When They Was Fab: Electric Arguments About the Beatles
2019.49 I Am The Walrus (Extra Measures) — The Beatles, Blac Rabbit, Peter Asher, The Plastic Ono Band

2019.49 I Am The Walrus (Extra Measures) — The Beatles, Blac Rabbit, Peter Asher, The Plastic Ono Band

December 9, 2019

We roll back the clock to an era when CDs were new and magical technology, and the news was the Fab Four in a fantastic new digital format.    "Perfect Sound Forever" they promised.    No guarantees, and despite the promises of "never having to rebuy the catalogue" many of us have continued to do so ... many times over.    Still, it was quite an era, and we travel back to it this week!

2019.48 Ram On (Budokan Soundcheck, 2017) — Kit O’Toole, Paul McCartney, Abe, Wix, Rusty, Brian

2019.48 Ram On (Budokan Soundcheck, 2017) — Kit O’Toole, Paul McCartney, Abe, Wix, Rusty, Brian

December 2, 2019

The Thanksgiving Weekend has just passed in the United States, but we are extending it just a little bit longer.   The "Queen of all Beatles Media" Dr. Kit O'Toole (Talk More Talk, Songs We Were Singing, Michael Jackson: FAQ) drops in to extend her reign.     We celebrate the holiday by reviewing both sides of Paul McCartney's new "Record Store Day" single, and then travel through the mists of time as we each discuss some of the things about "The Cute Beatle" that we are thankful for!

2019.47 It Don’t Come Easy (Demo) — The Beatles, Mark Lewisohn, Dan Halperin, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

2019.47 It Don’t Come Easy (Demo) — The Beatles, Mark Lewisohn, Dan Halperin, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

November 25, 2019

Mark Lewisohn is finishing up his "Hornsey Road" tour, where he engaged audiences across the English countryside with stories behind the making of Abbey Road.    Despite the fact a United States run is not currently in the cards, a number of items taken from Lewisohn's research (which will eventually appear in Volume 3) have made a splash in the media.    This week we discuss the show, some of the stories, and hypothesize on what a Beatles post-Abbey Road album might have been like.

2019.46 Twist and Shout (Royal Variety) — The Beatles, Antony Rotunno, Malcolm McDowell, Wilfrid Mellers, Billy Preston

2019.46 Twist and Shout (Royal Variety) — The Beatles, Antony Rotunno, Malcolm McDowell, Wilfrid Mellers, Billy Preston

November 18, 2019

"The Compleat Beatles" began life as a promotional film intended as promotion for a two-volume set of Beatles sheet music.     That project eventually became a success in the early home video market (VHS, Beta and Laserdisc), earning a theatrical release in 1984.     Antony Rotunno, host of the "Glass Onion: On John Lennon" podcast joins us again, as we pick up the film in 1962, and continue our review through the end of the Beatles, the early 1980's production of the project, and touch on how it might be changed and improved should Apple ever see fit to let it escape from their archives.

2019.45 From Us To You — The Beatles, Antony Rotunno, Malcolm McDowell, Kevin Howlett, Mark Lewisohn

2019.45 From Us To You — The Beatles, Antony Rotunno, Malcolm McDowell, Kevin Howlett, Mark Lewisohn

November 11, 2019

Antony Rotunno of the Glass Onion: On John Lennon podcast joins us as we go through the book on "The Abbey Road", and start our review of the classic Delilah films documentary "The Compleat Beatles."     Does the film hold up given the onslaught of official, high dollar,  better restored, and indeed more complete projects such as "The Beatles Anthology"?     Tune in and hear our opinions, as we discuss the response both "Now and Then".

2019.44 You Can’t Do That (Gary Burr) — Ringo Starr, Gary Burr, Gary Nicholson, Nathan East, Awkwafina

2019.44 You Can’t Do That (Gary Burr) — Ringo Starr, Gary Burr, Gary Nicholson, Nathan East, Awkwafina

November 4, 2019

Ringo Starr's new release is his twentieth studio album.     He is joined by Joe Walsh, Paul McCartney, Dave Edmunds, Steve Lukather and many friends, family and collaborators both old and new.     Recorded at Roccabella West (aka: Ringo's home studio),, this collection of ten songs includes new material and covers from the past ("Money" and "Grow Old With Me").     Guitars, synths, backing vocalists and a whole lot of peace and love!

2019.43 Come and Get It (Paul/Badfinger) — The Beatles, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Mark Lewisohn, John Kurlander

2019.43 Come and Get It (Paul/Badfinger) — The Beatles, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Mark Lewisohn, John Kurlander

October 28, 2019

This week: Disc three from the Abbey Road box set.     "Come Together", "Come and Get It" and more about the medley (aka "The Long One") and its individual components than you can shake a stick at.    Consider the issue of "Mean Mister Mustard".     The article was from "the summer of Love" in 1967, but John wrote the song in India.    How did that end up happening?    Mark Lewisohn offers a suggestion that makes some sense.

2019.42 Maxwell’s Silver Hammer (Take 5) — The Beatles, Giles Martin, George Martin, Himesh Patel

2019.42 Maxwell’s Silver Hammer (Take 5) — The Beatles, Giles Martin, George Martin, Himesh Patel

October 21, 2019

Lonnie is back, and we continue our look at the Abbey Road Deluxe Anniversary Edition.    This week, disc two.     Goodbye, The Ballad of John and Yoko, demos, outtakes and works in progress.    A few things that we have heard before, but many more tracks that have never found their way to bootlegs!

2019.41 Here Comes the Sun (Rear Speakers) — The Beatles, Ringo Starr, Life in Surround.

2019.41 Here Comes the Sun (Rear Speakers) — The Beatles, Ringo Starr, Life in Surround.

October 14, 2019

This week - home audio reproduction and The Beatles.       Over the years, The Beatles have given us their music in many different styles.    Without going into the multitudes of physical media we can count: mono, stereo, PCM Stereo, DTS, surround, 5.1, 7.1 and now Dolby Atmos.    What does all this mean?     I take the time out to explain (to the best of my knowledge!) and highlight some of the goodies to be found in "the other speakers" from the ATMOS and Surround mixes of Abbey Road.      The show closes with Ringo's new cover of "Grow Old With Me" and a bit of audio technology from the days of yore.   The Beatles and "Out of Phase Stereo" (OOPS) through the years, and a brand new, tremendous fan-made "Real Love" mix!

2019.40 Something (Take 37) — The Beatles

2019.40 Something (Take 37) — The Beatles

October 7, 2019

The Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition was released on September 26, 1969.     This week, we start our review of the box with Disc 1 - the remixed album.      Just how different is this mix from the original?     Is it vastly different like "The White Album" or a bit more conservative like  "Pepper"?     We discuss and play snippets from the remix and an original British needledrop for comprison.