Wednesday afternoon The AIR brings you a brand-new “normal” episode of Beatles Blast! You can listen at The AIR Website, or on the nifty little player over in the right-hand column of this here blog.

At 2 PM, your humble blogger returns with what appears to be the first “normal,” non-themed episode of Beatles Blast, possibly in two years. I mean, we’ve just come off of four episodes that were mixtape specials devoted to each Beatle’s solo career. We had a few more themed episodes before that, and then before those we had twenty episodes of The Lost Beatles Project, so welcome back to what passes for normal around here.

We do have a fun show for you. We open and close with tracks from Ringo’s new EP, Zoom In, Zoom Out, and then we also have a track from McCartney III, one from the remixed and remastered Plastic Ono Band and a gem from George’s posthumous album, Brainwashed.

After our solo Beatles fix, we bring you cover tunes, with prog-band, Transatlantic, taking on the Abbey Road Side Two Medley and “Strawberry Fields Forever,” from their recent live album. We have a couple of covers of solo John tunes, and Mr. Phil Collins takes on “Tomorrow Never Knows,” from his first solo album, which is forty-plus years old now.

Check out the full playlist…

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Ringo Starr “Waiting For The Tide To Turn”
Paul McCartney “Deep Deep Feeling”
John Lennon “Well Well Well”
George Harrison “Any Road”
Transatlantic “Side Two Medley (live)
“Strawberry Fields”
Average White Band “Imagine”
Phil Collins “Tomrrow Never Knows”
Ringo Starr “Here’s To The Night”

Beatles Blast can be heard every Wednesday at 2 PM, with replays Thursday at 10 PM, Friday at 1 PM, Saturday afternoon, and the following Tuesday at 9 AM.

At 3 PM on an encore episode from last December, Curtain Call and Mel Larch  bring you three tracks from three recent solo albums by musical theatre stalwarts, Lauran Benenti, Tim Minchin and the late Nick Cordero. Then, in a minor departure, Mel brings you the entire soundtrack album from a classic movie musical that never made it to the stage, Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz,a thinly-veiled autobiography in the form of a movie musical. After the main title theme, you’ll hearclassic songs that he felt defined his life, like “On Broadway,” “There’ll Be Some Changes Made,” “After You’ve Gone” and “Bye Bye Love,” along with original songs, incidental music composed by Ralph Burns and more, all presented mixtape-style for the final 49 minutes of the show.

Curtain Call can be heard on The AIR Wednesday at 3 PM, with replays Thursday at 8 AM and 9 PM, and Saturday at 8 PM. A six-hour marathon of classic episodes can be heard Sunday evening starting at 6 PM, and an all-night marathon of Curtain Call episodes can be heard Wednesday nights, beginning at Midnight.