Should the Beatles make another voyage into their vaults after
Rolling Stone.com has a story on the "Revolution" outtake, which notes, according to Mark Lewisohn's "The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions" that there were only two tape copies of the song, one left in the studio, the other taken away by John Lennon and how the one copy made it to the bootleg release that was the source of the outtake is a mystery. There's also the story that Lennon recorded the vocal while laying on his back.
But one thing is elementary from all this (Paul, Ringo, Olivia and Yoko, are you listening?): People want to hear more new Beatle music. Not technically juggled and mashed or mixed up, but as it was, as we loved it. And even crazy things like the "Revolution" outtake. Yes, you did the "Anthology", but how about going back into the vaults again? Collectors know there are enough good things to make at least a two-disc set (at the minimum) that would thrill people like this taste of "Revolution" did. For once, get the jump on the bootleggers. And Paul, please don't get the idea "Carnival of Light" will get this much attention.
Bill Stainton, whose talk on "The five best decisions the Beatles ever made" was the basis for a previous column with my guesses on what they might be, wrote a lengthy comment to the column detailing what the five decisions really were. That topic would make a great basis for a panel discussion and debate at a Beatle convention.
My very good friend saki, a great wordsmith and a veteran presence on rec.music.beatles, sent me a note about an interesting project she's doing -- archiving issues of KRLA Beat online:
"For years I've had nearly a complete run of KRLA Beat newspapers sitting on my shelf, bought all those years ago and lovingly read each week. I'd been wondering how best to preserve and share them and Bruce Dumes suggested a project where I'd scan each issue and upload to the net. It's finally happening at http://krlabeat.sakionline.net/.
My goal is to try for one new issue each day. Most of the material was generated by Beat reporters and photographers so it's an original take on the music scene in the mid- to late 1960s. And the presence of Derek Taylor in the editorial staff is a big plus. Let me know whether you have any suggestions for improving the project."
(Note: If you never saw KRLA Beat, it was an excellent music paper in newsprint format. The Beatles, of course, dominated the coverage, but everyone else that was popular or was on the way up was in there, too. These issues are superb for historical value and an eyeview of what it was like back then.
Is this clip on the Mersey Cats site from the Cavern stuff we haven't seen before? Parts look familiar and others don't. (Thanks to Rip Rense.)
Ed Trinka retired Thursday after 46 years as a doorman at the Plaza Hotel in New York, reports CNN.com. One of the first celebrities he encountered was the Beatles. In this video from WCBS-TV in New York, he talks about the Beatles and other celebrities he met on the job.
We had a cute story Friday afternoon about a new line of John Lennon baby items coming in April.
This May, Liverpool church bells will peel with the sounds of John Lennon's "Imagine," reports IC Liverpool. The song will be played by bellringers as part of the Futuresonic festival.
Everybody picks on Ringo. Seems like Blame Ringo, whose video we featured in a previous column, has a long string of Beatle connections. Their website says their name came after their original name, Goodnight Vienna, was halted by a lawsuit threat from ....yup, you guessed it. So there's a whole "Crimes of Ringo" (complete with pictures of him) section on the site. Interesting, though, that the music sounds more like Ray Davies than the Beatles.
It's rare that you find Beatle blogs concentrating on Beatle history. Here's one: In the Life Of ... The Beatles.
- Imagine: New John Lennon line features 'green' products for babies
- Beatle news briefs: Deluxe Fireman update; inside the Apple boutique
- The five best decisions the Beatles ever made -- want to guess?
- Beatle news briefs: Is 'Revolution' take a fake?; rare Beatles photos to inaugurate gallery
- Beatle news briefs: EMI pulls the plug on 'Revolution'
- You say you want a revolution? New Beatles outtake spurs discussion, analysis on the 'net (Updated)