Friday, January 18, 2019

New Klaus Voormann interview on "Sound Opinions"

Bassist, "Revolver" cover artists and Beatle pal Klaus Voormann is interviewed on a new episode of public radio program "Sound Opinions." You can listen here.

Details from "Sound Opinions":
Klaus Voormann was an artist living in Hamburg when he followed the sound of live music down into a cellar one night and happened upon his first live rock and roll show. He saw two acts from Liverpool that night: Rory Storm and the Hurricanes (with Ringo Starr on drums) and an irreverent dance band called The Beatles.

The friendship he struck up with The Beatles would alter the course of his life and prove to be lifelong. When they leapt forward into psychedelia with Revolver, they turned to Voormann to create a fitting cover image. That work won a Grammy and a place of honor (in tattoo form) on Jim's arm.

When John Lennon started pulling away from The Beatles, he enlisted Voormann to play bass in the Plastic Ono Band. George Harrison and Starr followed suit, trusting their "A Hard Day's Night" era roommate, Voormann, to provide the bassline on many of their solo albums as well.
His stature as a session bass player grew throughout the 1970's- he can be heard on albums by Carly Simon, Harry Nilsson and Lou Reed among many others. In the early 1980s Voormann added“producer”to his resume through his work with the German band, Trio.
Klaus Voormann

Vintage pic: John and Yoko!


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Coming Up: Criterion edition of 1978 Beatlemania comedy "I Wanna Hold Your Hand"


I have fuzzy but fond memories of this one. Granted I haven't seen it in many years, but my recollection is it's a quite funny look back at early U.S. Beatlemania. Looking forward to giving it a fresh viewing.

Out March 26. Pre-order from Amazon now.

Details from Criterion:

On February 9, 1964, the Beatles made their first live appearance on American television on The Ed Sullivan Show, ratcheting up the frenzy of a fanbase whose ecstatic devotion to the band heralded an explosive new wave of youth culture. I Wanna Hold Your Hand looks back to that fateful weekend, following six teenagers, each with their own reasons for wanting to see the Fab Four, from New Jersey to Manhattan on a madcap mission to meet the band and score tickets to the show. With this rollicking first feature, director Robert Zemeckis and cowriter Bob Gale established themselves as a filmmaking team par excellence, adept at mining America’s cultural memory for comedy and adventure with a winning mixture of sweet nostalgia and playful irreverence.

Special features:
  • New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Robert Zemeckis and cowriter Bob Gale, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation among Zemeckis, Gale, and executive producer Steven Spielberg
  • New interview with actors Nancy Allen and Marc McClure
  • Audio commentary from 2004 featuring Zemeckis and Gale
  • The Lift (1972) and A Field of Honor (1973), two early short films by Zemeckis
  • Trailer and radio spots

Vintage Hullabaloo magazine ad