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Antony Rotunno (Glass Onion: On John Lennon) rejoins the show for pt. 2 of our look at John Lennon compilations through the years. "Peace, Love Truth, Karma and a Working Class Hero Icon." Which of these sets are worthwhile, and which should only be picked up if you have the cash to complete your collection!…
 
Between the box sets, film soundtracks and compilations, there have been over a dozen repackagings of John Lennon on CD. This week, Antony Rotunno (Glass Onion, On John Lennon) joins the show as we start our consideration of these collections as we start to consider "Gimme Some Truth" (or as "Friends" might call it: "The one from 2020")…
 
Part two of our discussion with Sam Whiles (Paul or Nothing) covering the ties that bind. 1970 was John's turn to react to the dissolution of the Beatles. Meanwhile, George dedicated himself to "All Things Must Pass" and Ringo went further into Nashville. The lesson? Although both John and Paul had bid adieu to "The Beatles" as an entity, the four …
 
WTWF is proud to celebrate John Lennon's 80th birthday with photographer David M. Spindel (http://spindelvisions.com). Spindel was fortunate enough to book a gig in November 1980 with a musician (identity unknown) looking for documentation of a recording session at the hit Factory in New York City. That musician turned out to be John Lennon.…
 
Sam Whiles (Paul or Nothing) joins the show for the first of two episodes looking at JPGR from the fall of 1969 to early 1971. John may have been the first to announce he "wanted a divorce", but even he would go back and forth on the matter. Just how close did the four come to a reconciliation? Further, how did "McCartney" and later "JL/Plastic Ono…
 
Part two of our look at Wednesday, November 22, 1995. The American Broadcasting Company once again became A-Beatle-C as the World was presented with a second new Beatles song, and the Beatles story "in their own words" from the first full US tour through the first Worldwide Satellite broadcast was presented.…
 
Ethan Alexanian (Fans on the Run) joins the show this week and next as we continue our look at "The Beatles Anthology" as it appeared on ABC in 1995. This week we continue with part 2 (from the Wednesday Night), which begins with the 1964 August American tour and carry through to The Beatles at Shea Stadium.…
 
The fifth (and final) week of the WTWF look at the Flaming Pie Archive Edition. This week, the rest of the B-sides (Oobu Joobu), the "Flaming Pie at the Mill" walkthrough of Paul's studio and chat about the 1995 radio series and the new segments recorded for the "Flaming Pie" singles.By Ed Chen and Lonnie Pena
 
Part 4 of the WTWF look at the "Flaming Pie" archive edition. Back to the music this week, as we cover disc 3 ("In The Studio") and the B-sides ("Flaming Pies"). Someone may be on a mission to the Lonely Lorelei, but we will be back in a week to finish our look at the "castle in the sky" that is Paul McCartney's 2020 edition of Flaming Pie. (hey, t…
 
Week three of the "When They Was Fab" look at the Flaming Pie archive edition box set. This week we settle into the two DVD's. Paul gives us videos, EPKs, excerpts from interviews and the entire "In The World Tonight" documentary. Make it a beautiful night by spending the hours with Paul, Linda, and your friends from WTWF.…
 
Week two of the WTWF look at the Flaming Pie Archive Collection. This week, disc two - the home demos Paul McCartney recorded for Flaming Pie. Telephones, airplanes, dishes, crickets and a whole lot of music. We run through the demos, and consider each performance on its own merits, along with our thoughts on how Paul got from this version to the o…
 
Twenty Three years ago (1997), Paul McCartney unleashed "Flaming Pie" on the World. In 2020, we revisit the disc (and feel old!) as the archive edition hits store shelves. Part one of the WTWF deep dive into what is buried in the dark blue box. This week: The album proper, our thoughts on the remaster, and Paul's media blitz at the time.…
 
A look back at the Bicentennial year from a Beatles perspective. "Wings Over America" frequently overshadows everything else, but there were plenty of other things going on. Sid Bernstein and Bill Sargent offered the four men that were once Beatles seven (and eight!) figures to do a concert or two. John Lennon started his househusband era while pon…
 
Fifty-six years ago, Beatlemania hit Australia and New Zealand. Among the momentoes: "The Beatles Sing For Shell". Channel Nine broadcast the June 17, 1964 concert across the region. On July 13, 2020 a "remastered" version of the show "puts viewers right in among the sea of excited fans at the height of Beatlemania."…
 
Kit O'Toole (Talk More Talk) returns as we continue our discussion of "Ringo's Big Birthday Show". The gang is all on board as we continue to celebrate Sir Starkey's eightieth. Once the show is over, you might just be able to answer the question: "How does one go from "Sharna" to "Sshh" (pronounced "Shush")…
 
Kit O'Toole (Talk More Talk, aka "The Queen of All Beatles Media") joins the full complement of WTWF guys (yep, Lonnie Pena is in the house this week) as we discuss Ringo Starr's Big Birthday Show from July 7th. This will be a two-part show, but don't go anywhere, as pt. 2 will be around before next week!…
 
Spectral stereo remixes of the Beatles have quickly become a favorite amongst the WTWF crew for listening to the Beatles in new and interesting ways. This week, Tom Brennan joins the show as we discuss the technology, its origins (Capitol's "Duophonic" stereo, "Out of Phase Stereo" isolations), how it found its way into products including "The Beat…
 
Paul Salley returns as we continue through the 1974/5 Wings television spectacular "One Hand Clapping". Paul and the band take us through material both new and old (at the time). We nearly trip over Geoff Britton's Karate Gi, then take a side alley through space and time to New Orleans. Do you think Paul was doing his "Monkberry Moon Delight" voice…
 
Paul Salley (author of the forthcoming book on Jimmy McCulloch) joins the show this week and next as we go through the 1974 McCartney and Wings film "One Hand Clapping". The film has been legitimately available for over a decade, but is still less well-known than the Bruce McMouse project!By Ed Chen and Lonnie Pena
 
Steve Marinucci returns for part two of our look at Paul McCartney (and Ringo Starr) coming through the San Francisco Bay Area in recent years. What would you do if you happened upon Paul McCartney riding bikes through the park? (Don't ask me, I missed that by an hour or two). Would such an encounter be as memorable as the show later that evening? …
 
Steve Marinucci (Beatles News Briefs Podcasts, Things We Said Today, Billboard) joins the show this week and next. Our topic: The Beatles (both group and solo) in the San Francisco Bay Area. This week, we look at the Cow Palace, Oakland, Berkeley and San Jose. Next week, Paul and Ringo in San Francisco proper.…
 
Kit O'Toole returns for part two of our look at "The Beatles Anthology" as it aired on ABC November 19, 1995. Leading in to the world premiere of "Free as a Bird", the public heard the Beatles (+ George Martin, Derek Taylor and Neil Aspinall) tell their own story. This week, we join the story as Brian Epstein enters, and follow it through Jimmie Ni…
 
Dr. Kit O'Toole returns for a look at (part 1 of) the ABC airing of "The Beatles Anthology" from November 19, 1995. The promos promised us "The Television event of our lifetime". Did it deliver then? How does it look now? Does it still hold up? How does the TV version compare to the extended DVD edition, the various outtakes and bootlegs we've hear…
 
Darin P. Murphy (Skyrocket) and Joey Curatolo (Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles) join us for a mostly musical holiday edition of "When They Was Fab." We continue our discussion on the "It Was Fifty Years Ago Today" White Album tribute tour from last year before moving on to other Beatles and McCartney-related topics. Along the way, since the pair can…
 
Show one of two with Joey Curatolo (Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles) and friend of the show Darin P. Murphy (Skyrocket) as they guest to help us look back at their shared 2019. In the fall and winter, the duo spent the majority of three months on the road with Todd Rundgren, Christopher Cross and friends as they toured the country celebrating the Be…
 
Chuck Gunderson returns for part two of the WTWF look at the Beatles tours of North America. This week: 1965. More than just Shea! Were there foldback speakers in Atlanta? Was Brian injured during the melee as the Beatles arrived at Houston's Hobby Airport (at 2AM!). What happened when the Beach Boys met the Beatles in Portland. All this and storie…
 
Chuck Gunderson (Some Fun Tonight) joins the show over two weeks for a look at the Beatles tours of North America. This week: 1964. We briefly revisit Ron Howard's "Eight Days a Week", and the first US visit before the main attraction: August-September 1964. Unlike a modern tour, Brian scheduled 32 shows in 26 venues in 24 cities over just 33 days,…
 
Part two of the WTWF look at the Beatles in Canada. Piers Hemmingsen (http://thebeatlesincanada.com/) returns to discuss the Beatles experience North of the Border. Brian and the Beatles held some fondness for Canada. Paul met the real Sgt. Randall Pepper in Canada and obtained the "Ontario Provincial Police" badge there. The country served as test…
 
Piers Hemmingsen (The Beatles in Canada) joins the show this week as we discuss the first year of the Beatles in Canada. "Love Me Do" was played on the radio in "The Great White North" a mere eight weeks after the Parlophone single first appeared. We move through those first three singles, the rise of "She Loves You", and Beatlemania breaking in Ca…
 
More on John Lennon, Yoko Ono and the sessions that became "Double Fantasy" and "Milk and Honey". This week, we continue our look at the musicians that played on those sessions and consider the possibilities of how live versions of these tracks might have sounded.By Ed Chen and Lonnie Pena
 
Andy Nicholes (2Legs: A Paul McCartney Podcast) joins the show this week and next as we look at the making of Double Fantasy and Milk and Honey. This week, we cover John's fascination with sailing, the adventure of his trip to Bermuda, and the recruitment of Jack Douglas into the fold. We continue with a look at the "holy grail" videos for "I'm Mov…
 
Part two of the WTWF look at Beatles film projects, both real and imaginary. Queen of all Beatles media Kit O'Toole and Antony Rotunno return as we travel through "Shades of a Personality", "Up Against It", "Lord of the Rings" and "Herman's Head" (one of these things is not like the others...). We close with some of our own thoughts what might have…
 
Guest hosts Kit O'Toole and Antony Rotunno. First of two shows covering A Hard Day's Night and Help in the landscape of their eras, which then moves on to our thoughts on scripts considered for the third Fab feature which did not get the green light. This week: "A Talent For Loving" and "The Three Musketeers". More next time!…
 
Beatles fans know about the Washington Coliseum Show (1964), Shea Stadium (1965) and Budokan (1966), but there are plenty of other live shows with either soundboard audio, professionally shot video or both. This week, I look at some of those shows - from Liverpool to Paris and the Circus Krone in Germany. Touring may have frequently been a drag for…
 
Ringo Starr turns 80 in a few months and will also be celebrating fifty years as a solo artist. Although Ringo has teased an "Apple Years" box set, it is unlikely we will be seeing it this year. Texas radio personality Ed Mayberry guest hosts this week as we travel through the decades - preparing a tracklist and filling multiple discs with hits, al…
 
Tom Brennan (Splinter Library, Badfinger Library) joins the show to talk about Dark Horse Records! George Harrison (and Ringo Starr) considered purchasing Apple Records for the purpose of fostering and promoting new artists, but he ultimately decided to start fresh with Dark Horse Records. This week we consider the business of the label, the artist…
 
Allison B. once again joins as guest host this week for part two of our look at the Beatles and popular music studies. Allison continues her research at Liverpool Hope University, currently working on a Doctoral degree in cultural studies. We discuss the Beatles and academia, including three recent conferences at various Univerties in the United St…
 
Over a decade ago, Liverpool Hope University became home to the first post-graduate degree in Beatles studies ("The Beatles, Popular Music and Society"). This week and next we visit with Texas native and graduate of the program Allison Bumsted on her current challenges while pursuing a Doctorate and what it is like to apply the academic rigor of Hi…
 
Kit O'Toole rejoins the show for part Two of our look at the Grandude himself, Sir Paul McCartney and his changing views on life, love, the future and his "ever present past." We consider Paul's revelations on "New" and "Egypt Station", and look at how both the man and the media have responded to the inevitable passage of time.…
 
First of two weeks with Queen of All Beatles Media, Dr. Kit O'Toole. The "Talk More Talk" maven joins the show this week and next as we discuss Paul's "Ever Present Future." In recent years, he seems to have allowed himself to accept his place among the elder statesmen of Rock and Roll. Despite the inevitable passage of time (over a decade beyond "…
 
Tom Hunyady (Talk More Talk, 2 Legs) joins as this week's guest host! We talk about Paul McCartney's run-ins with the law over ganja (and its friends). Paul and Linda ran into trouble in Japan, the United States, Sweden, Barbados and back home as well. Thankfully, none of those experiences hurt his creativity (or his reputation), and Paul has long …
 
Part two of the Rutles commentary track. Load up the video on YouTube, slide over to 33:40 and join us as we travel through the world of Dirk, Nasty, Stig and Barry from the infamous "Bigger than Rod" controversy through the "Let It Rot" film, book, album and lawsuit. We then close by considering the spinoffs (including Eric Idle's ill-advised sequ…
 
Antony Rotunno returns this week and next as we dig into "The Rutles" (album, book, film, play and lawsuit) in tribute to Neil Innes. We start by discussing Rutland Weekend television, the actual musicians behind the "pre-Fab Four", and how Eric Idle came to put the pieces together in a project that has become beloved by the Beatles and Python comm…
 
Happy New Year everybody! Dan Miles of the Friends of Dan Music Podcast (https://www.friendsofdanmusicpodcast.com/) co-hosts the show this week as we take a look at the Beatles and comedy. John Lennon was not the only Beatle with a sense of humor, and we consider each of their individual comic stylings, and how a sense of humor helped advance their…
 
Apple (and Apple) have released a higher resolution version of the Beatles Washington Coliseum show on iTunes at a very nice price! Lonnie and I talk about that concert and the rest of February 1964 for the band. A Fab time for sure, but a very busy one as the band traveled from Paris to London to New York City, Washington DC, Miami and finally bac…
 
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