Sunday, January 29, 2017

ES-Say #88 Beware My Love! Men Are Selling Vinyl! Part 2
                              Successful Beatle finds at VIP Events 

In ES-Say #87 Part 1, I explained a bit about attending record shows and not being male. I do not want to be offensive but it's obvious that the majority of the patrons and sellers are male. So what? I can only speak for myself and I do have to be prepared for a bit criticism. However, it's not offensive to remind people that some women a) buy vinyl, and b) on a regular basis.

Chances are if anyone goes to a record show, they aren't there by mistake. Twenty years have taught me a lot and I'm there to mingle in and get my stuff and leave. I really can't keep stopping to remind people I'm a customer first. So, I'm going to talk about what I bought this weekend and how I got to save £25. These are not secrets- it could be my charm or dumb luck. The kind of non-sexist luck of a dealer just wanting to get rid of stuff and willing to bargain prices down with anyone. At the heart of this, it's a business and I can let some attitudes slide. (That's some, not all!)

Let's begin. I was looking forward to attending Saturday's record show for a few months now. I hadn't had time or money during the holiday season, so for my first show of the year, I budgeted for £60 including the entry fee. I've learned that a budget keeps you focused and worry-free for spending money on something implusive. I also prepared by dressing appropriately.

No, not warmly, appropriately for the event. Layered clothing, casual trainers and a strong bag sized to fit 12" records. On this occasion, I used a bag with a non-Beatles logo. Yes, I wanted these dealers to think I was trying to buy nothing Beatles related. Why? It a whole other topic, but boils down to not being "Help!(ed)" into buying Beatles records.

This time, when I arrived, I dropped £15 in five minutes at one table containing bins of £3-£5 vinyl. I bought McCartney II and RAM because the sleeves looked to be in good condition and I planned on playing them on my new record player. I wasn't planning on collecting these copies. I also found a UK copy of Flowers In The Dirt with the lyrics sheet(below).

These McCartney albums are standard releases but I also found a K-Tel release that was £3 and made me so happy to find! Not only did it contain 40 songs(2 LPs) but it had a magazine in it! Why aren't you jumping up and down with me! It contains My Bonnie by "Beatles With Tony Sheridan"! And...It's a "Limited Collector Edition" (It says so on the back cover!). Seriously, I don't think it's worth much, but I like that it's a Story Of Pop magazine promotional tie-in to get readership in 1973.

 I think it's got the wrong copy of the advertised magazine enclosed but I loved the mix of songs on it. I might be more thrilled that "The Knife" by Genesis is included("Tony Sheridan with The Beatles" songs are featured on many old LP releases due to being separated from The Beatles song catalogue and therefore was easier to obtain*)
Part 6 of the "Radio One" Story Of Pop included in the German K-Tel release

I moved along in the rows of rectangular tables to a box that said "All books- 1/2 price" but when I saw a "Beatles For Sale On Parlophone Records"(2011) outside of this box for £40, I wanted it. "Is this book half price? This sign says "All Books". A couple of chuckles later between the "men talking", I got a reply of "Yeah, OK!" A Harty Har Har from me, and I handed over £20. Tony Barrow wrote the forward for this book, but I was more interested in this as a reference book. It's quite nice.

I only got two 45s Picture Sleeves but I was happy to find the European releases. The first was a German copy of "Paperback Writer"(1966) in which after I paid £10, the seller and a tall odd fellow discussed my purchase and how wonderful a release it was. I interrupted and said "thanks, I'll consider that a complement" and I walked on.

Finally, I bought a French 45 PS of Wings "Let 'em In" (1976). It was £8 but I asked "Would you go £5?" when I got the seller's attention. He looked like he was going to say "No, I'm sorry" but then I pulled out the "Kermit-The-Frog-Finished-His-Song-And-Dance" smile (yeah, very very wide....) and got the discount.

I left with £5 from the original £60, but I felt it was a good group of items despite not buying any DVDs or CDs. When I got home, The Foot asked "Did you get any of that record that you have 15 copies of?"

He was talking about my Goodnight Tonight 45 LP collection. He was dead serious, I just had to laugh but answer honestly- "No, Sweetheart- I completely forgot but didn't find anything to add."

I think I'll take a break from buying records in person. Watch out, eBay....

Flowers In The Dirt will be re-release in March. In the spring, we will be reviewing the review and blogging about Liverpool. A magical mystery time will be had by all...Men, Women, Girls, Boys, Old Men, Old Women, sarcastic women, sarcastic men, Vegans and whomever else reads this blog. 


* Song Copyright laws and record labels discussions are long-winded including the discussion of these six tracks. BTW, Paul has recently been in the news for walking down the street, clearly more important than lawsuits with winning back song rights....




ES-Say #87 Beware My Love! Men are selling vinyl! Part 1
Record shows. You know, the place to find LPs, CDs, WAGs...Wait, what? No, this isn't a Football crowd, but similarly you can find "Wives and Girlfriends" at a record show. Some of them are interested in making purchases and some of them couldn't care less. Similarly, my husband, The Foot, wants to leave immediately everytime we "accidentally" stumple into a vinyl shop. (This is why I fly solo at record shows, but I can't get The Foot to tag along to what is basically a "record expo"). C'est La Vie.

Do women go by themselves to record shows? Of course, I do, but how can I explain this? How about in song!
"Oh....there's way too many men it here. Are they selling beer?"

Oh..never mind. I mean, the chance of me taking my sweet time in the Ladies room is extremely high because nobody's queuing. I decided to attend a VIP Events show this time, but my experiences are usually the same despite the organisers. I've worked out that I've been attending various record shows for twenty years in both America and Britain. Maybe I had a chip on my shoulder this time to really take the time to pay attention(and evesdrop) around the public and record dealers. But, I found it equally humourous and irritating. Here's a sample-

Young Woman to a Middle Aged Man- "What are you going to buy at the record show?"
Response(not paying attention) "Nothing, Really..."

Me(thinking): Bull&+#* !!! Everyone knows they came here to spend money. And we're waiting outside in the freezing cold to get in...Try again!

"Hey Nick, I've got some great stuff I saved for you here!"

Me(thinking): well these last 20 years have been wasted....I can't even network to get a "secret stash" from a retail music shop aka "Fred's Vinyl and Tape World"(free publicity if this is a real store).

I even heard a dealer tell an American couple about the great English saying "behind every great man is a woman". Yes, it's rude for me to be sticking this in a blog but I have to disagree and say this man was trying to butter these people up. I've lived here for nearly a decade and a "Great English Saying" happened where I was standing-

Me(looking in a £2 box and reading the LP track listing of "Business As Usual" by Men At Work).
Dealer: "Alright, Sweetheart..You look perplexed!"
Me: (dryly) "No, definitely not perplexed."

Exit stage left with my remaining £15...

Join us for part two, in which we talk about all the money I spent for my McCartney and Beatles collection before I was left with £15! It will contain photos and it may contain various nuts. So unless you have any allergies, it should be ok to skip over to part two! 

Monday, January 2, 2017

ES-Say #86 Jolly Holiday Planning To Liverpool(Yes, Really!).
          A Scarily Accurate Clip Art Drawing Resembling MaccaMeri, NSATPM Webmaster(above).

Since earlier this year, I have been scheduling a trip to Liverpool. Liverpool, England- the place where "The Paul McCartney" was born and bred, and the place responsible for spawning "The Mersey Beat." Had Liverpool not existed, "Rocky Racoon" my old cat in Brooklyn, would be nameless and crying for a better name than "get-off-my-bed." I don't know how else to emphasize how this visit is beyond comprehension. How could I be so luckly?

I must have thought the same feeling of disbelief when I crossed Abbey Road in London for the first time, but all I can remember is excitement. Happy anticipation to be crossing the zebra crossing while holding open a Union Jack umbrella. I even think the fact I was standing in London was a dream in itself. Being in a place that felt comfortable and familiar, bla bla bla....never have this feeling again...bla bla bla...(more bragging)...bla bla bla...THIS IS AMAZING! YES, I'M AN AMERICAN!

But, hold on- my first crossing at Abbey Road was about 13 years ago. I think I've been back twice in all that time and the feeling of "WOW, MAN" has been replaced with "TOURISTS-AGAIN!" I can see that my urban experiences with encountering Beatles tourists has become a battle of learning to share. The significance of Abbey Road can not be just about myself being an anglophile as it will always be a busy tourist attraction. But, I forgot I was a tourist during the first visit as it was raining that day, and if any other fans were there, I blocked them out and I had a good time umbrella twirling.

I was also in my late 20s, and since then I have grown to be a blogger with 20 more years experience of collecting and reviewing the music of The Beatles and Paul McCartney. I want to visit Liverpool but I don't know if I can handle it. This trip will either be a turning point or nothing will change. I have no idea how to approach my writing about this topic- Girl dreams of Liverpool for decades and some other tourist ruins trip by saying "Did you know...", "your not really a Beatles fan because you didn't visit...", "I used to sleep with..", "Are you a Paul McCartney Fan...", "EVERYONE SAY BEATLES!!!!!!".

I want to avoid paying money for a shared experience with fans. At Abbey Road, It doesn't cost the amount of money it costs for me to travel to Liverpool. Hotels, Food, Transport, Admission Tickets, Private Tour Guide(yep, that's what I'm paying for-no extra stranger tourists) have to be sorted. I will only be going for a few days but I want to try to do some local things as well as the tourist destinations.

The weirdest thing about this trip is probably that I'm dragging(literally) "The Foot"* around with me the whole time, because we made a "deal"** about him attending this "pilgrimage." Another strange thing is that I have been stressing about luggage and toiletries. New suitcase and travel sized items to go in the unofficial "Paul McCartney Washbag." Yes, I bought a clear plastic washbag and stuck a concert photo picture of Paul inside to remind me that this trip is happening, so I need to get in the spirit of packing for it.

I've neglected to mention I have no transport to Liverpool; have not booked the seats. I guess I'm hitch hiking but that's a terrible image. I have at least taken the days off from work and took an extra day off to prepare to leave for Mecca, the day after. I'm shifting gears and now want to stop thinking about the actual trip. Will it be a lovely experience, a bunch of hype, a writing experience or a tourist nightmare?

I'm hoping for a little of all those things...maybe I'll even hug a tourist. But, let's not forget that I can return another time. The option to even do so, is a dream for me in itself. I hope for the best, for the best place for rock and roll music history can not be a negative experience, can it?

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 *significant other who dislikes The Beatles and wants to flambe Paul(probably just my collection).
**do not ruin this trip and I will not ruin another vacation to your chosen destination.
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Saturday, November 19, 2016

ES-Say #85 Status Unknown-"Easter Eggs" in Ron Howard's Beatles Bio DVD.  
Can't Practice My Spanish- Lo Es Huevo De Pascua Ademas?
 
  



Hello, Bonjour, and Guten Tag! I went to HMV today and picked up the 2-disc DVD special edition of "Eight Days A Week-The Touring Years." Upon looking at the special Blu-Ray copy, I left it behind as I could see that for about £5 cheaper, the DVD would include all the Special Features found on disc two. (This left extra money to get a discounted and impulse buy of a Beatles paperback which seems to go well with my Cilla Black account of all things involving the 50s & 60s Liverpool Scene.)

So, as you might have guessed, I'm already fired up about this DVD during my unboxing and actual watching of Disc 2. Disc 1, I will leave for another day to gripe about but for now, I've got some things to discuss here.

Why don't we do it in bullet point form? GREAT!

  • Unboxing- This movie has had gained a bit of attention for having questionable advertising designs(in the beginning many thought it was a temporary Amazon design that would be changed, and it wasn't). It's in a cardboard digit-pack and it's spine and box will get creased or bent overtime. The initial design hasn't be expanded too noticeably. What really was depressing was the advertised "64-Page Booklet" inside. The black and white only pictures aren't that great. Some have a blurry or grainy feel and only a few are really worth a view for more than a second. Maybe I need to buy another Beatles related coffee table book, because this "64-Page Booklet" won't be displayed...at all. 

  • The bonus disc starts(see photo above) with the obligatory language menu. Apparently, all the budget for this mammoth film can only provide three language options despite the heavy emphasis of the band being a "global phenomenon." Maybe, I want to listen to it in Spanish? Maybe I have the wrong international copy? I will never know....

  •  "Easter Eggs" is probably a thing of the past. Why hide extra content when you can just put out a bonus disc? I must be really old school because I started wondering what website had all the cheating codes that would unlock the full Shea Stadium footage that was shown in theatres.

  • I'VE GOT BLISTERS ON MY EYES- again, a major visual problem I had in the theatre. I have astigmatism and I need to update my glasses prescription because this movie is forcing my eyes to switch from still and motion picture, film colorization, black and white images, and other image trickery. This would be fine if the visuals stuck with one medium or waited a beat before trying to express the view of "mania". I get it. The Beatles Experience feels like a fairground ride that's constantly changing. There's no reason to create DVD chapter changes with whatever bright and blinding light that they decided to alter my lenses within the first two bonus sections(it happened with "Tomorrow Never Know" playing).

  • The Bonus Material started to improve half-way through- Yes, I did learn some good things about the Beatles beginnings and music contributions in the first two featurettes, but I was waiting for the 12 Mins of Uncut Performances which turned out to be as good as watching edited You Tube Clips(there was some obvious skips in the footage, maybe the extra £5 of the Blu-Ray might have corrected it...). After that, I thought it would get into repetitive material. Actually, it was refreshing listening to one-time Beatles Manager Allan Williams(despite the English-Subtitles of his audio. My eyes might be a bit dodgy, but I heard everything he said including "Pig Sh%T"(??) which was also subtitled for the audience).
  • These 45-mins were more interesting and had a better mix of the American/British/Australian/Japanese accounts. Hooray for Ronnie Spector and Beryl Williams, because it was totally looking like the women interviewed were all going to give the "Fangirl" perspective(not that there's anything wrong with this, but there had to be some more balance of the content from a gender perspective.).

  • The Film- Ok, I sort of lied a bit at the start of ES-Say #85. I did put disc 1 in, and like a schmuck, I went right into the chapter selections* and went to the very end when the credits roll on top of "I've Got A Feeling." I fast-forwarded with fingers-crossed(while thinking "Shea Stadium, Shea Stadium, come on!"). Nope, film ended after the credits. Time to dig out one of my "questionable DVD recordings"* and calm down because it wasn't really going to be an Easter Egg finding opportunity.
Or was it? I'm afraid I don't have the contacts who would know these things. Do you?

And so we come to the end of another ES-Say of NOT SAYING ANYTHING TO PAUL McCARTNEY. Tune in next week when you'll hear Nurse Meri*
saaaay- "New Wings Jewellery?- $100?- WHAT THE "$%!"

*again, another rush job with the discs
*Rhymes with "Ootlegs"
*G-D I love The Muppet Show...
 





Wednesday, November 9, 2016

ES-Say #84 "I Don't Want To Live With A LEGO Submarine...(A LEGO Submarine...A LEGO Submarine)"
Why do a bunch of these plastic toy bricks cost as much as a week of supermarket food?

Last week, the popular toy company, LEGO, released a playset for Yellow Submarine. Yes, you can pick up a handful of yellow LEGOs and build your very own authentic-looking "Yellow Submarine," as made popular in the same-titled Beatles cartoon film release in 1968. Not only that, but included are inspired LEGO men psychedelic renditions of all four Beatles!! If this is appealing for you, I am happy that this makes you happy.

It does not make me happy. The cost is only one reason. Unless I can build my own life-sized version of  Paul McCartney(anatomically correct, of course...), I am not paying £70(Amazon listed price). I won't pay £50 directly from LEGO either. I tried to forget all about the toy model set because I don't even want it. The Foot, our blog's famous nemesis, assumes I want it for the Holidays, and has been not-so-secretly trying to comparison shop. If The Foot ever decides to read this ES-Say(doubtful), he will probably put his credit card away.

I think it's fair to say, that Beatles fans have likes and dislikes concerning the band's history. For example- Yoko Ono: not all fans thinks she's the bees knees. I think if you are fan who loves anything related to the Beatles, no matter what it is, then my opinion will be difficult to understand or except(LOOK AWAY NOW!). I have very little interest in the Yellow Submarine(1968) film, so I don't want to be staring daily at a LEGO version of the vessel. Especially, since I could spend £70 on something I actually want. (That's right, a life-sized-anatomically-correct-plastic version of  Paul McCartney. I value your attention to detail!)

When I was aged 11, waaay back in the 1980s, I spent a couple weeks during the summer, at sleepaway camp. Unbelievably, my camp counsellors decided to have an all-night movie marathon with us. I remember this evening, decades later, because aside from the childhood banter of how Full House was the best new television show, and everyone singing along to George Michael videos(seriously...) that we got to watch on a wheeled-in-television-VCR-combo, something different made it's way on to the screen. At 3am, someone though that older children should be watching a cartoon from 1968. Yup, I fell asleep watching Yellow Submarine for the first time and it wasn't only because it was after midnight.

I'm not a huge fan of cartoon films. I cried my eyes out in the cinema when some mouse lost her children in the Secret Of Nymh(1982), and my mother was wisely advised to take me to live-action films from that point on.  I love cinema, don't get me wrong, but I can't commit to an animated film that isn't a Walt Disney production. Many non-Disney-type-companies lack the budget to produce high-quality films. I'm not suggesting that the Yellow Submarine film was poorly made, but the intended late 1960s audience for this film probably doesn't remember anything about the film when they first saw it. (It was the 1960s after all). I wasn't smoking anything the night I watched it, but I had the comparative feeling of being intoxicated due to overtiredness and elation of looking at George Michael's rear end. I remember the cartoon version of the Beatles looking like colourful stick figures. Mostly, I have an image of Lennon standing alone with a blank white screen in the background. I don't remember songs, Blue Meanies, or much else. I wasn't impressed and fell asleep in my sleeping bag, with my neck hurting from looking up at the screen from the floor.

Is it unfair for myself to judge a film dismissively without watching it completely? Sure it is, but there are films that I haven't decided to watch based on not liking the previews or reviews. What I'm probably missing is listening to the film soundtrack, within a movie. Call me closed minded, but I prefer listening to the films songs and imagining my own interpretation of images associated to the music. I'm even happy to burst into singing "Yellow Submarine," but I'm appreciating Ringo's vocals along with the music and not much else. I might even be afraid to burst my preference to the soundtrack by watching the associated animated feature. Clips of The Beatles Saturday morning cartoon program(1965-1967) that I've seen haven't spoiled classic Beatles songs for me, but that could be because that is concerned with promoting "Beatlemania." How could I possibly be turned off to the 60s culture of Beatlemania- I love all of it.
I have seen a few clips recently from "Yellow Submarine" and maybe it's a more mature level of the Beatles contributions to media arts, but I'm just not interested. I'd prefer to watch any other of The Beatles films on repeat and mostly due to the fact I can appreciate those moments.

At the very least, I won't have spent wasted time trying to assemble a themed LEGOs set that I would have been more receptive to putting together when I was 11. (or not, I think I made up my mind about this film a long time ago.)

Now that I know The Foot might get this set for Christmas for me, I need to figure out what store credit could be exchanged for. If I can get some plain flesh colour bricks and construct a Paul McCartney I could be comfortable spending hours designing...nevermind!

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

ES-Say #83 ...But Seriously, Phil Collins Has A Problem With Paul McCartney!?!
                             In Happier Times- A Knebworth Festival 1990 Concert Laserdisc(above)

Friends, Foes, Forever-Balding-Short-Loveable-Pop-Stars, I address you with the absolute pleasure of having an ES-Say to write without any hesitation. As Phil Collins told The Sunday Times this week about his 14-year beef with Paul McCartney(read the republished comments here from The Telegraph), I laughed and I laughed, and I laughed some more.  Why is this? Well, it's possible that I too(either in 1998, or 2002) had a run-in with Phil Collins that was less than favourable. F-Paul? No, F-You Phil Collins. F-You and your low-brow attempt to sell an autobiography. You didn't need Paul McCartney's help, your Phil F"!£$% Collins! For the love of G-D, I need to get this off my chest!

Let's be objectionable and fair about this recent press story. Q. Why did Collins tell this story now? A. To get some attention. Why? A New Book, Remastered Albums, and a Tour after nearly a decade of  practical inactivity*. So, why not stir up an old school styled feud in 2016 in a newspaper, when most musicians would turn to Twitter.  Picture it this way-

PHIL COLLINS OFFICIAL TWITTER ACCOUNT- "@PaulMcCartney mocked me and didn't sign a book for me in 2002. Sad. #IMissedAgain

PAUL MCCARTNEY OFFICIAL TWITTER ACCOUNT-"@PhilCollins Oh Dear, Our Phil is Angry? News To Me! #ThumpsUp

Honestly, I don't think Paul McCartney was bothered by this "situation," probably to the extent of not remembering the encounter. It sounds a bit weird anyway- Why would you be a fellow performer asking another performer for an autograph during a televised event(with the example of The Queen's Jubilee)? I would imagine the scene is fast-paced and nobody has the time for much relaxed time. "Hey Paul, we're due on stage in two minutes, sign this book for me?" What was he(Collins) thinking?  He was thinking and acting like a fan, not a contemporary. Did he expect Paul to joke about the situation? Maybe Collins should have! It sounds like a joke to me! Just watch how chaotic this show was-


So what was my "Fan" situation with Phil Collins. As I am merely a fan of music, and was acting as a fan when I stood outside of Lincoln Center in NYC waiting for him before a concert. I must have waited about two hours and finally saw him get out of a car. There were about three fans waiting for him, Myself, A helpful Stranger(whom I had been hanging out with as he tipped me off to where to wait), and maybe two other fans(tops). I remember being underwhelmed- didn't get a photo or an autograph at the stage door from Phil Collins. Why? Because he looked angry and annoyed, entering the building. We were confused and then we realised something, England was playing in a World Cup game and at the time the Bald Dwarf showed up, they(England) were in the middle of, or lost to Brazil(?). Or at least this was the consolation story, we had went along with to justify why he couldn't give us the time of day. England lost, he's English, that must be it!

No, he chose not to pander to his fans- that was it. Hmm, sounds like Paul McCartney did the same damn thing. Had Phil Collins said "Hello" to Heather Mills, this celebrity grudge could have all been avoided, no? Yeah, I know Phil Collins was Beatles fan and an extra in "A Hard Days Night". But, I suspect that Collins giving an opinion that Paul McCartney is big headed is a bit too obvious. Some people genuinely feel this way. Some of them are John Lennon fans, it's a possibility Phil Collins is one of those John Lennon fans who have strong opinions about Paul's success. There I said it.

But is there any doubt that a portion of the public feel like what Phil said, Lennon fan or not? Collins said  "I’ve got to preface this by saying McCartney was one of my heroes," to the Sunday Times. "But he has this thing when he’s talking to you, where he makes you feel: [putting on a condescending Scouse accent] ‘I know this must be hard for you, because I’m a Beatle. I’m Paul McCartney and it must be very hard for you to actually be holding a conversation with me."

That portion of the public, we'll call them "Fans." To think that a fellow musician thinks this about another musician is a bit petty to say the least. Does this mean that we shouldn't buy Collins book? No, I didn't allow my cat to pee all over my Phil Collins CDs when I didn't meet him(the cat did ruin some Genesis tapes). I kept them, I still have them. Musically, I still respect his work. I wish that Phil Collins respected Paul McCartney enough to keep his opinions to himself. He doesn't need the extra publicity.

He's Phil F!"£$ Collins. It would be nice if he remembered that for a minute.

*excluding 2010 Going Back covers album.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

ES-Say #82 A Hard Day's Night To Remember To Write A Film Review.

Ron Howard's new Beatles film opened two weeks ago. I saw the film on opening night. I even wrote a long blog entry describing the day I had, prior to watching the film, and my opinion about the live feed from the London premiere before the film was screened. However, I stopped short of reviewing the film because I felt burned out. Two days of writing an ongoing commentary of nearly missing the film to griping about Yoko Ono's age, went unpuplished. I haven't looked back at the work but I don't want to tack on a review to it. It felt like I should spend this ES-Say focusing on my opinions solely on the film. 

The Beatles- Eight Days A Week- The Touring Years(Apple Corps Ltd/Imagine Entertainment)

When you go to watch a movie about The Beatles, you expect a minimum of content discussing how the band was formed and about their breakup at the end of the 60s. Ron Howard decided the band's story should be told from an American perspective, sighting the changes happening in 60s culture and politics. The film is flashy in its pacing, and at times, headache enducing to the viewer, but it does a great job in conveying the rise and fall of Beatlemania. The viewer can conclude that by the end of the Candlestick Park concert, The Beatles understood the '64-'66 live- appearence ride was over. It was time to go back into the studio and hope to find a new chapter through music, rather than continuing to embrace an exhausting and hollow cartoon-celebrity route that would ultimately end the brillance of the group pre-maturely.

The movie doesn't adopt any method of storytelling for too long, which at time seems disjointed. While the modern day interviews shown with recollections from Paul and Ringo, and other personalities seemed brief, it was not without merit, especially from the contributions of Whoopi Goldberg and Dr Kitty Oliver. (Their comments are powerful and thought provoking, allowing the viewer to empathise with their experiences).

There was a combination of colour, and black and white concert footage and photos. The manipulation of colorizing some black and white film, or adding animation to still photos was nauseating. It would have been overlooked slightly had the performances not be cut(as there wasn't a lot of full performance clips show), or limited the use of altering still footage to look "alive with smoke" in a bid to have your full attention(classic photos don't need an "interpretation" to appreciate.) In fact, the photos that had been simply left alone to view were rare and unique to appreciate.

The theatrical run had promoted the Live At The Hollywood Bowl concerts as a highlight in the film promotion by releasing a new CD release of the material previously only available on vinyl. The movie, itself failed to present why those concerts were so significant in their frenzied touring. However, if it's not clear during the film that Shea Stadium is the main venue that explains the best, brightest, and strongest example of impact with The Beatles playing live in the sixties, Howard felt the need to tact an edited remaster version of the 1965 NYC show as bonus theatre-only content. And it was Amaaaazing; dare I say impossible to not to get sucked into to all of Paul's charm and forgive Howard for not making the film longer to begin with.

Release Shea Stadium, Apple- Release It Now!
NSATPM rates the film- 7 out of 10.

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