The Beatles Naked

By Richard Buskin & Erik Taros

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Jo Vraca
 Oct 23, 2019
what a stellar find! These guys are obsessed with the Beatles and it shows in their knowledge. I'm learning so much about the band, the era, the music and the industry from obvious insiders. love love love it!

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The ultimate Beatles podcast: Deep research, unconventional topics, probing interviews and hard-hitting info that doesn't pull any punches. Hosted by Erik Taros and Richard Buskin.

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Episode #33 – ‘The Beatles Live! Great Recorded Performances 1963-1966’
1:47:59

Whereas, according to John in 1970, The Beatles “used to jump around and do all the things they’re doing now, like going on stage with toilet seats and shitting and pissing” when they were in Hamburg, everything changed when fame and fortune came knocking.

“As soon as we made it, we made it, but the edges were knocked off,” he told Rolling Stone. “The music was dead before we even went on the theatre tour of Britain. We were feeling shit already because we had to reduce an hour or two’s playing—which we were glad about in one way—to 20 minutes every night. The Beatles’ music died then, as musicians. That’s why we never improved as musicians: we killed ourselves then to make it. And that was the end of it.”

In some respects, certainly. But during 1963 and 1964 they were still on fire onstage, feeding off the energy of their rabid fans—before ultimately feeling like they were being fed to those same fans. In this show, we run through some of their best recorded performances in front of an audience during the touring years—on radio, TV and in concert. A future episode will focus on their most interesting ones.

The Music
  • ‘Twist and Shout’ – 18 April, 1963
  • ‘Some Other Guy’ – 19 June, 1963
  • ‘Thank You Girl’ – June 19, 1963
  • ‘She Loves You’ – 9 October, 1963
  • ‘Money’ – 24 October, 1963
  • ‘You Really Got a Hold on Me’ – 24 October, 1963
  • ‘Till There Was You’ – 4 November, 1963
  • ‘Long Tall Sally’ – 11 February, 1964
  • ‘You Can’t Do That’ – 17 June, 1964
  • ‘This Boy’ – 17 June, 1964
  • ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ – 23 August, 1964
  • ‘Boys’ – 23 August, 1964
  • ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ – 2 September, 1964
  • ‘If I Fell’ – 2 September, 1964
  • ‘Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby’ – 20 June, 1965
  • ‘Ticket to Ride’ – 1 August, 1965
  • ‘Dizzy Miss Lizzy’ – 29 August, 1965
  • ‘She’s a Woman’ – 30 August, 1965
  • ‘I’m Down’ – 1 July, 1966
Aug 12, 2021
Episode #32 – ‘Girl – Anatomy of a Song’
1:18:32

Lennon the storyteller, the cynic, the victim—of his own insecurities and desires, controlled by the woman of his dreams…and nightmares.

The last song recorded for The Beatles’ Rubber Soul album, ‘Girl’ is one of its main composer’s most intriguing, sophisticated, nuanced lyrical efforts—brought to life by a young conversationalist’s charismatic, world-weary voice, wrapped inside tits, sighs and Greek-style guitar. It’s an amazing track. And it’s inspired this episode’s multiple takes on its two protagonists.

The Music: recordings of ‘Girl’ by…

  • The Beatles
  • Tiny Tim with Brave Combo
  • DJ Style featuring KSS
  • Medley: Kai Hyttinen (Finnish) / Dalida (Italian) / Johnny Hallyday (French) / Peppino di Capri (Italian) / Ovelha (Portuguese)
  • SaRachel
May 09, 2021
Episode #31 - 'Sex, Love and Misogyny - The Beatles in Song'
2:35:21

The Beatles' songs often have such creativity, depth and nuance. Lyrics open to multiple interpretations, married to music that simultaneously captures and conveys the 'feel' of those lyrics.

Here, together with sociologist Candy Leonard, author of the book 'Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World', we discuss the songwriters' journey: from the days of sexual innuendo in their lyrics to those, just a few years later, of overt references - while transitioning from misogyny to feminism with love thrown into the mix.

The Music
  • Girl
  • Getting Better
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
  • Why Don’t We Do it in the Road
  • Don’t Let Me Down
  • I’ve Got a Feeling
  • I Saw Her Standing There
  • Please Please Me
  • She Loves You
  • I’ll Get You
  • All I’ve Got to Do
  • You Can’t Do That
  • I’ll Cry Instead
  • Run for Your Life
  • She’s a Woman
  • When I Get Home
  • Another Girl
  • You’re Going to Lose That Girl
  • The Night Before
  • Day Tripper
  • Lovely Rita
  • Yer Blues
  • Oh! Darling
  • She’s So Heavy
  • Woman is the Nigger of the World
  • Hi, Hi, Hi
  • Woman
Jan 10, 2021
Episode #30 – ‘It’s All Too Much - David Stark, the Beatles Zelig’
1:31:37

Dec 01, 2020
Episode #29 – ‘Paul McCartney’s Vocal Journey’
2:45:21

It’s one of the greatest rock voices of all time: alternately melodic, raw, sweet and supercharged while also extremely versatile and infused with different characters. Paul McCartney’s lead, harmony and backing vocals have graced tender ballads, balls-to-the-walls rockers and almost everything else in between. But how did his talents in that regard develop and expand down the years? What has caused the vocal deterioration: insufficient technique, too much weed, old age or undisclosed health issues? And what, if anything, can be done about it?

The answers to the last two questions—provided in our interview with legendary voice teacher to the stars Seth Riggs and his wife/vocal technician Margareta—may surprise you. Heart lead guitarist Craig Bartock and acclaimed music critic/musicologist/author Allan Kozinn are our co-hosts.

For info on Seth and Margareta Riggs, go to theriggsvocalstudio.com

The Music
  • Oh! Darling
  • That’s When Your Heartaches Begin
  • Any Time at All/A Hard Day’s Night
  • I Saw Her Standing There
  • Hippy Hippy Shake/Ooh! My Soul/Long Tall Sally
  • All My Loving
  • Something/Nowhere Man
  • You Won’t See Me
  • Till There Was You
  • I’ve Just Seen a Face/I’m Down/Yesterday
  • She’s Leaving Home
  • Fixing a Hole
  • Helter Skelter/Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?
  • I Will/Lady Madonna
  • Besame Mucho/Golden Slumbers
  • Rocky Raccoon/Honey Pie/Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
  • Monkberry Moon Delight
  • Too Many People
  • I’ve Had Enough
  • Maybe I’m Amazed
  • New
  • Lonesome Town
  • Sing the Changes
  • Freedom
  • Hey Jude
  • My Valentine
  • Cut Me Some Slack
  • Goodbye
Nov 09, 2020
Episode #28 — ‘Along for the Ride - Barry Chang’s Memories of The Beatles' First Trip to Hamburg’
0:57:47

When, on Monday, 15th August, 1960, The Beatles left Liverpool en route to their first stint in Hamburg, West Germany, the five of them—John, Paul, George, Stu and the newly recruited Pete—were joined by five others: their manager/agent Allan Williams, Trinidadian calypsonian Harold Philips (a.k.a. Lord Woodbine), Austrian translator Herr Steiner, Allan’s wife Beryl… and her 19-year-old brother Barry Chang. 60 years later, Barry shares his memories of that fateful trip: in a van, on a boat and inside the Indra Club during The Beatles’ inaugural week there.

It was Barry who snapped the now-iconic photo of the travellers, mid-journey, posing at Holland’s Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, in front of a memorial bearing the legend Their Names Liveth For Evermore. Half of them have now passed on; he’s here to recount how his routine vacation became the stuff of legend.

The Music
  • I’ll Follow the Sun
  • The One After 909
  • I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You)
  • Roll Over Beethoven
  • Youngblood
  • Ain’t She Sweet
  • That’s All Right (Mama)
  • Nothin’ Shakin’ (but the Leaves on the Trees)
  • Catswalk
Aug 15, 2020
Episode #27 – 'Post-Fab Frolics - The Beatles on TV 1967-1970'
2:45:54

After they transitioned from a performing group to a more experimental, studio-based band, The Beatles also changed how they utilised television. No longer needing to appear on variety shows—and in comedy skits—to charm audiences and promote their records, they largely relied on videos to achieve the same. And they also used the ‘box’ more for messaging—about peace, love and spirituality… as well as about their business ventures.

Nevertheless, there was still plenty of humour and some legendary small-screen performances: from ‘All You Need is Love’ on the global ‘Our World’ broadcast to ‘Hey Jude’ on the David Frost show—sandwiching their own critically-lambasted made-for-TV movie. The sequel to BN Episode 21, ‘The Beatles on TV 1962-1966’, this show transports us from the heady ‘Summer of Love’ days of ‘Sgt, Pepper’ to the public announcement of the group’s demise—by which time individual appearances were the norm and the world seemed to be a more serious place.

Aug 10, 2020
Episode #26 - 'Some Other Guys – The Beatlesque Recordings'
1:53:43

There have been fakers and imitators, tributes and rip-offs, but no one sounds like The Beatles on record—including the ex-Beatles. Nevertheless, some efforts have come closer than others, the most successful being those that have managed to capture the group’s essence rather than just replicate its sound while matching the standard of song material. In this episode, we dive into the good, the bad and the ugly—including those recordings which, bearing zero resemblance to the Fab Four, were promoted by bootleggers during the 1970s to fill the vacuum created by all of those unfounded Beatles-reunion rumours.

The Music
  • ‘Cheese and Onions’ - The Rutles
  • ‘Can’t Get it Out of My Head’ – ELO
  • ‘Because’ – Julian Lennon
  • ‘Have You Heard the Word?’ – The Fut
  • ‘Return to Pepperland’ – Paul McCartney
  • ‘When We Was Fab’ – George Harrison
  • ‘Lies’ – The Knickerbockers
  • ‘The Girl I Love’ – The Five Shits
  • ‘Pay Attention to Me’ – The Tikis
  • ‘Talkin’ About the Good Times’ – Pretty Things
  • ‘The L.S. Bumble Bee’ – Peter Cook and Dudley Moore
  • ‘Black is Black’ – Lord Sitar
  • ‘Carousel of Love’ – Peter Best
  • ‘So Much in Love’ - McGough & McGear
  • ‘We Are The Moles’ – The Moles
  • ‘Peace of Mind’ – unknown
  • ‘Frenzy and Distortion’ – Ravi Shankar
  • ‘Pink Litmus Paper Shirt’ – unknown
  • ‘No Matter What’ – Badfinger
  • ‘Come and Get It’ – Badfinger
  • ‘Sun in Her Hand’ – Blond
  • ‘Coz I Luv You’ – Slade
  • ‘Just a Smile’ – Pilot
  • ‘Neanderthal Man’ – Hotlegs
  • ‘I Must Be in Love’ – The Rutles
  • ‘Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft’ – Klaatu
  • ‘She Still Loves Him’ – Jellyfish
  • ‘Sittin’ Here in Silence (On My Own)’ – Oasis
  • ‘Costafine Town’ – Splinter
Jun 16, 2020
Episode #25 – ‘Help! - The Beatles’ Seminal Pop/Pot Movie’

The Fab Four’s second film, shot in vivid colour, captured a very different group demeanor to that in A Hard Day’s Night. For that first effort they’d been pumped up on pills; this time around, they were laid back on the “herbal jazz cigarettes”. And director Dick Lester, together with cinematographer David Watkin, conveyed the blissed-out vibe via stunning photography, innovative graphics and offbeat comedy.

The result, at the time widely regarded as inferior to its predecessor, is now acclaimed as a pop-art gem that, very much of its time, also helped to define its era while serving as a wide-ranging source of influence and inspiration.

Towering above all, of course, were those personalities and their music…

  • ‘Help!’
  • ‘The Night Before’
  • ‘You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away’
  • ‘I Need You’
  • ‘Another Girl’
  • ‘You’re Going to Lose That Girl’
  • ‘Ticket to Ride’
  • Selections from Ken Thorne’s orchestral score
Apr 17, 2020
Episode #24 – ‘Walking on Thin Ice – Did Yoko Really Help to Break Up The Beatles?’

50 years after The Beatles’ demise, Yoko Ono is still portrayed online and by the media as the quintessential witch who broke up a famous relationship and ruined a great thing. But did she really earn this reputation? And, if not, should she shoulder at least some of the blame for the group’s demise?

A multi-layered topic, it sparks a lively conversation and clashing opinions, punctuated by The Beatles’ own recollections and a predictably eclectic collection of tracks.

The Music
  • ‘No Bed for Beatle John’
  • ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko’ (Take 7)
  • ‘Yer Blues’/‘Whole Lotta Yoko’ (The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus)
  • ‘Who Has Seen the Wind?’
  • Beatles/Yoko Jam (Jan. 10, 1969)
  • ‘What’s the New Mary Jane’
  • ‘Remember Love’
  • ‘Don’t Worry Kyoko’ (The Toronto Rock and Roll Revival)
Feb 18, 2020
Episode #23 - 'Crying, Waiting, Hoping - The Beatles' Decca Audition'

The music, the inspirations, the motivations, the performances, the reservations, the fallout... as well as the cloak-and-dagger story behind how the session tape was bootlegged. Here’s what really happened behind the doors of Decca’s Broadhurst Gardens studio in northwest London—as well as in altogether more covert circumstances on the other side of the Atlantic more than a decade later.

The Music
  • ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’ – Barrett Strong, The Beatles
  • ‘The Sheik of Araby’ – Joe Brown, The Beatles
  • ‘Memphis, Tennessee’ – Chuck Berry, The Beatles
  • ‘Three Cool Cats’ – The Coasters, The Beatles
  • ‘Sure to Fall (In Love with You)’ – Carl Perkins, The Beatles
  • ‘September in the Rain’ – Dinah Washington, The Beatles
  • ‘Take Good Care of My Baby’ – Bobby Vee, The Beatles
  • ‘Till There Was You’ – Peggy Lee, The Beatles
  • ‘Crying, Waiting, Hoping’ – Buddy Holly, The Beatles
  • ‘To Know Her is to Love Her’ – The Teddy Bears, The Beatles
  • ‘Besame Mucho’ – The Coasters, The Beatles
  • ‘Searchin’’ – The Coasters, The Beatles
  • ‘Like Dreamers Do’ – The Beatles, The Applejacks
  • ‘Hello Little Girl’ – The Beatles, The Fourmost
  • ‘Love of the Loved’ – Cilla Black, The Beatles
  • ‘How Do You Do It?’ – The Beatles
Jan 15, 2020
Episode #22 – ‘Leaving the Material World – The Last Years of George Harrison’

Physically fighting cancer and a crazed attacker while mentally preparing for his transition to the next phase of his spiritual journey, the youngest Beatle navigated the last stage of his earthly existence with characteristic faith, bravery… and humour. At the same time, racing to record an album worthy of closing out a legendary career, he wrote some of his most poetic lyrics to reflect and comment on the past, present and future—complemented by sublime musicianship that resulted in one of the greatest of all posthumous releases.

Here’s the dramatic, sometimes harrowing, ultimately inspirational final chapter of a man whose humanity and creativity crossed paths with a mass of contradictions.

The Music
  • All Things Must Pass
  • Your True Love
  • Looking for My Life
  • My Sweet Lord (2000)
  • Any Road
  • P2 Vatican Blues (Last Saturday Night)
  • Pisces Fish
  • Rising Sun
  • Marwa Blues
  • Stuck Inside a Cloud
  • Run So Far
  • Never Get Over You
  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  • Rocking Chair in Hawaii
  • Brainwashed
  • Horse to the Water
  • If You Belonged to Me
Dec 18, 2019
Episode #21 – ‘When They Was Fab – The Beatles on TV 1962-1966’

Charming, funny, provocative, hugely talented and already seasoned stage professionals—The Beatles were perfect for television during an era when sales of television sets were skyrocketing. And TV was also the ideal, all-encompassing promotional tool for the Fab Four. So, it was a symbiotic relationship.

At first, they were more than happy to not only perform their songs, but also participate in comedy sketches… until they no longer needed to. This show examines the group’s halcyon TV years—and provides viewer sound recordings of several ultra-rare, ‘long lost’ broadcasts.

The TV Appearances:

(* = unheard since first broadcast)

  • Morecambe and Wise – 2 Dec. 1963
  • People and Places – 17 Oct. 1962 *
  • People and Places – 2 Nov. 1962 *
  • People and Places – 17 Dec. 1962 *
  • Pops and Lenny – 16 May 1963 *
  • Juke Box Jury – 29 Jun. 1963
  • The Mersey Sound ¬– 9 Oct. 1963
  • Ready Steady Go! – 4 Oct. 1963
  • Val Parnell’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium – 13 Oct. 1963
  • Drop In – 3 Nov. 1963
  • The Royal Variety Performance – 6 Jun. 1963
  • This Week – 7 Nov. 1963
  • The Huntley-Brinkley Report – 18 Nov. 1963
  • Late Scene Extra – 27 Nov. 1963
  • Juke Box Jury – 7 Dec. 1963
  • It’s The Beatles – 7 Dec. 1963
  • JFK Airport press conference – 7 Feb. 1964
  • CBS Evening News – 7 Feb. 1964
  • The Ed Sullivan Show – 9 Feb. 1964
  • What’s Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A. – Feb. 1964
  • Big Night Out – 23 Feb. 1964
  • Around The Beatles – 6 May 1964
  • Beatles in Nederland – 8 Jun. 1964
  • Not Only… But Also – 20 Nov. 1964
  • BBC News – 12 Jun. 1965
  • The Music of Lennon and McCartney – 16 Dec. 1965
  • Circus Krone-Bau, München – 24 Jun. 1966
  • Independent Television News – 8 Jul. 1966
  • Reporting ’66 – 20 Dec. 1966
The Music:
  • This Boy
  • Some Other Guy
  • Love Me Do
  • A Taste of Honey
  • Twist and Shout
  • From Me to You
  • Devil in Disguise
  • I’ll Get You
  • She Loves You
  • I Saw Her Standing There
  • Till There Was You
  • Love Hit Me
  • Money (That’s What I Want)
  • All My Loving
  • You Can’t Do That
  • Nowhere Man
  • Shout
Nov 19, 2019
Episode #20 – ‘Out of My Head – McCartney’s Maneuvers Through His Post-Beatles Depression’

“I exhibited all the classic symptoms of the unemployed, the redundant man,” Paul McCartney recalled in his authorized biography Many Years from Now. “And justifiably so because I was being screwed by my mates. So, I didn’t shave for quite a while. I didn’t get up. Mornings weren’t for getting up. I might get up and stay on the bed a bit and not know where to go, and get back into bed. Then if I did get up, I’d have a drink. Straight out of bed… I felt I’d outlived my usefulness. This was the overall feeling: that it was good while I was in the Beatles, I was useful and I could play bass for their songs, I could write songs for them to sing and for me to sing, and we could make records of them. But the minute I wasn't with the Beatles any more it became really very difficult.”

This episode takes a deep dive into a dark period for the man who’d always been most in love with being a Beatle—covering the years 1969 to 1973 when he was battling his former bandmates, his critics, even his fans… as well as himself: an artistic force of nature at an existential crossroads; a master maneuverer, sometimes outmaneuvered. It’s the revealing story of a complex character and helping to peel back the layers are two experts on the subject: Allan Kozinn and Adrian Sinclair, co-authors of the soon-to-be-published ‘McCartney Legacy – Vol. 1: Beyond the Beatles, 1969-1973’. https://www.mccartneylegacy.co.uk

The music:

  • Every Night
  • Junk
  • 3 Legs
  • Dear Boy
  • My Dark Hour
  • Man We Was Lonely
  • Maybe I’m Amazed
  • Dear Friend
  • Another Day
  • Bip Bop
  • Too Many People
  • Give Ireland Back to the Irish
  • Hi, Hi, Hi
  • The Back Seat of My Car
Oct 16, 2019
Episode #19 – ‘Hamburg Spring ’62 – Lennon’s Original Lost Weekend’

Just over a decade before his ‘Lost Weekend’ in L.A., John had a full dress rehearsal during The Beatles’ third stint in Hamburg. It was April 1962, his friend and former bandmate Stu Sutcliffe had just died from a brain hemorrhage at age 21 and Lennon went off the rails – much as he would after separating from Yoko in ’73. Some episodes have acquired mythical status – and been embellished courtesy of numerous retellings. Yet, the truth still outstrips the legend.

Here was Lennon unleashed – Lennon the rocker, Lennon the madman, onstage and off, dealing with grief and loss in his habitually loving, cruel, hilarious, hysterical, sometimes violent way. And helping us to paint that multicoloured, multilayered picture is Mark Lewisohn, reading passages from his unrivalled The Beatles: All These Years – Tune In.

The music:

  • Too Much Monkey Business
  • I’m Talking About You
  • I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You)
  • I Just Don’t Understand
  • A Shot of Rhythm and Blues
  • Ain’t She Sweet
  • Lonesome Tears in My Eyes
  • I Got a Woman
  • Soldier of Love
  • Sweet Little Sixteen

You should’a been there!

Sep 26, 2019
Episode #18 – ‘Beatles For Sale – Close to Greatness’

“It's rip-roaring, infectious stuff, with the accent on beat throughout,” wrote Derek Johnson in the New Musical Express.

Beatles For Sale is going to sell, sell, sell. It is easily up to standard and will knock out pop fans, rock fans, R&B and Beatles fans,” predicted Melody Maker’s Chris Welch.

Nevertheless, the Fab Four’s fourth album has received mixed reviews down the years, especially when rated within the context of their musical canon. Worked to the bone with film, TV, radio, press and global concert tour assignments, The Beatles were also under pressure to deliver a couple of LPs per year. Unable to sustain the standard set by the all-Lennon-McCartney A Hard Day’s Night, its composers still produced some magnificent work, yet a few mediocre tracks, out-of-tune guitars and uncharacteristically questionable artistic choices gave the finished record an erratic quality that has resulted in divided opinions among listeners—including those discussing it on this show.

Under-appraised and underpraised, Beatles For Sale is put under the microscope for a well-earned reevaluation. And what no one can deny is that even the group’s sub-par output—in the eyes and ears of some—outstrips that of most other artists.

Sep 02, 2019
Episode #17 – ‘Twickenham Mind Games – George Walks, Yoko Wants a Mic'

What John Lennon described as "the most miserable sessions on earth" were recalled by George Harrison as "the low of all time". Yet, while such statements may have accurately reflected their respective mindsets, they also helped fuel widespread misconceptions about The Beatles’ January ’69 ‘Get Back’ project that evolved into the ‘Let It Be’ film and album.

The fragmented, shoddily-edited Michael Lindsay-Hogg-directed ‘documentary’ has also played a significant role in spreading the negativity, as have certain self-acclaimed experts’ uninformed opinions because of their failure to listen to all of the tapes. For, therein lies a very different, far more rewarding story that will likely be revealed in Peter Jackson's new version of the movie. Regardless, that’s what Richard Buskin and Allan Kozinn (pinch-hitting for Erik Taros) focus on here: the many ups as well as the downs that took place at Twickenham Film Studios in the run-up to George temporarily quitting the group—and the project then relocating to The Beatles’ own Apple facility.

In so doing, Richard and Allan not only examine the long as well as short-term causes for the disharmony—including the personalities involved and their invariably fascinating, often-enlightening interactions; they also provide a fly-on-the-wall perspective on the thoughts and discussions that helped shape the Fab Four’s still-reverberating artistic decisions.

Aug 05, 2019
Episode #16 – ‘She Loves You—Anatomy of a Song’

Such was the growing British interest surrounding The Beatles by mid-1963 that, on 1st July, fans gathered outside the EMI Studios on Abbey Road where the group was recording both sides of its next single: ‘She Loves You’ and ‘I’ll Get You’.

Since the late-Sixties, ‘She Loves You’ has been short-changed; dismissed by many as just catchy MOR pop compared to the Fab Four's subsequent, more experimental tracks. In reality, this one was every bit as groundbreaking: a unique, infectious, beautifully-crafted rock belter that saw the Lennon-McCartney songwriting team hit the ball out of the park before, five days later, they and their colleagues accomplished the same inside Studio Two.

‘She Loves You’ was unlike anything that had been heard before—in various ways. So, where did it come from? And what were the ingredients in its creation? Take a deep dive into a true classic.

Jul 01, 2019
Episode #15 – ‘Loving The Beatles’

How, when and where did our passion for the Fab Four first get ignited? What form did it take and how has it evolved, personally and professionally? Our friend Mark Lewisohn, the group’s foremost biographer, joins us for an informal chat recorded at Erik’s home studio that provides perspective and reminiscences from both sides of the Atlantic, reaching back more than 55 years to our initial encounters with John, Paul, George and Ringo on TV, radio, record and in print. It’s been a lifelong love story, focusing on not only the music, but also the personalities… and the humour. As such, this episode speaks to fans everywhere.

The Music
  • ‘I’ll Get You’
  • ‘She Loves You’
  • ‘Here There and Everywhere’
  • ‘The Inner Light’
  • ‘Look at Me’
  • ‘The Beatles Movie Medley’
  • ‘All My Loving’
May 07, 2019
Episode #14 – ‘Isn't It a Pity - The Beatles' Unrealized Album’.

During a taped business meeting attended by three Beatles and Neil Aspinall while Ringo was away - likely in mid-September ‘69, a month before that in which John would say he wanted "a divorce" from the group - JL remarked, "Alright, let's move on. We'll do another album. We'll all do four songs. How's that? That's fair."

When the others showed no interest, he then said, "Alright, how about a Christmas single? Y'know, we finish it with a Christmas single. I think it's a great idea — I'm in."

That changed after John and Yoko performed in Toronto with Eric and Klaus. But what if the others had approved John's initial suggestion and immediately returned to the studio? Between them they already had enough songs for another LP - songs that would end up being utilized for their own solo projects.

Here are the tracks selected by your co-hosts…

Erik
  • Let It Down
  • Look at Me
  • Another Day
  • Stormy Weather
  • Gimme Some Truth
  • Hear Me Lord
  • Maybe I’m Amazed
  • Oh My Love
  • Art of Dying
  • Child of Nature
  • All Things Must Pass
  • The Back Seat of My Car
  • Isn’t It a Pity
  • Suicide
Richard
  • Gimme Some Truth
  • Maybe I’m Amazed
  • Art of Dying
  • Child of Nature
  • All Things Must Pass
  • Another Day
  • Isn’t It a Pity
  • Oh My Love
  • When Every Song is Sung
  • Every Night
  • Beautiful Girl
  • Look at Me
  • The Back Seat of My Car
  • What is Life

Featuring a recording of ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ by Mark & Rosalie Cunningham, produced for this show.

Mar 17, 2019
Episode #13 – ‘Multicoloured Mirrors – The Beatles Christmas Records’

At the suggestion of press officer Tony Barrow, The Beatles ended their first year of national fame by thanking the members of their UK fan club with a flexi-disc single containing a specially recorded Christmas message. So began an annual tradition that not only endured as long as they were together, but also mirrored and encapsulated their career: from the innocent fun of 1963 and 1964 to the biting cynicism of 1965, offbeat creativity of 1966, psychedelic surrealism of 1967, disparate contributions of 1968 and complete fragmentation of 1969. What starts off joyous ends up sad, with much of life in between – and guest appearances by George Martin, Mal Evans, Victor Spinetti, Yoko Ono and Tiny Tim.

Featuring:

  • “Christmas Time (Is Here Again)”
  • 1963: “The Beatles’ Christmas Record”
  • 1964: “Another Beatles Christmas Record” + outtakes
  • 1965: “The Beatles’ Third Christmas Record” + outtakes
  • 1966: “The Beatles’ Fourth Christmas Record: Everywhere It’s Christmas” + outtakes
  • 1967: “Christmas Time Is Here Again!”
  • 1968: “The Beatles’ 1968 Christmas Record”
  • 1969: “The Beatles’ Seventh Christmas Record: Happy Christmas 1969”
  • Dora Bryan – “All I Want for Christmas is a Beatle”
Dec 25, 2018
Episode #12: ‘'The Lennon and McCartney White Albums' (live at Monmouth University)

This is a new phase STTS episode…

Essential to the concept of the ‘International White Album Symposium’ at Monmouth University, New Jersey, was that we recorded the show in front of an audience, revisiting and merging the much-discussed topics of Episodes #2 and #4 with a couple of our mates: celebrated Beatles author Mark Lewisohn and our resident musicologist Allan Kozinn.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney each contributed 12 songs to the White Album. These could have been justifiably issued as LPs in their own right. And what stunners they would have been; filled with an eclectic array of incredible compositions and unforgettable performances that captured both men—and their bandmates—at the top of their game.

Here we review the Lennon and McCartney White Albums, comparing them with each other as well as with the legendary, recently remixed Beatles opus. In comes the warmth and freshness of a live appearance, captured for you by the STTS team. Featured tracks:

  • Birthday
  • I’m So Tired
  • Julia
  • Dear Prudence
  • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  • Back in the U.S.S.R.
  • Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?
  • Revolution
Nov 21, 2018
Episode #11: ‘White Heaven – Reviewing The Beatles Super Deluxe 50th Anniversary Edition’

A remixed White Album, the complete stereo Esher Demos, a wide array of high-quality, previously unheard outtakes… and the album in 5.1 surround. Need we say more? Actually, we do, according this historic release the attention and analysis it so richly deserves.

Featured tracks:

  • Helter Skelter (Second Version – take 17)
  • Yer Blues
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  • Blue Moon (Studio Jam)
  • (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care (Studio Jam)
  • Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey (Unnunbered Rehearsal)
  • Revolution 1 (Take 18)
  • Good Night (Take 10 with a guitar part from Take 7)
  • Honey Pie (Instrumental Backing Track)
  • Dear Prudence (Esher Demo/Vocal, Guitar and Drums)
  • Let It Be (Unnumbered Rehearsal)
  • I’m So Tired (Take 14)
  • Sour Milk Sear (Esher Demo)
Nov 08, 2018
Episode #10: ‘Geoff Emerick – Channeling The Beatles’ Creativity’

A tribute to the recording engineer whose in-studio innovations helped shape The Beatles’ sound—and alter the course of popular music.

Geoffrey Emerick (born 5th December 1945, died 2nd October 2018) was just 16-years-old when, on 6th June 1962, he joined the EMI Studios on Abbey Road as a tape operator. Two days later, he attended the group’s first recording session with Ringo Starr on drums. He subsequently assisted on a number of sessions, including those for ‘She Loves You’ and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’, before replacing Norman Smith as The Beatles’ chief engineer in early 1966 and diving straight into the deep end with the first track committed to tape for their landmark ‘Revolver’ LP: the revolutionary, now-legendary ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’. The following year, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ won him his first of four Grammy Awards.

In this episode, Richard, Erik, Allan and Craig examine how, together with producer George Martin, Geoff helped realize The Beatles’ most far-flung creative ambitions. And there is also an enlightening interview with multi-award-winning engineer John Kurlander, who assisted Geoff on the group’s final album, ‘Abbey Road’.

Featured Tracks

  • Tomorrow Never Knows (STTS remix)
  • Yer Blues
  • Good Day Sunshine
  • Good Morning Good Morning
  • Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End (STTS remix)
  • I’m Only Sleeping
  • A Day in the Life (STTS remix)
Oct 09, 2018
Episode #9: ‘The Beatles – Politically (In)Correct’

The cripple impersonations, the Nazi salutes, the MBEs (received and returned), the groupies, the ‘Butcher cover’, the ‘bigger than Jesus’ controversy, the drugs, the love anthem, the naked album cover, the politically-charged lyrics, the peace campaign, the erotic artwork… However we slice and dice The Beatles’ story, it’s never boring,. What they said, sang and did still incites heated debates and disagreements five decades later. And what was deemed acceptable or unimportant back in the 1960s is often judged far more harshly today—as well as the other way around. So, diving into this often amusing, sometimes disturbing topic, we appraise things according to not only current mores, but also the era in which they took place—guaranteeing an action-packed episode… and a splendid time for all.

The Music
  • I Saw Her Standing There
  • Day Tripper
  • The Word
  • Girl
  • Run for Your Life
  • Got to Get You into My Life
  • Tomorrow Never Knows
  • Doctor Robert
  • Penny Lane
  • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
  • A Day in the Life
  • All You Need is Love
  • Revolution 1
  • Blackbird
  • Piggies
  • No Pakistanis
  • Maggie Mae
  • I’ve Got a Feeling
  • Don’t Let Me Down
  • Give Peace a Chance
  • Come Together
  • You Can’t Do That
  • Across the Universe
  • Piggies
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
  • Revolution
  • Commonwealth
Sep 12, 2018
Episode #8: ‘The Beatles’ Superstarr Drummer’

Rock-solid and understated, subtle yet ballsy, inventive and full of feel—these are just some of the descriptions that have been applied to the artistry and iconic, highly influential drumming of Sir Richard Starkey, M.B.E. Now, hot on the heels of Ringo’s 78th birthday, Richard, Erik, Allan, and Craig analyse and appraise his Beatles-related contributions behind the kit—both onstage and in the studio—while discussing his musical evolution, comparing him to his contemporaries, and assessing if he was indeed the man best suited to drum for the world’s greatest rock group.

Featured tracks:

  • Rain
  • Long Tall Sally
  • I Call Your Name
  • I Want to Hold Your Hand
  • She Loves You
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Please Please Me
  • Thank You Girl
  • I Feel Fine
  • You Can’t Do That
  • You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me
  • A Day in the Life
  • Long Long Long
  • The End
  • Good Morning Good Morning
  • Here Comes the Sun
  • I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You)
Jul 27, 2018
Episode #7: ‘Jesus and the Mob – The Beatles in the Windy City’

The Beatles played five shows in Chicago between 1964 and 1966—more than any other American city—and there was no little drama: from the total hysteria of their first gig at the International Amphitheater and staying at a Mob-run hotel during their second visit to kicking off their third and final tour with press conferences defending John’s “more popular than Jesus” remarks.

Re-live the excitement of those years via live Windy City performances by the Fab Four and on-the-spot interviews with fans, deejays, reporters, a concert promoter and a security guard, as well as the analysis of special guest Chuck Gunderson, author of the definitive two-volume ‘Some Fun Tonight! The Backstage Story of How The Beatles Rocked America: The Historic Tours of 1964 – 1966’.

Jun 17, 2018
Episode #6: 'Beatles U.S. vs. Beatles U.K.’

Back in the 1960s, courtesy of Capitol Records executive Dave Dexter, Jr., American Beatles fans bought different records and often heard very different mixes to those enjoyed by their British counterparts: ones bathed in reverb and converted into fake stereo “with the assistance” of Mr. Dexter.

Those mixes have long since been eliminated from the catalogue, but they’re back with a vengeance in this show—and subjected to the scrutiny of Messrs. Taros, Buskin, Bartock and Kozinn as they discuss the pros, cons, and marketing strategies behind these alternately popular and egregious alterations to The Beatles’ music. What emerges is information that will enlighten listeners on both sides of the Atlantic—while jolting them with juxtaposed U.S. and U.K. mixes of some legendary tracks.

The music:

  • ‘Thank You Girl’
  • ‘I’ll Get You’
  • ‘I Call Your Name’
  • ‘You Can’t Do That’
  • ‘The Word’
  • ‘I’m Looking Through You’
  • ‘And I Love Her’
  • ‘She Loves You’
  • ‘Help!’
  • ‘She’s a Woman’
  • ‘I Feel Fine’
  • ‘I’m Only Sleeping’
  • ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’
  • ‘Doctor Robert’
  • ‘That Means a Lot’
  • ‘Long Tall Sally’
  • ‘Roll Over Beethoven’
May 03, 2018
Episode #5: 'The Trip: from Rubber Soul to Revolver - How LSD Impacted The Beatles'.

"I don't see too much difference between Rubber Soul and Revolver," George said in the 'Beatles Anthology' documentary. "To me, they could be Volume One and Volume Two."

Many might think he should have paired Revolver with Sgt. Pepper. But, bearing in mind that George wasn't nearly as involved with Pepper, let's view things from his perspective...

In August 1965, John and George took acid intentionally for the first time, together with Ringo. In October and November, The Beatles recorded Rubber Soul. The following month, 10 days after the album's release, a day after the end of the group's final UK tour, Paul took LSD for the first time (with Guinness heir Tara Browne). Less than four months later, the Revolver sessions began.

Very different albums, but within just five months of one another: 'Volume One' shortly after three Beatles had dropped acid; 'Volume Two' after Paul had done so.

Featuring ear-catching, ultra-rare audio clips, this episode will dive deep into how hallucinogens influenced not only The Beatles' songwriting and studio techniques during this period of unsurpassed group unity, but also the attitudes and instrumentation evident on record.

Mar 12, 2018
Episode #4: 'The Profumo Affair - Sex, Lies... and Beatlemania'

Pimps, drug dealers, call girls, kinky orgies involving members of the ruling class, a government minister sharing a mistress with a Russian spy, a suicide… and the Prime Minister’s resignation. This was the scandal that rocked Britain in 1963—along with The Beatles simultaneously providing an alternative form of entertainment.

Among the featured tracks:

  • ‘From Russia with Love’ – Matt Monroe
  • ‘Do You Want to Know a Secret’ – Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas
  • ‘On the Rebound’ – Floyd Cramer
  • ‘Runaway’ – Del Shannon
  • ‘My Bonnie’ – Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  • ‘You Don’t Know’ – Helen Shapiro
  • ‘Tower of Strength’ – Frankie Vaughan
  • ‘Come Outside’ – Mike Sarne with Wendy Richard
  • ‘Telstar’ – The Tornados
  • ‘All I Do is Dream’ – Mandy Rice-Davies
  • ‘Please Please Me’ – The Beatles
  • ‘Dance On’ – The Shadows
  • ‘Let’s Dance’ – Chris Montez
  • ‘Summer Holiday’ – Cliff Richard
  • ‘The Cruel Sea’ – The Dakotas
  • ‘How Do You Do It’ – Gerry and the Pacemakers
  • ‘From Me to You’ – The Beatles
  • ‘Confessin’ (That I Love You)’ – Frank Ifield
  • ‘(You’re The) Devil in Disguise’ – Elvis Presley
  • ‘She Loves You’ – The Beatles
  • ‘I’ll Get You’ (live) – The Beatles
  • ‘Nothing Has Been Proved’ – Dusty Springfield

PLUS ultra-rare clips of The Beatles performing at London’s Royal Albert Hall and Walthamstow Granada in the spring of 1963.

Jan 23, 2018
Episode #3: ‘George & Ringo’s White Album’

In this final installment of the STTS ‘White Album’ trilogy, Erik and Richard team up with musician Craig Bartock and musicologist Allan Kozinn to discuss the contributions by The Beatles’ lead guitarist and drummer – as well as what might have been in terms of tracks that didn’t make it onto the album. In so doing, they prove that, between them, the pair would have been capable of creating far more than just an EP!

Once again, Craig doesn’t have a track listing – but the other three do…

Erik

1. It’s All Too Much (long version)

2. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

3. Don’t Pass Me By

4. Savoy Truffle

5. Piggies

6. The Inner Light

7. Dehra Dun

8. Circles

9. Not Guilty

10. Sour Milk Sea

11. Long, Long, Long

12. Only a Northern Song

13. Good Night

14. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Take 1)

Richard

1. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (acoustic & electric)

2. Piggies

3. Long, Long, Long

4. Don’t Pass Me By

5. Savoy Truffle

6. Not Guilty

7. Dehra Dun

8. Sour Milk Sea

9. Circles/Only a Northern Song

10. It’s All Too Much (long version)

11. Good Night

Allan

1. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

2. Piggies

3. Don’t Pass Me By

4. Long, Long, Long

5. Savoy Truffle

6. Circles

7. Only a Northern Song

8. Not Guilty

9. The Inner Light

10. Dehra Dun

11. Sour Milk Sea

12. It’s All Too Much (long version)

13. Good Night

 

Jan 07, 2018
Episode #2: 'Paul McCartney's White Album'

In this second instalment of an STTS ‘White Album’ trilogy, Richard and Erik are once again joined by musician Craig Bartock and musicologist Allan Kozinn to discuss an incredibly diverse collection of Paul McCartney tracks; ranging from novelty numbers and classic ballads to proto-grunge head-bangers and timeless rockers.

While Craig’s happy to kick things off with ‘Back in the U.S.S.R.’ and end with ‘Hey Jude’, his three colleagues have come up with their own track listings…

Richard

  1. Back in the U.S.S.R.
  2. Wild Honey Pie
  3. Mother Nature’s Son
  4. Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?
  5. Martha My Dear
  6. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  7. Blackbird
  8. Helter Skelter
  9. I Will
  10. Rocky Raccoon
  11. Honey Pie
  12. Birthday
  13. Hey Jude

Erik

  1. Back in the U.S.S.R.
  2. Blackbird
  3. Jubilee
  4. I Will
  5. Birthday
  6. Can You Take Me Back?
  7. Honey Pie
  8. Helter Skelter
  9. Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?
  10. Rocky Raccoon
  11. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  12. Martha My Dear
  13. Heather
  14. Mother Nature’s Son
  15. Hey Jude
  16. Wild Honey Pie

Allan (issuing his version of the album only on vinyl)

Side One

  1. Back in the U.S.S.R.
  2. Mother Nature’s Son
  3. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  4. Martha My Dear
  5. Blackbird
  6. Rocky Raccoon
  7. I Will

Side Two

  1. Birthday
  2. Hey Jude
  3. Honey Pie
  4. Wild Honey Pie
  5. Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?
  6. Helter Skelter
  7. Junk
Dec 14, 2017
Episode #1: 'John Lennon's White Album'

Who else but The Beatles could produce multiple landmark albums within a landmark album? While A Hard Day’s Night was the only Fab Four long player to be penned solely by Lennon and McCartney, the ‘White Album’ can be enjoyed and analyzed as either a classic team effort or – in line with John’s recollection of the recording sessions – virtuoso individual outings within the group context.

In this first installment of an STTS ‘White Album’ trilogy, musician Craig Bartock and musicologist Allan Kozinn join Richard and Erik to delve into the talents, circumstances, mindsets and motivations behind an edgy, experimental, bold and beautiful collection of eclectic John Lennon tracks.

Nov 18, 2017