Beatlefan #210 takes a look at George Harrison's "The Apple Years" reissue box, with Jeff Slate reviewing the set and Brad Hundt and Rip Rense discussing the bonus tracks and how stingy the Harrison estate has been so far with unreleased material that's in the vaults. Plus, we have an interview with Ringo Starr (discussing his charities, playing live, recent projects and "The Beatles in Mono"); David Crosby telling Howie Edelson about his encounters with the Fabs over the years; and Ken Sharp talking with uber fan-collector Dave Morrell (who also provides excerpts from his new book, including the story of how John Lennon gave him his personal copy of the "Butcher Cover"!).Also in the new issue is Rick Glover's back-cover story on the Last Pick at the Stick, as Paul McCartney bade farewell to San Francisco's legendary Candlestick Park; Bill King's interview with historian-author Bruce Spizer about how "Introducing The Beatles" and four singles issued by Vee-Jay/Tollie came to be certified gold and/or platinum by the RIAA 50 years after they came out; the results of our survey on fans' favorite Beatles group and solo studio albums; Spizer's look back at the 1964 non-EMI Beatles exploitation releases; and Kit O'Toole on how the uneasy relationship between The Beatles and the jazz music world didn't get in the way of some great jazz covers of Beatles songs. We also have a report on Ringo's International Day of Peace performance, an interview with fan Webmaster Steve Marinucci, and lots of book reviews!
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"George Harrison: The Apple Years, 1968-1975," overseen by Dhani Harrison, was released Sept. 23 by Capitol Records/Universal Music. The set includes George's first six solo albums, released on The Beatles' Apple Records label: "Wonderwall Music," "Electronic Sound," "All Things Must Pass," "Living in the Material World," "Dark Horse" and "Extra Texture (Read All About It)." ... The long-rumored Paul McCartney tribute album, "The Art of McCartney," will be released Nov. 18 by Kobalt Music Group. Included will be recordings by Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper, Dr. John, Kiss, Heart, Barry Gibb, Jeff Lynne, Kiss, Def Leppard, the Cure and Roger Daltrey. ... Ringo and a special configuration of All Starrs performed Sept. 21 at the John Varvatos store in Los Angeles to mark International Day of Peace and in support of their #peacerocks campaign. ... Due Oct. 28 is a special 2-CD and one DVD Collector's Edition of McCartney's "New" album packaged in a hardbound book and featuring bonus content, including behind the scenes footage, music videos, live recordings, an album documentary and previously unreleased tracks. ... Dozens of musicians gathered Sept. 28 at L.A.'s Fonda Theatre for George Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison. Included were performances by Brian Wilson, Norah Jones, Ben Harper, Ann Wilson, Conan O'Brien and "Weird Al" Yankovic. George's son Dhani performed "Let It Down" and "Savoy Truffle." For the latest Beatles news, subscribe to Beatlefan/EXTRA! . . . 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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