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#askNat – concerning who was in the room when Brian Epstein fired Pete Best

This week on #askNat I have an interesting inquiry coming from Stephen Kennedy in the U.K. who writes plays about The Beatles. His message to me from this past May reads as follows:

When Pete Best got fired from The Beatles at NEMS on the morning of August 16th, 1962, how many people were at the meeting? Most books say it was just Pete Best and Brian Epstein – but I have also read that Neil Aspinall was at the meeting too. What is the truth?

Thanks for writing in Stephen. While on the surface it is a very simple question, it gets a little more complex when we consider the varying accounts in different books. Before discussing this, a little background information is in order.

 

Top row (L-R): Pete Best, Neil Aspinall Bottom row (L-R): Brian Epstein, Mona Best

Top row (L-R): Pete Best, Neil Aspinall
Bottom row (L-R): Brian Epstein, Mona Best

 

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Paul McCartney Archive Collection’s long-awaited 2014 remasters – Venus And Mars & Speed Of Sound out in September

After a “false alarm” earlier in the year about a June 2014 release of the next two Paul McCartney Archive Collection releases – the goods are finally coming to those of us that have waited. The 2014 remastered 1975 album by Paul McCartney & Wings Venus and Mars and it’s 1976 follow-up album Wings At The Speed Of Sound will both be released in a grandiose repackaging with plenty of bonus features on September 23rd in North America and September 22nd everywhere else.

Similar to the previous Archive Collection issues both albums will be available in a 2-CD standard edition with the original albums on on disc and bonus material on the second disc. Then there is the 3-disc deluxe version which adds a DVD, hardback book (128 pages for V&M, 112 pages for SoS) of photos and new interviews from Paul McCartney and additional info about each track that is over and above what was originally available on earlier releases of either album. Finally there is download access to 24-bit digital audio files with the deluxe edition. There are also vinyl and digital-only options.

 

Venus And Mars

Venus And Mars cover art (click to enlarge)

Wings At The Speed Of Sound

Wings At The Speed Of Sound cover art (click to enlarge)

 

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Beatles Rarity of the Week – “Maxine” (unplugged Traveling Wilburys out-take)

Welcome to the Beatles Rarity of the Week, often informally referred to as the BROW and which by my own definition, not only includes rare music recorded while The Beatles were together but also music that’s happened with The Beatles individually after they split up. This week the focus is on a group of friends George Harrison is credited with starting up in the late eighties called the Traveling Wilburys. The Wilburys had a very successful short run of a couple albums between 1988 and 1990 and included George along with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison. Their first album, Volume One, contained the hits “Handle With Care” and “End Of The Line.” The second album, curiously titled Volume Three, sadly did not include Roy Orbison who died of a heart attack on December 6, 1988. This final album contained the hits “She’s My Baby” and “Wilbury Twist.” More about the formation of the Traveling Wilburys can be found in an earlier BROW here.

 

The Traveling Wilburys (L-R: Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne & George Harrison)

The Traveling Wilburys (L-R: Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne & George Harrison)

 

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#askNat – Paul McCartney’s chipped tooth

This week on #askNat I’m addressing a question from “Rock Singer” from Osaka, Japan, who writes:

I get great enjoyment out of reading your weekly blog. My question is: Why did they go ahead and film the videos for “Paperback Writer” and “Rain” after Paul McCartney’s motorcycle accident causing his fat lip & chipped tooth? Can you shed any more information on said accident?

Thanks, Nat!

It’s good to hear from you Rock. Greetings from America and what a cool name you have – not your typical Japanese sounding name at all. There is a lot of information scattered about the Internet about Paul’s accident and unfortunately much of it is false and tied in with the whole “Paul Is Dead” theory. For that reason I am glad you brought this up, so as to give me a good opportunity to clear it all up a little bit.

 

Paul McCartney, early 1966 with chipped tooth - a consequence of a moped accident in December 1965.

Paul McCartney, early 1966 with chipped tooth – a consequence of a moped accident in December 1965.

 

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Beatles Rarity Of The Week – “Ticket To Ride” (raw studio tape)

Welcome to The Beatles Rarity of the Week. On Monday, February 15, 1965, exactly one week before they would fly to the Bahamas to begin filming their yet untitled second movie, The Beatles met up at Abbey Road Studios to record some songs for the film and it’s soundtrack. The week ended up as a productive one with the band completing six of the seven film songs for Help! (all but the title track since there wasn’t an established title yet) along with five other songs. The first one they worked on was John Lennon’s “Ticket To Ride.”

 

The Beatles

The Beatles

 

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#askNat – concerning the Sessions album

This week’s #askNat question comes from David over in the U.K. whose message sent to me a couple months back reads as follows:

Hi Nat,

Only recently found your site and since then have spent many happy hours enjoying your insight, info and tunes. Here’s a question for you: The Sessions album was going to be an official Beatles rarities release and bootlegs of it circulate. Are these deemed authentic from a verifiable source and were any of the tracks cited for inclusion, eventually released in exactly the same form, on the Anthologies?

All the best,
David

 

Photo from July 1, 1963 outside of Abbey Road studios to be used on front cover of The Beatles' Sessions LP, originally slated for a February 1985 release.

Photo from July 1, 1963 outside of Abbey Road studios to be used on front cover of The Beatles’ Sessions LP, originally slated for a February 1985 release.

 

Thank you for writing in David and I’m so glad you enjoy the website. Thanks also for a great topic that I am surprised has not appeared earlier on #askNat. Here is what I know:

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