It's 1988 and a busy year of activity in Beatle world kicks off with a wave of retrospection. On January 20th the band was inducted into the Rock'n'Roll hall of fame, a recognition of their achievements in music and their cultural impact upon the world. Unfortunately for them (and for, apparently, one agitated Beach Boy also in attendance), the legal squabbles dogging Paul, George and Ringo for nearly two decades crept their way onto the award stage, made manifest by an absent Paul McCartney. Some tempers flared at this highly visible snub, but cooler heads did eventually prevail, with George Harrison himself speaking fondly of Paul while accepting the award. Yoko Ono, meanwhile, stood poised to unveil the Lost Lennon Tapes radio program to the world, a treasure trove of audio artifacts from her and John Lennon's private archive, made public... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1 hr 22 min
It's the end of 1987 and George Harrison is riding the wave of a major comeback. With a new hit single in Got My Mind Set On You speeding up the charts, and a new LP - Cloud 9 - connecting with both fans and critics in equal measure, Harrison's resurgence in the latter half of the 80s was proof positive once again of that lingering Beatle magic...so pervasive even nearing 20 years since the band's split. While Paul McCartney's greatest hits LP All the Best was no resurgence of fresh material, strong sales and a slew of tv appearances to promote the new single Once Upon A Long Ago put Macca back in touring mode...an endeavor that would truly take flight in the months to come... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1 hr 26 min
On November 2nd 1987 Dark Horse Records releases Cloud 9 by George Harrison. While George himself would insist (and rightly so) that one cannot be in the midst of a "comeback" if one has been there the entire time, no one - not even George - could not deny the reinvigorated attention upon his music heralded by the LP's lead-off #1 single Got My Mind Set On You. The happy album in which this smash-hit record resided within was produced by buddy Jeff Lynne to sound (controversially to some) much like Jeff's work with the Electric Light Orchestra - energetic, grand in scope, and future-facing in its production techniques.From the nostalgic When We Was Fab to the defiant That's What it Takes, George Harrison WAS back, and at the top of his game nearly two decades after the breakup of the Beatles. Of course George would be joined on the charts shortly by a new single from Paul McCartney, and some fresh talk about the possibility of a Beatles reunion (of sorts)... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Dec 30, 2023
1 hr 20 min
Even 17+ years after the breakup of the Beatles, solo career competition remained alive and well in the worlds of Paul McCartney and George Harrison. In October of 1987, George's first new single from a studio album release in over 5 years - Got My Mind Set On You - was blazing up the charts and stood poised to top them. The public's embrace of this unlikely comeback foretold the success of the forthcoming Cloud 9 LP, and - as if no time at all had passed since the days of all Things Must Pass - George Harrison hit the promotional trail. Not to be outdone by his former bandmate, McCartney's All the Best greatest hits compilation hit shelves the following November, and while its single Once Upon a Long Ago failed to reach the heights of Harrison's, this mammoth set of Macca marvels was no slouch on the album charts. All this, plus a return to Suzy and the Red Stripes as fall turns to winter, 1987... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Dec 16, 2023
1 hr 24 min
It’s the summer of 1987, and once again a Beatle joins the Prince's Trust stage — and this time not one but TWO! First up the heretofore reclusive George Harrison, busy preparing his latest audio album and dipping his toe back into the waters of pop star life for the first time since his musical hiatus began nearly half a decade prior. Joining George to sing an all-star rendition of With A Little Help From My Friends was Ringo Starr, decidedly less busy following the crumbling Memphis sessions that caused his some substantial public embarrassment. All this and an LP of rock oldies from Paul McCartney as the heat rises on yet another momentous year in Beatles history! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Dec 3, 2023
1 hr 24 min
The next wave of Beatles compact discs arrived as spring turned to summer, 1987 - marking (handily) the 20th anniversary of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Taking the theme of "It was twenty years ago today" and running with it, Apple and their distribution arms at Capitol and EMI launched an elaborate campaign that culminated in a documentary film featuring current interviews with both Paul McCartney and George Harrison. An enchanted public teeming with nostalgia (and a chance to own such an iconic release in pristine CD-quality) drove Pepper to the #1 position on billboard's top compact discs chart, and the #3 overall slot in the UK. But this was only the beginning of the fruits of this event, as both Paul and George were busy crafting new music with a similarly-attuned nostalgic bent... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Nov 19, 2023
1 hr 19 min
And speaking of things that are "now" and "then"...It's 1987 and another momentous chapter in the Beatles story is unfolding at break-neck pace. As Capitol/EMI plan for the launch of the first round of Beatles CDs (heralding the arrival of fab four music on compact disc for the first time), Paul, George and Ringo were all in their respective studios preparing new music. First up, the rambling Duane Eddy - pioneering guitarist of the early rock days - is making a new album and has enlisted not one but two Beatles to play on it. McCartney's contribution was a slinky, slidey cover of the 1979 Rockestra Theme - while George Harrison )with current producer Jeff Lynne offered up more than one new composition for the guitar legend to record. In February Harrison would also find himself on stage with Lynne, backing up CCR frontman John Fogerty and joined by none-other-than Bob Dylan. Dylan ALSO happened to be working with another former Beatle at this time, joining Ringo in Memphis on sessions for Starr's new album. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Nov 5, 2023
1 hr 26 min
As the year 1986 draws to a close, the musical direction and legacy of the three surviving former Beatles rounds the corner on another eventful decade. With Paul McCartney still busy promoting his less-than-smash-hit LP Press to Play - Macca turns his attention to a new year that would embrace the successes of his past...and an eye toward the next phase of his career in the latter half of the decade. George Harrison, after such a long hiatus from the music business, finds himself too at a crossroads -- feeling once again ready to re-enter the studio and make new music. All this, as we enter 1987... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Oct 21, 2023
1 hr 42 min
As Paul McCartney's latest studio album, Press to Play, at last reached the ears of the listening public, the modest success of its top 40 lead-off single Press must have been bittersweet for its creator. After nearly two years of gestation, Paul's failure to crack the top 20 on either side of the Atlantic with the catchy earworm foreshadowed the album's lukewarm reception worldwide (as compared to prior projects, certainly) -- despite the strength of some of the album's strong musicianship and songwriting. Though a top ten showing in the UK was nothing to sneeze at, this contemporary-sounding LP fell short of resonating with modern audiences as envisioned, and a reassessment of the trajectory of Paul's career was in order. Yoko Ono, meanwhile, was busy at the bottom of the barrel with her late husband's unreleased catalog - releasing the LP Menlove Avenue by John Lennon in October (and sporting snazzy Andy Warhol cover art!) Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Sep 30, 2023
1 hr 26 min
Oklahoma was never like this...it's summer of 1986 and a new Paul McCartney album is on sale worldwide! Press to Play - Paul's 5th solo studio album in nearly as many years - represented a man on a mission to capture the sounds of the day, forge a new songwriting partnership, and undo the negative attention his Give My Regards to Broadstreet project attracted from all the bitter critics seeking to take a former fab down a peg. Begun mere days in the aftermath of Broadstreet, this project was also one of Macca's longest-gestating studio efforts - and while the music itself exudes trademark McCartney optimism, a darkness also lay on the brim with songs that seemed - at least at the time - bitter and resentful of his critics. But the sunny "Press", released as a single in mid-July, jauntily trotted to decent position in the charts - and while the record would fall short of Paul's "comeback" aspirations, it did point the way to projects, and collaborations, to come... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Sep 10, 2023
1 hr 14 min