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The Best Beatles Songs, 50-26

50. ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE (1967, Magical Mystery Tour)

Everything the Beatles stood for, summed up in those five simple words…

49-26 after the jump…

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No Beatles, but Norah Jones plays new song 'Young Blood' at Apple event

Well, that long-rumored Beatles/iTunes announcement failed to materialize at today’s big Apple extravaganza, yet again. At least the event wasn’t a total bust for any music fans in attendance, who got the treat of a surprise performance by Norah Jones. “This is the earliest I’ve ever played,” Jones told the assembled crowd in San Francisco, “but it’s okay!”

Jones performed two songs: 2002′s “Come Away With Me” and an upbeat, poppy new one called “Young Blood,” which will appear on her upcoming album The Fall. Backed by a three-piece combo, she traded her usual piano for a bright red guitar on both tunes. Reaction from the crowd seemed positive — though most of the tech journalists present were busy staring at their respective notebooks, laptops and phones.

The singer also made reference to Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ improved health: “Thanks to Steve Jobs for having us. We’re really glad he’s doing well.” Jobs thanked her with a kiss on the cheek after she performed.

Were any of you at the Apple event today? What did you think of Jones’ new music? Even if you weren’t there, Jones fans, are you excited for the rock direction that seems to be emerging for The Fall?

—Reporting by Elizabeth Livengood

Photo credit: Robert Galbraith/Landov

'The Beatles: Rock Band' is out today: Harmonix boss Alex Rigopulos gives us the scoop on working with Sir Paul and NOT being given hell by Yoko

beatles-rock-band-Rigopulos_lIt was 30 years ago today that Alex Rigopulos, co-founder of the video game company Harmonix, first heard the Beatles play. Well, roughly. “I think I was around 7 or 8 when I discovered my first Beatles album, which was Sgt. Pepper,” says Rigopulos, 39. “It was really the first rock album that meant anything to me. For as long as we’ve been making music games, the prospect of working in some capacity with the Beatles material has been looming out there on the horizon as a dream project.” That dream is now a reality. As observant EW readers will be aware, the MTV-owned Harmonix is today releasing The Beatles: Rock Band, the latest in its line of hugely successfully Rock Band games.

After the jump, Rigopulos reveals all about the “nerve-wracking” development of this season’s essential video game.

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Beatles dictionary: What does 'goo goo g'joob' mean, anyway?

“I am the eggman! (Whoo!) They are the eggmen! (Whoo!) I AM THE WALRUS! GOO GOO G’JOOB!” The refrain from 1967′s “I Am the Walrus” is one that every Beatles fan knows by heart — perhaps even one that you yourself have shouted aloud at one point or another. Yet beneath the walrus’ mask lies a mystery. Don’t we all wonder sometimes what John Lennon meant by those strange words?

“It’s just psychedelic nonsense,” you might say. And you would probably be right. The fearless lexicographers at the Visual Thesaurus, however, have refused to settle for that answer, instead launching a formal investigation into the etymological origins of the phrase “goo goo g’joob” (which they spell “goo goo goo joob” for some reason). Some of the related phrases they’ve unearthed include “googoo goosth” (from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake), “coo coo ca-choo” (from Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson”), and “boop-oop-a-doop” (from Betty Boop).

While the Visual Thesaurus doesn’t come to any definitive conclusions, their piece makes for a fun 9/9/09 read. Click over to peruse the full report, or watch the Beatles’ “I Am the Walrus” below to re-acquaint yourself with the source of this puzzle. Then grab a semolina pilchard, let your face grow long, and tell us: What do you think “goo goo g’joob” means?

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The Beatles remasters: EW's review

We’ve featured all manner of Beatles-related content with you in the past week, but we’d be remiss not to review the remastered reissues of their albums themselves. Read on for our take on the long-awaited CDs that arrive in stores tomorrow…

The Beatles
In Mono
; Stereo Box Set; Individual stereo albums: Please Please Me; With the Beatles; A Hard Day’s Night; Beatles for Sale; Help!; Rubber Soul; Revolver; Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; Magical Mystery Tour; The Beatles; Yellow Submarine; Abbey Road; Let It Be; Past Masters
Rock (Apple/Capitol)

Fair warning: If you are not already among the billions who adore the Beatles, the newly remastered CD editions of their work will not necessarily convert you. These are, after all, the same songs that have been out there soundtracking lives for decades now.

Yet in a certain sense, they really aren’t. Beatlemaniacs of all degrees who re-purchase these beloved albums are in for a listening experience that is nothing short of revelatory. No knowledge of the technical remastering process is required to notice the difference between these and the iffy first wave of Beatles CDs that was issued in 1987. All it takes is one listen to a song you thought you’d memorized down to the last grace note to realize how much you’ve been missing.

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The Beatles: Thanksgiving special coming to ABC?

Buried in the middle of a Billboard story about the business side of the new Beatles remasters is the following tantalizing paragraph: “And just in time for the start of the holiday shopping season, sources say ABC is planning to air a two-hour prime-time special on Thanksgiving night that will feature Beatles footage and contemporary artists performing Beatles songs.”

Oh, really! ABC declined to comment when contacted by EW, but that’s no reason not to start getting extremely psyched. Speaking as someone who’s been DVRing and re-watching the old Beatles Anthology documentaries on VH1 the past couple of Wednesdays — still awesome, BTW — the phrase “two-hour prime-time special” is sweet music to my ears. Any amount of Beatles footage being aired on television = I’m sold.

And what about those contemporary covers? At the top of my list, naturally, would be Radiohead playing “Sexy Sadie” (which helped inspire “Karma Police”) or “Happiness Is a Warm Gun” (ditto for “Paranoid Android”). Or how about Erykah Badu doing an extended funky jam on “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”? Over on the poppier side, I bet Adam Lambert could make a big old rocker like “Helter Skelter” his own. I could even see someone like Taylor Swift working wonders on a confessional pop tune like “I’m a Loser.” How about you? Name the artists you’d like to see take on the Beatles catalog in prime time, below.

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The Beatles: And their best song is...

Is there even such a thing as the best Beatles song of all time? As the spirited debate still raging in the comments section of yesterday’s post proves, there are dozens, at least, of defensible choices for that title. Whichever song you personally think is the Beatles’ best, chances are you’re right. Yet pick one we must, and the tune that EW‘s staff chose after many hours of listening, re-listening, and arguing over the remastered Beatles catalog was — no jokes this time — 1964′s “A Hard Day’s Night,” below.

Here’s how we explained our No. 1 pick in the Top 50 Beatles Songs list that you’ll find in the new issue of EW, on stands today: “Forty-five years after this single hit the top of the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, it’s still nearly impossible to get any two people to agree on what chord that famous opening clang! actually is. But with one majestic, mysterious Rickenbacker distress call, the Beatles as we first met them on The Ed Sullivan Show four months earlier were gone. They’d grown up. The lads had become unwitting passengers on a manic locomotive they’d never be able to disembark from, and the song’s title hints at that weariness. It’s right there in the opening scene of the 1964 film that bears the same name, as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr are chased by a mob of screaming, ravenous fans. This isn’t just a pop song, it’s a cathartic cry for Help!”

Props to commenter Rachel, who made the same call as us: “I would have to say ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ may very well be their best song. From that opening chord all the way through it just screams Rock N Roll is here!”

Do you agree? Pick up the new EW to find out where other favorites like “Yesterday,” “A Day in the Life,” and “Something” placed in our Top 50 rankings. Then let us know what you think of our list in the comments below.

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Beatles fans: You say you want a 'Revolution' video? Here you go!

WHAAAOOOOO! That’s the sound made by young Paul McCartney approximately six seconds into the clip you’ll find below, and it is perhaps coincidentally also the sound made by me, in my head, when I watched this. Hey, I’m in the throes of Beatlemania here as the 9/9/09 release of their remastered catalog grows ever closer. I’m consuming every bit of Fab Four-related material I can get my hands on right now. If the Beatles’ label sends over a video of the lads playing 1968′s “Revolution,” don’t you know that you can count me in?! It’s only 35 seconds long, sadly, but look on the bright side: That’s a half-minute-plus of Beatles goodness that you might not otherwise have in your life. Enjoy!

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The Beatles: What's their best song?

For the new issue of EW, which will arrive on stands this Friday (Sept. 4), our music staff spent countless hours debating a very important question: What are the 50 best Beatles songs? In the end, after giving the remastered Beatles catalog a thorough listen and weighing strong arguments pro and con for many potential No. 1 picks, we settled on the safe consensus choice of…drumroll, please… “Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand.”

Just kidding! Come back to the Music Mix tomorrow to see our real No. 1, and pick up the new EW for our full list of the Top 50 Beatles songs — not to mention our picks for the worst 5. Then let us know what you think of our lists in the comments section below. Or get an early start by posting your own picks for the best Beatles songs of all time right now!

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Beatles reissues sold out at Amazon: Are fans screwed?

For true Beatles obsessives, the Sept. 9 release of all the band’s albums as a lovingly remastered box set is a huge deal. Sure, it’s expensive, but this is arguably music’s greatest catalog, finally brought properly into the CD era, sounding better than ever, with awesome-looking packaging to boot. So I happily went to Amazon.com last week to file my pre-order — only to learn that I was already too late. “We have sold out of our initial allocation of Beatles stereo box sets,” the impassive emporium told me, “but we will be receiving more inventory after release date.” After release date? Are you kidding me, Amazon?! You expect me to spend 9/9/09 sitting around listening to something other than this box set?

Evidently I’m not the only one who’s been plunged into this nightmare. “Hard-core fans are freaking out,” reports Hits Daily Double. Yes! That is exactly what I am doing! And while the stereo box set that I attempted to pre-order will presumably be back in plentiful stock soon (right? right?!), Hits mentions rumors that its mono counterpart might be limited to a mere 10,000 copies made. Oh, the indignity for any mono-loving collector who failed to pre-order promptly.

Until further notice, I’ll be sitting here like a fool, waiting for that email Amazon.com promised to send me once the stereo box set is available again. Has anyone else been put in the same sad situation? How mad are you that you, like me, didn’t remember to pre-order sooner? Argh! (And if you were one of the lucky few who pre-ordered in time, feel free to make me even more miserable by gloating in the comments section below.)

UPDATE: A representative for EMI, which is issuing both box sets, offered a ray of hope when contacted by EW: “EMI is continuing to manufacture and supply retailers with more of these limited-edition [mono] box sets.” And how about the stereo box set? “Yes, additional supply is being manufactured.” The rep could not provide a timetable for when the boxes might be back on sale, but still: Hallelujah!

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