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Swinging Through the Sixties: The Beatles and Beyond - Episode #26 – ‘Love, Drugs and the Generation Gap - 1967’s New Musical Order'

4/13/2019
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It was a new age: the young were going to rule the world—well, parts of it. And they were certainly taking hold of the music business… or so they thought. 1967 was a halcyon year in the annals of psychedelic rock and the counterculture movement on both sides of the Atlantic. Yet, high hopes and lofty ambitions were soon brought back down to the earth by the powers-that-still-were. L.A.’s Sunset Strip riots of November ’66 would prove to be a harbinger of things to come. And the British...

Duration:02:27:22

Swinging Through the Sixties: The Beatles and Beyond - Episode #25 – ‘Isn't It a Pity - The Beatles' Unrealized Album’.

3/17/2019
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During a taped business meeting attended by three Beatles and Neil Aspinall while Ringo was away - likely in mid-September ‘69, a month before that in which John would say he wanted "a divorce" from the group - JL remarked, "Alright, let's move on. We'll do another album. We'll all do four songs. How's that? That's fair." When the others showed no interest, he then said, "Alright, how about a Christmas single? Y'know, we finish it with a Christmas single. I think it's a great idea — I'm...

Duration:02:22:50

Swinging Through the Sixties: The Beatles and Beyond - Episode #24 – ‘American Music ’63 – The Year Before The Beatles’

1/26/2019
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There’s a notion that American popular music was in the doldrums when The Beatles first touched down in New York City. The original rock ‘n’ rollers had either gone soft (Elvis Presley), gone to jail (Chuck Berry), gone into the church (Little Richard), gone with their 13-year-old cousin (Jerry Lee Lewis) or gone from this world (Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran). In their place: a bunch of smiling, clean-cut, parent-friendly twisters and crooners, performing antiseptic pop material for the...

Duration:02:02:46

Swinging Through the Sixties: The Beatles and Beyond - Episode #23 – ‘Multicoloured Mirrors – The Beatles Christmas Records’

12/25/2018
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At the suggestion of press officer Tony Barrow, The Beatles ended their first year of national fame by thanking the members of their UK fan club with a flexi-disc single containing a specially recorded Christmas message. So began an annual tradition that not only endured as long as they were together, but also mirrored and encapsulated their career: from the innocent fun of 1963 and 1964 to the biting cynicism of 1965, offbeat creativity of 1966, psychedelic surrealism of 1967, disparate...

Duration:01:33:07

Swinging Through the Sixties: The Beatles and Beyond - Episode #22: 'Music That Bleeds – Elvis’s '68 Comeback Special'.

12/3/2018
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"There is something magical about watching a man who has lost himself find his way back home," ‘Eye’ magazine’s John Landau commented when reviewing Elvis's 1968 'Comeback Special'. “He sang with the kind of power that people no longer expect of rock ‘n’ roll singers. He moved his body with a lack of pretension and effort that must have made Jim Morrison green with envy.” Undertaken by the King as a make-or-break project that would either salvage his career or confine it to the backwaters...

Duration:02:07:48

Swinging Through the Sixties: The Beatles and Beyond - Episode #21: ‘'The Lennon and McCartney White Albums' (live at Monmouth University)

11/21/2018
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This is a new phase STTS episode… Essential to the concept of the ‘International White Album Symposium’ at Monmouth University, New Jersey, was that we recorded the show in front of an audience, revisiting and merging the much-discussed topics of Episodes #2 and #4 with a couple of our mates: celebrated Beatles author Mark Lewisohn and our resident musicologist Allan Kozinn. John Lennon and Paul McCartney each contributed 12 songs to the White Album. These could have been justifiably...

Duration:01:20:57

Swinging Through the Sixties: The Beatles and Beyond - Episode #20: ‘White Heaven – Reviewing The Beatles Super Deluxe 50th Anniversary Edition’

11/8/2018
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A remixed White Album, the complete stereo Esher Demos, a wide array of high-quality, previously unheard outtakes… and the album in 5.1 surround. Need we say more? Actually, we do, according this historic release the attention and analysis it so richly deserves. Featured tracks:

Duration:01:25:39

Swinging Through the Sixties: The Beatles and Beyond - Episode #19: ‘Geoff Emerick – Channeling The Beatles’ Creativity’

10/9/2018
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A tribute to the recording engineer whose in-studio innovations helped shape The Beatles’ sound—and alter the course of popular music. Geoffrey Emerick (born 5th December 1945, died 2nd October 2018) was just 16-years-old when, on 6th June 1962, he joined the EMI Studios on Abbey Road as a tape operator. Two days later, he attended the group’s first recording session with Ringo Starr on drums. He subsequently assisted on a number of sessions, including those for ‘She Loves You’ and ‘I Want...

Duration:01:48:55

Swinging Through the Sixties: The Beatles and Beyond - Episode #18: ‘The Beatles – Politically (In)Correct’

9/12/2018
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The cripple impersonations, the Nazi salutes, the MBEs (received and returned), the groupies, the ‘Butcher cover’, the ‘bigger than Jesus’ controversy, the drugs, the love anthem, the naked album cover, the politically-charged lyrics, the peace campaign, the erotic artwork… However we slice and dice The Beatles’ story, it’s never boring,. What they said, sang and did still incites heated debates and disagreements five decades later. And what was deemed acceptable or unimportant back in the...

Duration:02:17:58

Swinging Through the Sixties: The Beatles and Beyond - Episode #17: ‘The Monkees – Fake or Real?’

8/20/2018
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They’ve been labeled the Prefab Four, America’s answer to The Beatles; a manufactured group performing songs on TV and in concert that were written by accomplished composers and recorded by crack session musicians. All of which is true—up to a point. Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork boasted assorted pedigrees as actors and/or musicians, and they eventuially exerted greater control over their own career. But, as fast as they became superstars on both sides of the...

Duration:02:54:33

Swinging Through the Sixties: The Beatles and Beyond - Episode #16: ‘The Beatles’ Superstarr Drummer’

7/27/2018
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Rock-solid and understated, subtle yet ballsy, inventive and full of feel—these are just some of the descriptions that have been applied to the artistry and iconic, highly influential drumming of Sir Richard Starkey, M.B.E. Now, hot on the heels of Ringo’s 78th birthday, Richard, Erik, Allan, and Craig analyse and appraise his Beatles-related contributions behind the kit—both onstage and in the studio—while discussing his musical evolution, comparing him to his contemporaries, and assessing...

Duration:01:27:20

Swinging Through the Sixties: The Beatles and Beyond - Episode #15: ‘An Acidic SMiLE’

7/5/2018
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Arguably the most famous of all unfinished albums, at the center of an infamous showdown between Brian Wilson and his fellow Beach Boys, SMiLE was envisaged as a means of elevating the standard pop opus to unprecedented artistic heights. Commercial considerations, a copious intake of drugs and Brian’s rapidly deteriorating mental health put paid to that—especially after he heard The Beatles’ landmark Sgt. Pepper. For years it was alleged that he had destroyed the session tapes, yet these...

Duration:02:52:00

Swinging Through the Sixties: The Beatles and Beyond - Episode #14: ‘Jesus and the Mob – The Beatles in the Windy City’

6/17/2018
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The Beatles played five shows in Chicago between 1964 and 1966—more than any other American city—and there was no little drama: from the total hysteria of their first gig at the International Amphitheater and staying at a Mob-run hotel during their second visit to kicking off their third and final tour with press conferences defending John’s “more popular than Jesus” remarks. Re-live the excitement of those years via live Windy City performances by the Fab Four and on-the-spot interviews...

Duration:02:16:47

Swinging Through the Sixties: The Beatles and Beyond - Episode #13: 'Swinging Decade Guilty Pleasures’

5/27/2018
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The things we loved back in the 1960s that we're now embarrassed about, as well as the things we still love from the 1960s that we should be embarrassed about: the music, movies, TV shows, products, fashions, you name it. The musical content on this show includes:

Duration:02:11:39

Swinging Through the Sixties: The Beatles and Beyond - Episode #12: 'Beatles U.S. vs. Beatles U.K.’

5/3/2018
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Back in the 1960s, courtesy of Capitol Records executive Dave Dexter, Jr., American Beatles fans bought different records and often heard very different mixes to those enjoyed by their British counterparts: ones bathed in reverb and converted into fake stereo “with the assistance” of Mr. Dexter. Those mixes have long since been eliminated from the catalogue, but they’re back with a vengeance in this show—and subjected to the scrutiny of Messrs. Taros, Buskin, Bartock and Kozinn as they...

Duration:01:50:50

Swinging Through the Sixties: The Beatles and Beyond - Episode #11: 'Murder, Mayhem, Music and Movies - The 1st Week of April '68'

4/9/2018
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Even by the standards of the 1960s, it was quite a week: the murder of peaceful-protest civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., resulting riots across the U.S.A., multilateral talk of a ceasefire in the Vietnam war, the fall of Czechoslovakia’s communist government as part of the pro-democracy movement’s ‘Prague Spring,’ the appointment of Pierre Trudeau as Canadian Prime Minister, the release of movies such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Planet of the Apes, and a wide array of...

Duration:02:12:42

Swinging Through the Sixties: The Beatles and Beyond - Episode #10: 'The Psychedelic Sound'.

3/26/2018
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What elements make up a psychedelic song-be it rock, pop or folk, British or American, East or West Coast? 1960s artists didn't categorize the music. They were just pushing the envelope-lyrically, musically, technologically-while ingesting the necessary chemicals. So, differentiating between the authentic, borderline and phony is a largely subjective topic, as revealed in this episode's acid-drenched discussion between Richard, Erik, Allan and Craig. And there's also a brief cameo by...

Duration:02:35:29

Swinging Through the Sixties: The Beatles and Beyond - Episode #9: 'The Trip: from Rubber Soul to Revolver - How LSD Impacted The Beatles'.

3/12/2018
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"I don't see too much difference between Rubber Soul and Revolver," George said in the 'Beatles Anthology' documentary. "To me, they could be Volume One and Volume Two." Many might think he should have paired Revolver with Sgt. Pepper. But, bearing in mind that George wasn't nearly as involved with Pepper, let's view things from his perspective... In August 1965, John and George took acid intentionally for the first time, together with Ringo. In October and November, The Beatles recorded...

Duration:02:16:35

Swinging Through the Sixties: The Beatles and Beyond - Episode #8: 'Actors Go Pop (Part 1)'

2/22/2018
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This show's just the first installment of a multi-parter because, if you do a little research, you'll discover that it might be easier to compile a list of famous actors who, back in the 1960s, didn't record a pop song… or album… or several of them. They were all at it, on both sides of the Atlantic, and some of the results weren't nearly as bad as you might think. Some were actually quite good while others were at least amusing. Such is the varied selection we have here:

Duration:01:20:12

Swinging Through the Sixties: The Beatles and Beyond - Episode #7: 'Worst Hit Records of the 1960s – Part 1’

2/7/2018
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Just because a record’s a hit doesn’t mean it’s good. And there are many good records that never achieve chart success. This show focuses on the former: 1960s singles that cracked the top 100 in the U.S. and/or U.K.—in certain cases even topping it—yet which are universally condemned or divide opinions: some people love them, others hate them. Incorporating several of their own choices with those of listeners, Richard and Erik bravely take a trip through an assortment of Sixties...

Duration:02:02:58