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Cavern City Tours presents....
 
Click on the image to view International Beatleweek 2019 brochure. 
 
Welcome to International Beatleweek 2019 and the biggest Beatles celebration ever. If you have never been before you are in for a treat, and if you have, we can't wait to welcome you home! 

For 7 days and 7 nights, the music of John, Paul, George and Ringo will ring out from every nook and cranny of the city. 70 of the finest Beatle tribute bands from over 20 countries and fans from all over the world will be here, in Liverpool, with one mission - The Beatles! 

Now in its 33rd year, International Beatleweek is a must for all fans! This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Abbey Road Album, The Rooftop concert, Leave Peace in Toronto and we also celebrate 60 years since the Casbah first opened its doors. 

If this is your first time you will be blown away. You will make life long memories and friends forever. If you are lucky, you might even get some sleep! 
 
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Special Guests 
Julia Baird 
Alan White                                                     Jack Douglas
Mark Hudson
 
Festival Highlights 
 
  • Live music across multiple venues including The Cavern Club, Alma De Cuba, The Philharmonic Hall, Grand Central Hall, The Casbah and more! 
  • Special guests including Julia Baird, Mark Hudson, Alan White, Jack Douglas and more! 
  • Rooftop Concert at The Shankly Hotel 
  • Over 70 bands from over 20 countries 
  • Annual Beatles Convention 
 
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Live Music 
 
Annual Beatles Convention 
 
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Web Mockup cropped1To mark 60 years since the Quarry Men made their first record, a brand new release featuring two double CDs and a double vinyl album of rare recordings made at the Percy Phillips Studio in Kensington, Liverpool, will be released at the Beatles Convention in the Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, on 26th August 2018


The CDs will feature 70 recordings made by a variety of artists between 1955 and 1969, many of which have never been heard before, with box sets on sale at the launch. The commemorative vinyl albums will feature a selection of the tracks and will be numbered and signed by Peter Phillips, Grandson of Percy and the keeper of the collection.

Beatles International is proud to present the exclusive sales for this 4CD box in Europe, we only have a limited stock so if you want to get a copy just send an Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

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2 Great NEW BOOK reviews in our 'Books' section.

The Beatles' "White Album" 50th Anniversary Edition - Part One: The Blu-ray 5.1 Surround Sound Mix

The Beatles' White Album 50th Anniversary boxed set (coming out in early November) celebrates the legendary eponymously-titled 1968 LP and it's a doozie! In this new multi-disc collection you get two CDs containing a brand new Stereo remix by producer Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell, a CD of long sought-after demos produced by the band prior to heading into Abbey Road Studios and an additional three CDs of session outtakes. And if that weren't enough you get a high resolution Blu-ray Disc containing not only the new Stereo and the original Mono mix but also a brand new 5.1 Surround Sound mix, playable on your home theater system. Available in 96 kHz, 24-bit PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby True HD 5.1 options, that's a whole lotta White Album joy to explore, so lets just dive in...

For this first part of our review series exploring The Beatles' White Album 50th Anniversary boxed set we'll focus on the brand new first time ever 5.1 Surround Sound mix. The notion of remixing an album like The White Albuminto Surround Sound might not be immediately apparent as a "necessity" (hey, none of this is exactly "necessary" but it sure is fun!). Recording much of this album on early eight-channel multi-track tape afforded The Beatles more creativity in terms of not just how many layers of instruments they could record but also the natural-ness (if you will) of the mix. Accordingly, many fans -- myself included -- preferred the old original Stereo mix over the Mono version (initially only released in the UK) because it sounded a bit more widescreen.

In keeping with the process that producer Giles Martin executed so successfully with the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band remixes, this new Surround Sound incarnation of The White Album is even wider-screen still, frequently revelatory and at times even jostling (in a good way). Rather than re-explain the process the producers have to go through to make this happen, I am including a link back to my earlier review of the Sgt. Pepper remixes which goes into that sort of detail which is likely applicable to this new project (click here). That said, reissue Producer Giles Martin explains their overall intention with the current project in the written introduction to the hardcover book included with this new edition:

"In remixing 'The White Album' we've tried to bring you as close as possible to The Beatles in the studio. We've peeled back the layers of the 'Glass Onion' with the hope of immersing old and new listeners into one of the most diverse and inspiring albums ever made."

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While we'll look at the new Stereo mix in The Beatles' White Album 50th Anniversary boxed set in more detail later in in this review series, the new Surround Sound version we're about to explore is a fine complementary experience, informed by the original mixes while offering a fascinating new way to experience some of your best loved Beatles music. For the most part the producers wisely chose to keep the listener focused front and center in this new remix, presenting the core of the band in mostly enhanced (if you will) Stereo, judiciously using the rear channels and three dimensional space where appropriate (and, perhaps, where technically feasible!). This makes sense given the way the album was recorded. According to the official press release for the set:

"The Beatles' approach to recording for 'The White Album' was quite different from what they had done for 'Sgt. Pepper.' Rather than layering individually overdubbed parts on a multi-track tape, many of the 'White Album' session takes were recorded to four-track and eight-track tape as group performances with a live lead vocal.... This live-take recording style resulted in a less intricately structured, more unbridled album that would shift the course of rock music and cut a path for punk and indie rock."

Overall, the 5.1 mix is very tasteful and some tracks work better than others. For the most part I found the mixes engaging and most importantly it sounds very much like what The White Album should sound like. I didn't sense any drastic changes to the feel of how the music was originally recorded. It seems that the producer's surround mixing creativity grew accordingly / appropriately as the music became more experimental, reaching a wild peak at "Revolution #9."

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Given that The Beatles' White Album 50th Anniversary boxed set is a deep-dive (and somewhat pricey) collection, I thought that a run down of some highlights of what I have heard thus far while listening to this new Surround Sound mix might be appreciated. So -- spoiler alert -- following are some details on what you can expect in 5.1:

"Back In The USSR" features harmonies in the rear channels and hand claps which are very audible (more akin to their presence in the Mono mix). It is interesting to hear piano coming in from the rear.  Its also nice to hear the "ahhhhhs" on the bridge section of "Dear Prudence" moving front to rear. The drums there are a bit bright but the double tracked guitars in the rear channels are super cool. Gimmicky though it may appear as you read this, hearing the vocal "round and round and round" refrains subtly circling the room sounds pretty nifty! There is no full fade out on the ending here and that works neatly in this new incarnation as a new and different thing.

"Wild Honey Pie" is trippy fun in the surrounds and the guitars sound a bit more  -- for lack of a better phrase I'll make one up -- "sproingier!" Meanwhile in "The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill" Lennon's vocals are pretty hot in the mix, which is a treat! His "All the children sing" calls-to-action pop up in the rear but the real star of this show is when Bill's "horse" clip-it-y-clomps through your living room at the end!  You can also hear Yoko's vocals more clearly now and from the book included with the set we learn that Ringo's wife, Maureen Starkey, was in there for the singalong choruses!

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"Martha My Dear" has punchy horns and the vocal are super clear, but I especially love being immersed in the string section on this song. On "Blackbird," Paul's foot tapping feels almost alarmingly natural to the point where if you close your eyes it feels kind of like he's there playing there for you in the room. Hearing the birds tweeting from the rear is heartwarming and lends a light immersive sensibility while keeping the feel of the original in tact. "Piggies" is one of my favorite Surround Sound mixes in The Beatles' White Album 50th Anniversary boxed set. The tambourine is super up front and the loud piggies steal the show (from behind!). George Harrison's acoustic guitar sounds rich, buoyed by rear cellos. I think I even heard a little extra bonus snork on the first chorus, which is different from on the original Stereo mix. I don't know about you, but I like my snorks big and in this mix its almost like having a little barnyard suddenly appearing in your listening space.

"Rocky Raccoon" works surprisingly well in Surround Sound, revealing sweet sensitivity from Ringo's opening-closing Hi Hat Cymbal as well as his brush work on the Snare Drum.The rinky-dink "Tack Piano" sparkles in the rear as do the harmonies. "I Will" also works surprisingly well in Surround Sound where you can more clearly hear Paul McCartney's (likely) overdubbed "doot doot" vocalized bass lines from behind and Ringo's gently sympathetic Cymbal work is much more apparent. The Shaker in the rear is tasty icing on the cake.  "Julia" is room filling and gorgeous; this is as close as most of us will get to having John Lennon playing in our living rooms.

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"Birthday" comes with a word of cliche advice: play this track LOUD as it really rocks! The Bass is super audible now, you can almost feel Paul plucking the strings. And there seems to be an overdubbed Snare Drum hit in the rear. Now you can also quite clearly hear Patti Harrison and Yoko Ono singing the high harmony "Birthday" background vocals on the bridge. Not surprisingly,"Yer Blues" places a very big reverb on Lennon's vocal, which defines this mix; I rather like it although I realize there are some of you out there who might find it too large! One other curious thing I noticed is that there seems to be a tighter edit after the solo section on this song just before the song ends, so it no longer feels like a rough tape splice as on the original Stereo and Mono mixes (which was actually a kind of cool thing, but I'm not complaining here... just pointing out the difference).

"Sexy Sadie" envelops you with Piano and that sort of bendy-pitchy-melty effect on the instrument in this song is more apparent in this new Surround Sound mix. The Bass is more prominent now and there is a cool Guitar bit at the end I don't remember hearing previously.  "Helter Skelter" is another one to Play Loud! You'll feel the harmonies around you and Ringo's Drums are just massive. Some of the guitar swells seem to flow through you. The breakdown is a little different and some new talking is now audible in the mix. Ringo's Drums are also huge on "Long Long Long" where you can almost feel the air pushing through the Tom Tom heads as he hits them. George's acoustic Guitar strums are equally up-front and rich. And of course it is super cool hearing the weirdness at the end of the song in Surround Sound.

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"Revolution #9" is as trippy as you might expect it to be, using all channels aggressively. And it works!  Now you can hear everything that was going on in this still stunning audio pastiche, a truly frightening snapshot of what 1968 was all about. Don't listen to this under the influence of anything! If you thought this piece was madness on headphones, it is now an even more intense "musique-concrete" experience in Surround Sound. You'll hear different details coming at you from all directions. While I don't have any specifics on how this 5.1 mix was created, given that the piece was originally recorded as a "performance" mix of tape loops down to two-channel Stereo, one can guess what the producers did here to create the Surround Sound version. Ultimately, how it was made doesn't matter much because the final result is what counts and Giles Martin's Surround Sound mix is aggressive, immersive and (appropriately) at times downright scary! It is a fascinating interpretation of John and Yoko's original vision and a whole new way to explore this piece. Depending on who you are playing it for, this might even be a good demo track to put your home theaters system through its paces!

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So, there it is: we can now hear The White Album in 96 kHz, 24-bit 5.1 Surround Sound!  Apart from some initially awkwardness figuring out how the "set up" screen worked, my experience with the Blu-ray Disc in The Beatles' White Album 50th Anniversary boxed set has been quite wonderful. There is even a very thoughtful, fun screen saver built in, cycling iconic portraits of the band from the original album.

Stay tuned for Part Two of this review series where I will explore the wealth of outtakes and other rarities in this wonderful collection.

Las Vegas For a full report of our short stay in Vegas, Febr. 14-18, 2018,
      2018 02 17115 souvenirs       2018 02 17 20 Ja Daar is ie please visit the BI section of this 'NEWS' page

RINGO STARR (and Barry Gibb) have been selected for knighthood and other awards given in the name of Britain’s monarch.
2018 03 20 3a Ringo knighted 2018 03 20 5 Ringo knighted

RINGOPAUL

The process starts with nominations from the public, which first are reviewed by a specialist committee and then by a main honours committee.The nominations are then sent to the prime minister before the various honours are bestowed by the queen or senior royals.The children’s author celebrated for War Horse and former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg also made the honours list. 

 

Sgt Pepper’s Vinyl Jukebox

In 1967 the Beatles released the hit album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Fifty years on and the LP’s immense critical and cultural success ensures it remains a true classic with its influence still felt across genres and decades.Now, Sound Leisure introduces our own tribute to this most iconic of albums with the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Vinyl Jukebox. The jukebox is officially endorsed by Apple Corps Limited and designed and built by Sound Leisure Ltd under exclusive licence.
Jukebox Pepper1 The jukebox cabinet features durable printed
 artwork from the iconic Sgt. Pepper's album
 cover which is also referenced inside the
 cabinet, wrapping around the Vinyl Mechanism
 and standing atop it to create a visually enticing
 3D effect. The custom speaker cloth features
 the famous drum skin design and side glasses
 are screen printed with the Sgt.Pepper's florets.

 Sound Leisure’s unique Vinyl Mechanism is the
 only vinyl jukebox mechanism being
 manufactured anywhere in the world.
 It holds seventy 7” records giving the user the
 option to select the A or B side (140 selections).
 Sit back and watch as the psychedelic swirls
 spin to life alongside The Beatles in all their
 Sgt. Peppers uniformed splendour.
 The revolving title rack allows easy access to
 your favourite records and Sound Leisure’s
 Label Magic software gives you a quick and
 easy way to create and print your own jukebox
 labels. Track selections can be made directly
 from the jukebox button bank or via the infra-red
 remote control which also offers control of the
 volume, reject, shuffle mode and lighting
 controls.

 The Sgt. Pepper's Jukebox also incorporates
 Sound Leisure’s Bluetooth receiver giving you
 the ability to stream digital music from any compatible device.  A great sound is provided from needle to ear via the five way in built speaker system and D4 amplifier which also features an auxiliary input, outputs and connections for additional speakers.

We are very proud to introduce to you The Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Vinyl Jukebox. This very special jukebox is a dream come true for any Beatles fan, and it sounds just as good as it looks!

IMPORTANT NOTE: This product is custom built to order. This may affect your rights as a consumer. Please consult our Terms and Conditions for more information and go to our website: https://soundleisure.com/classic-jukeboxes/jukeboxes/sgt-peppers-vinyl-jukebox
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Manufactured under licence: (c) 2017 Apple Corp Limitied. A Beatles TM product and
  • 70 x 7" vinyl record rotating jukebox mechanism. (140 selections - A/B sides)
  • D4 amplifier :  2 x independent stereo channel outputs, 60W RMS per channel.
  • 2 x mid / 2 x tweeter and 1 x 12" Twin cone bass speaker
  • Remote control for home use - record selection / shuffle play / aux input / volume / reject record
  • 140 selection rotating title display.
  • (printed using Sound Leisure's Label Magic software - 12 months subscription fee included)Jukebox Pepper2a
  • Aux input (phono)
  • Aux output (phono)
  • Microphone input
  • Bluetooth connection as standard

DIMENSIONS

Height: 1410mm
Width: 780mm
Depth: 700mm
Weight: 120KG

PRICE

£8,995.00

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A brand new, most recommandable book released on the international market, written by a great friend from Liverpool, a novel featuring The Beatles!
David is thinking of having a launch party in Liverpool for this detective book, "Inspector Rocke".
As something different, and a bit of fun, what do you reckon to him hosting a murder/mystery evening?
If so, who is up for coming - sometime in June? He likes to know if it is worth doing. 
Please reply a.s.a.p. to www.inspectorrocke.com

The blockbuster show - which premiered with a special performance in Liverpool - has already wowed crowds across the UK.
(photoDominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

The Sessions - a live re-staging of the Beatles at Abbey Road Studios - was showcased at the ECHO arena at the end of last month in a one-off charity gig.

Since then, the 45-strong cast has performed to a sold-out Royal Albert Hall and in Belfast, Dublin and Brighton.

2016 Sessions 1 On March 30th Liverpool saw the pre-premiere of
 The ABBEY ROAD Sessions in the Echo Arena in Liverpool. 
 Brought to stage by the same man who brought
 Elvis Presley back 'alive' a couple of years ago,
 he now, with the help of the original Beatles' sound engineer
 Geoff Emerick, shows us how the Beatles worked
 in Studio 2 of the famous London recording studios.

 For more (BI witness) details about the show,
 read more in the 'BI' section of this News page.

 

Ringo Starr and George Martin giving an acceptance speech at the Grammy awards in Los AngelesHis family thanked "everyone for their thoughts, prayers and messages of support" after his death at home on Tuesday, his manager said.