Friday, December 31, 2010

The Beatles Anthology - Special Features

Special Features - 1:22:46

1. Recollections – June 1994 [16:51] - Paul, George and Ringo spend a happy summer's day together; singing, playing and warmly remembering early days of room sharing, haircuts, Beatle boots, first cars and meeting Elvis.
* "Baby What You Want Me To Do" (Reed)
* Raunchy (Justis-Manker)
* "Thinking of Linking" (McCartney)
* Blue Moon of Kentucky (Monroe)
* Ain't She Sweet (Yellen-Ager)
2. Compiling The Anthology Albums [10:48] - Paul, George, Ringo and George Martin detail the process of how they choose the tracks for Anthology Albums 1, 2 and 3.
* A Day in the Life (Take 1)
3. Back At Abbey Road – May 1995 [14:51] - Returning to Studio 2, Paul, George, Ringo and George Martin reflect on recording at Abbey Road Studios in the Sixties and some of the inventive techniques used in creating these recordings.
* Golden Slumbers (Take 1)
* I'm Only Sleeping
* Tomorrow Never Knows (Take 1 & Final Take)
4. Recording “Free as a Bird” And “Real Love” [10:57] - Paul, George, Ringo and Jeff Lynne reveal how they were able to produce the two new Beatles tracks from John's original demos provided by Yoko. This section includes intimate footage filmed in the studio during the recording of the tracks.
* Free as a Bird (Lennon/Lennon-McCartney-Harrison-Starkey)
* Real Love (Lennon)
5. Production Team [13:03] - Neil Aspinall, Derek Taylor, Geoff Wonfor, Chips Chipperfield and other key members of the Anthology production Team explain the process of how The Beatles Anthology series was created.
6. Making The “Free as a Bird” Video [11:12] - An intriguing insight into how the Grammy award winning video for Free as a Bird was made. Director Joe Pytka explains how he and Apple developed the concept and discusses the innovative techniques that were used in the production.
* Free as a Bird (Lennon/Lennon-McCartney-Harrison-Starkey)
7. “Real Love” Video [4:07] - The video that was not featured in the Anthology series, now remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound.
* Real Love (Lennon)
8. Credits (0:57)


Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Beatles' Comments on the Rooftop Concert

Recorded January 30, 1969

George: If anybody wants to sing and play on their roof, what's the law say as to why you can't do that?

John: Disturbing the peace.

George: How disturbing the peace?

Paul: Peace means like peace, the noise, they think peace is noise.

John: Well, they may as well ban planes and cars.

Michael Lindsay-Hogg: Disturbing the peace mans traffic jams, people, planes, that sort of thing.

John: With a bit of doctoring, we'll be good. I missed a line on "Don't Let Me Down." Can you use another shot?

Paul: We'll edit it.

George Martin: It's come off actually much better than I thought it would.

John: Yes, just the whole scene is fantastic!

George Martin: As Michael was saying, this is a very good dry run for something else too, apart from the value of its own as it stands.

George: Yeah, I think for taking over London.

John: Try the Hilton tomorrow.

George Martin: The idea is, we'll have a whole squadron of helicopters flying over London with loud, mounted speakers underneath them, you see.

John: That's fantastic, yeah.

George: And every rock group in the world, in London, all on top of the buildings playing the same tunes.

Michael Lindsay-Hogg: This will edit fine, because we've got all the cops, which we covered downstairs as well. The bad thing was that not enough people in the street could see us. Is there a concert next week? What are you feeling about today? Do you want to work more today or not?

Paul: Yes, we should record the others now.

Michael Lindsay-Hogg: We've got to get the stuff down first.

George: We'll have a break for a bit.

Paul: We'll have lunch and that and then we'll record the other stuff we didn't do up there. The acoustic stuff.

George: There won't be more rooftops.

Paul: No more rooftops. That was the rooftop. That's it, but we'll do it down here and you'll sort of film it and clap us like the rooftop.

George: If we got the police, we could pretend in the film that we had to get down because of them and that here we are doing it.

John: It's just the way it happened. It'll just be it.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ringo Starr on Acting in Candy, 1969

"In Candy, I tried very hard to be convincing as the Mexican gardener. I'd read the book and realized that Emmanuelle was a very nervous sort of fellow. I was nervous too, as it happens. And that was how I played the part. I personally was happy with the result. It was a very good film and will make a lot of money. But people couldn't seem to forget it was me. I would really like to convince people that I can play someone else. In the first two Beatles films, it wasn't really acting. We didn't know what we were doing. We just said the lines as they were. We had read them and then we would just go out and say them in front of the cameras."

Monday, December 27, 2010

George Harrison on Cream's "Badge" (1969)

"I helped Eric write 'Badge.' Each of them had to come up with a song for the Goodbye Cream album and Eric didn't have his written. We were working across from each other and I was writing the lyrics down and we came to the middle part, so I wrote down 'bridge.' Eric read it upside down, and cracked up laughing. 'What's "badge?"' he asked. After that, Ringo walked in drunk and gave us that line about the swans living in the park."

Sunday, December 26, 2010

John Lennon on "Because"

"This is about me and Yoko in the early days. Yoko was playing some Beethoven chords and I said play them backwards. It's really 'Moonlight Sanata' backwards."