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The ultimate Beatles podcast: Deep research, unconventional topics, probing interviews and hard-hitting info that doesn't pull any punches. Hosted by Erik Taros and Richard Buskin.

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The ultimate Beatles podcast: Deep research, unconventional topics, probing interviews and hard-hitting info that doesn't pull any punches. Hosted by Erik Taros and Richard Buskin.

    Episode #24 – ‘Walking on Thin Ice – Did Yoko Really Help to Break Up The Beatles?’

    Episode #24 – ‘Walking on Thin Ice – Did Yoko Really Help to Break Up The Beatles?’

    50 years after The Beatles’ demise, Yoko Ono is still portrayed online and by the media as the quintessential witch who broke up a famous relationship and ruined a great thing. But did she really earn this reputation? And, if not, should she shoulder at least some of the blame for the group’s demise?
    A multi-layered topic, it sparks a lively conversation and clashing opinions, punctuated by The Beatles’ own recollections and a predictably eclectic collection of tracks.
    The Music

    * ‘No Bed for Beatle John’
    * ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko’ (Take 7)
    * ‘Yer Blues’/‘Whole Lotta Yoko’ (The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus)
    * ‘Who Has Seen the Wind?’
    * Beatles/Yoko Jam (Jan. 10, 1969)
    * ‘What’s the New Mary Jane’
    * ‘Remember Love’
    * ‘Don’t Worry Kyoko’ (The Toronto Rock and Roll Revival)

    Episode #23 - 'Crying, Waiting, Hoping - The Beatles' Decca Audition'

    Episode #23 - 'Crying, Waiting, Hoping - The Beatles' Decca Audition'

    The music, the inspirations, the motivations, the performances, the reservations, the fallout... as well as the cloak-and-dagger story behind how the session tape was bootlegged. Here’s what really happened behind the doors of Decca’s Broadhurst Gardens studio in northwest London—as well as in altogether more covert circumstances on the other side of the Atlantic more than a decade later.
    The Music

    * ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’ – Barrett Strong, The Beatles
    * ‘The Sheik of Araby’ – Joe Brown, The Beatles
    * ‘Memphis, Tennessee’ – Chuck Berry, The Beatles
    * ‘Three Cool Cats’ – The Coasters, The Beatles
    * ‘Sure to Fall (In Love with You)’ – Carl Perkins, The Beatles
    * ‘September in the Rain’ – Dinah Washington, The Beatles
    * ‘Take Good Care of My Baby’ – Bobby Vee, The Beatles
    * ‘Till There Was You’ – Peggy Lee, The Beatles
    * ‘Crying, Waiting, Hoping’ – Buddy Holly, The Beatles
    * ‘To Know Her is to Love Her’ – The Teddy Bears, The Beatles
    * ‘Besame Mucho’ – The Coasters, The Beatles
    * ‘Searchin’’ – The Coasters, The Beatles
    * ‘Like Dreamers Do’ – The Beatles, The Applejacks
    * ‘Hello Little Girl’ – The Beatles, The Fourmost
    * ‘Love of the Loved’ – Cilla Black, The Beatles
    * ‘How Do You Do It?’ – The Beatles

    Episode #22 – ‘Leaving the Material World – The Last Years of George Harrison’

    Episode #22 – ‘Leaving the Material World – The Last Years of George Harrison’

    Physically fighting cancer and a crazed attacker while mentally preparing for his transition to the next phase of his spiritual journey, the youngest Beatle navigated the last stage of his earthly existence with characteristic faith, bravery… and humour. At the same time, racing to record an album worthy of closing out a legendary career, he wrote some of his most poetic lyrics to reflect and comment on the past, present and future—complemented by sublime musicianship that resulted in one of the greatest of all posthumous releases.
    Here’s the dramatic, sometimes harrowing, ultimately inspirational final chapter of a man whose humanity and creativity crossed paths with a mass of contradictions.
    The Music

    * All Things Must Pass
    * Your True Love
    * Looking for My Life
    * My Sweet Lord (2000)
    * Any Road
    * P2 Vatican Blues (Last Saturday Night)
    * Pisces Fish
    * Rising Sun
    * Marwa Blues
    * Stuck Inside a Cloud
    * Run So Far
    * Never Get Over You
    * Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
    * Rocking Chair in Hawaii
    * Brainwashed
    * Horse to the Water
    * If You Belonged to Me

    Episode #21 – ‘When They Was Fab – The Beatles on TV 1962-1966’

    Episode #21 – ‘When They Was Fab – The Beatles on TV 1962-1966’

    Charming, funny, provocative, hugely talented and already seasoned stage professionals—The Beatles were perfect for television during an era when sales of television sets were skyrocketing. And TV was also the ideal, all-encompassing promotional tool for the Fab Four. So, it was a symbiotic relationship.
    At first, they were more than happy to not only perform their songs, but also participate in comedy sketches… until they no longer needed to. This show examines the group’s halcyon TV years—and provides viewer sound recordings of several ultra-rare, ‘long lost’ broadcasts.
    The TV Appearances:
    (* = unheard since first broadcast)

    * Morecambe and Wise – 2 Dec. 1963
    * People and Places – 17 Oct. 1962 *
    * People and Places – 2 Nov. 1962 *
    * People and Places – 17 Dec. 1962 *
    * Pops and Lenny – 16 May 1963 *
    * Juke Box Jury – 29 Jun. 1963
    * The Mersey Sound ¬– 9 Oct. 1963
    * Ready Steady Go! – 4 Oct. 1963
    * Val Parnell’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium – 13 Oct. 1963
    * Drop In – 3 Nov. 1963
    * The Royal Variety Performance – 6 Jun. 1963
    * This Week – 7 Nov. 1963
    * The Huntley-Brinkley Report – 18 Nov. 1963
    * Late Scene Extra – 27 Nov. 1963
    * Juke Box Jury – 7 Dec. 1963
    * It’s The Beatles – 7 Dec. 1963
    * JFK Airport press conference – 7 Feb. 1964
    * CBS Evening News – 7 Feb. 1964
    * The Ed Sullivan Show – 9 Feb. 1964
    * What’s Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A. – Feb. 1964
    * Big Night Out – 23 Feb. 1964
    * Around The Beatles – 6 May 1964
    * Beatles in Nederland – 8 Jun. 1964
    * Not Only… But Also – 20 Nov. 1964
    * BBC News – 12 Jun. 1965
    * The Music of Lennon and McCartney – 16 Dec. 1965
    * Circus Krone-Bau, München – 24 Jun. 1966
    * Independent Television News – 8 Jul. 1966
    * Reporting ’66 – 20 Dec. 1966

    The Music:

    * This Boy
    * Some Other Guy
    * Love Me Do
    * A Taste of Honey
    * Twist and Shout
    * From Me to You
    * Devil in Disguise
    * I’ll Get You
    * She Loves You
    * I Saw Her Standing There
    * Till There Was You
    * Love Hit Me
    * Money (That’s What I Want)
    * All My Loving
    * You Can’t Do That
    * Nowhere Man
    * Shout

    Episode #20 – ‘Out of My Head – McCartney’s Maneuvers Through His Post-Beatles Depression’

    Episode #20 – ‘Out of My Head – McCartney’s Maneuvers Through His Post-Beatles Depression’

    “I exhibited all the classic symptoms of the unemployed, the redundant man,” Paul McCartney recalled in his authorized biography Many Years from Now. “And justifiably so because I was being screwed by my mates. So, I didn’t shave for quite a while. I didn’t get up. Mornings weren’t for getting up. I might get up and stay on the bed a bit and not know where to go, and get back into bed. Then if I did get up, I’d have a drink. Straight out of bed… I felt I’d outlived my usefulness. This was the overall feeling: that it was good while I was in the Beatles, I was useful and I could play bass for their songs, I could write songs for them to sing and for me to sing, and we could make records of them. But the minute I wasn't with the Beatles any more it became really very difficult.”
    This episode takes a deep dive into a dark period for the man who’d always been most in love with being a Beatle—covering the years 1969 to 1973 when he was battling his former bandmates, his critics, even his fans… as well as himself: an artistic force of nature at an existential crossroads; a master maneuverer, sometimes outmaneuvered. It’s the revealing story of a complex character and helping to peel back the layers are two experts on the subject: Allan Kozinn and Adrian Sinclair, co-authors of the soon-to-be-published ‘McCartney Legacy – Vol. 1: Beyond the Beatles, 1969-1973’. https://www.mccartneylegacy.co.uk (https://www.mccartneylegacy.co.uk)
    The music:

    * Every Night
    * Junk
    * 3 Legs
    * Dear Boy
    * My Dark Hour
    * Man We Was Lonely
    * Maybe I’m Amazed
    * Dear Friend
    * Another Day
    * Bip Bop
    * Too Many People
    * Give Ireland Back to the Irish
    * Hi, Hi, Hi
    * The Back Seat of My Car

    Episode #19 – ‘Hamburg Spring ’62 – Lennon’s Original Lost Weekend’

    Episode #19 – ‘Hamburg Spring ’62 – Lennon’s Original Lost Weekend’

    Just over a decade before his ‘Lost Weekend’ in L.A., John had a full dress rehearsal during The Beatles’ third stint in Hamburg. It was April 1962, his friend and former bandmate Stu Sutcliffe had just died from a brain hemorrhage at age 21 and Lennon went off the rails – much as he would after separating from Yoko in ’73. Some episodes have acquired mythical status – and been embellished courtesy of numerous retellings. Yet, the truth still outstrips the legend.
    Here was Lennon unleashed – Lennon the rocker, Lennon the madman, onstage and off, dealing with grief and loss in his habitually loving, cruel, hilarious, hysterical, sometimes violent way. And helping us to paint that multicoloured, multilayered picture is Mark Lewisohn, reading passages from his unrivalled The Beatles: All These Years – Tune In.
    The music:

    * Too Much Monkey Business
    * I’m Talking About You
    * I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You)
    * I Just Don’t Understand
    * A Shot of Rhythm and Blues
    * Ain’t She Sweet
    * Lonesome Tears in My Eyes
    * I Got a Woman
    * Soldier of Love
    * Sweet Little Sixteen

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