How „50 YEARS“ works


As a first step, please open your internet explorer. As a second step, please open the page web/index.htm. Then you will find your way easily through the documents…



Let me introduce you as well to the tabulation system before you get started:


The tabulations and columns are polyfunctional. The task was to present each live performance, interview and release most clearly and precisely, and in chronological order.



From left to right:







This column includes the date of activity or publication respectively. These dates are normally given in chronological order. In those cases, where no exact information was available, but only (for example) the month, these dates are put behind known dates. Those recordings that took more than one day are ranged in by the date of their start. In those cases where only the season is known the data is ranged in after certain months: spring comes after “March”, summer after “June”, autumn after “September”. In those cases where only the year of the recording or release is known, the data was ranged in towards the end of the respective year.


That makes the following system:


Early 19xx - (JANUARY) - early January - 1. 1., 2. 1., etc., - 5. 1. - 18. 1.  - 6. 1. etc. - 15. 1. -  mid Jan. -  16. 1. etc. 31. 1. - January (exact date unknown) - late/end January - Jan./Feb. - Jan. - June - (FEBRUARY) - (MARCH) - Spring - etc. - late/end 19xx - 19xx - 19xx.





This column shows the name of the artist.





In this column the guest activities of one or more of the Fab Four are presented. These are the codes used:


G         George Harrison                     dr.         playing drums

J          John Lennon                          perc.      playing percussion

P         Paul McCartney                     keyb.      playing keyboards

R         Ringo Starr                            tamb.     playing tambourine

vcl.      (sharing) lead vocals               comp.    working as composer

b.vcl.   contributing backing vocals    cocomp. working as co-composer

g.:        playing guitar                          prod.     doing the production

b.g.      playing bass guitar         acting as executive producer

el.g.     playing electric guitar              coprod. sharing the production job

ac.g.    playing acoustic guitar                        

l.g.       playing lead guitar

sl.g.     playing slide guitar





This code means “activity” and stands for all sorts of recording or performance (there´s no remark in this section in cases of release!)


The codes are:

sess.    informal session                     Int         interview

demo   home demo                            speech   public speech

sreh     studio rehearsal                      Rrec      recordings designed for radio broadcast

stud     studio work                            Trec      recordings designed for TV broadcast

live      live appearance                       Frec      recordings designed for film releases

lreh      live rehearsal (i.e. warm-up

           concerts, soundchecks)





This column shows the format of a release or broadcast (there´s no remark in this section in cases of recording!)


The codes are:

S         7” single record                                                                         CDS        compact disc single

MS      12” (“maxi”) single record                                                           CD        compact disc

EP       7” extended single record                                                           2CD        double compact disc, and so on

LP       12” Longplayer (vinyl album)                                                      VID        video tape

DLP    12” vinyl double album                                                              DVD        digital video disc

3LP     12” vinyl triple album, and so on                                               LasD        laser disc

BOX    vinyl or compact disc box                  

FOL    vinyl 7” flexi disc                                                                        rTX        radio broadcast

Sha      vinyl shape disc                                                                          tTX        television broadcast

B         book



A “b” preceding the code means “bootleg”

A “p” preceding the code stands for a promo-release.





This odd column shows the number of a concert in a series of concerts (i.e. a tour or more-than-one-day-series of appearances)



Place * Event * Title * Details


a) In cases of recordings, the name of the event and of the recording/performance location is given first of all. Then - in some instances - the name(s) of the artist(s) performing as side-artists is given, too. The same goes for the name of the interviewer. Often you will find track titles given in bold letters. This marks a finished, officially released track.

b) In cases of a release, the title(s) of the release is shown. If there are more than two tracks included, the titles are given in the “Title * Tracks” column more to the right.

“Details” mean take number, remix number, recording specifications, date of remix, and length of the track.

Alternate recording or release data is given in [ ] in the “sources” column.



The discography columns:


Special discographies are interspersed in every case of a recorded event. You will find (as complete as possible) data concerning  (in this order)

- original broadcasts

- original releases

- compilations/documentaries

- rereleases/rebroadcasts

- bootlegs


The entries are shown chronologically, in the case of bootleg entries in alphabetical order. The deadline was - in most cases - 31. December 2000. In some instances even newer releases are listed. It will be the task of a later issue to up-date the discographies.





This and the following columns are used predominantly in the context of (special) discographies. In the first column you find - in cases of releases and broadcasts - the country of publication. The US, UK and German releases are given as complete as possible. In cases where a song/an album etc. was released in a different country (as it happened often in Japan) this entry is given, too.





This column shows the format of a release/broadcast and uses the same codes as detailed above.





This column shows the date of a release/broadcast.



Title * Tracks * [Source]


Apart from listing the titles of a released album, CD or whatever, this column shows titles and tracks of discography entries as well as [information about the data source and different opinions]. In case of bootleg releases, the data source is given most regularly. In some instances, entries are shown bold. These entries either mean official, original releases or show track details which are ignored in the Place * Event * Title * Details column.





The last column gives the label and the catalogue number (in some instances the matrix number) of a release.


The abbreviations mean:


Ap(ple)                                                   Lib(erty)

Arist(a)                                                   Ling(asong)

Asyl(um)                                                 Lond(on)

Bell(aphon)                                             Merc(ury)

Cap(itol)                                                 Mfp (Music for Pleasure)

Char(isma)                                              Od(eon)

Chrys(alis)                                              Parl(ophone)

Clar(ion)                                                 Phil(ips)

Col(umbia)                                              Picc(adilly)

Con(tour)                                                Pol(ydor)

Cot(illion)                                               Sav(age)

DH (Dark Horse)                                     Shelt(er)

Elekt(ra)                                                  Toll(ie)

Font(ana)                                                UA (United Artists)

Harv(est)                                                 VJ (Vee Jay)

Imp(erial)                                                WB (Warner Brothers)




The colours:


To make the whole thing even more transparent, several colours are used to signify certain entries:


Red:                           Beatles studio work and original releases

Blue:                          Live appearances (shows, tours, benefit concerts)

Green:                        Beatles radio or TV productions

Plum:                         Guest appearances and releases

Orange:                      Releases of various artists (samplers)

Grey:                          Informal work like sessions, demos, studio rehearsals, or soundchecks

Black:                         Interviews, special release formats as promo records, demo records, etc.





Wherever you find the "loudspeaker" button in .doc files, just click and enjoy an audio file containing an interview. In .pdf files these buttons don´t work (for whatever reason), but mark a yellow frame directly above which leads you to the sound file.



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