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Beatling About. Anything about the Beatles, solo and related, past, present and future.

When They Was Fab: Electric Arguments About the Beatles Ed Chen and Lonnie Pena

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    • 4.1, 41 Ratings

Beatling About. Anything about the Beatles, solo and related, past, present and future.

    2020.32 Young Boy (Oprah) -- Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey, Smokin' Mojo Filters

    2020.32 Young Boy (Oprah) -- Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey, Smokin' Mojo Filters

    Twenty Three years ago (1997), Paul McCartney unleashed "Flaming Pie" on the World.    In 2020, we revisit the disc (and feel old!) as the archive edition hits store shelves.      Part one of the WTWF deep dive into what is buried in the dark blue box.     This week:   The album proper, our thoughts on the remaster, and Paul's media blitz at the time.     

    • 56 min
    2020.31 Homeward Bound (GH/Paul Simon SNL) -- George Harrison, Paul Simon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon

    2020.31 Homeward Bound (GH/Paul Simon SNL) -- George Harrison, Paul Simon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon

    A look back at the Bicentennial year from a Beatles perspective.     "Wings Over America" frequently overshadows everything else, but there were plenty of other things going on.     Sid Bernstein and Bill Sargent offered the four men that were once Beatles seven (and eight!) figures to do a concert or two.     John Lennon started his househusband era while pondering his future as a recording artist.    Paul McCartney (and Wings), George Harrison and Ringo Starr each released a solo album, Capitol ramped up its reissue series, and Tony Palmer had the bright idea of building a feature around the BeeGees doing a Beatles cover (no, not that one).

    • 50 min
    2020.30 Roll Over Beethoven (Melbourne) -- The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Kenn Brodziak

    2020.30 Roll Over Beethoven (Melbourne) -- The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Kenn Brodziak

    Fifty-six years ago, Beatlemania hit Australia and New Zealand.    Among the momentoes:   "The Beatles Sing For Shell".    Channel Nine broadcast the June 17, 1964 concert across the region.     On July 13, 2020 a "remastered" version of the show "puts viewers right in among the sea of excited fans at the height of Beatlemania."

    • 49 min
    2020.29b It Don't Come Easy (Frampton) -- Kit O'Toole, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Peter Jackson.

    2020.29b It Don't Come Easy (Frampton) -- Kit O'Toole, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Peter Jackson.

    Kit O'Toole (Talk More Talk) returns as we continue our discussion of "Ringo's Big Birthday Show".       The gang is all on board as we continue to celebrate Sir Starkey's eightieth.       Once the show is over, you might just be able to answer the question:   "How does one go from "Sharna" to "Sshh" (pronounced "Shush") 

    • 50 min
    2020.29a With a Little Help From My Friends (Lynch Foundation) — Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, David Lynch, Ben Folds and a cast of dozens

    2020.29a With a Little Help From My Friends (Lynch Foundation) — Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, David Lynch, Ben Folds and a cast of dozens

    Kit O'Toole (Talk More Talk, aka "The Queen of All Beatles Media") joins the full complement of WTWF guys (yep, Lonnie Pena is in the house this week) as we discuss Ringo Starr's Big Birthday Show from July 7th.    This will be a two-part show, but don't go anywhere, as pt. 2 will be around before next week!

    • 50 min
    2020.28 Sure to Fall (Lord Reith) -- Tom Brennan, The Beatles, James Clarke of Abbey Road Studios

    2020.28 Sure to Fall (Lord Reith) -- Tom Brennan, The Beatles, James Clarke of Abbey Road Studios

    Spectral stereo remixes of the Beatles have quickly become a favorite amongst the WTWF crew for listening to the Beatles in new and interesting ways.    This week, Tom Brennan joins the show as we discuss the technology, its origins (Capitol's "Duophonic" stereo, "Out of Phase Stereo" isolations), how it found its way into products including "The Beatles: Rock Band" and "The Beatles - Live at the Hollywood Bowl" and the amazing things the community can do with tools available to everyone!

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Pallando ,

Excellent Beatles podcast on so many fronts

Ed has an ability to find amazingly great cohosts. First there was Dave, who was terrific. Now we have Lonnie, who is equally terrific if not even better somehow, and I miss him while he's on sabbatical and hope he comes back soon. But even without Lonnie, Ed is carrying on in fine style, and the two Rutles episodes are a good example. They might be in my top 10 episode list for the show. If you like the Beatles and their respective solo careers, try listening. When They Was Fab rewards listeners who know most of this stuff already, as well as listeners who aren't as well read about the group. I would give it a 5th star if they would trim the opening theme music to 10 seconds and just get on with the amazing content. That music to my subjective ears is a "plodding" rather than a quick cheery opening to this otherwise very positive, upbeat show. But don't let that keep you from accessing the incredibly good, and frequently published, free content. Thank you Ed and Lonnie.

Blaahcherry ,

Awesome!

I really like how Lonnie and Ed really dive into several topics and are very knowledgeable with their facts. Hopefully they can continue with this project and continue with their contagious passion and admiration for the greatest band in history.

Lil Suzey ,

Great!!!

Thanks Sir Lonnie and Ed!

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