When They Was Fab: Electric Arguments About the Beatles
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.

2019.39 Your True Love (GH for Carl) — Ringer Star, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Stan Perkins, Mark Hudson, Joey Molland

2019.39 Your True Love (GH for Carl) — Ringer Star, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Stan Perkins, Mark Hudson, Joey Molland

September 30, 2019

Ringer Star (Mike C.) joins us again as we continue our discussion of what it's like to be the world's greatest Ringo Starr Tribute artist.     This week - some of the people he's had a chance to play with (Mark Hudson, Joey Molland, members of Wings, Stan Perkins) and the places his travels have taken him (the Dingle to a session in Abbey Road).   

2019.38 Photograph (Ringer) — Ringer Star, Ringo’s All Star Band, The Beatles, McDonald’s Farm

2019.38 Photograph (Ringer) — Ringer Star, Ringo’s All Star Band, The Beatles, McDonald’s Farm

September 23, 2019

The first of two weeks with Mike C., better known as "Ringer Star:  The World's Greatest Ringo Starr Tribute Artist."    Ringer was recently in Houston for a private party including friends of the show Joe Baiardi and the Fab Five.     We caught up with him and arranged for him to be on the podcast.     We talk about his background, playing the drums, portraying Ringo and some of the spots his career has taken him.  

2019.37 Rainclouds — Mike McGear, Paul and Linda McGear, Paddy Moloney, Viv Stanshall, The Beatles

2019.37 Rainclouds — Mike McGear, Paul and Linda McGear, Paddy Moloney, Viv Stanshall, The Beatles

September 16, 2019

Week two of our look at the McGear box set from Cherry Red Records.     Mike takes us through his memory of his promotional video for "Leave It", and more while sitting in LIPA (formerly the art school and the Liverpool Institute) and the Everyman Theater in Liverpool.   We then discuss the outtakes and other tracks from Mike with and without "our kid".    Of particular note is Paul's final work in Apple studios.    The show closes with a brief visit to London, 1963 to discuss the wonders of spectral editing and the magic in a new, amazing fan-made stereo mix of the "Please Please Me" album.

2019.36 Ten Years on Strawberry Jam — Mike McGear, The Scaffold, 10CC, Paul and Linda McGear McCartney, Wings

2019.36 Ten Years on Strawberry Jam — Mike McGear, The Scaffold, 10CC, Paul and Linda McGear McCartney, Wings

September 9, 2019

In 1974, just after Band on the Run was released, Paul and his brother Michael went into the studio to write and record an album that would rank among the more interesting Wings projects.    This was not merely a novelty like "Thrillington", or an oddball piece like the later "Twin Freaks".   The brothers combined strengths with the core of Wings (Linda, Denny and Jimmy McCulloch) to create a funny, lyrically interesting pop album which has been largely forgotten about until its rerelease this year.    Next week, the video and bonus material on this new deluxe clamshell edition!

2019.35 Any Road (VH1) — George Harrison, Dhani Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Olivia Harrison

2019.35 Any Road (VH1) — George Harrison, Dhani Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Olivia Harrison

September 1, 2019

George Harrison's 2002 release "Brainwashed" took several years to come to fruition.      George recorded lead vocals and guitar for every track while also outlining musical choices and production details in endless pages of text to both Dhani and Jeff Lynne.    Everything eventually came together and the album was released shortly after "The Concert For George".    We look back and discuss in this show!

2019.34 Something (orchestra, vocal only) — The Beatles, Martin Quibell, Darin P Murphy, Joe Baiardi, Kit O’Toole, Ed Mayberry, Kenneth Womack, Tom Hunyady

2019.34 Something (orchestra, vocal only) — The Beatles, Martin Quibell, Darin P Murphy, Joe Baiardi, Kit O’Toole, Ed Mayberry, Kenneth Womack, Tom Hunyady

August 25, 2019

We get a little self-referential this week.     This is the 200th release from this podcast (combining "Beatling About" and "When They Was Fab").     After a quick update on the Abbey Road box coming in September, Lonnie and I dive back to the past and talk about significant and favorite episodes, guests and the folks that have helped us along the way.  

2019.33 She Loves You (Sullivan) — The Beatles, Bob Gale, Eddie Deezen, Will Jordan, Ed Sullivan, Murray the K

2019.33 She Loves You (Sullivan) — The Beatles, Bob Gale, Eddie Deezen, Will Jordan, Ed Sullivan, Murray the K

August 19, 2019

Part two of our look at the "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" film.     What happens to Pam, Grace, Rosie and Janice?     Will Tony find a way to stop the spread of Beatlemania?     If you haven't ever seen it, look for the Criterion Collection Blu-Ray.     Tune in and learn how Beaver Cleaver ties in to the recreation of February 9, 1964.    Can you identify which clips are the real Ed Sullivan, and which are Will Jordan?

2019.32 Roll Over Beethoven (DC) — Bob Gale, The Beatles, Will Jordan, Murray the K

2019.32 Roll Over Beethoven (DC) — Bob Gale, The Beatles, Will Jordan, Murray the K

August 12, 2019

In March of 2019, The Criterion added "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" to their list of important classic and contemporary cinema (joining "A Hard Day's Night"), and released a Blu-Ray in the United States.         The film (which had only previously been available on DVD in this country) and its commentary track are joined by new interviews with Gale, Zemeckis, Spielberg and some of the cast.    The first of two shows where we take you back to 1977/78 (and 1964) revealing the story of the film and anecdotes from its making.