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John Lennon and Yoko Ono moved to New York City in September 1971. Within weeks, they were contacted by ‘Yippie’ activists Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman, who persuaded them to appear at a rally for left-wing writer John Sinclair, who was jailed for possession of two marijuana joints. John performed a song he had written for the occasion, appropriately titled ‘John Sinclair’. Was it Sinclair’s release only a few days after the rally that politically charged John and Yoko up enough to join forces with the N.Y-based band Elephant’s Memory and producer Phil Spector to record John’s third (musical) post-Beatles album ‘Some Time in New York City’? In this two-art episode, the guys analyze and review an album that fared poorly both critically and commercially, but still managed to help amp up the U.S. government’s attempt to get Lennon out of the U.S.
Laurence Juber is an incredible guitar virtuoso who has released twenty-five albums featuring his diverse musical talents. You've heard his work in films, on some of the most popular television shows of the past thirty years, as a session player on hit songs by artists like Eric Carmen and The Monkees, and on albums by classic vocalists like Cleo Laine and Charles Aznavour. Oh, and did we mention that he was also a member of Paul McCartney's band, Wings? In this fascinating and fun hour-long episode, 'LJ' opens up about his career in music, as well as his “new” digital release, Standard Time.” Listen to the episode ... listen to the stories ... and then go listen to the album on iTunes, Spotify or Amazon! And, if Laurence is coming to your town, do yourself a favor and go see him perform live. Tell him Fab 4 Free 4 All sent you! Visit www.laurencejuber.com for more information about Laurence's releases and upcoming shows.
On December 3, 1965, the Beatles released their sixth UK studio album, 'Rubber Soul'. Three days later, an altered version was released in North America. Capitol Records' Xmas present to the Beatles' U.S. fans - their tenth album on the label - was seven minutes shorter, with two fewer songs, and two different songs that had appeared on the UK 'Help!' album. Though the final track listing may have been a happy accident, the U.S. version remains one of the most interesting of the Capitol variations, as it presents a 'folkier' version of 'Rubber Soul'. The U.S. album inspired musicians in the States, and for some fans here it has remained their favorite version of this important Beatles release. In this two-part episode The Fab 4 Free 4 All review and analyze the U.S. 'Rubber Soul', and discuss the musical and conceptual differences between the Capitol version and the Beatles' authorized U.K. release.
See description below for Episode 183, 'No Seven-Inch for Beatle Paul (pt. 1)'
Randy Bachman is a legendary musician who has written and co-written songs that have become part of the DNA of rock and roll. He is also a hard-core Beatles fan, who has been performing and recording covers of their music since the mid-60s, when Randy and his bandmates were making a name for themselves in Canada. Throughout his career with The Guess Who, with Bachman Turner Overdrive, and as a solo artist, Randy’s love for the Beatles never diminished. His 2018 solo album, ‘By George – By Bachman’ features eleven adventurous reinventions of George Harrison compositions, book-ended by a lovely original tribute song written for ‘the quiet Beatle’ called ‘Between Two Mountains’. Join Fab 4 Free 4 All on the event of the release of ‘By George – By Bachman’ for a fun and informative talk with Randy Bachman.
In 1969, the Beatles released four songs on two consecutive singles (aka 45s) that did not feature a Paul McCartney lead vocal. At this point in the Beatles' career, the song's lead singer was also presumably the author, which meant that none of Paul's compositions were featured. This was unprecedented! George Harrison, the 'baby brother' of the group, managed to land a B-side with 'Old Brown Shoe', and a coveted A-side with the beautiful song, 'Something'. For his part, on one single John Lennon told the story of his recent exploits with 'Ballad of John and Yoko', a song recorded without George and Ringo's involvement. And his funky rocker 'Come Together', backed George's ballad on the next. Over two episodes, The Fab 4 Free 4 All look at the significance of this unique period in the history of the Beatles' recording career (pt. 1 of 2).
In this two-part episode the guys explore a historic Beatles reissue, and what it may portend for the future. For many fans and collectors, 2017 will go down in the record books as ‘The Year They Got It Right!’ On May 26, fifty years to the day after its initial release, The Beatles, Apple, Capitol, Universal, and producer Giles Martin unveiled the ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition’ box set. It marked the first time in twenty years that an entire Beatles’ album had been remixed, and the set also included a slew of never-before-heard outtakes and alternates. This episode was recorded a number of months after the set’s release, surely long after the immediate post-release-shock has worn off … or has it?
All he needed was ears. Well, perhaps he needed that and a head for business, dogged determination, a bit of an ego, skill as an arranger and composer, a tremendous sense of humor, a stroke of luck and happenstance ... and the finest crew of co-conspirators and collaborators that the world of music has ever know. The late Sir George Martin was, to most people, the true 'Fifth Beatle'. He helped them to shape their music and hone their incredible songwriting skills. Author Ken Womack has written the first biography - and remember that past books about Martin were self-penned - about this fascinating and talented man. In this episode, Dr. Womack joins the Fab 4 Free 4 All to talk about his book, 'Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Early Years, 19261966'.
In 1973 Paul McCartney was placed in a terrible position. Two members of his group Wings left shortly before they were due to depart for Lagos, Nigeria to record their next album. Under such intense pressure, Paul, Linda and Denny Laine managed to produced the classic album 'Band on the Run'. The album would soon gain the reputation as being Paul's solo 'masterpiece'. But, 44 years after its release, is 'Band on the Run' still the 'go-to' album in Paul's catalog? Considering that McCartney has released over a dozen studio albums since 'band on the Run', is that album's masterpiece status still justifiable? In this unique episode, the cast members of Fab 4 Free 4 All take a close look at Macca's solo career, and offer up their opinions.
The Beatles’ history is a rich and storied one, filled with hundred – if not thousands – of “moments”. So much of the story was captured on film or recorded on audio tape. But there are many, many points in the Beatles history that we only know about through anecdotes; stories told either by the Beatles themselves, or by ‘insiders’ offering second-hand accounts of moments that were important to the story as a whole. In this animated episode, the Fab 4 Free 4 All crew reveal the moments during the Beatles timeline when they wish they could have been a fly on the wall.
On September 15, 2017 Ringo Starr released his nineteenth studio album. Titled ‘Give More Love’ … a phrase that also seems to be a lifelong motto of the Beatles’ drummer… the LP contains ten brand new songs that stylistically go from country to rockabilly to straight ahead rock’n’roll. In this episode of Fab 4 Free 4 All, the guys review and analyze the CD edition of ‘Give More Love’, which includes four ‘bonus tracks’ of re-recordings of early Ringo songs. They also look at how audiences have perceived Ringo’s work throughout the years, and how that image may have an impact on the sales of his more recent releases.
On the eve of the release of Ringo Starr’s nineteenth studio album, ‘Give More Love’, the Fab 4 Free 4 All was offered the opportunity to talk with Ringo’s engineer / mixer Bruce Sugar. Mr. Sugar has worked with an interesting assortment of people, but he has been an integral part of Ringo’s production team since 2005’s ‘Choose Love’. Ringo’s 2017 offering features guest appearances by old friends like Paul McCartney and Peter Frampton, and new friends like the group Vandeveer and singer Amy Keys. Bruce Sugar’s anecdotes provide unique insight into Ringo’s recording habits, and the ‘family spirit’ that surrounds his work. It’s also a ‘testament’ to a beloved and influential drummer who is still going strong at 77 years young.