Wednesday, 7 December 2016

New plan for family archive at Friar Park

Crackerbox Palace. Friar Park, Henley-on-Thames
Olivia Harrison, the widow of Beatle George Harrison wants to build an archive at the home they shared for 30 years.

Mrs Harrison has applied to South Oxfordshire District Council, the planning authority, for permission to remove temporary storage and utility units at Friar Park and erect new buildings.

The development would include an archive building for the storage of family papers and objects which are currently stored in “unsuitable conditions” in various places around the estate.

The building would measure 20m by 8m and include accommodation for an archivist.

The application is a revision of plans for which Mrs Harrison was granted planning permission in 2014 but has not yet implemented.


It says: “Since that time thoughts about the planning of the site have evolved, particularly in the way that the garden landscaping might be resolved in this area, which impacts on the layout of the proposed and consented buildings.

“There is now a strong desire to reconnect lost garden routes and to remove a proliferation of later access roads and hard-standing areas, especially closer to the historic buildings.

“For this to be achieved, a revised layout is required but one which also seeks to preserve as much of the historic garden structure as well as the presently protected trees.”

Mrs Harrison also wants to relocate the estate security and accommodation for night staff. The estate is obliged to operate a 24-hour security operation 365 days a year.

In 1999, Harrison was attacked after a man broke in and stabbed him seven times before his wife knocked out the intruder with a poker.

High security around Friar Park was put in place following the attack.

The plans also include new ancillary stores, gardeners’ sheds, staff welfare facilities and machinery/car park storage plus an additional garage for the storage of three vintage cars which are currently stored off site.

The district council will make a decision by January 16.

Source: The Henley Standard

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Peace & Love: The Life & Times of Ringo Starr


This teaser trailer caused a lot of speculation on social media, because nothing was found to confirm that this was indeed a documentary in the making. Nothing on imdb or elsewhere. But axs.com managed to find the man behind the teaser trailer, Noven Jaisi. In an exclusive email exchange with the website, Jaisi explains that this is a documentary he would like to make, but he has not had any success in contacting Ringo. Now that he has gone public, we hope that contact will be made, and that his project can come to fruition.

Link: Axs.com

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Harrison vinyl boxed set

Two picture discs included with the boxed set.
This post has been updated with new information after it was first published. As previously rumoured, a George Harrison vinyl collection is going to be available individually and as a boxed set. The set has a release date of  February 24, 2017 - just in time for what would have been Harrison's 74th birthday. The collection has still not been officially announced, so we are quoting an anonymous source.

The collection consists of all George Harrison's LPs (except the live album "Concert for Bangladesh", which is a various artists album anyway), which means that the "All Things Must Pass" triple album and the "Live in Japan" double album are included. Exclusive to the boxed set are two picture disc singles not sold separately: a replica of the original "When We Was Fab" 12" maxi single and a new one for the song "Cloud Nine" (tracks to be confirmed). The latter is the same 7" as the Genesis Publications "I Me Mine" book bonus vinyl single (or EP).

An illustration of George Harrison albums.
George's first two albums, the experimental "Electronic Sound" and the movie soundtrack "Wonderwall Music", both released while Harrison was still in the Beatles, will also be part of the reissue programme. "Early Takes Vol 1" is currently readily available on vinyl and will not be included in the boxed set. Here's a list of the 13 albums in the box:
  1. Wonderwall Music
  2. Electronic Sound
  3. All Things Must Pass
  4. Living In The Material World
  5. Dark Horse
  6. Extra Texture
  7. 33 & 1/3
  8. George Harrison
  9. Somewhere In England
  10. Gone Troppo
  11. Cloud Nine
  12. Live In Japan
  13. Brainwashed
  14. +
  15. Picture disc When We Was Fab
  16. Picture disc Cloud Nine

This is all preliminary information, so details may change before the release. The two compilation albums "Best of George Harrison" and "Best of Dark Horse, 1976-1989" haven't made the list. Still these albums contain some material not available in the new collection, like the "Bangladesh" single version on the former and "Poor Little Girl" and "Cheer Down" on the latter.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

New TMOQ Gazettes

HMC 028
A couple of new releases in the TMOQ Gazette series of video bootlegs have been announced, according to Collector's Music Reviews. The two DVDs concentrate on in depth look at specific promotional films. The first of these examines "Hey Jude" and "Revolution".  The DVD features some Abbey Road rehearsal footage for the ‘Music’ documentary, the rehearsals for the promo video on the set of the David Frost show and more little extras all in superb stereo sound.

Front and back of the booklet shows it's a 1DVD/1CD release.

The documentary Music! - An experiment in television was released in 1968 and is a celebration of music in Britain, ranging from Tippett, The Beatles, folk clubs, brass bands right through to bell ringing.
The Beatles footage captures rehearsals for "Hey Jude", and was filmed on Tuesday 30th of July, 1968. The Beatles recorded takes 7 through to 25, though according to Mark Lewisohn, it was not The Beatles' intention to capture the perfect recording yet. But this session was arranged as more than a means of rehearsing "Hey Jude", it was also arranged so that the Beatles could be filmed for part of this documentary.
The resulting film only includes around six minutes of Beatles footage, compiled from several hours of shooting, showing The Beatles busking, chatting and rehearsing. The musical takes recorded during this session featured just piano, drums and acoustic guitar - so there was no role for George Harrison. Music! showed him in the control room of studio 2 with George Martin and Ken Scott.
"The film crew was supposed to work in such a way that no-one would realize they were there," recalls Scott. "But of course they were getting in everyone's way and everyone was getting uptight about it." Most of the footage used were from take 9 of "Hey Jude".

HMC 029

"Lady Madonna & Hey Bulldog" (HMC 029) examines the video from the recording session of "Hey Bulldog", which was utilised for the "Lady Madonna" promotional film in 1968, and re-edited to promote "Hey Bulldog" in conjunction with the 1999 release of "Yellow Submarine Songtrack", which featured new mixes of songs used in the animated feature film.  Further new edits on this bootleg release contain unseen material alongside "a compilation of studio outtakes, isolated tracks, demos and alternate mixes for both songs". A brand new edit of the filming session for the track clocking in at 20 minutes is a surprising feature.

Front and back of the booklet.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Kenny and The Beatles on the radio

The late Kenny Everett
A new radio show about legendary and controversial radio DJ Kenny Everett and his relationship with the Beatles, presented by Paul Gambaccini, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on the 21st December at 10pm.

Maurice James Christopher Cole (25 December 1944 – 4 April 1995), known professionally as Kenny Everett, was a British comedian, radio DJ and television entertainer. Everett is best known for his career as a radio DJ and for The Kenny Everett Video Show.

A fellow Liverpudlian, Kenny got on well with the Beatles. Everett had struck up a friendship with the Beatles and accompanied them on their August 1966 tour of the United States, sending back daily reports for pirate station Radio London. He was heard in May 1967 on the BBC's Light Programme previewing the Beatles' forthcoming album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and was one of the DJs on the new pop music station Radio 1 from its launch at the end of September 1967. He also produced The Beatles' 1968 and 1969 Christmas records, collages of odd noises, musical snippets, and individual messages.

Apple promo from Italy

One of his radio interviews with the Beatles was released on an Apple record in Italy, titled Una sensazionale intervista - a sensational interview. The 45 rpm single disc was part of a promotional Apple package, also containing discs from Mary Hopkin, The Iveys and Jackie Lomax. Side one contains part 1 which lasts 3:30 and side two contains part 2 which lasts 3:52. The interview begins with John singing "Cottonfields" and ends with the whole band singing "Goodbye" to Kenny Everett with much fun in between. Recorded during the recording sessions for "Don't Pass Me By", the interview was played in edited form on his show.

Paul Gambaccini said: "Kenny Everett was the greatest radio presenter of my lifetime. The Beatles were the greatest group. I hope that when we put them together the result is at least good! I have done several programmes about my old friend Kenny Everett before, but never one taking this angle. This is fascinating. I love to learn, and I have learned about one of my friends and heroes from working on this show."

Diagnosed as HIV positive in 1989, Everett died from an AIDS-related illness aged 50 in 1995.

The Radio 2 show, which will air at 10pm on December 21, also promises to reveal how Everett inspired lyrics to one of the Beatles' most memorable hits...we trust this will be done in the best possible taste.

Beatles back at the Royal Variety Performance

Poster for this year's edition Royal Variety Performance
Tuesday December 6 it's again time to rattle some jewellery at this year's Royal Variety Performance in London. The Beatles themselves only appeared once at this event, and that was back in 1963. Now it's an ensemble from Cirque du Soleil who are going to entertain the audience with an excerpt from their Beatles show "Love" at the Hammersmith Apollo.

The Beatles were invited back several times, but felt that they had done their bit and never came back to perform at the annual event. However, in 1986 Paul McCartney returned to the line-up, as he perfomed "Only Love Remains" from his then current album, "Press To Play". The Royal Variety Performance is usually filmed, and excerpts shown on TV in Great Britain and elsewhere.

Tickets: www.royalvarietycharity.org/rvptickets

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Time Takes Time Blu-spec CD2

New edition "Time Takes Time" CD (Japan)
26. October 2016 saw the release of Ringo Starr's 1992 album "Time Takes Time" on a Blu-spec CD2 in Japan. As was the case with the original Japan release of the album, it includes the bonus track "Don't Be Cruel", otherwise only available on the "Weight Of The World" single. A Sony Music release, the album is also available on a yellow vinyl limited edition (1500 copies). The releases were available to buy at Ringo's recent concerts in Japan.

Limited edition yellow vinyl release.
The Blu-spec CD format is a Red Book Compact Disc manufactured by a proprietary process introduced by Sony Music Entertainment Japan in 2008. Instead of a traditional infra-red laser, a blue laser is used for recording the pits on the CD master that is needed for disc replication. The blue laser purportedly creates more precise pits, which Sony claims reduces distortion in the optical read-out process. The "Blu-spec CD2" or BSCD2 is a 2012 progression of the Blu-spec CD format which employs a more precise BD cutting machine, a master disc that is made from the same smooth material as silicon wafers for chip manufacture, and a different recording layer material for the master disc. Sony refers to this process as "Phase Transition Mastering".  A Blu-spec CD and a Blu-spec CD2 disc can be played on all CD players and does not require a blue laser to be read.

Friday, 4 November 2016

John&Yoko albums reissue plan

White vinyl limited edition of Unfinished Music No. 2:Life with the lions
1st group, November 11 - 2016:
John Lennon and Yoko Ono:Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins (1968) also on White vinyl
John Lennon and Yoko Ono:Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With Lions (1969) also on White vinyl
Yoko Ono:Plastic Ono Band (1970) Also on Clear vinyl


2nd group (date to be announced):
Yoko Ono:Fly (1971)
Yoko Ono:Approximately Infinite Universe (1973)
Yoko Ono:Feeling the Space (1973)
Yoko Ono:A Story (recorded in 1974, released as part of Ono Box in 1992)

3rd group (date to be announced):
Yoko Ono:Season of Glass (1981)
Yoko Ono:It’s Alright (I See Rainbows) (1982)
Yoko Ono:Starpeace (1985)
John Lennon and Yoko Ono:Unfinished Music No. 3: Wedding Album (1969)

The vinyl is re-mastered from the original tapes by Greg Calbi and Sean Lennon. In addition to making the vinyl available for the first time in decades, each album will also be available digitally for the first time ever.

Eight Days A Week wins award

Winner of Best music documentary at the Critics' Choice Documentary Awards.
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years was named best music documentary at the first annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards on Thursday night in New York.
The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards were created to honour the finest achievements in documentary features and non-fiction television. The winners were determined by a committee of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) members with a background and expertise in the documentary field.
The Ron Howard film was also nominated for Best direction of a documentary feature, but the category was won by "O.J. Made in America", which took home four prizes at the event.

Meanwhile, The Beatles are busy promoting the home cinema release of the documentary, available on digital download, Blu-ray, DVD and 2 disc special edition from 18 November.


Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Capitol Records celebrates 75th anniversary: Releases

As part of Capitol's 75th anniversary, "Meet The Beatles" will be available on vinyl again.
CAPITOL RECORDS TO LAUNCH YEAR-LONG 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION IN NOVEMBER

Hollywood, CA – Capitol Records, one of the world’s preeminent music companies and the first record label established on the West Coast, will launch its 75thAnniversary Celebration in November with an extensive slate of music, film and literary projects that will pay tribute to Capitol artists spanning the past eight decades and shine a spotlight on their historic contributions to music and popular culture.

Capitol Music Group (CMG) Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett today announced three of the company’s planned endeavors: A year-long major vinyl reissue campaign – The Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Collection, 75 albums that illustrate the unparalleled artistry of Capitol Records throughout its history – launched in partnership with leading home furnishings destination Crate and Barrel; the publication of a deluxe photograph and essay book from TASCHEN, 75 Years Of Capitol Records, on December 15, and the development of a Capitol Records docu series being produced by Nigel Sinclair/Whitehorse Pictures (The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan), with individual episodes to be directed by music luminaries and Capitol artists, past and present.



The year-long celebration will commence on Tuesday, November 15 when Capitol becomes the first record company to receive a star of recognition from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which will be installed in front of the landmark Capitol Tower and adjacent to the internationally-renowned Hollywood Walk of Fame. At the star’s unveiling, the State the Los Angeles City Council will present Capitol with a resolution declaring November 15 Capitol Records Day in the city. Beginning that evening, the spire on top of the Capitol Tower that has always emitted “Hollywood” in Morse code will change to “Capitol 75,” and will continue to flash in that manner for the next 12 months.

The Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Collection – Vinyl Reissue Program

To select 75 albums that represent the best of Capitol Records from among literally thousands of works the company has released over the past 75 years, the label convened an advisory board of noted music journalists, authors and renowned creative figures to decide on the final list of albums that comprise The Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Collection. The result spans myriad Capitol eras and musical genres, and includes best sellers, influential works and lesser-known gems (see below). The reissue program begins this month, and titles will be available through music retailers throughout 2017.

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - USA edition
Crate and Barrel & American Airlines Partnerships

Leading home furnishings retailer Crate and Barrel has partnered with Capitol for its 75th Anniversary celebration to feature The Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Collection in stores nationwide. The collection can be found within The Listening Room, where consumers can find an exclusive collection of furniture, accessories and cutting edge audio equipment. American Airlines continues their partnership with Capitol Records and Universal Music Group to celebrate a Hollywood Icon and its contribution to music around the world. In 2017, American Airlines will continue their commitment to the industry by launching, “Fly to the Beat” – a Global Music platform, connecting consumers to their favorite musicians – including Capitol artists — and moments across five continents.

75 Years of Capitol Records – TASCHEN Release in December

To commemorate Capitol’s extraordinary history of recorded music, TASCHEN is publishing the official account of Capitol Records from its founding year of 1942 through to today. To be released December 15, 75 Years of Capitol Records follows the label’s evolution and the making of some of the greatest music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The book includes hundreds of images from Capitol’s extensive archives, as well as a foreword by Beck and essays by cultural historians and music and architecture critics. This photographic and musical history includes the label’s most commercially successful, creative and important artists whose work has defined Capitol Records, music and popular culture for the past eight decades. 75 Years of Capitol Records is also available at Capitol’s online store.

Capitol Records Docu series – Produced by Nigel Sinclair / Whitehorse Pictures

This series – planned for release in the autumn of 2017 – will tap into the creative passions of Capitol’s artists, the hidden glories of the company’s extensive archives and the many stories that have taken place within the Capitol Tower throughout its 75-year as one of the world’s premiere music companies. But it will be more than just the illustrious history of such a storied label; it will also tell the story of America’s love  affair with popular music and an exploration of how Capitol’s
artists and their music have helped shaped social movements, transform our popular culture and helped define our lives. This docuseries will be produced by Nigel Sinclair’s Whitehorse Pictures, the creative team involved in numerous music-centered documentaries, including the award-winning No Direction Home: Bob Dylan and the just-released The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years. Each episode in this docuseries will be directed by a past or present-day Capitol artist or other cultural luminary who will bring a unique and knowledgeable perspective to the stories being conveyed.
Revolver - Capitol records edition.


The Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Collection  
(alphabetical by artist)

1: Ashford & Simpson: Solid, 1984
2: Beastie Boys: Paul’s Boutique, 1989
3: Beck: Morning Phase, 2014
4: Blind Melon: Blind Melon, 1992
5: Bob Seger: Night Moves, 1976
6: Bobbie Gentry: Ode To Billy Joe, 1967
7: Bobby Darin: You’re The Reason I’m Living, 1963
8: Bonnie Raitt: Nick of Time, 1989
9: Bonnie Raitt: Luck Of The Draw,1991
10: Buck Owens: Buck Owens, 1961
11: Cannonball Adderley: Mercy Mercy Mercy,1966
12: Coldplay: Parachutes, 2000
13: Crowded House: Crowded House, 1986
14: Dean Martin: Dino: Italian Love Songs, 1962
15: Duke Ellington: The Duke Plays Ellington, 1953
16: Foo Fighters:Foo Fighters, 1994
17: Frank Sinatra, In The Wee Small Hours, 1955
18: Frank Sinatra: Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! 1956
19: Frank Sinatra: Come Fly With Me, 1958
20: Frank Sinatra: Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely, 1958
21: Freddie Jackson: Rock Me Tonight, 1985
22: Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps: Bluejean Bop, 1956
23: George Clinton: Computer Games, 1982
24: George Harrison: All Things Must Pass, 1970
25: Glen Campbell: By the Time I Get to Phoenix, 1968
26: Grand Funk Railroad: We’re an American Band, 1973
27: Heart: Heart, 1985
28: James Taylor: James Taylor, 1968 (would be nice if they used the Apple label)
29: Joe South: Introspect, 1968
30: John Lennon: Imagine, 1971
31: Johnny Mercer: Accentuate the Positive, 1957
32: Judy Garland: Judy at Carnegie Hall, 1961
33: Katy Perry: Teenage Dream, 2010
34: Kingston Trio: Kingston Trio, 1958
35: Knack: Get The Knack, 1979
36: Les Paul and Mary Ford: Les and Mary, 1955
37: Linda Ronstadt: Heart Like a Wheel, 1974
38: Louie Prima: The Wildest, 1956
39: Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly: Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, 1977
40: Mazzy Star: So Tonight That I Might See, 1993
41: MC Hammer: Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em, 1990
42: Megadeth: Peace Sells: 1986
43: Merle Haggard: Mama Tried, 1968
44: Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool, 1957
45: Nancy Wilson: How Glad I Am, 1964
46: Nat King Cole: Unforgettable, 1953
47: Natalie Cole: Unpredictable, 1977
48: Neil Diamond: The Jazz Singer, 1980
49: Norah Jones: Come Away With Me, 2002
50: Peggy Lee: Is That All There Is, 1969
51: Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon, 1973
52: Radiohead: OK Computer, 1997
53: Raspberries: Raspberries, 1972
54: Richard Thompson: Rumor & Sigh, 1991
55: Ringo Starr: Ringo, 1973
56: Robert Glaspar: Black Radio, 2012
57: Rosanne Cash: Black Cadillac, 2006
58: Sam Smith: In The Lonely Hour, 2014
59: Steve Miller Band: Fly Like an Eagle, 1976
60: Tavares: In The City, 1975
61: Tennessee Ernie Ford: Sixteen Tons, 1960
62: The Band: Music From Big Pink, 1968
63: The Band: The Band, 1969
64: The Beach Boys: Surfer Girl, 1963
65: The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds, 1966
66: The Beatles: Meet The Beatles, 1964
67: The Beatles: Revolver, 1966
68: The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967
69: The Beatles: The Beatles, 1968
70: The Beatles: Abbey Road, 1969
71: Tina Turner: Private Dancer,1984
72: Various: Oklahoma, 1955
73: Various: Funny Girl, 1968
74: Wanda Jackson: There’s a Party Goin’ On, 1961
75: Wings: Band on the Run, 1973

For Beatles fans, the big news here is that "Meet The Beatles" gets a re-release on vinyl. It was deleted on vinyl when The Beatles' catalogue was streamlined in 1987 to consist of just the UK albums, but has been brought back as a CD on two occasions. But will it be in "Duophonic" stereo this time? ;-) We have no information about whether "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" will feature the yellow line on the top of the cover or whether or not it will contain the dog whistle and the gibberish at the end of the record, or if "Revolver" will be missing three songs. It probably will, though.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Book review: All You Need Is Love

The LP sized book comes in an outer slipcase.
"All You Need Is Love" by Paul Skellett & Simon Weitzman is one of the new books released by UK based Archivum Publishing. Money to publish the book comes from crowd funding through Pledge Music and The Fest for Beatles Fans. The book is 180 pages and looks like a happening, thanks to a modern, collage-like layout. It features essays on the June 25, 1967 Our World satellite telecast, quotes from The Beatles themselves and a few insiders like engineer Geoff Emerick and producer George Martin, courtesy of old interviews and books, the creation and recording of "All You Need Is Love" and a little bit about the B-side of the single, "Baby, You're A Rich Man".

John and Paul with manager Brian Epstein.

Sprinkled throughout the book are a lot of photos from the recording session, the live event and the previous day's balloon promotions inside EMI studios (and at the back outside the no. 1 studio). Also featured are lots of "All You Need Is Love" front covers from singles released around the world, blown up to 12" size.

International front covers of the "All You Need Is Love" single.
Although fairly good at describing the circumstances under which the Our World TV special came about, as well as the technical intricacies of the recording of the main song itself (which initially had George Harrison playing the violin and Paul McCartney on double bass!), the text still falls a little short and is still not the final word on the live event. For instance, we do get a photo of Paul painting the "Come back Millie" sign, as well as glimpses of the sign in photos from the broadcast, but the text fails to explain the background story.

Paul, painting a sign which was an inside joke in the McCartney family.
Still, the book is a nice trip back to the days when The Beatles ruled the world. And yet, they didn't. The book also examines how "the straights" reacted to the fact that Great Britain and the BBC's contribution to the first global TV broadcast was this pop group. It's revealed that the countries in the "Eastern bloc" at the time, with the Soviet Union at the helm, all decided to withdraw their participation in the broadcast after all, after finding out that The Beatles were participants. They were probably afraid that The Beatles' music could corrupt their youth. Which they probably did anyway. Of course, in hindsight, The Beatles contribution is the only significant thing that makes us all still remember the "Our World" TV-show.

Colour photos from the broadcast and rehearsal was used as a guide to colourise the clip in the 90's.
The Our World TV special was shot and televised in black and white, and the Beatles' performance of "All You Need Is Love" was colourised in the nineties for the Beatles' documentary TV series "The Beatles' Anthology". In 2015, the full colourised clip was used as a promotional music video in the DVD and Blu-ray release of The Beatles 1.

Links:
Archivum Publishing
PledgeMusic
Paul Skellett

In 1997, Tracks released their book on the subject, 'All You Need is Love': "Beatles" Dress Rehearsal, which featured lots of colour and black and white photos and an essay from Steve Turner. It's still available here and there.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

New song from Paul McCartney

Ethel & Ernest soundtrack album.
A new McCartney song will be out on 28 October as a download and 11 November as a physical product - from Decca Records! The song was written for the upcoming animated motion picture, "Ethel & Ernest".

This hand drawn 94 minutes long animated film, based on the award winning graphic novel by Raymond Briggs, is an intimate and affectionate depiction of the life and times of his parents, two ordinary Londoners living through extraordinary events, from their chance first encounter in the 1920s until their deaths in the 1970s.

Ethel and Ernest were solid members of the English working class, part of the generation that lived through the most tumultuous years of the twentieth century. They met during the Depression--she working as a maid, he as a milkman--and we follow them as they court and marry, make a home, raise their son, and cope with the dark days of World War II. Briggs portrays how his parents succeeded, or failed, in coming to terms with the events of their rapidly shifting world: the advent of radio, television and telephones; the development of the atomic bomb; the moon landing and the social and political turmoil of the sixties.

The soundtrack features an original score by composer and conductor Carl Davis CBE and an exclusive new song by Sir Paul McCartney. McCartney's new song, titled "In the Blink of An Eye", plays over the end credits of the movie.

Paul's song features strings arranged by Carl Davis and an orchestra arrangement by Chris Egan.
"I knew that Paul McCartney was a big animation fan and I knew that Raymond Briggs' book Fungus the Bogeyman had influenced Paul's 1980s track Bogey Music," director Roger Mainwood told British newspaper The Telegraph. "So I asked Raymond if he might write a letter to Paul to see if he was interested in composing a track for Ethel and Ernest, which he did on Fungus the Bogeyman headed paper!"

"It obviously worked and we were thrilled when Paul said he was interested," he continued.  "We met up and he produced a CD which included a track called Mum and Dad theme.  This eventually became In the Blink of An Eye which we have used in the film."

Back in the 1920s Sir Paul McCartney’s father, James McCartney, wrote a tune called "Walking in the Park with Eloise" when he was leader of the Jim Mac’s Jazz band, a version of which was recorded by Paul McCartney with Floyd Cramer and Chet Atkins as "The Country Hams" in 1974. This tune has been re-arranged specially for the film by Carl Davis (Paul McCartney's collaborator on his first classical outing, "Liverpool Oratorio") and performed by the Chamber Orchestra of London. "Walking in the Park with Eloise" is heard during a sequence early on in the film, set outside a ballroom. Paul's composition "In The Blink Of An Eye" plays over the first part of the end credits before leading into a reprise of "Walking in the Park with Eloise".

The Country Hams: Walking In The Park With Eloise (1974).
The film also uses original recorded music from the periods depicted in the film. A vast range of popular tunes from four decades are woven into the soundtrack, from Al Bowlly’s 1934 recording of "What a Little Moonlight Can Do" through to The Shadows 1963 hit "Foot Tapper". In addition, internationally renowned composer and conductor Carl Davis has composed an original score for the production. The film will be broadcast on the BBC around Christmas (potentially Christmas Day – TBC).


Ethel & Ernest Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music by Carl Davis.

1. Opening Titles
2. London 1928
3. Ethel and Ernest introduce Themselves
4. Walking in the Park with Eloise (composed by James McCartney)
5. We’re Going To Be Married
6. Now You’re In My Arms
7. What A Little Moonlight Can Do
8. Homemaking Montage
9. Blue Skies Are Around The Corner
10. The Baby
11. Housekeeping
12. Tea for Two
13. Paddington
14. The Deepest Shelter in Town
15. Underneath The Spreading Chestnut Tree
16. We’ll Meet Again
17. Blitzkrieg
18. Dorset – A Visit
19. Singing In The Bathtub
20. A Perfect Day
21. Stagecoach Theme
22. Grammar School
23. A Clever Boy
24. The Laughing Policeman
25. An Ordinary Copper
26. The Young Ballerina
27. Sous Le Ciel de Paris
28. Foot Tapper
29. Little Things
30. Reflections of Charlie Brown
31. Tea For Two Reprise
32. She’s Gone
33. Pear Tree
34. In The Blink Of An Eye – Paul McCartney

Sunday, 23 October 2016

New Apple documentary coming up

The 2012 documentary.
British television company Sky Arts has a documentary in the making, all about The Beatles' company, Apple Corps Ltd. Of course, the company has been profiled in documentaries before, like the 2 hours and 42 minutes Strange Fruit: The Beatles' Apple Records from 2012 (see review). Not to mention The Beatles' own three part Apple documentary, which is available on YouTube.
Still, one hopes that a new look at the company may tell more about Apple's other divisions - and perhaps follows the company into our own era. Already they have filmed a wealth of great interviews and performances but no celebrity talking heads, they say - they are only interviewing people who were there at the time...so no Elvis Costello, Eddie Izzard or Sigourney Weaver! The documentary is due for broadcast in the UK some time in 2017, hopefully also internationally, but whether it will be released to on DVD/Blu-ray is still not decided upon.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Ringo Starr: Music videos

Some of Ringo's music videos are here.
This is the final chapter: Ringo’s promotional videos. For some, the less interesting but still great to watch and collect. See also the other articles on the subject of music (or promotional) videos by Mike Carrera:




To date no official or bootleg label has released the ultimate Ringo video compilation, but good efforts have been made by some underground labels (not all in the best possible quality), but they're all missing many versions and videos. Some "video collection" compilations out there add clips from concerts and TV shows to fill in, but these are not actual promos.

On the official side we only have one release: "Photograph: The Best of Ringo Starr" from 2007.
The problem with those videos is that the original audio of many of them were replaced by the commercial remastered versions, erasing the original mixes, and the bootleg labels have copied exactly THAT version  because of the high visual quality. Sometimes the videos also differ from the original versions and the bootleg makers or few fans haven’t noticed.

This is a humble research of all available Ringo official videos, including the alternate versions and variations, many of them uncirculated or unbootlegged to date, as well a few revelations and stories TOLD and published FOR THE FIRST TIME. Any corrections/mistake reports are so welcome.

For the spelling mistakes, I apologize, English is not my native language. Youtube links are illustrative only, not the researched sources.

Mike Carrera


1970:

Sentimental Journey 

Sentimental Journey
Directed by Neil Aspinall. Filmed at The Talk of The Town nightclub, London March 15, 1970 . First broadcast on "Frost on Sunday" March 29, 1970.

The original film audio mix features a pre-recorded live vocal performance over a mono mix for the backing track cut two days before at EMI Studio three (it’s not live directly on the video, Ringo’s vocal sometimes don’t synch and the recording at the end has applauses and more Ringo chat and on the video NOBODY is clapping!). Sadly when it was released on the official DVD “Photograph: The Best of Ringo Starr”, this unique audio was replaced by the commercial LP/CD version. This was copied over and over on many bootleg compilations, instead of the original. The best visual quality though, is in this 2007 release.
Very odd but the remastered video version with the correct alternate audio is available on the official VEVO and EMI youtube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50bJ8yMJPII


 1971:

It Don’t Come Easy- Version #1 

It Don't Come Easy, Version #1.
Directed by Ringo Starr.

Although reported as "filmed" at Ringo’s Sunny Heights house in Weybridge, Surrey, a closer look reveals that contains footage from at least 3 different years, from late 1968 or early 1969, 1970 and 1971, since there are at least four different looks from Ringo over the video: scenes with beard and without, longest and shorter hair, moustache ("Candy" era) etc, plus also more home movies that could come from his other two homes (and also from Sunny Heights) from 1968 and 1969 : Brookfields, Elstead also in Surrey; and Roundhill, Highgate. Also, by 1971, Sunny Heights wasn’t even one of his properties, he and his family left that home by the end of 1968 and it was sold by 1969, so he couldn’t be filmed there in 1971.

So, we can assure that Version #1 was not "filmed" specifically to make a video (at least not in full), but consists of a compilation of  home movies and other footage from many years and was put together  in form of a video to be broadcast on Top of The Pops 22 April, 1971.

The original audio mix for Version #1 runs faster and for that reason, the video is shorter in time (only 2:46 vs 2:59 on the other two versions or the commercial version). This very same mix was duplicated (using the remastered audio) on the official DVD release “Photograph: The Best of Ringo Starr” from 2007.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDcZxEpA9XY


It Don’t Come Easy- Version #2 
It Don’t Come Easy- Version #3

Versions 2 & 3 filmed in Norway.
Directed by Michael Hurll.

Version 2  and 3 were filmed in Norway April  27, 1971 while he was taping the "Cilla in Scandinavia" TV special (broadcast 27 Nov, 1971).

WogBlog: Ringo in Norway

None of these two versions were filmed for the "Cilla" special, which included a different performance of this song backed with an orchestra (uncirculated) and also (in circulation), a rendition of "The Snowman Song" with Cilla doing all the singing (the live vocal was substituted with a different recording by Cilla, so we can’t hear Ringo’s voice).

Version #2 was broadcast on “Top of The Pops” 29 April, only two days after it was filmed, which sounds very odd, giving not so much time for editing, but the editor David Spence did a great job if in fact he only had one day to do it.

Some authors report that there were actually two tapings, one in April 27 for "Top of The Pops" and for the "Cilla" special was June 24,  which is incorrect, a closer look at the available materials shows Ringo wearing the very same outfit: coat, gloves, winter hat and sweater, too much coincidence or it was the only snow clothes he had? His beard and hair are also the same length.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvEexTomE1I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax0Z8p8ZOIQ

Ringo started filming "Blindman" in Rome June 17, and spent the next days in Italy and Spain, it’s doubtful if he would have had the time to leave the set and go to Scandinavia for one day and more important: Ringo’s length of beard is different from the available video of "Cilla" (according to those authors, filmed June 24) and the Blindman look;  authors like Bill Harry or Keith Badman (After The Breakup) say that he was in Scandinavia June 24  -while others even add "Stockholm" - shooting the Cilla Black Special doing a live version of "It Don’t Come Easy" and “singing” with Cilla and a puppet fox  "The Snowman Song", but if you look closely, Ringo is wearing the very same outfit from top to toes as from the April 24 shooting and also, if you compare the available video and pictures from the "Blindman" shooting days and film, his beard is way longer. So, IF he was doing some additional work between takes of the Blindman film and flew one day to Stockholm, well, he did something different, not the "Cilla" Special! Maybe that uncirculated “live” version of "It Don’t Come Easy", backed with an orchestra?  .

Version #2 and #3 were re-broadcast many times over the years on the BBC, they could look the very same but they aren’t.

The differences between the two occur at:

00:42- 00:44
01:43- 01:47
01:50- 02:06
02:32- 02:37
02:52- 02:54

Showing completely different scenes of Ringo or people skiing from one version to the other.
None of these two versions appear on the official DVD “Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr”.

Version #3 hasn’t been included on any bootleg compilation to date.


1972:

Back Off Boogaloo- Version #1
Back Off Boogaloo- Version #2

Directed by Ringo with the help of Caravel Films, although the original credits always mention Tom Taylor as the director, but the liner notes and DVD credits for the official release “Photograph: The Beast of Ringo Starr” only shows Ringo Starr as director. Alan Tavener was the cameraman.
Filmed on March 20, 1972 at Tittenhurst Park, Ascot, while he was staying in John’s mansion (Ringo bought it later, September 18, 1973).

The only differences between the two occurs over the intro and finale: Version #1 starts with a shoot of a “Back to Mono” button over Ringo’s coat, while Version #2, released on the official DVD “Photograph: The Best of Ringo Starr” starts with outtake footage from the film Born to Boogie, filmed the same week and same location. The finale also on this second version is cut prematurely while on Version #1 we can see Ringo and Frankenstein passing in front of the camera after the song ended.

This second version was copied over and over on many recent bootleg compilations, instead of the original.

Here is Version #2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXg1AxBXN5g



1973:

Photograph 

Apparently also directed by Michael Hurll for "Top of The Pops", and filmed at his new property in Tittenhurst Park, Ascot and also using brief non-Ringo footage from the BBC archives, like a scene of  Davie Bowie at backstage during his 1973 UK tour in Bournemouth, 25 May, shown on "Nationwide News" June 5, 1973. This is not the time Ringo was with Bowie in his dressing room (June 3 at the Hammersmith Odeon, video footage that exist).

Broadcast 1 Nov 1973 on "Top of The Pops". One of those “lost” videos, it wasn’t even included on the official DVD “Photograph: The Best of Ringo Starr”, but was recently recovered from the TOTP raw archives, with a total duration of 3:14, although the BBC master keeps rolling with a black screen and the song continues until 3:34 (remember, it’s a raw tape).

A fake video uploaded on youtube that runs the full length of the song, simply edits back some of the scenes. Be aware of that version floating around.

This is the raw original version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcOZWroUDE0


1974:

Only You 

Only You.
Directed by Stanley Dorfman. Filmed in Los Angeles, CA, at the top of the Capitol Records tower with Harry Nilsson by his side.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5zpFpfw3Fw


1976: 

Hey Baby (Audio Variation A)
Hey Baby (Audio Variation B)

Filmed in Hamburg on August 6.  The original audio used for this video is an alternate Rough Mix. Although it cuts 30 seconds out of the released version from 01:39 to 02:11, it has the full warm-up intro and count in and the end is not only longer than the released version but also different during the final seconds, and also lacks of some instruments (a trumpet during the final, for example, that can be heard on the commercial version from 02:41  to 02:45).

Audio Variation A starts directly with the count-in and it runs 02:46.

Audio Variation B features pre count-in warm-up audio (over the slate). Running time of the video is also 02:46 but if we count only the audio length over the slate with the full unedited intro, it runs 02:51.

The official studio version runs 03:06.

The video is the very same on the two versions except for the slates: Variation A starts with a countdown starting from 8 to 2 and goes directly with the song, while Variation B starts with a different countdown picture, starting from 10 until 3 and after that, the slate appears with the title “Ringo Starr /RS 194/Hey Baby”.

This video was omitted from the official DVD release “Photograph: The Best of Ringo Starr”.

Here is a sample of Audio Variation B:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozhXOs_jjrM


You Don’t Know Me At All #1 (Variation A)
You Don’t Know Me At All #2 (Variation B)

Filmed in Monte Carlo and Hamburg.

A countdown “slate” for Version A is available and features between numbers 8 and 7, a glimpse from a vintage photo of a woman (or a doll?).

The only difference between the two versions is the intro on Variation B that has a translucent title: “Ringo Starr /You Don’t Know Me” that fades out  while the song is starting, maybe to tell the watcher that the bald guy who will later appear is no other than Ringo the ex Beatle. This is the rarest version to get.



This video was omitted from the official DVD release “Photograph: The Best of Ringo Starr”.
A sample of Variation B:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eGI5mbf_8I

I’ll Still Love You

Filmed at the Schloss Hotel, Tremsbüttel, outside Hamburg in the West Germany on August 8, 1976.
The slate is labeled as “I Still Love You”.

This video was omitted from the official DVD release “Photograph: The Best of Ringo Starr”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN7H7mJdSxQ


1977:                            

Drowning in the Sea of Love

A countdown “slate” is available and features between numbers 8 and 7, a glimpse of a vintage picture of a woman (or a doll), the same from the "You Don’t Know Me At All" video, but in a different pose.



This video was omitted from the official DVD release “Photograph: The Best of Ringo Starr”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGfKqMW5WiQ


1978:

Tonight

Filmed in Monaco, Directed by Christian Topps. Girlfriend Nancy Andrews appear.
A countdown “slate” is available and this time, does not feature any picture of any woman.
This video was omitted from the official DVD release “Photograph: The Best of Ringo Starr”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1zDA2cGPMo

You’re Sixteen (1973 audio edit)

The original audio for this video features an undocumented alternate edit, and although this video was released on the official DVD “Photograph: The Best of Ringo Starr”  it does not contains the original audio mix.

This “video” was originally created as part of the “Ognir Rrats” or “Ringo” TV Special from 1978, a mixture of animated and real scenes of Ringo and Carrie Fisher.

Also, the audio was re-recorded in 1978 and features a duet between Ringo and Carrie. This is the well known version, and we are not talking about this “alternate audio”.

The original video from that TV show was used to create a separate promotional clip, but instead of having the re-recorded audio from 78, a new edit from the original track from 1973 was prepared.

Lasting only two minutes to match with the original film, this alternate edit starts with the second verse: “You're all ribbons and curls”, while the original track starts with “You come on like a dream”, so the full first verse was erased and also near the end this line of “You're sixteen, so beautiful, and you're mine” was also edited out.

This is the original audio edit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ainB6qnWBI

When it was released on the official DVD, they didn’t bother to include this audio edit, but instead they just put the original track from start and until it reached the 2 minute mark. Like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm6xQnNbcaw

And this is the 1978 audio track:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZiGA4teqC8


1981:

Stop and take the time to Smell The Roses

Or “Stop and Smell the Roses” as the slate says. Directed by Keefco. First part was filmed in Tittenhurst Park, Ascot while the second at the Egham Aerodrome in Surrey between September 16 and 17, 1981, filming at the same time the “Wrack My Brain” video. Wife Barbara makes a cameo.
This video was omitted from the official DVD release “Photograph: The Best of Ringo Starr”.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4mcNIqnX_8


Wrack My Brain (Variation A)
Wrack My Brain (Variation B)

Another Harrison composition, another Ringo video. Filmed in part at the Egham Aerodrome between September 16 and 17, and also in a London location on September 18.
Wife Barbara makes a cameo as well. The same video is available with two variations.

Variation A shows the title “RINGO STARR ‘RACK MY BRAIN” at the 15 seconds of start.

Variation B digitally “erases” this title although we can still see a distorted spot where they tried to erase it. This is the most common version available on bootleg compilations.



This video was omitted from the official DVD release “Photograph: The Best of Ringo Starr” and is incomplete on youtube and all video channels on the web (missing all the introduction, when Ringo awakes and walks towards the Haunted House)

Link to the incomplete video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVovCtmCmXU


1982:

Private Property

Directed by Kevin Godley and Lol Creme. Extracted from the MPL short film "The Cooler" (with three songs as part of the story: "Private Property", "Attention" and "Sure To Fall"), this was the only song also released as a separate promotional video.

This clip was omitted from the official DVD release “Photograph: The Best of Ringo Starr”.



1990:

It Don’t Come Easy (live) #1 (Long Version)
It Don’t Come Easy (live) #2 (Short Version)

Filmed at Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA Sep 3, 1989. Video clip created for promotion of the home video release (VHS/Laser Disc) for the first All Star Band in 1990, it features over the intro, still pictures from all the members of the band (different from the home video release) while the rest is taken directly from the live film. The only difference between the two versions is the end, one has a full “What’s my Name?” joke and the other doesn’t.

There are no links to see this actual promo on the web.



1992:

Weight of The World #1 (Long Version)
Weight of The World #2 (Short Version)

Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Filmed at the Variety Arts Center in Los Angeles, CA.
Joe Walsh and two members of the group Jellyfish: Roger Joseph Manning and Andy Sturmer also appear.
Long version has an introduction for the “Summer’92” All Star Band Tour members and last 4:15, while short version omits this intro and lasts only 3:49.

This video was omitted from the official DVD release “Photograph: The Best of Ringo Starr”.





Don’t Go Where The Road Don’t Go 

Directed by Stanley Dorfman, features soundcheck footage and live shots mostly from Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland on July 13, 1992 and  Liverpool, England July 6, 1992.

This video was omitted from the official DVD release “Photograph: The Best of Ringo Starr”.




1998:

La De Da #1 (Regular Version)
La De Da #2 (W/O Noose Version)
La De Da #3 (Short Version) 

Directed by Nancy Bennett, filmed mostly in Time Square, New York. Features cameos from wife Barbara and daughter Lee Starkey, Mark Hudson and the Roundheads  and even the boy-band Hanson. Also footage of Paul McCartney during the recording sessions.

The only difference between Version #1 and #2 is the aspect ratio. #1 has a simulated widescreen view (in a 4:3 format) with black bars on top and bottom, while #2 (named “W/O” or “Without Noose”) is a real widescreen 16:9 and no black bars.

The audio on both versions is a 4:07 edit, while the commercial version runs around 5:40.
Version #3 is the shortest lasting only 2:11 and was broadcast in a few countries in Europe and Japan. It cuts out a few verses during the middle and goes directly with the sing-along coda. The edit occurs at 1:05 and goes directly with the scene where Paul appears.

Second and third versions are the rarest and never seen on bootleg video compilations to date.

This video was omitted from the official DVD release “Photograph: The Best of Ringo Starr”.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlbedF4VIvc


2001:

Yellow Submarine (live)
With A Little Help from my Friends (Live)

Two videos created to promote the official Anthology of the All Star Band CD and DVD release, using footage from all incarnations of the band from 1989 to 1999.


2003: 

Never Without You

Never Without You CD single.
Ringo’s tribute to George Harrison. Directed by Brent Carpenter. The audio for this music video features a different mix, staring with the sound of girls screaming and also lasting only 4:30, while the commercial version is 5:19. Also different from the Promo CD  Radio Edit (4:15).
This video was omitted from the official DVD release “Photograph: The Best of Ringo Starr” but was included on the “Ringo Rama Deluxe Edition” 2CD/1DVD.

The deleted DeLuxe edition of "Ringo Rama" featured the "Never Without You" promo on a DVD disc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PjnOdHq-T8


2005:

Fading in Fading Out #1 (Variation A)
Fading in Fading Out #2 (Variation B)

Directed by Brent Carpenter using footage from the Choose Love sessions.  Variation A has the title of the song over the intro, while Variation B is clean; also the end is complete on first variation when we can see Ringo turning off the camera while the second version fades out earlier. The audio mix is also different from the commercial version.




This video was omitted from the official DVD release “Photograph: The Best of Ringo Starr”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3jfGWEaSoI


2007:

Liverpool 8

Co-directed by Seth Dalton and Dave Stewart, the video features footage from The Beatles and pictures from Ringo’s collection, footage from Liverpool’s soccer team and also appearance from  Dave Stewart. This is also a unique video edit of the musical track.
Commercial version runs 4:51, Radio edit is 3:59 and this video edit is 4:33.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM34giD4o4w

Although footage from the 2010 ‘Y NOT’ sessions exists, no promotional video was created or distributed.

2012:

Wings

Directed by Jem Gerrard, winner of the Genero.tv contest to create a video for the song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKxryaxPfcE

Think it Over

The song was recorded in 2011 for the Buddy Holly tribute CD ‘Listen To Me’ and also included on his ‘Ringo 2012’ CD. A partial video was included on the making of documentary DVD for the same ‘2012’ disc, and later released in full as a “promotional video”, also appears on the official DVD release of ‘Buddy Holly: Listen To Me,  The Ultimate Buddy Party’ in 2012.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrQcD7uFMeY


2015:

Postcards from Paradise

Directed by Willie Witte. A combination of animation and some concert footage filmed at the Ryman July 7, 2012.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4BZgOEJfps


RINGO STARR RELATED VIDEOS:

1973:

Marc Bolan & T. Rex: Children of the Revolution 

More songs from the ‘Born to Boogie’ film features Ringo, but the only song also released as a "video clip" was this.

1979:

Ron Wood & The New Barbarians: Buried Alive

Recorded  in April, this live promo video was later broadcasted on the Midnight Special TV Show on June 8, 1979, thus many people thinks it comes from this show.
Also, a second song with Ringo on drums was recorded (Seven Days), but the video only features Ron Wood playing all the instruments.

1985:

Artists United Against Apartheid: Sun City

Directed by Jonathan Demme, Hart Perry, Godley & Creme.

A super group was reunited by Steven Van Zandt to help South Africa, and features Ringo and son Zack playing the drums (footage from the recording session was included on the video). Also appearances from Pete Townshend (The Who), Bono (U2), David Ruffin (The Temptations), Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Clarence Clemons among others.

The Singing Rebel’s Band: Freedom (Promo Version)

Directed by Dick Clement for Handmade films, produced by Harrison for the film ‘Water’.
Billy Connolly (vocals), Chris Tummings (vocals), The Singing Rebels Band: George Harrison (guitar, backing vocals), Ringo Starr (drums), Eric Clapton (guitar, backing vocals), Chris Stainton (bass), Ray Cooper (drums), Jon Lord (keyboards), Mike Moran (keyboards), Jenny Bogle and Anastasia Rodriguez (backing vocals).

The actual promo video for this song is available in regular quality and unbootlegged to date and consist of the same “performance” from the film and a mixture of many scenes from the movie, but the audio over the intro is clean and slightly different, when in the film we can see and hear an actor saying “My God, it's The Concert for Cascara!” (a parody for ‘The Concert For Bangladesh’). Also, actor Fred Gwynne (Herman from The Munsters) who also appears on the “Water” film, can be seen in this version saying “Gentlemen, We’re in the water business” .

Freedom (Film Version 1)
Freedom (Film Version 2)

The common version on bootleg compilations over the years is taken directly from the film Version #1. And when it was re-released on DVD in 2010, a new cut was made including some alternate scenes (an exclusive Harrison/Clapton scene for example), we will call that Film Version #2, cut in Widesceen from the original film tapes adding even more picture on the sides that is not available in the original print that let us see a few more Harrison (and many other members of the band, like Clapton) shots. These two versions are not promotional videos, but worth mentioning.


1989:

Tom Petty: I Won’t Back Down

Directed by David Leland. The backing band consisted of Jeff Lynne on bass, George Harrison on acoustic guitar, Mike Campbell on lead guitar, and Ringo Starr on drums.
Almost replicating the same personnel from the studio recording, except for Ringo that didn’t play but Phil Jones.


Gentlemen Without Weapons: Spirit Of The Forest

Another charity super-star video to save the rainforest. Directed by Storm Thorgerson, with participation from Ringo (singing this time), Brian Wilson, Richard Page, David Gilmour, Bonnie Raitt, Olivia Newton-John, Donna Summer, Debbie Harry, Kate Bush, among others.


Buck Owens: Act Naturally 


Directed by George Bloom. This video was also included on the official DVD release “Photograph: The Best of Ringo Starr”. Behind the scenes footage is also in circulation.




 Jan Hammer: Too Much to Lose

The video features the participation of Ringo Starr, David Gilmour and Jeff Beck, although they didn’t play on the studio recording.


1990:

John Lennon Tribute: I Call Your Name 

Not really a musical video, but this was Ringo’s contribution for the Lennon tribute. Features half of the Wilburys (Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Jim Keltner) and Joe Walsh.

1991:

Nils Lofgren: Valentine

A member of the All Star Band, this video features Ringo on drums as well Bruce Springsteen on vocals and comes from the album “Silver Lining”.

1994:

RADD- Drive My Car #1
RADD- Drive My Car #2

Two different versions (one features the ‘rap’ stars and the other don’t). Paul McCartney, Julian Lennon and Ringo Starr, among many others appear during this campaign to drive responsibly.

2005:

Hurricane Relief

Tears in Heaven Version #1
Tears in Heaven Version #2

Another charity single. Directed by Marcus Raboy. Ringo plays drums on the recording and makes a cameo on the video, along with: Elton John, Rod Stewart, Phil Collins, Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, Pink, Gewn Stefani, Steven Tayler, etc.
Both versions have different footage from all the artists, some are most notable than others.
Version 1: Ringo is sitting on his drum kit receiving a blue brick (a symbolic way the musicians contribute to the rebuild what the tsunami in southeast Asia destroyed), and in a different scene, he’s passing that brick to another person. He also appear playing the drums in a shoot from his actual recording. A picture of him holding the blue brick is also near the end of this version.

Version 2 features a different scene of Ringo receiving the brick, and when he’s passing it to another person the scene is more brief, contrary to Version #1 when we can see his face. There are no more Ringo scenes or picture in this second version.




2009:

Peter Kay’s Animated All Star Band: Children in Need Medley.

The English comedian Peter Kay reunited the original actors and celebrities that have given his voices to children TV shows and cartoons over the years, from different companies that agreed to lend the copyrights so the characters could appear all together in an animated video. Ringo is mistaken as  “Thomas the Tank Engine”, when in fact he was the narrator from the first two seasons. And for this recording and video, he’s NOT providing the voice of Thomas (as many have written), he’s in fact only singing one line: “Can you Feel it!” from 00:45 to 00:46  (yep, that’s all!), but not as the Thomas character, we simply hear his voice while there are more characters on screen at this time.
The medley of songs consist of: “Can You Feel It”,  “Don’t Stop”, “Jai Ho (You are My Destiny)”, “Tubthumping”, “Never Forget”, “Hey Jude” and “One Day Like This”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpk-Y3W1BhQ

2016:

Ringo Starr and All Stars for United Nations: Now the Time Has Come

A new song released on the International Day of Peace, Sept 21, Co-written with producer Bruce Sugar with verses sung by Richard Page, Colin Hay and Billy Valentine and backing vocals from many others, who also appear on the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVLo1CjIiAU

An “alternate” version with a verse sung in Spanish by Colombian singer Fonseca is also available, but the video does not features any of the artists.


With a Little Help from his Friend: (more info, check the separate reviews)

Ringo appears on the following Paul McCartney official promo videos:

-Take it Away
-So Bad
-No More Lonely Nights
-Beautiful Night
-Nod Your Head

Ringo appears on the following George Harrison official promo videos:

-When We Was Fab
-Living in the Material World (2006)

Official videos from other artists. Ringo plays on the tracks but does not make any video cameo.

2003:

Liam Lynch: Try Me.

Ringo plays drums on the song but is not present on the official video.


Fake Videos circulating:

1972-1974:
-Harry Nilsson:
Fake videos circulating for the songs:  “You’re Breaking my Heart” and “Spaceman”.
These are very good fan-created youtube videos using footage from the actual ‘Son of Schmilsson’ sessions, taken from the unreleased documentary “Did Somebody Drop His Mouse?” with Ringo Starr footage on it, sadly they are NOT official videos even when they are on a few bootleg compilations.
Plus another two fake videos: “At my Front Door” and “Daybreak”, using footage from the film ‘Son of Dracula, also with Ringo Starr. Do not be confused, no official videos for those four songs were ever made.

1976:
Guthrie Thomas: Band of steel
Another youtube fake video using photographs from the sessions. Ringo plays on the song but there is no official video.


Non musical videos:
Frequently included on bootleg video compilations, clips from TV Shows or films or concerts that are not official videos, like:
-The Snowman Song (Cilla special, 1971)
-The No No Song (Smothers Brothers, UK 1975)
-Nonsense (Alice in Wonderland, UK 1985)
-Songs from the Carl Perkins special (USA, 1985)
-Songs from the Prince’s Trust concert (UK, 1987)
Etc, etc