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On September 27, 2019 the Beatles and Apple Corp. celebrated the 50th anniversary of the legendary album 'Abbey Road' with a number of different releases, including a deluxe boxed set with three audio discs and a blu-ray, and a special 2 double-CD edition. Both versions include a new 2019 stereo remix of the album by Giles Martin. In this episode, the Fab 4 Free 4 All cast analyze and review the new mix.
Mark Hudson rose to stardom in the 1970s as a member of The Hudson Brothers. When the trio disbanded, Hudson began making a name for himself as a producer. His roster of hit records includes tracks by groups as diverse as Aerosmith and Hanson. Between 1998 and 2007, Hudson produced five studio albums for Ringo Starr. Many fans considered this something of a renaissance for Ringo as a solo artist, and the albums received fairly positive critical reviews. In this episode, each of the guys talk about their favorite Mark Hudson-produced Ringo tracks. After you've listened to the episode, please check out the Spotify playlist to hear the tunes the guys have selected!
Well, we kind of had a feeling last year that this was going to happen, didn’t we? But it didn’t make it any less fun or exciting! On September 27, 2019, the Beatles’ Apple Corps Ltd. and Universal Music will release a boxed set deluxe anniversary edition of ‘Abbey Road’. On Tuesday, August 20, 2019, The Fab 4 Free 4 All crew was invited to a New York studio to hear choice pieces from the upcoming release. And, as we’ve been with the last two releases, we were psyched! We couldn’t get to a diner afterwards, but while the experience was still fresh in our minds, we managed (despite some interesting interruptions from Mitch’s GPS!) to record a show about our experience, and our thoughts on some of the new remixes and bonus material, on the car ride back to our secret underground lair. We would like to thank our friends at Universal Music for the incredible opportunity to get a sneak peek at what will definitely be a fantastic year-end package, the 50th anniversary deluxe box set edition of ‘Abbey Road’.
In July of 2019, Paul McCartney released a newly remastered and expanded edition of his 2007 performance at Amoeba Records in California … a ‘secret gig’ at the time. This ‘definitive’ version includes the complete show, performed by an energetic band and a vocalist at the top of his game in an intimate setting – a record store! In this episode, the Fab 4 Free 4 All crew analyzes and reviews this exciting new addition to Paul McCartney’s catalog.
A world WITHOUT The Beatles? Wait. What?! That could never be! Or could it? The recently released movie 'Yesterday' proposes that a quick dimensional shift could just possibly leave us with a world where no one remembers The Beatles. No one, that is, except for Jack Malik. In this fun 'review and analysis' type episode the guys take a close look at 'Yesterday'. In this spirited, speculative conversation the guys discuss the perspective hardcore as opposed to casual fans might have on the film, where the ending left us, other possible plot lines, and more. But rest easy and press 'play', since they warn you before ANY spoilers are revealed!
Being a member of the most famous band in history sets you up for having one of the most identifiable voices in music. But what makes George Harrison's voice unique is that it is interesting, expressive, soulful, playful, charming, biting, and ... wait ... why are we telling you this? Chances are you agree. But will you agree with the selections that the Fab 4 Free 4 All co-hosts choose as their (individual) favorite George Harrison solo vocal performances? Join the Fab 4 Free 4 All as they explore the many facets of the voice of 'the quiet one'.
-- And for AFTER you've listened, check out our Spotify playlist of the songs we chose --
On November 9th, 2018, the second Beatles deluxe box set was released to great fanfare. Despite the heavy press and positive pre-reviews, the six-disc edition of 'The Beatles' ... a.k.a. 'The White Album' did not sell as well as its recent predecessor, the 'Sgt. Pepper' expanded box. Rumor is rampant that an 'Abbey Road' box is now in the works. But there are some questions about these post-'Pepper' deluxe editions, particularly with regards to the remixes themselves: Are they 'necessary'? Do they improve upon the originals? And if not ... well ... are they at least as interesting as the originals? In this episode, the guys take a close look at remixes (only!) of 'The Beatles' deluxe box, and try to answer some of these questions.
“ … And we are back!” And so are YOU! The Fab 4 Free 4 All crew always enjoys hearing from you, our listeners, and since the first four installments of our ‘Answers Your Calls’ series were a lot of fun, we figured that it’s time to do it again. Five of the (many) questions that have been coming in to our Google phone line were randomly selected for this episode and, as always, the guys hear the questions for the first time at the recording session. We hope you have as much fun as we did as your fellow fans lay the groundwork for this episode of Fab 4 Free 4 All.
What makes a song a ‘classic’? What makes a song a ‘standard’? Perhaps the answers to these questions are totally subjective! And when the three co-hosts of Fab 4 Free 4 All try to figure out the answers, wouldn’t it make sense for them to bring the music of the Beatles and solo Beatles into the question?! In this VERY spirited episode – based on a question posed by Mitch to Facebook – the guys try to apply the guidelines of ‘standard’ and ‘classic’ to the Beatles’ catalog. The guys’ comments … and the additional questions that the conversation promotes … may surprise you!
The end of 2018 was a VERY busy period for the Beatles organization … and a potentially costly time for Beatles fans! Paul McCartney released a new album, ‘Egypt Station’ (which is reviewed in Episodes 195 & 196) and added two more titles to his ongoing Archive Collection. The expanded editions of ‘Red Rose Speedway’ and ‘Wild Life’ were released in multiple formats and configurations. For the first time, two titles were combined to make a ‘Super Deluxe’ box. In these two episodes, the guys review and analyze the audio and video discs included in the ‘Red Rose Speedway’ deluxe edition.