WRMB 345: The Beatles ‘Happy Birthday’ – find it under the title link
Side 1 Interviews
Side 2 Interviews
A pirate of the following documentary album:
“THE AMERICAN TOUR WITH ED RUDY #2
RADIO PULSE BEAT NEWS
ED RUDY WAS A VETERAN NEWSMAN WITH RADIO, TV AND NEWSPAPER EXPERIENCE, WHO IN 1964, THROUGH HIS INS RADIO NEWS SERVICE, PROVIDED AUDIO INTERVIEWS TO RADIO PULSEBEAT NEWS FOR DISTRIBUTION TO RADIO STATIONS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. AFTER RECEIVING INQUIRIES ON THE BEATLES, INS SENT A RADIO BILLBOARD TO STATIONS TO DETERMINE THE LEVEL OF INTEREST. WHEN 440 STATIONS INDICATED THEY WANTED TO BUY AUDIO OF THE BEATLES, ED RUDY INTERVIEWED THE GROUP DURING THEIR FIRST U.S. VISIT. HE WAS THE ONLY AMERICAN REPORTER PRESENT THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE TOUR.
THIS IS THE FIRST (OF THREE) BEATLE DOCUMENTARY RECORDS THAT ED RUDY COMPILED. THE RECORD WAS INTENDED ONLY FOR RADIO PROGRAMMING, YET DUE TO BEATLE FANS EXPRESSING INTEREST IN THE ALBUM, RUDY EVENTUALLY PRESSED ADDITIONAL COPIES WHICH WERE THEN SOLD IN STORES (LIST PRICE $3.98) AND BY MAIL ($2.98). TO ENHANCE THE PACKAGE, SOME OF THE ALBUM’S INITIAL ISSUES CAME WITH A CUSTOM UN-PRICED COPY OF TEEN TALK MAGAZINE, FEATURING TEXT ON THE FIRST U.S. VISIT AND PHOTOS BY DEZO HOFFMANN.
NOT ALL COPIES OF THIS LP WERE SOLD WITH THE BONUS BEATLES MAGAZINE… THIS ONE HAS THE ORIGINAL UN-PRICED COMPLIMENTARY COPY IN NEAR MINT CONDITION.
ALSO FOUND IN THIS PACKAGE ARE THE TWO ORIGINAL INSERT CARDS, ONE OF WHICH WAS ONCE STAPLED TO BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER OF THE MAGAZINE’S BACK COVER.”
This LP is currently offered for $750 online – and offered for the same collector’s price:
“THE 1965 TALK ALBUM “IT’S HERE, LUV !!!”
ED RUDY WITH NEW U.S. TOUR
NEWS DOCUMENTARY NO. 3
RADIO PULSE BEAT NEWS
RELEASED: MID 1965
IN 1965, ED RUDY RELEASED ANOTHER DOCUMENTARY DISC, WHICH WAS GEARED TO RADIO STATIONS AND FANS. ALTHOUGH COVERING THE 1964 SUMMER TOUR, THE RECORD LIBERALLY RECYCLES BITS FROM THE FIRST U.S. VISIT ALONG WITH THE GROUP’S COMMENTS TAPED ON SEPTEMBER 13, 1964 IN BALTIMORE, WITH ED RUDY AS THE INTERVIEWER.
IT’S COVER (RUDY3.MC1, SPIZER) FEATURES A RED TINTED PICTURE OF ED RUDY AND THE BEATLES ALONG WITH THE PRINT “IT’S HERE, LUV!!!” AND “GEAR & FAB”.”
Side 1 Interviews/ Ain’t She Sweet/ Instrumental [probably “Cry For A Shadow”]/ My Bonnie Side 2 Interviews/ Take Out Some Insurance/ Why Can’t You Love Me/ Nobody’s Child
I believe that Wizardo added the Hamburg 1961 Tony Sheridan & The Beat Brothers recordings.
“Such was the wildfire success of the Beatles’ first appearance in America that several hangers-on from the media tried to poach some stardust from the tour. Murray the K was the most famous example. Less-known, but no less persistent, was one Ed Rudy, who claimed to be the only “reporter” to follow the group for the entire tour, a boast that he parlayed into this weird souvenir album from the period.
Side one contains a collage of comments by crazed East Coast fans, press conferences with now-familiar quotes, and Rudy proudly fighting the mob in D.C. No shrinking violet, Rudy has a loud Bronx honk of a voice, run through a reverberation unit to give it an even more imposing tone, and he comes up with catchy phrases like “the lyrical Liverpudlian lads” and penetrating questions like “when are you going to retire?” The Beatles tolerate him at best — with tongues planted in cheek, they give him personal promos; even Beatles roadie Mal Evans gives him a plug.
Side two contains a more restrained interview with George Harrison by telephone from Miami, without the reverb chamber. George actually starts to offer some keen insight about early British press descriptions of their music, which goes right over Rudy’s head as he plows on to the next predictable questions about how they got the name, their hairstyles, etc. (to his credit, he returns briefly to the subject near the end of the interview). Cheaply packaged, with rubber-stamped printing on a white cover, this was one of the first Beatles exploitation interview albums, a industry that amazingly continues to thrive even in the CD and DVD eras.” [Allmusic.com review]