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February 16, 2017 02:28 PM PST
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2016 has been a prolific year for celebrity deaths. A fair number of the celebrities who passed away in 2016 were - somehow - connected to te Beatles.

In this track, we remember the 2016's famous losses, in a touching tribute to their talent, inspired by one of The Beatles finest songs, In My Life.

The Beatles celebrities in this mix are:

- David Bowie (“Fame” with Lennon)
- Glen Frey (Eagles, became musician after attending a Beatles concert)
- Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane, jammed with McCartney)
- Terry Wogan (interviewed Beatles many times)
- Prince (played guitar solo in the Concert for George)
- George Martin
- Tony Barrow (Beatles press officer)
- Carry Fischer (film with Ringo)
- Henry McCullough (guitar in Wings, played solo on My Love)
- Muhammad Ali (photo opportunity with Beatles)
- Scotty Moore (Guitar whit Elvis, jammed with McCartney)
- Toots Thielemans (jazz player, inspired Lennon to play Rickenbacker guitars)
- Al Brodax (producer of the Yellow Submarine film)
- Leonard Cohen
- Greg Lake (Emerson Lake & Palmer, befriended Ringo and Paul)
- Sam Leach (impressario of the Early Beatles)
- Allan Williams (manager of the Early Beatles).

This remix is inspired by Fab4cast 67, "Death & The Beatles" - in Dutch only...- , which can be heard and downloaded at:


Hey Jude, Isn't it a Pity?
February 13, 2017 03:54 PM PST
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There are a number of similarities between Harrison's song (form his first solo LP) and McCartney's Hey Jude. They last (almost) as long, and most of the song consists of the outtro (a hallmark of later Beatles tracks).
But would they mash well? That's what Paul-René Lee asked me to try. Here it is, judge for yourself!

BDJ's 2016 Christmas Remix
December 11, 2016 02:01 AM PST
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It has turned into a tradition, the BDJ Christmas remix; in the past 4 years, a Christmas special was posted here, often lasting for 30 mins or more.

This year, the Cellar received numerous requests for remixes, as a follow up to the broadcast of remixes in the Fab4Cast 64 and 65. (listen at http://web.avrotros.nl/podpourri/luisteren/fab4cast.aspx)

Some requests were for remixes with songs by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), others requested remixes using the Beatles Christmas records (issued to members of the Beatles fanclub in the 60's).

As a stroke of genius, we decided to combimne all requests, and mash-up ELO with the Beatles Christmas records.

The result may not be the finest tune you've ever heard, but it is still more pleasing than Happy Christmas (War Is Over), or Wonderful Christmas Time. Only Ding Dong Ding Dong comes close......

Manchester, November 20, 1963
December 10, 2016 02:43 PM PST
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Went to see the film 'Eight Days A Week". A splendid time was guaranteed for all, and it was exciting to see the Beatles live on stage. I found it disappointing that of the live performances are interrupted by interviews; these add little to the story, but break the spell of watching the Beatles live.

I noticed hardly any new material as such; virtually all was available on Anthology, or on bootlegs. I was struck, however, by the quality of the concert in Manchester, of November 20, 1963. The Beatles performed two shows at Manchester's ABC Cinema on their 1963 Autumn Tour.

During the first show, Pathé News filmed the group performing. Accompanied with backstage footage and crowd scenes, this became an eight-minute cinema feature entitled The Beatles Come To Town, shown for a week from 22 December 1963.

In Eight Days a Week the show is presented with great picture quality (widescreen, not TV), and sound in HiFi stereo! This may well be the best quality document of any Beatles concert!

Unfortunately, only 2 complete songs are included in the extended DVD-CD set, She Loves You and Twist and Shout.

These are also the songs that were known before, in much lesser quality. Was the remainder of the concert recorded, and does it still exist? I hope so, but I doubt it.....

For the real Beatlemaniacs, I have recreated the 1963 Manchester concert, using the 2 songs actually from that concert, and the remaining setlist from concerts around the same time. This recreates the original sound of their concerts at that time: dominated by the warm, compressed sound of the VOX-AC30 amplifiers. A few months later, they would switch to the somewhat harsher sounding AC-50s and AC-100's, since the AC-30's weren't loud enough for the stadium concerts in the US.

So clap your hands and stamp your feet!

Setlist 1963-11-20

1 I Saw Her Standing There
2 From Me to You
3 All My Loving
4 You've Really Got a Hold on Me (The Miracles)
5 Roll Over Beethoven (Chuck Berry)
6 Boys (The Shirelles)
7 Till There Was You (Meredith Willson)
8 She Loves You
9 Money (That's What I Want) (Barrett Strong)
10 Twist and Shout (The Top Notes)
11 From Me to You - reprise

Come Together: Stones vs. Beatles
October 08, 2016 01:53 PM PDT
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The Rolling Stones closed out the opening night on October 7th of the all-star Desert Trip festival in Indio, California with a greatest-hits set that featured a few surprises, including the rock legends' first ever attempt covering the Beatles' "Come Together."

The Stones faithfully ran through the Beatles song complete with an extended guitar solo courtesy of Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards and a mouth organ solo by Mick.

How does it line up against the Abbey Road original? Judge for yourself: The Stones (left) and the Beatles (right) battle it out in this duet.

Every Day (BDJ Singers cover)
October 11, 2015 08:42 AM PDT
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"Every Night" was written by Paul McCartney while he was on holiday in Greece, and first released on his McCartney album on April 17, 1970.

Every Night is a long-time favourite Macca track of mine. Why? Just so, but the lyrics have a calming effect that resonates with me; I like to be home too. And the chords changes are great too.
But overall, the appeal form me is how the lyrics and music are completely aligned; you could feel much of the emotion of the song from the music, even if you didn't know the words.

This starts by droning the low E on the opening bars. Although the E chord seems to alternate to a sort of Bm7 chord, this is all done by changing just 1 note in the chord. In concert, Paul just lifts his pinky here from the high E string, nothing more. This prolonged E sound is the 'home key', and fits beautifully with the concept of staying home in the lyrics.

The long E sound creates tension, and we then get a quick succession of chords that suggest a move to the key of A. (Listen to Mull of Kintyre for a similar move just before the bagpipes come in). But before we really get there ("and every day I want to do"), Macca plays a F# major, instead of the F#minor. The major chords drives us directly back to the key of E. Again, this marvellously reflects the lyrics: he thinks of going out (moving to the key of A), but quickly decides to stay home (in the key of E).

The 'middle eight' is ultra simple: no lyrics, just 'woooooo' and a simple blues chord progression. Did Macca run out of creative ideas? I don't think so. I suppose he liked this simple section to reflect the simple pleasure of staying at home with his loved one. He doesn't want to DO anything, just BE there. What better way to express this?

Macca may have been inspired by Bob Dylan's "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You", which expresses a similar sentiment; and it has a long E7 chord to start-off with. You can midrash on the lyrics if you will: is it about a life in the Beatles, versus living & performing with Linda?

So there you have it. The BDJ singers cover Every Night, basically emulating Macca's version. Who could do better?

NB The picture shows Macca playing the long E chord.

Temporary Secretary (Live)
May 25, 2015 08:28 AM PDT
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"Temporary Secretary" is featured on the 1980 album McCartney II. It was released as a third single from the album only in a form of 12" single. McCartney claims that he viewed the song as an "experiment", somewhat influenced by Ian Dury.
It indeed showcases Macca's 'avant-garde' strand and may be Pauls attempt to outdo the Who's 'Won't get fooled again' in its repetitive synthesizer riff.
Macca played the song for the first time ever at the O2 Arena in London on May 23, 2015. This is the audience recordings of the June 7 concert in Amsterdam (which I attended).

Because (Instr.)
January 11, 2015 10:13 AM PST
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Because the A Capella Isolation of Because is well known (it appeared on Love), we complete the catalogue with the instrumental isolation.

All you have to do, is go to your bathroom, and add a 4 part harmony to it.

Stu Sutcliffe provided the cover painting.

Fear Of Flying ft. Charlie Dore
October 26, 2014 03:08 PM PDT
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A demo of the obscure Charlie Dore song "Fear of Flying" recorded one day in 1979/1980 when Dore visited Harrison's house was rediscovered by Olivia Harrison while searching through George's archives, a section of which was used on the Jools Holland show on BBC Radio 2.

Olivia Harrison: "It's a demo, it's not embellished, it's just him, George, on an acoustic guitar. I don't know how he'd feel about it being played, but I think it's really sweet."

Written by the lady herself, backed by "Hula Valley" and produced by Bruce Welch and Alan Tarney for Island records, "Fear Of Flying" was Charlie's Dore's debut single. And it didn't fly!

She learned her lesson, or maybe her record buying public did, and her next release literally flew: "Pilot Of The Airwaves". The latter went on to become an enduring radio favourite, reaching #13 on the US Billboard Hot 100, earning Dore the Record World New Female Artist of the Year, an ASCAP award and charting in Canada, Australia and Europe.

George's demo is a great find.
But that was not enough for the BDJ team. Based on the fragment (ca 1 minute) of the acoustic demo, we recreated the complete song, as it would have sounded if George had finished it.

Country Dreamer (arr. BDJ)
January 06, 2014 01:23 PM PST
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"Country Dreamer" is the B-side song to the single "Helen Wheels" released by Paul McCartney and Wings on 26 October 1973 in the UK and 12 November 1973 in the US.

It is a pleasant acoustic song, it was not on an LP at the time. It has since been included as bonus track on the CD re-issue of Band On The Run, so that completists can easily find it these days.

It was recorded in October 1972, and its country ambiance is similar to "Heart of the Country" from Paul McCartney's 1971 album Ram.

Unfortunately, it was produced similarly to Hellen Wheels, rather like a rock song, with sloppy double tracked vocals. Furthermore, Paul seems to have trouble singing in key, starting the song in a very low voice, shifting to a rock voice just above his range.

Fortunately, there is a 'home recording', of Paul demo-ing this song on acoustic guitar. It was apparently recorded during a photo-shoot, Linda is audible chatting away, and her Kodak makes distinctive clicks.

However, in a suitable arrangement, these intrusions can be easily overlooked. Hence, we added more guitars, piano, a trumpet, bass, drums and a fiddle; that's a real country atmosphere.

Once you've heard this production, you'll never go back to the Band on the Run version.

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