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The Last Year In The Life of The Beatles - 1969/1970

From: Paul Ingles
Length: 01:58:01

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A two-hour special that chronologically follows The Beatles through 1969 and 1970 as they record their final tracks, struggle with their company, squabble with each other, pursue other interests, and ultimately split apart.

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Although their fans didn't know it, the music The Beatles were making in 1969 turned out to be the last recordings they would ever make as a four-some.  When John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr gathered in the studio the day after New Year's that year, the last chapter of their remarkable journey began with the sometimes contentious Get Back / Let It Be sessions.  The band's business affairs began to unravel soon after and several members' minds started drifting toward getting off The Beatles' merry-go-round.  Still they managed to pull off one final masterpiece, Abbey Road, before being photographed together for the last time in August and formally closing the book on the Beatles early in 1970.
 
Award-winning producer Paul Ingles continues his documentation of The Beatles' story with The Last Year in the Life of The Beatles, a two-hour special that chronologically follows the band through 1969 as they record their final tracks, struggle with their company, squabble with each other, pursue other interests, and ultimately split apart.  Listeners will hear behind the scenes studio chatter, rehearsal takes of songs, and finished classics, mixed with informed commentary from a host of music writers, musicians and fans.  Clips from news events and other classic music from the tumultuous year that ended the 1960's will also be blended in.
 
Commentators include writers Steve Turner, Anthony DeCurtis, Mikal Gilmore, Richie Unterberger, Greg Kot, and Ann Powers, and musicians Shawn Colvin, Richard Goldman, Jon Spurney, and David Gans.

(Song List Will Be Posted Shortly)
 
Ingles has produced programs spotlighting many Beatles albums as well as documentaries on Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Shawn Colvin and Bob Dylan.  More information about his work is at www.paulingles.com.

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Although their fans didn't know it, the music The Beatles were making in 1969 turned out to be the last recordings they would ever make as a four-some.  When John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr gathered in the studio the day after New Year's that year, the last chapter of their remarkable journey began with the sometimes contentious Get Back / Let It Be sessions.  The band's business affairs began to unravel soon after and several members' minds started drifting toward getting off The Beatles' merry-go-round.  Still they managed to pull off one final masterpiece, Abbey Road, before being photographed together for the last time in August and formally closing the book on the Beatles early in 1970.
 
Award-winning producer Paul Ingles continues his documentation of The Beatles' story with The Last Year in the Life of The Beatles, a two-hour special that chronologically follows the band through 1969 as they record their final tracks, struggle with their company, squabble with each other, pursue other interests, and ultimately split apart.  Listeners will hear behind the scenes studio chatter, rehearsal takes of songs, and finished classics, mixed with informed commentary from a host of music writers, musicians and fans.  Clips from news events and other classic music from the tumultuous year that ended the 1960's will also be blended in.
 
Commentators include writers Steve Turner, Anthony DeCurtis, Mikal Gilmore, Richie Unterberger, Greg Kot, and Ann Powers, and musicians Shawn Colvin, Richard Goldman, Jon Spurney, and David Gans.

(Song List Will Be Posted Shortly)
 
Ingles has produced programs spotlighting many Beatles albums as well as documentaries on Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Shawn Colvin and Bob Dylan.  More information about his work is at www.paulingles.com.

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Quality music and history; a good 'listen'

An audio Beatles history, that's a pleasure to hear. Loved remembering where I was (Jr Jigh school, in N. Idaho), 1969. How could I forget that Led Zeppelin's first album released, just as the Beatles broke up?
Someone here calls this 'the demise of a great rock band.' Well, I'm just glad to have an audio record, and enjoyed all the bits and pieces.

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Well Done

I missed this when it aired on my local NPR station (KUT in Austin), so i ended up here after searching for it online. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Well done!

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Excellent Analysis of A Year in the Life of the Beatles

I stumbled upon the broadcast by accident and am so glad that I had the opportunity to hear the program. The writers/producers' use of framing the historical record of events with contemporary commentaries was effective. I enjoyed hearing about the cultural forces and personal struggles that shaped the Beatles' last year together. Thanks for weaving the elements into an elegant, coherent, and intimate story. After listening to the broadcast, I sat and realized that I'd just heard a kind of eulogy commemorating the life cycle of the Beatles. The broadcast evoked a bit of sadness, nostalgia, and celebration of the Beatles contribution to the human story. Fantastic!

Timing and Cues

59:00 Version Version

HOUR 1

00:00:00 - 00:00:59 - Open Billboard

00:01:00 - 00:19:18 - Part A - ends with a :60 music bed for local anncts.

00:19:19 - 00:41:56 - Part B - ends with a :60 music bed for local acccts.

00:41:57 - 00:59:00 - Part C

HOUR 2

00:00:00 - 00:00:59 - Open Billboard

00:01:00 - 00:19:06 - Part A - ends with a :60 music bed for local anncts.

00:19:07 - 00:35:48 - Part B - ends with a :60 music bed for local acccts.

00:35:49 - 00:59:00 - Part C

54:00 Version Version

HOUR 1

00:00:00 - 00:00:59 - Open Billboard

00:01:00 - 00:05:59 - Your Newscast.

00:06:00 - 00:23:26 -
Part A - ends with a :60 music bed for local anncts.

00:23:27 - 00:44:22 - Part B - ends with a :60 music bed for local acccts.

00:44:23 - 00:59:00 - Part C

HOUR 2

00:00:00 - 00:00:59 - Open Billboard

00:01:00 - 00:05:59 - Your Newscast.

00:06:00 - 00:22:26 -
Part A - ends with a :60 music bed for local anncts.

00:22:27 - 00:38:36 - Part B - ends with a :60 music bed for local acccts.

00:38:37 - 00:59:00 - Part C

Related Website

http://www.paulingles.com