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Just when you thought it wasn't possible to experience the Beatles' work with fresh ears, there arrives a reminder of their power, focus and vocal skill. As the fantastic website Dangerous Minds pointed out, a trove of a cappela recordings are floating around YouTube, featuring the voices of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in perfect harmony. The best of them further reveal the untapped riches still to be discovered in the Beatles archives.

A stumble on one of them can often lead into a YouTube wormhole in search of more gems, and sure enough, the bounty reveals music perfect for afternoon surprise. Whether the eerie Moog synthesizer that roams "Maxwell's Silver Hammer," Lennon's melancholy vocal for "A Day in the Life" or his blissful lead, and yawn, in "I'm Only Sleeping," exploring the crannies of the Beatles' work is worth the time.

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With nearly 56 percent of the vote, George Harrison becomes the first double inductee into the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame. Harrison was inducted earlier this year as a member of the Beatles, and here his solo career beat out Bob Seger in the final round. He also triumphed over Genesis and Grand Funk Railroad in the previous rounds.

Harrison began his work as a solo artist while the Beatles were still together. He released the soundtrack to the movie ‘Wonderwall’ in 1968 and the avant-garde ‘Electronic Sound’ a year later. Harrison was usually only given two or three songs per Beatles album, so when they broke up, he had a huge backlog of material already waiting. The result was 1970′s triple album ‘All Things Must Pass,’ which contained the hit singles ‘My Sweet Lord‘ and ‘What is Life.’

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A Beatles tour guide took matters into his own hands after the city’s famous Strawberry Field gates were painted yellow. Joey Lyons, who runs the popular Hard Day’s Night taxi tours, seized the initiative by buying three pots of red paint – and restoring the replica gates to their former colour himself.

But the Salvation Army, which owns the site, was less than impressed with Joey’s solo effort, calling it “vandalism.” Joey said he felt he had to do something after seeing how upset visitors were when they saw the iconic gates – made famous by the John Lennon-penned Beatles classic Strawberry Fields Forever – painted partially yellow, along with an adjacent wall. Lennon was inspired to write the song by his childhood memories of the former Strawberry Field childrens’ home in Woolton.

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A group of original negatives featuring some of the world's greatest pop and rock icons is to be auctioned at Addison's Autumn Catalogue Sale on Saturday 7 September. Dating from the 1960s and 1970s, the negatives capture stage shots and informal moments with legendary bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Rod Stewart, The Jacksons and Cliff Richard.

The collection also includes images of other celebrities and stars of the silver screen, such as Liberace, Julie Andrews and Shirley Maclaine. Divided into 25 separate lots, the majority of the images are the work of the late photographer Philip Gotlop and are believed to be unpublished. Known as the doyen of the early British pop scene, Gotlop was hired by John Dean on behalf of Brian Epstein to photograph the Beatles at Abbey Road studios in July 1963 and he continued to photograph the British pop and rock 'establishment' throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

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Julian Lennon recreates Imagine shoot - Thursday, September 05, 2013

JULIAN LENNON has recreated his father John's iconic image in the promo for classic track IMAGINE by posing for photographs at a white grand piano. The musician/artist invited his close pal, socialite Tamara Beckwith, and a snapper inside his holiday home in the south of France for a feature in Hello! magazine.

He was photographed cooking in his kitchen, relaxing on the sun-drenched terrace, and playing his guitar in the mansion's studio, but the most striking pictures came when the shoot moved to his bedroom and he conjured up an eerie image of his famous dad. The all-white bedroom contains a baby grand piano similar to the larger version featured in the video for The Beatles star's iconic 1971 solo hit, and Julian was snapped playing the instrument for the feature.

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Paul McCartney has revealed that his wife Linda "saved" him from a nervous breakdown during the demise of The Beatles in 1969.
The revelation comes in a forthcoming biography titled Man On The Run: Paul McCartney In The 1970s, which is to be published on Friday (September 6). In the book, author Tom Doyle writes that McCartney suffered a massive crisis of confidence as the band were splitting up and fled to his farm in Scotland.

An excerpt from the book, as published by The Sunday Times, reads: "Day by day, his (McCartney's) condition had been steadily worsening. His often sleepless nights were spent shaking with anxiety, while his days were characterised by heavy drinking and self-sedation with marijuana. For the first time in his life, he felt utterly worthless.

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Beatles albums finally go platinum - Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Classic Beatles albums including Revolver have finally gone platinum after the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) changed its sales award rules.Gold or platinum status has become synonymous with record success but the system has only been in place since 1973, after the Beatles broke up.

Until last month, the BPI relied on a record company to request an award. Under the new system, sales figures are automatically recognised as soon as a record passes the relevant threshold. This means that 13 Beatles albums will now be recognised for the first time, although the number of sales can only be counted from 1994, when the Official Charts Company began keeping records.

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Lennon infidelity led to split: Ono - Monday, September 02, 2013

John Lennon’s former wife Yoko Ono has revealed that the reason behind the couple’s split in 1970s was because of the former Beatles’ one night fling with another woman.

The veteran singer told the Independent that at the time, the Democratic candidate George McGovern had lost the presidential election to Richard Nixon, and Lennon was very upset and got drunk. Ono revealed that soon after, the pair was invited by activist Jerry Rubin invited to his apartment for a party and they went. Ono said that Lennon was staggering around and went into another room and started making love to a woman. The report claimed that the very next day, Lennon apologised and spoke of the love he had for her that could overcome such a meaningless.

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Five flats in the former HQ of The Beatles’ Apple Records label in Baker Street have been sold to Middle Eastern investors just four weeks after the launch, for £10.2 million.

The Apple Apartments, which will be available to rent by the end of the year for between £750 and £1,150 a week, were restored by developer The Malins Group which said the interiors have “contemporary design and a splash of Sixties pop culture”.

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It's all new for Paul. To be Paul McCartney right now is to be a happy man; new album in the pipe and a new single – both called 'New'. The former Beatles man seems to have a newfound zest about him as he talked to WXRT Chicago.

The title ‘musical legend’ doesn’t really get bestowed on many people, and if you’ve managed to achieve it, it probably means you’re quite old. For McCartney, his age nearly stopped him doing festivals because of “the kids”. “But then I met a friend who’d been there,” McCartney explained. “[He said] ‘I was wandering through the tents and there’s all these people sitting around campfires singing Beatles songs.’ I thought, ‘I could do that!’” You certainly could Macca, you certainly could.

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