Back in 2014 the ABC (the Australian Broadcasting Corporation) began hosting an ongoing series celebrating the 50th anniversary release of each British Beatle LP.
As each album marks its anniversary ABC Radio presenter Rod Quinn speaks to US John Lennon biographer and Beatle expert Jude Southerland Kessler. Jude is the author of the extraordinary (and ambitious!) nine-volume John Lennon narrative biography. The latest instalment in Jude’s amazing series was released late last year – Volume 4: Should Have Known Better (to see the details scroll down after clicking).
Well, after a bit of a break, the pair are back. In October last year they took a look back at both sides of the original Yellow Submarine album:
Then came the big one, The Beatles (or The White Album) 50th Anniversary. It took Jude and host Rod Quinn some time to work through all four sides of the legendary album on air, but they’ve put the results together in one, long podcast:
They also talked through highlights of The Esher Demos bonus disc that came with 50th Anniversary release of The White Album last year:
Each of these podcasts are very insightful – and really are well worth a listen.
There’s another Beatle-themed turntable out there:
Turntable manufacturer Pro-Ject Audio Systems, in association with Universal Music, has launched a BeatlesWhite Album model to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of the legendary recording.
The BeatlesWhite Album turntable is limited to 500 pieces worldwide. It looks to have a limited edition number stamped on it, just like the original LP covers did back in 1968, but it’s not clear if these are individual or not:The Pro-Ject White Album Limited Edition is up at the higher end of Pro-Ject’s turntable offerings and retails for US$1799 (and in Australia for $2699). You can read the official press release here.
The Beatlesofficial site has announced that a limited edition ‘Yellow Submarine’ 7″ vinyl picture disc single is to be released on July 6: This will mark 50 years since the Yellow Submarine animated film hit movie screens around the world:
Of course this isn’t the first time we’ve seen an officially released ‘Yellow Submarine’ 7″ picture disc. As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations for each British Beatle single, EMI issued a series of picture discs. This one came out in 1986 – marking 20 years since the band’s 13th single ‘Yellow Submarine’/’Eleanor Rigby’ was issued in August, 1966:
The new 7″ vinyl picture disc will come in a coloured die-cut sleeve and will be released on Friday, 6 July. A high-resolution, 4K restoration of the Yellow Submarine film will open at selected movie theatres in the UK, Ireland and the US in the following days. Tickets are here.
This year, being the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’Yellow Submarine LP and animated film, we’ll see some official Apple-backed activities to mark the occasion.
There’s to be a new graphic novel adaptation of the film story from comic-book artist, writer and editor Bill Morrison. This will be released on August 7 and is available for pre-order now from Amazon US and Amazon UK. See more on the background to the book here. Also, The Beatles official site today also announced that, in the UK and Ireland at least, Yellow Submarine will be making a return to cinemas for one day only. It’s planned to show the film in multiple locations on July 8. Tickets go on sale from April 17. More details about this here – and you can keep up with the event on a new Yellow Submarine Film Facebook page.
Meanwhile, at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the Pro-Ject turntable company leaked some teaser vision of their latest collaboration with Apple – a Yellow Submarine themed turntable:
When we wrote about this back in February it was still very much a “wait and see” proposition.
Now it is about to be a reality.
Tomorrow, November 1, the Lego BeatlesYellow Submarine kit goes on sale around the world.
Based on an idea submitted to Lego last year by musician and Beatle fan Kevin Szeto, the kit was brought to reality by Lego designer Justin Ramsden who was given the opportunity to refine Kevin’s initial model: “I watched the film when I was younger and was really inspired by how it oozed so much imagination – comparable to how I view LEGO elements. I’m also a massive fan of The Beatles having grown up with their music all my life so to see The Beatles in LEGO form is a dream come true.”
The finished model is very close to Kevin Szeto’s original idea, right down to what John, Paul, George and Ringo are wearing. The set contains 550 pieces and will retail for US $59.99 / EUR €59,99 / GBP £49.99, and in Australia $79.99.
To celebrate the release the Beatle mini figures gave Lego a tour of their hometown of Liverpool, including the famous Strawberry Fields:
I saw it on Ebay and the idea of having the official Korean DVD release in the collection seemed appealing, although it’s not a recent copy. The cover is kind of cool though.
It all looks like it is official. I think this one dates back to the same time as the Universal Pictures release to western countries in 1999. It is very similar features-wise to that DVD (below) which will be familiar to most people:
When you first load the Korean DVD there’s a different menu set on screen with different graphics and music, and the “Special Features” section (while similar to the United Artists release) is pretty limited. For a start there is no audio commentary by John Coates, and there are only about eight or nine “Behind the Scenes Photos” from the production included. In the United Artists release you get thirty photographs. Other than that the two are pretty similar, and the quality of the video transfer is about the same.
The new “Yellow Submarine” has been out for a couple of weeks now and my copies have just arrived – courtesy of Amazon in the United States.
I got the re-packaged “Yellow Submarine Songtrack” CD. Yes I know, it’s the exact same songs re-mixed and remastered way back in 1999. Despite a perfect opportunity to do so Apple hasn’t provided us with the 09.09.09 remixes that were used for the “1962-66″ (Red), “1967-70” (Blue), and the “1” re-issues – but the same old remixes used on the original “Yellow Submarine Songtrack” release. As one Beatles collector wrote: “Just how lazy is that. Making us pay again for the same 12 year-old mixes?”
But it does come in the re-versioned packing making it compatible with all the new-look cardboard CD covers, including the back-catalogue titles in the 2009 box set – and the Beatles “1”, and so the completist collector just has to have it:
I also got the Blu-Ray of the 1968 film (it’s also out in a refreshed DVD, too) in excellent remastered quality.
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But did you know that there was a unique, limited edition Blu-Ray cover offered in the UK, apparently issued in small numbers only by the HMV chain of record stores there? Check it out in this un-boxing video…
For more on “Yellow Submarine” see this post. Yes, the Blu-Ray will be crystal clear and worth it, but what are we collectors really getting that’s new?