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2019.03 Mary Had a Little Lamb (Flip Wilson Show) — Paul McCartney, Denny Laine, Linda, Denny Seiwell, Henry McCullough, Wings

1/20/2019
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Mary Had a Little Lamb, whose fleece was white as snow and every time we played this disc, the lamb was sure to show! Paul McCartney and Wings did four separate videos for this song, and all of them are presented on the "Red Rose Speedway" DVD. We close out our look at the "Big Barn Box" videos with more real-time discussion of this collection, including our thoughts on the Countryside, Desert, Barn and Psychedelic versions. Back to a more normal routine next week as we discuss the remaster...

Duration:01:08:43

2019.02 Lucille (ICA) — Paul McCartney, Denny Laine, Linda, Denny Seiwell, Henry McCullough, Wings

1/13/2019
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More real-time discussion covering the video DVD in the "Wings Wild Life Archive Collection" box. Video from the dawn of Wings. ICA footage, ABC news clips of "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" and Scottish farmhouse footage of Mr. and Mrs. McCartney singing and playing, while Heather, Mary and Martha play nearby. Fun, laid back and a good companion to the album.

Duration:00:41:47

2019.01 I Would Only Smile -- Paul McCartney, Denny Laine, Linda, Denny Seiwell, Henry McCullough, Wings

1/6/2019
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Paul McCartney has long held dreams of classic Disney-style animation. Years before he managed to lead the Frog Chorus to a number three hit with Rupert the Bear, he imagined the world singing along with Wings and a gang of cartoon mice. Whatever happened to Bruce, Yvonne, Soily, Swooney and Swat? We finally find out with the release of "The Bruce McMouse show" in the "Red Rose Speedway Archive Collection", and this week the WTWF guys give it a spin and provide some real-time thoughts and...

Duration:01:17:02

2018.53 Helter Skelter (New Year's) -- Sir Paul McCartney, George Harrison, The Beatles, The B-52s, The Killers, Darin Murphy, Cotton Mather

12/30/2018
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Another year over. A new one just begun. A look back at 2018, the people and things that went before from the perspective of both the Beatle world and the show. We review our show guests from the past year (missed any? They are all still available!), the solo and band releases, and other memories both "New" and old.

Duration:00:48:51

2018.52 While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Outtake) -- Giles Martin, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Marmite!

12/23/2018
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The marmite edition of When They Was Fab? Who knew that the sticky, dark brown food paste with a distinctive, powerful flavour (produced by Unilever) would be so relevant to the Beatles story? Surrounding our deep dive into the food product, we continue with disc five and tackle all of disc six, finishing out our look at the Deluxe White Album Box set.

Duration:00:56:42

2018.51 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Take 5) -- The Beatles, Giles Martin, Paul McCartney, Steve Miller

12/16/2018
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This week we start our look into the Outtakes discs from the Beatles White Album box set. Early versions of songs we know and love in styles ranging from quite similar to exceedingly different from the finished products. Indeed, the diversity mirrors that of the 1968 double album. Where else could you get Take 1 of "Hey Jude" and Take 1 of "What's the New Mary Jane" on the same official CD?

Duration:00:59:18

2018.50 Sour Milk Sea (Outfake) -- Giles Martin, Paul McCartney, The Beatles, The Pixies, Eric Clapton

12/9/2018
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Part three of the WTWF look at the White Album Super Deluxe edition. This week, the Esher Demos and the Blu-Ray. Although the Esher tapes have been available in one form or another for over 25 years (from both legal and "import" sources), but never in stereo, in this quality or from the original source tape. Among the goodies on the blu-ray disc, we talk a little bit about the mono, some on the PCM stereo and a fair bit on the surround 5.1 mix.

Duration:00:51:27

2018.49b Helter Skelter (mono/2018) -- Darin Murphy, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, The Beatles

12/4/2018
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Darin Murphy joins us again as we continue our look at the remixes of sides 3+4 of the White album. There can be no doubt the new mixes are both cleaner and shinier, but how often do they equal or better the originals? Perhaps it does not matter, since the new mixes will supplement, not replace the original mono and stereo.

Duration:00:54:23

2018.49a Don't Pass Me By (mono/2009/2018) -- Darin Murphy, Paul McCartney, The Beatles,

12/2/2018
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Darin Murphy joins us again as we move onto a track-by-track look at the remix, comparing the mono, stereo and 2018 mixes where appropriate. Compare our contemporary views with classic clips from Paul McCartney's promotional interview on Radio Luxembourg from November 20, 1968 where he did much the same thing. Stay tuned, as our look at sides 3+4 will be out sooner than you might think!

Duration:00:43:52

2018.48 Revolution 1 (2009/2018) -- Darin Murphy, The Beatles, Sam Okell, Giles Martin

11/25/2018
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The WTWF look at the Giles Martin remix of the White album begins here. Musician, Producer and Actor Darin Murphy (from Skyrocket!, Cotton Mather and the summer of...) joins us again for a few weeks, as we break down the intricacies of going back to the source material and rebuilding a classic record. Is it possible to simultaneously honor the original mix, and to freshen the sound for modern ears. If so, with "The Beatles," has Giles Martin been successful, and to what degree?

Duration:00:24:47

2018.47 Goodnight (LReith) -- Tom Hunyady, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, The Weeklings, The Analogues

11/18/2018
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Tom Hunyady (2Legs, Talk more Talk) guest hosts and we discuss "The White Album: An International Symposium" held at Monmouth University November 8-11. Dozens of sessions on every aspect of the album, talks from Ken Mansfield, Chris Thomas, Mark Lewisohn, performances by the Weeklings and more Beatles authors, podcasters and scholars than you can shake a stick at!

Duration:01:39:32

2018.46 Oh My Love (Gimme Some Truth) -- John Lennon, Yoko Ono, George Harrison, Dick Cavett,

11/11/2018
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The summary of the various recent Imagine products concludes this week with a bit more of us looking at the book, and a drill down into the blu-ray and DVD release that contains both "Imagine" (the film), "Gimme Some Truth", and bonus tracks. No current laserdisc, but we do reminisce about the previous US release in that format.

Duration:01:00:36

2018.45 Gimme Some Truth (Quad) -- John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Elliot Mintz. Paul McCartney, Wings

11/4/2018
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Week three on the "Imagine: Ultimate Edition" box set. This week: The audio Blu-Rays. Finished with the CDs and the included book? There is still plenty more on the Blu-Rays. Additional Evolution Documentaries (mono only), Evolution mixes (mono and 5.1), highlights from John's interviews with Elliot Mintz, a new 5.1 mix of the album/extras, and even the original Quad mix. We also take the opportunity to discuss some of the less commonly available and unreleased 4.0 mixes from "back in the...

Duration:00:53:32

2018.44 Imagine (version2) -- John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Rob Stevens, Plastic Ono Band

10/28/2018
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A look at discs 2, 3 and 4 of the Imagine: Ultimate Collection box set. Album outtakes, raw studio outtakes, evolution documentaries and singles extras. That's not all, as even more of these can be found on the two Blu-Ray discs, and will be discussed in next week's show!

Duration:00:51:49

2018.43 Gimme Some Truth (vocal_only) -- John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Sir Paul McCartney, KXAN news team.

10/21/2018
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Most of this episode is dedicated to the remix of the "Imagine" album (and it's bonus tracks) as found on the 1-disc, 2-disc, digital and Ultimate edition box. We also spend a little time on the hardback book, talk about what it does and does not replicate from the commercial "coffee table" book, and close the show (by popular request) with a bit of chat about the Austin City Limits Festival and Sir Paul's headlining appearance!

Duration:01:38:17

2018.42 Confidante (Staircase) -- Sir Paul McCartney, Jimmy Fallon, James Corden, Stephen Colbert

10/14/2018
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The continuing story of Sir Paul McCartney takes us to an episode covering the media appearances (traditional, social and even dead tree) he has made over the last few months. After running through the list, there is no doubt he worked quite hard (with the able assistance of his own organization and the good promotional folks at Capitol/Universal) to get Egypt Station to the top of the Billboard album charts.

Duration:00:58:44

2018.41 Ram On (Soundcheck) -- Paul McCartney, The Beatles, Abe, Rusty, Brian Ray, Paul "Wix" Wickens

10/7/2018
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A look at the McCartney soundcheck experience, from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. I return from a visit to the "Great White North" slightly disappointed (no "Mull of Kintyre"), but only a little bit. Fortunately, there were plentiful good times, new friends and listeners, and a "virtual soundcheck" including chats with fans that shared time with me over the vegetarian spread at the real one!

Duration:01:36:47

2018.40 Rockshow Commentary (pt.1) -- Tom Hunyady, David Gargalino, Paul McCartney, Linda, Denny, Jimmy McCulloch, Joe English and the horns

9/30/2018
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A special episode! This week Lonnie and I are joined by David Gargalino and Tom Hunyady for a commentary track covering the first hour of "Rockshow". We spend a fair bit of time considering Paul's choices on tracks he has used to open concerts (from 1972 through the present day), and more thoughts on the Wings/McCartney concert experience, but manage to keep our comments relevant to what is on screen! Tune in to "2 Legs:A Paul McCartney podcast" (also on podbean -...

Duration:01:08:50

2018.39 Get Started -- Sir Paul McCartney, Lumpy Trousers, Jarvis Cocker, Wings

9/23/2018
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WTWF travels through the stations on vinyl disc 2 of Egypt Stations and pushes through the two additional stops found on the Target/HMV line. We talk a bit about instrumentation, the players, make some comparisons to songs Macca recorded in the seventies, eighties, nineties/aughts and close with our grades on this disc.

Duration:01:28:26

2018.38 Who Cares -- Sir Paul McCartney, The Rutles, Jimmy Fallon, Howard Stern, Ryan Tedder

9/16/2018
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Congratulations to Sir Paul McCartney on the debut of Egypt Station at the top of the Billboard album charts in the United States. To keep the celebration going, WTWF reviews the first vinyl disc (Opening Station through Hand in Hand.) Next week: Vinyl disc 2 and the two bonus tracks!

Duration:01:05:05