April 4, 1996 |
When the Beatles' much-hyped "Anthology 1" was released last fall, it was fully expected not only to blow right onto the pop albums chart with a No. 1 debut, but also to break a flurry of sales records. It easily met all expectations. The recent release of the second installment in the Beatles' trilogy - the much-less-hyped "Anthology 2" - sparked just one question: How could it possibly compete with the phenomenal numbers racked up by "Anthology 1"? The answer: It couldn't - but its performance was still impressive.
May 1, 2012 |
Wonder upon wonders, "new" material from the Beatles is still springing forth — on Apple apps, videodiscs, CD, and soon at a movie theater near you. Material evidence George Harrison was the gearhead of the group — quite a good photographer and gadget lover — and also a media hoarder. Evidence comes to the fore Tuesday with the home-video release of Martin Scorsese's documentary film "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" and the simultaneous release of the Abrams Books multitouch iPad/iPhone/iPod e-book of the same name.
January 10, 1997 |
Yellow Submarine, an inspired piece of animation in more than one way, was the Beatles' last major collaboration for the screen before the band broke up in 1970. Because of the genre and its associations, the third Beatles feature doesn't command quite the popularity of those two exuberant and quintessentially '60s movies Help! and A Hard Day's Night. In many ways that hardly seems fair. And not just because the score for Yellow Submarine is mostly from the group's landmark album Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
October 5, 1993 |
THE BEATLES 1962-1966 The Beatles (Apple) THE BEATLES 1967-1970 Re-released today - exactly 20 years after their debut on vinyl - these two double-CD greatest-hits collections go a long way toward encapsulating the power that was The Beatles - the most creatively inspired, revolutionary and enduring pop/rock band in history. Even the Fab Four couldn't explain their chemistry - though high-toned musicologists such as conductor/composer Leonard Bernstein were quick to define their music as mathematically perfect constructs wedded to universal, utopian lyric themes - from "I Want to Hold Your Hand" to "All You Need Is Love.
November 19, 1989 |
With only three of the Fab Four left, there is no chance of a true Beatles reunion and about the same probability that Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison will ever make another movie. But if you can't have a new movie starring the Beatles, will you at least settle for one starring a Beatle? You certainly will when you find out who's going to direct it. Philadelphia's Richard Lester, who made A Hard Day's Night and Help! with the Beatles in the '60s, is planning a reunion of his own with McCartney.
April 3, 1987 |
WRTI (90.1/FM), Temple University's mostly jazz station, is kicking off its spring fundraiser today and is asking listeners to groove with it by sending some serious scratch to the station. The fundraiser runs through April 12 and the station has set a goal of $87,000. There will be the usual gifts of coffee mugs, T-shirts, picnic blankets and other items for those pledging $30 or more. To make a pledge call 787-8900. THE ONE AND ONLY Ain't nothing like the real thing, baby.
June 9, 1998 |
"I'm an acquired taste - I'm anchovies. And not everybody wants those hairy little things. If I was potato chips, I could go a lot more places, but I'm not. " - Singer Tori Amos, in Rolling Stone magazine Yeah, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were all there in the same room. And they did sing. From their respective pews. Accompanied by 700 other people. So you could say the hyped/hoped-for "Beatles reunion" occurred in one sense yesterday, but of course the Fab Three had gathered together for something much more serious: to pay respects to McCartney's late wife Linda, who died April 17. Her memorial service, held at London's landmark church of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, brought out the usual celebrity mourners, like Sir Elton John and Sting.
May 11, 2011
David Mason, 85, a classical musician best known for his distinctive piccolo trumpet solo on the Beatles' recording of "Penny Lane," died April 29 after a brief battle with leukemia, according to the All Music online database. The Beatles' Paul McCartney was looking to embellish "Penny Lane" when he saw Mr. Mason on television playing the trumpet on Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major. The next morning, producer George Martin recruited Mr. Mason to record with the Fab Four.
February 6, 1989 |
The best examples of the Beatles' ability to reflect the doubts and aspirations of the 1960s can be seen in the dozen or so videotapes starring the Fab Four. Watching the tapes reminds us just how neat John and Paul and George and Ringo were yesterday, and what life was like as we waited for their moment to arrive. "THE COMPLEAT BEATLES" (MGM/UA Home Video, $19.95) is a 6-year-old, two- hour compilation documentary. Unfortunately, there are no Ed Sullivan clips (just Ed's introduction)
March 14, 1992 |
What promises to be the most detailed radio documentary on the Beatles ever made, featuring rarely heard music by the fabled group, will debut later this month. Westwood One Radio Networks' The Beatle Years debuts nationally the week of March 29. It'll be carried here by WYSP-FM (94.1), which has not set an air date. Years is hosted by Elliot Mintz, who did Westwood One's highly successful Lost Lennon Tapes series. It will be a weekly examination of the career of the most influential group in pop-music history, and will include performances broadcast on BBC radio as long as 30 years ago but seldom or never aired in the United States.