Sunday, January 24, 2010
Here are some photos and articles from KRLA BEAT and Hullabaloo covering the Beatles' 1966 North American tour. I have other articles covering the tour that I will be posting shortly. The top article focuses on the Remains, the phenomenal Boston band that opened for the Beatles on this tour. I have been fortunate enough to meet the original members of the Remains and to see them perform in concert. I can assure you that they are as powerful and entertaining as they must have been back in 1966. Their Epic LP, Capitol Records live session material and reunion album are essential to fans of Sixties music. It is astounding to me that they did not achieve the commercial success they deserved to obtain. Leader Barry Tashian went on to achieve success working with Emmylou Harris and Graham Parson, and later began recording bluegrass albums with his wife, Holly.
Fred Cantor and Michael Stitch have put together a remarkable documentary on the Remains entitled America's Lost Band. If you have the opportunity to see it at your local film festival, etc. do not pass up the chance. For more information about the film and the Remains, please check out my feature in the latest issue of Ugly Things, which you can purchase directly through the website or perhaps at your local newsstand. You can also check out the Remains official website for more information.
Friday, January 08, 2010
Here are some articles and photos relating to The Beatles' television production, Magical Mystery Tour, which I think was brilliant and way ahead of its time for television in 1967. MMT is a psychedelic dadaist masterpiece, which flew directly over the heads of the Boxing Day viewers who were probably expecting a more straight-forward Christmas special. And then there was the problem of it airing in black and white...
I'm sure many fans, such as myself, would love a deluxe DVD edition with at least some of the almost 10 hours of cut footage included as a bonus. I'd especially love to see the Spencer Davis Group segment.