chris Denning, all together on the wireless machine", which was frequently used to plug the show. Occasionally doubt has been cast over the authenticity of this track, with some suggesting that Kenny actually performed it alone, however the matter is settled here beyond any reasonable doubt: at the end of track 16 Chris Denning can clearly be heard to say, "Come on, sing Paul!"

Scene And Heard was a magazine style series which would prominently feature The Beatles during their later years and serve a valuable role in documenting their ever changing attitudes. The first appearances were by George and Ringo, who gave listeners the lowdown on Magical Mystery Tour and their views on life. George is suddenly deeply immersed in religion, something that of course would continue to shape his life from now on.

Another important radio pioneer was John Peel, who would take over the hosting of Top Gear and play an important role in breaking many new British bands. In December 1968 John brought his new love interest Yoko Ono onto his late night show Night Ride and they discussed various matters and played some of John's favourite records, as well as airing for the first (and only?) time a long extract from their Two Virgins lp (omitted here for the sake of listener sanity!)

Lastly is one of Everett's raw interview tapes recorded at Abbey Road studios, and another appearance of Paul's jingle. The ditty "Goodbye Kenny, see you in the morning" which Ringo sings is based on the Butlins goodnight jingle, "Goodnight campers, see you in the morning". Ringo must have heard this played over the holiday camp's PA system many times when he played there.

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« Reply #34 on: February 15, 2015, 04:02:45 PM »



Now at the end of the long and winding road we suddenly have three volumes worth of interviews from 1969-70. David Wigg from Scene And Heard interviewed the individual Beatles extensively during this time and caught on tape their opinions on most everything including their future together. Although the original shows are long gone, Wigg issued some of his tapes on vinyl in the 1970s and lots more were preserved in the Top Of The Pops radio series. This has allowed them to be recontructed using off air tapes as a template. Also featured is another of John's weird Kenny Everett interviews and Paul talking on Radio Merseyside (the BBC recently having been granted permission to establish local radio networks).

The thing that struck me about these interviews is that while it's apparent they've all developed outside interests, there seems to be no indication of The Beatles coming to an end and plenty of optimism about the future. Even George says - in March 1969 - that he "can see The Beatles sticking together forever".

http://www.dereferer.org/?http%3A%2F%2Fwe%2Etl%2FOPZVd2j00W

Okay, now for other matters. As I said previously the final volume in this set is an ntsc DVD. Since it totals 4gb I'm having to upload it a bit at a time, so there are 8 parts all which you'll have to download before you can unzip it. Here is part 1:

http://www.dereferer.org/?http%3A%2F%2Fwe%2Etl%2FgbUYc2cVjY

I will post the other seven parts over the next four days.



The Mersey Sound was included as audio on V6 but here you can actually watch it. Included are The Beatles parts only. It's The Beatles as I said only exists because it was used for editing practise and so there are lots of bits missing and you can see regular splices in the tape. The Grandstand segment is great, not just for the airport coverage but also the terrifically funny interview (and where Ringo actually uses his malapropism, "tomorrow never knows"). Panorama is a very interesting profile of Brian Epstein, including interviews with the amn himself which show just what a unique individual he was in a business largely populated by hucksters. Paul's interview with David Frost is intruiging, especially seeing him separated from the other three and faced with an adult audience. He seems very coy but has one or two interesting things to say about the songwriting. Not Only But Also from 1965 has some amusing material and shows that John, if he had not become a Beatle, could easily have fitted in with the new breed of British comedians who were storming the tv screens at this time. An interview for Tonight by contrast shows his more thoughtfull side, although at this early stage he still seems reluctant to take his work completely seriously. Our World is the complete B&W version with the show introduction and spoken preamble, including the original live audio rarely heard when this clip is seen. The Release interview heralds the era in which John suddenly became far more vocal in his opinions and more willing to consider his work as serious art. It's nice to see him and Victor Spinetti together as Spinetti was a huge admirer of John and sang his praises at every opportunity.
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« Reply #35 on: February 15, 2015, 04:13:28 PM »

Here are parts 2 and 3 of the dvd. Reminder: you need all eight parts before you can unzip it.

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« Reply #36 on: February 16, 2015, 08:52:13 AM »



This is another special edition documenting the group's appearances on the weekly radio series Top Of The Pops, aired in most places on earth except the UK.

Our old mate Brian Matthew is in charge, but those of you who listened to the complete Saturday Club will hardly recognise him here as he sounds like someone has slipped a couple of tubes of Prellies into his English Breakfast tea. These shows boasted the cream of British pop talent and preserved for posterity a huge chunk of the radio archive which would otherwise be gone forever, because fortunately the Transcription Service diligently kept a file copy of each disc in its library. Ex-radio station copies (along with hundreds of other TS discs) also regularly pop up on auction sites (try popspike if you're interested).

The shows consisted only of interviews and BBC sessions, which were mostly drawn from Saturday Club and Top Gear (which shared the same theme tune). The Beatles early appearances will be familiar to anyone who has followed the various incarnations of The Beatles At The Beeb retrospectives throughout the years, however here they are presented with the linking material by Brian Matthew intact. Once The Beatles stopped doing music sessions the show suffered a huge blow and lost its biggest draw card, however it continued to keep them in the limelight by including interviews recorded for Saturday Club and (on part 2) Scene And Heard. Show 42 is interesting as it actually plays the "darts" version of the song Help! from the film.

http://www.dereferer.org/?http%3A%2F%2Fwe%2Etl%2FmAqEYfKHLu

And continuing on from yesterday, here are parts 4 and 5 of the dvd:

4 http://www.dereferer.org/?http%3A%2F%2Fwe%2Etl%2F8mkFsQZZMY
5 http://www.dereferer.org/?http%3A%2F%2Fwe%2Etl%2FVAkUY8ISYU

Here are parts 1-3 again for those who missed them:
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http://www.dereferer.org/?http%3A%2F%2Fwe%2Etl%2FBur3KsAE5J
http://www.dereferer.org/?http%3A%2F%2Fwe%2Etl%2FRNP0iRg1D3

Remember: you need all eight parts before you can unzip the dvd. Then you simply click on the first file.
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« Reply #37 on: February 17, 2015, 08:42:50 AM »



This volume collects together material from Scene And Heard that was siphoned off for use in TOTP. Also included are two Dibbs Mather interviews from '64 and '65 not heard in the UK but included here because they are transcribed in Howlett's book. Of course, they are much funnier to hear than to read, which makes one wonder why they didn't include a cd of interviews with the book! Also included is a George Martin interview. Probably his earliest interview and therefore likely to be the most accurate.

http://www.dereferer.org/?http%3A%2F%2Fwe%2Etl%2FrbhYKAmVrY

and part 6 of the dvd:

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« Reply #38 on: February 18, 2015, 10:12:18 PM »



TRACK LISTING:
01 - Radio 1 Jingle
02 - Scene And Heard (8th Oct 69)
03 - The World This Weekend
04 - Scene And Heard (21st Oct 69)
05 - Kenny Everett's Christmas Show
06 - Profile
07 - Scene And Heard (6th Feb 70)
08 - Midday Spin
09 - Radio 1 Jingle

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« Reply #39 on: February 19, 2015, 07:50:32 AM »



This is an updated version of V14. The changes are:

- an extra minute or so has been added to George's Scene And Heard interview, thanks to a BZ member who spotted it in a radio restrospective some time ago.

- the raw Kenny Everett tape has been replaced with a version without the skips.

- track 2 has been shortened slightly to remove Penny Lane. The complete segment is available on Top Of The Pops 1 (V22) .

- All Together On The Wireless Machine has been upgraded slightly.

- Where It's At from May '67 has a few extra bits at the start and end to improve the continuity.

- Where It's At from Nov '67 has an extra bit with John talking about Strawberry Fields (removed from V15 which I have also updated), and the bit with Chris Denning at the end has been removed and placed at the end of the bonus version of the show (see below)

- a bonus folder is included with the complete 90 minute Where It's At from May '67, the complete120 minute Kenny Everett Show from June 1968, and the recently discovered Magical Mystery Tour feature from Where It's At in late 1967. This last track is a highly edited and "Kenny-fied" version of the John Lennon interview, complete with crazy sound effects and singing from Everett. He also snipped out Chris Denning (whose show it was), prompting a complaint from the man at the end.

http://www.dereferer.org/?http%3A%2F%2Fwe%2Etl%2FFZJotCEVVB

There will also be updated versions of V15 and V16, owing to the three Kenny Everett interviews not listed in Howlett's book and overlooked by me. There will be more parts to the dvd tomorrow.
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