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PAUL BECOMES FIRST BEATLE TO CLIMB THE SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE

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Paul flashed a peace sign as he posed from a viewpoint overlooking the Sydney Opera House. He  seen sporting the mandatory grey jumpsuit supplied by his climb team.

Paul has become the first Beatle to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Wednesday afternoon local time. He managed the 2-hour climb to the top after going all-out for an epic three-hour concert on Monday night.

Paul started his Australian leg of the One On One tour in Perth on December 2 and will finish in Auckland on December 16.

Paul in Sydney


MEETING THE BEATLES

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By Bob Wilson

Brooke Halpin has given a ‘fab’ new title to the Beatle faithful for their perusal. Experiencing the Beatles: A Listener’s Companion (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2017), isn’t a run of the mill edition.  Brooke offers insights to the tricks behind the recording process that only an expert musician can explain in a way that everyone can understand.  If you thought you had seen and heard it all, this work will add to your experience.

Brooke took the time to answer some of our queries, and fill us in regarding his new work, as well as his hit radio show, Come Together With the Beatles.
“I write about every song that the Beatles recorded and released while they were together, their influences, how songs were inspired, and focus on the way their songwriting evolved.” Brooke continued that his work “focuses on the U.S. releases because it was here in America where and when they were initially released. That includes their singles and albums released from early 1964 to 1970”. The author points to this short window of time which produced such a heady number of elite compositions that it is hard to fathom.
“Their chemistry and healthy and healthy competitiveness accelerated their creative output”, The Beatles knew they had an insatiable buying audience and they eagerly met their fans desire for new recordings”, remarked the author on the band’s prodigious output.

On George Martin’s influence, Brooke had this to say. He “was a classically trained musician who played the oboe and keyboards. Before working with the Beatles, he produced comedy records for Peter Sellers, among others. His input and contribution to the Beatles recordings is hugely significant.  In the book, I write about what Martin did to the Beatles songs and how he enhanced, orchestrated and produced their songs”.

As to why the band started to do it in the studio and no longer on the road, Brooke opined the following.  They “stopped touring for a number of reasons. Because John had said in 1966 that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus that caused a negative, destructive ‘Ban the Beatles’ and ‘Burn the Beatles Records’ backlash.  As a result, ticket sales were down from their record breaking 1965 U.S. tour. When they were in the Philippines, they were roughed up because they didn’t attend a breakfast at the Royal Palace. Sound systems were inadequate at the time, so it was difficult for them to hear what they were playing. Some of their new songs had instruments and electronics that could not be duplicated live on stage. Put all that together, and they decided to stop touring and retreat into the recording studio with more time to focus on recording. They became more experimental in the recording studio which resulted with more complex recording techniques and production, such as the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album”.

The author’s insights on George’s development as a songwriter were equally intriguing. “George was a fine songwriter, but he knew that John and Paul were more prolific songwriters. George also knew that John and Paul’s personalities were more dominant, and at times overbearing, so he did feel hindered. During the January 1969 Twickenham rehearsal/recording sessions, John and Paul took little interest in George’s new songs, and he temporarily quit the band.
As for the keeper of the backbeat, “Ringo’s principal contribution to the Beatles was his natural ability to play drums in a way that enhanced the songs without getting in the way of the vocals.
Brooke recalled that he “had the great fortune to meet John at his 31st birthday party in Syracuse, New York, and met Yoko a number of times when I lived in New York City”.  In his novel based on this story,  A Magical Mystery Time, you can read on all of this in greater detail.
Come Together With the Beatles can be heard 6 times a week on www.radiomalibu.net, and wwwrockradio.com collectively.  Brooke informs us that his guests have included “Ringo Starr, Julia Baird, Ivor Davis, Laurence Juber, and Spencer Davis.  Experiencing the Beatles can be found online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or at Barnes and Noble stores.


RINGO ALBUMS GET VINYL REISSUES

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Two Ringo Starr albums, 1973’s Ringo and 1974’s Goodnight Vienna, have been remastered for worldwide reissue on heavyweight, 180-gram vinyl. Both albums, remastered by Ron McMaster at Capitol Mastering, will be released by Capitol/UMe on January 19, 2018.

In addition, Ringo’s 1999 Christmas album, I Wanna Be Santa Claus, has been released on vinyl for the first time ever. The album includes his version of holiday classics like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Winter Wonderland,” “White Christmas” and, of course, “The Little Drummer Boy.” Order it Here.

The self-titled Ringo yielded two #1 U.S. hits, “Photograph” and “You’re Sixteen (You’re Beautiful And You’re Mine),” as well as the #5 “Oh My My.” The album reached #2 in the U.S. and #7 in the U.K. All of Ringo’s Beatles bandmates joined him to participate in the album; Richard Perry produced and its notable guest players also included Billy Preston on organ, Harry Nilsson on background vocals, Klaus Voormann on bass and sax, and Robbie Robertson on guitar. Pre-order it Here.

Ringo released his fourth solo album, Goodnight Vienna in 1974, racking up more U.S. radio hits. The cover of the Platters’ “Only You (And You Alone)” reached #6, “Snookeroo” (written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin) went to #3 as did “No No Song.” The title track, “It’s All Down to Goodnight Vienna,” was written by John Lennon. Perry, Preston, Voormann, Nilsson, and Robertson once again joined Ringo to collaborate in the studio, among others. Pre-order it Here.

Ringo released his 19th solo album, Give More Love, earlier this year. Ringo Starr and His All Starrs have confirmed several European tour dates for June and July 2018. Order Give More Love Here.

Ringo
1. I’m the Greatest (John Lennon)Ringo [LP]
2. Have You Seen My Baby (Randy Newman)
3. Photograph (Richard Starkey, George Harrison)
4. Sunshine Life for Me (Sail Away Raymond) (George Harrison)
5. You’re Sixteen(You’re Beautiful And You’re Mine)”(Bob Sherman,Dick Sherman)
6. Oh My My (Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia)
7. Step Lightly (Richard Starkey)
8. Six O’Clock (Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney)
9. Devil Woman (Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia)
10. You and Me (Babe) (George Harrison, Mal Evans)

 

 

Goodnight Vienna
1. (It’s All Down to) Goodnight Vienna (John Lennon)
2. Occapella (Allen Toussaint)
3. Oo-Wee (Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia)
4. Husbands and Wives (Roger Miller)
5. Snookeroo (Elton John, Bernie Taupin)
6. All by Myself (Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia)
7. Call Me (Richard Starkey)
8. No No Song (Hoyt Axton, David Jackson)
9. Only You (Buck Ram, Ande Rand)
10. Easy for Me (Harry Nilsson)
11. Goodnight Vienna (Reprise) (John Lennon)


PAUL AT QUDOS BANK ARENA, SYDNEY AUSTRALIA

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Paul at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, Australia 12 December, 2017

 

 

SETLIST:

A Hard Day’s Night
Jet
Can’t Buy Me Love
Temporary Secretary
Drive My Car
Let Me Roll It
I’ve Got a Feeling
My Valentine
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
Maybe I’m Amazed
We Can Work It Out
In Spite of All the Danger
You Won’t See Me
Love Me Do
And I Love Her
Blackbird
Here Today
Queenie Eye
New
Lady Madonna
FourFiveSeconds
Eleanor Rigby
I Wanna Be Your Man
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
Something
A Day in the Life
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Band on the Run
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Let It Be
Live and Let Die
Hey Jude

Encore:
Yesterday
I Saw Her Standing There
Mull of Kintyre
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
Helter Skelter
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight
The End