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Kit O’Toole’s Top Beatles Albums, Books, Collectibles and Movies for 2013

Kit O’Toole’s Top Beatles Albums, Books, Collectibles and Movies for 2013

The upcoming 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ American debut has inspired a slew of related books, CDs, movies, and other collectibles. In other words, this Christmas will be a dream

Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star: Lullaby Versions of John Lennon (2013)

Reviewing an album of lullabies may seem unusual for us at Something Else! Reviews. However, music fans who are also parents can agree on two things

‘He’d never seemed that interested’: Paul McCartney still marvels at George Harrison’s songwriting growth

‘He’d never seemed that interested’: Paul McCartney still marvels at George Harrison’s songwriting growth

For Paul McCartney, the decision to fill most of the Beatles’ albums with songs composed alongside John Lennon — rather than those of George Harrison and Ringo Starr — came down to productivity.

Deep Beatles: “Polythene Pam” from Abbey Road (1969)

Deep Beatles: “Polythene Pam” from Abbey Road (1969)

One of John Lennon’s more underrated compositions, “Polythene Pam” fits perfectly with the preceding Abbey Road fragment “Mean Mr. Mustard.”

‘We plowed on’: The Beatles’ Paul McCartney remembers discarded initial work with John Lennon

‘We plowed on’: The Beatles’ Paul McCartney remembers discarded initial work with John Lennon

Several early songs from the writing collaboration between Paul McCartney and John Lennon eventually saw the light of day — save for their very first, a song called “Just Fun.”

On Second Thought: John Lennon – Walls and Bridges (1974)

On Second Thought: John Lennon – Walls and Bridges (1974)

To have been such a breakthrough hit for John Lennon as a solo artist, to have been the last we’d hear from the former Beatle for half a decade, Walls and Bridges receives precious little attention these days.

Deep Beatles: “Mean Mr. Mustard,” from Abbey Road (1969)

Deep Beatles: “Mean Mr. Mustard,” from Abbey Road (1969)

As “Sun King” quietly fades, a drum kickstarts this darkly humorous track: “Mean Mr. Mustard,” a John Lennon composition dating to 1968. His own harshest critic, Lennon later labeled it a “piece of garbage.”

Deep Beatles: “Sun King” from Abbey Road (1969)

Deep Beatles: “Sun King” from Abbey Road (1969)

Next in the Abbey Road medley is one of the Beatles’ most beautiful yet mysterious tracks, “Sun King.” In later years, John Lennon dismissed “Sun King” as “a piece of garbage I had around,” but its lovely harmonies and mystical lyrics transform it into an entrancing listening experience.

Movies: Good Ol’ Freda (2013)

Movies: Good Ol’ Freda (2013)

The Beatles’ 1963 Christmas recording makes the rounds of classic rock radio stations every holiday. The lads send Christmas cheer to fans around the world as they joke and sing bits of holiday carols.

Deep Beatles: “Because” from Abbey Road (1969)

For the next several columns, I will closely examine the legendary Abbey Road medley, their 16-minute magnum opus comprised of numerous song fragments. Where did these short works come from? How did they fit together so flawlessly?