We look at the story behind one of the least-known Beatles albums, "A Collection of Beatles Oldies," with Bruce Spizer and Ken Orth telling how the hits collection issued outside the U.S., and its colorful cover design, came to be. Plus, Brad Hundt looks at why another collection that was issued in the U.S., "20 Greatest Hits," didn't have nearly the impact that the later "1" collection would enjoy.Also in the new issue, Kit O'Toole offers an in-depth survey of George Harrison's career in the 1980s, and how he managed to reinvent himself professionally and stage a major comeback, culminating with "Cloud Nine" and the Traveling Wilburys. Wally Podrazik offers an appreciation of the recent "Eight Days a Week" film, while Tom Frangione reviews its home video release; Al Sussman weighs in on the fan debate over Paul McCartney's voice; and Rip Rense writes an open letter to Ringo Starr suggesting he reunite with a past creative partner (and not the one you're thinking of). And, we have all the latest news (including tour reports) plus reviews of new video, books and recordings.
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A Lego Yellow Submarine set, running 550-plus pieces and also featuring minifig versions of John, Paul, George and Ringo, hit stores Nov. 1. The fan-designed set has a list price of $59.99, though some dealers sell it for less. ... Ringo Starr told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he would consider an extended run on the Vegas strip. "I feel I should look into it," he said. "I have always liked playing Vegas." ... Paul McCartney closed out this year's One on One tour a second Desert Trip gig that featured another unexpected guest. Macca welcomed Rihanna to the stage to join him in their collaboration "FourFive Seconds" by joking: "We finally found someone under the age of 50!" The show was part of a two-weekend classic rock festival informally dubbed "Oldchella" because all its headliners were in their 70s. ... There are a couple of Beatles nominations in this year's Grammy Awards roster: "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years" is up for best music film and McCartney's "Tug of War (Deluxe Edition)" was nominated for best boxed or special limited edition package. ... A McCartney song, "In the Blink of an Eye," appears on the soundtrack for the recent British animated film "Ethel & Ernest." And you can find more Beatles reading from our contributors at SOMETHING NEW: The Beatlefan Blog. Check it out!For the latest Beatles news, subscribe to Beatlefan/EXTRA!" . . . Bill King offers commentary on The Beatles (and much more) at Quick Cuts, the new Internet journal on pop culture. Click here to read it.
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