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September 1969 was a strange time for the Beatles. Abbey Road was on it's way to store shelves, John Lennon was seemingly everywhere (Toronto, writing, recording and releasing "Cold Turkey"), while various Glyn Johns mixes of the "Get Back" album had leaked from the inner circle and were making their way to radio stations (and shortly bootlegs) acr…
 
More thoughts from Lonnie and I on George Harrison videos with special guest, Brandon Moore (http://www.brandonhmoore.com/) - writer, producer, director, editor and winner of the Genero.tv competition that resulted in an official music video for "What is Life". Brandon tells us about his process, the behind-the-scenes info and how the project refle…
 
The WTWF crew dives into their favorite George Harrison videos. Lonnie, Ethan and I talk about two of our favorite clips from George Harrison's solo career. Stick around for Thursday (or maybe Wednesday) for a bonus show where we reveal our top choices, and begin a new February tradition that will last until the cows come home!…
 
Friend of the show Danny Kristensen returns to discuss the trials and tribulations of staying Fab during the pandemic. Our discussion meanders in several directions, including the Beatles and Galveston (and KCOH and Ray Charles); February 9, 1964; Gerry and the Pacemakers; The Fourmost, Billy J. Kramer and more.…
 
Have you ever let your fingers do the walking (through the bins, on eBay, or at a local record show) and wonder what exactly you are looking at? This week the WTWF talk through the "non-canonical" Beatles releases. Hamburg, Sheridan, exploitation discs (ripoffs), and the latest addition to the bunch - the Public Domain CDs.…
 
March 25, 1966 the Beatles went into Robert Whitaker's studio for a most unusual photo session. By the end of the afternoon, the photographs that would become "a somnambulent adventure" were complete. Through the intervention of Alan Livingston, John Lennon, Brian Epstein, and Ron Tepper, with six months, one of these images would soon become one o…
 
Before the diversion down McCartney III road, Ethan and I were talking about the "Traveling Wilburys" DVD. We return to that topic, covering the videos from Vol I and Volume 3, ruminate on the "Nobody's Child" video (and Apple/The Beatle wives involvement), and ponder the miracles of extended 12-inch remixes.…
 
Paul McCartney, MPL, Paul Dugdale and DONE+DUSTED present Paul McCartney Live at the Cavern - a concert film covering Paul McCartney's 2018 return to the "Best of Cellars". The concert occurred in the midst of "Egypt Station" promotion, but premieres on television (in the UK at least) as part of the promotion for "McCartney III". Tune in to hear ou…
 
This week we dive into the McCartney III interviews and video presentations. We talk about a selection of items from the last few months, including interviews from both British and American television, music videos (traditional, animated and lyric varieties) and the special preview MPL released for the forthcoming 6-part miniseries with Paul and Ri…
 
2020 may have been a year to forget, but there is no stopping the Beatles world. Although the headlines were filled with both cancellations/delays, Paul and Ringo did manage to give us new music, and some nifty archival releases from the band and the solo artists that came from it.By Ed Chen, Ethan Alexanian and Lonnie Pena
 
December 28, new episode! We flip the disc (and the order) and continue our roundtable look at McCartney III. Once again Kit O'Toole (Talk More Talk) and Mitch Axelrod (Fab 4 Free 4 All) join our regulars. Ring out the old, ring in the new and go "Deep Down" on Paul Mccartney's December 2020 album with the five of us!…
 
McCartney III has been out a week, and most of us are settling into our opinions, and we present them to you. Today: Side A (at least as it appears on some versions of the disc). Our panel? Kit O'Toole, Mitch Axelrod, Ethan Alexanian, Lonnie Peña and Ed Chen. Stick around for side B (and an announcement) later this holiday season!…
 
Dozens of years ago, the Wilburys got it right. "Look into the future / With your mystic crystal ball / See if it ain't yellow / See if it's there at all". This week Ethan Alexanian and I discuss the film made for the Warner's sales force: "Whatever Wilbury Wilbury", and the DVD film "True History of the Traveling Wilburys".…
 
What is it like playing the material of Paul McCartney/Wings live on stage? Ardy Sarraf (The Fab Four, Wingsband) returns as we continue our discussion from last week. Is it difficult to find a musician to portray "Linda McCartney?" What would it take to recreate the "Lumpy Trousers" tour? Do the songs from McCartney I and McCartney II translate to…
 
December 7, new show! Ardy Sarraf of "The Fab Four" joins the show (ably guest hosted by Ethan Alexanian) as discuss a vast number of topics. The dangers of improper footwear, Las Vegas Mania, playing the Rutles for Eric Idle, The Fab Four's Christmas record / upcoming live stream and more!By Ed Chen and Lonnie Pena
 
Ethan Alexanian guest hosts for a bit while Lonnie Pena deals with real life. This week, we continue our ongoing anticipation of "McCartney III", and talk about the box sets ad deluxe editions we think are on the horizon in the next ten years. An EP collection? Handmade films box? "Broad Street" deluxe combo set? We hypothesize on all of those and …
 
Fifty years ago George Harrison unleashed "All Things Must Pass" to an unsuspecting world. Meanwhile, twenty six (andabit) years ago Strawberry Records unveiled the delights of George Harrison's first runthroughs for the album. This week we talk a bit about the former and a lot about the latter. Do you believe me?…
 
Pt. 2 of the WTWF look at the third part of the ABC Anthology. Queen of All Beatles Media Kit O'Toole and Ethan Alexanian join us once again as we finish our trip back in time to a Thanksgiving 25 years ago, when we were reminiscing of a time 25 years before that. To paraphrase the man himself: "It's great, you downloaded it, it's another bloody ep…
 
Two weeks with friends of the show Ethan Alexanian (Fans on the Run) and Queen of all Beatles Media Kit O'Toole. What do they have in common? Each of them took part in previous shows covering the US (and Canada) network television premiere of the Beatles Anthology on A-Beatles-C. This week and next, you get four fab hosts talking about that Thursda…
 
A bit of a Beatles news wrap-up. Lonnie and I run through the announcement and promotion in the lead up to McCartney III, go through Sean's appearances in support of "John Lennon: Gimme Some Truth", and finish up with our thoughts on the new mixes, the book and being surrounded with the 5.1/ATMOS audio.…
 
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…
 
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