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Blue Suburban Skies

by Newcastle Road

A CD by, for and about people who love the music of The Beatles. These eight songs celebrate moments treasured by every Beatles fan. They will strike a chord with Beatlemaniacs everywhere! Splendid time, guaranteed!
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Celebrate the Beatles
3:18 $0.99
2. Wander Along
3:40 $0.99
3. Words On the Wall
2:45 $0.99
4. The Sullivan Show
3:17 $0.99
5. Christmas With the Beatles
3:49 $0.99
6. The Beatles and Me
3:52 $0.99
7. Celebrate the Beatles (Reprise)
2:53 $0.99
8. Under the Influence
8:59 $0.99
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Album Notes

Vancouver, June 2013 - Fans of the Beatles show their affection for the legendary band from Liverpool in various ways. Some create websites celebrating the lives and careers of the Fab Four. Others turn a room in their home into a shrine, with album covers, photographs, posters, books, concert and movie DVDs and assorted memorabilia taking centre stage. Others travel to London to visit the famous crosswalk that featured on the cover of the album Abbey Road and the building on whose roof the band last played live in public. From there they journey up to Liverpool to see the numerous locations associated with the early lives of Ringo, John, Paul and George. And those with sufficient musical ability of their own form Beatle tribute bands that draw their repertoire from the more than 200 songs penned by Liverpool’s most famous sons.

But a Vancouver musician and his songwriting partner, a former Vancouver resident now based in Zurich, Switzerland, have gone a bold step further by writing and recording a CD of music that describes the experience of being influenced on various levels by the creativity of The Beatles. Under the name Newcastle Road they have just released a CD called Blue Suburban Skies that consists of eight songs designed to “strike a chord” with Beatlemaniacs from Vancouver to Venice, Vienna, Vladivostok and beyond.

The vocal and musical “front man” of Newcastle Road is Tim Readman, a resident of Vancouver since 1987, having relocated to the West Coast from the North East of England. His career spans more than 30 years and covers every genre of folk and popular music imaginable. In recent years he has been a fixture on the Vancouver folk scene, having hosted regular sessions at the Montmartre Café on Main Street for many years and also acting as the artistic director for the Vancouver Celtic Festival. His band Fear of Drinking made a big splash in the Celtic music world and he has performed widely in North America and the UK.

The lyrical content on Blue Suburban Skies is the work of Alan Millen, a 61-year-old Canadian and former Vancouverite who has resided in Switzerland since 1987. Alan spent his formative years in Nanaimo, taught secondary school in Fort. St. John for a few years and later worked as a journalist on a suburban weekly newspaper before leaving for Switzerland, his wife’s home country, in 1987. He earns his living as a German-to-English translator specialising in the airline industry and subtitling Swiss films into English for film festival screening.

Musically, the songs on Blue Suburban Skies all have a distinctive “Beatle-esque” flavour. The lyrical narrative explores experiences readily familiar to Beatle fans: visiting the famous Abbey Road crosswalk, recalling the impact of The Beatles on North American teens with their legendary debut on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, attending Liverpool’s annual Beatle Week festival, and reminiscing about the thrill of receiving a Beatles album for Christmas while growing up during the Sixties.

Their joint love of Beatle music inspired Tim and Alan to create their own original tribute to the musicians to whom they owe so much. “We wanted to show our appreciation in a way we think the Beatles themselves would have approved of,” says Alan, “namely by creating something completely original but with a clear nod in their direction.” Among Alan’s most prized Beatle-related artefacts are a bootleg vinyl album called Vancouver 1964, which includes the entire concert at Empire Stadium on August 22, 1964 and full radio coverage of the event by radio station CKNW. A life-size plywood rendition of the Beatles in their Sgt. Pepper gear, which was discovered in a Zurich junk store a few years ago, and a copy of Revolver signed by cover designer and Beatles insider Klaus Voorman are other noteworthy mementoes.

Sonically, Blue Suburban Skies bears the stamp of renowned Vancouver producer Bill Buckingham, himself a keen Beatles fan. With Alan supplying the lyrics, and Tim and Bill hunkered down in the studio to polish the songs and record them to state-of-the-art perfection. The disc will be available form CD Baby, iTunes, Spotify and all leading on-line download sites.t is a little gem of a recording.

The Internet first brought Alan and Tim together back in 2002. In the meantime they have released three CDs of songs by, for and about Newcastle United, the English football team they have both supported since boyhood. In 2008 they released a CD of original material called All Over The Map, for which they adopted the name The Eventually Brothers in collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Craig McKerron.

Blue Suburban Skies is by, for and about people who love the music of The Beatles. The eight songs on this CD celebrate moments treasured by every Beatles fan, such as the group’s groundbreaking appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show; the thrill of getting a Beatles album from Santa; making a pilgrimage to the iconic zebra crossing at Abbey Road; and going on a nostalgic wander around Liverpool during the city’s annual Beatle Week festival that attracts fans from all over the world. In short, it’s a little magical mystery tour of its own. No ticket to ride needed. Just climb on board and get ready for a freewheeling journey down memory lane. Splendid time, guaranteed!

1. Celebrate The Beatles (3.16)
2. Wander Along (3.39)
3. Words on the Wall (2.44)
4. The Sullivan Show (3.16)
5. Christmas With the Beatles (3.47)
6. The Beatles and Me (3.50)
7. Celebrate The Beatles (reprise) (2.51)
8. Under The Influence (9.00)

All songs Millen/Readman/Buckingham
Tim Readman: Guitars, vocals, bass on tracks 1, 3 and 7
Bill Buckingham: Drums, bass, keyboards, Variax guitar on track 4 and 6, recording, engineering, mixing and mastering
Recorded at The Palace Studios, Vancouver, BC April/May 2013 Cover design and layout by Neasa Maguire / Manufacturing by Sonja Delgado at Precision Media GroupFurther information: Contact information: tim@timreadman.com / amillen@bluewin.ch
Catalogue # BC023 All rights reserved © & (P) Big City Productions/Millentrax/SOCAN
All songs MAPL
Produced by Tim Readman and Bill Buckingham



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