Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Beatles Anthology - Episode Four

Episode Four (August '64 to August '65) - 1:10:33

"She (The Queen) seemed pleasant enough, you know; made us relax." - John Lennon

1. First Major U.S. Tour – Summer, 1964 [9:12]
* Help! - Title song played at the beginning of each episode.
* Rock and Roll Music (Berry)
* Footage of the Beatles performing at The Hollywood Bowl on 23rd August 1964 —
o All My Loving
o She Loves You
2. Meeting Bob Dylan [3:01]
* Footage of discussions on Bob Dylan and his music:
o Paul: “He was our idol.”
o Ringo: “Bob was our hero. … I heard of Bob through John. He played the records to me. It was just great.”
o George: “Not an idol but we heard his record; we’d listen to his album. It really gave us a buzz and we played it over and over again. … I think he was Freewheelin’.”
o John: “We loved Bob Dylan.”
* Footage of live performance of Bob Dylan —
o The Times They Are a-Changin' (Dylan)
o A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (Dylan)
3. The Pressures of Touring [6:13]
* Slow Down (Williams) – Played in the background of footage of the Beatles returning from America, photographed at the London Airport on 21 September 1964, where they played 32 shows in 34 days in 24 different cities.
4. Feedback – “I Feel Fine” [3:50]
* I Feel Fine – The group discussing the use of sound effects like feedback in their music:
o George Martin: “John had mucked around with feedback for a while. Yes, it was intentional. … I think it was the first time that feedback was used on a record. … It was his idea, it was great.”
o George: “He figured out how to do it. We used to do it on stage then. … In a way, he invented Jimi Hendrix.”
o Paul: “It probably was, actually.”
5. Recording “Beatles for Sale” [8:49]
* Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey (Leiber-Stoller/Penniman) – Footage from the Shindig TV Show, London
* I'm a Loser – Footage from live performance at the Palais des Sports, Paris
* Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby (Perkins) – Footage from live performance at the Palais des Sports, Paris
6. Filming “Help!’ [14:27]
* Footage from the film Help! showing glimpses of various episodes, and, playing the following songs:
o Another Girl
o The Night Before
o You're Going to Lose That Girl
o You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
o Help! (Live on the Big Night Out TV show, Blackpool)
7. "Yesterday" [5:09]
* Footage from the Big Night Out TV show, Blackpool – the Beatles’ only British television appearance to promote Help! ... and the first solo stage performance of Yesterday. Recorded and broadcast on Sunday, 1st August, 1965 from the ABC Theatre, Blackpool from 9:10 to 10:05 p.m.
o "Yesterday"
o "I'm Down"
8. NME Poll Winners’ Concert – 11 April 1965 [2:00]
* "I Feel Fine"
* "She's a Woman"
9. George Talks About His Songs [4:07]
* George: "They’d been writing since we were at school. They’d written all – or most of their bad songs before we got into the recording studio. I had to come from nowhere and start writing and to have something at least quality enough to put in the record with all their wondrous hits."
* "Act Naturally" (Russell-Morrison) (Live on the Big Night Out TV show, Blackpool) — “Now something we don’t often do. Give someone a chance to sing who doesn’t often sing. And here he is. All out of key and nervous, singing 'Act Naturally'." — Intro by Ringo
10. "Ticket to Ride" [2:44]
* Ticket to Ride - Footage of two versions of the song, the live version at Blackpool and the taped TV promotional film version, are merged with one another.
11. The Beatles Receive The MBE From The Queen [11:01]
* "Eight Days a Week" - Played behind the footage of people storming gates of the Buckingham Palace, London on the day of the Beatles receiving the MBEs from the Queen.
* "If You've Got Trouble" (Take 1) - Played while showing the credits.


Robert Freeman Photo of George Harrison

Does anyone have or know a source for a better quality version of this Robert Freeman photograph of George Harrison (at right)? If so, leave a comment below.

Magazine article source, featuring the Beatles and Astrid Kirchherr:

Friday, November 26, 2010

James Taylor - Something in the Way She Moves - Apple Promo Film

Footage recorded live in June 1968 at Trident Studio, London, England.

"How Do You Do It?"

"How Do You Do It?" was the debut single by Liverpudlian band Gerry & The Pacemakers. The song was number one in the UK Singles Chart on 11 April, 1963, where it stayed for a total of three weeks.

The song was written by Mitch Murray. Adam Faith had been offered the song but turned it down and The Beatles recorded a version of it, which was not released until it appeared on the group's retrospective "Anthology 1" album in 1995.

Gerry & The Pacemakers' version was produced by George Martin and became a number one hit in the UK, until being replaced at the top by "From Me to You," The Beatles' third single.

The song was also title song to an E.P. 7" record featuring the songs: "How Do You Do It?"; "Away From You"; "I Like It" and "It's Happened To Me" (Columbia SEG8257, released July 1963).

Single by Gerry & The Pacemakers
B-side: "Away from You" (Marsden-Chadwick)
Released: March 1963
Format: 7"
Recorded: 1963 Flag of England
Genre: Merseybeat, Beat, Pop
Length: 1:59
Label: Columbia DB4987 (EMI), Laurie 3162 (USA)
Writer: Mitch Murray
Producer: George Martin


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate are a British pop band popular during the 1970s and 1980s, formed by Errol Brown. The act had at least one hit every year between 1970 and 1984 and their song "You Sexy Thing" made the Top 10 in three decades.


They were originally named 'The Hot Chocolate Band' by Mavis Smith, who worked for the Apple Corps press office. This was quickly shortened to Hot Chocolate by Mickie Most.

Hot Chocolate started their recording career making a reggae version of John Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance," but Brown was told he needed permission. He was contacted by Apple Records, discovered that John Lennon liked his version, and the group was subsequently signed to Apple Records. The link was short-lived as The Beatles were starting to break up, and the Apple connection soon ended.

In 1970 Hot Chocolate, with the help of record producer Mickie Most, began releasing tracks that became hits, such as "Love is Life", "Emma", "You Could Have Been a Lady", and "I Believe in Love." All those releases were on the RAK record label, owned by Most. Brown and bassist Tony Wilson wrote most of their original material, and also provided hits for Herman's Hermits, "Bet Yer Life I Do", and Mary Hopkin, "Think About Your Children".

Gradually the five piece, Brixton, London based, outfit started to become UK Singles Chart regulars. "Brother Louie", which featured a guest spoken vocal from Alexis Korner, and "Emma" introduced their distinctive sound.

It was in the disco era of the mid 1970s onwards, that Hot Chocolate became a big success. A combination of high production standards, the growing confidence of the main songwriting team of Wilson and Brown, and tight harmonies enabled them to secure further big hits like "You Sexy Thing" and "Every 1's a Winner", which were also U.S. hits, peaking at #3 and #6, respectively. After Wilson's departure for a solo career, that included a 1976 album I Like Your Style, Brown assumed songwriting duties.

In 1977, after scoring 15 hits, they finally reached Number One with "So You Win Again". It was one of the few of their recordings that was not penned, at least partly, by Brown. The track was a Russ Ballard composition.

The band became the only group, and one of just three acts, that scored a hit in every year of the 1970s in the UK charts (the other two being Elvis Presley and Diana Ross). The band eventually had at least one hit, every year, between 1970 and 1984. Critically, they were often lambasted or simply ignored, and apart from compilations their albums such as Cicero Park sold modestly.

They continued well into the 1980s, and clocked up another big hit record: "It Started With a Kiss", in 1982, which reached Number 5 in the UK. In all, the group charted 25 UK Top 40 hit singles. Their single "You Sexy Thing" became the only track that made British Top Ten status in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Its renewed appreciation can be perhaps credited in part to its appearances in a string of successful films starting with the 1997 comedy The Full Monty. From the late 1980s onwards the group experienced a resurgence of credibility: Urge Overkill, PJ Harvey and The Sisters of Mercy all added Hot Chocolate songs to their live sets.

When Hot Chocolate disbanded in 1986, Errol Brown did not have much solo success, although two of his singles did make the UK Singles Chart - "Personal Touch" and "Body Rockin'". The band's enduring popularity was verified when two compilation albums both reached #1 in the UK Albums Chart (see below). In 2003 Errol Brown received the MBE; and in 2004, the Ivor Novello Award for his contribution to British music.

In 1992, with a new line-up, manager and agent, Ric Martin, took control over the band's bookings and live appearances. Today Hot Chocolate are again making live appearances in the UK and Europe.


Note: chart positions are for the respective UK Albums Chart and UK Singles Chart

Studio albums

* Cicero Park (US #55) (1974)
* Hot Chocolate (UK #34, US #41) (November 1975)
* Man to Man (UK #32, US #172) (August 1976)
* Every 1's a Winner (UK #30, US #31) (April 1978)
* Going Through the Motions (US #112)(1979)
* Class (1980)
* Mystery (#24) (September 1982)
* Love Shot (1983)

Compilation albums

* XIV Greatest Hits (#6) (November 1976)
* 20 Hottest Hits (#3) (December 1979)
* The Very Best of Hot Chocolate (#1) (February 1987)
* Their Greatest Hits (#1) (March 1993)
* Greatest Hits Part Two (January 1999)
* Best of the 70's (2000)
* The Essential Collection (2004)
* A's B's & Rarities (2004)


* "Give Peace a Chance" (October 1969)
* "Love is Life" (#6) (August 1970)
* "You Could Have Been a Lady" (#22) (March 1971)
* "I Believe (In Love)" (#8) (August 1971)
* "Mary-Anne" (February 1972)
* "You'll Always Be a Friend" (#23) (October 1972)
* "Brother Louie" (#7) (April 1973)
* "Rumours" (#44) (August 1973)
* "Emma" (#3) (March 1974)
* "Changing World" (uncharted) 1974
* "Cheri Babe" (#31) (November 1974)
* "Blue Night" (1975)
* "Disco Queen" (#11) (May 1975)
* "A Child's Prayer" (#7) (August 1975)
* "You Sexy Thing" (#2) (November 1975)
* "Don't Stop it Now" (#11) (March 1976)
* "Man to Man" (#14) (June 1976)
* "Heaven Is in the Back Seat of My Cadillac" (#25) (August 1976)
* "So You Win Again" (#1) (June 1977)
* "Put Your Love in Me" (#10) (November 1977)
* "Every 1's a Winner" (#12) (March 1978)
* "I'll Put You Together Again" (#13) (December 1978)
* "Mindless Boogie" (#46) (May 1979)
* "Going Through the Motions" (#53) (July 1979)
* "No Doubt About It" (#2) (May 1980)
* "Are You Getting Enough of What Makes You Happy" (#17) (July 1980)
* "Love Me to Sleep" (#50) (December 1980)
* "Gotta give up your love" (February 1981)
* "You'll Never Be So Wrong" (#52) (May 1981)
* "I'm Losing You"/"Children Of Spacemen" (1981)
* "Girl Crazy" (#7) (April 1982)
* "It Started With a Kiss" (#5) (July 1982)
* "Chances" (#32) (September 1982)
* "What Kinda Boy You're Lookin' For (Girl)" (#10) (May 1983)
* "Tears on the Telephone" (#37) (September 1983)
* "I'm Sorry" (1983) (#89) (November 1983)
* "I Gave You My Heart (Didn't I)" (#13) (February 1984)
* "Heartache No. 9" (1986) (#76) (March 1986)
* "You Sexy Thing (Ben Liebrand remix)" (#10) (January 1987)
* "Every 1's a Winner (Groove Mix)" (#69) (April 1987)
* "No Doubt About It (remix)" (1987)
* "Heaven Is in the Backseat of My Cadillac (remix)" (1988)
* "Never Pretend" (1988)
* "It Started with a Kiss" (#31) (re-issue March 1993)
* "You Sexy Thing" (#6) (re-issue November 1997)
* "It Started with a Kiss" (#18) (second re-issue February 1998)

Band personnel

The following individuals comprised the band for most of its active period:

* Errol Brown - born 12 November 1948, Kingston, Jamaica. - vocalist / songwriter.
* Tony Connor - born 6 April 1947, Romford - drummer.
* Larry Ferguson - born 14 April 1948, Nassau, Bahamas - keyboards.
* Harvey Hinsley - born 19 January 1948, Northampton - guitarist.
* Brian Satterwhite - born 22 March 1957, Oak Ridge - vocalist / bassist (from 1973-?).
* Tony Wilson - born 8 October 1947, Trinidad - bassist / songwriter (up to 1975).
* Patrick Olive - born 22 March 1947, Grenada - percussionist / took over bass duties in 1975.
* Ian King - born 1947 - drums (1970–1973)


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Iveys - Maybe Tomorrow / Badfinger - No Matter What: Promo Films

Geoff Emerick on Recording "Tomorrow Never Knows"

"I'd been engineering about three months up until the time when Norman [Smith] wanted to become a producer. I'd always worked with Norman as his second engineer, tape operator. Then George Martin asked me, 'Would I do the Beatles?' I didn't know whether to say yes or no, but I said 'Yes.' 'Tomorrow Never Knows' was the first track that was cut for Revolver. At the time the multi-track machine was remote from the control room in the studio. It was in another room in the building. I always remember the staff at Abbey Road gathering outside the room, listening to these backward loops and things that went on that track because no one had ever heard anything like it before. Looking back on it now, it's commonplace."

Monday, November 22, 2010

"Honey Pie"

"Honey Pie" is a song by the Beatles, from their 1968 album The Beatles (the "White Album"). Although credited to Lennon-McCartney, it was composed entirely by Paul McCartney. Despite the similarity of title, the song is unrelated to "Wild Honey Pie."


The song is a direct homage to the British music-hall style. It concerns a famed actress, known through the hypocorism "Honey Pie," who becomes famous in the United States, and her old lover, who wishes for her to rejoin him in England. The premise – a humble admirer yearning for the return of his lover – is not unlike a typical music-hall plot. In order to establish an appropriate, old-timey sound, 'scratches' were added to the third line, "Now she's hit the big time!" from a 78 RPM record.

Cover Versions

The song has been covered by Alan Klein (1969), Barbra Streisand, the King's Singers, The Golden Gate Quartet, Tuck & Patti, and John Pizzarelli, among others. Perhaps the strangest version was performed by Dom DeLuise in the 1978 film Sextette (which included the comic tap dancing on a piano).


* Paul McCartney – Piano, vocals
* John Lennon – Lead guitar, rhythm guitar
* George Harrison – 6-stringed bass
* Ringo Starr – Drums
* George Martin – Clarinet arrangement
* Harry Klein – Clarinet

Album: The Beatles
Released: 22 November 1968
Recorded: 1 October 1968
Genre: Jazz, music hall, pop
Length: 2:41
Label: Apple Records
Writer: Lennon/McCartney
Producer: George Martin


Sunday, November 21, 2010

"Take Good Care of My Baby"

"Take Good Care of My Baby" is a song written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin and made famous by Bobby Vee, released in 1961. It became a popular song and hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in September. In 1968, it became a hit for Bobby Vinton, reaching #33 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song was covered by The Beatles during their January 1, 1962 audition at Decca Records. Dion also recorded a version, although it was not released as a single. Gary Lewis & The Playboys recorded a cover version in 1965 on their She's Just My Style album. It has also been covered by Smokie (Solid Ground, 1981) and German Pop Star Sasha (Dick Brave and the Backbeats, 2003).

Vee re-recorded the song as a ballad in 1973 on his album Ain't Nothing Like a Sunny Day (released under his real name, Robert Thomas Velline). His original version remains a staple of oldies radio stations.

Single by Bobby Vinton
from the album Take Good Care of My Baby
Released: 1968
Genre: Pop
Label: Epic
Writer(s): Carole King and Gerry Goffin