May 22, 2017

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105: Marshall Crenshaw, The Beatles and Power Pop

Said Allmusic about our guest: “He writes songs that are melodic, hooky and emotionally true, and he sings and plays them with an honesty and force that still finds room for humor without venom.

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May 13, 2017

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104: Paperback Writer / Rain

Are The Beatles on their way out now?,” asked The Daily Sketch. Said a critic at The Sunday Mirror: “They have, to put it bluntly, goofed.

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May 6, 2017

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103: Solo Beatle Covers

Setting aside the thematic full album works like Run Devil Run, Rock ‘n’ Roll or Sentimental Journey, the former Beatles recorded a fair amount of material written by others.

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April 29, 2017

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102: Compiling The Beatles

In this episode, Richard and Robert examine the myriad ways their work was re-imagined and compiled: from Greatest to Rarities to 1, from Alpha-Omega to Reel Music.

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April 20, 2017

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101: Beatle Guest Stars

Throughout the course of their career, The Beatles freely tapped the talents of a number of outside musicians to add color to their musical palette.

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April 14, 2017

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100: Something About The Beatles’ Humour

Comedy was an aspect of The Beatles’ personas that came through loud and clear from day one. In this milestone episode, Richard and Robert discuss the comedic influences on the group

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April 4, 2017

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99: Autumn ’74 – Walls and Bridges and Dark Horse

Ten years after The Beatles’ North American debut, at least three former members of the group battled an array of personal challenges.

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March 25, 2017

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98: I’ve Seen That Road Before – Beatle Influencers and Inspirations

Like all successful artists, The Beatles drew from sources all over the place, some obvious; some not so much. In this detailed discussion

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March 20, 2017

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97: Chuck Berry and The Beatles

It is a sign of the esteem that this musical icon was held by The Beatles that they performed more songs penned by him than any other single artist. Chuck Berry’s shadow looms large: as a performer – as a songwriter – as a guitarist.

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March 12, 2017

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96: Ex-Beatles Helping Ex-Beatles (in the studio)

Covering the period of John’s lifetime, Richard and Robert examine the recordings produced by the formerly Fab foursome and how their individual artistry contributed to each other’s work.

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