Monday, 12 December 2016

1976 NME Awards

At the end of 1976, NME published it's annual music awards


Best Group: Led Zeppelin
Best Female Singer: Linda Ronstadt
Turkey Of The Year: Sex Pistols
Best Male Singer: Robert Plant
Most Promising Emergent Act: Eddie And The Hot Rods
Best Keyboardist: Rick Wakeman
Best Drummer: John Bonham
Best Songwriter/ Composer: Bob Dylan
Best Television Show: 'Old Grey Whistle Test'
Best Disc Jockey: John Peel
Most Missed Dead Act: Jimi Hendrix
Best Guitarist: Jimmy Page
Best Single: Thin Lizzy - 'The Boys Are Back In Town'
Best Album: Led Zeppelin - 'The Song Remains The Same'
Most Wonderful Human Being: Johnny Rotten
Best Miscellaneous Instrumentalist: Mike Oldfield
Best Radio Show: 'Alan Freeman's Saturday Show'
Best Dressed Sleeve: Led Zeppelin - 'The Song Remains The Same'
Best Bassist: Paul McCartney

Thursday, 1 December 2016

1966 NME Awards

At the end of 1966, NME published its annual awards


World Male Singer: Elvis Presley
World Female Singer: Dustry Springfield
World Vocal Group: Beach Boys
World Musical Personality: Elvis Presley
British Vocal Group: Beatles
British Instrumental Unit: Shadows
Best Male Singer: Cliff Richard
British Vocal Personality: Cliff Richard
Best R&B Group: Spencer Davis
Best TV/Radio Show: 'Top Of The Pops'
Top Disc Jockey: Jimmy Savile
British Female Singer: Dusty Springfield
New Disc Singer: Stevie Winwood
Best New Group: Spencer Davis
Best British Disc This Year: Beatles - 'Eleanor Rigby'

Sunday, 21 August 2016

CHOBA B CCCP - Back in the USSR - Paul McCartney

On a recent trip to Denmark I stumbled across a second pressing of CHOBA B CCCP, the Russian LP that Paul McCartney released on the Melodia label in 1988/89.

The record (translated in English as "Back in the USSR") is similar to John Lennon's Rock 'n' Roll album in the sense that it contains cover material that pre-dates the Beatles' official recordings.

Most of the songs would have been on the Ballroom dance halls repertoire or at the Star Club in Hamburg.

My favourite songs from the album are Lucille, Summertime and Midnight Special. And yours?

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Reel to Reel : Outtakes 1963 - Blue Vinyl Limited Edition

On my latest trip to Germany I came across an interesting vinyl LP: Reel to Reel : Outtakes 1963 - the Blue Vinyl Limited Edition.

After checking my sources, it seems that Reel to Reel are specializing in releasing outtakes or radio performances by The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, always in limited editions with either picture discs or coloured vinyl.

Here this beauty on my turntable :)

Apparently there are only 500 copies made of this particular pressing, although there also appears to be a Clear Vinyl edition with also 500 copies.

The LP contains a bunch of outtakes, dating from three recording sessions of The Beatles in 1963.

- 11th February 1963; - 5th March 1963; - 12 September 1963;

here an example of the Clear Vinyl cover:

The tracklist is as follows:


A1 There's A Place (Take 1) 2:03
A2 There's A Place (Take 2) 2:01
A3 There's A Place (Take 4) 1:55
A4 There's A Place (Take 10) 1:58
A5 There's A Place (Take 7) 0:38
A6 I Saw Her Standing There (Take 4) 0:45
A7 I Saw Her Standing There (Take 5) 0:55
A8 I Saw Her Standing There (Take 6) 1:17
A9 There's A Place (Take 11) 1:57
A10 I Saw Her Standing There (Take 10) 2:54
A11 Misery (Take 2) 1:05
A12 Misery (Take 4) 0:43
A13 Misery (Take 6) 2:09

B1 From Me To You (Take 3) 1:54
B2 From Me To You (Take 4) 1:50
B3 From Me To You (Take 7) 2:06
B4 Thank You Girl (Take 4) 1:58
B5 Thank You Girl (Take 11) 0:46
B6 Thank You Girl (Take 12) 0:53
B7 From Me To You (Take 8) 1:19
B8 Hold Me Tight (Take 22) 1:08
B9 Hold Me Tight (Take 24) 2:35
B10 Hold Me Tight (Take 28) 1:39
B11 Don't Bother Me (Take 10) 2:48
B12 Don't Bother Me (Take 13) 2:33
B13 Don't Bother Me (Take 12) 0:51

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Pictures of Paul McCartney's One on One Tour - Werchter 2016

On June 30th, Paul McCartney played a slightly adapted One on One concert during the Rock Werchter Festival in Belgium

Here are some pictures I took during the concert

Friday, 1 July 2016

Paul McCartney Setlist Rock Werchter 2016

Setlist 30 June 2016

A Hard Day's Night

Save Us

Can't Buy Me Love

Letting Go

Let Me Roll It

I've Got a Feeling

My Valentine

Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five

Maybe I'm Amazed

We Can Work It Out

In Spite of All the Danger

Love Me Do


Here Today


Lady Madonna


Eleanor Rigby

Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!


Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Band on the Run

Back in the U.S.S.R.

Let It Be

Live and Let Die

Hey Jude


Hi, Hi, Hi


Golden Slumbers

Carry That Weight

The End

Sunday, 1 May 2016

The Beatles Final UK Concert

Beatles fans always seem to debate what date constitutes the last Beatles UK concert.

Technically speaking, January 30, 1969 is the correct date, when The Beatles performed on the rooftop of the Apple building in London.

But the final "scheduled" UK concert is May 1st, 1966 (exactly 50 years ago) when The Beatles performed at NME's Poll-Winners concert.

10,000 fans saw The Beatles perform for the 4th time at this event. Location of the venue was The Empire Pool, Wembley.

 They played I Feel Fine, Nowhere Man, Day Tripper, If I Needed Someone and I'm Down.

No footage seems to exist of the concert itself, since Brian Epstein failed to come to an agreement about with ABC TV.

Other groups that appeared on stage that night were : The Spencer Davis Group, The Fortunes, Herman's Hermits, Roy Orbison, The Overlanders, The Alan Price Set, Cliff Richard and The Shadows, The Rolling Stones, The Seekers, The Small Faces, Sounds Incorporated, Dusty Springfield, Crispian St Peters, The Walker Brothers, The Who, The Yardbirds and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

July 1969 - Private Screening of Let It Be

Somewhere in July 1969, some say July 20th, others think it was July 29, The Beatles attended a private screening of the rough cut of 'Let It Be'.

From the pictures it is clear that all Beatles attended (together with director Michael Lindsay-Hogg and Patti, Linda & Yoko)

John is sitting next to Ringo.

and in some pictures Yoko is sitting next to him.

Panorama picture of the screening room

Afterwards everybody had lunch

John & Yoko

and Linda & Yoko

Disclaimer: I do not own the pictures, nor do I know who does. I have found these on several fan sites and only reproduce them here in low-resolution for historical reasons, not for copy-right infringments.