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Deep Beatles: “Misery” from Please Please Me (1963)

Last week marked the 50th anniversary of a cultural revolution: the release of the Beatles’ Please Please Me. Their first effort, recorded over 12 hours on a single day, stands as one of the most impressive debuts in rock history.

Deep Beatles: “Hello Little Girl” (Decca audition, 1962)

Last week’s Deep Beatles took a closer look at the Beatles’ 1962 audition for Decca Records. Since manager Brian Epstein wanted to present Decca’s A&R department with a vivid picture of the Beatles’ live shows, he asked the band to perform covers

Deep Beatles: “I’ve Got A Feeling” from Let It Be (1970)

Volumes have been written on the Lennon/McCartney dynamic, after point/counterpoint exchanges graced “We Can Work It Out,” “Getting Better,” and “She’s Leaving Home.” One of their finest moments as a duo occurred during the troubled Get Back sessions.

Deep Beatles: “Run for Your Life” from Rubber Soul (1965)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3wNopYS8YE&w=500&h=305] It’s the song everyone loves to hate, the one containing squirm-inducing lyrics that are at least politically incorrect, at most misogynistic.

‘He was unsure of himself': Jack Douglas remembers tentative return by the Beatles’ John Lennon in 1980

‘He was unsure of himself': Jack Douglas remembers tentative return by the Beatles’ John Lennon in 1980

Jack Douglas, who produced the final album issued in John Lennon’s lifetime, says the former Beatles star was so nervous about returning to music in 1980 that he initially had Douglas rehearse a band without him.

Gimme Five: Songs where the Beatles, well, sucked (again!)

Gimme Five: Songs where the Beatles, well, sucked (again!)

We called “All You Need Is Love” a pasted-together goof, “The Long and Winding Road” a devastatingly maudlin bore. And you ripped us to shreds. Now, we’re back for more.

Kit O’Toole’s Top Beatles Albums, Books, Collectibles and Movies for 2012

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKcdvg6Ay_w&w=500&h=305] 2012 marked a number of musical events, including the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ debut single “Love Me Do.” The limited-edition anniversary “Love Me Do” single represents just one of many Fab Four-related products released this past year.

Deep Cuts: John Lennon’s ‘I Found Out,’ ‘I’m Losing You,’ ‘Out the Blue,’ others

Deep Cuts: John Lennon’s ‘I Found Out,’ ‘I’m Losing You,’ ‘Out the Blue,’ others

As the anniversary of John Lennon’s vicious murder looms on December 8, 2012, we didn’t return to his best-known hits — after all, there’ll be plenty of “Imagine,” “Watching the Wheels,” “#9 Dream” and Beatles favorites to go around.

Deep Beatles: “Rain” from Past Masters (1966)

Recently I’ve received requests to examine “Rain,” the groundbreaking B-side to “Paperback Writer.” Indeed, “Rain” has transformed into one of the Beatles’ best-loved B-sides, a masterpiece both musically and lyrically.

Desert Island Discs: Cover Songs Edition

Desert Island Discs: Cover Songs Edition

On this particular island, there will be sun and sand – but nary an original artist.