British distributors Second Sight Films have detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of director Richard Lester's A Hard Day's Night. The release will be available for purchase online and in stores across the country on July 21.
To celebrate its 50th Anniversary the film will be presented in a new 4K digital restoration approved by director Richard Lester, with three audio options - a monoaural soundtrack in addition to newly created stereo and 5.1 surround mixes supervised by sound producer Giles Martin at Abbey Road Studios. The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) head for London to appear on television, accompanied by their manager and Paul's grandfather (Wilfrid Brambell). Grandad gets into some trouble at a casino and then convinces Ringo to strike out on his own, but the boys find him just in time to play the big concert. Richard Lester's freewheeling directorial style set the tone for the Swinging Sixties. Special Features:
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You know you’ve made it in America when you get your image on a bubblegum card. In May 1964, as all things Beatles were taking hold over the youth of the world, Topps got in on the game, issuing the first in a series of Beatles trading cards. The original series featured a total of 60 black & white cards in the set, and sold for five cents a package.
Topps had been doing quite well selling baseball cards since 1950, and knew a golden opportunity was at hand. Card designer Sy Berger made the trek to England in early-1964 to meet with Beatles manager Brian Epstein to negotiate the deal. Between 1964 and 1965, three series of cards were issued, with color photographs and information on the back eventually worked into the equation. There were other sets of cards issued at various points in the ’80s and ’90s, but it’s the original three series that remain highly collectible to Beatles fans, selling for anywhere from 10 to hundreds of dollars in various eBay auctions.
At Abbey Road Studios, four visitors are summoned to a corner of the cavernous Studio Two to recreate an iconic sound made 47 years ago by another quartet: the Beatles.
On instructions, the lucky group is directed to three pianos—Steinway and Challen uprights, and a Steinway concert grand—and place their hands on keys marked with colored tape. On cue, they strike the chord, let it sustain as long as possible, and indulge in a rare act of rock 'n' roll tourism: playing the thundering finale of "A Day in the Life" in the same room, using the same instruments as the Beatles did in 1967. Exclusive music experiences are hard to come by in a world crowded with rock-fantasy camps and backstage ticket packages. Some other famous locales, such as the Sun and Stax studios in Memphis, Tenn., have long courted the tourist trade with museums and memorabilia. Yet Abbey Road has been mostly off limits. It is in London's placid St. John's Wood, where neighbors good-naturedly tolerate a stream of global tourists, even as they slow traffic by rec details
After all these years, it’s difficult to believe there’s a nation on Earth that Paul McCartney hasn’t played, but he’s still checking off spots on the map — and they’re awfully excited to see him. For proof, look no further than Pichincha Mountain, which overlooks Quito, the Ecuadorian city where McCartney took his current run of ‘Out There’ tour dates on April 28.
To commemorate his first-ever show in Ecuador, NME reports that local authorities and the Ecuadorian Beatles fan club collaborated to put a giant reproduction of the distinctive logo on McCartney’s ‘New‘ album across the mountain, up high enough so “it could be seen from much of the city.” As the NME report notes, McCartney’s Quito show wasn’t just his first Ecuadorian concert; at nearly 9,200 feet above sea level, it also marks the highest show he’s ever performed. (Insert your own marijuana joke here.) He’ll continue marking firsts on May 1, when the ‘Out There’ tour arrives in San Jose, details
While Beatles books continue to flood the market, few focus on specific musical details. Who played what instrument? How did producer George Martin contribute to the group’s sound? Finally, and perhaps most importantly, why do the Beatles’ recordings stand the test of time and still sound distinctive? Musician Anthony Robustelli has undertaken such a project with I Want to Tell You: The Definitive Guide to the Music of the Beatles Volume 1: 1962/1963, a multi-volume series thoroughly analyzing every officially released Beatles song.
The recently released first volume, covering 1962-63, intensely studies Please Please Me and With the Beatles. Through his technical descriptions, Robustelli successfully argues how the Beatles’ music differed from their contemporaries. Robustelli provides some historical background on the group, but primarily focuses on ingredients such as George Harrison, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney’s unique vocal blend, Martin’s contr details
A coat previously owned by John Lennon has sold for $31,250 in an online auction. The blue coat, designed by Great Coat Fireman, is believed to have been worn on the back cover of Lennon and Yoko Ono 's 1969 album Life With The Lions.
The size 3 garment was auctioned by Los Angeles-based Nate D Sanders, fetching more than $6,000 over its reserve price. The description given by the auction house read; “Blue cropped coat features an asymmetrical design, epaulettes and silver tone metal buttons. Features a brand label of Great Coat Fireman in size 3. Missing a button, else near fine.” It was passed on to an American, Andrew B. Harvey, by Lennon's friend Jon Hendricks in 1978. Mr Harvey said; “In 1978 we went to stay with Jon for a few weeks. He told me the fireman's coat hanging in the hall had been left there by John Lennon when he'd called in a few months earlier. "I think that was the last time he saw John Lennon.” The coat ended up in the possession of Connecticut-based Beatles collector Keith Marron in 1996. Mr Mar details
Living in Japan is often a magical mystery tour. Many things are counter-intuitive: the most popular attraction in a nation with 17 World Heritage Sites is Tokyo Disney Land; and theHakone Open-Air Museum has more than 300 items by Picasso. So, in this vein, it was perfectly reasonable that the only (official) John Lennon museum in the world was located in Omiya, about 40 minutes from either Shinjuku or Tokyo stations.
John never set foot in Omiya, so let’s deal with the 900-pound walrus in the room: General Manager Junichi Mizusawa told me that he was always asked why the museum wasn't located in Liverpool, London, New York or even Hamburg – cities which have varying degrees of legitimate connections. According to Mr. Mizusawa, in the late 1990s, the Saitama Prefectural government was developing a large area of land near Omiya Station. The centerpiece of this project was Saitama Shintoshin(Stadium). It was thought that the stadium would bring in weekend crowds for concerts, sports events and business exhibitions, but th details
Forty years ago this month, Wings‘ Band on the Run was released as a single. To mark the occasion, Sir Paul McCartney has debuted a new lyric video for the song, produced and directed by innovative visual artist Ben Ib.
For those paying close attention to Macca’s tours, Ib is responsible for many of the tour screens seen on stage in past years. McCartney continues to pump out news – this new video comes on the heels of his ever-expanding Out There tour dates.
Sir Paul McCartney played his first ever show in Ecuador last night (28.04.14). The former Beatles star took to the stage at the Estadio De Liga in Quito, 2,800 metres above sea level, making it the highest concert Paul has ever played.
To celebrate his visit, local authorities organised for a meet and greet between the musician and the Ecuadorian Beatles Fan Club, who created an impressive giant logo for his latest album 'New' on the Pichincha Mountain, an Ecuadorian landmark, which could be seen across the entire city. The 71-year-old star performed for almost three hours and also gave a special rendition of the Beatle's hit 'All You Need Is Love' on the piano, which is being used in a global tourism advert for Ecuador. He later took to Twitter and posted a photograph of himself carrying the flag of Ecuador on stage, along with the message: ''Ecuador - what a night! Thank you. (sic)''
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A large piece of stage backdrop signed by the Beatles during their first live U.S. concert 50 years ago has failed to sell at a New York City auction. Heritage Auctions spokesman Noah Fleisher said Saturday that the Dallas-based company will now try to privately broker the $800,000, 4-foot-by-2-foot plastic wall section the Fab Four autographed on Feb. 9, 1964.
Other memorabilia items from the Beatles' historic appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" were bought by a high-end collector who asked not to be named. Those included a signed "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" original fan club poster for $59,375 and a "Beatles Meet the Beatles!" signed stereo LP for $56,250.
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