Monday, 29 November 2010
The demos are from a session at George Harrison's house Kinfauns surrey in the town of Esher, hence the name. This album includes 23 tracks, pretty much all of them appears on The White Album, we have, just to name a few: Ob La Di Ob La Da, Piggies, Julia, an acoustic go of Back In The USSR, Cry Baby Cry, Mother Nature's Son and Honey Pie.
Apart from The White Album stuff we got a couple of tracks that'll eventually appear on some of The Beatles member's solo albums.
We see Junk, which makes it to McCartney's first solo album Paul McCartney. Child Of Nature, a Lennon song, later found with a bit different lyrics as Jealous Guy on his 1971 Imagine album. Circles is a Harrison composed song, found some fourteen years later on his Gone Troppo album.
What's The News Mary Jane, a track which had been surrounded by a bit of mystic until the Anthology Album of the 1995, is also found here.
Anyway, check it out, here's the download link: http://www.mediafire.com/?vex4ux3wo99r3gc
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
This record consists of, I assume, demos and outtakes from the sessions prior to the Abbey Road album, so we must be somewhere in the first half of 1969, even though some of the pieces in the medleys are from the let it be/get back session and even from the time around The White album (1968)
The Beatles were a little concerned about Her Majesty, where to stick it, when we listen to it here, it kinda slows down the whole medley and cuts it into another little medley starting with You Never Give... til Her Majesty [medley 1, in my book], Polythene Pam till She Came In... [medley 2] and finally Golden Slumbers till The End [medley 3].
The Beatles must have thought something similar, because they removed Her Majesty. This is how I remember reading somewhere: there were some studio engineer who added it on some demo of the complete album, it was added twenty seconds after the ending of the complete album, and when they heard it, they really liked it and kept it that way, which is why Her Majesty is placed where it is today.
Blackbird is found as well, followed by a fun little chat where McCartney is joking about Diana Ross taking offense when he played it for her (protip: Bird can mean girl, in the UK)
Saturday, 13 November 2010
Thursday, 4 November 2010
So as I was driving him to the rehearsal night, I was just telling him about some stuff which could be cool to do. I suggested that they could start Harrison's Something with the ukulele, as he mentioned some dude in the band had a uke. After that I suggested that they should end the whole show with Sgt Pepper Reprise/The End (as seen in McCartney's live shows) or just The End.
Both of these fine suggestions were turned down with a simple "I don't think so, my friend".
Fast forward two hours, I'm just chilling, reading Brave New World as my brother comes home and tells me how he had told the music teacher both of these ideas and the teacher had found both ideas "pretty cool and fun"
Well bro, guess that's why I have a beatles blog and you don't. :)
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Today we're checking out some more stuff from the let it be/get back session, we saw Kum Back in an earlier post.
The name of the album we're checking out today is Let It Be Rehearsals vol. 1 (The Complete Rooftop Concert) and it contains the full rooftop concert (what a surprise!) and some other stuff from the let it be session.
Now let me just get one thing clear here, why is it called the complete rooftop concert? Well, you see, in the Let It Be film we see the rooftop concert, what is left out from the film is one more performance of Don't Let Me Down and I've Got A Feeling, plus another go on Get Back, which is played in the very end of the film, when the cops arrive to shut down the show, as far as I remember we don't see the whole last Get Back performance.
So, we have the rooftop concert from the film plus 1x I've Got A Feeling, 1x Get back and 1x Don't Let Me Down. This makes up the first nine tracks of the album.
Furthermore, we have the full recording of The Walk, which we saw a small part of on Kum Back. A take of Oh! Darling, apparently before it was an awesome track, and we see Maxwell's Silver Hammer, which sounds pretty identical to the clip of it we see in the Let It Be film. These two tracks will, obviously, later appear on the Abbey Road album. Another Abbey Road track we see are She Came In Through The Bathroom window.
Two Of Us appear in the rocking-style, as seen in the Let It Be film, before it was turned acoustic.
Hope you will enjoy this, the rooftop concert is obviously awesome and two of us sounds kinda neat in the rocker version, so I highly recommend that you give this a download.
Friday, 22 October 2010
The album contains some really nice tracks, the first Harrison single "The Inner Light" (which was released as the B-side of the Lady Madonna single). You Know My Name (Look up the number), a pretty cool track, which was released on the B-side of the 1970 Let It Be single.
The awesome "I'm Down" track, which consists of Paul screaming out the lyrics, very rock n' roll. A track which The Beatles used a lot at live shows, as far as I know. I'm Down is, ironically, followed by Long Tall Sally, which is pretty much the same as I'm Down, some even calls I'm Down "Beatles' rewriting of Long Tall Sally)
Two funny pieces are the German versions of I Wanna Hold Your Hand and She Loves You, Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand and Sie Liebt Dich, respectively.
Full track list:
Across The Universe
Yes It Is
The Inner Light
I'll Get You
Thank You Girl
Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand
You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)
Sie Liebt Dich
She's a Woman
I Call Your Name
Long Tall Sally
Have fun with that one!
Download link: http://letitbit.net/download/1525508/f9c711818727/The-Beatles-Rarities-Album1978.rar.html
Thursday, 21 October 2010
I have some Let It Be, Rubber Soul and Revolver related stuff coming up, but not today. Today we're checking out an amazing video; a Sgt. Pepper medley including all the songs from the Sgt. Pepper album, which itself is impressive, but the arrangement of this is just really stylish and awesome.
So, yeah, enjoy this piece.
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
The most interesting and entertaining part, is the radio/TV-show part, in which some guy is in the San Francisco airport just before The Beatles' plane lands. Now this is at the very hight of the Beatlemania, and you can clearly hear this in the recordings.
After that we have a few three tracks recorded at the concert in San Francisco (I think it is), well you can hardly hear the music over the thousands of girls screaming on the top of their lungs. The speaker announces how all kind of signs is being waved, girls screaming, fainting and being carried away be medical personal.
The speaker describes the scene after the show is over, how girls are going to the stage to get hold of jelly beans, which had been thrown at, and later stepped on by, The Beatles, the more sane persons just touch the stage.
Basically the songs on this is pretty much impossible to listen to, but the interviews, which mostly are with fans (some more fanatic than other), there are some parts with The Beatles too, are somewhat entertaining.
So, half of this record is just girls screaming, but if you check out some of the interview parts, and skip the rest, then you'll be al right :)
Download link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=B4GZ9WDL
Cheers, and I'll like to carry on as well!
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
The session includes the two ex-Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Harry Nillson, Jesse Ed Davis and Bobby Keyes.
The record starting with John asking Stevie: "You wanna snort, Steve? A toot? It's goin' round", the are obviously doing cocaine.
Anyway, they start to jam a bit, and later do some pretty interesting versions of Stand By Me. Lennon keeps complaining about how his headphones aren't working and whatnot.
While this is one of the lesser interesting bootleg recordings, in my opinion, it is in some way pretty cool and kinda historic, I guess. Since it is, as mentioned earlier, the only known recording of Lennon and McCartney jamming together after the breakup.
Here's the download: http://www.mediafire.com/?o4lt13kbt9ryh1y
Enjoy, and stay tuned for more.
Saturday, 9 October 2010
Don't be fooled by the title, it is not Lennon-co-written song, it is a song McCartney wrote after he learned of Lennon's cruel fate.
But hey, we are here to wish John happy birthday, so let's do it in George Harrison fashion with It's Johnny's Birthday, from George's massive 1970 album All Things Must Pass:
You might be thinking "well, aren't we going to listen to some of John's music? Well absolutely! Let's look at two major Lennon songs, Strawberry Fields Forever and Imagine:
Found a pretty sweet live video of John preforming Imagine.
So yea, that's all for me for now. Hope you'll join me again for some more celebration of the great and unreleased Beatles music.
On behalf of the whole internet, I wish you a happy birthday, Mr. Lennon
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
The Beatles preformed on several strip-clubish joints in Hamburg, and I'm not going to go into great details about these clubs, but you know, just gonna try to give a little overview.
I've read somewhere that they played like two hours, one hour break and then another two hours, every night of the week. So you can imagine the amount of concerts they had under their belt, when they finally got their record contract in 1962.
The clubs, on which The Beatles played, were pretty much all located in the St. Pauli area, located on the Reeperbahn, which is kinda the Hamburg version of the Red Light district, with lots of strip-clubs, bars, sex-shops and so on.
Now, I was at Paul McCartney's Good Evening Europe Tour gig in Hamburg, December 2009, so I'm going to post some of these pictures as well, as we went to see some of these clubs before the show.
The Beatles returns to Liverpool during December 1960 and perform in England, until April 1961, when they return to Hamburg to play at the Top Ten Club on Reepherbahn 136. They played on the Top Ten Club till July 1961.
(The file might be unavailable, since I just finished uploading it, so check the link later for the download, if it doesn't work.)
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
The Beatles preformed a number of 1950's tracks, a couple of early 1960's tracks and a few Lennon/McCartney tracks. However, Decca rejected The Beatles with the famous quote "We don't like their sound, and electric guitars are on the way out".
Lots of people obviously poke fun of that in retrospective, as it would have been a great deal to have The Beatles in your record company, but this audition hardly showed their true potential. Plus the repertoire were kinda silly with George doing Sheik of Araby and Paul doing Besame Mucho.
It would take another year before The Beatles got their record contract with Parlophone for the Please Please Me album.
Anyway, for the tracks on The Decca Tapes:
- Like Dreamers Do" (Lennon/McCartney)
- "Money (That's What I Want)" (Gordy/Bradford)
- "Till There Was You" (Meredith Wilson)
- "The Sheik of Araby" (Smith/Wheeler/Snyder)
- "To Know Her Is to Love Her" (Phil Spector)
- "Take Good Care of My Baby" (King/Goffin) (not released)
- "Memphis, Tennessee" (Chuck Berry) (not released)
- "Sure to Fall (In Love with You)" (Cantrell/Claunch/Perkins) (not released)
- "Hello Little Girl" (Lennon/McCartney)
- "Three Cool Cats" (Leiber/Stoller)
- "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" (Buddy Holly) (not released)
- "Love of the Loved" (Lennon/McCartney) (not released)
- "September in the Rain" (Warren/Dubin) (not released)
- "Bésame Mucho" (Consuelo Velázquez)
- "Searchin'" (Leiber/Stoller)
Here's the download link: http://www.filestube.com/42a9d694dd5d75c903e9/go.html
Sunday, 3 October 2010
We have seven tracks in here, and they are as follows:
Comfort Of Love
We Were Growing
She Is So Beautiful
Good Taste (The Summer of '59)
I Wanna Be You
This Loving Game
To talk a bit about the tracks, Comfort Of Love, We Were Growing and Good Taste are a bit like McCartney looking back on what it is/was like to be young. Good Taste describes the style, the people and the feeling of the summer of '59. Comfort Of Love is a song which tells us the story of a materialistic guy, perhaps himself, who seems to think that all he needs is a car, a house and so on, but in the end he learns that he needs the comfort of love.
I Wanna Be You is a song which starts with some psychedelic elements, in a slow tempo, the tempo is increased a ends up in some kind of big finale. Really cool song.
What I really like, and what really impresses me, about these songs is how they actually fit the style and sound of the Chaos and Creation in the Backyard album. So have fun with that one.
On a related note, if you like the Chaos and Creation album, then you should check out Chaos and Creation at Abbey Road. It is an intimate concert in the Studio 2 of Abbey Road, where most of The Beatles' songs were recorded, the concert includes Paul talking about Beatles stuff and his music in general.
If you haven't already seen it, check it out on Youtube, click here for part 1.
Now for the Chaos and Creation out-takes:
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
So far we've looked at five bootleg albums or collections, they are as follows:
First we looked at the Primal Colours album, this album includes early takes of what would later become The Beatles (The White Album)
The Kum Back album from 1969, which included recordings from the Get Back/Let It Be sessions.
My next post included a huge collection of home recordings, by The Beatles. In this we found lots of acoustic and early versions of pretty a lot of songs. The earliest of these recordings date back to 1958.
After the home recordings, we looked at another great collection of songs, we checked The Acoustic Submarine out. This included mainly acoustic pieces in early versions of, well, mainly their bigger hits. I really enjoyed listening to the acoustic version of Back In The USSR.
Yesterday we checked the Revolution: Take...Your Knickers Off album out. In this post we mainly looked at the different versions of the song Revolution, and looked at whatever other goods were to be found on that album.
So much for what we already have. My next posts will jump a small step back in time, and a huge step back in time. We will be looking at some outtakes from Paul McCartney's 2005 album, Chaos and Creation In The Backyard. And after that, we'll look at the Decca recordings from 1958.
So stay tuned, because there are lots more to come for.
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
The most significant track on this album is Revolution 1 take 20, now let's take a little look at the Revolution song before we carry on.
We have three distinct songs here, two are very alike:
Revolution: This is the hard-rock song with two very distortion-sounded guitars, it was released on the B-side of the "Hey Jude" single, in late August 1968.
Revolution 1: Is the more blues-styled version of Revolution, this piece was featured on The White Album, which was released in November 1968.
Splitting of Revolution 1 (take 20) and Revolution 9: The first minutes of Revolution 1 take 20 is pretty much the same as the one released on The White Album, even though it lacks the electric guitar and horn overdubs of the final version, and adds a distorted siren-like tone that is faded in and out at various times throughout the song.
Beyond the point where the album version fades out, the basic instrumental backing keeps repeating while the vocals and overdubs become increasingly chaotic, including distorted screams from Lennon, feedback, and sound effects. Paul McCartney and Harrison repeatedly sing "Dada, Mama" in a childlike register. As the music concludes, Ono quietly says "maybe... it's not that" followed by Harrison emphatically stating "It is that!" Lennon then mumbles "Gonna be alright" a few times, and Ono's prose is heard among other sounds during the final portion.
Lennon soon decided to split the song into two parts, the Beatles styled Revolution 1 and a psychedelic avant-garde sound collage, Revolution 9. Lennon used the last six minutes of Revolution 1 take 20 as his starting point and added numerous sound effects, overdubs and whatnot, ending with the Revolution 9 we have on The White Album.
To make a long story short, Revolution 1 take 20 is some sort of bridge between Revolution 1 and 9.
Anyway, take your knickers off and let's go! There are a lot more stuff on these albums, here's the track list:
Disc one holds an early take of the Revolution single version, Julia, Across the Universe and Dear Prudence. And features quite a few takes of Step Inside Love.
Step Inside Love is a song written by Paul McCartney (credited as "Lennon/McCartney") for Cilla Black in 1967 as a theme for her TV series Cilla, which first aired in the beginning of 1968. Her version was released as a single on 8 March 1968. It reached number eight in the British charts. The recording was also featured on Black's third solo studio album Sher-oo!
As for Come And Get It. The original demo of Come were completely done by Paul, these are the Badfinger sessions for the recording of their version of Come And Get It. And maybe, we’re not sure, this is the first time it’s revealed that Paul was in the studio with Badfinger “directing” the sessions, which explains why Badfinger’s version is identical to Paul’s.
No Escaping Your Love is an Iveys/Badfinger song, being sung by Tommy Evans
Some of these tracks are pretty interesting, but if you aren't a huge Beatles fan, then I guess you could skip this download, or just stick to the first disc. However, I highly recommend that you check these recordings out.
Monday, 27 September 2010
01 Do You Want to Know a Secret
02 And I Love Her
03 I'm a Loser
06 yes It Is
07 Norwegian Wood
08 I'm Looking Through You
09 We Can Work It Out
10 I'm Only Sleeping
11 Yellow Submarine
12 A Day in the Life
13 The Fool on the Hill
14 Christmas Time is Here Again
15 The Happy Rishikesh Song
17 Child of Nature
19 Everyone Had a Hard Year
20 What's the New May Jane
22 Back in the USSR
23 Dear Prudence
24 Ob-la-di Ob-la-da
25 While My Guitar Gently Weeps
27 Rocky Raccoon
29 Mother Nature's Son
30 Hey Jude
32 I Lost My Little Girl
33 Teddy Boy
34 Mama, You've Been on My Mind
35 For You Blue
36 Two of Us
37 Across the Universe
38 I Me Mine
39 Maggie Mae
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Basically this is a huge ZIP-file, I stumbled on at BootlegZone's forum, which contains a lot of recordings from The Beatles' jam sessions at their homes.
The tracks are divided in six folders, which all covers a number of years, going back to 1958 to their later stuff from 1969.
The sound quality varies from quite poor to pretty good. I haven't listened to all of it, but it seems to me that the earlier recordings are worse quality than the later recordings, guess the equipment used for recording got better along the way? I dunno.
The ZIP-file is a two part file, available on Megaupload:
Part 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=VC37IGCI
Part 2: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=R59JHGSM
(If megaupload says "The file you are trying to access is temporarily unavailable." error, just try again a few minutes later)
The tracks are in .flac format, so you'll need a media player which support this format (Windows media player doesn't seems to do), I highly recommend using VLC-player, which can be downloaded free of charge if you don't already have it.
There are some really interesting pieces in here, so I highly recommend that you guys check this out.
Friday, 24 September 2010
Back cover/track list, funny thing is that some of the tracks are identified wrong,
Back cover/track list, one small correction: The second track is The Walk, not Can You Dig It, which this cover states.
Download link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=EB80TUT6
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Primal Colours contains some classic cuts. Many of these tracks would, later see the light of day, in slightly different form, in the wonderful White Album released later in 1968.
In May 1968, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison assembled at Kinfauns, George Harrison’s home in Esher, and demoed 23 songs. The majority of these songs were conceived during the group's visit to Rishikesh, India in the spring of 1968, where they undertook a transcendental meditation course with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Each of the Beatles left Rishikesh before the end of the course for various reasons, with Ringo Starr and then Paul McCartney departing first, and Lennon and George Harrison departing together later.
If you can't make out the track list from the picture above, here it is:
1. Brian Epstein Blues
2. Back In The U.S.S.R.
3. A Case of The Blues
7. Yer Blues
8. Mother Natures Son
9. Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
10. Child Of Nature
11. Helter Skelter
13. Honey Pie
14. Old Brown Shoe
Download link here: http://www.mediafire.com/?sdxk8edocvk2l9q
Hope you guys will enjoy these as much as I did. :)
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
A bootleg recording is an audio and or video recording of a performance that was not officially released by the artist, or under other legal authority. Meaning these things are there for the taking.
I think it is very interesting to listen to some of the earlier takes and bits of popular songs, be it Beatles songs or just other well known songs, and apparently a lot of other people does as well, so there is a lot of bootlegging material around, which is great!
As for The Beatles, a LOT of bootleg material is available, let's take a look at some of the officially released bootleg material (as in, you can't pirate these!).
During the timespan of 1994-1996 the Anthology albums were released, a 6 disc set with early recordings and takes of many of the more popular songs. Another release was Live at the BBC, recordings from some performances at the radio.
Bootlegging has been taking place way before that, the decca audition tapes were around in the late 70's, a bootleg album containing songs from the Get Back sessions(The sessions, which provided the material for the Let It Be album) were circulating in 1969, before the actual Let It Be album was released (8th of May 1970).
A lot of bootleg material has surfaced the last couple of years, and have been spread all over the internet. So my next few posts will be about some of these bootleg albums and will possibly include means of getting hand on these recordings.
Stay tuned for more.
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
For a little kind of brief history lesson, Harrison was a good ukulele player and he loved to play the uke. He and Paul used to jam together, and Paul played Harrison's Something on the ukulele, Harrison wasn't impressed (according to McCartney), but McCartney thought it sounded pretty good.
George passed away in 2001 (All things must pass, eh?), and on the one year anniversary of his death day there was this memorial concert, in Alberts Hall, called Concert For George. During this concert Paul McCartney took the stage with his ukulele, which he had gotten from George, and played Something.
Paul is, later in the song, joined by Marc Mann, Eric Clapton and Ringo Starr's drums eventually.
Something and Paul's ukulele has been a successful part of Paul's live shows in the past few years, and I think this is some of the reason for the rise in popularity which the ukulele has gotten in the last couple of years.
"I want you to play the ukulele!"
Anyway, the point of this post is to give you a good start, if you are considering to play the ukulele or in particular playing some Beatlish on your ukulele.
For some pretty basic stuff you should visit:
This channel is basically ukulele lesson for the very beginner, really helpful lessons, nicely explained, and the guy has a pretty cool e-book about ukulele and basic music theory, which is worth checking out as well.
For Beatles ukulele tutorials you should visit:
Most likely THE best channel on youtube for Beatles songs for the ukulele. You can see the chords, the lyrics and it will be told, most of the time at least, which strum-pattern is the recommended.
While you are there, you might as well check out Mike's other channels, some of the best ukulele tutorials you will find :)
My last site is awesome and annoying at the same time:
It is a site which contains the chords for around 60 Beatles songs. The site shows a ukulele and shows you how to take the chords, in real time! Which is awesome. The non-awesome thing, is that you cannot view the full chord diagram for the whole song, which can be pretty annoying at times :)
Nice site anyhow, most definitely worth checking out.
As the grand finale of this post, here's Paul McCartney on his ukulele at the memorial concert:
Monday, 20 September 2010
The energy from both the audience and the band is reaching extraordinary high levels in this video. The video quality isn't that great, but the sound quality is sweet, so crack the volume up, and have a blast with the Russians!
And if there is anybody, reading this, who has birthday today, well happy birthday!
Saturday, 18 September 2010
The remastering work was done at Abbey Road using the same team who recently remastered the complete Beatles’ catalog.
I’m thrilled to listen to the 9 bonus audio tracks. I guess some of them also are to be found on the 25th Anniversary Edition, and include Country Dreamer and Helen Wheels (these two were released as singles prior to the release of Band on the run, and was included on the 25th Anniversary Edition)
Friday, 17 September 2010
This video is of Elvis Costello and McCartney's band (consisting of Rusty Anderson, Brian Ray, Paul "Wix" Wickens and Abe Laboriel, Jr.) preforms Penny Lane, helped by Master Sgt. Matthew Harding and his awesome piccolo trumpet solo.
You will most definitely enjoy this.
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
Monday, 13 September 2010
Thursday, 9 September 2010
There are a lot of great Two of Us covers on youtube, but this is most definitive one of, if not, the best. Enjoy this one
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Hope you like them, because I sure do :)
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
There are lots of other great videos on his youtube at: www.youtube.com/MrSTEVIERIKS
Hope you like it.
Monday, 6 September 2010
What do you guys think? Good or bad?
For No One is a McCartney song (Credited to Lennon/McCartney, of course), it is the tenth track (or third on the b-side) on the 1966 album Revolver.
McCartney wrote the song in March 1966, on a skiing holiday, with his girlfriend Jane Asher, in the Swiss Alps. The song is melancholic song about a breakup, with the original title “Why Did It Die?” It is very likely that an argument between Paul and Jane was the inspiration for this song.
The recording sessions for the song took place during the first half of May, 1966. Paul and Ringo recorded it on their own, with Paul playing bass, clavichord and piano, Ringo on drums and tambourine.
The horn solo of the song is what makes for the most interesting part of this story, as well as gives the song the perfect feel. George Martin asked Paul to hum out the melody, Martin writing out the score. When it was finished, Martin pointed out that the higher notes were beyond the range of the horn, but remarked that “these good players, they can play above the range”, so they gave it a shot.
Dennis Brian, the best horn player in all of Britain, was originally assigned for the task. However he died, unfortunately, in a car crash before the session and was replaced by Alan Civil.
George excitingly joining them in the studio, for the day of horn session. Before they started, Alan Civil looked skeptically at Paul and George and asked “Eh, George? I think there's a mistake here - you've got a high F written down”, they just smiled back and replied “yeah” and he knew what they were up to and played it.
After Civil had played it, Paul didn't realized how brilliant it was and asked him if he could do it better, Civil nearly exploded in rage, because it was the best he could do and it is how it sounds today.
Thank you for reading, stay tuned for more.
Miles, Barry: Many Years From Now (1998) pp. 288-289
Macdonald, Ian: Revolution In the Head (2002) p. 195