John, Paul, Tom & Ringo
(Shout! Factory)


In between releasing great new albums from pop giants like Matthew Sweet and Richard Thompson, L.A. based Shout Factory continues delving into the vaults of ‘60s and ‘70s pop culture trivia. Like their Ozzie & Harriet DVD series, Shout! comes up some kind of winner with a 2008 DVD featuring talk show host Tom Snyder, and his fabled ‘70s late night NYC TV show, The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder. This particular DVD, entitled John, Paul, Tom & Ringo features three shows with Tom interviewing John Lennon (from 1975), Paul & Linda McCartney (accompanied by Wings members, from 1979) and a third show with Ringo Starr, filmed in 1981. Rebroadcast on December 9, 1980, in remembrance of the ‘75 show, the Lennon interview on DVD 1 is retrofitted with Tom’s 12/9/80 interviews with Lennon’s then producer Jack Douglas and rock journalist Lisa Robinson—with all three clearly still in a state shock, as was the whole music world. A missed figure on New York's fabled late night TV, (there is no more NYC late night TV!), Snyder was by no means a diehard Beatles fan. That kind of interview with Lennon would never happen. But with the release of John, Paul, Tom & Ringo, clearly there was something charming about Tom's nicotine fueled social commentaries and of course, seeing him 30+ years later, on DVD with no less than three different Beatles, sheds new light on his bold and now famous journalistic initiatives.


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