You may feel a little deja vu Wednesday afternoon, as The AIR brings you another very special episode of Beatles Blast. You can tune in at the website, or just stay right here and listen to the convenient embedded radio player lurking elsewhere on this page.
At 2 PM (EST) Beatles Blast brings you an hour that explores the recently-released expanded edition of The Beatles 1967-1970, AKA “The Blue Album.”
Just like with last week’s show, dedicated to The Red Album, music histrorian, Kevin Howlett did all the heavy lifting. This week’s show collects all three parts of the recent audio documentary about The Blue Album that he wrote and produced for The Beatles’ website, with the addition of one Beatles tune at the start, an intro from yours truly, and a bonus cover at the end that sees Teenage Fanclub doing their version of “The Ballad of John and Yoko.”
Howlett’s documentaries include interviews with all four Beatles, as well as with folks like George Martin, Brian Wilson and others.
The Red and Blue albums were the first compilations released by EMI/Captiol under a new contract negotiated by Allen Klein in 1973. For many people who weren’t quite old enough while The Beatles were making new music, these two 2-LP sets were their introduction to the band.
The new reissues, along with the improved sound quality, also expand the track listing of each album by 50%, correcting some of the more glaring omissions from the original release.
Last week Beatles Blast wrapped up 2023 with Howlett’s look at The Red Album.
Beatles Blast can be heard every Wednesday at 2 PM, with replays Thursday at 11 PM, Friday at 1 PM, and Saturday afternoon.
At 3 PM (EST) on Curtain Call, Mel Larch brings you two encore episode from almost exactly one year ago. These are two parts that present most of the musical, Ragtime.
Curtain Call can be heard on The AIR Wednesday at 3 PM, with replays Thursday at 8 AM, Friday at 10 AM, Saturday at 8 PM and Monday at 9 AM. 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.
Also on The AIR, Wednesday at 11 PM, The Comedy Vault brings you the first new episode of the year, with an hour of vintage stand-up from Patton Oswalt.