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Why The Beatles Broke Up, including Book of the Fortnight: You Never Give Me Your Money (The Beatles After The Breakup)

This fortnight brings you a different kind of book review.  After I finished reading You Never Give Me Your Money (The Beatles After The Breakup) by Peter Doggett, I began writing my review. What I found I was writing, to me … Continue reading

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Tuesday Bluesday – The Beatles

Here they are in  an outtake from 1965 playing a very “Green Onionsy” twelve bar blues ingeniously titled “12 Bar Original.”

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Beatles Song of the Week – I Am the Walrus (Minnesota Beatle Project)

A song so good it’s being posted for a second time.  But this time there’s a video.  Live from 89.3 The Current’s studio it’s Pert Near Sandstone (featuring one member from Drae-favorite Trampled By Turtles) playing a breakneck bluegrass version … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week – You Can’t Do That

Fans of A Hard Day’s Night might be searching their memories in vain to remember where  “You Can’t Do That” featured in the film.  Well, wonder no longer.  We have it here (or one click away on YouTube if the … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week – Nowhere Man

Just like “Help!” recorded earlier in 1965, “Nowhere Man” was a John Lennon cry for help. As with “Help!” Nowhere Man disguises somber, personal lyrics within an upbeat, bright sounding tune (and some terrific harmonies).  Throw in an extremely trebly … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week – Lady Madonna

Lady Madonna was recorded in February of 1968 during the short window between the broadcast of Magical Mystery Tour and The Beatles three-month sabbatical in India.  It’s an interesting track in that it is far removed from the psychedelia of Magical … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week -“We Can Work It Out”

The power of collaboration.  Along with “A Day in the Life” this song is held up as the peak of Lennon/McCartney songwriting collaboration.  Paul provides the poppy optimism, John the darker realism.  The irony is that the two of them … Continue reading

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Book of the Fortnight: The Beatles Recording Sessions

This edition of the Book of the Fortnight series features the one Beatles book that every fan should own.  A book that tells the story of The Beatles more effectively than any other, but without the same collection of clichéd … Continue reading

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Beatles Song Of The Week – EGSTHEMAMM

We have a fever.  And the only prescription is more firebell. This week’s song is a rocker from the “White Album” written by John called “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me and My Monkey.”  The lyrics are a combination … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week – The Two After 909

How often in rock and roll history has a band covered itself?  Well, The Beatles did just that in 1969 with the song “One After 909.”  How did they do this? In 1963 The Beatles attempted to record one of … Continue reading

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Beatlessence – Matt Costa

He plays George’s Country Gentleman guitar, he sounds like Roger McGuinn, he’s wearing 1960’s trousers.  It’s Matt Costa singing the incredibly catchy and Beatlesque “Witchcraft.”  Many artists have tried to capture the retro sound of the mid 1960s and have … Continue reading

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Beatles Production Tricks Part II – VariSpeed

Did you ever wonder how John managed to sound so lethargic in the song “I’m Only Sleeping?”  Or ponder how George Martin could have played such fast piano rolls on “In My Life?”  Perhaps you didn’t even notice anything special … Continue reading

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Beatlessence

There is something very Beatle-ish about this Jeremy Messersmith song, at least for me. I could sit here and wonder if it’s just me, but that’s hardly any fun. Or I could blog it and create a new running feature … Continue reading

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Blue Moon

In honor of tonight’s blue moon here is a quick clip of The Beatles from the 1994 Anthology documentary singing the bluegrass classic “Blue Moon of Kentucky.” Let’s hear that again as performed by its writer, the great Bill Monroe.

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Beatles Song of the Week – The Definitely Not Wednesday Edition

Is it Wednesday already?  It certainly is and to prove it we have the Beatles Song of the Week.  This time it is a lovely little song from Rubber Soul called “I’m Looking Through You.”  Supposedly written about Paul’s girlfriend … Continue reading

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Minnesota Beatle Project

Usually, I’m not a fan of other musicians recording Beatles songs. Don’t get me wrong – I love Beatle cover bands. Hearing Beatles songs live is great, but for me, recording them is a whole different ball of wax. I … Continue reading

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Unreleased Beatles – John Edition

Here at OB&B one of our goals is to share the music of The Beatles with our readers.  That includes songs that never made it to vinyl.  For years these songs were but mysteries, available only on highly expensive bootleg … Continue reading

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What’s That Sound? Beatles Production Tricks: Part 1. “ADT”

By 1966 The Beatles had already begun to experiment with the way their songs sounded. In 1964 they famously incorporated feedback into the introduction of “I Feel Fine.” And in 1965 they used vari-speed effects to record the piano solo … Continue reading

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Compulsive List Disorder Explained

You may not realize this (…of course you don’t, I haven’t told you yet) but this blog started because of a list. You know the type. “Top ____ of All Time!!1!” Insert snarky comments and controversial picks and you’ve got … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week

A day late, but we surely have a feeling that better days are ahead!

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Beatles Essay – The Guitar Phases of George Harrison

The early sixties were not known for an abundance of guitar driven groups. Pop music was dominated by lavish Motown and Phil Spector productions as well as by Brill Building songwriting factories which churned out formula hits for personality driven … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week

Happy Wednesday everybody and it’s time for the Beatles song of the week. We would be remiss if we did not feature a George song before too long. George was still relatively new to the songwriting game in 1966 when … Continue reading

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One Ringo To Rule Them All

Did you know that The Beatles had entertained the idea of filming The Lord of the Rings with themselves cast in the lead roles? It’s true. In 1969 the film rights to Lord of the Rings were sold to United … Continue reading

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John Lennon’s Alphabet

Written in 1968-69.   A is for Parrot which we can plainly see B is for glasses which we can plainly see C is for plastic which we can plainly see D is for Doris E is for binoculars I’ll … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week

Gripweed’s recent essay on McCartney has put us in the mood to showcase a little of Paul’s more rockin’ abilities.  Singing lead, Paul and the boys rip it up covering Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally” and knocking it out of … Continue reading

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