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Friday, February 09, 2007

The Beatles in Italy

The Beales' first time on Ed Sullivan 43 years ago today.

A couple years ago, I was part of this:
The complementary exhibition, THE BEATLES: Community Stories, from December 21, 2002 through March 2, 2003, is a community-based exhibition that celebrates the Fab Four with a selection of memorabilia on loan from Capital Region residents. From toys to tea towels, from posters to photographs, from autographs to collectibles…you’ll see it all at the Albany Institute.
I had but one magazine, but I also brought in some bootleg LPs. (If I had thought of it, I would have brought in copy of Abbey Road, purportedly signed by all four Beatles.) I also brought in The Beatles in Italy. Despite its name, it wasn't recorded in Italy, and it certainly wasn't a live album. Here are the songs:
Side One
Long Tall Sally (Johnson/Penniman/Blackwell)
She's a Woman (Lennon-McCartney)
Matchbox (Lennon-McCartney)
From Me to You (Lennon-McCartney)
I Want to Hold Your Hand (Lennon-McCartney)
Ticket to Ride (Lennon-McCartney)
Side Two
This Boy (Lennon-McCartney)
Slow Down (Williams)
I Call Your Name (Lennon-McCartney)
Thank You Girl (Lennon-McCartney)
Yes It Is (Lennon-McCartney)
I Feel Fine (Lennon-McCartney)
Those of you with many of the Beatles CDs recognize that all but one of the songs appears on Past Masters 1. Since the Beatles albums in Italy were the same selections as those in the UK, they did not include the singles or the Long Tall Sally EP, songs that had been dispersed on various US LPs of the time. The 12th song is "Ticket to Ride" the first single of the then-forthcoming Help! album.
When I took the JEOPARDY! test in May 1998 in DC, the only question I KNEW I had gotten wrong involved this Playboy model who married a millionaire. I mean, I could visualize her, but her moniker slipped my memory. Since then, Anna Nicole Smith has been emblazoned in my mind. She was a reality show contestant (didn't watch) and had her case heard before the Supreme Court. Surreal, including the deaths of her son, and now herself.

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