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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.