The Star-Club tapes – Mark Lewisohn

Author, historian and the world’s leading authority on The Beatles, Mark Lewisohn, discusses The Beatles’ Star-Club tapes with Chris Shaw.

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3 thoughts on “The Star-Club tapes – Mark Lewisohn

  1. Fantastic – thanks so much for this. One thing I didn’t follow is Lewisohn’s idea that the tapes represent Ringo’s “first take” (meaning, it was the first time he’d played these songs with the Beatles) on some of the songs. Unless I’ve missed something, there’s no suggestion that they hadn’t played all of these songs many times (with Ringo) in the four months leading up to when the sets that were taped. Can you clarify?

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  2. I only discovered ‘IAm The Eggpod’ a couple of months ago and have been catching up on them all ever since. Very interesting, informative and entertaining. It’s interesting how many of the views and experiences of the guests are similar to mine. Good to hear Mark Lewisohn say he believes the Beatles were always themselves and that he doesn’t buy the ‘clean cut, cuddly mop tops’ thing. I’ve always said that too. Anyway, thank you for these podcasts. They’re great!

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  3. Just found this episode after going through the maze of comments on a recent Parlogram Auctions YouTube video about the Star Club tapes, and thoroughly enjoyed it (plus the unexpected Neil Innes tribute off the top), as I always enjoy hearing Mark talk about his favourite subject. My preferred version of these recordings is the OxTango CD release, but it sounds like the Zu Laut! release may surpass that with even more digital manipulation that brings added clarity. I won’t be upgrading, but I’m glad that it’s possible to hear vast improvements (in quality and quantity) in these recordings over what we got on vinyl in the ’70s.

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