Archive for February, 2011

February 23, 2011

The 5th Beatle

Stuart Sutcliffe, the true “Fifth Beatle,” served as the band’s original bass player. After touring in Hamburg, The Beatles fired Sutcliffe from the band due to his lack of skill, and he stayed in Germany with his girlfriend Astrid Kirchherr. Sutcliffe died from a brain aneurysm in 1962 at the age of 21. Some believe the cause of the brain hemorrhage was from a kick in the head the man had endured in a fight a year earlier.

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February 21, 2011

Octopus’s Garden

“Octopus’s Garden” appears on The Beatles’ last recorded studio album Abbey Road. It is only the second song released by the band that was written solely by Ringo Starr. The drummer got the idea for the song when traveling on a boat in Sardinia, after the captain told him the story of how octopuses travel along the sea bed picking up stones and shiny objects with which to build gardens.

February 14, 2011

LOVE

The Beatles released the album LOVE in 2006, a companion soundtrack to the Cirque du Soleil show of the same name. The album features Beatles tracks that have been compiled and remixed as a mashup, blending together different pieces from multiple songs. It was produced by longtime Beatles producer George Martin and his son Giles.

In 2011, the LOVE compilation was released on Apple’s iTunes, featuring bonus tracks “Girl” and “Fool on the Hill,” which did not appear on the original CD release.

February 12, 2011

Love Songs

Love Songs is a compilation of The Beatles’ most famous and well-lovedĀ  ballads, released in 1977. The album contains 25 tracks, spanning 2 discs, and is packaged in a gatefold cover featuring a black and white portrait of the band taken in 1967. The album has since been deleted and has yet to be released on CD or digital format.

February 6, 2011

Revolution

John Lennon wrote “Revolution” in 1968 in response to current political and world events. The song was originally recorded in a slower tempo – this version being released on The White Album as “Revolution 1.” The band re-recorded the track into a faster, more hard rock version, which was eventually released as the b-side of the single “Hey Jude.”