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107: Sgt. Pepper at 50 – A Conversation

June 2, 2017

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In what’s likely to be the first of a series of Sgt. Pepper discussions, Robert and Richard attempt to sort out their feelings toward a most complicated and singular Beatles release

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106: Deconstructing The Beatles – Revolution 9

May 30, 2017

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Before you roll your eyes, take a second: in this special episode, Richard and Robert dissect what is easily the most polarizing recording of The Beatles’ entire canon: the musique concrète produced by John, with assistance from Yoko and George, issued on their wildly expansive 1968 self-titled double album.

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105: Marshall Crenshaw, The Beatles and Power Pop

May 22, 2017

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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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104: Paperback Writer / Rain

May 13, 2017

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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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103: Solo Beatle Covers

May 6, 2017

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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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102: Compiling The Beatles

April 29, 2017

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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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101: Beatle Guest Stars

April 20, 2017

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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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100: Something About The Beatles’ Humour

April 14, 2017

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

March 25, 2017

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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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97: Chuck Berry and The Beatles

March 20, 2017

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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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