By Mike Fox
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Intro Music by: Mattia Signaroldi and Mike Fox.
Voiceover Intro by: Lissa Luna
The Beatles: Now and Then
Cut to 2021, and the release of “The Beatles: Get Back” docuseries, directed by Peter Jackson, which astonished viewers with its award-winning film and audio restoration. Using WingNut Films’ MAL audio technology, Jackson’s team had de-mixed the film’s mono soundtrack, managing to isolate instruments and vocals, and all the individual voices within The Beatles’ conversations. This achievement opened the way to 2022’s new mix of Revolver, sourced directly from the four-track master tapes. This led on to a question: what could now be done with the “Now And Then” demo? Peter Jackson and his sound team, led by Emile de la Rey, applied the same technique to John’s original home recording, preserving the clarity and integrity of his original vocal performance by separating it from the piano.
In 2022, Paul and Ringo set about completing the song. Besides John’s vocal, “Now And Then” includes electric and acoustic guitar recorded in 1995 by George, Ringo’s new drum part, and bass, guitar and piano from Paul, which matches John’s original playing. Paul added a slide guitar solo inspired by George; he and Ringo also contributed backing vocals to the chorus.
In Los Angeles, Paul oversaw a Capitol Studios recording session for the song’s wistful, quintessentially Beatles string arrangement, written by Giles Martin, Paul and Ben Foster. Paul and Giles also added one last, wonderfully subtle touch: backing vocals from the original recordings of “Here, There And Everywhere,” “Eleanor Rigby” and “Because,” woven into the new song using the techniques perfected during the making of the LOVE show and album. The finished track was produced by Paul and Giles, and mixed by Spike Stent.
Paul says: “There it was, John’s voice, crystal clear. It’s quite emotional. And we all play on it, it’s a genuine Beatles recording. In 2023 to still be working on Beatles music, and about to release a new song the public haven’t heard, I think it’s an exciting thing.”
Ringo says: “It was the closest we’ll ever come to having him back in the room, so it was very emotional for all of us. It was like John was there, you know. It’s far out.”
Olivia Harrison says: “Back in 1995, after several days in the studio working on the track, George felt the technical issues with the demo were insurmountable and concluded that it was not possible to finish the track to a high enough standard. If he were here today, Dhani and I know he would have whole-heartedly joined Paul and Ringo in completing the recording of ‘Now And Then.’”
On This Day in VR History (November 12th)
On This Day in VR History (November 11th)
On this day in VR history (Nov 11th), find out what happened to Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Billy Joel, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, and The Cure.
On This Day in VR History (November 10th)
On November 10th, find out what happened on this day in VR History to Robert Plant and Alison Kraus, Queen, The Eagles, Tom Petty, and The Sugarhill Gang.
On This Day in VR History (November 9th)
On November 9th in VR History, certain musical milestones were achieved Billy Joel, John Lennon, Frank Zappa, BTO, and Badfinger.
On This Day in VR History (November 8th)
On This Day in VR History (November 7th)
On this day in VR History on November 7th, Eagle Eye Cherry performed his debut single Save Tonight on Saturday Night Live in 1998, Elton John and Bernie Taupin signed their first record deal in 1967, and Chicago released Does Anybody Really know What Time It is in 1970. A few other events are mentioned on this special episode, as part of VR History Week.
On This Day in VR History (November 6th)
On this day in VR History on November 6th: Glenn Frey of The Eagles was born in 1948, Meat Loaf hits #1 with I Would Do Anything For Love in 1993, and a few other memorable events are mentioned on this special episode.
Manic Street Preachers
Manic Street Preachers, also known simply as the Manics, are a Welsh rock band that originally formed in 1986. The band consists of cousins James Dean Bradfield (vocals and guitar) and Sean Moore (drums), plus Nicky Wire (bass guitar, lyrics). The band often puts an open microphone on the stage to pay tribute to the late Manics guitarist Richey Edwards, who went missing in 1995 and was declared dead in absentia in 2008. The mix of rock genres contained within their unique collective sound includes alternative, Britpop, hard rock, punk rock, and glam rock.
Motorcycle Emptiness is one of their early hits from their first album released in 1992, called Generation Terrorists. Throughout the 2000s and beyond, The Manic Street Preachers continued to wow their loyal fans while younger audiences began discovering these veteran rockers. Send Away The Tigers became their best-selling album of the first decade of the current century. This episode contains at least one song from every single album of The Manics.
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Lou Reed Part 3 (1991-2013)
Lou Reed Part 2 (1979-1990)
Part 2 of this three-part series on the legendary Lou Reed picks up in the late 1970s after Street Hassle was released. Lou's 1979 follow-up to Street Hassle was a jazz-art-Rock album titled The Bells, an album Lou once told Mojo sold two copies of, and one of them was to him. The early 1980's found a sober Lou Reed confronting his demons on both The Blue Mask (1982) and Legendary Hearts (1983), then dabbling with pop on New Sensations in 1984. In 1989, Reed would score his first #1 with Dirty Blvd, which was on a raw, hard-hitting, guitar-driven rock album where Lou gets political called New York. At the end of Part 2, Lou Reed begins the nineties by collaborating with Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale on an Andy Warhol tribute album called Songs for Drella.
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Lou Reed Part 1 (1967-1978)
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Rock En Español (with Lissa Luna)
Descripción en inglés: Veteran Rockers from the genre of Rock En Español or Spanish Language Rock are celebrated in this special episode. Since a few of the song titles of these Veteran Rockers in this genre are a bit challenging for gringos like me to pronounce, Guest Co-Host Lissa Luna pronounces them for me. Juanes, Santana, Maná, and Soda Stereo are among the influential Veteran Rockers you’ll hear in this episode, which proves that rock in any language can free your soul. Even if you don’t speak Spanish, if you are passionate about rock as much as I am, this episode is for you. Lissa Luna is a Voiceover Artist from the Dominican Republic, who has worked with big companies, including Claro, Pizza Hut, Altice, and many others. Spotify Premium subscription is required to hear full length songs.
Descripción En Español: Se requiere Spotify premium para escuchar canciones completas. En este episodio especial se celebra a los rockeros veteranos del género Rock en español o rock en español. Dado que algunos de los títulos de las canciones de estos rockeros veteranos de este género son un poco difíciles de pronunciar para gringos como yo, la copresentadora invitada Lissa Luna los pronuncia por mí. Juanes, Santana, Maná y Soda Stereo se encuentran entre los rockeros veteranos influyentes que escucharás en este episodio que demuestra que el rock en cualquier idioma puede liberar tu alma. Aunque no hables español, si te apasiona el rock tanto como a mí, este episodio es para ti. Lissa Luna es una locutora de República Dominicana que ha trabajado con grandes empresas como Claro, Pizza Hut, Altice y muchas otras.
Why I Created Veteran Rockers
Prince's Purple Rain
The album's lead single "When Doves Cry" sparked controversy among network big wigs, who thought it was too hot for TV. Another controversial aspect of this record was "Darling Nikki" raised complaints from Tipper Gore and the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) and contributed to the implementation of the parental advisory stickers.
Music critics appreciated the innovational aspects of the soundtrack, most notably "When Doves Cry". Purple Rain is ranked among the greatest albums of all time with Rolling Stone putting it at number eight on its list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The Kinks Part 3
The 1986 album Think Visual featured the mesmerizing but overlooked classic Lost and Found. The 1989 album UK Jive featured How do I Get Close and the catchy title track.
In 1990, all four members of the original Kinks lineup – Davies, Davies, Quaife, and Avory — were inducted into the prestigious American Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Three years later, The Kinks released their final album Phobia. The Kinks gave their final concert in 1996 and due to the Davies brothers creative tensions, the Kinks disbanded in 1997.
The Davies brothers reunited for one song in 2015 during a solo gig Dave was playing at Islington Hall. Even though this was the only sign of a Kinks reunion to date, their music lives on 60 plus years after releasing You Really Got Me. The Kinks really got us and that will never change.
The Kinks Part 2
The remainder of the 1970s found these guys commenting on real-life situations and nothing was off the table. Especially with Preservation Act 1, Preservation Act 2, Soap Opera, and Schoolboys in Disgrace. The Kinks abandoned their concept album phase in 1977 as they created straightforward arena rock albums including Sleepwalker in 1977, Misfits in 1978, and Low Budget in 1979. Low Budget found them getting more noticed in America, gaining entry into the stadium rock circuit, and selling out Madison Square Garden in NYC.