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December 17, 2013 at 8:37 PM

More unreleased Beatles material escapes from the vaults | New Recordings

The Beatles, ‘The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963’ (Capitol/Universal/Apple)

More Beatles rarities are available in this new release (Apple Corp. Ltd.)

More Beatles rarities are available in this new release (Apple Corp. Ltd.)

Coming just five weeks after the release of “On Air: Live at the BBC, Volume 2,” more previously unreleased Beatles songs were issued on the digital-only “The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963,” which was released on iTunes on Tuesday.

There’s an ulterior motive behind the release; as explained in a recent New York Times article, the band has to officially put out unreleased material in order to hold on to the copyright. But Beatles fans will just be happy to get their hands on more rarities from the vaults.

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July 25, 2013 at 2:35 PM

New CDs | Nilsson biography and box set

Harry Nilsson is one of those performers whose name doesn’t bring instant recognition, but whose choir-boy voice readily does — though the irony for this singer-songwriter is that he was destined to be best known for the songs he didn’t write.

(Courtesy of Sony Legacy)

(Courtesy of Sony Legacy)

“Being relegated to having sung ‘Everybody’s Talkin’ ” and ‘Without You’ ain’t exactly what I set out to do,” he admitted in a 1977 interview.
The former was the poignant theme song of the 1969 film “Midnight Cowboy,” and Nilsson’s first major chart success; the latter was Nilsson’s biggest hit, a power ballad that topped the charts in 1971. Nilsson, who died in 1994, didn’t write either song.
A new biography and a 17 CD box set seek to redress that irony and bring about a new appreciation for the eclectic artist the Beatles once described as their “favorite group.”
Alyn Shipton’s “Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter” (Oxford University Press; $27.95) is the first full-length biography of Nilsson, and takes a scrupulously detailed approach to his work. Shipton examines in detail every recording session and plumbs every musician or producer possible for new information.

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