Another updated volume - but one with a difference! In this case I have been able to acquire a near-complete tape of the Side By Side broadcast of 24th June 1963. Previously only four of the five Beatles songs have ever been available, plus the opening theme and one Karl Denver track. Now we have all the songs heard in this show. All that is missing is some of the announcer's introductions towards the end.
These new tracks were not actually captured by a Beatles fan, but rather a Karl Denver fan who simply left the tape running. At the end of When Day Is Done he stopped recording The Beatles and just turned on the recorder for KD's songs. Luckily, among the Beatles tracks he recorded was Love Me Do, which has not been heard ever since. It's a great, funky version and is the only studio performance of this song to ever include a proper full ending. Previously the only other instance we had of the group playing the ending is during the live Easybeat in October 1963 (though recorded in a studio I don't consider it as a "studio recording" as such owing to the constant screams of the audience). Oddly enough it sounds for a moment as though the engineer is starting to fade out the track when The Beatles suddenly come to a halt. It could be the studio personel were expecting the track to fade out like on the record.
Also of use on this new tape is the missing section of the opening theme. Previously there was an interruption just after John Dunn says "We're knee-deep in the four Beatles once again this afternoon". Now you can hear the complete introduction. Although the tape also includes alternate source for Too Much Monkey Business and Boys, there wasn't any improvement over the old source so I have not used those. All of the KDT songs however are from the new tape. The two final tracks, Wimoweh and Side by Side (closing theme) are not on the cd but have been included in an extra folder. If you want to listen on an Ipod or similar, just paste these two tracks into the main folder. Side By Side is identical to the opening theme without the addition of Ringo's drums and John, Paul and George's vocals.
The format of this show was different to Pop Go The Beatles. In PGTB, The Beatles would play two numbers first, followed by two from the guest, two more from The Beatles, two from the guest, one from The Beatles, one from the guest and one final song from The Beatles (on occasions this varied slightly with The Beatles performing two songs at the end or in their second last spot). In SBS, the guest played the first song and then simply alternated one song at a time with The Karl Denver Trio.
The choice of songs performed by The Karl Denver Trio is eclectic to say the least. Ja Der Willy sounds like a German beer drinking song, complete with yodelling and laughter.
When Day Is Done and If I Had My Way are both old time standards, the former boasting some beautiful guitar work. Wimoweh is actually the traditional version of the chant which most people know as The Lion Sleeps Tonight, much later a big chart hit in the UK. By far the strangest track though is "Zub", in which the yodelling Scotsman and his chums manage to sound uncannily like Yoko Ono and The Plastic Ono Band some six years before their inception.
Also new to this disc is a brief interview (thanks to the contributor!) where Paul talks about Pop Go The Beatles. It's always amazed me that, in all the interviews they did throughout the seven subsequent years, they never once to my knowledge ever mentioned that they'd had a national radio series. Perhaps, if Paul's comments are anything to go by, they were so embarassed by the title that they chose not to remember?
Thanks again to the collector who made this update possible. A splendid chap I think.http://www.dereferer.org/?http%3A%2F%2Fwe%2Etl%2F3jcaJqAKMB
Tomorrow or possibly Monday will be the final volume 17 - including an endorsement from Paul McCartney himself. :wink:
And here's the final part (
of the dvd:http://www.dereferer.org/?http%3A%2F%2Fwe%2Etl%2FpPPXKDtSKU
Once you have all 8 zips, right click on V24 (DVD).zip.001 and choose "open with Winrar" or whatever archiver you use. Then just select where you want it to go and unzip and it will all unfold magically. For those who don't know what to do with a dvd folder, instructions are included. I hope you all enjoy the dvd. Not all of it is brilliant quality but there's a couple of nice things in there which should please even the most jaded collector.
If you just want to watch the dvd on your computer, install VLC freeware (google it) and under the MEDIA tab click OPEN FOLDER then choose the VIDEO_TS folder. You should then see the dvd menu. VLC will not display the opening clip, but you can access it through the PLAYBACK > TITLE tabs.