1978 was a relative year of calm in the world of the former Beatles, with its own unique mix of musical and visual appearances (to varying degrees of success and reach) and the onset of familial stability in some, but not all cases (individual former Beatle mileage may vary). On August 1st, 1978, George and Olivia welcomed into the world their brand new baby boy, Dhani - and with him a wave of peace, love and inspiration for Harrison. John and Yoko too found solace in the warmth of family life, and in the fall announced a project that would document their journey in stage-musical form - The Ballad Of John and Yoko. Such a project would have been welcome to Lennon's fans, who were in their third consecutive year of John's self-proclaimed "house-husband period" - which of course offered not a single official release of new material beyond the odd contribution here or there. The critical and commercial failure of Ringo's Bad Boy LP ushered in an uncharacteristic era of quiet from Starr - whose hopes of reclaiming a hold on the top 10 dwindled more with each passing release. Paul McCartney was in no such slump, recording tracks for a new LP with his updated Wings line-up... and even assembling a super-group of rock's biggest stars for an orchestral-style rock and roll recording Macca dubbed "Rockestra". All this, and the release of a feature film centered around the Sgt.Pepper concept, as 1978 draws to a close...

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