Sgt Pepper At 50: Is It The Best Beatles Album?

It was fifty years ago today (well, okay, give or take a few days) that Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released. It’s been hailed as one of the greatest albums ever made, one that completely changed the face of music, and half a century on it’s still widely considered to be The Beatles’ masterpiece. Continue reading “Sgt Pepper At 50: Is It The Best Beatles Album?”

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Flowers In The Dirt: McCartney’s Renaissance

With Paul McCartney’s 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt due to be reissued next week, it seems like the perfect time to look back on what I consider to be his best work of the decade. Not only did it show that he was still a force to be reckoned with, it yielded one of his most successful musical collaborations in the form of Elvis Costello. Continue reading “Flowers In The Dirt: McCartney’s Renaissance”

The Beatles Trivial Pursuit (Review)

Hardly a year goes by when I don’t receive something Beatles related for Christmas, and this one was no different. I’d been meaning to try out the Beatles edition of Trivial Pursuit for quite a while and finally decided now was the right time. Continue reading “The Beatles Trivial Pursuit (Review)”

Paul McCartney: The Biography by Philip Norman (Review)

Although it was published in May 2016, I’ve only just got around to reading this book. This is partly because I received it as a Christmas present, but also because I had a few reservations to begin with. Philip Norman is well known for his previous anti-McCartney sentiment, and as such I expected the worst from his new biography. But I decided to give it a chance. Continue reading “Paul McCartney: The Biography by Philip Norman (Review)”

My 5 Least Favourite Beatles Songs

Despite being the most influential band of the last century, The Beatles had some weak links in their back catalogue. It’s okay — everyone does. I would be very surprised to come across a Beatles fan who doesn’t have at least one song they dislike (if that fan is you, I’m very surprised!) so just for fun, I’ve decided to let you in on a few songs that have failed to impress my Beatle-worshipping ears. As you might imagine, these are songs I’m not in the habit of listening to regularly, so I’ve revisited each of them for the first time in quite a while to see if my opinion has changed. In no particular order… Continue reading “My 5 Least Favourite Beatles Songs”

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (Review)

Every time a new film or book about The Beatles is released nowadays, promising a fresh perspective on the story, one of the first things that comes to mind is, “Will we really learn anything new from this?” Furthermore, is there even anything left to learn? Ron Howard’s new documentary film, which focuses on the band’s touring years up to 1966, manages to tell a familiar tale in an exciting way. It’s easy to tell that this film has been a labour of love for Howard, and it’s sure to generate an immense feeling of love for Beatles fans everywhere watching it. Continue reading “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (Review)”