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Beatles news: Chart update, Goodwill bargain, rare photos, more rarities on CD

The inscription on the inside of a Beatles concert program sold at Goodwill recently.
The inscription on the inside of a Beatles concert program sold at Goodwill recently.
Janet Merrill -- used by permission.

In the latest Billboard charts for the issue dated May 3 which went public April 25, the Fab Four have a couple of chart appearances with the “Beatles 1” album. In its 170th week on the Billboard 200 chart, it sits at #185, down from #151 the previous week. And on the Catalog Albums chart, it's at #38, down from #35 in its 438th week. That's just short of 8½ years.

Much more to come: OxTango Music, which recently released the latest version of "The Beatles: Live at the Star Club" that's gotten a lot of good reviews from people who have bought it, announced in its April 26 newsletter it has other Beatles projects coming in the next few months. You can expect three volumes of “Historic Live Recordings.”

Historic Live Recordings, Vol. 1” will have a collection of several shows, some complete, some in excerpts. It will have full versions of songs from the BBC's “Here We Go” (3-6-63), “Easy Beat” (10-16-63), “Pop '63” from Stockholm (10-24-63), the Royal Variety Performance (11-4-63) and the Washington Coliseum.

It will also have “Some Other Guy” and “Thank You Girl” from “Easy Beat” (6-19-63), “I'll Get You” from “Sunday Night at the London Palladium (10-13-63) and “This Boy” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” from “Morecambe & Wise Show” (12-2-63). There will also be unnamed songs from “The Ed Sullivan Show” (both 2-9 and 2-16-64).

Historic Live Recordings Vol. 2” will have the Concert for Shell from Melbourne (6-17-64, late show), “Blackpool Night Out” (7-19-64), the undubbed “Kansas City” from “Shindig!” (10-3-64) and the afternoon show from the Palais des Sports in Paris (6-20-65). “Historic Live Recordings Vol. 3” will features the 8-14-65 “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “Blackpool Night Out” from 8-1-65, the second Hollywood Bowl show (8-29-65) and Budokan, Tokyo (6-30-66, evening).

Rare Beatles Candlestick photos: Here's something to go with all the buzz that Paul McCartney's announcement of his new Candlestick Park show has gotten. The San Francisco Examiner has posted some photos from its archives of the Beatles' Candlestick Park show. They may be the pics stolen from them and recovered by Chuck Gunderson, Brad Zucroff and Bambi Nicklen when they were assembled Chuck's "Some Fun Tonight!" (Thanks to Dave Persails for the tip.) They're at this link.

Goodwill bargain: Janet Merrill told us about a Beatles 1966 concert program that recently made its way to Goodwill in Southern California. It came with an inscription that made her chuckle since it wasn't referring to her. “For Janet who didn't get to go. From Sandy who did. Aug. 28, 1966.” You can see a picture of the inscription on this page. And what did it sell for? She said the item it went for only $15 because the cover was, in her words, “extremely messed up.”

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