Tag: Beatles

  • The Am-Azing (Moltmaker’s) Beatles Museum, Alkmaar

    The Am-Azing (Moltmaker’s) Beatles Museum, Alkmaar

    Alkmaar in Holland is perhaps best known for its traditional cheese market. Burly men have paraded the streets of Alkmaar for hundreds of years, all dressed in costumes whilst selling their wares. And there’s also a cheese market. Perhaps less well known, however, is Alkmaar’s Beatles Museum. The obvious question is “Why Alkmaar?” Although the […]

  • What Is The Greatest “Not Officially Released” Album?

    What Is The Greatest “Not Officially Released” Album?

    There’s something about unreleased songs and albums which is wholly intriguing. An unreleased record taunts us whilst unheard, causing divine despair for the days that are no more, or whatever the poet said. Never mind the fact that the artist or record company thought the release of such excrescence might cause irreparable harm to the […]

  • 45 Years Ago Today – The Beatles White Album: But Is It Better As A Single LP?

    45 Years Ago Today – The Beatles White Album: But Is It Better As A Single LP?

    Today is the 45th anniversary of the release of “The Beatles”, which was released on 22nd November 1968. Today’s news that a track listing has surfaced of The Beatles White Album as a single LP – drawn up collectively by the band in September 1968 – and found in a box of papers once belonging […]

  • Supersize Me: Morgan Howell’s 45 rpm Exhibition at Snap Galleries

    Supersize Me: Morgan Howell’s 45 rpm Exhibition at Snap Galleries

    In the Window of Snap Gallery’s latest exhibition by artist Morgan Howell is a quote by Johnny Marr of The Smiths. He says “The seven inch single, as an entity, is an absolutely powerful, possibly otherworldly object”. It certainly would be powerful if one of Howell’s creations landed on your toe, because this exhibition is […]

  • The Bowie Bet: Buying Bowie’s Vinyl Records

    The Bowie Bet: Buying Bowie’s Vinyl Records

    Just how cheaply can you buy a full set of Bowie‘s ’70’s vinyl records? I was having a chat with my friend Chris the other night. He is the one who bet me I couldn’t buy The Beatles on vinyl for less than the cost of the recent box set. He would have won but […]

  • Pop Charts Britannia: 60 Years of the Top Ten

    Pop Charts Britannia: 60 Years of the Top Ten

    2012 marks the 60th Anniversary of the day the NME produced the first list of best-selling songs in the UK. Topping the charts that day – effectively the first number one hit in the UK – was Al Martino. Prior to this chart of record sales, there was a music chart – but one which […]

  • The Beatles Stereo Box Set Challenge – The Conclusion

    The Beatles Stereo Box Set Challenge – The Conclusion

    Buying The Beatles on Vinyl Spoiler alert: This is Part 6 of a six-part series. If you want to start at the beginning – click this link. The story so far: A bet has been struck between me and my friend Chris: Can I buy a complete set of Beatles records on vinyl for less […]

  • The Beatles Stereo Box Set Challenge 5/6

    The Beatles Stereo Box Set Challenge 5/6

    Part 5: Buying The Beatles on Vinyl at Old Spitalfields Market The story so far: A bet has been struck. It is the 19th October 2012. I have until tomorrow to buy a complete set of Beatles records on vinyl for less money than the 2012 Re-issued Box Set. The clock is ticking and the […]

  • The Beatles Stereo Box Set Challenge Part 4

    The Beatles Stereo Box Set Challenge Part 4

    Part 4/6: Buying The Beatles On Vinyl: Abbey Road’s Misaligned Apples and Sgt Pepper‘s Red Wavy Lines The story so far: A bet has been struck: Buy a complete set of Beatles records on vinyl for less money than the 2012 Re-issued Box Set. The clock is ticking and the stakes are high…the loser has […]

  • The Beatles Stereo Box Set Challenge Part 3

    The Beatles Stereo Box Set Challenge Part 3

    Buying Beatles records on eBay. Part 3/6: The story so far: A bet has been struck: Buy a complete set of Beatles records on vinyl for less money than the Re-issued Box Set by the 20th October. The clock is ticking and the stakes are high…the loser has to listen to a Mariah Carey album. […]

  • The Beatles Stereo Box Set Challenge Part 2

    The Beatles Stereo Box Set Challenge Part 2

    Looking For Beatles Records In Charity Shops Part 2/6 The story so far: A bet has been struck: Buy a complete set of Beatles records on vinyl for less money than the Re-issued Box Set. The clock is ticking and the stakes are high…the loser has to listen to a Mariah Carey album. Ten times. […]

  • The Beatles Box Set Challenge

    The Beatles Box Set Challenge

    “I bet that I can buy the original Beatles records on vinyl for less than the cost of the new stereo box set on Amazon.” Part 1/6 The announcement made on the 27th September that The Beatles are to re-release all their albums on vinyl on the 12th November in a deluxe box set has […]

  • Things You Don’t See Anymore #2: The Bootleg Tape Market Trader

    Things You Don’t See Anymore #2: The Bootleg Tape Market Trader

    Bootleg recordings of live shows can now be found on-line – but this wasn’t always the case. Bootlegs used to be under the counter – or more often, on market stalls in cassette form or (if you were really keen / wealthy) on vinyl at bootleg record fairs. After Queen’s triumph at Wembley, I began […]

  • The Beatles: My embarrassing first record

    The Beatles: My embarrassing first record

    Like all the hippest music lovers, the first record I owned was by The Beatles. No Reply, I’ll Be Back, Drive My Car, Do You Want to Know a Secret, We Can Work It Out, I Should Have Known Better, Nowhere Man, You’re Going to Lose That Girl – all timeless tunes that instantly impress when first records are discussed amongst friends. […]