Saturday, April 27, 2019

Explorer’s Edition

 Explorer’s Edition

Paul McCartney is proud of his 2018 album Egypt Station (and the Beatles legend should be proud of it, considering it debuted at the top of the music charts) — and on May 17, the album will be re-released in deluxe, expanded form in what’s being called the Explorer’s Edition

“Get Started”
“Nothing For Free”
“Frank Sinatra’s Party”
“Sixty Second Street”
“Who Cares” [Full Length]
“Get Enough”
“Come On To Me” [Live At Abbey Road Studios]
“Fuh You” [Live At The Cavern]
“Confidante” [Live At LIPA]
“Who Cares” (Live At Grand Central Station)


Glen Burtnik's 
Summer of Love Concert, 
"Celebrating the 50th Anniversary 
Woodstock and More!"

RELEASE DATE: MAY 31, 2019 In celebration of the 50 th anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Festival, JEM Records is releasing Glen Burtnik’s Summer of Love Concert, “Live Love” on May 31st. The 18 song, 2-CD set will be specially priced as a download and stream. “Live Love captures the excitement and greatness of one of the most iconic periods in music history--June 1, 1967 (Sgt. Pepper) to August 15, 1969 (Woodstock),” said Marty Scott, President of JEM Records. Glen Burtnik and Tony Pallagrosi, Co-Creators of The Summer of Love, credit the fifteen-member cast with giving performances on the CDs that essentially recreate the rich, joyful, tribal music from that era. The show features 11 lead singers, horns, strings, keyboards, background singers and an incredible rock rhythm section. Vocalists faithfully evoke that special time, as Marc Rubinstein's Pig Light Show offers a psychedelic backdrop.

Tour Dates (more to come) 1) July 28, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, TN, 2) Aug 8, Cain Park Amphitheatre, Cleveland Heights, OH 3) Aug 15, Mayo Performing Arts Center - MPAC, Morristown, NJ 3) Aug 16, The Freeman Stage, Selbyville, DE, 4) Aug 24, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, NJ,

Friday, April 26, 2019


This is my fourth blog for
Never Say Die’ digression. I was on tour in the USA with my brother Pete Best. The tour took the Pete Best Band to Louisville Kentucky where if my memory serves me correctly, I think we were playing the Abbey Road on the River Festival. Either way the family who bred and owned ‘Never Say Die’ were in the audience.
They sent word backstage they would like to meet Pete and myself. We were really surprised, but because of our family history with that particular horse we welcomed them. The family invited us out to the farm the next day to see where ‘Never Say Die’ had been born. This was also being topped off with lunch at the Jockey Club. How could we resist. We couldn’t. Mo would have loved this.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

The Greatest Beatles Performance of All Time



The Greatest Beatles Performance of All Time

Months before the The Ed Sullivan Show, the band played a seven-song set for Swedish radio that settles any doubt about their electrifying live presence.

With their last club residency in Hamburg’s boozed-up Reeperbahn district less than a year in the past, the Beatles were still one kickass bar band: adrenaline junkies with something punkish about them, though that punk vibe was shot through with rhythm and blues. But unlike when the band played Hamburg, now they had their own formidable compositions to perform.

They open with Paul McCartney’s “I Saw Her Standing There,” and they immediately make clear that this is going to be a full-speed affair. The sound isn’t just loud; it’s over-loud, possibly the loudest rock and roll anyone had ever cut to date. The guitars distort, adding abraded edges that make the song sound more lascivious than it is, the lines of “She was just 17 / If you know what I mean” now sufficiently scabrous to get the likes of Humbert Humbert up and dancing. The four guys sound thrilled, maybe over the fact that for once hardly anyone is screaming back at them.

If you’re a connoisseur of live recordings, you want one thing above all else: energy. Ballads can have it, death metal songs can have it, pop numbers, folk tunes, anything, potentially. It’s what binds material as disparate as Eric Dolphy and Booker Little’s Five Spot dates, Böhm’s Tristan und Isolde, and Jerry Lee Lewis’s Live at the Star Club. But what’s neat about this Beatles gig is that the band members themselves seem, in the very moments of their music-making, to clock on to this same idea—energy is the thing—and tease it out.
There are only two surviving Beatles concert recordings that feature the band playing both “Money” and “Twist and Shout,” conceivably their two most intense numbers. One reason is that singing both songs in a single session was no easy feat, as John Lennon absolutely screamed both of them. But we’re definitely getting “Money” here, and Lennon can’t wait to offer some input as the intro begins, letting loose a “Yeahhhh Yeahhhhh!” off-mike. The dual-guitar attack has what would become the Velvet Underground’s trademark fuzz to it, only sped up.
A version of Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven” follows, and it bests the Beatles’ studio version—the faster pace helps. Then it’s on into “You Really Got a Hold on Me” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, rhythmically complex black music that gawky British white kids aren’t supposed to be able to play well. Lennon isn’t fazed, though. He gives the song a jokey intro, telling everyone who it’s by in a slowed-down, take-some-notes-class kind of voice. The song itself is pure, bottomless groove, with Lennon letting his voice simply skip atop it, easy peasy, save that none of it is. 

Still, none of that prepares you for “She Loves You.” There is no more orgastic sound in all of rock and roll than when the opening chorus of “She Loves You” segues into Ringo’s cymbal explosion—a most tingly explosion—as the first verse begins. This is the sound of release, and on stage, here in Sweden, release is communal and energy palpable.

After “She Loves You,” there could be but one conclusion to the gig, one possible way of upping the energy further. The guitars are out of tune on “Twist and Shout,” but it’s easy to like them that way, and you get a deeper appreciation for the part they played in giving the studio version its rhythmic foundation. George Harrison—always a volume buff—and Lennon are clearly having a blast with throttling away on their guitars, and McCartney’s madman scream eggs Lennon on further on the final vocal pass. Nutso, unhinged, intense—and yet, controlled—stuff. 

Monday, April 15, 2019


John Lennon’s Imagine [Raw Studio Mixes] will be released as a Limited Edition on heavyweight 180-gram black vinyl for Record Store Day 2019.

These mixes capture the exact moment John and The Plastic Ono Band recorded each song raw and live on the soundstage located at the center of Ascot Sound Studios at John & Yoko’s home in Tittenhurst. The tracks are devoid of effects (reverb, tape delays, etc.) offering a unique, unparalleled insight & an alternate take on the record.

These mixes have been pressed in the original album sequence appearing for the first time on vinyl.