Articles by: Kit O'Toole

Deep Beatles: “Oh! Darling” from Abbey Road (1969)

The stereotype stands to this day: John Lennon wrote the rockers, Paul McCartney the love songs. But the Abbey Road track “Oh! Darling” challenged this notion by having McCartney write and sing the blues.

Movies: The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

1967 marked a crucial transitional period for the Beatles; they recorded the groundbreaking Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; performed “All You Need Is Love” on the Our World broadcast

The Beatles, “I’ll Get You” from Past Masters (1963): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “I’ll Get You” from Past Masters (1963): Deep Beatles

While not as well known as other tracks, “I’ll Get You” stands as a superior example of the Beatles’ early material.

The Beatles, “Mr. Moonlight” from Beatles For Sale (1964): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Mr. Moonlight” from Beatles For Sale (1964): Deep Beatles

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I stand before you to defend the reputation of the Beatles’ 1964 cover of “Mr. Moonlight.”

Paul Simon – Live in New York City (2012)

If you buy only one music DVD this year, Paul Simon’s Live in New York City should be at the top of the list. On June 6, 2011, Simon treated fans in New York City’s Webster Hall to selections from his vast catalog and his last album, So Beautiful or So What.

Michael Jackson – BAD 25 (2012)

It’s hard to believe 25 years have passed since Michael Jackson released Bad, the much-anticipated followup to his megahit Thriller. While it didn’t match Thriller’s record-setting sales, it sold 30 to 45 million copies worldwide and spawned five No. 1 singles.

Deep Beatles: "Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey" (1968)

Deep Beatles: "Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey" (1968)

Would the Beatles’ self-titled 1968 album (otherwise known as the White Album) have been stronger as a single-disc work? Was it as fragmented and disjointed as critics then claimed?

Movies: The Beatles – Their Golden Age (2012)

Every day, DVDs surface purporting to contain “rare” Beatles footage and exclusive interviews. The latest entry in the parade, The Beatles: Their Golden Age, claims to be a “superb documentary”

Deep Beatles: "The Word" from Rubber Soul (1965)

Deep Beatles: "The Word" from Rubber Soul (1965)

1965 proved to be a busy year for the Beatles. Beatlemania continued to take over the globe, the group maintained a whirlwind touring schedule, they shot the film Help!, and they recorded two albums.

From panels to live jams, splendid time had by all at the 2012 Fest for Beatles Fans

To discuss “every sound there is,” Beatles enthusiasts converged on Rosemont, Illinois for the 36th annual Fest for Beatles Fans. From August 10-12, 2012, Beatles experts, musicians, and enthusiasts gathered at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare

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