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Winter of Discontent - A Beatles Podcast

Winter of Discontent - A Beatles Podcast

By Nick Anthony
It’s January 1969 and The Beatles are commercially at their peak with a number one Album in the charts and the summers smash hit ‘Hey Jude.’ Professionally things couldn’t be worse, however. Paul has convinced them to rehearse for a live show before the cameras, but his band mates have misgivings which will only multiply as the days progress. This is ‘The Winter of Discontent’. And we’re going to listen in to what will transpire.
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Winter of Discontent Ep.33 - A Beatles Podcast
Jan 7th 1969: After a lengthy discussion with the production crew, where the future of the project and the band were discussed, The Beatles decide to rehearse a little more before breaking for lunch.
June 23, 2022
Winter of Discontent Ep.32 - A Beatles Podcast
January 7th 1969 - Part 2 of our two parter following a lengthy discussion between the group and the crew. This is the lowest point of the project so far with Paul and George openly discuss the break up of the Beatles. But we also learn about George’s interest in existentialism from his days in Hamburg. Link:
June 09, 2022
Winter of Discontent Ep.31 - A Beatles Podcast
January 7th 1969. John eventually arrives. Paul channels his muse and creates a number one single out of thin air. The band and some of the crew then have a discussion about the show - this is part one of a two parter on this, their lowest ebb so far in the project. It’s a long one and it needs some concentration but we’ll analyse everything at the end. Link:
May 26, 2022
Winter of Discontent Ep.30 - A Beatles Podcast
It’s the morning of January 7th 1969. Paul, George and Ringo arrive and as they wait for John, Paul plays through some ideas on piano. We also learn about John and Yoko’s favourite restaurant. Link:
May 12, 2022
Winter of Discontent Ep. 29 - A Beatles Podcast
The conclusion of rehearsals on Jan. 6th 1969. It all ends on an upbeat note, Paul offers a new song to rehearse and this last hour is the most enjoyable of the day.
March 11, 2022
Winter of Discontent Ep.28 - A Beatles Podcast
January 6th 1969. We’re nearly at the end of today’s rehearsals. Following a tortuous rehearsal of Don’t Let Me Down and Two of Us, The Beatles begin work on George’s All Things Must Pass. But George has another song he’d rather do.
February 25, 2022
Winter of Discontent Ep.27 - A Beatles Podcast
The one with the argument. Paul steers the band through rehearsals of Two of Us having already tried everyone’s patience. Tensions that were stirring during afternoon finally rise to the surface. This is the full unedited discussion which doesn’t appear in this way in any of the documentaries.
February 11, 2022
Winter of Discontent Ep.26 - Beatles Podcast
Part 2 of our two-parter chronicling the evolution of the arrangement for Don’t Let Me Down. Aware of the lack of time to get ready for the live show tensions rise. But in the end… whether they know it or not, a classic emerges.
January 28, 2022
Winter of Discontent Ep.25 - A Beatles Podcast
Don’t Let Me Down Pt.1 - The Beatles finally settle down to some serious work arranging John’s song. Progress is made but it’s a long laborious process, but we do get introduced to a pioneer of percussion.
January 14, 2022
Winter of Discontent Ep.24 - A Beatles Podcast
The Beatles reconvene after lunch and a location scouting trip. A lengthy discussion with Yoko to the fore follows. Then the Beatles pick up instruments and still don’t get any work done
December 31, 2021
Winter of Discontent Christmas Minisode
Merry Christmas- here is a brief recap of the year plus an extra special feature. Just for you.
December 25, 2021
Winter of Discontent Ep.23 - A Beatles Podcast
January 6th and the run up to lunch. But first The Beatles have some fun jamming and playing with some new gadgets.
December 17, 2021
Winter of Discontent Ep.22 - A Beatles Podcast
January 6th 1969 - The Beatles pick up instruments and make some noise, not all of it productive. Ringo debuts a new song, Paul also has a new idea to present and John resurrects can old one.
December 03, 2021
Winter of Discontent Ep.21 - A Beatles Podcast
January 6th 1969 - Paul and Ringo are eventually joined by John, Yoko and finally George. The main topic of conversation is last nights Cream show. The recording equipment arrives and we learn about a certain Greek electronics guru.
November 19, 2021
Winter of Discontent Ep.20 - A Beatles Podcast
Back for Season 3. It’s now January 6th 1969, Paul is the first to arrive. Michael, Glyn and possibly Tony share their opinions on a number of artists and discuss the Cream documentary aired the night before.
November 05, 2021
Winter of Discontent Ep.19 - A Beatles Podcast
The finale of season two. It’s tea-time January 3rd 1969 and The Beatles set about learning one more new song before finishing for the day. Paul switches to piano, George picks up a bass and Michael tries to spell out his concerns.
September 23, 2021
Winter of Discontent Ep18 - A Beatles Podcast
Jan. 3rd 1969. Work continues on All Things Must Pass. It’s early evening so a glass or two is raised. And a conversation about jazz leads George to start talking about the great organist in Ray Charles’ Band who’ll soon become a major part of this project.
September 09, 2021
Winter of Discontent Ep.17 - A Beatles Podcast
More work on All Things Must Pass, George settles on a guitar, John has a go at the drums, Paul finally gets involved and the Raelettes make an appearance.
August 26, 2021
Winter of Discontent Ep16 - A Beatles Podcast
It’s late afternoon, January 3rd 1969. George is teaching the band ‘All Things Must Pass’ but he’s in for a shock! Paul also has his patience tested by Glyn Johns.
August 12, 2021
Winter of Discontent Ep.15 - A Beatles Podcast
It’s still January 3rd 1969. The Beatles work on Two of Us before lunch, adding ideas that they’d later use in another song instead. They return from lunch a little merrier, and procrastinate some more before George offers to teach them one of his songs.
July 29, 2021
Winter of Discontent Ep.14 - A Beatles Podcast
Still Jan. 3rd 1968. The Beatles take a trip down memory lane, showcasing many unpublished originals; one of which is only ever performed here. George leads them astray with covers before trying to steer them back on track.
July 15, 2021
Winter of Discontent Ep.13 - A Beatles Podcast
It’s around midday on Jan. 3rd 1969 and The Beatles are relaxed and enjoying playing together. Now they’re finally getting down to some serious rehearsal.
July 01, 2021
Winter of Discontent Ep.12 - A Beatles Podcast
January 3rd - John and Yoko finally arrive. The Beatles start the session proper warming up by running through some good natured covers and parody’s of their own songs. The most difficult dialogue so far to decipher; see how well I did.
June 17, 2021
Winter of Discontent - Ep.11 A Beatles Podcast
It’s still the morning of Jan.3 1969. George has arrived and while we wait for John the 3 Beatles amuse themselves with a copy of Beatles Monthly
June 03, 2021
Winter of Discontent Ep.10 - A Beatles Podcast
It’s January 3rd 1969; the second day of filming. It’s a good opportunity to spend some quality time with Paul and Ringo at the Piano.
May 20, 2021
Winter of Discontent Ep.9 - A Beatles Podcast
The story of Peter Sellers and the Magic Christian. We explore why this production was important to both Sellers and Starr.
May 06, 2021
Winter of Discontent Ep. 8 - A Beatles Podcast
We’re finally at the end of the first day. George demos a new song, but instead of working on that Paul teaches the band a new tune of his own. We conclude season one with a summary of the first day - and I complain about my back
April 08, 2021
Winter of Discontent Ep.7 - A Beatles Podcast
It’s still January 2nd 1969. It’s now the late afternoon and work starts on John’s “Don’t Let Me Down” although rehearsals get a little bogged down in discussions rather than performing. We learn Ringo and George have a new hobby. The P.A finally turns up and Yoko finally speaks.
March 26, 2021
Winter of Discontent Ep.6 - A Beatles Podcast
Ringo gets a bit huffy with Denis O’Dell. Paul talks about booze and cigars. John wants to keep rehearsing the same song over and over and George learns more about the Hare Krishna movement.
March 12, 2021
Winter of Discontent Ep. 5 - A Beatles Podcast
In a more dialogue heavy episode we get to hear from George Martin, Denis O’Dell and Glyn Johns. Everyone is discussing the relative merits and pitfalls of their location.
February 26, 2021
Winter of Discontent Ep. 4 - A Beatles Podcast
Paul arrives but has to wait for a replacement bass. The band play him Don’t Let Me Down but rather than finish that they start on a new Lennon/McCartney collaboration.
February 12, 2021
Winter of Discontent Ep. 3 - A Beatles Podcast
January 2nd 1969. John, George and Ringo are the only Beatles present on the Twickenham soundstage. While waiting for Paul they rehearse a new John song.
January 29, 2021
Winter of Discontent Ep. 2 - A Beatles Podcast
It’s January 2nd 1969. Filming and Audio recording begins on The Beatles new project. First John and George arrive followed by Ringo. Paul is late.
January 15, 2021
Winter of Discontent Ep. 1 - A Beatles Podcast
The last months of 1968 were busier than you might expect. Each Beatle went on their own path. George became a Producer, John and Yoko built upon their brand, Ringo became a movie star and Paul found his soul mate.
January 01, 2021
Winter of Discontent- A Beatles Podcast - Trailer
My name is Nick and I’ll be your guide as we take a trip back in time to January 1969 and the recordings of the Beatles Get Back project. We’ll get a chance to listen to the conversations and learn what really happened during those sessions, without having to endure endless tuneless jams. Coming to your Podcast platform 1st January 2021
September 03, 2020