Archive for November, 2011

November 29, 2011

Remembering George Harrison

November 29, 2011, marks the 10th anniversary of George Harrison’s death in 2001.

Listen to the demo version of my favorite George Harrison song – “Isn’t It A Pity” – after the jump!

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November 29, 2011

Strawberry Fields Forever

The Beatles recorded “Strawberry Fields Forever” on November 28, 1966, during the sessions for the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The final released version was actually two very different takes that were carefully edited together. Producer George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick increased the speed of one take and decreased that of the other, while splicing in another verse to fill the gaps between the orchestral score. The song did not appear on the Sgt. Pepper album, but on a double A-side single along with “Penny Lane.”

Watch the video for “Strawberry Fields Forever” after the jump!

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November 28, 2011

Come and Get It

“Come and Get It” is a song written by Paul McCartney and released as a single by the band Badfinger. McCartney’s original demo was eventually included on the Beatles Anthology 3 album.

Watch a video of Paul performing the song at a recent concert in Bologna after the jump!

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November 25, 2011

Magical Mystery Tour – The Movie

The Beatles produced, wrote, directed and provided the music for the film Magical Mystery Tour, their first project released after the death of manager Brian Epstein. The film, featuring the band along with other actors, portrayed a surrealist journey on a magical bus filmed in various locations throughout England. While the accompanying album became a Beatles classic, the film was very poorly received and critically panned.

November 24, 2011

The Beatles Anthology Thanksgiving

The Beatles Anthology television documentary series originally aired on ABC in 1995. The Anthology was shown in 6 abridged parts, including over Thanksgiving Day. In promoting the series, ABC identified itself as “ABeatlesC” and several of the network’s prime-time sitcoms replaced their regular opening credit themes with Beatles tracks.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2011

Death of Brian Epstein

Brian Epstein, longtime manager of The Beatles, died of an overdose of Carbitral, a type of sleeping pill, in his locked bedroom, in August 1967. After an investigation, his death was officially ruled as accidental, and was probably caused by a gradual buildup of Carbitral in his system mixed with alcohol. The Beatles were away studying transcendental meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Wales at the time of Epstein’s death.

November 23, 2011

Back Off Boogaloo

Ringo Starr released his hit single “Back Off Boogaloo” in 1972, which eventually reached #9 on the charts. The song, written by Starr and produced by fellow ex-Beatle George Harrison, was inspired by Ringo’s friendship with Marc Bolan of T-Rex. However, some claim that the song was written with Paul McCartney in mind.

November 22, 2011

Tomorrow Never Knows

The final track on The Beatles’ Revolver is “Tomorrow Never Knows,” a song primarily written by John Lennon. The wildly experimental track included a series of tape loops assembled by the band. The tape loops were played in various rooms in Abbey Road studios, some of which were held together by pencils. These provided the background effects and included such sounds as seagulls crying, distorted violins and several Mellotrons.

November 1, 2011

Deep Blue

“Deep Blue” is a song written by George Harrison, originally the b-side to his charity single “Bangla Desh” in 1971. The track was finally released on an album when included on the remastered version of Harrison’s second solo album Living In The Material World.