• New documentary takes you inside Beatles’ spiritual trip to India in 1968

    By | February 8, 2018

    Invalid URL for PDF ViewerFrom a filmmaker who was staying at the ashram with them.

    In the late 1960s the Beatles journeyed to a remote part of India to study Transcendental Meditation along the sacred Ganges river.

    Filmmaker Paul Saltzman, who was also studying in Rishikesh at the same time, befriended the band, capturing now iconic portraits of the Beatles as they composed songs which ended up forming the backbone of the White Album.

    A new feature film documentary, The Beatles in India, directed by Saltzman himself, tells this story with rarely seen footage and images of the band alongside interviews.

    Head here for more info ahead of the film’s 2018 release, and watch archival footage of the band in the ashram below.

  • Rare Beatles promo 7” becomes most expensive single ever sold on Discogs

    By | December 5, 2017

    An eye-wateringly pricey copy of their seminal first record.

    A Parlophone demonstration (promo) 7″ for the Beatles’ ‘Love Me Do’ has become the most expensive single ever sold on Discogs, missing the all-time high for most expensive record ever sold on the site – a copy of Prince’s lost Black Album – by just $243.

    Purchased for a whopping $14,757.00US (£11,250.00) this promotional single, which was originally released on 5th October 1962, is one of only 250 in existence.

    The band’s first ever release, it features ‘Love Me Do’ on the A-Side, with ‘P.S. I Love You’ on the B-Side.

    Watch the band performing ‘Love Me Do’ live in the video below.

  • One of the world’s rarest records is being sold at huge Beatles auction

    By | November 1, 2017

    John Lennon’s personal copy of Yesterday And Today featuring the original banned artwork.

    John Lennon’s $200,000 LP is being sold, alongside 133 other Beatles items including a Fab Four US ’65 tour suit, band shampoo bottle, and perfume, by Heritage Auctions this month.

    The noteworthy copy, which belonged to John Lennon, is expected to be sold for at least $200,000, and features the original “butcher cover” on the front – with the band dressed in white coats covered in decapitated, bloody babies – which was withdrawn after the second day of sales, and an original illustration from Lennon on the back cover.

    Other items include a copy of ‘Please Please Me’/ ‘Ask Me Why’ autographed by the band (opening bid $10,000), a suit worn by band members during their 1965 Summer US tour (opening bid $50,000), and a Beatles fantastic royal command performance programme signed by the band (opening bid $30,000).

    Head here to check out the items on offer before bidding ends 11th November, and watch Gary Shrum – consignment director of the entertainment music department at Heritage Auction – show off the rare LP below.

  • Super rare Abbey Road tape machine discovered at student radio station

    By | April 6, 2017

    Legendary piece of equipment used by The Beatles among countless others.

    One of only two dozen ever made, a super rare vintage BTR-3 tape machine from Abbey Road Studios has been found at Southampton Students’ Union radio station Surge Radio.

    Read next: How Pink Floyd’s Abbey Road recording console became the most expensive in history

    Made by EMI, the BTR-3 was the cornerstone of Abbey Road recording technology from the ’40s onwards and was the only stereo mix down machine in the studio for the whole of the ’60s. That, of course, means it’s been touched by some pretty iconic music.

    “The BTR3 would have been used for all Beatles stereo mixes,” Head of Audio Products at Abbey Road Mirek Stiles says. “It was also used for Beatles first early twin track recordings (before they started using 4 track recording) from their first audition in 1962 until late 1963.”

    With only three BTR-3 tape machines previously known to exist, Stiles was also quick to emphasise the significance of the find. “This is an important discovery for the history of recorded music and finds like this are few and far between… You can’t underestimate how rare these early examples of tape machines are. Until now only three BTR-3 units have been known to exist, none in full working order.”

    The newly discovered BTR-3 has now been donated to Abbey Road Studios by Surge Radio, who will will host a broadcast live from the brand new Front Room studio at Abbey Road on Thursday 13th April 13th.

  • Will Martin Shkreli release unheard Nirvana, Beatles, Wu-Tang Clan now Trump is President?

    By | November 9, 2016

    Put your money where your mouth is.

    Before the US election result was announced, hated Pharma-boss Martin Shkreli vowed to share the one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album, which he bought for $2 million last year, if Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. He also promised to release “unheard” material by Nirvana and the Beatles.

    Following Trump becoming President-elect, Shkreli has partly fulfilled his promise, sharing snippets from Once Upon a Time in Shaolin via Periscope. Sounds clips from the album have found their way onto YouTube.

    Shkreli, who made the pledge to encourage support for Trump, had previously said he’d break the Wu-Tang album were Hillary Clinton to win.

    We’re yet to see if the unreleased Nirvana and Beatles recordings will surface.

  • The Beatles’ White Album autographed by cult criminal leader Charles Manson and his ‘Family’ is on sale

    By | June 8, 2015

    When music met murder. 

    What might be a contender for strangest record ever has popped up on online market place iOffer. A seller who specialises in pop culture signatures has listed a copy of The Beatles White Album, autographed on the front cover by mass murderer Charles Manson and his ‘Family’ members Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten, Charles “Tex” Watson and Patricia Krenwinkel. This criminal record is on sale for £31,000 ($49,000), not quite a steal, but if you’re familiar with the Manson story, you’ll understand the significance of the item.

    For the initiated, rewind to 1969 when terror swept through Los Angeles after actress Sharon Tate and four other people where brutally murdered at Tate’s home. The next day, more murders were carried out by the Family at Manson’s instruction. In a bizarre twist, the Beatles‘ ‘White Album‘ was played in court during the subsequent murder trial of Charles Manson because Manson believed the lyrics from certain Beatles songs —  notably ‘Helter Skelter,’ ‘Revolution 1,’ ‘Revolution 9,’ ‘Blackbird’ and ‘Piggies,’ all from the ‘White Album’ — alluded to an impending racial war. He was confident that the songs were calling upon him to stir up a race riot to topple the existing order, creating a situation in which he would emerge a Christ-like figure and his Family would be installed as the new hierarchy.

    The White Album is crucial to understanding the warped ideology that led Manson to commit the crimes he did, making this item a curious object in the saga or as the seller puts it “the ultimate signed Manson relic.” Have a look at the signed record sleeve below and scroll down for more information about the sale:

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    The listing provides details on the autographs:

    “All are signed in blue ballpoint or biro pen except Leslie Van Houten, who is signed in black. Manson added the inscription: “Can you live in sin or in it LAST WORD-NO easy, Charles Manson” and added a swastika through his signature. The signatures were obtained by a gentleman who was at one time associated with the Manson family at the Spahn Ranch, I choose not  to post his name here

    The top and bottom seams are cut through with a knife, as the album was checked for possible contraband as it was brought into the prison. Because the seams were cut, the cover is now separate from the inner gatefold… The album cover shows other signs of wear, including a water stain in the lower left corner, the result of a fire in the previous owner’s home. Both vinyl records are included. There are a number of scratches on both which I expect would affect play.”

    The sale also includes a signed copy of the Bible which along with the White Album was one of the biggest influences on Manson, and a copy of Life Magazine, autographed by Charles:

    “As further provenance, I have two additional items from the same source: a bible from the prison chapel signed by the same five individuals, and a Life Magazine signed by Charles, see other photos. I am currently offering the bible here also. An iconic image of the sixties, and perhaps the ultimate signed Manson relic. I will also issue a certificate of authenticity with a photo of the item, the signing details, and will have it notarized as I sign it.”

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    The seller is an experienced seller in signed memorabilia that will issue a certificate of authenticity with a photo of the item, the signing details, and will have the item notarized once a sale is agreed. Head here to check out the listing.

    [via Dangerous Minds]

  • The Beatles’ “Love Me Do” appears on heart-shaped vinyl

    By | July 22, 2013

    Just don’t call it a bootleg.

    Over 50 years since its original release in 1962, Mischief Music have capitalised on its expired UK copyright to reissue The Beatles’ “Love Me Do” as a heart-shaped 7″. Apparently limited to 500 copies, the novelty reissue features the fab four’s breakthrough single backed by “P.S. I Love You”, and continues Mischief Music’s multi-coloured ex-copyright reissue series, with Elvis’ Sun Records singles and a besplattered collection of Bob Dylan cuts also surfacing earlier this year.

    In line with Mischief Music’s inconspicuous internet presence, “Love Me Do” is currently only available for pre-oder via Amazon, and will be released on July 26th. Get it before Apple melt it down. [via Super Deluxe Edition]

    Want to see where this fits into your collection? Peruse this list of the top 10 most valuable Beatles records. Alternatively, if custom-shaped records is your thing, check out Alice Russell and Quantic’s teardrop-shaped release on Tru Thoughts.

  • The top 10 most valuable Beatles records this year

    By | June 26, 2013

    Mighty John Marshall of moneymusic.com has revealed the top ten most valuable Beatles records in a recent radio feature with local US radio station K-EARTH 101.

    If there’s one thing more reliable than a dour British summer, it’s the price of a Beatles record. Consistently among the most valuable records in the world, Liverpool’s most enduring export have continued to rake in big bucks in 2013, after a signed copy of Sgt. Pepper was sold for a purse-pinching $290,500 earlier this year.

    Following the news early last week that a rare demo of “Love Me Do” sold for $10,000 at auction, the K-EARTH 101 Morning Show invited rare record specialist Mighty John Marshall to talk them through then ten most collectable Beatles records of 2013, with a 1964 7″ of “Anna”/”Ask Me Why” on Vee Jay Records setting the pace at $30,000. Check out the list below and start clearing out your auntie’s attic. [via K-EARTH 101]

    1965 Capitol LP- “Rubber Soul” (mono): $750

    1969 Capitol 45- “Day Tripper” (red & white label): $1,000

    1964 Capitol 45- “Can’t Buy me Love” w/picture sleeve: $1,000

    1968 Savage LP- “Savage Young Beatles” (yellow label orange cover): $1,500

    1964 Vee Jay LP- “Songs, Pictures, and Stories” (gatefold cover): $2,500

    1964 Vee Jay LP- “Beatles vs the Four Seasons” (stereo): $5,000

    1964 Vee Jay LP- “The Beatles and Frank Ifield” (cover pictures Beatles): $9,000

    1962 Decca 45- “My Bonnie” (as Tony Sheridan & the Beat Brothers): $12,000

    1966 Capitol LP- “Yesterday and Today” (stereo “Butcher” cover): $15,000

    1964 Vee Jay 45- “Anna”/ “Ask Me Why”: $30,000

  • Can buy me love: Rare Beatles demo of “Love Me Do” sells for $10,000

    By | June 17, 2013

    One of 250 7″s pressed for radio play has sold for a reported $10,000 on eBay.

    Paul who? An original demo of The Beatles’ debut single “Love Me Do” has been sold on eBay for more than $10,000, report Rolling Stone. Predating the Parlophone imprint of the single, the 45, which attributes the track to a certain Paul McArtney (doubtless Lennon and McCartney’s early cockney songwriting alias), came from the seller’s personal collection and is the second such demo to sell for huge sums in recent years.

    One of only 250 demos pressed, this is the second single in the series to break the ten-grand mark, following the auctioning of another “Love Me Do” demo in 2011 for a whopping $17,000.

    The single, which was originally released in 1962, only reached number 17 in the UK charts. It’s a far cry from the news that McArtney was close to forming a supergroup with Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis only seven years later.

  • Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album sells for $290,500

    By | April 2, 2013

    A copy of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band signed by all four band members has sold in Texas for $290,500, smashing the previous record by almost $150,000.

    Sold at Heritage Auctions in Dallas to an un-named buyer from the Midwest, this copy of The Beatles’ 1967 album is thought to have almost double the price previously payed for an LP signed by the Fab Four, a copy of Meet the Beatles which went for $150,000 in 2011.

    The price also eclipsed the item’s expected value, with bidding estimated at closer to $30,000, wrote the Hollywood Reporter. The entertainment magazine also reports that the sleeve is thought to have been signed close to the June 1967 release of the record, significantly raising its value.

    Although the final selling price may have been unexpected, Beatles expert Perry Cox was under no illusions about the potential value of the record. Speaking ahead of the auction he said: “With my being thoroughly immersed in Beatles collectibles for over 30 years, it takes something extraordinarily special to excite me, but I consider this to be one of the top two items of Beatles memorabilia I’ve ever seen – the other being a signed copy of Meet The Beatles.”

    The record was originally released on UK Parlophone with a high-gloss cover and gatefold sleeve.

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