Monday, June 29, 2009
McCartney told The Daily Telegraph: "That's a newspaper thing. He just said some very complimentary things about me in some interviews and I love him.
"I think he's a great poet and writer so I've always admired him. I don't rule it out and I admire him. But we're not the kind of people who would ring each other up."
Friday, June 26, 2009
A source said: 'George half-finished loads of songs and often just forgot about them. There is probably an album’s worth of material.
'Jeff and George were very close and worked together a lot in the later period of George’s life. He’s the right man to work on the material.'
Only recently, Harrison’s widow Olivia revealed she wanted to do something with her husband’s incomplete songs.
She said: 'There are lots of tracks. Some are closer to completion than others and with those I’d ask for help.'
"It's so sad and shocking. I feel privileged to have hung out and worked with Michael. He was a massively talented boy man with a gentle soul. His music will be remembered forever and my memories of our time together will be happy ones. I send my deepest sympathy to his mother and the whole family and to his countless fans all around the world."
Thursday, June 25, 2009
They were really creative partners throughout the project. They were involved in picking and approving the song list, the venues we went into. With the dreamscapes, they saw storyboards of all the material, and gave feedback on whether or not they felt like those interpretations supported the songs in the way they wanted."
That wasn't all, though. "They really kept us honest on whether we were capturing the spirit of the band," continued Foster. "When you know who the Beatles are, and you know the joy in their faces when they play, you have to capture that on-screen. [...] They were really good at keeping the standard high."
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Out under the name Yim Yames (sneaky!), the album is titled Tribute To and features James' renditions of:
"Long, Long, Long"
"Behind That Locked Door"
"Love You To"
"My Sweet Lord"
"Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)"
"All Things Must Pass"
According to Billboard:
The set is said to evoke a "raw, minimalist feel" with James utilizing just his voice and an acoustic guitar. James refers to Harrison as "a prime example of the healing power of music" in the liner notes.
In slogging through some old files today, I found the samples from the unreleased Bonzo Dog Band tribute album ("Work in Progress") which surfaced in '03.
On this, George sings "Doing The Bonzo Dog." In a contemporary article, Producer Gus Dudgeon mentions a re-make of The Bonzo's "Jollity Farm," with Ringo taking the vocal and George accompanying him on ukulele (the version on the sampler, though, seems to be entirely different and lacking both ex-Beatles).
So... has anyone heard anything about this since it dropped off the face of the Earth six years ago?
I wanna hear it!
The sessions happened at NYC’s Sear Sound, the same studio that used to house the old Hit Factory, where Double Fantasy was recorded. Sean Lennon both produced with Yoko and acted as musical leader for a group evenly divided between Japanese avant pop musicians, and downtown Manhattan improvisers. In the Japanese contingent is Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto, plus the current group led by Keigo “Cornelius” Oyamada, which includes Yuko Araki and Hirotaka Shimmy Shimizu. Cornelius and Ms. Ono performed together in Tokyo in January, and Yoko was so happy with the result she invited them over to record. In the Manhattan improv camp we find Shahzad Ismaily (guitar, bass, percussion), Erik Friedlander(cello), Michael Leonhart (trumpet, vibes), Daniel Carter (reeds) and Indigo Street (guitar) -- a singularly gifted group of instrumentalists.
Between My Head and the Sky is out Sept. 22.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The original picture-book was co-written by McCartney and Philip Ardagh, author of the Eddie Dickens series. Illustrations – of Wirral, his friend Froggo, and their quest to find the island of Animalia – were provided by Geoff Dunbar. McCartney has been promising a movie version of the book for years, but this is the first evidence of Wirral the Squirrel becoming a big-screen star.
The trick, it seems, was McCartney's soundtrack. "Paul said he would commit to a score of original songs as part of it," Lynne told Variety this week. "Bob and I had never focused on animation in our career, but that got our attention."
Khan was a master of the sarod, the fretless 25-string instrument that produces a panoply of evocative sounds - from dronelike touches to complicated twangs that seem to reverberate from the ether. Guitarist Carlos Santana once said that a single note of Khan's sarod "goes right to my heart," while classical violinist Yehudi Menuhin - who prompted Mr. Khan to first visit the United States in 1955 - once called the sarodist "the greatest musician in the world."
Monday, June 22, 2009
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Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Do you think he would ever have got back with The Beatles if the others had wanted a reunion?
I think so, yes, I do, because he had great love for the others. He really did. As you get older, you value and treasure your friends so much more.
I don't even want to think about what it would have been like. Very often there are times I think, "Oh, I wish George were here for that." He became more and more loving towards everything. He came to appreciate his friends so much more.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
“No matter who you are,” says Schilling, “walking into Elvis Presley’s house is a different experience. His presence put things on a certain level, and I think the Beatles could feel that. But Elvis knew how to handle it. He said, ‘If you guys are just going to sit around and stare at me, I’m going to bed.’ That broke the ice and got a laugh out of everybody. Right away, the Beatles understood that Elvis was a guy with a sense of humor—and a guy who really loved crazy British humor. It wasn’t too long before John and Elvis were talking about Peter Sellers and favorite scenes from Dr. Strangelove.”
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
...the veteran rocker was so pleased with their work, he has allowed them to oversee the reissue of a selection of his studio recordings since going it alone in 1970.
And here's a look at the Beatles in Mono box set, which includes CDs of all the albums originally released in mono mixes.
Formby businesswoman Tina Morris found the chairs, used in a 1963 Fab Four promotional photo, under 30 years of rubbish in a hairdresser’s wholesaler while she was looking for equipment for her Aqua Relax hair salon.
The U.K. government, headed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, has faced weeks of scrutiny after a British newspaper revealed the extent of taxpayers' money used to fund lavish lifestyles for Members of Parliament (MPs).
The revelations caused a public outcry, leading to several MPs handing in their resignations and Brown's leadership skills thrown into doubt.
And McCartney admits he was also outraged by the abuse of U.K. citizens' cash - and protested against politicians by boycotting the U.K.'s local and European elections last week (04Jun09).
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Mrs Vodden, now 46, was Lucy O'Donnell when she was a classmate of Julian's at Heath House nursery school in Weybridge, Surrey, when she became the unknowing muse for the psychedelic classic.
She said: "It was a long time ago and I don't remember that particular drawing, but I'm told Julian went back and told his dad 'it's Lucy my friend in the sky with diamonds', and it stuck."
Many fans believe the song was the result of the band's experiments with LSD and acid with its surreal imagery but Mrs Vodden believes she was the inspiration.
But she said: "I can't stand the song. I don't feel I can relate to it. I just don't like it. I don't see a four-year-old kid running around with kaleidoscopic eyes, it doesn't make sense."
She said she has never claimed any sense of "ownership" towards the song but she said that the small amount of fame it brought has been used wisely.
"I only made £500 for a photograph of me which I gave to author Steve Turner for his book A Hard Day's Write a few years ago, and I gave all of it away to charity.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Beatles pinball machine by Williams, 1966, two-player pinball machine with a Beatles motif. Originally labeled "The Bootles," because of pending approval to use "The Beatles" name. Both the original glass "Bootles" panel and the updated "Beatles" version are included, with the latter currently in place. A supremely desirable piece.
Here's the press release:
The legendary YOKO ONO has confirmed Mark Ronson and Antony Hegarty as the latest addition to her live ensemble Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, making their live British debut as part of Ornette Coleman's Meltdown festival at Southbank Centre.
Ono, who rarely plays in the UK, will be playing a cross section of material from her whole career, including new material from her forthcoming album BETWEEN MY HEAD AND THE SKY, which will be released in the autumn on Chimera Music.
Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band will comprise for the live show; YOKO ONO
OHYAMADA CORNELIUS KEIGO (OF CORNELIUS)
HIROTAKA SHIMIZU (OF CORNELIUS)
YUKO ARAKI (OF CORNELIUS)
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Paul McCartney will play the first concerts at Citi Field, the new New York Mets ballpark that replaced storied Shea Stadium, where The Beatles made history 44 years ago. Tickets for the July 17-18 concerts go on sale Monday.
Here are the Beatles at Shea back in 1965: