18 episodes

The podcast dedicated to exploring the untold story behind producer George Martin's revolutionary collaboration with The Beatles.

Producing The Beatles Jason Kruppa

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    • 4.9 • 435 Ratings

The podcast dedicated to exploring the untold story behind producer George Martin's revolutionary collaboration with The Beatles.

    016 Now and Then

    016 Now and Then

    Beatle author Ken Womack and Ranking the Beatles host Jonathan Pretus join me to discuss the tech that made the Beatles’ new single “Now and Then” possible. And from John's haunting vocal to Giles Martin's stirring string arrangement, we peel back the layers of the production and consider Paul's nearly 30 year mission to complete John's demo.

    • 31 min
    015a A closer look at the "Live and Let Die" Orchestration

    015a A closer look at the "Live and Let Die" Orchestration

    A little extra mini-episode examining George Martin’s orchestration for “Live and Let Die,” with a recreation of part of the arrangement.

    • 5 min
    015 Paul McCartney and Wings, "Live and Let Die"

    015 Paul McCartney and Wings, "Live and Let Die"

    In our penultimate Season 1 bonus episode, we examine another solo recording, this time Paul McCartney’s thrilling theme song for the 1973 James Bond film, Live and Let Die. I’m joined by Allan Kozinn, co-author of The McCartney Legacy Volume 1, who takes us through all the details of the writing and recording process. We also learn how Paul debuted the song before the film’s release, we walk through George Martin’s Grammy-winning arrangement, and we consider Martin’s droll story about the film’s producer, as well as what Martin left out of that story.

    • 28 min
    014 George Harrison, "Isn't It A Pity"

    014 George Harrison, "Isn't It A Pity"

    In the second episode looking at the making of All Things Must Pass, we explore the recording of the largest production on the album. We hear from participants at the sessions, listen to outtakes and isolations, peek into Mal Evans’ diaries, and sample a reconstruction of the song’s epic orchestral score.

    • 23 min
    013 George Harrison, "My Sweet Lord"

    013 George Harrison, "My Sweet Lord"

    Today, the first of two episodes exploring the production of George Harrison’s first solo album, All Things Must Pass, with new research and interviews drawn from the book Ken Womack and I wrote on the making of the album. In this episode, we cover the intricate and painstaking production of “My Sweet Lord.” We explode the myth of Phil Spector’s contributions, speak to a number of people who were there, and get an exclusive sneak preview of the contents of Mal Evans’ diary entries about these sessions, courtesy Ken Womack.

    • 38 min
    012 John Lennon, "Love" (S1 bonus episode)

    012 John Lennon, "Love" (S1 bonus episode)

    In the first bonus episode for Season 1, we step outside of our regular format and take a peek into solo Beatles territory, with a look at the recording of John Lennon’s song “Love” from his first post-Beatles solo album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. We trace the song’s development all the way from home demo to finished recording, sampling the session tapes and discovering the role both Yoko and Phil Spector played in reaching the final take.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
435 Ratings

435 Ratings

DamDamDammy ,

Love it!

I don’t know how Jason does this without ads but I’m not complaining. I just found the podcast last night and have listened to every episode, a few of them twice. Thank you for providing listeners such a high quality foray into the production aspect of the Beatles’ work. I hope you can keep them coming; I’ll keep listening!

Atticus25 ,

We miss you. More, please.

One of my favorite listening experiences, in any medium, ever. I always learn something new, am frequently stunned, and always re-listen to each episode. Thanks for the high quality and well-produced show. It’s been since April’s stellar Strawberry Fields deep-dive, so we’re more than ready for what’s next. Thanks for bringing such a great show to life. ~ Atticus Santa Cruz, CA

SPSaylor ,

Re: “Now and Then.”

Removing the bridge was a terrible decision. Musically it’s beautiful and makes the song richer, and lyrically it complicates the song’s ideas in a way that is typical of Lennon, who, by the way, would have abhorred Beatles myth-making as a motivation in the studio.

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