Tuesday, February 24, 2015


This is a free 24 disc set designed to accompany Kevin Howlett's book The BBC Archives. Each disc can be stored in a separate case, or they can be placed in slim cases and housed in the box intended for the book.

The set includes every known surviving BBC radio music and interview appearance from 1962-1970, plus guest appearances by other acts, and (as bonus items) interviews with those involved in the sessions. The sessions are arranged chronologically, with several Special Editions including the complete 5th birthday Saturday Club, The Beatles Abroad, all of the group's appearances on the Top Of The Pops radio series up to 1970, the BBC Beatles Night in December 1963, and a dvd of their surviving BBC tv appearances.

All tracks have been pulled from the best possible sources including original transcription discs and tapes. Dropouts, mains hum and other annoyances have been carefully removed. Noise reduction has not been used, although some sources had nr burned in. Early fades have all been fixed where possible.

A number of upgrades are included, plus some previously unheard guest appearances. And as a special bonus, a selection of never before heard continuity from the Light Program and Home Service is included, giving a bird's eye view into the hilariously stuffy state of British radio in the early 1960s.

The links are temporary. All fans are encouraged to distribute this set freely before some Japanese bootlegger gets hold of it. If you have not bought Kevin's excellent book yet then show your support by doing so, and as a bonus you'll have a nice box to house the set in (note: purchase the UK version of the book, not the US version which is smaller and will not fit the discs). Everyone doubtless by now owns On Air, but if not then please also show your support by snapping up a copy.

This is a fan project not a bootleg.

Saturday, February 21, 2015










Friday, February 20, 2015


An offer the Beatles (almost) couldn't refuse 

I enjoyed watching the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live this past Sunday night.   As a teenager in the 1990's, I never missed SNL.   As a matter of fact my best friend and I were known as "Wayne and Garth" (with me being Garth) among my circle of friends.   Catch phrases from SNL were part of our daily lives.  One of my happy memories as an early Beatle fan was watching Paul McCartney on live television in 1993 on the show.    I loved the whole "Chris Farley Show" skit with Chris and Paul because how many of us fear that if we talked to Paul THAT is what we would sound like?    I also loved the 'Red-hooded Sweatshirt' song that Paul and Linda did a small cameo on while Adam Sandler sang.   Good memories.

The Beatles have been a apart of SNL history going way back, which isn't surprising because the Beatles, while broken up, were still hot when the show premiered in 1975.  

By 1976, everyone was begging the Beatles to get back together for a reunion performance.   In early April 1976, People magazine had an article about Sid Bernstein  (who wasn't named at the time) offering the Beatles $230 million for a reunion concert.   That is an insane amount of money even today.   As we know, the Beatles turned him down. 

This lead of one of the funniest Beatle SNL moments of all time.   On April 24, 1976,  Lorne Michael's, the producer of Saturday Night Live,  very seriously looking into the cameras and offered the Beatles a whooping $3,000 to perform on Saturday Night Live.

He goes on to say how the Beatles would only need to sing three songs to get the money.   And that "you know the words, it will be easy."   He also tells them that they can split the money up however they want and if they want to give less to Ringo, that is up to them (poor Ringo...always the butt of every joke!).     He shows the camera the check from NBC made out to the Beatles for $3,000 to show that he is indeed serious about this.

For the millions of people watching the show at home, especially the big time Beatle fans, this was hilarious.   But we didn't know until an interview in 1980 that two special fans were watching as well.   John Lennon and Paul McCartney were together that night in 1976 in the Dakota and they were watching SNL on T.V.    John explains in the famous Playboy interview:

PLAYBOY: "Aside from the millions you've been offered for a reunion concert, how did you feel about producer Lorne Michaels' generous offer of $3200 for appearing together on 'Saturday Night Live' a few years ago?"
LENNON: "Oh, yeah. Paul and I were together watching that show. He was visiting us at our place in the Dakota. We were watching it and almost went down to the studio, just as a gag. We nearly got into a cab, but we were actually too tired."
PLAYBOY: "How did you and Paul happen to be watching TV together?"
LENNON: "That was a period when Paul just kept turning up at our door with a guitar. I would let him in, but finally I said to him, 'Please call before you come over. It's not 1956 and turning up at the door isn't the same anymore. You know, just give me a ring.' He was upset by that, but I didn't mean it badly. I just meant that I was taking care of a baby all day and some guy turns up at the door... But, anyway, back on that night, he and Linda walked in and he and I were just sitting there, watching the show, and we went, 'Ha-ha, wouldn't it be funny if we went down?' but we didn't."
PLAYBOY: "Was that the last time you saw Paul?"
LENNON: "Yes, but I didn't mean it like that."

The thought that John and Paul saw this funny skit live on TV totally blows my mind!   And that a discussion was had about going down to the studio?!    Of course in 2000 a film called Two of Us, tells the story of what would happen if they did go down to the studio that night (I have never see it, so I have no thoughts on it).

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"Yellow Submarine"

Once upon a time… or maybe twice, there was an unearthly paradise
called Pepperland, a place where happiness and music reigned supreme.
But all that was threatened when the terrible Blue Meanies declared war
and sent in their army led by a menacing Flying Glove to destroy all
that was good. Enter John, Paul, George and Ringo to save the day! Armed
with little more than their humor, songs, and of course, their yellow
submarine, The Beatles tackle the rough seas ahead in an effort to bring
down the evil forces of bluedom.

Los Angeles, CA, February 17, 2015

PRNewswire/­Dark Hall Mansion, www.DarkHallMansion.com is thrilled to reveal its latest officially licensed Beatles limited edition release: "Yellow Submarine" by preeminent comic book artist, Alex Ross, on sale Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015!

Dark Hall Mansion, working with Apple Corps Ltd and Bravado International, their North American licensing agent, will release Alex's singular vision of the Beatles' groundbreaking 1968 masterpiece, "Yellow Submarine." Driven by the Beatles legendary music and inspired by the generation’s new trends in art, the film resides with the dazzling styles of Pop Art, yet it's "Yellow Submarine's" art direction and production design by Heinz Edelmann that most defined the film's pioneering look, and it's in this spirit of unique innovation and creativity that Alex Ross's highly unusual take can best be appreciated. Alex has often been referred to as 'the Norman Rockwell of comics' yet his "Yellow Submarine" piece reveals the similarly powerful influence of master surrealist Salvador Dali, whom Alex has also recognized as a guiding influence on his style. His Blue Meanies are a sight to behold as is his overarching composition that does justice to the sweep of this legendary animated classic. Alex has commented prior on the body of his career's work noting, "Hopefully by painting the work, you gain a sense of life and believability that will draw the reader in a little more," and this is dynamically manifest in his massive 6-foot original painting for the Beatle's "Yellow Submarine."

Alex has worked on countless high profile projects, legendary comic book characters, Hollywood studios, a print for the Academy Awards, and so much more but he is very well known at this stage of his career for taking on projects of personal relevance and resonance most of all, and it's in this context that he enthusiastically accepted Dark Hall Mansion's invitation to a Beatles project, being an enormous fan of the world's most famous band. Let Alex's words convey just what the Beatles personally means to him and how meaningful "Yellow Submarine" is as well:

"For as long as I can remember hearing music, I have loved the Beatles. Not only do I believe they are the greatest musical group of all time, but also one of the greatest things to have happened in human history. “Yellow Submarine” has also been one of my favorite films since I was six years old. The opportunity to work with the Beatles’ likenesses in the very inspired context of the “Yellow Submarine” film is an absolute dream come true. There is so much I love about these men, their legacy, and this film."

It doesn't get any more clear and his "Yellow Submarine" piece is all Alex. This is the first time Alex has ever done a Beatles project and he was given little constraint, so it's safe to say all involved on the project, from LA to London, where shocked on receiving a note and attachment one day revealing a stunning 6-foot painting and just exactly how passionate Alex really was about this project! Please see some very special candid progress images of Alex's piece in development for DHM, attached, each showing him at work on the original painting in his private studio. We're certain you'll be impressed!

DHM's Alex Ross Beatles "Yellow Submarine" limited editions are meticulously printed by Alex's longstanding personal printer of choice and will be released by Dark Hall Mansion in exact scale to his original painting via limited edition canvas and paper editions. Both Beatles and Alex Ross fans worldwide will have an opportunity to own an officially licensed Beatles, full scale, 72-inch Alex Ross "Yellow Submarine" canvas or paper edition, each personally signed by the artist.

Dark Hall Mansion's signed Alex Ross "Yellow Submarine" paper edition, limited to a worldwide run of just 295 pieces, will price at $375, while the select signed Alex Ross "Yellow Submarine" canvas edition, with only 125 editions available worldwide, will price at $550.

Both the Standard and Canvas editions are attached and may also be viewed directly on Dark Hall Mansion's Blog here:
or on DHM's Facebook page at:

All Editions go on sale Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at Dark Hall Mansion. They'll go on sale on our dedicated Store page at 9:30 AM PST here: http://www.darkhallmansionstore.com/

*In fairness to all collectors who wish to purchase DHM's Alex Ross "Yellow Submarine" limited editions: ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

The Beatles limited edition print series is created by Dark Hall Mansion. ‘The Beatles’ is a registered trademark of Apple Corps Limited.

Dark Hall Mansion is a labor of love. We are passionate about art, about the work of print and poster artists present and past, here and abroad, we are committed to bringing their skills to the forefront on projects both compelling and exciting, bridging their studios and creations directly with your walls and personal collections.

More information can be found on these and other editions available from Dark Hall Mansion at www.DarkHallMansion.com

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

NEW Ringo Starr

Postcards from Paradise

Thursday, February 05, 2015