Beatles Sessions

I'm not keen on the way the official Beatles posts are amalgamating sessions sounds nowadays. I prefer to listen to the original session tapes beatlegs without false interjections from other recordings, like the Think For Yourself sessions. There's nothing wrong with this, in fact I like to hear it, but it is a false representation of what happened at the time and I just prefer to hear it without being tampered with.

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Hank and Jim

If you like good 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s music why not join me and friends for a listen and chat at Hank and Jim? Many, like myself, like The Beatles and Pete (see below) is the expert in that regard. I'm usually there 6am GMT Mondays and Wednesdays and sometimes on Saturday mornings a bit before 9am GMT for after hours. Direct link to the Hank and Jim Radio Network above. All those who appreciate proper good music are welcome!

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The Sun Goes Down - Thin Lizzy

I recorded this great live Thin Lizzy performance onto VHS video tape at the time too. The Tube studios look quite large on this clip but in real life they were quite small - it's where I met Paul and Linda McCartney - spoke with them both and got Paul's autograph. Every Friday evening the national focus was on Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and the music at The Tube at Tyne Tees Television. I've temporarily removed the 'Rewind The Tube' programme from the Watch page but it will eventually return.

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Beatles 1

Restoration of The Beatles 1 Video Collection: Part 1/5


Restoration of The Beatles 1 Video Collection: Part 2/5
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The Beatles - Revolution

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Cilla - Alfie

Forget Dionne Warwick and Cher… alongside 'Liverpool Lullaby', *this* is my favourite Cilla recording.

From Wikipedia:
"I said I'd only do it if Burt Bacharach himself did the arrangement, never thinking for one moment that he would. [When] the reply came back from America that he'd be happy to...I said I would only do it if Burt came over to London for the recording session. 'Yes,' came the reply. Next I said that as well as the arrangements and coming over, he had to play [piano] on the session. To my astonishment it was agreed that Burt would do all three. So by this time, coward that I was, I really couldn't back out."
The session for Cilla Black's recording of "Alfie" took place in the autumn of 1965 at Studio One,
Abbey Road Studios and was overseen by Black's regular producer George Martin. In addition to the agreed arranging and piano playing, Bacharach conducted a 48-piece orchestra which played on the session which also featured the Breakaways as background vocalists. According to Black, Bacharach had her cut eighteen complete takes before he was satisfied with her vocal while Bacharach's estimation of the session's total number of takes, including partial ones, is as high as "twenty-eight or twenty-nine...I kept going [thinking] can we get it a little better...[add] just some magic[?]".



Besides thinking about Cilla's family, I'm feeling for Paul O'Grady right now. He's completely cut up about Cilla's passing. Sad
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A Loop In My Head

From the moment I woke up this morning I have had the beginning melody of 'A Love For You' running around my head. Over and over. Won't leave me alone. Happy

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No Milk Today

The glass milk-bottle holder for the milkman complete with a choice of messages - including ‘No Milk To-day’....
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‘Two up two down’ - two rooms upstairs and two rooms downstairs - terraced house.....
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Aquostic

See the Aquostic Roundhouse Q and A and concert on the Watch page.

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Norwogian Weed

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Klaus Voormann And Paul McCartney In Hog Hill Mill Studios c2008





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Status Quo Medley

FULL SCREEN! ..... HEADPHONES ON! ..... VOLUME UP! .... Bloody hell it’s just like being there!!!!
The mighty Quo. Always great performers and entertainers.





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Joe Brown


Joe Brown was one of the UK’s original rock and roll stars, alongside such early icons as Cliff Richard, Billy Fury and Marty Wilde. Under the wing of pop impressario Larry Parnes, Brown had a string of hits in the early-Sixties, including A Picture of You and It Only Took a Minute. Speaking on Vintage TV's Needle Time on Vintage TV, Brown explained his enduring enthusiasm for the ukulele, and his bond with late Beatle George Harrison.
The pair first met when
The Beatles supported Brown on tour in 1962. The Fab Four even recorded Brown’s hit A Picture Of You during BBC sessions. Later, Brown and Harrison became neighbours in Henley-on-Thames, where Brown reports there would be regular jamming sessions with such fellow musicians as Alvin Lee and Dave Edmunds.
“He loved music, not just rock and roll,” recalls Brown of Harrison. “He’d go crackers, he’d phone me up and say ‘I’ve got this great record!’ and it would be Hoagy Charmichael and all this Hawaiian stuff he used to like. George was not a musical snob. Music was music, and if it came from the heart, it was good.” In 2002, Brown closed the George Harrison tribute concert at the Albert Hall with a beautiful ukulele rendition of I’ll See You In My Dreams.
At 72, Brown still performs around 100 concerts a year. He is presentlyon a 40-date UK tour that runs until December. On October 21, Universal release an expanded edition of Brown’s The Ukulele Album, featuring his versions of old pre-war standards alongside rock songs like Ace Of Spades and Pinball Wizard arranged for four strings. “It’s a wonderful instrument and very forgiving,” says Brown. “You can pick up a ukulele and anybody can learn to play a couple of tunes in a day or even a few hours. And if you want to get good at it, there’s no end to what you can do.”
Brown occasionally sits in on performances by Ukulele Orchestras formed by his daughter, Sam Brown, a pop star in her own right in the Eighties and Nineties, and a top session singer – she's performed with Nick Cave, Pink Floyd and Jools Holland – until her career was cut short by illness. “A very sad thing with Sam,” reports Brown. “About six years ago she had an operation on her throat and lost her voice. She was touring with Pink Floyd and did all George Harrison’s vocal stuff. Sam was a great performer, it’s a real tragedy, but she’s still involving herself in music cause she’s got these ukulele clubs.”
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Mike Oldfield - Serpent Dream (Live)





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Mike Oldfield - Punkadiddle (Live)





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Meet Me On The Corner (Live 1971) - Lindisfarne

Local Geordie group Lindisfarne with a good live performance of Meet Me On The Corner from 1971.






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