It’s January 1969 and The Beatles are commercially at their peak with a number one Album in the charts and the summers smash hit ‘Hey Jude.’ Professionally things couldn’t be worse, however. Paul has convinced them to rehearse for a live show before the cameras, but his band mates have misgivings which will only multiply as the days progress. This is ‘The Winter of Discontent’. And we’re going to listen in to what will transpire.
Winter of Discontent Ep18 - A Beatles Podcast
Jan. 3rd 1969. Work continues on All Things Must Pass. It’s early evening so a glass or two is raised. And a conversation about jazz leads George to start talking about the great organist in Ray Charles’ Band who’ll soon become a major part of this project.
Winter of Discontent Ep.17 - A Beatles Podcast
More work on All Things Must Pass, George settles on a guitar, John has a go at the drums, Paul finally gets involved and the Raelettes make an appearance.
Winter of Discontent Ep16 - A Beatles Podcast
It’s late afternoon, January 3rd 1969. George is teaching the band ‘All Things Must Pass’ but he’s in for a shock! Paul also has his patience tested by Glyn Johns.
Winter of Discontent Ep.15 - A Beatles Podcast
It’s still January 3rd 1969. The Beatles work on Two of Us before lunch, adding ideas that they’d later use in another song instead. They return from lunch a little merrier, and procrastinate some more before George offers to teach them one of his songs.
Winter of Discontent Ep.14 - A Beatles Podcast
Still Jan. 3rd 1968. The Beatles take a trip down memory lane, showcasing many unpublished originals; one of which is only ever performed here. George leads them astray with covers before trying to steer them back on track.
Winter of Discontent Ep.13 - A Beatles Podcast
It’s around midday on Jan. 3rd 1969 and The Beatles are relaxed and enjoying playing together. Now they’re finally getting down to some serious rehearsal.
Awesome show. I love the context added to understand what was going on in delightful, nerdy detail! Enjoying this so much while waiting for the Get Back documentary in Nov!
The Nagra reels are the best view of the Beatles at work we will ever get. I don’t think anyone has ever extracted the narrative properly until now. This podcast is fantastic. I hope you keep going until you squeeze every last drop out of every minute of tape.
Brilliant; mesmerizing deep dive
It’s all brilliant. Can’t wait for more: the first 8 were mesmerizing. It’s a well researched deep dive. How can an hour by hour analysis of a studio session work? This way. Hoping to hear more before Peter Jackson’s film in August