Episode #27 – ‘Loving The Beatles’

How, when and where did our passion for the Fab Four first get ignited? What form did it take and how has it evolved, personally and professionally? Our friend Mark Lewisohn, the group’s foremost biographer, joins us for an informal chat recorded at Erik’s home studio that provides perspective and reminiscences from both sides of the Atlantic, reaching back more than 55 years to our initial encounters with John, Paul, George and Ringo on TV, radio, record and in print. It’s been a lifelong love story, focusing on not only the music, but also the personalities… and the humour. As such, this episode speaks to fans everywhere.

The Music

  • ‘I’ll Get You’
  • ‘She Loves You’
  • ‘Here There and Everywhere’
  • ‘The Inner Light’
  • ‘Look at Me’
  • ‘The Beatles Movie Medley’
  • ‘All My Loving’

Episode #26 – ‘Love, Drugs and the Generation Gap – 1967’s New Musical Order’

It was a new age: the young were going to rule the world—well, parts of it. And they were certainly taking hold of the music business… or so they thought.

1967 was a halcyon year in the annals of psychedelic rock and the counterculture movement on both sides of the Atlantic. Yet, high hopes and lofty ambitions were soon brought back down to the earth by the powers-that-still-were. L.A.’s Sunset Strip riots of November ’66 would prove to be a harbinger of things to come. And the British Government banned pirate radio while launching its own rock-oriented, more sanitized broadcast station. So it was that the ‘Summer of Love’ started to fade.

Musician/producer/songwriter Ben Rowling joins Richard Buskin as guest co-host for this episode while Erik Taros participates via the phone. However, Erik’s back in the studio to hear David ‘Mr. Bonzai’ Goggin talk about his own psychedelic West Coast experiences in 1967 – as well as his phenomenal up-close experiences with The Beatles.

The Music

  • ‘We Love the Pirate Stations’ – Trinity
  • ‘Radio One Theme’ – Jimi Hendrix
  • ‘For What It’s Worth’ – Buffalo Springfield
  • ‘I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)’ – The Electric Prunes
  • ‘She’s a Rainbow’/‘We Love You’ – The Rolling Stones
  • ‘Somebody to Love’ – Jefferson Airplane
  • ‘Viola Lee Blues’ – The Grateful Dead
  • ‘Light My Fire’ – The Doors
  • ‘Intruder’ – Big Brother & The Holding Company
  • ‘I Am the Walrus’ – The Beatles
  • ‘Purple Haze’ – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ – Cream
  • ‘The “Fish” Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag’ – Country Joe and the Fish

Episode #25 – ‘Isn’t It a Pity – The Beatles’ Unrealized Album’.

During a taped business meeting attended by three Beatles and Neil Aspinall while Ringo was away – likely in mid-September ‘69, a month before that in which John would say he wanted “a divorce” from the group – JL remarked, “Alright, let’s move on. We’ll do another album. We’ll all do four songs. How’s that? That’s fair.”

When the others showed no interest, he then said, “Alright, how about a Christmas single? Y’know, we finish it with a Christmas single. I think it’s a great idea — I’m in.”

That changed after John and Yoko performed in Toronto with Eric and Klaus. But what if the others had approved John’s initial suggestion and immediately returned to the studio? Between them they already had enough songs for another LP – songs that would end up being utilized for their own solo projects.

Here are the tracks selected by your co-hosts…

Erik

  • Let It Down
  • Look at Me
  • Another Day
  • Stormy Weather
  • Gimme Some Truth
  • Hear Me Lord
  • Maybe I’m Amazed
  • Oh My Love
  • Art of Dying
  • Child of Nature
  • All Things Must Pass
  • The Back Seat of My Car
  • Isn’t It a Pity
  • Suicide

Richard

  • Gimme Some Truth
  • Maybe I’m Amazed
  • Art of Dying
  • Child of Nature
  • All Things Must Pass
  • Another Day
  • Isn’t It a Pity
  • Oh My Love
  • When Every Song is Sung
  • Every Night
  • Beautiful Girl
  • Look at Me
  • The Back Seat of My Car
  • What is Life

Featuring a recording of ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ by Mark & Rosalie Cunningham, produced for this show.