February 22, 2017

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94: The Man Who Gave The Beatles Away – Allan Williams Remembered

In this special expended edition of SATB, Richard and Robert sit down with Mark Lewisohn to review the life and times of the Beatles’ first manager (yes, manager), who passed away late last year.

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February 17, 2017

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93: Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane At 50

Half a century ago, The Beatles ushered in the second half of their career – the studio years – with this landmark double A-side release. Though the single’s commercial fortunes might not have reflected it,

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February 11, 2017

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92: The Beatles – A Day In Their Lives 

In which Richard and Robert trace the rather momentous events of February 11th (give or take) throughout the entirety of The Beatles’ career.

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February 4, 2017

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91: The Beatles’ Live Reunion

What if the events of December 8, 1980 played out completely differently and somehow, an unscathed John Lennon – bereft of an obstructions – was able to join his former bandmates in a live concert situation; perhaps more than one?

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January 27, 2017

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90: George and Paul

Within the Beatles, there were any number of complex personal dynamics. Those between the group’s lead guitarist and bassist were among the convoluted: the Pisces fish vs. Gemini twin.

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January 21, 2017

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89: Post-Beatles Albums That Never Were

Not what you might think: collations of solo Beatle songs, if they’d been recorded for collective Beatle albums.

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January 14, 2017

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88: Compiling McCartney

Last year’s Pure McCartney compilation set stirred some debate among fans: how could a career spanning 46 years and over 500 recordings be adequately compressed down to 67 tracks?

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January 6, 2017

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87: The Beatles’ Decca Audition

The New Years Day 1962 showcase at Decca Records in London did not pan out as The Beatles and Brian Epstein had hoped. But the decision to turn down the Beatles has long been regarded in rock history as one of the most bone-headed executive decisions ever made.

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December 31, 2016

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86: 2016 In Review

In this year-end special, Richard and Robert took a look back at some of the Beatle-related events of 2016: the new releases – the films – the tours – the anniversaries – the passings.

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December 20, 2016

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85: Magical Mystery Tour – The Film

The Beatles’ 1967 self-produced TV special/film has been pilloried from day one as their first critical disaster; a creative overreach that critics saw as proof of how lost they were when operating out of their element.

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