Considering the quality of the original material on With the Beatles, it shouldn't have been a surprise that Lennon & McCartney decided to devote their third album to all-original material. Nevertheless, that decision still impresses, not only because the album is so strong, but because it was written and recorded at a time when the Beatles were constantly touring, giving regular BBC concerts, appearing on television and releasing non-LP singles and EPs, as well as filming their first motion picture…
Nominated for two Academy Awards, Richard Lester's "A Hard Day's Night" (1964) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion. The supplemental features on the disc include original rerelease trailers for the film; documentary film produced by Walter Shenson; Richard Lester's early short film "The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film" (1960); audio commentary featuring various members of the film's cast and crew; exclusive new video piece featuring story editor and screenwriter Bobbie O'Steen and music editor Suzana Peric; Martin Lewis' documentary "Things They Said Today" (2002); and a lot more. The release also arrives with an illustrated booklet featuring an essay by critic Howard Hampton. In English, with optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of the most memorable moments in music and television's joint history - the groundbreaking first appearance by the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. This musical celebration of that evening sees the two remaining Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with a host of huge musical names including Alicia Keys, Dave Grohl, Eurythmics, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder performing Beatles classics, while various presenters and performers including Sean Penn, Johnny Depp and Eric Idle help contextualise and highlight the musical, cultural and historical impact of the group. The programme also features David Letterman interviewing Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at the iconic Ed Sullivan Theatre, as well as interviews with people who worked on the 1964 show and were in the audience.
A Hard Day's Night is a 1964 British black-and-white comedy film directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—during the height of Beatlemania. It was written by Alun Owen and originally released by United Artists. The film portrays a couple of days in the lives of the group. The film is considered to be one of the best and most influential musical films of all time.
The Bläck Fööss are a music group from Cologne, Germany, started in 1970. The band's style of music is a cross between Schlager and pop, but they also perform songs with jazz, blues, rock and reggae styles. The group is famous for its lead singer's a cappella singing. Many of the band's songs are popular carnival songs, while others are covers of bands such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Beatles, Hollies or Willi Ostermann.