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McCartney returns to 'boring' EMI - Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sir Paul McCartney's new album will see him return to an EMI record label - six years after he left the company and branded it "boring". The musician will issue his next release, called New, next month and it has emerged today that it will come out through Virgin EMI in the UK.

He had been with EMI or its subsidiary Parlophone for 45 years until he exited in 2007, choosing to release his Memory Almost Full collection through a label associated with coffee chain Starbucks. Sir Paul said in an interview after leaving the firm that he "dreaded going to see" its executives and the company's handling of his music had become "symbolic of the treadmill".

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Yoko Ono is 80 years old, but on Sunday night, she was just a rockstar sashaying her way around the stage at Bowery Ballroom, one of New York's smaller yet still venerable concert venues.

The tireless activist, recording musician, performance artist and widow of John Lennon worked through a strong set, at times adding echoes that rendered her voice incomprehensible and dipping into her trademark howls and hollers with a decidedly physical effort. A run of Ono's curious art films preceded the actual performance: a hilarious trailer for "Film No. 4," (a 1966 short that offers nothing but close-ups of various derrières), 1970's "Freedom" (in which Ono slowly removes her bra) and "FLY," (an impressively difficult to watch project in which the titular insect screeches its way around Ono's body).

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Creepy Beatles top 10 for Friday the 13th - Monday, September 16, 2013

It's Friday the 13th so to mark the occasion we asked people who follow the Echo's twitter account to give The Beatles songs a spooky makeover - with brilliant results.

Unsurprisingly for a band who were no strangers with the wild and weird - backward messages and dead singers being replaced by doubles anyone? - we were inundated with tons of creative suggestions and have compiled an eerie Beatles top 10.

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Source: Liverpool Echo


The Cleveland Public Hall just couldn’t stand the heat of Beatlemania. Above is a photo of Carl Bear (great name by the way) of the Cleveland police ordering the Beatles to leave the stage.

 The thousands of screaming fans were being unruly and needed time to calm down before they could resume wailing at the top of their lungs once the Fab Four returned. Fans reportedly jumped over police barricades, stormed the stage, and generally acted unruly as they basically lost their minds during the show. It is a microcosm of just how deeply the Beatles affected young fans’ minds when they invaded America that year.

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Source: Classic Rock 100.7 WZLX

Photo Credit: (AP Photo)


John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote so many brilliant Beatles songs in the 1960s, some they simply gave away. That’s exactly the case for one of their earliest singles, “I Wanna Be Your Man”.

The song, written by Lennon and McCartney and first recorded by the Beatles on September 11, 1963, famously became a hit only after the Rolling Stones, not the Beatles, recorded it and released it as their own single. Despite that the song was obviously catchy enough to spark radio success for the Stones, Lennon and McCartney didn’t seem to ever take the song seriously. At all. These three stories are strong evidence of that…

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Source: Classic Rock 100.7 WZLX

Photo Credit: Decca Records


When charity shop worker Merriam Keeble took delivery of a donation of 200 LPs she was in for a pleasant surprise. For, hidden away among the records featuring the likes of The Rolling Stones, Manfred Mann and Diana Ross, was a rare pressing of The Beatles’ album, Please, Please Me.

Ms Keeble, who works at the British Red Cross shop in Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, is hoping the LP could fetch in the region of £250. Also included in the collection is a rare The Five Faces of Manfred Mann album, while others by The Rolling Stones could be sold for between £60-80. Ms Keeble said she was hoping the whole collection could raise at least £1,000. “A gentleman turned up and asked if we would be interested in his records,” she said. “We said ‘yes, we would’ and he brought in four boxes of mixed LPs. They included everything from sets of operas and single releases through to some Beatles, Rolling Stones, Neil Young and The Who.”


Like Under the Ivy, his much-acclaimed study of Kate Bush, the title of the latest music biography by the Edinburgh-based writer Graeme Thomson promises revelation.

While fresh gen on any Beatle is difficult to unearth and would be hard to quantify without scaling the Everest of pertinent books already published, one can certainly affirm that George Harrison: Behind the Locked Door is an insightful, rigorous and beautifully written atomisation of the youngest Beatle’s life. Timed to coincide with what would have been the year of Harrison’s 70th birthday, the book is affectionate, but never hagiographic. Thomson airs myriad acute quotes from scores of fresh interviewees, and as he maps Harrison’s path from Liverpool to Allahabad, India, where the guitarist’s ashes were strewn after he succumbed to lung cancer in 2001 at the age of 58.

A Cumbrian man who sold bootleg albums of Beatles music has been jailed. Paul Parkin was charged after police and trading standards officers raided his home in West View, Alston, following a tip-off by the British Recorded Music Industry Limited.

Bootleg vinyl LPs and illegal copies of music CDs were recovered. At an earlier hearing the 57-year-old pleaded guilty to 23 offences. The judge at Carlisle Crown Court sentenced him to four months in jail. Ten of the charges Parkin admitted were specimen counts of attempting to distribute vinyl records, with the other 13 being counts of possession of goods with intent to cause loss to another.

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Paul Reveals Tracklisting For NEW Album - Friday, September 13, 2013

October 14th (15th in the US) will see the release of Paul’s first album of brand NEW solo material in six years. Today the tracklisting has been revealed:

1. Save Us (produced by Paul Epworth)
2. Alligator (produced by Mark Ronson)
3. On My Way to Work (produced by Giles Martin)
4. Queenie Eye (produced by Paul Epworth)
5. Early Days (produced by Ethan Johns)
6. New (produced by Mark Ronson)
7. Appreciate (produced by Giles Martin)
8. Everybody Out There (produced by Giles Martin)
9. Hosanna (produced by Ethan Johns)
10. I Can Bet (produced by Giles Martin)
11. Looking At Her (produced by Giles Martin)
12. Road (produced by Giles Martin)

Executive Producer: Giles Martin
Mixed by Mark ‘Spike’ Stent

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A piece of wood with John Lennon's original lyrics to 'Sexy Sadie' is being sold at auction. Lennon originally wrote the song in 1968 to attack Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the guru who had introduced the Beatles to Transcendental Meditation. Lennon felt the maharishi had behaved inappropriately towards some of the women traveling with The Beatles and wanted to cash in on the band's endorsement.

As The Times reports, the song's original lyrics opened with the line: "Maharishi what have you done, you’ve made a fool of everyone," causing a rift in the band. George Harrison eventually persuaded Lennon to change the lyrics on the grounds that the maharishi would sue for libel before its appearance on 'The Beatles' (aka 'The White Album').

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