Mark Lewisohn, world-renowned Beatles expert and author of the 2013 biography 'The Beatles: Tune In, Vol. 1 - All These Years,' was research consultant to original award-winning series writer-producer Stephen K. Peeples. The London-based Lewisohn also reviewed each "LLT" broadcast for "Beatles Monthly" magazine. In spring 1989, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Beatles' first visit to the U.S., Peeples produced a three-part "Coming to America" special edition of the radio series. The 25th anniversary flashback was broadcast worldwide in late January-early February 1989. Here's Lewisohn's Beatles Monthly review: "Programme 55 of The Lost Lennon Tapes was the first part of a trilogy, sub-titled 'The Beatles: Coming To America,' broadcast in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the group's historic first U.S. visit, in February 1964. *This subject has been the focus of numerous U.S. radio programmes over the years, but none has been as well-informed, researched or presented as these three programmes, which mixed source interviews with archive material to great effect, setting the scene in good and always interesting detail.*
The rare music in show 55 comprised alternate versions of two of the Beatles' 1963 EMI recordings, ‘From Me To You’ and ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, plus the group's October 1963 Swedish radio performance of ‘Twist And Shout’ and a welcome though brief spin of the first cover version of a Beatles song by an American artist, Del Shannon's ‘From Me To You’.
The remainder of the show was based on interview items, featuring the voices of John Lennon, Brian Epstein, Sid Bernstein, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, supplemented by archive radio material of Beatlemania in Britain during 1963.
Parts two and three of the trilogy took care of programmes 56 and 57. The rare music in these shows included ‘Twist and Shout’ from the Beatles' November 4 1963 Royal Variety engagement (prefaced by John's infamous jewellery joke); a BBC radio performance of ‘She Loves You’ from the same year; ‘From Me To You’, ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ and ‘This Boy’ from the group's January 1964 stage stint at the Paris Olympia; an alternate EMI take of ‘There's A Place’; and all five songs from the Beatles' sensational debut performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on the night of February 9 1964, ‘All My Loving’, ‘Till There Was You’, ‘She Loves You’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ and ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand.'.
The spoken word elements in programmes 56 and 57 came from a variety of interviews, 1964 to date. There was plenty of John Lennon to be heard, of course, plus George, Paul, Ringo, Brian Epstein, Walter Cronkite (a famous TV newscaster in the USA), Philip Norman, Victor Spinetti, Mal Evans and George Martin."