Home  |  Rarities  |  #askNat  |  Interviews  |  Collector's Corner  |  Search Nat's Collection  |  About  |  Contact  |  Archives  |  Links

Category Archives: BROW

The Beatles Rarity Of The Week

Beatles Rarity of the Week – “I Want To Hold Your Hand” (alternate stereo mix)

Welcome to The Beatles Rarity of the Week. On October 17, 1963, The Beatles must have been thrilled to find that they now had 4-track recording capability for the first time. No longer would they have to record all instruments live in the studio. Even though they still did it that way from time to time, the 4-track equipment would make things easier and allow them to get much more experimental with their future endeavors in the studio. The goal for the day was to get their next single recorded to follow up “She Loves You,” which was still in Britain’s top 5 on the singles chart at the time (Melody Maker).

The new single would have “I Want To Hold Your Hand” as the obvious pick for the A-side and taking full advantage of the equipment, they recorded the backing track of Paul McCartney’s bass, John Lennon’s rhythm guitar and Ringo Starr’s drums on track 1. On the second track, George Harrison added his lead guitar fills, after which John and Paul added their live vocals on to track 3. By take 17 they were perfectly happy with the results. After adding the finishing touches of handclaps and a little more bass on to track 4, they moved on to recording “This Boy” for the B-side, which was also completed that day.

 

The Beatles Greatest

The Beatles Greatest, released in 1965 on EMI’s Odeon label contained the first true stereo mix of I Want To Hold Your Hand to be released to the public.

 

Get the whole story »

13 people think this is FAB!

Beatles Rarity Of The Week – “Love Me Do” (unreleased Pop Go The Beatles performance)

Hello and welcome to this week’s Beatles Rarity of the Week, affectionately known as the BROW in more familiar circles. What a big year 1963 was for The Beatles. It was the first year that the British Isles discovered that they had a hot new group on their hands. By May of that year, the BBC made the unbelievable decision to give this new group their own weekly 30-minute radio series. At this point, they had only released three singles, and their first album, Please Please Me was only just reaching the top of the charts. Of course, The Beatles had already made friends with the BBC and appeared on several earlier programs – but their very own show? That was something! The series was called Pop Go The Beatles and like other radio appearances The Beatles had made, included their own humorous brand of chat and lots of fresh new music that was different than what was heard on their records. The first 4 shows were hosted by Lee Peters who was succeeded by Rodney Burke for another 11 shows before the series wrapped up with a final episode on September 24, 1963.

 

The Beatles, 1963

The Beatles, 1963

 

Get the whole story »

19 people think this is FAB!

Beatles Rarity Of The Week – “Wrack My Brain” (alternate mix)

Welcome to The Beatles Rarity of the Week. In 1980, our two oldest Beatles turned forty years of age. To honor the occasion John Lennon, who had only recently began recording again after a five-year break, wrote a song for Ringo Starr called “Life Begins At 40.” Remembering songs Ringo had sang with The Beatles such as “What Goes On,” “Act Naturally” and “Don’t Pass Me By,” it’s no secret to Beatles fans that Ringo had a penchant for country-flavored music and so John wrote the song in that style, not only in hopes that he would like it, but also knowing it would suit his vocal style and be a good candidate for him to record on his next album. Of course we know what happened shortly afterwards.

Less than two weeks before John’s murder, he handed Ringo demo tapes for another song called “Nobody Told Me.” John and Ringo planned to have some studio time together and record these songs – but those plans were unfortunately and permanently interrupted.

 

George Harrison and Ringo Starr, 1981

George Harrison and Ringo Starr, 1981

 

Get the whole story »

16 people think this is FAB!

Beatles Rarity Of The Week – “On The Wings Of A Nightingale” (demo)

Welcome to The Beatles Rarity of the Week. On January 3, 2014, Phil Everly of Everly Brothers fame died of complications with emphysema and bronchitis just before turning 75 years old. The Everly Brothers, consisting of Phil and his brother Don got their big break as musicians during the same year that a 16-year old John Lennon met 15-year old Paul McCartney. It was 1957 when The Everlys’ recording of “Bye Bye Love” went top 10 in the U.K. (#6 in Record Retailer) and the U.S (#2 in Billboard). By the time their follow up single “Wake Up Little Susie” topped the U.S charts and made it to #2 in the U.K., Paul had joined John’s band, The Quarrymen and as the two began to collaborate, both were taken in by the steel-string guitar playing and close harmony vocals of this new American country-influenced rock ‘n’ roll duo.

 

Phil Everly (left) and Paul McCartney

Phil Everly (left) and Paul McCartney

 

Shortly after the death of Phil, Paul McCartney wrote this on his website:

Phil Everly was one of my great heroes. With his brother Don, they were one of the major influences on The Beatles. When John and I first started to write songs, I was Phil and he was Don. Years later when I finally met Phil, I was completely starstruck and at the same time extremely impressed by his humility and gentleness of soul. I will always love him for giving me some of the sweetest musical memories of my life.

Get the whole story »

14 people think this is FAB!

Beatles Rarity Of The Week – “Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey” (live at The Cavern, 1962)

Welcome to The Beatles Rarity of the Week. On both July 26 and August 1, 1962, a couple of Granada TV producers came out to Liverpool to check out the pre-Ringo Starr line-up of The Beatles at their Cavern Club performances. The Beatles were being considered for possible inclusion in a locally broadcast television program called Know The North. Of course they “passed the audition” and on August 22, Granada was back at The Cavern, having brought along a crew equipped with the necessary recording necessities. By this time, The Beatles had replaced Pete Best with Ringo Starr as their new drummer and were ready to rock ‘n’ roll for the camera. Granada taped two takes of them performing Richie Barrett’s “Some Other Guy,” although the audio to what is most likely the second take is all that has survived.

 

The Beatles performing at The Cavern in 1962

The Beatles performing at The Cavern in 1962

 

Get the whole story »

20 people think this is FAB!

Beatles Rarity Of The Week – “Cleanup Time” (alternate mix)

Welcome to The Beatles Rarity of the Week. Despite the tragedy that occurred in December 1980 that John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy album is reminiscent of, I’ve always appreciated the music on the album. However, when the ‘stripped down’ remix of the album was released in 2010, I thought it breathed new life into the music and trumped the original album by making it seem somewhat over-produced in comparison.

The album’s original producer in 1980, Jack Douglas, said that after listening to John and Yoko’s demos of the music that he would have a hard time making the music better since they demos were so intimate. For the same reason Double Fantasy Stripped Down with it’s more simplistic sound gives us more guitar and up-front vocals and less brass and strings – which, at least for me is an overall pleasing effect for the ears.

 

John Lennon, 1980

John Lennon, 1980

 

Get the whole story »

13 people think this is FAB!