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Beatles News Archive through 11/30/09


Ringo Starr's new studio album - his first fully-self-produced release - will be issued on January 12th, 2010 on Hip-O Records/UMe.

Y-Not features a bevy of guests, including Paul McCartney.

"Paul was doing the Grammys, so he came over to the house and was playing bass on "Peace Dream," says Ringo. "So I played him this other track ["Walk With Me," co-written by Ringo and Van Dyke Parks] and Paul said, 'Give me the headphones' ... he went to the mike and he just invented that part where he follows on my vocal. That was all Paul McCartney, and there could be nothing better. He makes it bigger and he makes it fuller. It makes the song like a conversation between us, and that was Paul's idea to do his part one beat behind me."

The album also boasts performances from Parks, Joe Walsh, Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Steve Dudas, Benmont Tench, Don Was, Bruce Sugar, Mike Bradford, Ben Harper, Gary Wright, Gary Burr, Richard Marx and Tina the Tabla Girl.


Neil Innes is planning a U.S. tour for the spring of 2010.

Neil - who portrayed Ron Nasty and created the soundtrack for the Rutles in All You Need Is Cash - has announced dates in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington state and California, plus two stops in Ontario, Canada.

More dates will be posted soon at NeilInnes.org.


McCartney fans get a televisual Thanksgiving feast with the ABC-TV special Paul McCartney: Good Evening, New York City, which features highlights from Paul's new CD/DVD set.

The musical performances are from Macca's concerts to open the new Citi Field, the Queens venue that replaced Shea Stadium.

The ABC special features Paul recalling the Beatles' concert at Shea - with vintage footage.


Beatles Basement will air its final episode the weekend of November 28-29, 2009.

The program host and producer since August 2008 has been Archer, who previously hosted Breakfast With The Beatles in Denver, Colorado for six years.

"Thanks to the guests - including Paul and Ringo - who've appeared on the show," says Archer, "and thanks to the 151 broadcast affiliates worldwide and especially the listeners, whose comments and set ideas were the lifeblood of the series."

Ending the syndicated Beatles Basement series - as well as the 16-year-old retro-psychedlic album show Far Out! - is part of the downsizing of Archer And Valerie Productions.

"In the final episode, the 'Beatles Moment Of The Week' will feature a special personal event chosen by an actual Beatle," says Archer.


Paul McCartney has a busy November.

He'll appear at a climate change hearing in the EU parliament in Brussels in November 2009. Paul's expected to use the appearance to promote his campaign for people to go meat-free at least one day per week to reduce carbon emissions.

Sir Paul will also appear at the 2009 Children In Need charity concert at Royal Albert Hall on November 12th. He'll headline a bill that includes Take That, Lily Allen, Muse, Snow Patrol, Leona Lewis, Dizzee Rascal and Shirley Bassey.

Also in November, Paul McCartney's performance which opened New York City's Citi Field is being released in CD-DVD packages.

Beatles Basement special correspondant Darin Toohey sampled about 40 minutes of Good Evening, New York at a preview in New York City on October 20th, 2009.

"Having been to the Halifax show," he reports, "it was easy to tell that these were the new 2009 arrangements."

"New material, in this case from Memory Almost Full, held up very well against the great Beatles hits," says Darin. "There is a clear 'vibe' on this recording - the same feeling that we got in Halifax. This was a very special mini-tour. I don't think I've seen Paul in better form; this is probably his best touring band and this [collection] seems to have captured it all."

A deluxe version of Good Evening, New York contains a DVD of Paul's complete performance on the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theatre, recorded during his appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman.

Of the predominantly 30-and-under CMJ Music Marathon crowd at the Spectre Music Group preview, "A number of them commented on how great the vocals sounded. Some said they regretted having not gone to the show and hoped he would tour," says Darin.

Good Evening, New York tracklist:

Disc 1 (CD)
1. Drive My Car
2. Jet
3. Only Mama Knows
4. Flaming Pie
5. Got To Get You Into My Life
6. Let Me Roll It
7. Highway
8. The Long And Winding Road
9. My Love
10. Blackbird
11. Here Today
12. Dance Tonight
13. Calico Skies
14. Mrs. Vandebilt
15. Eleanor Rigby
16. Sing The Changes
17. Band On The Run
 
Disc 2 (CD)
1. Back In The USSR
2. Iím Down
3. Something
4. Iíve Got A Feeling
5. Paperback Writer
6. A Day In The Life/Give Peace A Chance
7. Let It Be
8. Live And Let Die
9. Hey Jude
10. Day Tripper
11. Lady Madonna
12. I Saw Her Standing There
13. Yesterday
14. Helter Skelter
15. Get Back
16. Sgt. Pepperís Lonely Hearts Club Band/The End
 
Disc 3 (DVD)
1. Drive My Car
2. Jet
3. Only Mama Knows
4. Flaming Pie
5. Got To Get You Into My Life
6. Let Me Roll It
7. Highway
8. The Long And Winding Road
9. My Love
10. Blackbird
11. Here Today
12. Dance Tonight
13. Calico Skies
14. Mrs Vandebilt
15. Eleanor Rigby
16. Sing The Changes
17. Band On The Run
18. Back In The USSR
19. Iím Down
20. Something
21. Iíve Got A Feeling
22. Paperback Writer
23. A Day In The Life/Give Peace A Chance
24. Let It Be
25. Live And Let Die
26. Hey Jude
27. Day Tripper
28. Lady Madonna
29. I Saw Her Standing There
30. Yesterday
31. Helter Skelter
32. Get Back
33. Sgt. Pepperís Lonely Hearts Club Band/The End


A career-spanning biography on Paul McCartney will be released by Touchstone Books on November 3rd, 2009.

Written by the author of the Brian Wilson biography, Catch A Wave, the book provides abundant new information on previously obscurred eras in the Macca legacy.

Paul McCartney: A Life by Peter Ames Carlin, "kicks out the jams with a frank and revealing portrait of the man behind the myth," says The Beatles: The Biography author Bob Spitz. "Paul McCartney emerges from this account bursting with talent, brilliant and flawed."

Peter Ames Carlin will appear on Beatles Basement the weekend of October 31st - November 1st.


Beatles producer George Martin is recovering from "routine surgery."

Sir George's publicist would not disclose the nature of the one-night hospital stay, but a neighbor claims to have heard the procedure was to correct a hernia.


595,000 units of The Beatles: Rock Band game were sold in September after its 09-09-09 launch.

The Xbox 360 version was #5 for the month and the Wii version came in at #10. The Beatles: Rock Band also outsold Guitar Hero 5.

On September 9th, over 100,000 copies of an extra song, "All You Need Is Love," were downloaded, benefitting the Doctors Without Borders charity.


Julian Lennon has recorded a song honoring the memory of a childhood friend who inspired one of his dad's most famous songs.

A portion of the profits from the song "Lucy" will go to support Lupus research in the name of Lucy Vodden, Julian's onetime classmate. A drawing of her by Julian inspired John Lennon's "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."

"Lucy," by Julian Lennon and James Scott Cook is available at JulianLennon.com.


18 albums simultaneously in the Billboard album chart. It sounds like something only the Beatles could do. And they did. 39 years after breaking up.

The release of the remastered albums and two box sets on 09.09.09 resulted in the fab four breaking chart records around the planet.

EMI estimates that - worldwide - the Beatles sold an unprecedented 2ľ million albums in just five days.

"You know," a Renfrew, Ontario server tech tells us, "if they'd had downloads available, they just might have crashed the entire internet."

Here are the Beatles' sales accomplishments, as provided in a press release from EMI:

  • US: During the first five days of release, consumers purchased more than one million copies of re-mastered Beatles titles, and the individual CD and boxed sets debuted strongly across multiple Billboard charts.
  • On Billboard's Comprehensive Albums chart, which lists the most popular album releases in the US, including current and catalogue titles, the Beatles set a new record for the most simultaneous titles by a single artist (18), including five of the top 10 and nine of the top 20.
  • On the Pop Catalog chart, the Beatles achieved another new Billboard chart first for the most simultaneous titles in the top 50 (16), a record they previously set themselves with 12 titles in December 1995. The Beatles have nine of the chart's top 10 titles, and all 14 re-mastered CDs are in the top 20, led by 'Abbey Road' at number one and 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' at number two.
  • On the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, 'The Beatles' stereo boxed set debuted at number 15, and 'The Beatles in Mono' limited edition boxed set debuted at number 40.
  • UK: In last week's chart, the Beatles had four titles in the top 10, seven in the top 40 and 16 in the top 75, including both the stereo and mono boxes, as well as 2000's 'Beatles 1' compilation. This set a new record for the most simultaneous albums in the UK charts according to the UK Official Charts Company. In this week's UK chart, The Beatles have 13 albums in the top 75. A further 84,000 CDs were sold last week, bringing their total sales of the re-masters to more than 354,000 in 11 days and their total UK sales this decade to 6,755,000.
  • Japan: All 14 re-mastered titles and boxed sets debuted in the top 25 of the international chart, including seven of the top 10, led by the stereo boxed set at number two, the mono boxed set at number three, 'Abbey Road' at four and 'Let It Be' at six. Across all titles and box sets, more than 840,000 albums were purchased by consumers in Japan in the first three days of sales.
  • Canada: The Beatles have 15 of the top 20 catalogue titles including all of the top 11. The stereo boxed set is a new entry in the current albums chart at number four, the highest debut for a boxed set in Canada since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking sales. Cumulative sales across all titles were just under 160,000 over the counter.
  • France: All 14 of the re-mastered titles and boxed sets entered the latest album chart, including three in the top 10, led by 'Abbey Road' at number four, a new record for the most original studio albums in the French album chart in one week.
  • Italy: The Beatles have 17 titles in the current chart - all 14 re-mastered titles, the two boxed sets, plus the '1' compilation, a record for the most simultaneous entries in the album chart.
  • Belgium: With 17 entries in the current chart - the 14 re-mastered titles, two boxed sets and '1' compilation - the Beatles have set a new record for the most simultaneous albums in the Belgian chart as confirmed by chart compiler Ultrapop.
  • Sweden: The Beatles have 16 titles simultaneously in the top 60, led by 'Abbey Road' at number six. Local industry body IFPI have confirmed that this is a record for the Swedish charts.
  • Argentina: Seven of the current top 10 albums are Beatles re-masters, led by 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band at number two, 'Abbey Road' at number three and 'The Beatles' (The White Album) at number four. All 14 re-mastered titles are in the top 20 and the boxed sets are at numbers 73 and 74 in the chart.
  • Spain: 13 Beatles albums plus both boxed sets debuted in the latest chart, a record for a single artist. The combined sales of the boxed sets places them at number four in the chart.
  • Poland: All 14 re-mastered albums and two boxed sets debuted in the current top 100, led by 'Abbey Road' at six. This is a record for the highest number of simultaneous entries in the Polish chart.
  • Switzerland: 14 Beatles titles, including the stereo boxed set, debuted in the most recent album chart, a record for the most simultaneous titles in the album chart.
  • Denmark: The latest album chart includes 15 re-mastered Beatles titles, plus the '1' compilation, including four of the top 20.
  • Australia: The Beatles have 14 titles in the current chart, including the '1' compilation.
  • Germany: The combined sales of the stereo and mono boxed sets, with one boxed set counted as one unit sale, places them as the number three best seller in the latest chart.
  • Austria: The current top 75 contains 12 re-mastered titles plus the stereo boxed set.
  • Portugal: The re-mastered titles occupy 11 places in the current top 30 album chart, including three of the top 10.
  • Norway: The combined stereo and mono boxed sets debut at number three with a further 12 re-mastered titles in the top 100.
  • Colombia: Half of the current top 10 albums are Beatles re-mastered titles.
  • Korea: During the first sales week the Beatles occupied 16 out of the top 17 spots in Korea's Hottracks album chart.

EMI and Apple were taken by surprise regarding the popularity of the $300 mono box set, which compiles the all the original Parlophone and Apple mono mixes. The initial "limited" run of 10,000 may grow to 100,000 before the year's out, according to an EMI insider.


Remember the controversy surrounding John Lennon's observation during the height of Beatlemania that the Beatles were "bigger than Jesus?"

Britain's Telegraph.co.uk says John's been vindicated. The paper reports that in the last month, the fab four have been the subject of more Google searches than Jesus Christ.

Well, 9-9-9 is 6-6-6 upside down, now, isn't it?

In related news, a copy of a 1966 magazine which carried the "bigger than Jesus" article has been sold for $12,713 at an Amherst, New Hampshire auction.

Why so much? It was autographed by John Lennon - who wryfully signed it "John C. Lennon."


Goldfrapp is doing the score for an upcoming John Lennon bio-pic.

The film, Nowhere Boy, covers John's youth leading up to his fame as a Beatle.

Goldfrapp is recording the score at Abbey Road. A rough cut of the film will debut at the London Film Festival on October 29th, 2009.

Meanwhile, a big-screen biography of Beatles manager Brian Epstein is in the works.

A Life In The Day, written by Tony Gottelson, will be produced by David Permut, of Youth In Revolt fame.


Disney has made a deal with Apple to develop a new 3D adaptation of Yellow Submarine.

It's being written and directed by Robert Zemeckis.

The film will be created by ImageMovers Digital and will incorporate the original soundtrack songs.

"With the Beatles and Walt Disney Studios," says Apple Corps CEO Jeff Jones, "we have a partnership between two of the best loved creative entities in the world. We're very excited about the magical fantasy that will result from this collaboration. The marriage of the music of the Beatles with the talent and technical wizardry of Robert Zemeckis and ImageMovers Digital should produce something very special."

The movie is set in Pepperland, an undersea paradise inhabited by music lovers who live in peace and harmony until they're rendered lifeless by the music-hating apple-bonking Blue Meanies. It's up to John, Paul, George and Ringo to set off on a magical adventure in their yellow submarine and bring music and harmony back to Pepperland.

The new version of Yellow Submarine is expected to premiere in July of 2012.

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