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London 2019 Turks Head A great new BEATLES-1-DAY will be held at
 the TURKS HEAD in London on May 5th 2019. 
 We all know this place as a movie location in the film
 'A HARD DAY'S NIGHT' (Ringo playing the darts).
 It's an ALL-DAY event and details about the event will
 follow a.s.a.p.
 BEATLES INTERNATIONAL will be there.

 

Glauchau 2019 Our Beatles(-fan-)friend Edmund Thielow will be organizing the
 10th Beatles Convention in East Germany, in Glauchau to be exact,
 
 where his Beat-Archive/Museum is located. It will be fun for everyone.
 BEATLES INTERNATIONAL will be there.
 also attending will be
another dear friend, Liverpudlian writer
 (of the book 'Liddypool') David Bedford, who has now written  
 'FINDING THE FOURTH BEATLE'. He will be signing in Glauchau.

 Also present will be drummer Johnny Hutchinson 
 (who played with the Beatles in 1960) to talk about his adventures.
 And of course there will be LIVE music by
 The Strawberries and (from 8 p.m.) The ReBeatles.

 FOR MORE DETAILS: check out our 'EVENTS' page. 

 Location: Stadttheater Glauchau
 Time: 2 p.m. until late evening. (entrance from 1 p.m.)

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.

New Macca archive releases:
RRSpeedway 2018WLife 2018
RED ROSE SPEEDWAY           +                 WILD LIFE

Release date December 2018/early 2019.
Track listings (not yet officially confirmed):

WILD LIFE
WLife box 2018
CD1 – Remastered Album

1. Mumbo (2018 Remaster)
2. Bip Bop (2018 Remaster)
3. Love Is Strange (2018 Remaster)
4. Wild Life (2018 Remaster)
5. Some People Never Know (2018 Remaster)
6. I Am Your Singer (2018 Remaster)
7. Bip Bop Link (2018 Remaster)
8. Tomorrow (2018 Remaster)
9. Dear Friend (2018 Remaster)
10. Mumbo Link (2018 Remaster)

CD2 – Rough Mixes

1. Mumbo [Rough Mix]
2. Bip Bop [Rough Mix]
3. Love Is Strange (Version) [Rough Mix]
4. Wild Life [Rough Mix]
5. Some People Never Know [Rough Mix]
6. I Am Your Singer [Rough Mix]
7. Tomorrow [Rough Mix]
8. Dear Friend [Rough Mix]

CD3 – Bonus Audio

1. Good Rockin’ Tonight [Home Recording]
2. Bip Bop [Home Recording]
3. Hey Diddle [Home Recording]
4. She Got It Good [Home Recording]
5. I Am Your Singer [Home Recording]
6. Outtake I
7. Dear Friend [Home Recording I]
8. Dear Friend [Home Recording II]
9. Outtake II
10. Indeed I Do
11. When The Wind Is Blowing
12. The Great Cock And Seagull Race [Rough Mix]
13. Outtake III
14. Give Ireland Back To The Irish
15. Give Ireland Back To The Irish (Version)
16. Love Is Strange [Single Edit]
17. African Yeah Yeah

DVD – Bonus Video

1. Scotland, 1971
2. The Ball
3. ICA Rehearsals
4. Give Ireland Back To The Irish (Rehearsal)

Plus 24bit 96kHz unlimited high-resolution audio download of the remastered album and bonus audio

RED ROSE SPEEDWAY
RRS box 2018
CD1 – Remastered Album

1. Big Barn Bed (2018 Remaster)
2. My Love (2018 Remaster)
3. Get On The Right Thing (2018 Remaster)
4. One More Kiss (2018 Remaster)
5. Little Lamb Dragonfly (2018 Remaster)
6. Single Pigeon (2018 Remaster)
7. When The Night (2018 Remaster)
8. Loup (1st Indian On The Moon) (2018 Remaster)
9. Medley (2018 Remaster)
* a) Hold Me Tight
* b) Lazy Dynamite
* c) Hands Of Love
* d) Power Cut

CD2 – “Double Album”

1. Night Out
2. Get On The Right Thing
3. Country Dreamer
4. Big Barn Bed
5. My Love
6. Single Pigeon
7. When The Night
8. Seaside Woman
9. I Lie Around
10. The Mess [Live At The Hague]
11. Best Friend [Live In Antwerp]
12. Loup (1st Indian On The Moon)
13. Medley
* a) Hold Me Tight
* b) Lazy Dynamite
* c) Hands Of Love
* d) Power Cut
14. Mama’s Little Girl
15. I Would Only Smile
16. One More Kiss
17. Tragedy
18. Little Lamb Dragonfly

CD3 – Bonus Audio

1. Mary Had A Little Lamb
2. Little Woman Love
3. Hi, Hi, Hi
4. C Moon
5. Live And Let Die
6. Get On The Right Thing [Early Mix]
7. Little Lamb Dragonfly [Early Mix]
8. Little Woman Love [Early Mix]
9. 1882 [Home Recording]
10. Big Barn Bed [Rough Mix]
11. The Mess
12. Thank You Darling
13. Mary Had A Little Lamb [Rough Mix]
14. 1882 [Live In Berlin]
15. 1882
16. Jazz Street
17. Live And Let Die [Group Only, Take 10]

DVD 1 – Bonus Video

1. Music Videos
2. James Paul McCartney TV Special
3. Live And Let Die [Live in Liverpool]
4. Newcastle Interview

DVD 2 – Bonus Film

1. The Bruce McMouse Show
5.1 Surround Dolby Digital, 16bit 48kHz /PCM Stereo

Blu-Ray - The Bruce McMouse Show
5.1 Surround DTS-HD Master Audio, 24bit 96kHz/PCM Stereo 24bit 96kHz

Plus 24bit 96kHz unlimited high-resolution audio download of the remastered album and bonus audio.

and there is MORE: also available will be:
1971 1973 boxes
PAUL McCARTNEY AND WINGS: WINGS 1971-73

Paul McCartney Archive Collection Limited Super Deluxe Edition
Both Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway Limited Deluxe Editions, plus:
Exclusive and numbered edition, 7-colour screen print on corrugated board.
Exclusive Wings Over Europe 96-page photo book with screenprinted cover. 
Facsimile of the Wings Over Europe 1972 European tour programme.
Brand new stereo mix of tracks played on the 1972 tour on CD. 

1. Big Barn Bed [Live In Newcastle]
2. Eat At Home [Live At The Hague]
3. Smile Away [Live In Berlin]
4. Bip Bop [Live At The Hague]
5. Mumbo [Live In Antwerp]
6. Blue Moon Of Kentucky [Live At The Hague]
7. 1882 [Live In Berlin]
8. I Would Only Smile [Live In Antwerp]
9. Give Ireland Back To The Irish [Live In Groningen]
10. The Mess [Live In Berlin]
11. Best Friend [Live In Antwerp]
12. Soily [Live In Berlin]
13. I Am Your Singer [Live At The Hague]
14. Seaside Woman [Live In Groningen]
15. Wild Life [Live At The Hague]
16. My Love [Live At The Hague]
17. Mary Had A Little Lamb [Live At The Hague]
18. Maybe I’m Amazed [Live In Groningen]
19. Hi, Hi, Hi [Live At The Hague]
20. Long Tall Sally [Live In Groningen]

Plus 24/96kHz unlimited high-resolution audio download of the remastered album and bonus audio

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.
 

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

Bedford bookBedford book back
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.