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50 years on, the world is still in love with The Beatles. Join Nothing Is Real hosts Jason Carty & Steven Cockcroft as they continue the never-ending conversation about the greatest band the world has ever known. Each episode puts a tiny piece of the Beatles story under the microscope to try and make sense of it all. Coming at you live, on tape, from Dublin. Fortnightly. 414227 Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. ...
 
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S04 Bonus9: The Great 2021 Let It Be Super Deluxe Edition Reveal Is Get Back/Let It Be jinxed? Shifting tracklists, various producers, repeatedly delayed, we now finally have eyes on what the 2021 Let It Be box set is going to be. Finally, you can sit back and listen to the rooftop gig in the comfort of your own home. Wait, what? Live on tape from …
 
S04E12: A Hard Day’s Night - The Album: Part Two At the start of April 1964, The Beatles are halfway through a movie and an album without a title. By the end of the month, with A Hard Day’s Night (the movie and the song) in the can, there’s still an album to finish. So no better time to take a massive holiday. Website: http://www.nothingisrealpod.c…
 
S04E11: A Hard Day’s Night - The Album: Part One In December 1963 The Beatles knew that they would be making a movie with a soundtrack in 1964. What they didn’t know was that it would be happening off the back of breaking through in America and touring the world. It was from all this that the only fully Lennon/McCartney Beatles album was born. Webs…
 
S04E10: Paul & Linda McCartney’s RAM - Part Two On 31st December 1970, midway through recording RAM, Paul McCartney issues proceedings against John, George & Ringo to legally dissolve the Beatles. Then he flies to London to give his testimony. Will RAM ever get finished? Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: http://www.…
 
S04 Bonus: Ram On Interview with Fernando Perdomo & Denny Seiwell May 2021 is the 50th anniversary of RAM and to celebrate, original RAM drummer Denny Seiwell and multi-instrumentalist & Producer Fernando Perdomo are putting out Ram On: The 50th Anniversary Tribute to Paul & Linda McCartney’s Ram. They joined Steve & Jason from LA to talk about the…
 
S04E09: Paul & Linda McCartney’s RAM - Part One It’s October 1970: John & George are in the U.K. is making Plastic Ono Band & All Things Must Pass. Against the tide, Mr & Mrs McCartney head to NYC to knock some new music into shape where they audition musicians. And lawyers. Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: http://…
 
S04E08: The Traveling Wilburys - Part Three* Handle With Care was the proof of concept, so the obvious next step was a whole album from the Traveling Wilburys. After its huge success, what could possibly go wrong? (*Two) Live on tape from Amsterdam & Montreal, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: http://www.nothingisrealpod.com Twitter: @BeatlesPod Faceb…
 
S04E07: The Traveling Wilburys - Part One In 1988 an album appeared from the super-est of supergroups. The legend is that the group happened by accident. The truth is that its resident Beatle had spent a lot of time and energy willing it to happen. Live on tape from Tallahassee & Madrid, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: http://www.nothingisrealpod.co…
 
S04E06: Harry Nilsson & The Beatles Harry Nilsson was unique. An American singer and songwriter whose talent and love of the Beatles brought him directly into their universe. As soon as he transitioned from fan to friend, it became impossible to separate his story from John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing …
 
S04E05: The Ballad of The Ballad of John & Yoko, Part Two John & Yoko caught the early plane back to London at the end of their honeymoon, but they were still explaining themselves. So why not do it through song? Enter newlywed number two: Paul McCartney. Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: http://www.nothingisrealpod…
 
S04E04: The Ballad of The Ballad of John & Yoko, Part One In March 1969 John & Yoko were standing at the dock in Southampton about to set off on a life-changing odyssey. When it’s all over, what else is there to do but write a hit? The song that arrives is The Ballad of John & Yoko, their last stand-alone single, and last number one (sort of). Live…
 
In February 1963 The Beatles were ascendant: their second single enters the top ten, they have an album ready to come out, and they are touring in a bus with Helen Shapiro & Kenny Lynch. What else is there to do but write a hit? The song that arrives is From Me To You, their first stand-alone single, and first number one (sort of). Live on tape fro…
 
S04E02: The Ed Sullivan Shows - Part Two The Beatles landed in New York on 7th February, with 3,000 fans at the airport and a single at number one in the US charts. They were about to perform to the largest tv audience in history. After that, it was all sunshine and palm trees. And BTS. Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. Webs…
 
S04E01: The Ed Sullivan Shows - Part One On February 9th 1964, The Beatles took to the stage of CBS Studio 50 as the headliners of that week’s Ed Sullivan Show. The legend of that broadcast has overtaken how it came to pass - a mixture of perseverance, timing, and good luck. Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: http://…
 
S03E13: The Nothing Is Real Review of 2020 Steven and Jason closeout 2020 with a review of all Beatle activity from the year which began with everyone expecting one thing (the Get Back movie) but ended up with everyone getting something else entirely (the McCartney III album). Plus Producer Ado is back with listener Q&As. Live on tape from Dublin &…
 
S03 Bonus Episode: McCartney III Today is the day that Paul McCartney releases McCartney III the album that’s been “Made in Rockdown”. Steven & Jason have stayed up late to reveal their initial impressions of the album and walk through it, track by track. Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. Follow us on Twitter: @BeatlesPod Fa…
 
S03E11: The Beatles at Christmas: The 1970s - Part One The first Christmas of the seventies had the world dealing with its first post-Beatles festive season. Going through this solo decade, each Christmas provides a snapshot of how things evolved. This first part goes from 1970 when All Things Must Pass is number one, to 1973 when an album called B…
 
S03E10: All Things Must Pass at 50 Part 3 : The Album On 27th November 1970, George Harrison released All Things Must Pass: Three records, 23 tracks and 106 minutes of music, it was a culmination of his life’s work to date. He was 27 years old. What stories lurk inside that 12 inch box? Steven and Jason break it down, track-by-track. Live on tape f…
 
S03E09: All Things Must Pass at 50 Part 2 : My Sweet Lord At the end of 1970 the debut single from George Harrison announced a very different world from the colourful 1960s that the Beatles had soundtracked. Its popularity and influence was immense, and defined how the All Things Must Pass album was received. However, after the song left the charts…
 
S03E08: All Things Must Pass at 50 Part 1 : The Road to ATMP In May 1970, George Harrison succumbed to the inevitable and started putting together his debut solo album. He started by recording demos of the songs he had been stockpiling as a Beatle. What was the path that took him from his first composition, Don’t Bother Me in 1963, to this point? L…
 
S03E07: The Films of Ringo Starr, or, Ringo Movie Starr After the Beatles first film, A Hard Day’s Night, came out in 1964, the general consensus was that Ringo was destined for the silver screen - all he had to do was act naturally. Between 1968 and 1981 he made a collection of movies that managed to prove that everyone right, and also wrong. Live…
 
McCartney, the debut album from Paul McCartney, came out in April 1970 just as the headlines announced that he had quit The Beatles. At what point did this album become a solo declaration of intent? At what point did it even become an album? What does Elaine Paige have to do with anything? Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. F…
 
S03E05: The Kevin Godley Interview Kevin Godley left art school in 1968 and headed straight to the Beatles’ Apple Corp to pitch a musical with his partner Lol Creme. So began a career that would often overlap with the Beatles, culminating with being chosen to direct the Real Love video in 1995. In 2020 he’s as creative as ever, and is about to rele…
 
S03E04: The Anthology at 25 - Part 3 - The Aftermath In November 1995 The Beatles Anthology was born into the world in record stores and on tv screens. In the aftermath of its release were the Beatles back together, or had they spilt up again, or was it something in between? Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. Follow us on Twi…
 
S03E03: Revolution - Part Two Once the Beatles had recorded the song that would become known as Revolution 1, they were only getting started. Revolution 9 is crafted from in-studio jamming, and with the usual need for a single looming, John sets out to record the song again from scratch. Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. Fol…
 
In 1968 the world was in a tumultuous state while The Beatles remained the biggest band in the world What would they have to say about it all? In the Indian foothills, John Lennon crafted a response. The only problem was figuring out how to present the song to the world. Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. Follow us on Twitter…
 
S03 Bonus Episode: Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band In December 1970, Yoko Ono began a run of remarkable albums by releasing Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band. Mostly recorded on one evening in October, it’s an album that remains out of time. Live on a cloud from Dublin & Belfast, Everything Is Real. Follow us on Twitter: @BeatlesPod Facebook Group: http://ti…
 
S03E01: John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band In December 1969 John Lennon was feted as one of the men of the decade. One year later in December 1970, he released John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, his stark and confrontational solo debut. How did he get through those 12 months and how did this album Come Together? Well Well Well Hold On because Steven & Jason…
 
S02E12: Beatles For Sale The Beatles fourth album from December 1964 didn’t even get a proper release in the USA, and for the longest time has been treated as the runt of the litter. It is an essential album from a group who in a year had become the most famous people in the world; an album born from touring the world and meeting Bob Dylan. It’s ti…
 
S02E11: The Beatles Anthology at 25 - The Making Of, 1992-1995 After 25 year long & winding road of The Long & Winding Road documentary, The Beatles Anthology starts to become a real thing at the end of 1992. But there are mountains to climb, decisions to be made, egos to soothe... this long & winding road remains a bumpy one. Live on tape from Dub…
 
S02E10: 1974 - Part Two The second half of 1974 and it’s all go for the Fab Four: George starts a label, Ringo starts a label, John sees a UFO, and Paul’s drummer breaks his foot practising karate. As a group, are they are moving back together, or further apart? Live on tape from Dublin and Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. Follow us on Twitter: @Beat…
 
S02E09: 1974 - Part One At the end of 1973, the stage was set for a year of Beatle activity. The Ringo album had shown a way for the Fab Four to work together, and a little record called Band On The Run came out. John & Paul were communicating again, and George is going out on the road. What could possibly go wrong..? Live on tape from Dublin and B…
 
S02E08: Fifth Beatles There have been many claims to the title of Fifth Beatle since the phrase first appeared in 1964. Is it possible to define what it means and who is the most deserving of the accolade? Can there really be only one true Fifth Beatle? Did the Fab Four themselves ever agree on the true Fifth Fab? Live on tape from Dublin and Belfa…
 
S02E07: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band - Part Two Once the Beatles had Sgt Pepper recorded, the album still had to be delivered to the outside world. The album appeared all over the world at the perfect time, in the perfect sleeve. For 53 years the question has been: Is Sgt Pepper perfect? The answer... Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing …
 
S02E06: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band - Part One When the Beatles put out their eighth album in May 1967, the consensus was that nobody needed to release any more records ever - it was just that good. In this episode, the first of two parts, Steven & Jason look at how the album came together. Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real. F…
 
S02E05: Ringo: The Album In 1973, Ringo gave the people what they wanted: an album that featured the Fab Four, just not all necessarily playing on the same song at the same time. Ringo (the album) is the manifestation of everything Ringo (The Beatle) does best. Hugely successful at the time, it looked like the dawn of a new era ... Live on tape fro…
 
S02E04: The Robyn Hitchcock Interview Robyn Hitchcock is an acclaimed English singer-songwriter whose work demonstrates a singular talent which is infused with influences, including our beloved Beatles. When he visited Dublin in January 2020 he sat down with Steven & Jason for a chat. Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real. Follow us on Twi…
 
S02E03: Paperback Writers 2: More Beatle Books It’s been a year since we looked at books about the Beatles, and still there’s a lot more to talk about. What’s new; what’s coming soon; what did we forget to mention last year; books about people who were about the Beatles; and of course, the books to avoid. Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s No…
 
Only seven weeks separated the television premiere of Magical Mystery Tour on Boxing Day 1967 and the Beatles decamping to India in February 1968. In those weeks we got to see the group work one last time as a unified Fab Four: The four-headed monster equally able to record a movie came and knock-out a song a day in Abbey Road. Live on tape from Du…
 
By the time The Beatles Anthology finally appeared in 1995, it had taken over 25 years to produce. To celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2020, Nothing Is Real will have a few episodes scattered throughout the series that will look at the project through the lens of the last quarter-century. In this episode Steven and Jason navigate the years from 19…
 
Episode 22 - The Nothing Is Real Review of 2019 The last Nothing Is Real for 2019 gives yours hosts Steven & Jason a chance to look back on all the Beatle activity from the previous 12 months. And since it’s also the last episode of season one, Producer Ado is allowed on the microphone to go through Q&As sent in by listeners. Live on tape from Dubl…
 
Episode 21 - The Beatles at Christmas: Part Two In the second and final part, Steven and Jason look at the fortunes of the Fab Four at Christmas from 1965 to 1969: Reaching new highs before it all comes crashing down. Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real. Follow us on Twitter: @BeatlesPod Facebook Group: http://tiny.cc/NIRFBG Support this…
 
Episode 20 - The Beatles at Christmas: Part One Christmas is often a time for looking back. Steven and Jason examine the fortunes of the Fab Four at every Christmas in the sixties starting in 1960, when they almost stop being The Beatles, through to 1964 when they have become the biggest global music phenomenon in history. Live on tape from Dublin,…
 
Episode 19 - The Double A-Sides The Beatles invented a lot of things, including the Double A-Side single. Out of the original canon of Beatles singles, four of them were Double A-Sides. Each one was released in different circumstances, with a different view of their history every time. Which one was the best? Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane of…
 
“Nothing Is Real is filmed before a live studio audience” As part of the 2019 Dublin Beatles Festival, Steven & Jason tackle *the* burning question: Paul vs. George. Over six rounds, with a little help from their friends in the crowd, will they emerge with a winner? Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real. Follow us on Twitter: @BeatlesPod F…
 
1980 was the year that everything changed. In the second of two parts, Steven and Jason look at how the rest of 1980 unfolded. In May, John Lennon is listening to the radio, semi-retired and without a contract. By November he’s written, recorded and released a brand new album with Yoko. Paul, George, and Ringo are also busy. Live on tape from Dubli…
 
There were many revolutionary years in the Beatles’ history, but no one year changed everything as much as 1980. In the first of two parts, Steven and Jason look at the state of affairs of the Beatles at the end of 1979 and how the first half of 1980 played out for John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real. Follo…
 
Episode 15 - The Mark Lewisohn Interview, Part Two. Mark Lewisohn is the world’s leading Beatles historian and writer. As every Beatles fan knows, he is also in the middle of the “30 year project” that is All These Years, the definitive Beatles biography. In the second of two parts, Mark talks about working for the Beatles during the Anthology proj…
 
Mark Lewisohn is the world’s leading Beatles historian and writer. He is currently touring Hornsey Road, an in-depth 2-hour presentation about the Abbey Road album. As every Beatles fan knows, he is also in the middle of the “30-year project” that is All These Years, the definitive Beatles biography. In the first of two parts, Mark talks about Horn…
 
Episode 13 - Please Please Me: The Album The Beatles debut album, Please Please Me, came out in March 1963. Producer George Martin wanted to build on two successful singles, and he needed to figure out how to capture a band that had become a fiercely able live act. What nobody expected was an album that did more to change the long-player than the l…
 
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