Episode #19: ‘Geoff Emerick – Channeling The Beatles’ Creativity’

A tribute to the recording engineer whose in-studio innovations helped shape The Beatles’ sound—and alter the course of popular music.

Geoffrey Emerick (born 5th December 1945, died 2nd October 2018) was just 16-years-old when, on 6th June 1962, he joined the EMI Studios on Abbey Road as a tape operator. Two days later, he attended the group’s first recording session with Ringo Starr on drums. He subsequently assisted on a number of sessions, including those for ‘She Loves You’ and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’, before replacing Norman Smith as The Beatles’ chief engineer in early 1966 and diving straight into the deep end with the first track committed to tape for their landmark ‘Revolver’ LP: the revolutionary, now-legendary ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’. The following year, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ won him his first of four Grammy Awards.

In this episode, Richard, Erik, Allan and Craig examine how, together with producer George Martin, Geoff helped realize The Beatles’ most far-flung creative ambitions. And there is also an enlightening interview with multi-award-winning engineer John Kurlander, who assisted Geoff on the group’s final album, ‘Abbey Road’.

Featured Tracks

  • Tomorrow Never Knows (STTS remix)
  • Yer Blues
  • Good Day Sunshine
  • Good Morning Good Morning
  • Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End (STTS remix)
  • I’m Only Sleeping
  • A Day in the Life (STTS remix)

Episode #18: ‘The Beatles – Politically (In)Correct’

The cripple impersonations, the Nazi salutes, the MBEs (received and returned), the groupies, the ‘Butcher cover’, the ‘bigger than Jesus’ controversy, the drugs, the love anthem, the naked album cover, the politically-charged lyrics, the peace campaign, the erotic artwork… However we slice and dice The Beatles’ story, it’s never boring,. What they said, sang and did still incites heated debates and disagreements five decades later. And what was deemed acceptable or unimportant back in the 1960s is often judged far more harshly today—as well as the other way around. So, diving into this often amusing, sometimes disturbing topic, we appraise things according to not only current mores, but also the era in which they took place—guaranteeing an action-packed episode… and a splendid time for all.

The Music

  • I Saw Her Standing There
  • Day Tripper
  • The Word
  • Girl
  • Run for Your Life
  • Got to Get You into My Life
  • Tomorrow Never Knows
  • Doctor Robert
  • Penny Lane
  • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
  • A Day in the Life
  • All You Need is Love
  • Revolution 1
  • Blackbird
  • Piggies
  • No Pakistanis
  • Maggie Mae
  • I’ve Got a Feeling
  • Don’t Let Me Down
  • Give Peace a Chance
  • Come Together
  • You Can’t Do That
  • Across the Universe
  • Piggies
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
  • Revolution
  • Commonwealth

Episode #17: ‘The Monkees – Fake or Real?’

They’ve been labeled the Prefab Four, America’s answer to The Beatles; a manufactured group performing songs on TV and in concert that were written by accomplished composers and recorded by crack session musicians. All of which is true—up to a point. Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork boasted assorted pedigrees as actors and/or musicians, and they eventuially exerted greater control over their own career. But, as fast as they became superstars on both sides of the Atlantic, they flamed out, and to this day the debate continues regarding their musical validity and credibility. Which is where Richard, Erik, Allan and Craig enter the picture…

The music featured on this show comprises a wide array of singles, session tapes, outtakes and tracks from the albums ‘The Monkees’ (1966), ‘More of The Monkees’, ‘Headquarters’, ‘Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.’ (all 1967), ‘The Birds, The Bees and The Monkees’ and ‘Head’ (both 1968).

Featured Tracks:

  • (Theme from) The Monkees
  • Mary, Mary
  • Goin’ Down
  • (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone
  • Cuddly Toy
  • Daydream Believer
  • Your Auntie Grizelda
  • Ladies Aid Society
  • Saturday’s Child
  • Papa Gene’s Blues
  • Take a Giant Step
  • Last Train to Clarksville
  • I Wanna Be Free
  • She
  • When Love Comes Knockin’ (at Your Door)
  • Sometime in the Morning
  • The Day We Fall in Love
  • Porpoise Song (Theme from Head)
  • Laugh
  • I’m a Believer
  • Gonna Buy Me a Dog
  • For Pete’s Sake
  • Randy Scouse Git
  • Shades of Gray
  • A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You
  • Salesman
  • The Door into Summer
  • Words
  • What Am I Doing Hangin’ ’Round?
  • Star Collector
  • Love is Only Sleeping
  • Peter Percival Patterson’s Pet Pig Porky
  • Valleri
  • Ditty Diego – War Chant
  • Pleasant Valley Sunday