A Station Just Announced They Will Be Playing The Beatles 24/7

This Is Like My The Best Dream Came True

SiriusXM satellite radio announced on Tuesday it will launch a channel devoted to the famous British band, The Beatles, that will launch on May 18.The Beatles Channel will arrive just a week before the reissue of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The Beatlemania carries on

Ever dreamt of having a radio channel playing The Beatles 24/7? Well, now you have it. SiriusXM Satellite radio announced on Tuesday the launching of a fully devoted Beatles channel.

The band, that’s without a question on of the most important pop music legends, backed and collaborated with SiriusXM to come with this exciting project. The Beatles channel will feature the band’s entire catalog as well as solo albums inspired by the Liverpool musicians.

Scott Greenstein, the company’s president said, “We’ve worked with The Beatles and Apple Corps Ltd. to create a channel that is as vital today as when the band’s music was first recorded.”The channel will be all-things-Beatles, 24/7. The soundtrack of our world, made by John, Paul, George and Ringo.”

SiriusXM also features different stations in the same line that The Beatles’ upcoming one. Artist like Frank Sinatra, Ozzy Osbourne, and Willie Nelson are celebrated in these channels.The Beatles Channel will debut on May 18 on SiriusXM on channel 18. Not only for fans this will be something huge, for the company’s president Scott Greenstein, this is a dream come true.

Greenstein had been pursuing this dream for a couple of years now, in fact, he presented the idea to the band’s manager years ago. However, it was a delicate subject as both McCartney and Starr have worked with Sirius and he didn’t want the musician to think he was only interested in their past.

He said, “The moment came, and you can rest assured that when the moment came, we dove right in.” The band was very cooperative by providing archival material, including interviews and songs. Greenstein said, “It will be a channel that will sound shockingly current and alive, not a retrospective jukebox.”

Paul McCartney joined the excitement and said in a statement, “I still remember the thrill of when we first heard our music on the radio. But I don’t think any of us would have imagined that we’d have our very own Beatles radio channel more than 50 years later.”

Via Rolling Stone

The Beatles channel is more than just music

The Beatles channel will be much more than music, it will have regular shows and specials bringing in some major music authors to speak about the Fab four.Chris Carter will host a daily show called Breakfast  With the Beatles. Bill Flanagan will host a show, Northern Songs with Bill Flanagan, based on themes that tell the story of the band.

In Magical Mini Concert, the network will feature live music recorded by the band and its solo numbers.

On June 1, the network will hold Pepper Day in celebration of Sgt. Pepper Lonely Heart Club’s 50th anniversary. On this day it will play a new stereo mix of the album and will include commentary from the late George Martin and his son, who made the mixes for the upcoming special editions.

The Beatles Channel lineup will also include, Beatles Bites, a daily “name the song” quiz; Get Back: The Beatles in Britain, a show hosted by Geoff Lloysofering perspective of the Beatles phenomenon.

Via Rolling Stone

Sargent Pepper’s 50th anniversary

The Beatles will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their groundbreaking album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club with reissue packages arriving on May 26th.A new stereo mix of the album will be available as a single CD. They will also bring an extended deluxe package edition which includes two-CD set or two-LPvinyl.

There’s also a super deluxe box which comes with all the previously detailed plus 33 more recordings from the Sgt. Pepper sessions. Plus, promo films for several tracks and a restored version of a 192 documentary, The Making of Sgt. Pepper.

All the editions will bring unreleased takes of all 13 album tracks. The deluxe edition will also include new stereo mixes, an unreleased instrumental of Penny Lake and two unreleased takes of Strawberry Fields Forever.

Sgt. Pepper was first released on June 1, 1967. It was the first Beatles album to be released in the US with the same tracklist as the UK.

The album’s artwork included a cover designed by Sir Peter Blake that featured people that the band admired, including, including Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Edgar Allan Poe, Laurel and Hardy, Karl Marx, Alfred Einstein, Sonny Liston, Shirley Temple, Marlon Brando, Marlene Dietrich and Aldous Huxley.

The album also included lyrics on the back cover, which was the first time ever made. The album won four Grammys, including Album of the Year.In 2006, it was elected as “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress for its National Recording Registry.

In the introduction to the book in the deluxe set, Ringo writes, ‘Sgt. Pepper’ seemed to capture the mood of that year, and it also allowed a lot of other people to kick off from there and to really go for it.”

Paul also wrote, “It’s crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer, and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of art.”

Via Rolling Stone

Source: LA Times


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