As it would seem, according to many websites like Rolling Stones Magazine and The Guardian, information has leaked from the MCA offices in the Philippines (yes, for those who missed the news last year, EMI is now owned by Universal, who operates as MCA in the Philippines) that a new BBC Beatles live album might be on the way.
The 1994 compilation was thought to sum up all of the interesting BBC live releases, but Beatles enthusiasts know that still many more recordings remain unissued to this day, only available through bootleg albums like the Beatles At The Beeb series. Nonetheless, fans are always hungry for new material, and the idea for this second volume would have came after last year's "Beatles Live! Project", a crowd sourcing effort to find worldwide home recorded archives of the Beatles since the BBC had not done much archiving of its material prior to 1970.
MCA Philippines apparently announced the new album on their Facebook page on August 8 (the entry seems to have been retracted as of today), and claimed that the title would be "On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2". The new compilation would apparently be released in November 2013 and the cover is thought to be a nice colourized version of the classic Dezo Hoffman photograph we all know, pictured here.
As of now, the rumours have yet to be confirmed, but they are certainly getting everyone excited; these live shows were very well rehearsed and amazingly executed. They remain the rare archives of an embryonic period for one of the most popular bands in history!
Also of interest, the BBC is planning a book titled "The Beatles: The BBC Archives:1962-1970" written by Kevin Howlett, and is said to be available on October 29. Howlett had written a first book on the Beatles in 1982, called "The Beatles At The Beeb", a book which saw an updated edition in 1996. This 2013 book is not simply another update, but "draws on previously unpublished transcripts of interviews, as well as personal reminiscences from presenters, producers, and studio staff to reveal the creative and personal evolution of the band". The book is available for pre-order on Amazon.
For a detailed analysis of the possible picture that will be featured on the album cover, visit the other Wog Blog link here:
Universal Music and the Beatles website officially announced the release of the BBC Volume 2 album today, due November 11. While they claim there is no overlap with the official BBC album, fans will be delighted to hear a few new songs like "talkin' about you", as well as previously unreleased studio banter. While the 2CD set will not all be new songs, the 2 LP/CD set will also feature other BBC recordings of well known Beatles songs as well other versions of titles featured on the 1994 album. See below the picture for the complete track listing.
1. And Here We Are Again (Speech)
2. WORDS OF LOVE
3. How About It, Gorgeous? (Speech)
4. DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET
6. Hey, Paul… (Speech)
7. ANNA (GO TO HIM)
8. Hello! (Speech)
9. PLEASE PLEASE ME
11. I’M TALKING ABOUT YOU
12. A Real Treat (Speech)
14. Absolutely Fab (Speech)
16. ASK ME WHY
17. TILL THERE WAS YOU
18. LEND ME YOUR COMB
19. Lower 5E (Speech)
20. THE HIPPY HIPPY SHAKE
21. ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN
22. THERE’S A PLACE
23. Bumper Bundle (Speech)
24. P.S. I LOVE YOU
25. PLEASE MISTER POSTMAN
26. BEAUTIFUL DREAMER
27. DEVIL IN HER HEART
28. The 49 Weeks (Speech)
29. SURE TO FALL (IN LOVE WITH YOU)
30. Never Mind, Eh? (Speech)
31. TWIST AND SHOUT
32. Bye, Bye (speech)
33. John - Pop Profile (Speech)
34. George - Pop Profile (Speech)
1. I SAW HER STANDING THERE
2. GLAD ALL OVER
3. Lift Lid Again (Speech)
4. I’LL GET YOU
5. SHE LOVES YOU
6. MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR SATURDAY CLUB
8. Now Hush, Hush (Speech)
9. FROM ME TO YOU
10. MONEY (THAT’S WHAT I WANT)
11. I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND
12. Brian Bathtubes (Speech)
13. THIS BOY
14. If I Wasn’t In America (Speech)
15. I GOT A WOMAN
16. LONG TALL SALLY
17. IF I FELL
18. A Hard Job Writing Them (Speech)
19. AND I LOVE HER
20. Oh, Can’t We? Yes We Can (Speech)
21. YOU CAN’T DO THAT
22. HONEY DON’T
23. I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN
24. Green With Black Shutters (Speech)
25. KANSAS CITY/HEY-HEY-HEY-HEY!
26. That’s What We’re Here For (Speech)
27. I FEEL FINE (STUDIO OUTTAKE)
28. Paul - Pop Profile (Speech)
29. Ringo - Pop Profile (Speech)
This post is in response to a recent query and then a few before that. And this is also for the hard-core collectors of Canadian first pressings of Beatles vinyl.
To date we have documented a small number of June 1963 copies of Capitol 72101 with the Northern Songs Ltd. credit on the B side and the Ambassador Music Ltd. credit on the A side. We have also documented just one no-dash copy so far with Northern Songs Ltd. on both sides and this copy is currently on display at the Beatles In Montreal exhibit (THE EXHIBIT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!).
The music publishing credits printed on the label are an essential way of documenting the chronology of pressings of the early Canadian Beatles 45s on Capitol, between February 1963 and February 1964.
We have covered all of the detailed music publishing credits for Capitol 72101 From Me To You / Thank You Girl, including the simultaneous and more popular Del Shannon version on Quality over pages 161, 162 and 163 in the Beatles Canadian Discography Part 3 book which came out in 2011.
We are unable to reproduce all of those pages here, but we can summarize by saying that all 1963 first pressings show Northern Songs Ltd. as the B-side credit and that almost all of these verified 1963 copies have Ambassador Music Ltd. on the A-side.
Any copies that show Northern Songs Ltd. on both sides of a no-dash 72101 were either from the beginning of the initial run in 1963, or from the initial re-pressing from early 1964.
As stated above, only one copy like this has been documented so far and it has the number 25 written in pen ink on the bottom right hand corner of the A label.
So here we are now presenting two differing CASES to help explain this one very odd and highly collectable copy:
The case for 1963 would entail an error on the set up of the A side credit which was then quickly corrected. That would surely explain why there is just one copy documented with Northern Songs Ltd. on both the A side and B side.
The case for early 1964 is that Capitol 72125 She Loves You 45 from September 1963 also shows Northern Songs Ltd. on both sides and it is possible that the early 1964 first re-press of 72101 copied those credits for both sides, as both 72101 and 72125 discs were being re-pressed by RCA Victor at the very same time in early 1964.
There are good arguments for either case above, so we cannot rule one of them out just yet, and further information will be required to do that. And we don't yet have a time machine - but one is on order.
The bottom line for Canadian Beatles 45 collectors is that all Ambassador Music Ltd. / Northern Songs Ltd. no-dash copies are indeed 1963 copies from the initial run of 1,000 copies.
That was documented on page 13 of The Beatles Canadian Discography Part 1 book (45s) in 2004 and there is no reason yet to believe that is not still the case.
Well, file this article under great Canadian Rock And Roll posters from the 1960s !
The concert poster seen below left was recently brought to our attention by Yardbirds fan David of Owen Sound, Ontario. The poster was created in August 1967 to promote and advertise The Yardbirds' one-night only concert appearance at the Hidden Valley resort near Huntsville, Ontario. The group travelled from New York City by bus to play the evening concert at the skill hill resort. The Staccatos opened the show for them. Both artists were on the Capitol 6000 label in Canada at that time.
In his book titled "Sonic Boom: The Impact Of Led Zeppelin. - Break and Enter", author Frank Reddon interviewed two Canadian Yardbirds fans who attended the show and they both said that The Yardbirds did not get on the stage until well after 11 PM. They claimed that this late start was due to the group being held up en route at the USA / Canada border.
The original poster measures 8.5 inches wide by 9.5 inches high and was printed on thick, glossy paper in black and white. It is probable that the posters were printed by a printing company in Toronto and that they were posted throughout the downtown Toronto area as the show was also advertised in The Toronto Telegram. A limited number of the same posters would also have been posted in the Muskoka Lakes area of Ontario; on bulletin boards at local grocery stores and the like. The picture that was used on the poster was taken a whole year before in 1966 when Jeff Beck was still in the lineup, and you can see from the original picture on the right that Jeff Beck has been "chopped".
An original copy of the poster sold recently for over $500 and this poster with the cello tape marks is the only one we have ever seen. Thanks David !
Canadian Beatles fans from the 1960s will salute Mr. Bernstein for his efforts in late 1963 to convince Brian Epstein by trans-Atlantic telephone call to arrange to have The Beatles booked into the world famous Carnegie Hall in February 1964. Sid read about the Beatles in an English newspaper and then tracked down Brian Epstein at his home. He took a huge risk and was a hustler.
And then of course Sid was the first to book a Rock And Roll act into a sports stadium when he put the Beatles and some other great support acts into Shea Stadium in 1965 and 1966. The Beatles summer 1965 show, shot on beautiful colour film at Shea Stadium, is indeed a work of art to be admired today. Well done Sid !
Sid also presented to American audiences for the first time in the 1964 and 1965 period other great British Invasion groups including The Rolling Stones, The Animals, and The Kinks.
But late 1960s and 1970s Beatles fans in Canada will also remember Sid for his seemingly continual efforts to get The Beatles back together for a one-off concert. Like many others, I remember reading the hopeful stories in the newspapers many times in the 70s, and those "Beatles to re-form" stories were always headline news. Sid gave a lot of people hope, years after their split, that the Beatles would "get back" together for charitable purposes.
Alas that did not happen, but Sid was probably the only person on the planet, after Brian Epstein's death in 1967, who would have been able to pull that off.
This cool cardboard standee was sent out to record retailers across Canada in November 1971 and was created to promote the new Pink Floyd LP on Harvest in Canada. This one was unearthed by Gord Jones in Ontario and you can see that one owner actually stapled it to the wall at one time as there are a few staple holes/marks. The standee was probably manufactured using colour slicks made by Modern Graphics. These were usually placed in the front windows of record shops or placed on a wall inside the stores. One odd thing you may notice about this is that the name of the group Pink Floyd and their album title Meddle are hardly visible and that was part and parcel of being an "underground" band at the time. All of that underground status would change with their next album Dark Side Of The Moon. Many thanks again to Gord Jones for providing these images.