The story of Northern Songs did not end with the sale to Sir Lew Grade. Over the years, it went through the hands of Robert Holmes A Court, Michael Jackson and the conglomerate worth more than two billion dollars now known as Sony/ATV. How did Michael Jackson get involved, and how did the 1976 change in Copyright Law affect the way John Lennon (and later Yoko Ono and the estate), and now Paul McCartney approach the business of their publishing. Find out this and more this week!
The first part (of two) episodes covering the Beatles publishing. Starting with "Love Me Do" and Ardmore and Beechwood, the story quickly progresses to Dick James, Northern Songs, the tale of the Lennon/McCartney catalogue going public and finally how the company slipped away under the squabbling of John and Paul and the supervision of Allan Klein, Lee and John Eastman.
2017.31 Scrambled Eggs — Palette Swap Ninja, Big Daddy, Sir Paul McCartney, Jimmy Fallon, Peter Sellers, Weird Al Yankovic.
"Just when we thought we were out, they pull us back in!". One more (mostly) Pepper show because we could not stay away from the epic "viral" parody known as "Princess Leia's Stolen Death Star Plans." Combine the Beatles and Star Wars, and you get something much more brilliant than it has any right to be. Start with an idea, work hard on it for five years and mix. This leads to discussion of other covers of the entire album (both parody and straightforward), and other (non-Pepper) Beatles covers, including that time Paul sang "the original lyrics" to Yesterday. Waffle Fries indeed! Hmmm, here's a free idea: The Godfather and Revolver. Anybody have half a decade to make it work?
2017.30 Soldier of Love — The Beatles, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Arthur Alexander, Peter Asher, Chris Carter.
This week we look at all-Beatles radio, yesterday and today. Over thirty years ago, tiny Texas City AM station KYST changed formats to become the first all-Beatles station in the country. MAnagement couldn't have had too much faith in the format, as they never filed the paperwork or paid the fee to officially change their call letters to KBTL. We compare and contrast that version of the format with the Beatles-backed Sirius XM implementation that launched May 18.
The third and final week of our formal review of the Deluxe Edition of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. We start with the high resolution stereo version available on the DVD and BluRay, follow it up with a look at the Dolby Atmos system, and the special June 1 anniversary theatrical playback at theatres around the country. Rounding out the show is chat about the various cover/label/disk variations of Pepper the WTWF guys did and do own (stereo, mono, Capitol, Apple, EMI, Picture disc, casetter, 8-track and so forth).
Happy 77th Birthday to Ringo! In lieu of a livecast at noon, we present a bit of chat, a bit of music and (hopefully) a bit of fun. Peace and Love!
2017.28 Free Now — The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Mark Lewisohn, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
The WTWF review of the Super Deluxe edition of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band continues. This week, we look at the new stereo mix of "side two", a selection of outtakes (as presented across either the two-disc or six-disc versions of the set), and the video presentations repeated across the DVD and Blu-Ray discs. This leads to a diversion on 4K, and whether the first full resolution commercial release of the "Penny Lane", "Strawberry Fields Forever", and "A Day in the Life" video will come on a physical disc, or in some future, unknown intangible format. The epic saga ends next week!
The month of Pepper continues as the WTWF guys start their review of the fiftieth anniversary box set of Sgt. Pepper. This week we discuss the lenticular cover, interior box, paper goods, posters, the book, the fourth (mono) disc, and we even manage to squeeze in side one of the remix. Even with all that, there is more to come throughout June!
2017.26 You Gave Me The Answer — Giles Martin, George Martin, Sam Okell, Wings, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles-world is fortunate to have a number of Father-son team ups throughout their history. One of these has been display on late, as Giles Martin was chosen to do the media and be "the face" of the fiftieth anniversary release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. In this show, the WTWF guys talk a bit about the technology involved in recording (two, four, eight, 16-track, and the virtually limitless possibilities available in the digital realm), how it shaped the Beatles' music, and how we experienced those sounds through the various reproduction formats in our homes (mono, stereo, quad, 5.1, Dolby Atmos). We close with thoughts on the making and remaking of Sgt. Pepper, includingthoughts from Sam Okell, highlights from Giles' recent appearances, and some classic George Martin interviews.
Part two of out visit with author Bruce Spizer. We talk about his new book, "The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fans' Perspective". Highlights include Bruce's memories from June 1967, the release of Pepper in Canada, classic articles from Beatlefan magazine, and over 80 essays from public figures including Billy Joel, Peter Tork, Pat DiNizio, May Pang, Mark Lewisohn and more. Stick around for "Return to Pepperland", Paul McCartney's musical remembrance of the era.