by Eddie M
Most of the larger auctions containing the 'fantasy' Beatles items out of our reach, are normally held in London, New York & Tokyo but here in the North West of England we have Omega Auctions based in Newton-Le-Willows.
It's one of the top auction houses worldwide for music memorabilia and vinyl records.
I'd love to be able to go to a Beatles auction with a big lottery win in my bank account or an unlimited Credit Card you never have to pay back but alas as you read this article that isn't the case.
Omega have held some thrilling auctions including a three part sale on behalf of Radio Luxembourg DJ Tony Prince. The highlight of the collection was the first played copy of the Beatles 'Love Me Do' single.yours for the 'princely' sum of £17,000.
Omega hold fairly frequent auctions of Beatles Collections, items sold include:
On the 28th October 2020 there's an ONLINE only Beatles Collection auction with 256 Lots of Beatles & solo vinyl LP's, books, including a signed 'Grapefruit' book by John & Yoko, posters, tickets, signed Genesis books and Paul McCartney & Wings autographs.
The highlight though has to be several items from Joe Flannery's estate including nine early Beatles contracts & letters signed by Brian Epstein. The lot numbers are 156 / 236 - 240 / 242 / 244 - 245.
Now where's that Credit card...
by Eddie M
It's December, Christmas is on it's way, the double Christmas edition of the Radio Times is due out on Saturday and it's 40 years since the BBC transmitted the epic 'The Beatles at Christmas' season.
Fed up of buying poor quality bootleg videos I went out and bought a recorder to tape the line up of Beatles classic films that was coming our way.
In 1979, television was a very different medium to that of today. TV companies, i.e. BBC1, BBC2 & ITV had to wait five years to show a 'blockbuster film such as The Towering Inferno & the Odessa File. Their Christmas schedules usually had a theme and this year the theme was music.
Christmas TV shows were aimed at families whether made by the BBC or bought from abroad.
Forty years ago, alongside the Beatles at Christmas season we were treated to Perry Como's Christmas in Austria, Val Christmas Music Show, The Spinners at Christmas and The Best of Dean Martin.
Musicals included a short series Christmas with Gene' that's Kelly for all you youngsters, Elvis - That's the Way It Is, The Singing Nun, My Fair Lady and Oklahoma!
But it was the Beatles at Christmas season that had everybody excited.
Of course, all the Beatles were still with us in 1979, it was brilliant to be able to spend time with them over the Christmas holidays.
24th December - BBC2 - 5.40pm The Beatles at Christmas: Film : Yellow Submarine
25th December - BBC2 - 3.00pm The Beatles at Christmas: A Hard Day's Night (1964)
26th December - BBC2 - 5.50pm The Beatles at Christmas: Let It Be (1970)
Wouldn't it be thrilling to buy the Radio Times Christmas Double Issue on Saturday, open its pages to see that the BBC were celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Beatles at Christmas...
Anybody selling a Blu Ray recorder?
By Billy J Shears
Remember the 60's when the only way to promote your latest record was to send a copy to DJ's hoping they'd like it enough to give it a spin. If you were lucky it would be featured as record of the week on your local radio station.
Now, for the fortunate few, promotion of a new record has taken on a life of it's own.
They'll always be the little freebies, pens, stickers, badges, postcards, promo singles/albums where we're ripped off on Ebay to add them to our collections but Paul McCartney has taken record promotion to another level for the release of his new album 'Egypt Station' due for release on 7th September 2018.
Strangely, the promotion for the album began in Liverpool 13 weeks before the album's release.
Paul and James Corden visited Paul's hometown to film an episode of 'Carpool Karaoke' visiting Beatles sites including Paul's former home at Forthlin Road where he performed 'When I'm 64' on the piano in the front parlour.
After visits to Penny Lane and the waterfront Beatles statue where Paul and James posed for photos, they ended the day with a 'secret gig' at the Philharmonic Pub performing a 13 song set including new song 'Come on to Me' to the 50 strong crowd.
A Hard Day's Night, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Jet, Drive My Car, Come On to Me, I've Just Seen a Face, Love Me Do, I've Got a Feeling, I Wanna Be Your Man, Back in the U.S.S.R., Birthday, Lady Madonna, Hey Jude
The next move for his record label Capitol was to release a double A-side download single of tracks 2 & 3 from the album, mainly the rocker 'Come on to Me' and the piano/acoustic based ballad 'I Don't Know' giving Paul is highest placed hit for a while on the Billboard Hot 100.
Paul then gave an indication in a couple of interviews with BBC Radio 2 & 6 that two further secret gigs could be played before the beginning of August.
During July Paul's band, Paul 'Wix' Wickens, Rusty Anderson, Brian Ray & Abe Laboriel, Jr. arrived in London for rehearsals, there was definitely something in the air.
Monday, 23rd July 2018, Paul McCartney walked across the World famous Abbey Road crossing and so began a memorable week for Beatles fans worldwide.
The first secret gig took place in front of a celebrity crowd including Johnny Depp, Kylie Minogue, Stella & Mary plus 10 fans who'd won a competition on social media to attend and watch Paul McCartney live in Abbey Road.
Blues Jam, Matchbox, A Hard Day's Night, Junior's Farm, One After 909, Drive My Car, Come On to Me, I've Got a Feeling, I've Just Seen a Face, Confidante, Love Me Do, We Can Work It Out, My Valentine,
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five, Lady Madonna, Who Cares, Got to Get You Into My Life, Fuh You,
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - Encore: I Wanna Be Your Man, Get Back, Back in the U.S.S.R.- Encore 2: Birthday,
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise), Helter Skelter.
Tuesday proved a rest day in this hectic week for Paul.
Paul McCartney appeared in 'Casual Conversation from LIPA' with Jarvis Cocker.
The hour long conversation was screened live on Facebook and included a mixture of stories old and new although always entertaining but the bombshell was that Paul was going to play another secret gig in Liverpool.
After the interview finished Paul & the band took to the stage to perform an acoustic set.
I've Just Seen a Face, San Francisco Bay Blues, Every Night, From Me to You, Mrs. Vandebilt, On My Way to Work, Love Me Do, Confidante, I Lost My Little Girl, Midnight Special, We Can Work It Out
The day Paul McCartney returned to the World famous Cavern Club, his first gig at the venue since December 1999 when he appeared there to promote Run Devil Run.
The set list included four songs from his new forthcoming album 'Egypt Station' and a rocking ending performing Hi, Hi, Hi, I Saw Her Standing There, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) and a version of Helter Skelter that nearly took the roof off.
Band Jam, Twenty Flight Rock, Magical Mystery Tour, Jet, All My Loving, Letting Go, Come On to Me, Let Me Roll It, I've Got a Feeling, My Valentine, Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five, Lady Madonna, In Spite of All the Danger, Things We Said Today, Confidante, Love Me Do, Who Cares, Birthday, I Wanna Be Your Man, Fuh You, Get Back, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Band on the Run, Hi, Hi, Hi, I Saw Her Standing There, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise), Helter Skelter
No set list but Paul finished this breath-taking week attending the LIPA Graduation with fans in attendance to greet him and wave him off.
Paul has played secret gigs before but the promotion for 'Egypt Station' has been unprecedented.
The only memorabilia lacking in my collection now is a badge and a sticker to promote Egypt Station.
If you see any let me know, good price paid for the right item:-) ...
by Billy J Shears
After the excitement of the premiere of the Beatles new film 'Eight Days A Week, the Touring Years' the latter part of September, at least locally, seemed to bring a lull in Beatles activities.
This brief hiatus ended on the 8th October with a suprise viewing of the 'The Lennon Report', a fascinating film, if ultimately, grim account of the moments after John Lennon was shot as seen through the eyes of those who lived it and tried desperately to save his life.
News producer Alan Weiss played by Walter Vinter is involved in a motorcycle accident on the same night as John Lennon is shot and taken to the same emergency unit at Roosevelt Hospital.
The staff at the hospital attempt to conceal the identity of John Lennon as Alan Weiss convinced that the shooting victim is John attempts to relay the news to his office.
Directed by Jeremy Profe 'The Lennon Report' is a true story starring Evan Jonigkeit as Dr. David Halleran & Richard Kind as Dr. Stephan G. Lynn.
The John Lennon 76th Birthday Celebration was held in the Live Lounge at the Cavern Club, Liverpool. Jimmy Coburn backed by his fellow Cavern Club Beatles performed his John Lennon show.
The first half featured songs recorded by John during his time with the Beatles, while the second set concentrated on his solo career.
The opening Revolution set the night alight from the very beginning as the band performed an impressive set including hit singles and album tracks from Love Me Do to Come Together.
If anything the Lennon solo set was even more impressive, beginning with Nobody Told Me, what a great song that is, Jimmy & the band were on top form.
Whether it was the rock of Cold Turkey, Gimme Some Truth & How Do You Sleep? or the classic Lennon of Watching the Wheels, Working Class Hero, Mind Games, How, Imagine or the newly performed Number 9 Dream there was no denying this was a fitting tribute to John on the night of his 76th birthday....
We've held local Beatles nights in Manchester (UK) for over 25 years.
You'll find us the second Tuesday of every month at the Millstone Pub in Manchester from 6pm showing Beatles footage on the big screen, music & a Beatles quiz.
On the 13th October we were pleased to screen the new Beatles film, Eight Days A Week complete with London premiere footage & the Shea Stadium concert.
If you know of anyone who would be interested in attending our Beatles nights please let them know about us. You can contact us here. Hope to see you there....
So, what's coming up?
Well, besides the usual shenanigans in Liverpool:-) our favourite Beatles Celebration band the Threetles are playing on Oldham Town Hall steps as part of the celebrations to mark the re-opening of the town hall complex. Start 2.30pm.
Our good mate Paul Wilde, Manchester News columnist & Beatles Historian is leading his Beatles in Manchester walkabout tour to show you why the city was so important to the fab four.
The tour is approximately 90 minutes. £10 Adults, £5 Kids (Under 16)
Starts at the DRY BAR 12 noon, 28 Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JN
Hope to see you at both events.
by Billy J. Shears
It was certainly an exciting time for Beatles fans in the run up to the release of their new film 'Eight Days a Week, The Touring Years' culminating with it's premier in London and Liverpool.
Paul & Ringo both attended the London premier beamed live to cinema's. Paul even wore the same jacket he had on at the Beatles 'A Hard Day's Night' premier and even managed to button it up:-).
What did you think of the film? Please let us know using our CONTACT page. It would be good to hear your views.
We can now look forward to it's release on Blu Ray/DVD on the 21st November 2016. It would seem to include many interesting bonus features but it would be a shame if footage of the premier wasn't included.
The accompanying CD release 'The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl' has been somewhat overshadowed during the films' premier but achieved top ten status in both the U.K. #3 & U.S.A. #7.
It was the Beatles 32nd Top 10 chart entry in the U.S.A. not bad for a band that released 12 albums in the UK between 1962-1970!
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