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October 23, 2005 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
JIM SAMPAS, the producer of a new tribute album to the Beatles' "Rubber Soul," was going through the recordings made for the project -- "Drive My Car" by the Donnas, "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" by the Fiery Furnaces, "What Goes On" by Sufjan Stevens -- when he came to "Nowhere Man" by the Minnesota duo Low, with Mimi Parker's multitracked vocal and a Spector drum beat floating in a muffled, wintry atmosphere. "It's so spare, I had a panic," Sampas said.
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September 27, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Could the Beatles ever have dreamed when they first set foot in an EMI recording studio in 1962 that one far-off day half a century later, their music not only still would be enjoyed by fans young and old, but that their recordings would be available on vinyl ? OK, so there is a bit of a full circle aspect to Thursday's announcement from EMI and Apple Corps Ltd. that the Fab Four's entire catalog of studio albums is being released once again on vinyl LPs, just in time for the all-important holiday shopping season.
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NEWS
November 20, 2003
Beatle buzz: John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to "Nowhere Man," from the Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album in 1965, sold for $455,000 at an entertainment memorabilia sale at Christie's auction house in New York. The buyer's name was not released.
WORLD
July 31, 2011 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
It says so on Rodolfo Vazquez's business card: He's the owner of the world's biggest collection of Beatles memorabilia, a claim backed by none other than Guinness World Records. So how did an accountant from Argentina — which seems about a million miles away from Liverpool, England — amass a staggering 8,600 Beatles-related items? Hint: Being a self-confessed pack rat helps. "My history shows there is a virtue in collecting things, and I think schools should do more to encourage kids to do it," says Vazquez, a gregarious, heavyset guy with a ready laugh, often directed at himself and his obsession.
NEWS
March 13, 2008
Norman Smith obituary: A brief obituary of Beatles recording engineer Norman Smith in Tuesday's California section said the album "Rubber Soul" was recorded in December 1965. The album was released that month, and recording was completed the previous month.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 1987 | ROBERT HILBURN
The Great Beatles Stereo/Mono Debate is over. Unlike the controversial mono format of the first four Beatles CDs, the next three--"Help!," "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver"--are all being released Monday in stereo. But some adjustments are still necessary for anyone who grew up listening to the U.S. versions of those LPs. To standardize Beatles albums worldwide, Capitol/EMI is issuing the LPS with the same song selection found on the original English packages. "Help!"
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2006 | Randy Lewis
The Beatles "The Beatles -- The Capitol Albums Vol. 2" (Capitol, $69.98) *** THIS group of Beatles U.S. releases, encompassing "The Early Beatles," "Beatles VI," the "Help!" soundtrack and "Rubber Soul," is less consistently exhilarating than the first quartet released last year, but it better showcases the quantum leap in the Fab Four's musical accomplishment over a two-year period.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 1987
Last week Robert Hilburn argued that the "Sgt. Pepper" LP--despite remaining a "landmark work"--is not the Beatles' best album because it is weighted down by seven songs that "represent the longest stretch of mediocre material" the group ever recorded. Calendar letter writers were not pleased--by a 9-1 ratio. Let's hear it for Hilburn! It's about time someone finally expressed what is obvious to any objective person. The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" album is one of the more inferior of their catalogue.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 1987 | ROBERT HILBURN
The winner and still champion: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." That classic 1967 Beatles album finished first a decade ago when Paul Gambaccini, a British pop writer, asked critics and broadcasters (mostly in Britain and the United States) to select the best rock LPs of all time. And "Sgt. Pepper" once more topped the field when Gambaccini posed the same question again a few months ago to another panel of 81 judges.
WORLD
July 31, 2011 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
It says so on Rodolfo Vazquez's business card: He's the owner of the world's biggest collection of Beatles memorabilia, a claim backed by none other than Guinness World Records. So how did an accountant from Argentina — which seems about a million miles away from Liverpool, England — amass a staggering 8,600 Beatles-related items? Hint: Being a self-confessed pack rat helps. "My history shows there is a virtue in collecting things, and I think schools should do more to encourage kids to do it," says Vazquez, a gregarious, heavyset guy with a ready laugh, often directed at himself and his obsession.
NEWS
March 13, 2008
Norman Smith obituary: A brief obituary of Beatles recording engineer Norman Smith in Tuesday's California section said the album "Rubber Soul" was recorded in December 1965. The album was released that month, and recording was completed the previous month.
TRAVEL
November 11, 2007 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
Maybe when you win a 22,000-mile race, you're entitled to a 100-year victory lap. That seems to be the case, at least, with the Thomas Flyer, the battle-scarred early automobile that prevailed in the first intercontinental car race in 1908. That race ran from New York to Paris. But Reno -- through which the Flyer almost passed on its journey 99 years ago -- is the scene of its celebration now. From Nov. 8 until Jan.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2006 | Randy Lewis
The Beatles "The Beatles -- The Capitol Albums Vol. 2" (Capitol, $69.98) *** THIS group of Beatles U.S. releases, encompassing "The Early Beatles," "Beatles VI," the "Help!" soundtrack and "Rubber Soul," is less consistently exhilarating than the first quartet released last year, but it better showcases the quantum leap in the Fab Four's musical accomplishment over a two-year period.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2005 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
JIM SAMPAS, the producer of a new tribute album to the Beatles' "Rubber Soul," was going through the recordings made for the project -- "Drive My Car" by the Donnas, "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" by the Fiery Furnaces, "What Goes On" by Sufjan Stevens -- when he came to "Nowhere Man" by the Minnesota duo Low, with Mimi Parker's multitracked vocal and a Spector drum beat floating in a muffled, wintry atmosphere. "It's so spare, I had a panic," Sampas said.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2005 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
The White Stripes' Jack White is ready for a break as he slips behind the wheel of his vintage four-seat Thunderbird and switches on the ignition. White has been working feverishly on a new album, and he is just days away from starting a grueling world tour. The CD, "Get Behind Me Satan," is a a daring creative advance in which he and drummer Meg White have added layers of imagination and depth to what was an already thrilling sound.
NEWS
November 20, 2003
Beatle buzz: John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to "Nowhere Man," from the Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album in 1965, sold for $455,000 at an entertainment memorabilia sale at Christie's auction house in New York. The buyer's name was not released.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 1987 | ROBERT HILBURN
This periodic column will comment on classic pop albums available on compact disc and noteworthy budget CD releases . Round One in the Beatles CD campaign comes to an end Tuesday with the release of "Abbey Road" and "Let It Be." But you can bet someone is already working on Round Two. There's no way Capitol Records is not going to Capitolize further on what is by far the most remarkable sales story in the young history of compact discs.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Could the Beatles ever have dreamed when they first set foot in an EMI recording studio in 1962 that one far-off day half a century later, their music not only still would be enjoyed by fans young and old, but that their recordings would be available on vinyl ? OK, so there is a bit of a full circle aspect to Thursday's announcement from EMI and Apple Corps Ltd. that the Fab Four's entire catalog of studio albums is being released once again on vinyl LPs, just in time for the all-important holiday shopping season.
BOOKS
February 2, 1997 | ROBERT CHRISTGAU, Robert Christgau is music critic for the Village Voice
Like Fredric Dannen's 1990 "Hit Men: Power Brokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business," "The Mansion on the Hill" tells a great story that's weakened by a humdrum thesis--or, to be more precise, tells a bunch of great stories that cry out for a thesis strong enough to hold them together.
SPORTS
February 5, 1995 | DAVE DESMOND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With a Barbie doll gripped firmly in her hand, 7-year-old Bobbie Celaya rarely missed one of her sister's basketball games. Decked out in her best dress, she would faithfully support her twin, Anna, who played in an otherwise all-boys' league. When the games ended, the girls would leave, one dressed like Cindy Brady, the other like her brother Peter. "No one ever believes we're twins," said Bobbie, now 17 and a senior guard alongside her sister on the North Hollywood High girls' team.
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