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Hosted by award-winning author Robert Rodriguez, Something About The Beatles is an intelligent but entertaining examination of The Beatles' music and career. Smart, funny and surprising - just like the Fab Four.

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191: Jenny Boyd
01:35:21

You may know her as the muse who inspired Donovan's "Jennifer Juniper"; maybe you know her as Pattie Boyd's sister who went to Rishikesh with The Beatles. She may be known to some as the one-time flat-mate of Magic Alex or the two-time wife of Mick Fleetwood, but above all, she was a perceptive observer with a ringside seat at some of the most momentous events in 60s youth culture; wise beyond her years but in tune with the zeitgeist as it shifted around her. Meet (Dr.) Jenny Boyd, author of the newly-published Jennifer Juniper: A Journey Beyond The Muse. She also authored Musicians In Tune, republished and expanded as It's Not Only Rock 'n' Roll: Iconic Musicians Reveal The Source of Their Creativity; a fascinating exploration into the creative process with some of her best friends. In this conversation, we discuss her life and times, along with a lots of familiar personas in her circle. 

Check out all things Jenny Boyd here: http://www.thejennyboyd.com/

Mar 20, 2020
190B: Memo To Peter Jackson Part Two
01:48:42
The January 1969 sessions at Twickenham and Apple Studio are The Beatles gift that keeps on giving. Thoroughly taped and filmed, it is a rich vein of material to analyze, especially as it has been chronicled in such a bad light by the group themselves, at odds with much of the evidence that has surfaced. SATB has examined the subject numerous times, notably with the two part Winter of Discontent episodes but also two additional episodes featuring Doug Sulpy (author of the seminal Drugs, Divorce and a Slipping Image ) and journalist / blogger Dan Rivkin ( They May Be Parted ) . SATB 158 and SATB 151 respectively        

But with the pending autumn release of the new and revised cut of Let It Be  on its way, we thought it would be a good time to both summarize and re-examine what there is to work with, considering that Peter Jackson's work is bound to stand as THE final word for a long time on the subject. Further, it is in the interest of offering a corrective to any public perception that what is to come will be a "whitewash" (the quotes in circulation discuss the group's friendship - as you will hear here, there is ample support for this, counter to the narrative they themselves have put out through the years). Dan Rivkin and I discuss (in a three-hour conversation split over two parts) what we feel are the important and key documented moments that * should * make the cut of Jackson's work.  

Part Two includes: 
~ "Commonwealth"
~ Billy Preston
~ Oldies 
~ The Rooftop
~ Afterward
Mar 08, 2020
190A: Memo To Peter Jackson Part One
01:35:59
The January 1969 sessions at Twickenham and Apple Studio are The Beatles gift that keeps on giving. Thoroughly taped and filmed, it is a rich vein of material to analyze, especially as it has been chronicled in such a bad light by the group themselves, at odds with much of the evidence that has surfaced. SATB has examined the subject numerous times, notably with the two part Winter of Discontent episodes but also two additional episodes featuring Doug Sulpy (author of the seminal Drugs, Divorce and a Slipping Image) and journalist/blogger Dan Rivkin (They May Be Parted). SATB 158 and SATB 151 respectively

But with the pending autumn release of the new and revised cut of Let It Be on its way, we thought it would be a good time to both summarize and re-examine what there is to work with, considering that Peter Jackson's work is bound to stand as THE final word for a long time on the subject. Further, it is in the interest of offering a corrective to any public perception that what is to come will be a "whitewash" (the quotes in circulation discuss the group's friendship - as you will hear here, there is ample support for this, counter to the narrative they themselves have put out through the years). Dan Rivkin and I discuss (in a three-hour conversation split over two parts) what we feel are the important and key documented moments that *should* make the cut of Jackson's work. 

Part one includes: 

~Discussions on what their goals should be
~The prospect of "divorce"
~ The roots of Abbey Road
~"All Things Must Pass"
~"White Power"
Mar 08, 2020
189: A Conversation with Robert Rosen
01:54:34

My guest today is best known in Beatles world for having published Nowhere Man (originally in 2000 but since revised in 2015), a book in part drawn from Rosen's exclusive access to John Lennon's diaries. He is also the author of the newly-published memoir, Bobby in Naziland, a telling of his coming of age in Flatbush during the late 50s and early 60s. Rosen's work captures the essence of time and place, with an eye for detail and an ear for the rhythm; true for both of the aforementioned titles. 

Nowhere Man is a fascinating synthesis, based on interviews and original research as well as a reconstruction of the Lennon diaries. Rosen fleshes out a unique perspective on who John was during his last five years, drawn from John's own privately expressed words. You won't want to miss this illuminating discussion. 

Check out Robert's works and events here: http://www.robertrosennyc.com/blog 

Feb 20, 2020
188: HandMade Redux
01:25:40

In a follow-up to 171 (An Accidental Studio), I revisit the story of George Harrison: Filmmaker with Gary Wenstrup. Coming off the heels of the recent losses of both Neil Innes and Terry Jones, there was certainly more to discuss about George's relationship with the Pythons, encompassing Life of Brian as well as The Rutles and side issues like Dennis O'Brien (and his archetype, Allan Klein).  

Feb 14, 2020
187: 1973
01:44:25

My (returning) guest is Andrew Grant Jackson, author of the newly-published 1973: Rock at the Crossroads. He makes the case for this period being a time of tremendous conflict: AM vs FM - 60s giants vs emerging upstarts - mainstream vs underground, all achieving levels of success whether at the time or in years later as influences. Against this backdrop, the four ex-Beatles issued five all albums of new material in total; all of which made the Top Ten (while three scored US number one hit singles, two of them back-to-back).

We discuss where The Beatles as a collective and individually fit into the picture and how this year set the table for arguably greater triumphs in the year that followed.   

Jan 29, 2020
186: Fly on the Wall Two: Holiday Edition
02:53:11

In which SATB listener favorite Jeff Martin returns, and where we honor you, the listener, by running down nearly three hours' worth of your suggested events to revisit (as winged insects). 

Loads here covering The Beatles' career from start to finish - loads of music - and a nice way to spend holiday leisure time, while traveling or escaping boredom; posted in time to wrap up 2019 (and to salute Jeff's birthday, too).

Thank you, each and every listener! 

Dec 25, 2019
185: Ringo's White Album
01:37:39
My guests Alex Cain and Terry McCusker are back, presenting a discussion of their newest work, Ringo's White Album. Building on their previous work, Ringo Starr and The Beatles' Beat, this work examines in great detail what Ringo brought to these tumultuous 1968 sessions (which he did walk out of at one point), pushing the boundaries of his art with stylistic innovation as well as advanced studio technique. We also talked a bit about Ringo's work on Abbey Road, which will be the subject of their next deep dive. 

Alex and Terry are both drummers themselves; tune in to find out which one of them saw The Beatles in Liverpool at The Cavern (with Ringo's predecessor).    
Dec 21, 2019
184: "Yesterday" and the Myth of Meritocracy
01:11:46
2019's Danny Boyle rom-cam featuring a Beatles subtext has inspired a lot of discussion among fans this year, given the pretext of a struggling English musician apparently being the only person on Earth who can remember existence of the group. Most of the chatter was about the film itself, but I thought there were even richer discussions to be had, using the film's core idea as a springboard. The idea for this show was prompted by an article by my guest, Noah Berlatsky (I would encourage listeners to check it out). He forwarded the notion that buying into the film's premise required universal agreement that 1) The Beatles were the greatest rock band ever and 2) that their music was so great that its inherent genius would be universally recognized no matter who was performing it, and when. We shall see....  
 
There has never been a musically more diverse episode of SATB than this one: in addition to The Fabs, you will be hearing from artists ranging from Chuck Berry and Moon Mullican to R.D. Burman and Rhianna; Dee Dee Sharp and Elvis to Mobley and Nick Drake. Yet it all fits together: what it means to be a successful artist and what are the factors that result in our bestowing the term "genius" upon them. 

Dec 07, 2019
183: McGear with Mike McCartney
02:31:46
Special guests don't come much more special: today, a man who needs no introduction. His 1974 album, McGear, was produced with a little help from his big brother ("Our Kid" to you). It features contributions from members of a then-contemporary band, including Linda McCartney, Denny Laine and Jimmy McCulloch, and has often been spoked of as a "missing" Wings album. But Mike's artistry is all his own, making McGear, in a way, the album Paul never did make. 

This extended conversation covers not only the brand new re-issue from Cherry Red Records (including a bonus disc of unreleased material + DVD and poster, as well as a deluxe vinyl edition) but Mike's work with The Scaffold - the 1968 McGough and McGear album produced by Paul - and an array of artists: Paul Robeson - Tina Turner - Pete Wingfield - Paddy Maloney, and Jimi Hendrix. 

Check out the reissue series here
 
Find The Weirdos here.  
Nov 27, 2019
182: Here We Go Again (1)
01:55:59

In what will be an ongoing feature of SATBs going forward, I welcome to the show Gary Wenstrup. In addition to being a regular listener, Gary is a college-level teacher and lecturer, whose expertise encompasses an array of 1960s music acts. He saw an opportunity for following up shows to dig deeper, in ways that might not have been possible given time constraints. This episode uses as the starting off point my interview with Susan Shumsky, detailing The Beatles' 1968 visit to Rishikesh; but it also encompasses the White Album, Lennon Remembers, and other ancillary subjects.

Nov 16, 2019
181: Erin Weber and The Beatles
02:18:24

It's the return of our favorite Fab historian. In this lengthy dialogue, we discuss an array of literature from the Beatles historical canon: among the works, Many Years From Now - The Love You Make - John Lennon: In My Life - Ray Coleman's bios of John and of Paul - Mike McCartney's The Macs: A Family Album, and others as well. As usual, Erin employs the methodology of a trained historian to assess how reliable these works are, in terms of presenting research and history that are worthy of our time as fans. 

Be sure to check out her book, The Beatles and The Historians, as well as her blog.  

Nov 04, 2019
165: The Beatles as Performers on the White Album
01:31:06

Last year - upon the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles; that eponymous double album issued as the group's Apple debut - a symposium was convened at Monmouth College in New Jersey, as many of you know. An ad hoc band performed some tunes from the record as the accompaniment to a discussion convened for the podcast featuring Jack Petruzelli, multi-instrumentalist/producer/recording artist best known for his membership in the Fab Faux. His insights as a musician who has performed these very songs live many times helps us understand what the Beatles were going for in their unique approach to recording this particular project, a philosophy that spilled over into their next project. 

Thanks to Jack - Vinnie Zummo (heard in the Monmouth segment) - Marc Pepin - Marc Muller - Dan Eisenberg - Joe Rapolla - Kenneth Womack. 

(Field recording by BJ Rowling)

Oct 29, 2019
180: "...I Buried Paul..."
01:18:48

Fifty years on and the "Paul is dead" hoax has lost none of its power to fascinate on so many levels. Perhaps the most compelling angle for examination is how did something so clearly nonsensical in the light of day get disseminated so widely and not just dismissed out of hand? It seems that a perfect storm of circumstance gave it traction and resonance, with both what was happening within The Beatles and within the community most receptive to believing that truth was not what authority figures told us. 

Helping unpack all of this is sociologist Candy Leonard, author of Beatleness. Her book covers the subject in some detail.

Oct 20, 2019
179: You Made Me Such A Big Star (A Conversation with Those Pretty Wrongs)
02:26:11

What happens when the surviving member of a legendary American power pop band and a Los Angeles musician whose lineage includes two giants of the Great American Songbook, both steeped in Beatles, get together to make music? The result is now two albums deep in a band called Those Pretty Lies. Jody Stephens, formerly of Big Star and Golden Smog is a singer/songwriter/drummer and Luther Russell is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer, formerly of The Freewheelers. Their latest release as Those Pretty Wrongs, Zed For Zulu, has just been released. 

Their insights into making music and what they gleaned from The Beatles makes for a fascinating discussion.  

 
Oct 17, 2019
178: Chris Carter
01:50:16

The host of the longest running Beatles program on US radio, Carter's passion for The Beatles has taken many forms through the years: buying the records as a child - becoming a musician himself - getting involved in Beatlesque bands - taking on a job as a broadcaster. He has now hosted the Los Angeles franchise of Breakfast with the Beatles since 2001; since its inception in 2018, Chris has also hosted the program on the Sirius XM Beatles channel. 

Chris is also a producer and documentary filmmaker; a rock writer and a Beatles consultant (connected to the All Things Must Pass reissue in 2000). Mostly though, Chris is a fan like us. Few of us wouldn't exchange places if we could, if just for a little while.   

Oct 08, 2019
177: Being Ray Connolly 2 - Beatles '69
01:24:02

Anybody hear anything about a newly-revealed taped Apple meeting from September 1969 that's been public knowledge since the 1970s? You will now, with the return of journalist/writer Ray Connolly. Ray was tight in The Beatles' orbit during their final years; with John and Paul especially. He was the only one outside their inner circle to learn that John had "quit" the group - his bio of John, Being John Lennon: A Restless Life, is now out in paperback, as is his indispensable collection, The Ray Connolly Beatles Archive. Last: his novella, 'Sorry, Boys, You Failed The Audition' is newly-published. It's a work of "alternative history" and has been presented as a BBC radio play

Ray and I discuss the end of The Beatles and their relationships going forward, as well as his 'Sorry Boys' project.  

Sep 23, 2019
176B: Critiquing The Critics - A Case Study with Wings
01:30:43

This show represents a deep (3 hour) dive into examining the evolving language of rock criticism: the ideology employed - the fluid definitions of "rock" and "pop" - the application of "authenticity" as a value to an artist's work, in this specific case, Paul McCartney and Wings. The 1970s was a time when rock critics achieved nearly the status of rock icons themselves: everyone from John Mendelssohn and Jon Landau to Simon Frith and Lester Bangs. Paul's post-Beatle career stands as an example of an artist that reviewers struggled to get a handle on, resulting in sometimes unfair assessments. 

Leading this exploration is PhD candidate (with an M.A. in Beatles, Popular Music, and Society) Allison Bumsted, currently studying in England at Liverpool Hope University. For ease of listening, the conversation has been split into two 90 minute parts.     

Sep 13, 2019
176A: Critiquing The Critics - A Case Study with Wings
01:30:20

This show represents a deep (3 hour) dive into examining the evolving language of rock criticism: the ideology employed - the fluid definitions of "rock" and "pop" - the application of "authenticity" as a value to an artist's work, in this specific case, Paul McCartney and Wings. The 1970s was a time when rock critics achieved nearly the status of rock icons themselves: everyone from John Mendelssohn and Jon Landau to Simon Frith and Lester Bangs. Paul's post-Beatle career stands as an example of an artist that reviewers struggled to get a handle on, resulting in sometimes unfair assessments. 

Leading this exploration is PhD candidate (with an M.A. in Beatles, Popular Music, and Society) Allison Bumsted, currently studying in England at Liverpool Hope University. For ease of listening, the conversation has been split into two 90 minute parts.     

Sep 13, 2019
175 Beatle Jazz with Ramsey Lewis
01:38:41

[powerpress]

An area heretofore unexplored on SATB is jazz: specifically, which artists took raw material from The Beatles and took it in a new direction. It is our good fortune to have within reach a true legend of the idiom: Ramsey Lewis, a multi-Grammy-winning keyboardist whose work spans decades and genres. In late 1968 - mere weeks after The Beatles' "White Album" was released - Ramsey issued a 10-song collection drawing from the Beatles' fresh work. Mother Nature's Son was hailed as a classic, with bold re-imaginings of songs familiar to us fans - but not like this. His reading of "Julia" became a standard in his repertoire, alongside his well-known hit take on "The 'In' Crowd."

Ramsey hosted a jazz show for years on radio, so he is well-familiar with the sonic landscape. But joining us to shed further light is a friend to both me and to Ramsey, going back years: Radio Hall of Fame deejay Terri Hemmert. In addition to spinning records on WXRT since the 1970s until announcing her retirement this year, she also hosted a jazz program for many years (and many of you know her as the MC in Chicago at The Fest for Beatles Fans). Together, listen to these two explore the intersection between Beatles and jazz.

Artists heard in this show:

The Beatles - Ramsey Lewis Trio - Ella Fitzgerald - Count Basie - Duke Ellington - Louis Armstrong - Wes Montgomery - Ramsey Lewis - Esther Phillips - Vince Guaraldi Trio - George Benson - Earth, Wind and Fire - Paul McCartney - Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Fats Domino - John Scofield - Danger Mouse

 

 

Aug 26, 2019
174: Once Upon A Time with Ivor Davis
01:08:21
[powerpress]

1969 was a tremendous year, in the world generally and with The Beatles as well. We find ourselves commemorating (if not celebrating) a number of 50th anniversaries this year, among them the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders; tangentially tied to the "White Album" by Charles Manson's (mis)reading of certain lyrics. That he was able to incite a bunch of confused misfits into sociopathy remains a fascinating area of study, and SATB has previously explored the purported ties between Charlie's "gospel" and what the rest of the world heard as simply great music.

But reporter and Beatles confidant Ivor Davis is back, with a new book summarizing his investigation into the case, which dates back to day one. Manson Exposed: A Reporter’s 50-Year Journey into Madness and Murder has just been published, and he's here to present a timely summation of the case, just as public interest has been again raised with director Quentin Tarantino's latest, Once Upon A Time...in Hollywood.
Not only is Ivor uniquely placed to discuss the film, but also to talk about a couple of Beatles events he'd personally witnessed while accompanying them on tour: their 1964 meeting with Bob Dylan, as well as their 1965 visit with Elvis.
Check out all his works at ivordavisbooks.com
Aug 18, 2019
173: Being Ray Connolly
01:36:46
 
Few professional scribes received access to The Beatles like Ray Connolly. As a journalist with the Evening Standard, he found himself in the right place at the right time to cover the group during their final years. (It was to him that John confided that he'd quit the group; it was to Ray that Paul divulged: "I didn't leave the Beatles - The Beatles left the Beatles.")

He later scripted the films That'll Be The Day and Stardust; he also wrote radio plays and biographies.  In 2018, he published Being John Lennon: A Restless Life. His e-book, The Ray Connolly Beatles Archive is essential.

We discuss John as he knew him, abetted by Lennon biographer Jude Kessler.
 
 
"In My Life" performed by Mary Ruane
(Talent scouted by Lisa Kasco)
Aug 06, 2019
172: Collecting The Beatles Part Two with Terry Crain
01:05:42
Back in 2017, SATB first explored of Beatles collectors. This year, a terrific addition to Beatle literature arrived with the publication of Terry Crain's new book, NEMS and the Business of Selling Beatles Merchandise in the U.S. 1964-1966. Terry didn't merely catalog the merchandise of the period: instead, he methodically researched the history of the items marketed stateside, each of which tells a story itself. There's a ton of history to be gleaned from these ephemeral footnotes of the era - each one a memory trigger - as well as from Terry's book.
 
Terry's site
Aug 02, 2019
171: An Accidental Studio - George's HandMade Films
01:24:21
Beginning in 1978, George Harrison became drawn into a vocation he'd only dabbled in previously: filmmaker. HandMade Films came into being serendipitously, simply because he wanted to see Monty Python's Life of Brian get made. This "accidental studio" went on to produce work of staggeringly high quality, resulting in works ranging from Time Bandits and The Long Good Friday to Mona Lisa and Withnail and I. (Also: Shanghai Surprise.)   
 
The story of George's cinematic career has now been told, in a new documentary produced by AMC UK: An Accidental Studio. My guests today are two of the documentary's producers and directors, Bill Jones and Ben Timlett. Join us for this discussion of a surprisingly sturdy cinematic legacy, brought to us by the Quiet Beatle.
Jul 17, 2019
170: The Maharishi and The Beatles
01:27:42

The full story of The Beatles' Rishikesh visit and their relationship with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi had never been explored in detail and from the inside before - until now. Susan Shumsky spent over twenty years studying TM, including seven working directly with the Maharishi. The author of 14 books, her newest - Maharishi and Me: Seeking Enlightenment with the Beatles' Guru - sheds light on the Rishikesh experience and how it impacted The Beatles' lives and art. Years of misinformation is cleared aside by her direct knowledge and insider accounts of the good, the bad and the ugly of the Maharishi experience.

Susan Shumsky's site: http://www.divinerevelation.org/

Jul 01, 2019
169: In The Studio; 1967 part two, plus
01:39:31
 

In which I resume the conversation with engineer/producer Jerry Hammack, begun earlier this year. This time, our sounding board is writer/musician/engineer/producer/podcaster/returning guest Anthony Robustelli. We discuss the specifics of their studio work throughout 1967 and into 1968, encompassing Magical Mystery Tour and then some.

Jerry's third volume of The Beatles' Recording Reference Manual series was recently published.

 
My guests:
Jun 22, 2019
168: Mary Hopkin
01:28:19

The first break-out star at Apple Records was, of course, Mary Hopkin with "Those Were The Days." A huge international hit, it typed her as a cheery ingénue, somewhat removed from her folk roots (and aspirations). Other hits followed, diverging from her preferred stylistic path, until her second Apple album, Earth Song / Ocean Song (produced by her future husband, Tony Visconti) at last gave her some artistic satisfaction. Her story - at Apple and beyond (including session work for David Bowie, Linda McCartney...and The Beatles) - is recounted here by her daughter, Jessica Lee Morgan (herself a recording artist).

Check out Mary's releases - including archival studio and live recordings, as well as recent work - here:
http://www.maryhopkin.com/

Jessica's releases and tour news can be found here:
May 31, 2019
167: Apple Jam
01:13:27

Apple Jam is a Seattle-based recording and performing outfit specializing in Beatles music; specifically, songs written by Lennon-McCartney and Harrison that, for the most part, went unrecorded/released as "Beatles" product.

My guests today are Richard Lovrovich, Jaekal Tristram and Doug Kilishek. In this conversation, they discuss the curation of obscure Beatles material: the selection process (what makes the cut - and what doesn't), the recording and the performance of this music.

Off The Beatle Track was released in 2009:
1. I'm In Love
2. Tip Of My Tongue
3. Love Of The Loved
4. You Know What To Do
5. I'll Be on My Way
6. I Don't Want To See You Again
7. Nobody I Know
8. I'll Keep You Satisfied
9. It's For You
10. Hello Little Girl
11. Like Dreamers Do
12. Bad To Me
13. A World Without Love
14. From A Window
15. One And One Is Two

 

Off The White Album was released in 2018:
1. Not Guilty

2. Child of Nature
3. Goodbye
4. Step Inside Love
5. The Rishi Kesh Song
6. Cosmically Conscious
7. India, India
8. Sour Milk Sea
9. What’s the New Mary Jane
10. Circles
11. Suicide
May 25, 2019
166: The Magic of Collaboration Part One
01:26:54

It is not a unique observation to note that bandleader Duke Ellington and The Beatles shared some commonalities, creativity-wise. They were unclassifiable musically, and a great deal of what made their art magic came from the collaborative process, hardwired into their working method. My guest, musicologist Thomas Brothers, has written a terrific new book - Help: The Beatles, Duke Ellington and the Magic of Collaboration. This conversation provides an overview of his thesis (to be followed up with a deeper exploration soon...).

May 17, 2019
164: George Martin's Sound Pictures with Ken Womack
01:24:51
Back in 2017, SATB featured a conversation with Ken Womack on the publication of volume one of his George Martin biography, Maximum Volume (here). In late 2018, volume two emerged, this one taking up the story where George Martin resumed production chores with The Beatles, this time as an independent contractor. It marked the era of their highest artistic achievement as well as an eventual erosion in relations between producer and proteges. This discussion also covers the post-Beatles years and Sir George Martin's other productions, as well as his curation of The Beatles' latter-day collections.
 

More about Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin (The Later Years 1966 - 2016) here

More about Ken's new novel, I Am Lemonade Lucy here 

Check out Ken's site here
Apr 08, 2019
163: Fly On The Wall Moments with Jeff Martin
02:21:45

He’s back, and with a terrific topic: each of us choosing 7 moments in the history of The Beatles that we would’ve liked to have been around to witness as a fly on the wall. The criteria being, occasions where the history is unclear, or simply moments that would’ve been amazing to witness.

This ended up as an interesting Rorschach exercise, mapping out our respective concentrated areas of interest as well. You’ll hear ours but we want to hear yours: leave ’em for consideration on Twitter, Facebook or on the site. We’ll take ’em up for a future show.

Apr 02, 2019
162: A Conversation with Ethan Russell (part one)
01:31:34

You know him as the photographer responsible for one Beatles album cover (two in the US); their last group photo shoot, and as the official photographer on the “Get Back” / Let It Be project (his photos filled the book packaged with the original issue). But Ethan Russell also produced iconic images for the Rolling Stones and The Who, as well as album covers and short films for an array of artists, plus wrote several books (including Dear Mr. Fantasy).

His latest is in the works as part of a Kickstarter campaign – check out EthanRussell.com for details.

In this first conversation, we present an overview of his life and career. More detailed Beatle-centric recollections will come in the second installment.

Mar 27, 2019
161: January 1969 part two – Into the Nitty-Gritty with Dan Rivkin
02:03:06

This is the second part of a discussion begun with Doug Sulpy (co-author of Drugs, Divorce and a Slipping Image/Get Back), this time with blogger Dan Rivkin. His blog, They May Be Parted, is a detailed examination of the Nagra tapes of the “Get Back”/Let It Be project. Dan adds detail, analysis and context to the recordings, and we dive deep into what all there is to be gleaned from the extant record (and speculate on what to expect from Peter Jackson).

Part one of January 1969 here.

Dan’s blog: https://theymaybeparted.com/

Mar 22, 2019
160: The Redhead on the Roof
01:52:13

You know him as the human music stand kneeling before John Lennon for “Dig A Pony” during the rooftop session of January 1969. But Kevin Harrington was much more than that: coming into The Beatles’ orbit beginning in January 1966 as an office boy at NEMS; an employee of the Saville Theatre the following year, and lastly, a roadie/gofer at Apple from 1968 on, setting up their musical gear for recording sessions (and hanging out otherwise).

Kevin’s stories are entertaining and insightful: The Beatles as seen up-close from day-to-day through the eyes of a teenager.

“What a Beatle wants, a Beatle gets!”

Mar 09, 2019
159: Eight Arms To Hold You Revisited
01:49:09

Back in 2000, Chip Madinger and Mark Easter produced an exhaustive study of every extant recording of the solo Beatles, up to that very year: studio sessions, live concerts and broadcasts. Eight Arms To Hold You was a one-of-a-kind detailed examination of what the four ex-Beatles did musically, when and with whom. The book went out of print, but the good news is, it’s back (in PDF form) and updated with another 20,000 words, further detailing the ground covered (though it still ends at 2000).

I talked with Mark and Chip about the lay of the land, unreleased recording-wise; what else is out there and what we can make of what we have been given.

Eight Arms To Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium (2018 edition) can be found here.

Lennonology: A Scrapbook of Madness, by Chip and Scott Raile, can be found here.
Feb 24, 2019
158: January 1969 part one – An Overview with Doug Sulpy
01:39:04

Two words: Peter Jackson

Remember the “Winter of Discontent”? My guest today is Doug Sulpy, co-author (with Ray Schweighardt) of Drugs, Divorce and a Slipping Image (AKA Get Back: The Unauthorized Chronicle of the Beatles’ “Let It Be” Disaster.)

With the announcement of the long-desired fresh look at the Let It Be project being in the works, we discuss what can be learned from a close study of the Nagra reels, and where the common perceptions have missed the mark. This episode is an overview: we take a deeper dive in January 1969 part two.

The revised version of Drugs, Divorce and a Slipping Image can be found at dougsulpy.com

Check out Doug’s 910 newsletter here

 

Feb 12, 2019
05: Fifty Years of US Releases
01:05:17
 
In this episode, Robert and Richard discuss some of the Beatle novelty recordings of fifty years ago, plus the new box set release of all their American albums.

 

Feb 06, 2019
157: In the Studio; 1967 (The Ben and Jerry Show)
01:35:59

 

It’s the return of Jerry Hammack – creator of the Beatles Recording Reference Manual series. Volume 3, covering the end of 1966 (“Strawberry Fields Forever”) through the whole of Sgt. Pepper (plus Magical Mystery Tour) has just been published. Producer Ben Rowling and I discuss the high level of studio innovation that typified the post-touring era, and though we didn’t get to Magical Mystery Tour in this conversation (part two to come), we did discuss elements of their work habits through the White Album, Let It Be and Abbey Road. (Plus, Jerry tips his hand as to what’s next…)

Check out Jerry’s work here

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Jan 24, 2019
156: A Conversation with Vic Flick
01:27:46

In a slight departure from the SATB norm, I present an account of the career of a Beatles peer: session guitarist Vic Flick, whose work appeared in 1960s music charts alongside The Beatles. Every Fab fan will know his soundtrack work on their first two United Artist films, but in addition to this, he contributed to a McCartney solo project, worked with George Martin (and Beatle acolytes Peter and Gordon), as well as scores of other “British Invasion” acts.

And yes – it was he who played the iconic 007 James Bond theme guitar riff.

Check out his memoir, Guitarman, on Amazon or direct from Vic (http://vicflick.com/).


Special thanks to Bob Rush!

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Jan 13, 2019
155: 1968 with Candy Leonard
02:02:43

First off, listeners: kindly indulge the first 15 minutes, which represents an audio document of 1968 (January through end of August). It’s one thing to know what happened that year, but it’s quite another to hear the immediacy of actual sound, both news and music. 1968 was a convulsive stream of history and it is with that context in mind that we can come to a better understanding of the world The Beatles operated in.

Second: this conversation was an attempt to discuss how the Beatles and their audience interacted at a critical moment: between the triumph of Sgt. Pepper and the year of breakdown. Candy Leonard, author and sociologist, is ideally suited to illuminate this dynamic. Her book, Beatleness, explores “how The Beatles and their fans remade the world.” As always in such discussions, a certain amount of meandering occurs, and therefore a lot more than 1968 is fair game in this conversation.

Check out more of Candy’s writings here: http://beatleness.com/beatleness-blog/

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Jan 04, 2019
154: IT’S CHRIS ThoMAS TIME!
01:54:07

The long-awaited conversation with producer Chris Thomas, recorded at the White Album Symposium in Monmouth University.
Audio deficiencies with the sound due to the electrical system; deficiencies in my voice due to an ill-timed tribute to George’s Dark Horse Tour.


Thanks to Ben Rowling Joe Rapolla, Dr. Kenneth Womack and everyone at Monmouth University.

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Dec 25, 2018
153: Lon Looks Back (And Forward)
02:01:20

In general, you can tell how well a conversation went by how long the show runs. At just past the two hour mark, you get an idea of how well things went with Lon Van Eaton, one-time Apple recording artist and protege of George Harrison. In addition to being one half of the Van Eaton brothers, who issued an album and single in the US in 1972, he did session work for Ringo beginning with the 1973 self-titled release (and performed live with him on TV), as well as other 1970s acts produced by Richard Perry.

He went on to good works with his charitable organization, Imagine A Better World, inspired by examples gleaned from The Beatles. While this may be the most spiritual discussion yet had on SATB, it is also perhaps one of the most lighthearted. One can easily see how Lon connected with George and Ringo particularly: being equal parts deep-thinker/philosopher and everyman comedian.

Lon witnessed life with the ex-Beatles (and acolytes like Klaus Voormann, Pete Ham and Harry Nilsson) up close. He has the stories and the insight – you don’t want to miss this one.

Lon’s new album is called Cupid. Find it at Imagineabetterworld.com

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Dec 24, 2018
152: Best of SATB 2018
02:23:24

As a sonic landscape to accompany your holiday season demands: driving places – online shopping – gift-wrapping, and so forth, SATB presents an end-of-year look at the highlights of this years’ shows. We had some terrific guests this year, ranging from notables like Randy Bachman and the Mona Lisa Twins to SATB favorites like Erin Weber and Jeff Martin.

Tons of great discussions and explorations – more to come in the New Year.

Special thanks to: Ben Rowling – Vinnie Zummo – Jeff Martin – Erin Weber – Jack Petruzzelli – Ivor Davis – Axel Korinth – Jon Savage – Bill Wyman – Michael Salfino – Andy Martino – Candy Leonard – Ken Mansfield – Carol Tyler – Tom Murray – Jerry Hammack – Michael Hill – Bob Heironimus – Laura Cortner – Randy Bachman – Michaela Wagner – Anthony Robustelli – Kenneth Womack

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Dec 08, 2018
151: On The Roof with Ken Mansfield
01:34:03

In the 2nd of a quartet of shows recorded (in part) at the White Album Symposium at Monmouth University (as well as the 2nd in a trio of shows covering Apple in its 50th year), I speak with my friend, Ken Mansfield: former manager of US operations of Apple, as well as author of several books, including two published this year: a novel, Philco and a memoir, The Roof: The Beatles’ Final Concert.

Ken is a natural storyteller as well as a confidant of the Beatles, whose accomplishments include work with artists ranging from the Beach Boys to Waylon Jennings. We cover it all here.


NOTE: as pointed out in the show’s intro, field recordings are susceptible to issues beyond our control, in this case a fluctuation in the current every time the heat came on in the room we were in. That’s why you hear crackling/static noise throughout the first half hour. Like Live At Leeds, do not attempt to correct – Ben Rowling and I have already tried.

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Nov 30, 2018
150: Behind The Esher Demos
55:52

In the first of what will be a series of shows originating from the White Album symposium held at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey, I am presenting my opening remarks, followed by a brief Q&A. For those who couldn’t attend, it gives you a good flavor of how these events go down. Asked to present on the Kinfauns recordings, newly remastered and issued as part of the 50th anniversary White Album package, I opted to offer my take on what the recording of these songs meant to The Beatles, as a way of getting back to where they once belonged.

Special thanks to Ben Rowling for capturing this field recording and to Dr. Kenneth Womack for making the event possible.

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Nov 22, 2018
149: No Obvious Title – A Conversation with Vinnie Zummo
01:48:05

You may know his name from his years on tour and in the studio with Joe Jackson; possibly from his series of solo projects (Swinging Guitar Sounds of Young America Vol 1-3, plus The Coyote and two Christmas collections – find them here). But this multi-instrumentalist has been a lifelong Beatle fan, and as he says here, the group served as proxy tutors, as he learned ALL the instrumental parts of their records as they were released.

This show began as an examination of George’s evolution as a guitarist, as seen by a professional musician, but it became much more than that, with observations on band dynamics, Ringo’s drumming, John’s guitar, personal interactions (Vinnie’s sister worked at ABKCO) and much more!

Vinnie’s musical tributes to each Beatle can be found here:

John

Ringo

Vinnie’s works on Spotify

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Nov 05, 2018
148: Nothing But Today – A Conversation with the Mona Lisa Twins
01:17:12

If all you know about this sister act out of Austria is an array of Beatles covers on Youtube, then you don’t know the Mona Lisa Twins. They are the present-day embodiment of the ripples of waves begun when the Beatles entered popular consciousness over half a century ago; a manifestation of what Geoff Baker called “a good way of looking at the world.”

Lots of great artists emerged from the sixties and afterward, inspired by a force that The Beatles embodied and then set into motion. This puts the Mona Lisa Twins in good company. Listen and discover.

Home site: https://monalisa-twins.com/

Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/MonaLisaTwins

Thanks to Rick Wey and Trevor Beaumont

 

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Oct 25, 2018
147: The ‘Perfect’ Beatles Album – A Hard Day’s Night vs. Sgt. Pepper
01:34:23

There is no real perfection, a much-loved artist once sang. But in Beatle world, where excellence is the common consensus, the act of assessing how well they executed their art as distinguished by individual releases is – at the very least – ripe for a thoughtful discussion. Returning to the show is TV writer Jeff Martin (4th time around!), and new to SATB is sports reporter Andy Martino. It was his stray observation on the Shea Anything podcast that prompted this conversation.

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Oct 18, 2018
146: Fab 4 Mania with Carol Tyler
01:33:16

Ever wonder what the lives of those screaming legions of fans were like? Wonder no more: today, I speak with award-winning cartoonist, Carol Tyler, whose memoir of her Beatles adoration, Fab 4 Mania: A Beatles Obsession and the Concert of a Lifetime, has just been published. The book builds on the diary that she kept as 13-year old, vividly chronicling her devotion with the art and journals she kept from back in the day. Her journey articulates the fan experience of someone who grew up with The Beatles, while also serving as a love letter to the city of her birth (and mine): Chicago, and how local top 40 radio (WLS, WCFL, WVON) impacted young lives while shaping tastes.

Carol’s richly illustrated book transports readers back in time, capturing the immediacy of anticipating and witnessing a Beatles concert during those all-too-brief touring years. It features an Introduction written by Beatles biographer Hunter Davies.

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Oct 09, 2018
145: Something About The Rolling Stones (and The Beatles)
02:06:36

At last: SATB takes on a long-requested topic, comparing and contrasting two of the biggest acts out of the UK during the 1960s. Quantifying art is a fool’s errand, yet here we are because we can’t help ourselves. The conversation takes this article by Michael Salfino as a starting point, along with our Bill Wyman’s recent piece on the membership of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. These accomplished journalists join me and Ben Rowling in a conversation tracing the respective internal band dynamics and the arc of their respective artistry into the decades that followed.

Check out Bill’s work here:

Mashups courtesy of BDJ – hear his work here:
https://bdj.podomatic.com/
Twitter: @MichaelSalfino
Bill Wyman: @hitsville

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Sep 29, 2018
144: Seeing The Beatles
01:28:16


As an end-of summer two-fer, SATB presents a double bill: two different ways of “seeing” the Beatles.

First, on the 50 years since the Mad Day Out, my guest is photographer Tom Murray; author of the newly-published book, The Beatles: Tom Murray’s Mad Day Out – a colorful revisit to a summer’s day when all was Fab in the world.

Second, meet John Pring and Rob Thomas: graphic artists and authors of Visualizing The Beatles. Their book presents the Beatles’ story visually, laying out all manner of data in the form of colorful graphics, enabling the reader to grasp a lot of information quickly.

Tom Murray’s site

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Sep 05, 2018
143: Yellow Submarine at 50
02:04:57

In this expanded episode, I speak with Dr. Bob Hieronimus and Laura Cortner. The two have worked together for decades researching a number of topics, but in this instance: the Yellow Submarine film; interviewing every available participant in its creation. Dr. Bob published Inside the Yellow Submarine: The Making of The Beatles’ Animated Classic in 2002 – it remains the definitive telling, but they are preparing a follow-up volume of new research and interpretation later this year.

Check out their latest info and YS books here:
https://yellowsubmarinebook.com/

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Aug 09, 2018
142: Truth and Beauty…and Keyboards (with Jeff Martin)
01:59:04

Television writer Jeff Martin makes his third appearance on the show, this time focusing the conversation on one of his vocations – playing keyboards in a band – and how The Beatles (Paul mainly) utilized an array of instruments in the studio: piano – electric piano – organ – harmonium – Mellotron – synthesizer, and so forth; and how their use evolved from doubling instrumental parts to adding color to forming the basis of some of their finest compositions.

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Jul 20, 2018
141: The Historian and The Beatles
01:27:14

In which we welcome back to the show historian Erin Torkelson Weber. In this episode, we pick up where we left off; this time discussing older canon works like Ian MacDonald’s Revolution in the Head and Peter Doggett’s You Never Give Me Your Money; (also Peter McCabe’s outdated Apple To The Core and the problematic memoir of Geoff Emerick) as well as new essential works like Riding So High by Joe Gooden. We also talk about how the Beatles’ historic narrative was shaped, countered and re-evaluated as Mark Lewisohn’s works represented a true revolution in Beatles scholarship.
Erin’s previous appearance:

 

Erin in action:

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Jul 09, 2018
140: John Lennon: The Boy Who Became A Legend with Michael Hill
01:08:36

It isn’t often that we are given a firsthand account from somebody who set in motion events that literally changed the world. But there we are and here it is: Michael Hill was a classmate and friend of John Lennon’s, beginning at age 5. A keen observer and articulate narrator, he has set his recollections down for all of us in his book, John Lennon: The Boy Who Became A Legend.

As Michael himself points out, lots of boys went to school with John Lennon but only one – this one – stirred something inside the directionless 15 year-old and set him on the path to rock – and conquer the world in the process.

Check out Michael’s story – and his book – here:
http://www.johnlennonlegend.com/

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Jun 19, 2018
139: As Time Goes By with Derek Taylor
01:23:35

It was 45 years ago that Beatle confidant and Apple Press Officer Derek Taylor published his first memoir, As Time Goes By. Long out of print, it has recently been re-published, this time with a contextualizing foreword penned by rock journalist Jon Savage (Mojo magazine, England’s Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock, 1966: The Year The Decade Exploded, plus much more). Jon sat down with me to discuss Derek, As Time Goes By, The Beatles, the White Album, 1966, plus an array of offshoot topics.
Check out Jon’s As Time Goes By playlist here:
Here’s Jon’s write-up on The Residents’ “Beyond the Valley of a Day in the Life” from The Guardian:

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Jun 08, 2018
138: A Is For Apple
01:24:36

50 years: in the first of what will be a series throughout this year and next, we examine The Beatles’ Apple enterprise; focusing here on the start-up and in articular on Apple Publishing and the array of what-if talents drawn to the corps.

My guest is Axel Korinth, co-author of the two volumes of A is For Apple books – mammoth richly illustrated histories of Apple.

Songs heard in whole or in part:
1. Mary Hopkin – Those Were The Days
2. The Perishers – How Does It Feel
3. Coconut Mushroom – Any Day Now
4. Grapefruit – Dear Delilah
5. Jackie Lomax and Elvis Presley – How The Web Was Woven
6. Jackie Lomax – Sour Milk Sea
7. Grenville and Weston – Aeroplane (acetate)
8. Slow Dog – Little Girl
9. Crosby, Stills and Nash – Blackbird
10. Contact – Round and Round
11. Chris Hodge – We’re On Our Way
12. White Trash – Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight
13. The Iveys – I’ll Kiss You Goodnight
14. The Iveys – I’m In Love
15. John Tavener – excerpt from The Whale (Melodrama and Pantomime)
16. Elastic Oz Band – God Save Us
17. Brute Force – King of Fuh
18. Bojoura – Everybody’s Day
19. Jackie Lomax – New Day (BBC)
20. Contact – Lovers From The Sky
For more on the projects produced by Axel Korinth and Ed Dieckmann, see http://www.apcor.net/

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May 22, 2018
137: With Billy Preston
01:43:35

To call the stunningly-talented musician/singer/songwriter a “Beatles sideman” is to sell short his tremendous gifts and the tangible effect he had on the group when they most needed a spark plug. Billy Preston was a keyboard savant for sure, but he was also someone the Beatles embraced as an equal; going so far as to float him as an actual “fifth Beatle.”

I’m joined by multi-instrumentalist/producer/recording artist/Beatles author Anthony Robustelli for a conversation covering not just the “Get Back”/Let It Be sessions, but also Billy’s collaborations with the ex-Beatles going into the solo years (and with the Rolling Stones).

Check out Anthony’s work here: https://www.anthonyrobustelli.com/

https://www.thebeatlesiwanttotellyou.com/

https://www.shadybear.com/

https://shadybearbklyn.podbean.com/

and the video I referenced here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXSPZd9hYy4

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May 10, 2018
136: The Beatles in the Studio with Jerry Hammack (part 2)
01:02:29

Ben Rowling and I resume our conversation with the author of The Beatles Recording Reference Manuals series. In this episode, we talk gear (amps and guitars), as well as examine some long-held beliefs about certain recordings.
Check out Jerry’s series here.

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May 03, 2018
135: Ranking The Beatles
01:26:59

Even if we don’t write them down, we all make lists (if only mentally). Back in June 2017, rock journalist Bill Wyman boldly committed his ranking of every Beatles canon recording from worst to best. It was a move certain to stir the pot of debate, and so it did. On this show, we discussed not only his list, but also the role of the rock critic – the role of radio in shaping tastes, and how it’s evolved – and how we as fans quantify Beatle music.
Bill’s list can be found here. Other works can be found here and here. Follow him on Twitter here.
The Sirius XM list as selected by fans is here.

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Apr 28, 2018
134: The Beatles in the Studio with Jerry Hammack (part 1)
01:14:08

In which we (Ben Rowling and I) discuss the Beatles’ approach to their work in the studio – their creativity, work ethic and use of technology to push the boundaries of their art – with author/producer/engineer/musician Jerry Hammack.
Check out Jerry’s series – The Beatles Recording Reference Manuals – here.

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Apr 21, 2018
133: Rutles I – A Conversation with Director Gary Weis
01:11:39

In the first installment of what will, over time, serve as a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the All You Need is Cash TV film, I spoke with director Gary Weis. In addition to his career as a documentary filmmaker, SNL short film creator and music video director, he recalls his work on The Rutles’ long-form “rockumentary,” as well as his interactions with George Harrison throughout his career.
[SNL sound clips owned by NBC and Broadway Video]

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Apr 05, 2018
132: John and Paul – Truth and Beauty
01:46:30

Returning as a SATB guest is Jeff Martin, whom you will remember from 122 – The Simpsons episode. In addition to his writing on that show as well as Late Night with David Letterman beginning in the 1980s, he is also a musician and therefore speaks the language of The Beatles specifically, as well as creativity generally.

Our conversation centered on the Lennon-McCartney partnership and the way that their unique combination of talents and temperaments created something far bigger than the sum of its parts.
More on Jeff’s career here. (The article he referenced – The Power of Two by Joshua Wolf Shenk – was published in The Atlantic in July 2014 and can be found here.)

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Mar 27, 2018
131: The Beatles and Randy Bachman, By George!
01:51:32

Yes, he’s the guy who sang “Takin’ Care of Business” and “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” but if that’s all you know about this accomplished artist, then you are missing out on a lot. Randy has penned #1 hit singles for two different recording acts; toured as an All Starr; hosted a popular radio show in his native Canada; published several books, and much, much more.

Our conversation encompasses his new album, By George – By Bachman, but much more, including production tricks, Beatle secrets, touring with Ringo, Winnie the Pooh and a deeply personal discussion of spirituality and how George directly impacted his life.
Check out Randy’s activities here: http://randybachman.com/ and his deconstruction of the “A Hard Day’s Night” opening chord here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwfH9oAiPH0

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Mar 09, 2018
130: The Beatles and Charles Manson
01:20:03

Now that there’s been an ending to the story, it seems like a good time to examine the intersection between artists who stood for love and peace and a career criminal/sociopath who will forever be tied to them, by virtue of the demented “gospel” ripped straight from their albums. It may be unfathomable from this distance that a group of young people could be persuaded by Charles Manson to commit unspeakable acts, but that’s exactly what happened in the summer of 1969, when seven innocents (and an unborn baby) were brutally slain, purportedly to ignite a race war.

I’m joined for this discussion by a friend of the show, whom many of you are doubtless familiar with: journalist Ivor Davis, who penned his memoirs of touring with The Beatles across America during the 1960s. But did you know that he was at the center of covering the Tate-LaBianca case and even penned the first book on the crimes, Five To Die (1970)? It was his findings that provided a roadmap to the prosecution, later chronicled in Vincent Bugliosi’s best-seller, Helter Skelter (co-written by Curt Gentry).

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Feb 23, 2018
129B: “Acoustic Beatles” with Dave Mirkin 2 (This Time It’s Personal)
01:34:49


Picking up where we left off, we discuss an array of topics and songs, mostly adhering to the “acoustic Beatles” theme. (For some reason, we seemed to gravitate to the White Album a lot…)

But there’s also much about the impact of success; the level of support the Beatles gave each other; George and the Traveling Wilburys; the US albums and the inherent comedy in and around their work.

Songs in no particular order include: “I Feel Fine” – “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – “Junk” – “Two of Us” – “Norwegian Wood” – “Blackbird.”

Dave Mirkin, who first guest appeared on SATB 122, needs no introduction.

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Jan 15, 2018
129A: “Acoustic Beatles” with Dave Mirkin
01:12:59

Back in September, I first talked Beatles with this Renaissance man, in the context of The Beatles with The Simpsons. As you listeners will remember, Dave had a lot to say about the Beatles well beyond the parameters of that TV show. Well he’s back, and the subject we set out to discuss was the Beatles’ use of acoustic instruments – something Dave is well-versed in.

But as conversations will, we went far afield from that, covering subjects ranging from sincerity to darkness versus happiness to re-arranging songs on the fly to what the Beatles were doing alongside their contemporaries. And as the momentum mounted, I realized that there were more things discussed than any one show could reasonably contain. So enjoy 129A; 129B coming up (so to speak)!

“I Am The Walrus” acoustic excerpt by Laurence Juber: https://www.amazon.com/LJ-Plays-Beatles-Vol-2/dp/B003U8O2OY
Revolver mash-up by Douglas Grant: https://beta.prx.org/stories/11512

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Jan 12, 2018
128: The Beatles, Paul McCartney (and added Attraction)
01:15:40

In 1978 – the year he joined Elvis Costello in The Attractions – bassist Bruce Thomas was personally selected by Paul McCartney to participate in the Rockestra – an all-star ensemble assembled for a pair of Back To The Egg tracks. The collective gathered onstage a year later as part of Wings’ finale at the Kampuchea benefit. But Bruce Thomas is more than an inventive bass player: he’s a veteran musician (with roots in Britain’s 60s Blues Boom) as well as an acclaimed author of fiction and non-fiction both. His newest project – a collaboration with Spencer Brown – includes a Beatles cover.
Check out Bruce’s works here: https://www.brucethomas.co.uk/

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Dec 20, 2017
127: John Lennon, “Invisible Guitarist”
01:51:15

John once observed that, in his opinion, Paul was “…an egomaniac about everything else about himself, but his bass playing” – which was as influential as it was innovative. It is therefore a delicious irony to report the same was true of John: while he touted his status as an artist (not to mention “genius”) at every opportunity, he could be surprisingly reserved / conflicted about his own technical abilities on his chief instrument.

In this episode, I talk with musician/producer Ben Rowling, who breaks down John’s unsung contribution to The Beatles’ sound, as well as the impact he had on the rhythm guitarists that came after. With isolations and recreation, no one will ever again think of John’s instrumental Beatles work as “invisible.”

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Dec 04, 2017
126: 70s Beatle Fandom, etc…
01:51:31

SATB began as a conversation between two Beatle friends who happened to be writers; this episode began as a conversation about being a Beatles fan in the 70s. But in both instances, some unexpected twists and turns along the way led to other destinations…
I’d like you all to meet Andrew Vaughan – a good friend of mine, a music writer and hardcore Beatle fan. He’ll be helping out with the show, and in this episode, we try our best to stay on topic. Results may vary.

Songs include recordings by The Damned, The Optimists and The Residents.

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Nov 24, 2017
125: Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and the Traveling Wilburys
01:45:35

The unexpected loss of The Heartbreakers’ leader (and “Charlie T./Muddy Wilbury”) presents an opportunity to look back on the career of the accidental supergroup: the Traveling Wilburys, whose debut album issued almost thirty years ago represented an unimaginable musical collaboration among some of rocks’s giants. Presenting their back story is rock journalist Jeff Slate (http://jeffslatehq.com/index/), whose newly-published Roy Orbison: The Authorized Biography traces the career of a singular artist who, truth be known, served as an unwitting catalyst in the group’s formation. His ties to The Beatles as an artist and a friend are likewise traced.

Check out http://royorbison.com/ for more on the book.

“Please Please Me” by “Roy Orbison”
recorded by Jared Lekites: jaredlekites.bandcamp.comJared’s band, The Lunar Laugh: thelunarlaugh.bandcamp.com

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Nov 02, 2017
124: Finding The Fourth Beatle with David Bedford
01:49:59

You may already know the author of Liddypool and The Fab 104 for his meticulous research in already well-trod grounds. But with his latest work, David Bedford reveals new revelations – some of them shocking. In Finding The Fourth Beatle, David brings a fresh interpretation and critical new analysis to Beatles scholarship, going where the evidence leads him regarding the truth behind Pete Best’s parting ways with the group, as well as the process of recruitment that (eventually) led to Ringo. There is also new light shed on the 18 (!) Beatle drummers, the Decca audition, Brian’s unsigned managerial contract and those who might have been Beatles – but weren’t.
David is also working on an accompanying documentary and a companion CD release. Find out more at https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/finding-the-fourth-beatle

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Oct 22, 2017
123: All About That Bassist
01:27:34

In something of a departure from the usual, SATB presents a conversation with Arion Salazar, original bass player with Third Eye Blind (“Semi-Charmed Life” – “Losing A Whole Year” – “How’s It Going To Be” – “Never Let You Go”) and this year on tour with XEB. As you will hear, he is an accomplished recording artist whose life path was impacted virtually from birth by The Beatles (who, as it happened, had just split up while he was in utero). Arion offers up his insights as a fan and as a student of the Beatles on the group, on Paul (certainly as a bassist) as well as on Klaus Voormann.

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Oct 07, 2017
122: Simpsons Stories
01:58:43

In 1989, Paul McCartney hit the road again for the first time in a decade. That same year, the longest running sitcom in US TV history debuted, and like Sir Paul, The Simpsons is still in action today. In addition to the high-calibre talent involved from day one, the show has made frequent references to The Beatles, culminating with three episodes featuring guest appearances by the three ex-Beatles.
In this special expanded edition, we hear from writer/producer Jeff Martin, who wrote “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet” (which featured George); and writer/director/show runner David Mirkin, who went to Sussex to record the McCartneys (for “Lisa the Vegetarian”) and experienced something every Beatle fan can only imagine…

This is a NEW PHASE SATB episode….

Making his final appearance is our original co-host. Making a cameo in this episode is upcoming guest, Arion Salazar – original bassist with Third Eye Blind and on tour this year with XEB.

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Sep 28, 2017
121: New York Stories
01:42:22

Our guest’s 13 year-old face has left an indelible impression upon the memory of every Beatles fan who has ever watched their debut appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Deb Supnik (nee Gendler), dubbed “the first fan” by director Andrew Solt, is much more than just an attendee of The Beatles’ first live TV performance in America: her life changed forever that evening. Over the next several years, she worked tirelessly on behalf of the group (and their US fans) while maintaining relationships with members of the group’s organization (and even the odd Beatle parent or two).

Deb has shared her amazing stories in documentaries before, but here she gets to present them full-length and in exquisite detail.

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Sep 17, 2017
120: Hey Jude / Revolution
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49 years ago, The Beatles launched their Apple label with one of rock’s most successful single releases. Paul’s “Hey Jude,” backed with John’s “Revolution” – if not officially a double A-side release – surely ranks as among the finest 7″ records the group ever produced. It was also, as George observed years later, a real turning point in the band’s fortunes: a high point after which things could only go downhill. In this episode, Richard and Robert discuss the context of this record, as well as the writing, the recording and the public presentation of Apple’s first issue: a record that spent two weeks atop the UK charts and nine at number one in the US.
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Sep 05, 2017
119: Skiffle, The Beatles, and Billy Bragg
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For too many years, the role of Skiffle in The Beatles’ development as artists has been glossed over or diminished. Not anymore: in his new book, Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World, singer/songwriter/activist Billy Bragg presents an examination of the musical and sociological history of skiffle – where it came from; what it meant to a generation in post-war Britain, and how it paved the way for the British Invasion – while also restoring Lonnie Donegan to his rightful place as a true cultural revolutionary.

In this episode, Robert and Richard host this special guest, discussing his book as well as his recent release, Shine A Light – a collection of railroad songs recorded on the road across the US.

For more on Billy: http://www.billybragg.co.uk/
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Aug 29, 2017
118: London Stories; ’67 – ’68
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In a recent show, we profiled a pair of Liverpudlians who witnessed the Beatles up close and personal during their ascent to greatness. This time, we feature conversations with two personas – one English, one American – who likewise had a series of most memorable encounters with The Beatles; by this time, greatness achieved. Richard and Robert talked with the two Davids: the Brit is David Stark; the Yank goes by “Mr. Bonzai.”
Check out David Stark’s online Beatles archive here and Songlink International here.
Check out John Lennon’s Tooth here – Mr. Bonzai’s site here, and his podcast pilot here.
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Aug 21, 2017
117: George Martin – Maximum Volume
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The first volume of a new biography detailing the life of the late Sir George Martin has just been published. Kenneth Womack has been responsible for a number of fine volumes covering aspects of the Beatles’ career, but with Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, he takes on a figure whose background and story have long lacked a detailed telling.

Backstage at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, Robert and Richard sat down with Kenneth to discuss what’s in volume 1, as well as George’ Martin’s working relationship with The Fabs.

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Aug 12, 2017
116: The Beatles and the Historians
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A show on Beatle books is a fine idea but at the same time a little too broad: without some sort of focus, the confines of a single episode will not allow for a thorough examination. But with the arrival of this recent work by Erin Torkelson Weber, Richard and Robert are able to narrow the discussion to some key works, selected for their power in shaping public perceptions of the Beatles’ story. Applying a strict historiographic methodology, Erin’s book examines where various authors have succeeded or (mostly) failed in presenting accurate and essential tellings of their history. Authors discussed include Mark Lewisohn, Philip Norman, Albert Goldman, Bob Spitz, Hunter Davies, Barry Miles and Jann Wenner.
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Aug 07, 2017
115: Collecting The Beatles
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The Beatles remain the most collected rock band on the face of the planet: records of every kind – books – art – toys – and so forth. That’s just for the mainstream fandom; for the more serious collectors, there are promotional items, rare pressings, autographs, etc. Beyond even this, there rare those who’ve made it their pursuit to acquire items of a more personal nature: clothing – glasses – instruments – teeth.
Of those in the latter two categories, Robert and Richard spoke with Todd Jackson and Russ Lease, both of whom have assembled what must be described as world-class collections.
You can see items from Russ’s collection (along with a few others) on tour – click here for info.
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Jul 31, 2017
114: A Week In The Life – July 1969
01:10:51

While echoes of 1967 live on this year with 50-year commemorations of Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love, the events of two summers later were, if anything, even more portentous as far as the Beatles’ story goes. In this episode, Richard and Robert examine one specific week: July 1 through July 9, 1969. These eight days marked the resumption of the Abbey Road sessions after a month-long break. During this time, several tracks were recorded or developed – John crashed his car in Scotland – Brian Jones died – the Rolling Stones performed a free concert in Hyde Park – “Give Peace A Chance,” the Plastic Ono Band’s debut single was released, and John returned to work (along with Yoko – and her bed). The period saw the group compartmentalizing a 3-1 business split while striving to remain functionally harmonious musically.
Songs include “You Never Give Me Your Money” and “Give Peace A Chance.”
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Jul 22, 2017
113: Liverpool Stories
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Our guests in this episode – Jim Mawer and “Rita” – are not likely anyone you’ve ever heard of before. They’ve haven’t written books or appeared as guest speakers at any Beatle fan gatherings. But they did grow up in Liverpool; being a few years younger than the Beatles, they were uniquely situated in the right place at the right time to witness history up close.

In this episode, Jim (from Huyton) and Rita (West Derby) share their memories with Robert and Richard, representing two sides of the community that made up the group’s earliest fans and supporters.

Songs include “That Was Me” and “Liverpool 8.”
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Jul 16, 2017
112 77 on 7-7: Ringo Starr and The Beatles Beat
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In honor of his birthday, Richard and Robert honor Ringo by focusing an entire show on his drumming (as well as that of his predecessor). Aboard for the discussion is Gary Astridge, Ringo’s drum historian and archivist, as well as Alex Cain and Terry McCusker, authors of Ringo Starr and The Beatles Beat. We’ll be exploring the kits he used as well as his evolution as a drummer and percussionist.

Songs include “Boys” and “Dear Prudence.”

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Jul 06, 2017
111: It Was 60 Years Ago Today
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July 6, 1957 is the day that should be commemorated in Beatledom for all that sprang from it: not only in terms of the Beatles’ career, but in 1960s popular culture as well. In this special (nearly) 60-minute show, Robert and Richard discuss not the events of that day per se, but really, what it meant when the first of a series of minor miracles occurred: Paul was introduced to John.Songs include “Be Bop A Lula” and “20 Flight Rock.”
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Jun 30, 2017
110: Take Me To The Bridge – Beatles Middle 8s Examined
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In another listener suggested topic, Richard and Robert examine this aspect of song craft and how it evolved in Beatles recordings over time. Songs include “All I’ve Got To Do,” “With A Little Help From My Friends,” and “I Me Mine.”

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Jun 26, 2017
109: Desert Island Solo Discs
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872-93 - 10Suggested by a listener, your hosts, Robert and Richard divulge their favorite post-Beatles desert island discs (and books and videos, too), in a follow-up to their earlier Beatles Desert Island Discs show. Songs include…well, listen and find out!
“Sleepy Lagoon” performance by Martin Wheatley – check out his music here.
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Jun 20, 2017
108: The Beatles and Ed Sullivan
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In this special episode, Richard and Robert take listeners back to 1964 and the life-changing live TV debut of The Beatles in America before 73 million viewers.

Sharing their impressions of the Sullivan experience are director/writer/filmmaker Andrew Solt (Heroes of Rock N Roll,This Is Elvis!, Imagine: John Lennon), whose Sofa Entertainment owns the Sullivan archive of shows, as well as CBS executive Vince Calandra, who occupied a unique perspective: directly working with the group.Songs include “She Loves You” and “Long Tall Sally.”

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Jun 10, 2017
107: Sgt. Pepper at 50 – A Conversation
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In what’s likely to be the first of a series of Sgt. Pepper discussions, Robert and Richard attempt to sort out their feelings toward a most complicated and singular Beatles release; one that stirs powerful emotions within those who were there at the time – and more than a few that weren’t.
(Be sure to listen for the bonus observations by a fan who was there in ’67.)
Songs include “Good Morning, Good Morning” and “A Day in the Life.
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Jun 02, 2017
106: Deconstructing The Beatles – Revolution 9
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Before you roll your eyes, take a second: in this special episode, Richard and Robert dissect what is easily the most polarizing recording of The Beatles’ entire canon: the musique concrète produced by John, with assistance from Yoko and George, issued on their wildly expansive 1968 self-titled double album. Adding to the conversation: Jack Petruzzelli from The Fab Faux – a rare ensemble who have actually performed the piece live. No matter what you think of “Revolution 9,” there’s a lot here worth discussing: the inspiration – the intent – the influence (yes, there is that).

Songs include “Your Feet’s Too Big.”

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May 30, 2017
105: Marshall Crenshaw, The Beatles and Power Pop
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Said Allmusic about our guest: “He writes songs that are melodic, hooky and emotionally true, and he sings and plays them with an honesty and force that still finds room for humor without venom.” (See any commonality with The Beatles?) In this episode, Robert and Richard sat down and talked Beatles (and music generally) with Marshall Crenshaw, before discussing the meanings of “power pop” and “Beatlesque,” citing some favorite artists along the way.
Songs include “Crying, Waiting, Hoping” and “Soldier of Love.”
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May 22, 2017
104: Paperback Writer / Rain
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“Are The Beatles on their way out now?,” asked The Daily Sketch. Said a critic at The Sunday Mirror: “They have, to put it bluntly, goofed. ‘Paperback Writer’ would have gone into my junk box had it been by another group.”
They were speaking of this, The Beatles’ 12th single: a work signaling the transition from their rock ‘n’ roll era into psychedelia. Though not an official double-A-side release, both songs warrant a detailed examination by Richard and Robert. Find out if they concur with the contemporaneous words of producer George Martin: “A pretty ordinary rock beat…As far as I’m concerned, there are other tracks I much prefer to it.”
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May 13, 2017
103: Solo Beatle Covers
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Setting aside the thematic full album works like Run Devil Run, Rock ‘n’ Roll or Sentimental Journey, the former Beatles recorded a fair amount of material written by others. Naturally, Ringo – the least prolific writer among them – relied on covers the most, but each of them had favorite tunes that they took on, mostly (but not always) for official release. Robert and Richard present some of their favorites (and some, not so much). Songs include Randy Newman’s “Have You Seen My Baby,” Bob Dylan’s “If Not For You” and Ian Dury’s “I’m Partial To Your Abracadabra.”
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May 06, 2017
102: Compiling The Beatles
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Throughout the years, The Beatles’ music was repackaged in ways beyond counting, notwithstanding their aversion to anyone tampering with their presentation. In this episode, Richard and Robert examine the myriad ways their work was re-imagined and compiled: from A Collection of Oldies to Rarities to 1, from Alpha-Omega to Reel Music. Songs include “Bad Boy,” “Things We Said Today” and “Girl.”
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Apr 29, 2017
101: Beatle Guest Stars
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Throughout the course of their career, The Beatles freely tapped the talents of a number of outside musicians to add color to their musical palette. Many (string and brass players, mostly) were professionals toiling in relative obscurity, but a handful were well-known personas in their own right: Eric Clapton – Brian Jones – Billy Preston – Nicky Hopkins – Ronnie Scott.
In this show, Robert and Richard examine the contributions these men provided; names that many of us are familiar with for work issued under their own names. Songs include “Don’t Pass Me By,” “Lady Madonna” and “Waiting For The Band.”
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Apr 20, 2017
100: Something About The Beatles’ Humour
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Comedy was an aspect of The Beatles’ personas that came through loud and clear from day one. In this milestone episode, Richard and Robert discuss the comedic influences on the group that manifested themselves in the Beatles’ presence, songs and in John’s books.
Comedians include Ted Ray, Ken Dodd and Stanley Unwin.
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Apr 14, 2017
99: Autumn ’74 – Walls and Bridges and Dark Horse
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Ten years after The Beatles’ North American debut, at least three former members of the group battled an array of personal problems. John, George, and Ringo went through marital break-ups in 1974, which along with other issues, informed releases by at least two of the three ex-Beatles. In this episode, Robert and Richard discuss the parallels between albums issued by George and John that year.

Songs include “Nobody Loves You When You’re Down and Out” and “Dark Horse.”

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Apr 04, 2017
98: I’ve Seen That Road Before – Beatle Influencers and Inspirations
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Like all successful artists, The Beatles drew from sources all over the place, some obvious; some not so much. In this detailed discussion, Richard and Robert provide a precise rundown of songs and artists whose work directly impacted particular Beatle recordings.

Songs include “Albatross” and “The Inner Light.”

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Mar 25, 2017
97: Chuck Berry and The Beatles
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The esteem held by The Beatles for Chuck Berry is obvious if one considers that they performed more songs penned by him than any other single artist. This musical icon’s shadow looms large: as a performer – as a songwriter – as a guitarist. Not for no reason were his songs among the first learned by aspiring rock guitarists, and the Beatles were no exception. In this show, Robert and Richard examine the admiration they had for him and how it manifested itself through the years.

Songs include “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Music.”

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Mar 20, 2017
96: Ex-Beatles Helping Ex-Beatles (in the studio)
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Covering the period of John’s lifetime, Richard and Robert examine the recordings produced by the formerly Fab foursome and how their individual artistry contributed to each other’s work.

Songs include “I’m The Greatest and “Oh My Love.”

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Mar 12, 2017
95: Heart’s Ann Wilson Talks Beatles
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This episode features Robert and Richard in conversation with singer/songwriter Ann Wilson from Heart, who reveals how her deep love for The Beatles set her and sister Nancy on their life path from childhood. Also featured is Heart’s guitarist Craig Bartock (his second appearance), who offers insight into how a female singer approaches Beatles music. (Lastly, your hosts present some of their favorite Beatle covers by female artists.)

Songs include “Across The Universe.”

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Mar 03, 2017
94: The Man Who Gave The Beatles Away – Allan Williams Remembered
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In this special expended edition of SATB, Richard and Robert sit down with Beatles historian and author Mark Lewisohn to review the life and times of the Beatles’ first manager (yes, manager), who passed away late last year. Songs include “Ramrod” and “Shimmy Shimmy.”

[Art assistance by Mary Ruth Webb]

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Feb 22, 2017
93: Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane At 50
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Half a century ago, The Beatles ushered in the second half of their career – the studio years – with this landmark double A-side release. Though the single’s commercial fortunes might not have reflected it, the Lennon-McCartney songwriting team was at its zenith in terms of creativity and desire to break new ground. In this episode, Robert and Richard trace how the band utilized their newfound freedom, no longer restrained by the requirements of touring. Songs include a performance of SFF by Rosalie Cunningham – check out the video here.

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Feb 17, 2017
92: The Beatles – A Day In Their Lives
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In which Richard and Robert trace the rather momentous events of February 11th (give or take) throughout the entirety of The Beatles’ career. As with their Christmas messages, each fixed date saw major developments, mostly positive ones. Songs include “There’s A Place,” “Woman” and “Instant Karma.”

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Feb 11, 2017
91: The Beatles’ Live Reunion
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What if the events of December 8, 1980 played out completely differently and somehow, an unscathed John Lennon – bereft of any obstructions – was able to join his former bandmates in a live concert situation; perhaps more than one? In a subject suggested by a listener, Robert and Richard discuss the form that such a concert might take: what the set list and the staging might have looked like. Songs include “Here, There and Everywhere” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

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Feb 04, 2017
90: George and Paul
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Within the Beatles, there were any number of complex inter-personal dynamics. Those between the group’s lead guitarist and bassist were among the most convoluted: the Pisces fish vs. Gemini twin. In this episode, Richard and Robert discuss, examine and otherwise attempt to interpret this most volatile relationship as it evolved over time. Songs include “Don’t Ever Change, “I Me Mine” and “All Things Must Pass.”

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Jan 27, 2017
89: Post-Beatles Albums That Never Were
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Not what you might think: collations of solo Beatle songs, if they’d been recorded for collective Beatle albums. Instead, Robert and Richard focus on albums that were conceived and/or recorded by each ex-Beatle that, somehow, never made it to release. Songs include “I Can Help,” “Sat Singing,” “Tennessee” and “Tragedy.”

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Jan 21, 2017
88: Compiling McCartney
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Last year’s Pure McCartney compilation set stirred some debate among fans: how could a career spanning 46 years and over 500 recordings be adequately compressed down to 67 tracks? Beatlefan magazine’s Tom Frangione weighed in with an alternate 100 track set, and he is our guest, making the case for the choices he made, In this episode, Richard and Robert offer up their thoughts on what should go into a career-spanning representative set.

Songs include “Put It There,” “Wanderlust” and “Daytime Nightime Suffering.”

Compiling McCartney

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Jan 14, 2017
87: The Beatles’ Decca Audition
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1161-99-37The New Years Day 1962 showcase at Decca Records in London did not pan out as The Beatles and Brian Epstein had hoped. But the decision to turn down the Beatles has long been regarded in rock history as one of the most bone-headed executive decisions ever made. But was it? Should it more properly be regarded as a lucky break? Find out what Robert and Richard have to say as they analyze the material performed and what it said about the group’s thought process. Songs include “Like Dreamers Do,” “Hello Little Girl” and “Silence is Golden.”

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Jan 06, 2017
86: 2016 In Review
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satb-86In this year-end special, Richard and Robert took a look back at some of the Beatle-related events of 2016: the new releases – the films – the tours – the anniversaries – the passings. While at the moment we may think of this year as ending not a minute too soon, your hosts manage to offer up some lighthearted observations on all things Beatles. Songs include “Now is the Time.”

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Dec 31, 2016
85: Magical Mystery Tour – The Film
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The Beatles’ 1967 self-produced TV special/film has been pilloried from day one as their first critical disaster; a creative overreach that critics saw as proof of how lost they were when operating out of their element. But was it that bad? In this episode, Robert and Richard explain its production and contextualize decisions made that resulted in a finished product at odds with expectations.

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Dec 20, 2016
83: John Lennon Memorialized
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satb-83It has been 36 years since the December night when we lost John. On this show, Robert and Richard discuss the array of musical tributes to the slain former Beatle that came from peers and admirers alike, some many years later. Artists presented include Elton John, Queen, Oasis, Gerry Marsden and two of his former bandmates.

Songs include “Empty Garden” and “Here Today.”

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Dec 08, 2016
82: Our Favorite Solo George Songs
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For an artist with such a deep and diverse catalog of top-flight material, George remains “the Quiet Beatle” – as his most familiar songs seem to be those from two albums in particular (while the remaining eight are routinely overlooked). In this episode, Richard and Robert present some of their favorite songs from the post-Beatles Harrison canon, shedding light on the richness of his work from All Things Must Pass through Brainwashed. Songs include “Horse To The Water,” “Give Me Love” and “Cheer Down.”

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Dec 01, 2016
81: SATB’s Beatles Live Anthology
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satb-81It occurred to us, as it must have with everyone else, that the release of Eight Days A Week really called for an accompanying soundtrack, or at least a parallel collection of music spanning the whole of The Beatles’ documented live performing career. Into that void Robert and Richard have stepped, with their proposed collection of live performances ranging from the Star Club to Candlestick. Necessarily, some of the extant audio is rough, but not unlistenable and certainly essential to understanding what kind of live musicians these guys were (and how they did it to an audience).

Locales represented here include Hamburg – Stockholm – London – New York City – Melbourne – Blackpool – Paris – Houston – Tokyo – San Francisco.

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Nov 25, 2016
80: Blueprinting The Beatles’ White Album
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satb-80At the suggestion of Executive Producer Rick Wey, Richard and Robert discuss “the Kinfauns Tapes” (or “the Esher Demos”): 27 new songs composed by John, Paul and George mostly in Rishikesh, India during the Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation retreat in early 1968 and taped at George’s home in advance of the studio sessions. Hear how these tunes evolved before their recording and release on the the group’s self-titled double-album. Songs include “Revolution,” “Honey Pie” and “Sour Milk Sea.”

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Nov 17, 2016
78: Beatles ’78
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Reminisce with Robert and Richard through a post-Beatles year where residual mania was still rampant, taking the form of two motion pictures – two television specials – two albums from ex-Beatles – (at least) two new books – and a resurgence of re-releases, re-packaged in visually attractive forms. Songs include “Hard Times,” “With A Little Luck” and “Flying Hour.”

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Nov 14, 2016
79: Beatle Politics
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Given the imminent wind-down of the current political season, Richard and Robert thought it timely to examine the political interests connected to The Beatles, both during and after their collective career. Songs include “Taxman,” “All You Need Is Love” and Save The World.”

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Nov 04, 2016
77: Death and The Beatles
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In this episode, Robert and Richard explore mortality as experienced by the members of the Beatles: friends, family, acquaintances – the inner circle; and how it was reflected in their music. Songs include “Art of Dying,” “Deep Blue” and “Lonely Road.”

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Oct 27, 2016
76: Solo-Beatle Collaborations Deconstructed with Anthony Robustelli
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In this episode, Richard and Robert talk with the host of the Multitrack Meltdown podcast, author/musician Anthony Robustelli (I Want To Tell You: Volume 1 1962/1963; Steely Dan FAQ). His specialty is revealing what lies beneath the surface of the masters of Beatles and Beatles-related recordings. Here, you’ll get to hear the inner workings of John’s recordings with Elton John and David Bowie (“Whatever Gets you Through The Night” and “Fame” respectively); Paul with Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson (“What’s That You’re Doing” and “Say Say Say” respectively) and George with Tom Petty (“I Won’t Back Down”).

Check out Anthony’s work here:

http://www.thebeatlesiwanttotellyou.com/multi-track-meltdown

https://soundcloud.com/user-493432193/tracks

Songs include “Act Naturally.”

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Oct 21, 2016
75: Favorite Covers BY The Beatles
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satb-75Some day Robert and Richard will devote a show to their favorite covers of songs written BY the Beatles, but in this 90-minute episode, they run down some of their favorite songs written by other artists that they recorded or performed; where recordings exist. Songs include material that originated with Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Little Willie John, Larry Williams, Carl Perkins, The Miracles, Mikas Theodorakis…and The Donays!

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Oct 14, 2016
74: Lennonology with Chip Madinger: The Interview
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In this episode, Richard and Robert chat with Chip Madinger, co-author of Lennonology: Strange Days Indeed – A Scrapbook of Madness. Chip is also the co-author (with Mark Easter) of the acclaimed Eight Arms To Hold You: The Solo Compendium. (2000).

Songs include “Nobody Told Me and Aisumasen (I’m Sorry).

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Find Chip Madinger’s and Scott Raile’s Lennonology sites here:

http://www.lennonology.com/main.htm

http://www.lennonology.com/Preorder_2015_Live.htm

http://www.lennonology.com/Master%20Quotes%20List%201966-1980%20v1.1.pdf

Photo forum here (no, you don’t need to have bought the book to access; just register):

http://forum.lennonology.com/

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Oct 07, 2016
73: The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl
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In this episode, Robert and Richard discuss the reissue of the classic 1977 album of the 1964 and 1965 Hollywood Bowl concerts, concurrent with the Ron Howard Eight Days A Week documentary.

Songs include “If I Fell, “I Feel Fine,” “I Wanna Be Your Man” and “I’m Down.”

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Sep 30, 2016
72: Ron Howard’s Beatles – Eight Days A Week
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In this expanded edition, Richard and Robert examine the new film on The Beatles’ performing years, in theaters and on Hulu; as well as the restored Shea Stadium concert film. Joining us are two guests who contributed to the project: renowned archivist Erik Taros and author (Some Fun Tonight”) Chuck Gunderson, explaining the process from the inside. Their insights offer a glimpse into the project’s evolution and how we got to where we ended up.

Songs include “Act Naturally” and “Long Tall Sally.”

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Sep 24, 2016
70: Late 1970
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In this expanded episode, Richard and Robert discuss the parallels between the concurrent releases, George’s All Things Must Pass and John’s Plastic Ono Band. Songs include “Beware of Darkness,” “Let It Down,” “Love” and “Mother.”

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Sep 09, 2016
69: Sgt. Revolver – Two Landmark Beatle Albums Compared
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In this episode, Robert and Richard further the discussion of Revolver, comparing it with the more acclaimed work that followed. Songs include “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “When I’m 64.”

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Aug 31, 2016
68: Beatle George, Guitarist – Our Favorite Moments
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In this episode, Richard and Robert reveal their picks of George’s finest moments in his traditional Beatle role. Songs include “Till There Was You” and “Here Comes The Sun.”

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Aug 24, 2016
67: Questions For The Beatles
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SATB 67In this listener-suggested subject show, Robert and Richard lay out the questions they would ask John, Paul, George and Ringo, if given a chance (and total candor). Songs include “Do You Want To Know A Secret” and “You Know My Name (Look Up My Number).”

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Aug 19, 2016
66: Revolver at 50
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SATB 66In this edition, Richard and Robert discuss the creation of what is arguably The Beatles’ collective highest achievement – Revolver. Taped before a live audience, you’ll hear an array of in-progress takes of the album as well as the single recorded during the sessions, “Paperback Writer” / “Rain.” Songs include “Tomorrow Never Knows,” “I Want To Tell You” and Here, There and Everywhere.”

Thanks to Winona Patterson and Xavier Duran.

Check out Robert Rodriguez’s Revolver: How The Beatles Re-Imagined Rock ‘n’ Roll here.

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Aug 13, 2016
65: The Beatles of August
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In this episode, Robert and Richard examine the whole of band’s career, seen through the prism of one momentous month, from the start to the end of their career. (Notably, were photographed as a “The Beatles” for the first and the last times on the same day – August 22 – seven years apart.) Songs include “Help!” and “Because.”

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Aug 04, 2016
64: Questions From Listeners #2
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Remember the last time we did this?

In another extended episode, Richard and Robert take on an array of topics suggested by listeners, ranging from who played what on certain recordings to the upcoming Hollywood Bowl reissue and much, much more!

Songs include “Free As A Bird” and “Eight Days A Week.”

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Jul 29, 2016
63: The Beatles on the Telly
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In this special extended episode, Robert and Richard discuss the group’s career through the prism of their television appearances. Rather than music performances per se, the focus here is on the occasions where they were tapped for their comedic skills, or interview situations that offered viewers insights into how they saw themselves at the time, and how these appearances evolved, along with their artistry and group dynamic.

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Jul 22, 2016
62: The Music and Artistry of Beatle Paul
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In this episode, Richard and Robert trace the arc of Paul’s musical development as a Beatle, encompassing singing, writing and instrumental prowess. Songs include “All My Loving,” “Yesterday” and “You Never Give Me Your Money.”

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Jul 14, 2016
61: The Beatles and The Monkees – It Goes Like This
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Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the unleashing of the “Pre-Fab Four” on an unsuspecting public, Robert and Richard examine the ties, parallels and overlapping phenomenon between the two acts. Songs include “Paperback Believer” and “Daydream Believer.”

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Jul 09, 2016
60: You Say You Want An Evolution: The Beatles’ Left Turns and Re-thinks
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IMG_6342In this episode, Richard and Robert examine the songs that The Beatles drastically re-thought before releasing or abandoned altogether. Featuring insights from singer/songwriter/producer/guitarist Craig Bartock from Heart.

Songs include “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Two of Us.”

Roy Orbison’s “Please Please Me” performed by Jared Lekites of The Lunar Laugh.

More on Craig Bartock.

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Jul 01, 2016
59: Beatles Punk and Grunge
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In this special episode, Robert and Richard explore the possible connections between the Beatles and later generations of artists, whether influenced by or reacting to. Also: an exclusive interview with producer/musician Butch Vig (Nirvana – Smashing Pumpkins – Garbage), offering insights into Nirvana’s particular fascination and latter-day collaboration.

Songs include “And I Love Her” and “Cut Me Some Slack.”

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Jun 24, 2016
58: Beatle Mal – The “Gentle Giant”
01:39:51

SATB 58In this extended episode, Richard and Robert pay tribute to The Beatles’ road manager-turned-producer/songwriter. Evans did more than lift and carry: he contributed musically in the studio and continued assisting and collaborating with them until his sad and tragic end at 40. Hear our analysis, musical clips and – in an interview with Laura Gross taped five weeks before his death – his own words.

Songs include “Lonely Man” and “No Matter What.”

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Jun 16, 2016
57: Their Biggest Mistakes
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In this episode, Robert and Richard discuss three (or more) critical errors of judgment that cost The Beatles big time in terms of harmony and longevity. Drugs? Klein? Yoko? Lack of parity between the principle songwriters? Quitting touring? What were the factors that, had they gone another way, might have kept the band on track longer?

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Jun 10, 2016
56: Beatles ’74
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In this episode, Richard and Robert provide an overview of their greatest post-break-up year: the music – the collaborations – the possibilities. Includes a special segment from our guest, Bob Ward.

Songs include “You’re Sixteen” and “Junior’s Farm.”

Check out this detailed 1974 timeline here.

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Jun 02, 2016
55: The Beatles On Drugs
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SATB 55No serious discussion of The Beatles’ career is complete without examining their recreational pursuits, and how they impacted their art, as well as their interactions. Robert and Richard trace the history of their drug use, from the club years to the break-up.

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May 26, 2016
54: Philip Norman’s McCartney
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SATB 54 copyIn this episode, Richard and Robert devote the show to examining the new Paul McCartney bio by the author of 1981’s Shout! Hear an exclusive interview with author Norman as he explains the intent behind crafting a work completely at odds with his oft-stated past opinions about Sir Paul.

Norman’s George Harrison memoriam here and his open letter to Paul McCartney here.

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May 20, 2016
53: The Beatle Films That Never Were
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In this episode, Robert and Richard explore the cinematic opportunities that came their way for group projects that, for one reason or another, went unfulfilled. (These include might-have-beens with Stanley Kubrick and Disney Studios.) Songs include “The Beatles’ Movie Medley.”

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May 12, 2016
52: Second Guessing The Beatles #2
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SATB 52In this episode, Richard and Robert revisit the theme they’d first explored on show 21 – recasting the Beatles’ mid-period albums (Help! – Rubber Soul – Revolver – Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band) in their own image. Songs include “Every Little Thing,” “Day Tripper” and “It’s All Too Much.”

Red = dropped tracks
Blue = added tracks

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May 05, 2016
51: A “Cardboard Tombstone”? – The Beatles’ Epitaph
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In this episode, Robert and Richard discuss the various iterations of the album produced from the fractious “Get Back/Let It Be sessions. Featuring an exclusive interview with Glyn Johns, songs include “One After 909,” “Two of Us” and “Across The Universe.”

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Apr 28, 2016
50: “Another Lennon-McCartney Original” – John and Paul as Songwriters
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In this episode, Richard and Robert trace the musical partnership of the Beatles’ two senior members. Songs include “I Saw Her Standing There,” “We Can Work It Out” and “A Day in the Life.”

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Apr 21, 2016
49: George and Ringo
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In this episode, Robert and Richard delve into the nearly lifelong relationship between the two “economy class” (George’s words) Beatles; from Hamburg to stardom to the solo years to the end of George’s life. Songs include “It Don’t Come Easy,” “Down and Out” and “Never Without You.”

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Apr 13, 2016
48: Something About The Threetles
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SATB 48Some twenty years on from the issue of “Free As A Bird” and “Real Love,” Richard and Robert revisit the Beatles Anthology project and the new performances and recordings that were part of the documentary’s release. Songs include the aforementioned, plus “Ain’t She Sweet” and “Raunchy.”

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Apr 07, 2016
47: The Life of Cyn
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On the one year anniversary of her passing, Robert and Richard examine the life of the first Mrs. John Lennon, using her own words along the way. Additional insights provided by guest author Jude Southerland Kessler, author of the John Lennon series of narrative biographies. Songs include “In My Life” and “Those Were The Days.”

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Apr 01, 2016
46: “Winter of Our Discontent” Part Two – Savile Row
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(Remember part one?)

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In this expanded episode, Richard and Robert revisit the second half of January 1969 and the “ill-fated” project that ended up as the Let It Be film and album. Picking up from where they left off, your hosts examine the day-by-day events that culminated in the famous rooftop performance (see it here) as well as the introduction of Billy Preston to the proceedings and how Paul was right when he asserted that given a challenge, the group could rise to the occasion.

Songs include “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window,” “Her Majesty,” “The Inner Light” and “Let It Be.”

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Mar 24, 2016
45: Rock Devil Roll – John and Paul Get Back
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SATB 45In this episode, Robert and Richard compare and contrast the approaches John and Paul took in the post-Beatles years to revisiting their musical roots. Songs include “Ain’t That A Shame” – “You Can’t Catch Me” – “Be My Baby” – “Lonesome Town.”

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Mar 15, 2016
44: “Oh Yoko!” (Or: All I Want Is The Truth)
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In this mostly non-musical episode (imagine!), Richard and Robert take on the “Ballad of John and Yoko” – separating truth from self-spun myth.

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Mar 08, 2016
43: The Beatles Called Him “Normal”
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In this episode, Robert and Richard discuss the career of engineer/producer Norman “Hurricane” Smith, who worked with The Beatles from “Love Me Do” through Rubber Soul. Hear him in his own words describe the time, in an exclusive interview recorded by Richard in the 1990s.

Songs include: “Devil in Her Heart,” “Don’t Let It End,” and “Oh Babe What Would You Say.”

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Mar 03, 2016
42: Words of “Love”
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In this post-Valentine’s Day episode, Richard and Robert discuss what exactly what a love song meant to The Beatles – the range from purely romantic to outright threatening.

Songs include: “Run For Your Life,” “Getting Better,” “Girl” and “I Will.”

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Feb 18, 2016
41: A Beatles Salute to Black History Month (or do you say “R & Beatles”?)
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In this expanded edition, Robert and Richard present an array of African-American talent; artists who brought their own unique voices to The Beatles’ material and made it their own, utterly. Talents range from Junior Parker to Stevie Wonder; from Nina Simone to Syreeta Wright. (You’ll even hear the Beatles’ own idols pay them the ultimate compliment.)

Songs include: “I’ve Got A Feeling,” “Tomorrow Never Knows,” “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide” and “Savoy Truffle.”

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Feb 12, 2016
40: “Winter of Our Discontent” Part One – Twickenham
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In this special extended episode, Richard and Robert provide a thorough day-by-day overview of the first two weeks of the “Get Back” / Let It Be sessions, including George’s walk-out. Songs include: “Get Back,” “All Things Must Pass,” “Let It Be,” and “Madman.”

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Feb 04, 2016
39: The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix
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In this episode, Robert and Richard review the connections between Jimi Hendrix – The Beatles – Paul – and Linda. Songs include “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band” and “Hey Joe.”

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Jan 27, 2016
38: Beatles Myths
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In this Mythbusters episode of SATB, Richard and Robert examine an array of commonly believed stories about the Beatles that just don’t stand up to scrutiny. Songs include “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”

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Jan 20, 2016
37: Bowie and The Beatles
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In this special memorial remembrance, Robert and Richard look back at the career of David Bowie: The Beatle/ex-Beatle influences, as well as direct interactions. In addition to an exclusive interview clip with the man himself, songs include “Fame” and “Across The Universe.”

 

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Jan 12, 2016
36: George Martin and The Beatles
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RIP GM

Hear Richard Buskin’s entire 1987 interview with George Martin here.

SATB 36In this 90th birthday commemoration, Richard and Robert discuss the Beatles’ producer, courtesy of some isolations as well as an exclusive interview recorded in 1987 by one of your hosts. Songs include “Anytime at All,” “Because” and “Pepperland.”

 

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Jan 07, 2016
35: A Collection of SATB Oldies
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SATB 35At holiday season, your hosts – Robert and Richard – present a stroll down memory lane, presenting some favorite clips from the over 30 episodes of Something About The Beatles they’ve presented. Heard here: rare tracks – isolations – live cuts – guest interviews – bells.

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Dec 20, 2015
34: John Lennon – Vocalist
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In this extended episode, Richard and Robert examine the singing of John Lennon, commemorating the thirty-five years since his passing with a look at his unique vocal artistry, as a Beatle and solo.

Songs include: “Twist and Shout” and “Happiness is a Warm Gun.”

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Dec 11, 2015
33: Rubber Soul at 50
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IMG_5239Fifty years ago this week, Rubber Soul was released in the UK and US. But the differences between the two editions were striking, and are worth a discussion. Robert and Richard examine the differences, as well as the context of the times and what might have been.

Songs include: “I’m Looking Through You” and “The Word.”

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Dec 03, 2015
32: Beatles’ Turkeys
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In this special holiday week edition of Something About The Beatles, Richard and Robert offer up their takes on The Beatles’ “turkeys” – missteps, bad ideas or otherwise lesser efforts. (Here’s a clue: it’s their shortest episode yet!)

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Nov 24, 2015
31: The Beatles 1+
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In this episode, Robert and Richard analyze the new CD/DVD package: the good – the bad – the phoned in. They are joined by their friend and yours, Mark Lewisohn, as well as video archivist Erik Taros, who worked on the new promos set. (He also contributes to the upcoming Ron Howard live documentary project.)

Songs include: “Real Love and “Eight Days A Week.”

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Nov 21, 2015
30: The EARLY Beatles
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In this episode, Richard and Robert explore the origins of The Beatles, through an examination of the Skiffle phenomenon in post-war Britain; the Quarry Men and the core of John, Paul and George coming together.

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Songs include: “Mama Don’t Allow,” “In Spite of All the Danger,” and “I’ll Follow The Sun.”

Do check out this.

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Nov 14, 2015
29: Desert Island Beatle Discs
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In this special expanded edition, Robert and Richard discuss their choices of eight Beatle tunes, plus 1 book and one film/documentary, all Beatle related, in the spirit of the long-running BBC radio series.

Songs include: “Boys,””Tomorrow Never Knows” and “Beyond the Valley of a Day in the Life.”

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Nov 03, 2015
28: Early 1970
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Richard and Robert discuss the events leading up to Paul’s April 1970 bombshell, reported as the Beatles’ breaking up.

Early 1970

Songs include “Instant Karma” and “Early 1970.”

Check out the Something About The Beatles 2016 calendar here and here.

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Oct 22, 2015
27: The Beatles’ Southern Roots
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This is a new phase SATB podcast…essential to the content of the Beatles at the Ridge festival, SOMETHING ABOUT THE BEATLES was performed live before an audience; in comes the warmth and the freshness of a live performance, as reproduced by Thomas Repetny.

Thanks to Dr. Michael Bowman/Melany Bowman/Jude Kessler/Rande Kessler/Danny West/Mayor Charles Snapp/Carrie Snapp.

Art by Rick Wey.

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Songs include: “Leave My Kitten Alone,” “Soldier of Love,” “Don’t Pass Me By,” and the sounds of Chuck Berry, Little Willie John, Booker T and the MGs, and so forth.

In this episode, Robert (he of the hot mic) and Richard (he of the dead mic but the live turntable) discuss the rich heritage of artists of Southern origin that influenced The Beatles’ by song and example.

Visit the Something About The Beatles’ shop here.

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Beatles Covers

Southern Artists

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Oct 22, 2015
26: Some Fun Tonight – The Beatles’ American Tours
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Richard and Robert welcome special guest Chuck Gunderson (interviewed at The Fest For Beatles Fans), author of the spectacular double volume Some Fun Tonight, chronicling The Beatles’ three North American Tours, 1964 – 1966.

Songs include “If I Fell” and “Things We Said Today.”

Check out Chuck’s site and Facebook page.

Our Facebook page is here.

Robert’s books and Richard’s books.

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Sep 18, 2015
25: The Solo Creative Peaks of Lennon and McCartney
01:06:39

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In this special episode – taped before a (presumably) live audience at the 2015 Fest for Beatles Fans in Rosemont, Illinois – Robert and Richard discuss their picks for solo Lennon and McCartney compilations.

Songs heard include: “This One,” “Beautiful Night,” “Imagine” and “I Know (I Know).”

Richard’s Paul compilation picks:
Busking MaccaRobert’s John compilation picks – the hits:
Let It GoAnd the deep tracks:
No More CryingRobert’s two volumes on the solo years are available in print and Kindle editions here and here.

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Check out Richard’s Lennon bio here.

Richard’s newest book, Beatles 101, is available in print and Kindle here.

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Coming soon: the 2016 Something About The Beatles double-art calendar….

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Sep 02, 2015
23: The Beatles as Instrumentalists
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In this episode, Robert and Richard explore, through the wonder of isolated tracks, the group’s individual and collective talents as on their instruments as well as their innovations.

Songs include: “And Your Bird Can Sing,” “Paperback Writer,” “Dear Prudence” and “The End.”

For a detailed discussion of the “Dear Prudence” drumming, check out this.

Robert’s award-winning book, Revolver: How The Beatles Re-Imagined Rock ‘n’ Roll, is available in print and Kindle editions here.

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Richard’s newest book, Beatles 101, is available in print and Kindle here.

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Aug 05, 2015
22: Questions From Listeners #1
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In this episode, Richard and Robert take questions and offer answers on an array of topics. We won’t get too specific here, but you’ll here about Mal Evans, piano prowess, the identity of the walrus and an awful lot of speculation.

Songs include: “Love,” “In My Life,” ”Lovely Rita” and “Only A Northern Song.”

 

Richard’s newest book, Beatles 101, is available in print and Kindle here.

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Robert’s newest book, Solo in the 70s, is available in print and Kindle here.
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Jul 11, 2015
21: Second Guessing The Beatles #1
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In this episode, Robert and Richard discuss their picks for what songs should’ve been issued on the Beatles’ first four UK albums, in place of some of the material that was. (Not a lot of overlap in agreement here…)

Songs include: “Some Other Guy,” “Soldier of Love,” ”Little Child” and “Ain’t Nothing Shakin’.

Robert’s newest book, Solo in the 70s, is available in print and Kindle here.
SITS site Richard’s newest book, Beatles 101, is available in print and Kindle here.

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Jun 28, 2015
20: 1968 – Triumph of Chaos?
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In this episode, Richard and Robert examine the tumultuous backdrop against which The Beatles created the “White Album” amidst a world of change.

Songs include: “Maharishi,” Child of Nature,” ”Sour Milk Sea” and “Long, Long, Long

Robert’s latest book is Solo in the 70s
Richard’s latest book is Beatles 101

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Jun 17, 2015
19: Ramagine – A Musical Dialogue
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(Or do you say Imagiram?)

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In this episode, Robert and Richard discuss the musical interactions between Paul and John as heard on the Ram and Imagine albums of 1971, a year after The Beatles’ split.

Songs include: “Too Many People,” “Crippled Inside,” “Dear Boy” and “How Do You Sleep.”

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Jun 03, 2015
18: 1965
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In this episode, Richard and Robert present an overview of the year and how The Beatles advanced their art. In addition to some rare music, the episode features a two guest authors: Al Sussman and Andrew Grant Jackson. Al is the author of Changin’ Times: 101 Days That Shaped A Generation and the upcoming British Invasion 101: The Need-To-Know Guide. Andrew is the author of Still The Greatest: The Essential Songs of the Beatles’ Solo Careers and the recently published 1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music.

Songs include: “You Like Me Too Much,” “That Means A Lot,” “Nowhere Man” and “We Can Work It Out.”

Al Sussman

Check out Al on the Things We Said Today podcast

Jackson Check out Andrew’s 1965 website here

Department of Corrections: Robert “Freeman,” not Robert “Whitaker”

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May 19, 2015
17: The Fifth Beatle – Brian Epstein
01:15:55

In this episode, Robert and Richard discuss the role the Beatles’ manager had in their lives and the effect his 1967 death had on the band’s fate. They also welcome special guest Vivek Tiwary, author of the New York Times best-seller, The Fifth Beatle – soon to be a motion picture.
Songs include: “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away,” “Baby You’re A Rich Man,” “America” and “Your Mother Should Know.”

 

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Apr 21, 2015
16: “Dutch Imports”
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In this episode, Richard and Robert provide an overview of the seventies-era underground Beatle releases, ranging from live recordings to Twickenham Nagra reels.

Songs include: “Have You Heard the Word,” “You Can’t Do That,” “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” and “You Never Give Me Your Money.”

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Mar 17, 2015
15: George and John
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In this episode, Robert and Richard discuss the personal and creative dynamic between these two Beatles, both during and after their bandmate years.

Songs include: €œ”She Said She Said,”€ “Oh My Love” and “Not Guilty.”

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Feb 25, 2015
14: New York City
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In this episode, Richard and Robert speak to Q104.3’s Ken Dashow, host of the New York Breakfast with The Beatles; and get the lowdown on the origins of Beatlefest, as told by Mark Lapidos himself.

Songs include: “New York City” and “All Together Now.”€

Check out: http://www.q1043.com/onair/breakfast-with-the-beatles-16000/ and www.thefest.com

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Feb 08, 2015
13: The Beatles and Pete Best
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In this episode, Robert and Richard examine the musicality of Ringo’s predecessor in the band. Songs include: “Love Me Do,” “My Bonnie (Lies Over The Ocean),” “Cry for a Shadow,” “Come Together and “Pete’s Theme.

Check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_p_zKrKWFE to see the Pete and Mona interview.

Check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBe-ZfrQ_RA to see the Tony Sheridan interview.

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Jan 24, 2015
11: The Fab Faux
01:00:05

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In this episode, Robert and Richard get insights into the Beatles’ artistry, including Ringo’s drumming, from The Fab Faux’s Frank Agnello, Rich Pagano and Jack Petruzelli.

Songs excerpts heard include “I Don’t Want To Face It,”Everybody’s Got Something To Hide” “I Am The Walrus” and “Happiness is a Warm Gun.”

Check out

http://www.thefabfaux.com/

http://jackpetruzzelli.com/

http://www.richpagano.com/

Check THIS out for an explicit side by side of the riff Frank talks about, played by Paul and John: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxIJPO-Jric

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Dec 10, 2014
10: Beatles Gear with Andy Babiuk
01:24:38

In this extended episode, Richard and Robert discuss the Beatles’ instruments. Andy Babiuk, bassist with The Empty Hearts (formerly of the Chesterfield Kings) and author of Beatles Gear and the newly-published Rolling Stones Gear, joins the panel to talk about how the Beatles acquired and used various guitars and effects to create magic.

Songs excerpts heard include “I Feel Fine,” “And I Love Her,” “She Said She Said,” “Paperback Writer,” “Back in the USSR” and “I Me Mine.”

Get the newly published Ultimate Beatles Gear here.

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Nov 06, 2014
Video podcast 01: Something About The Beatles at The Fest I
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This special video podcast depicts show 09, Was Sgt. Pepper The Beatles’ Creative Peak?, in the studio and at The Fest For Beatles Fans in Rosemont. See for yourself why Richard and Robert have faces made for radio.

Special guest: Beatles Historian Mark Lewisohn, author of All Those Years: Tune In

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Sep 13, 2014
09: Was Sgt. Pepper The Beatles’ Creative Peak?
01:02:34

In this special edition, Robert and Richard discuss the merits of the Pepper album, as well as whether John Lennon’s pulling back from the others represented a tragedy of artistic promise gone unfulfilled or simply John being John.
Beatle historian Mark Lewisohn (All Those Years: Tune In) then joins them for a lively discussion taped onstage in the ballroom at The Fest for Beatles Fans.

Songs heard in this episode include: “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Reprise,” “A Day In The Life” (with the “humming” ending), “Hey Bulldog” and Humphrey Lyttelton’s “Bad Penny Blues.”

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Sep 02, 2014
08: The Songs Lennon & McCartney (and Harrison) Gave Away
01:31:33

In this extra-long episode, Richard and Robert discuss the material the Beatles crafted for others and didn’t record themselves. Also: an interview with singer and NEMS artist Billy J. Kramer, the recipient of quite a few Lennon-McCartney exclusives.

Songs heard in this episode include: “Bad To Me,” “It’s For You,” “Woman,” “Catcall,” “Sour Milk Sea,” “Come and Get It,” “Goodbye” and “From A Window.”

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Jun 27, 2014
07: The Beatles as Singers
01:17:56

Robert and Richard delve into a career-spanning array of Beatle isolated vocals, illustrating the distinct and unique sound they possessed up until the very end. Also: a chat with New York Times journalist Allan Kozinn, author of the newly published e-book, Got That Something: How The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand” Changed Everything.

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May 22, 2014
06: The Beatles Live!
01:06:33

SATB 6In this show, Richard and Robert discuss The Beatles as performers: from the Star-Club to the Savile Row rooftop. Loads of rare live stuff to hear, including songs from each year they toured – and an alternate take from the rooftop show.

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Mar 31, 2014
04: And When I Touch You: some mono/stereo variations
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Mono vs. Stereo/I Want To Hold Your Kozinn

In this show, Robert and Richard discuss some of the mono/stereo variations heard throughout the Beatles recordings, as well as the US vs. UK releases."I Want To Hold Your Hand," issued fifty years ago, is discussed with New York Times writer Allan Kozinn, author of the newly published Got That Something!: How the Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" Changed Everything.

Dec 25, 2013
03: With The Beatles Live at the BBC 2
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03: With The Beatles Live at the BBC 2 

In this show, Richard and Robert discuss the group's second album, released fifty years ago. They also talk about the new release of the Beatles Live at the BBC volume 2, as well as a bit about The Korgis and the show's theme song.

Nov 27, 2013
01: The Storm Before the Storm
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Pilot: The Storm Before the Storm: October 1963

In this edition, Richard and Robert discuss the events of autumn 1963 as the Beatles’ career began to take off fifty years ago, paving the way for their conquest of America. Hear the sounds, discussion and exclusive interviews with Beatle historian Mark Lewisohn, author of All These Years: Volume One—Tune In; and writer Al Sussman, author of the upcoming Changin’ Times: 101 Days That Shaped A Generation.

Nov 05, 2013
02: Mark Lewisohn Tunes In
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In this show, Richard and Robert continue with part two of their exclusive interview with Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn, who talks about the making of his acclaimed new best-seller, All These Years: Volume One—Tune In. Also, the music of John Lennon - in and out of the Beatles - is discussed, as well as the making of the Beatles' first Christmas message fifty years ago.

 

 

Nov 02, 2013