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LISTEN: SAMPLE OF “ANGEL IN DISGUISE ” BY PAUL & RINGO

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A quick snippet of a previously unheard demo of a track penned by McCartney / Starr and originally intended for inclusion on Ringo’s ‘Time Takes Time’. The cassette will sell at auction on Tuesday May 19th 2020.

Listen… HERE.

 


THOMAS & FRIENDS AT 75

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Thomas The Tank Engine is 75.

The beloved anthropomorphic steam engine, a favourite of generations of children, first appeared in the Reverend Wilbert Awdry’s The Railway Series books, originally published in 1945.

The TV adaption arrived in 1984 and proved a hit with viewers, with the colourful cast of characters – including engines Thomas and Percy, as well as railway overseer the Fat Controller – captivating young audiences.

Thomas & Friends celebrates its 75th anniversary on Tuesday and to mark the occasion here are some of the show’s best celebrity guests:

Ringo Starr, lent his distinctive Scouse brogue to the show as narrator, voicing the first two series in the UK from 1984 to 1986. Starr also voiced Mr Conductor in Shining Time Station.
He left to focus on his music career and was replaced as narrator in the UK by Michael Angelis and George Carlin in the US.

James Bond star Pierce Brosnan narrated a Thomas & Friends film in 2008.Speaking at the time, the actor said he was “thrilled by the opportunity to be the narrator for this beloved series.”

Actor Hugh Bonneville lent his voice to the train Merlin in a Thomas & Friends movie in 2017. Merlin is a ‘stealth engine’ who believes he has the power to make himself invisible.Bonneville described the character as “rather enchanting”.

Alec Baldwin was another famous face to bring his talents to Sodor.Baldwin, known for his roles in Glengarry Glen Ross and The Hunt for Red October, replaced Carlin as narrator in 1998, taking the controls for the fifth and six series in the US. He also starred as Mr Conductor in 2000’s Thomas And The Magic Railroad.

Peter Fonda was another star who lent his voice to the movie.
John Hurt, who possessed one of the most distinctive voices in British acting, lent his voice to a pirate in Thomas & Friends.

The Duke of Sussex added a royal touch to Thomas & Friends when he provided an on-camera introduction for a special episod.

Not content with Hollywood stars, Thomas & Friends took a regal route for 75th anniversary special The Royal Engine.
Harry provided an on-camera introduction to the episode and told of his “fond memories” of growing up watching the show.

Bollywood star Tina Desai lent her voice to Thomas & Friends.Thomas went from Hollywood to Bollywood when producers cast Indian actress and model Desai in 2016. She voiced Ashima in The Great Race, later returning in 2018 for series 22 and 23.

Peter Andre provided a song for Thomas & Friends, as well as voicing a character, the Australian singer and actor gave a typically flamboyant performance as the mischievous bright yellow race car Ace in 2018’s Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie.


ANGEL IN DISGUISE – ONLINE SALE ON MAY 19

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  • Angel In Disguise could be the only song co-written exclusively by the band’s former bassist and drummer, according to auctioneers
  • The ex-Beatles recorded the demo for Sir Ringo’s 1992 solo album Time Takes Time but it did not make the cut
  • Former Radio Luxembourg DJ Tony Prince is selling the cassette, which is expected to fetch up to £20,000

Auctioneer Paul Fairweather said: ‘It’s fantastic to be able to bring to the market a previously unheard and unreleased track…

‘We think the track certainly had enough about it to be included in the album and I am sure if Paul was to release this himself it would certainly prove a hit with fans.’

The cassette contains two versions of the track – a rough demo with Paul on vocals and a fuller ‘mixed’ version with musicians and backing vocals and Sir Ringo singing.

Another Ringo demo, Everyone Wins, which was also shelved but later released on a compilation recording, is also included on the tape.

The tape, with other memorabilia, will go under the hammer at Omega Auctions’ online sale on May 19, with 25% of proceeds donated to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.



PAULMCCARTNEY´S UNRELEASED COLLABORATION WITH RINGO STARR IS EXPECTED TO FETCH UP TO £20,000 AFTER HEADING TO AUCTION

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Paul McCartney‘s unreleased collaboration with Ringo Starr is expected to fetch up to £20,000 after heading to auction
Angel In Disguise could be the only song co-written exclusively by the band’s former bassist and drummer, according to auctioneers
Paul and Ringo recorded the demo, an unheard track for Ringo’s 1992 solo album Time Takes Time but it did not make the cut.

Former Radio Luxembourg DJ Tony Prince is selling the cassette, which is expected to fetch up to £20,000

He was asked to find artists to record alternative versions of Angel In Disguise in the 1990s, after Ringo rejected the track.

The song has never been heard publicly. Auctioneer Paul Fairweather said: ‘It’s fantastic to be able to bring to the market a previously unheard and unreleased track…

‘We think the track certainly had enough about it to be included in the album and I am sure if Paul was to release this himself it would certainly prove a hit with fans.’

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RINGO STARR HAS PICKED HIS FAVOURITE SONG BY THE BEATLES

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Ringo is adamant about his favourite.
The Beatles were well and truly in their pomp by 1966 and had become an unstoppable force in the charts but, on a creative level, they began experimenting even further. On Revolver album they kicked it up a notch and the album remains a high watermark even by their lofty standards.

These sessions from the time of the album would spurn the one recording which Ringo would classify as being the band’s magnum opus. However, the track would never even make it onto the record. ‘Paperback Writer‘ was another gem by The Beatles which somehow didn’t make it on to a full-length album and, instead, was released as a stand-alone release in May 1966. The track would act as the B-Side for Ringo’s favourite Beatles song, the best they ever created, ‘Rain’.

The track really does showcase the band on their A-Game with a bass masterclass from Macca and a vocal performance of the highest calibre from Lennon. To keep the experimentation going, it even featured backwards vocals topped off with a rousing drumming performance from Ringo that creates a beautifully mesmerising result.

In Many Years From Now, the biography of McCartney, Ringo made the revelation to author Barry Miles stating it was his favourite recording of anything he’s played during the entirety of his career: “I feel as though that was someone else playing,” he said. “I was possessed!”

He then went on to detail what exactly he loved about it: “I was into the snare and hi-hat. I think it was the first time I used this trick of starting a break by hitting the hi-hat first instead of going directly to a drum off the hi-hat,” Ringo said. “I think it’s the best out of all the records I’ve ever made.”

John Lennon discussed the track with Playboy’s David Sheff in 1980 and how it was all a happy accident: “I got home from the studio and I was stoned out of my mind on marijuana and I listened to what I’d recorded that day. Somehow I got it on backwards and I sat there, transfixed. That one was the gift of God, of Jah, actually, the god of marijuana, right? So Jah gave me that one.”

‘Rain’ is a perfect encapsulation of The Beatles at their creative best.

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO “IT DON´T COME EASY”

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“Peace, remember peace is how we make it // Here within your reach // If you’re big enough to take it”

Happy Anniversary to “It Don’t Come Easy”! Ringo’s fan-favorite single came out on April 9, 1971, reaching No.4 on the US & UK charts. Why not take it for another spin?

Watch the official “It Don’t Come Easy” music video on Ringo’s YouTube channel.