Journalist Bill DeYoung, who's done a number of Beatle-related stories through the years, sent us his thoughts on the "Revolution" outtake:
The first thing that hit me was the absence of the 'Revolution I' overdubs - the horns and (most) of the electric guitar. If this was indeed 'Bootlegger Bob' (the guy who creates outfakes in his basement) he did a masterful job of not only completely erasing those sounds, but in creating a fantastic Beatle-esque vibe for the whole track."
"Has anyone else noticed the similarities between this and 'What's the New Mary Jane'? John was also making this track during that first burst of Yoko-love, when everything was experimental.
"I have absolutely no doubt that this is the real deal. It gives me shivers.
"Apple put the 'Anthology' CDs out to combat the bootleggers - to keep the money in the family, so to speak. If one of two more outtakes of this quality surface, THEN you'll see the London brain trust spring into action - that's my prediction."
On this date in 1970, videos for "Let It Be" and "Two of Us" aired on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Above is "Two of Us." Enjoy.
This Tuesday's "Just Four Guys" podcast features Beatle songs about work, professions, and proclamations of hard work in song. You can hear it Tuesday afternoon at 4:00, Eastern at the link.
Does anyone besides me remember seeing a Jimi Hendrix live album with vocals by a drunken Jim Morrison and a cover version of "Tomorrow Never Knows"? Ever wonder how that all happened? Goldmine's Sound Advice column has the answer.
Times Online has a lengthy interview with singer Lulu (remember "To Sir With Love") that includes a Beatle story and several others. Paul McCartney fans will recall she was rumored to have been invovled with him in the post-Heather, pre-Nancy era.
Sirius Fireman Radio will feature guest DJs, including Barbara Walters , Cousin Bruce Morrow and and a real New York City fireman from the Bronx starting Tuesday. (Thanks to HwyCDRRev.)
The new issue of Beatlefan (#176) Beatlefan #176 is out, will feature a cover story by Al Sussman, "Mythbusting 1964," that looks at some of the historical myths that have emerged over the years concerning The Beatles' fame in America, plus a look at one of the foremost Beatles tribute bands. For more information, see our more detailed post on our website or go to Beatlefan's website.
U2 emulated the Beatles with a surprise rooftop concert Friday on top of the BBC studios in London, reports the BBC website. Their set was composed of four songs, including two from their forthcoming album. The Beeb also reports they'll be David Letterman's house band for a full week.
FoxNews.com posted a not-so-exclusive "Exclusive" preview of the Bob Bonis Beatles and Rolling Stones photos that we wrote about Wednesday. Yeah, I guess that makes them exclusive if you've never written about them. Fox does have a couple of photos we hadn't seen before. The New York Post also has a writeup on it with a few different photos. We'll have some different Bonis' photos from the ones we've already printed in this space soon.
For anyone wondering, we're told the announcements about the David Lynch Foundation benefit will be coming soon.
Portugal the Man's new album includes a host of Beatle references. Here's an interview with SF Club Music Examiner Julie Dyer in which they discuss their love of the Beatles.
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- 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)
- On this date in Beatle history - Feb. 23: Ringo socks it to Rowan & Martin (plus Beatle news)
- The Beatles and the Oscars: Few nominations and only one win?
- Beatle news briefs: Listening to Fireman Radio
- Beatle news briefs: Hillary Clinton takes a sad song and makes it hers
- Carnival of De-Light?: Beatle authors, DJs and journalists weigh in on track's possible release
- Beatle news briefs and history for Feb. 20: For the benefit of Mr. Kite
- On this date in Beatle history - Feb. 19 - the lines start forming very early
- Beatle news briefs: The walls of Shea Stadium come tumbling down (updated)
- Yoko's birthday present - see the Imagine peace tower lit right now on her birthday night
- Beatle news briefs: Happy birthday, Yoko; Gerry cross the Mersey
- Meeting Paul McCartney at the Beacon Theatre -- a first-person account in words and pictures
- Beatle news briefs: Pinball blizzard; they took away her Beatles!
- UPDATE: David Lynch Foundation page now confirms both Paul and Ringo to appear (includes late add)
- Beatle news briefs: In an earlier time, Beatle fans could have been pinball wizards
- Beatle news briefs: Ringo and Paul for Radio City; not everyone was shut out of Vegas tix
- EXTRA!!!: Ringo to join Paul McCartney at David Lynch benefit show!!
- John, Paul, Vince and Ringo: A special Ed Sullivan moment
- Goldmine magazine compiles 10 years of Beatle issues on CD-ROM
- GRAMMY UPDATE: Paul McCartney backstage and on stage in words and pictures
- GRAMMY UPDATE: Ringo, Paul strike out on three Grammy noms (with Paul photos)
- JUST IN: McCartney to headline grand opening of The New Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Vegas
- Beatle news briefs: A Colbert outtake; McCartney gets Sirius
- THIS JUST IN: Sirius/XM to launch Paul McCartney Fireman channel with unreleased tracks (updated)
- Beatle news briefs: McCartney deluxe Fireman set delay; Stella shirts update
- EXCLUSIVE: A few very precious moments with Mary Hopkin ('Those Were the Days')
- EXCLUSIVE: A magical mystery tour to the site of the Beatles rooftop concert 40 years later
- Jan. 30, 1969: The day the Beatles went up on the roof (with memories from someone who was there)
- This just in: Paul McCartney, thenewno2 confirmed for Coachella Music Fest
- Julian and Sean Lennon performing together? Not true, says Julian
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