Monday, 24 September 2018

Another fakery: John Lennon

Wrongly identified as John's wedding photo.
We're not sure when this forgery was made, Sara from "Meet The Beatles For Real" seems to think it was done as early as in the sixties (see her April fools day blog post here).
Unfortunately, this photo is widely spread online, mainly on Pinterest, and often it is mistaken to be a wedding photo from John Lennon's first marriage, that to Cynthia Powell. We have no idea whatsoever who the married couple is (although an added signature of the bottom says "Judith Alyson" or something similar).
The head of the husband in question has been replaced by John Lennon's head as found in this genuine Beatles photo, taken by photographer Dezo Hoffmann in 1963.

Beatles photo by Dezo Hoffmann, 1963. © Apple Corps Ltd.
She may have been just a fan, who wasn't satisfied with her choice of husband, or it may have been someone's silly joke, we have no clue as to the origin of the fake wedding photo. There's also a John Lennon autograph in the fake photo, taken from a chewing gum card of the sixties.

Collector's card
What's irritating is that people are wrongly assuming that it is a genuine photo from John's wedding to his first wife, Cynthia, who passed away in 2015. Check out this memorial page for her, for instance.

Sorry girls - he's married! And Cynthia looks nothing like that other woman.
After Cynthia became pregnant (with Julian), she and John were hurriedly married on 23 August, 1962 at the Mount Pleasant register office in Liverpool. Fellow Beatles Paul McCartney and George Harrison were in attendance, as was their manager, Brian Epstein, who was best man; no parents were there. The wedding was farcical, because as soon as the ceremony began, a workman in the backyard of the building opposite started using a jackhammer which drowned out anything the registrar, John, or Cynthia said. When the registrar asked for the groom to step forward, George stepped forward instead.

With no photographs or flowers the wedding party celebrated afterwards, at Epstein's invitation, in Reece's restaurant in Clayton Square, which was the same restaurant where Lennon's parents, Alfred Lennon and Julia Lennon, had celebrated their marriage in 1938. Lennon was 21 years old at the time, and Powell 22.

The newlyweds had no honeymoon, as Lennon had to play an engagement at the Riverpark Ballroom in Chester the same night, although they did travel to the Hotel George V in Paris, for a belated honeymoon on 16 September.

White album editions: prices

The most reasonably priced 3CD edition
The various 50th anniversary editions of The Beatles' "white album" have now been listed by Amazon in the UK, so here are the links and current prices:
3CD-edition £15 (2018 stereo remix + 1CD with demo recordings)
2LP edition £40 (2018 stereo remix)
4LP edition £90.00 (2LP 2018 stereo remix + 2LP with demo recordings)
De Luxe edition boxed set £140 (7 discs, containing the 3CD edition as above + 3CDs of 50 additional recordings + 1 Blu-ray audio disc with 5.1 surround sound mixes and more +  book)

This morning, Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 broadcast a stereo demo of "Back In The USSR". You can check it out here (as long as it stays there).


Or you can just use the BBC iPlayer (click here) and go to 1:39:13 to listen.

In addition, we have received track lists of CD 4, 5 and 6 on the DeLuxe edition:

Disc 4
1. Revolution I (Take 18)
2. A Beginning (Take 4) / Don't Pass Me By (Take 7)
3. Blackbird (Take 28)
4. Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey (Unnumbered rehearsal)
5. Good Night (Unnumbered rehearsal)
6. Good Night (Take 10 with a guitar part from Take 5)
7. Good Night (Take 22)
8. Ob-La-Di,Ob-La-Da
9. Revolution (Unnumbered rehearsal)
10. Revolution (Take 14 - Instrumental backing track)
11. Cry Baby Cry (Unnumbered rehearsal)
12. Helter Skelter (First version - Take 2)

Disc 5
1. Sexy Sadie (Take 3)
2. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Acoustic version - Take 2)
3. Hey Jude (Take 1)
4. St. Louis Blues (Studio jam)
5. Not Guilty (Take 102)
6. Mother Nature's Son (Take 15)
7. Yer Blues (Take 5 with guide vocal)
8. What's the New Mary Jane (Take 1)
9. Rocky Raccoon (Take ­čśÄ
10. Back in the U.S.S.R. (Take 5 - Instrumental backing track)
11. Dear Prudence (Vocal, guitar & drums)
12. Let It Be (Unnumbered rehearsal)
13. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Third version - Take 27)
14. (You're so Square) Baby, I Don't Care (Studio jam)
15. Helter Skelter (Second version - Take 17)
16. Glass Onion (Take 10)

Disc 6
1. I Will (Take 13)
2. Blue Moon (Studio jam)
3. I Will (Take 29)
4. Step Inside Love (Studio jam)
5. Los Paranoias (Studio jam)
6. Can You Take Me Back? (Take 1)
7. Birthday (Take 2 - Instrumental backing track)
8. Piggies (Take 12 - Instrumental backing track)
9. Happiness is a Warm Gun (Take 19)
10. Honey Pie (Instrumental backing track)
11. Savoy Truffle (Instrumental backing track)
12. Martha My Dear (Without brass and strings)
13. Long, Long, Long (Take 44)
14. I'm so tired (Take 7)
15. I'm so tired (Take 14)
16. The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill (Take 2)
17. Why don't we do it in the road? (Take 5)
18. Julia (Two rehearsals)
19. The Inner Light (Take 6 - Instrumental backing track)
20. Lady Madonna (Take 2 - Piano and drums)
21. Lady Madonna (Backing vocals from take 3)
22. Across the Universe (Take 6)

The 2019 Beatles calendar

The official Beatles calendar for 2019 is based on the "With The Beatles" album.
The official beatles calendar for 2019 is based on the 1963 album, "With The Beatles", and is mainly flled with photos taken by Dezo Hoffmann. Each month has a main photo in black and white, with a smaller colour photo at an angle at the bottom of the black and white one.
January
June

Each Beatle is represented by a portrait photo on the month they were born, so it's George in February, Paul in June, Ringo in July and John in October.

December
The back depicts all the 12 main images.
The "Collector's edition" will be released on September 28, 2018 and may be ordered from the official Beatles Store and elsewhere. The regular edition has already been published, and contains the same photos. Both calendars are manufactured by Danilo Promotions Limited. In addition to these official ones, other manufacturers are also producing Beatles calendars.

Links:
The official Beatles Store (Europe): Collector's Edition.
Amazon (UK) regular edition.
Amazon (USA) regular edition
Amazon (USA) Collector's Edition

Friday, 21 September 2018

White album leak

Ltd edition 3 disc CD release

Track list, 3 disc version:

CD 1: The Beatles, side 1 and 2 New stereo mix
CD 2: The Beatles, side 3 and 4 New stereo mix
CD 3: Esher Demos:
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Dear Prudence
Glass Onion
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Happiness is a Warm Gun
I’m so tired
Blackbird
Piggies
Rocky Raccoon
Julia
Yer Blues
Mother Nature’s Son
Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
Sexy Sadie
Revolution
Honey Pie
Cry Baby Cry
Sour Milk Sea
Junk
Child of Nature
Circles
Mean Mr. Mustard
Polythene Pam
Not Guilty
What's the New Mary Jane
Ltd ed. vinyl release of the 3CD set on 4 vinyl discs

Replica release of original double album

WHITE ALBUM SUPER DELUXE 50TH anniversary: 6 CDS + BLU RAY:

Deluxe boxed set

CDs 1 & 2: 2018 Stereo Album Mix
CD3: Esher demos
CDs 4, 5 & 6: Sessions - 50 additional recordings, mostly unpublished, from the studio sessions of the 'White Album'; all remixed from the four-track and eight-track session bands, sorted by their recording start dates. Includes hitherto unknown white album recording of the song "Let It Be"!

Blu-ray Audio:

- 2018 album mix in high-resolution PCM stereo
- 2018 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Album mix
- 2018 Dolby True HD 5.1 album mix
- 2018 direct transfer of the original monomix of the album

Release date: 9. November, 2018.

Photos: © Copyright 2018 Apple Corps Ltd and found at Amazon, Japan.

White Album news

The ninth of November 2018, my son turns 25 and the 50th anniversary edition of The Beatles will be released.
It looks like an official announcement with a full track list is imminent, regarding the fiftieth anniversary edition of "The Beatles" (aka "the white album"). Beatlefan published this info yesterday:

1) a 4 LP Limited Edition, consisting of the regular double album in a new stereo remix, (2 LP stereo remix + 2 LP Esher demos.

2) 3 CD version with the same as on the 4LP edition.

3) And a Super Deluxe CD Box (3 CDs as above + 3 CDs of outtakes). Plus the box will include a Blu-ray disc that will be audio only. There will be no video. The Blu-Ray disc will consist of everything that's already on the CDs, plus some extra material not on the CDs.

The outtakes include non-album tracks/jams/improvisations. Of the latter, Beatlefan has been told that at least a couple are previously unknown. There also are some rehearsals. There will be 19 Esher demos of album tracks, plus outtakes of "Hey Jude", "Revolution", "The Inner Light", "Across The Universe" and "Lady Madonna".


This is a screendump of what thebeatles.com website looks like at the time of writing.
Included will be the 12-minute version of "Helter Skelter" that previously was boiled down to about 5 minutes for the “Anthology,” but the legendary 27-minute version of "Helter Skelter" will not be included. The release will have one huge surprise in the form of a song which was rehearsed during the White Album sessions, but released it (in a different version) a few years later.

An official announcement of the releases is expected soon.



Also, there's this interview with Giles Martin which was published in Spanish over at Diariodosbeatles.blogspot.com:

Journalist Daniel Buarque from Folha de São Paulo spoke with Giles Martin at the Abbey Road studios, son of Beatles producer George Martin on the new 50th anniversary edition of the White Album.

"I did not make the gold, but I help bring it to the surface," he says. "I have a privileged position, I can go to Abbey Road and unscramble original tapes of recordings from the biggest band that ever existed, and my job is to try to give people the chance to have the experience I have in this job."

"My dad never really liked 'White Album', he felt like he had lost control of the band because the Beatles went mad in the recording process," said Giles Martin.

The result of all this work will be a new remix that will be released in November along with extra material totaling almost 7 hours of recordings.

Giles talked about the initial process of listening to the recordings. "It's really like looking for gold, you have to be attentive. So we discovered conversations, comments, the mood of the recording. We have 102 recordings of 'Sexy Sadie', for example. During the recording, the band acted differently, creating almost everything in the studio. What is equally disappointing and brilliant is the fact that there is no magic is just the beauty of collaboration between humans in a studio. Only people making very nice sounds. They are excellent vocalists, guitarists, drummers. That's what the Beatles do."

According to journalist Daniel Buarque the new material sounds clearer from each instrument and also includes conversations between the Beatles before and after the recordings, as well as interruptions, mistakes and alternative versions of the songs that underwent changes before the final recording.

Aboyt the Esher demos: "They are acoustic recordings of the Beatles that they recorded in their homes and they sound beautiful," says Giles. "In addition, we found more tapes that George Harrison had at his house. The sound is great, and we were looking for something new and different for this 50-year edition," he says.

So it looks like the new "white album" boxed set will be very similar to the upcoming John Lennon Imagine - The Ultimate Collection boxed set, and likely priced similarly.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Paul McCartney's new horn section

The four man strong horn section of Wings, here from "Wings Over America".
For years we have wanted this. We, the fans that is. Back in the seventies, Paul's band Wings was strengthened with a four man strong horn section for the 1975/76 and 1979 tours. And they were supposed to play at the 1980 Japan tour as well, but you know...
They would not only play the horns in those songs that originally had horns on it, like "Lady Madonna", they would also rearrange scores to replace strings with brass, like in "Yesterday". One of the musicians was Liverpudlian Howie Casey on saxophone, formerly of Derry and the Seniors. You know, that band who wrote to Allan Williams and pledged him not to send that bum group The Beatles over to Hamburg and ruin the scene for them. That Howie Casey. The others were Americans Thaddeus Richard, also on saxophone, Tony Dorsey on trombone and Steve Howard on the trumpet.
These days, Howie Casey has formed a 14-man band called "Beatles With Wings," and they are touring as a Beatles and Wings tribute act. You can read about that project here.

The new horn section

As we first saw during Paul's concert at the Grand Central Station, he has recruited a new horn section, and we also saw them in Quebec for the opening concert of the current "Freshen Up" tour. After the concert, Paul also posted a photo of the full band, including the new three man horn section.

Paul McCartney with full band, including the horn section.
I for one is very happy that we now will have real brass live on stage at Paul's concerts, and not just imitated horns courtesy of the keyboards of Paul "Wix" Wickens. And why not bring in strings as well? I was lucky enough to attend Paul's concert at the Roundhouse in London back in 2007, and for once he was joined by a real string section. I can assure you, live strings really lifts the quality of the performance. Lastly, bring back the Rickenbacker bass guitar and you're all right!


Now, let's have a look at the current set list:
Set list from Quebec


  1. A Hard Day's Night
  2. Hi Hi Hi
  3. Can't Buy Me Love
  4. Letting Go
  5. Who Cares (Egypt Station)
  6. Come On To Me (Egypt Station)
  7. Let Me Roll It
  8. I've Got A Feeling
  9. Let'Em In
  10. 1985
  11. Maybe I'm Amazed
  12. I've Just Seen A Face
  13. In Spite Of All The Danger
  14. From Me To You
  15. My Valentine
  16. Michelle
  17. Love Me Do
  18. Blackbird
  19. Here Today
  20. Queenie Eye (NEW)
  21. Lady Madonna
  22. Four Five Seconds (Rihanna)
  23. Eleanor Rigby
  24. Fuh You (Egypt Station)
  25. Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite
  26. Something
  27. Ob-La-Di,Ob-La-Da
  28. Band On The Run
  29. Back In The USSR
  30. Let It Be
  31. Live And Let Die
  32. Hey Jude
    Extras:
  33. Yesterday
  34. I Saw Her Standing There
  35. Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
  36. Helter Skelter
  37. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End

 Quebec street flag
As you'll see if you're familiar with Paul McCartney concerts, the set list really hasn't been freshened up as much as we would have wanted. Whole decades are neglected, as there are no eighties or nineties songs, for instance. Three songs from his current no. 1 album, "Egypt Station", bravely enough including the controversial "Fuh You" among them. According to a Billboard interview, they are rehearsing a fourth song from the album to include in the set list in the future. Paul keeps insisting on singing "Four-Five Seconds" and we can understand that: That single has been streamed twice as many times as the most streamed Beatles song, "Here Comes The Sun", and ten times as much as any other solo McCartney song.
"From Me To You" is the "new" Beatles song Paul has included, having first performed it anew at LIPA this summer. This is the first time a Beatle has been playing this song since it was dropped from The Beatles set list in 1964. It is also accompanied by "Love Me Do", which he has played on previous tours, and also an even earlier song, the Quarrymen B-side "In Spite Of All The Danger", also played during his last tour. Only one of the songs from 2013's "NEW" album has stayed on, as has one of the McCartney originals from 2012's "Kisses On The Bottom". So, only "Here Today" from the 80's, and nothing from the 90's and the 2000-2010 decade.


Monday, 17 September 2018

Paul: A new version of the Let It Be movie?

The Let It Be film on video cassette (German edition).
In an interview with a radio station in Quebec, Canada on September 15, Paul McCartney was asked about the fate of the Beatles' "Let It Be" film. "We keep talking about that," Paul confirmed, "we have meetings at Apple" (of course, that's The Beatles' company and not the computer giant). He went on to say that nothing was definite, but he "had heard rumours" about how a new version of the film may some day come out. "People have been looking at the footage." Paul says, estimating that it's around 56 hours worth af material there. And someone told him "the other day" that the overall feeling (when examining all the available footage) is very joyous and uplifting and mostly "a bunch of guys making music and enjoying it". So Paul thinks there is "some talk" about making a new movie, re-editing it from the same footage. "Who knows, that may be happening in a year or two," Paul concludes.

In an interview with the film's Cinematographer Tony Richmond in February 2017, it was revealed that "...we remastered it for DVD and there were so many outtakes that weren’t used in the film that really show the acrimony between all of the Beatles. But that’s still being held up by George Harrison’s estate and his wife and Yoko Ono because they don’t want the acrimony shown."

This may now change, due to a re-edited version of the film possibly making it palatable for the Lennon and Harrison estates.

Paul McCartney is playing a concert in Quebec this evening, as part of his new "Freshen Up" tour.

Hear the full interview here.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

White album teaser

cryptic message

Representatives from the press has been sent this somewhat cryptic message, asking them to save the date September 26, 2018. An invitation will follow. According to one such representative, Roger Friedman, this is an event where details of the upcoming 50th anniversary edition of The Beatles' self titled "white album" will be revealed. Friedman writes that the event will take place in New York.

We have also been told from another source that the track list for the various editions will be revealed on September 25th, so perhaps the event in question is a listening party and an opportunity to interview Giles Martin, who is Apple's go to guy when it comes to remixing sound.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Mark Lewisohn: Q&A from Beatleweek 2018


Thanks to Jimmie Rudolfsson, we have the full Q&A session with Beatles author Mark Lewisohn from last week in Liverpool, divided into three segments, totalling 96 minutes. You may be disappointed to find out that publication of volume two in his ongoing biography trilogy (which now seems to consist of four volumes, the final one going up to and including 1974) is no longer aiming for a 2020 publication date, but may take longer. Perhaps next year he can give us an estimate.

Still, there are lots of interesting questions asked by the audience, only surpassed by Mark's detailed answers. I have assembled all three segments into one playlist for your convenience.

Eddie the dog

Fan photo of Paul with his dog Eddie, at the gates of his house in St. John's Wood, 1968.
Most fans will know that Paul McCartney used to have an Old English Sheepdog called Martha, mostly thanks to the fact that the dog is in lots of well known photos, and she has her own song, "Martha My Dear" on the Beatles' "White album".
Less well known is Paul's other dog from the same time, a Yorkshire terrier called Eddie! So here are a few photos of him.


These are from Paul's dad's house in Wirral. Is it Eddie? Looks a bit big.

Mad day out, the final photos inside Paul's dome in the garden, Paul with Martha, while Ringo is petting Eddie.
After having released "Martha My Dear" Paul may have felt sorry for Eddie, who didn't have a song of his own. To rectify this he composed "There You Are, Eddie," possibly in December 1968, while visiting Hunter Davies in Portugal. Never released, the song was performed three times by Paul during the "Get Back"-sessions on January 24th, 1969.

There you are, Eddie
(McCartney)

There you are, Eddie – Eddie – Eddie,
there you are, Eddie – Eddie, you dog

You pretend to be in with the in-crowd,
and you think that you’re one of the boys,
but you know you’ve been barking too loud,
and you know that I can’t stand the noise

There you are, Eddie – Eddie – Eddie,
there you are, Eddie – Eddie, you dog

You pretend to be in with the in-crowd,
and you think that you’re one of the boys,
but you know you’ve just been barking too loud,
and you know that I can’t stand the noise

There you are, Eddie – Eddie – Eddie,
there you are, Eddie – Eddie, you dog
Eddie, you dog, Eddie, you dog

You'll find the most complete version of this impromptu rendition several places over at YouTube, for instance here. On this version, John joins in and encourages Paul to sing the song for other Beatles pets, so it turns into "There you are, Tiger", for Ringo's dog and ends up with "There you are, Mimi", referring to John's cat.

Seems most photos of Eddie were taken by fans.
Hunter Davies, who wrote the official Beatles biography in 1968 believed that the song was about himself. Paul, Linda og Heather spent some time at Hunter Davies' holiday home on the coast of Algarve in Portugal in December 1968, and his account is: "I remember one tune he played for me in Portugal, which he had written on the lavatory (he rarely went there without his guitar), which was called There You Go Eddie. Just a short verse, and I don't think he ever completed it. He had discovered that my first Christian name is Edward, something I've always kept quiet.".

1969 photo by Linda: Eddie with Paul (and Heather?)
Despite Davies' beliefs, the song is very likely about Paul's dog, which should be evidenced by the line about barking, and the fact that John and Paul started talking about other Beatle pets during the 1969 rendition.

The two dogs again.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Ebay opportunity: Egypt Station on green vinyl

Green vinyl, exclusively to Spotify customers who favour Paul McCartney
Okay so here's the deal: there is an exclusive green variety of Paul McCartney's upcoming vinyl 2LP "Egypt Station" available to a very specific group of people: Greedy ebay dealers based in USA and Europe. Through these links, it's possible to order this special edition, and here's a good thing: It only ships to USA and Europe! Can you believe it?

Capitol Records are literally feeding us this golden opportunity to make a lot of dough from international hardcore McCartney fans! Of course, these are willing to shell out top dollar for this item, which Capitol Records (praise their marketing dept) are unwilling to sell to them!
So now, all we need to do is order these records, and when they arrive, we can make a whole lotta dough on ebay! Because, of course we'll ship anywhere, as long as the money's good!

This special pressing was only to be made to Spotify customers who have Paul McCartney as "featured artist" in their streaming setup, but now it's open to anyone who has the link to this item at the Paul McCartney Web Store.

Here's the supposedly secret link for USA.
Here's ditto for Europe.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Imagine - so what's new?

A quick guide to what's new and what's not.
So this may be a somewhat nerdy blog post, aimed at those Lennon collectors who also look to bootlegs for completion. What's new in the ultimate Imagine collection (details released today, see this page) and what's already out there, either on bootlegs or the Lennon Anthology. Occasional guest blogger Mike Carrera has kindly provided us with this friendly, colour coded guide.

Imagine 2018 Ultimate Collection Super DeLuxe Box set (4 CD+2 Blu-ray Audio) vs bootlegs and Lennon Anthology

by Mike Carrera

This is a quick guide using ONLY the ‘Super Deluxe’ box set 2018 to be released in October, to guide you through the many tracks: which ones are new, which could be and which aren’t? We are only focusing on the alternate material, and not on sound quality, which with this new release of course will surpass any bootlegs or past releases.

This guide will be updated in October once we get deep access to all the contents!

The ‘Super Deluxe’ presentation will be the only one having all the audio contents, and some tracks are exclusive for the Blu-Ray Audio discs accompanying this 4 CD box set.

 All discs, including CDs and Blu-rays are divided into the following chapters:

a)Remixed: Stereo Album, Singles & Extras
b)Outtakes: Album, Singles & Extras
c)Quadrosonic Album Remastered (Blu Ray Exclusive)
d)Raw Studio Mixes: Outtakes-Live
e)Raw Studio Mixes: Extended album versions-Live
f) Elements Mixes
g)Evolution Documentary
h)Elliot Mintz Interviews with John & Yoko (Blu Ray Exclusive)

All the contents from the CDs will also be included on the Blu-Ray Audio discs, but the Blu-Rays will get extra features.



Super DeLuxe Box Set: CDs vs Blu-Ray Audio discs

CD 1 is also included on BLU RAY DISC 1. Blu Ray Exclusive: 5.1. mixes
CD 2 is also included on BLU RAY DISC 1 and BLU RAY DISC TWO. Blu Ray Exclusive: Six (6) songs from the ELEMENTS MIXES chapter.
CD 3 is also included on BLU RAY DISC 2. Blu Ray Exclusive: 5.1 mixes, One song LONGER from the EXTENDED VERSIONS and five (5) exclusive tracks from the OUTTAKES LIVE chapters.
CD 4 is also included on BLU RAY DISC 2. Blu Ray Exclusive: Six (6) tracks “Singles and Extras” from the EVOLUTION documentary. 

For this quick review we will use only the following chapters or sections:

‘OUTTAKES’ is basically a selection of alternate takes from proper sessions or re-make sessions mostly, but also a few from rehearsal sessions, vocal overdubs or alternate vocal tracks.
‘RAW STUDIO OUTTAKES LIVE’ are basically takes with rough or live vocal guides from John, no overdubs, some are like ‘rehearsal’ takes, others are actual alternate takes/outtakes.
‘RAW STUDIO EXTENDED ALBUM VERSIONS LIVE are basically the same takes as used for the final master but with rough vocals or unedited (longer), no overdubs, reverb, tape delays, etc.
‘ELEMENTS’ are the multi track tapes combined to showcase some instruments or vocals (sometimes together, others just one element), these have nothing to do with channel separations from 5.1. mixes or Rockband mogg files, which are similar but not the same.
‘EVOLUTION’ are collages or montages starting from the demo takes in some cases, early rehearsals and alternate takes up to the final version.

Note: some songs have the same Take number twice or three times, meaning one comes from a first warm up session, the other from a re-make session starting counting takes again from the beginning, others use the final backing track from that take but with different vocal overdubs.

You will see the name of the song, take number or description, running time, under which section it will be included and whether it’s new or not.

This is an attempt to present the tracks in chronological order, as the box set has it all jumbled around, in many cases. And to the surprise of many bootleg collectors, the majority of the tracks on this new official set has never been released before!

this is the clear vinyl 2LP edition.


2018 DeLuxe Box Set vs bootlegs and Lennon Anthology

IMAGINE

Imagine (Original demo recorded at Ascot) 03:17 OUTTAKES

NEW  *Different from the ‘other’ demo circulating on bootlegs (3:36) which was also used (but edited) on the 1988 Warner Bros soundtrack "Imagine - The Movie" and can be seen in the ‘Gimme Some Truth’ documentary.

 Imagine (Take 1) 03:25 RAW STUDIO OUTTAKES LIVE

Also known as "Version 1" on bootlegs. The Anthology version lacks the final comment from John lasting five seconds less (3:20), while the bootleg version is complete and with the same length of 3:25. So nothing new, but it will be little longer than the Anthology version.

Imagine (Take 1) 03:05 OUTTAKES

This is the re-make session, also known as “Version 2”. Lasting 3:12 on bootlegs, including some chat after the take, but it actually ends at 3:05. Nothing new here, apparently.

Imagine (Take 10) 03:12  OUTTAKES  NEW

Imagine 06:00 EVOLUTION NEW

Imagine (Strings only) 02:13 ELEMENTS NEW
Similar to some 5.1. mixes and Rockband multi tracks, but this mix is a new one.

original imagine single, norway 1971


CRIPPLED INSIDE

Crippled Inside (Take 2) 05:23 RAW STUDIO OUTTAKES LIVE  *BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE

NEW  From Rehearsal Session? (Take 2 from the session that gave us the final version is available on bootlegs but it’s different from this "Live outtake")

Crippled Inside (Take 6 alternate guitar solo) 03:50  RAW STUDIO OUTTAKES LIVE  *BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE
NEW From Rehearsal Session?

 Crippled Inside (Take 3) 03:50  OUTTAKES

NEW Re-make Session? (a Different Take 3 is on bootleg, including engineer’s slate  "Take Three", and lasting no longer than 1 minute because it's a breakdown take, so now we have a different Take 3, maybe one comes from the “Rehearsal/Live sessions” and the other from the ‘proper’ session?)

Crippled Inside (Take 6 alternate guitar solo) 03:47  OUTTAKES

NEW Re-make Session? (on bootlegs we have two different takes with this same length (3:47), one described as "Take 17" but without any slate it’s doubtful we are actually hearing a seventeenth take, so could be this Take 6, and the other described as "Rough Take", both with "alternate guitar solo", we will have to wait to get this upcoming official set to be able to really compare and decide.)

Crippled Inside (Take 6) 03:50 RAW STUDIO EXTENDED ALBUM VERSIONS-LIVE

NEW From Re-make Session?

Crippled Inside 03:59 EVOLUTION NEW

Crippled Inside  (upright bass & drums) 03:37 ELEMENTS  *BLU RAY EXCLUSIVE

NEW



JEALOUS GUY

Jealous Guy (Take 9) 02:16  OUTTAKES NEW

Jealous Guy (Take 11) 04:27 RAW STUDIO OUTTAKES LIVE NEW

Jealous Guy (Take 29) 04:22 RAW STUDIO EXTENDED ALBUM VERSIONS

NEW (a very similar but not the same as the official released version is available on bootlegs as "Take 7 Vocal Overdub", and also different from the take on the Anthology box set)

Jealous Guy 06:11 EVOLUTION NEW

Jealous Guy (Piano, bass & drums) 04:12  ELEMENTS  NEW

Record Store Day 2011 boxed vinyl set.


 IT’S SO HARD

It's So Hard (Take 6) 02:33  OUTTAKES NEW

It's So Hard (Take 11) 02:42  RAW STUDIO EXTENDED ALBUM VERSIONS NEW

It's So Hard 06:50 EVOLUTION  NEW

It's So Hard (Strings) 00:57 ELEMENTS *BLU RAY EXCLUSIVE NEW




I DON'T WANNA BE A SOLDIER MAMA I DON'T WANNA DIE

I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier (Take 21) 05:17 RAW STUDIO OUTTAKES LIVE NEW From the first session.

I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier (Take 25) 04:34  OUTTAKES NEW From the first session.

I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier (Take 4 - extended) 09:36 RAW STUDIO EXTENDED ALBUM VERSIONS  *BLU RAY EXCLUSIVE (CD 3 will get an edited 7:56 version)

NEW From the Re-make session.

I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier 07:06 EVOLUTION  NEW

I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier (Guitar, Bass & Drums)  06:08  ELEMENTS  *BLU RAY EXCLUSIVE

NEW



GIMME SOME TRUTH

Gimme Some Truth (Take 4 – extended) 03:40 RAW STUDIO EXTENDED ALBUM VERSIONS

NEW  (Only the first three takes are available on bootleg in "Raw" form with a live vocal)

Gimme Some Truth (Take 4) 03:28  OUTTAKES  NEW With an alternate vocal overdub.

Gimme Some Truth 05:12 EVOLUTION  NEW

Gimme Some Truth 03:16  ELEMENTS  *BLU RAY EXCLUSIVE  NEW




OH MY LOVE

Oh My Love (Take 6) 02:44  OUTTAKES

Already on bootleg, with more extra dialogue and post rehearsal.

Oh My Love (Take 20) 02:47 RAW STUDIO EXTENDED ALBUM VERSIONS LIVE

NEW (Partially available on bootleg- less than 10 seconds).

Oh My Love 07:31 EVOLUTION  NEW

Oh My Love (Vocals only) 01:56 ELEMENTS NEW Similar as from the Rockband multi tracks, but this mix is a new one.




HOW DO YOU SLEEP?

How Do You Sleep? (Take 1) 08:40 RAW STUDIO OUTTAKES LIVE

From First Session? Already on Bootlegs, maybe we will get little more post-song chat banter.

How Do You Sleep? (Takes 5 & 6) 07:03  RAW STUDIO OUTTAKES LIVE

Partially NEW- From First Session? (Takes 5 (a false start) and Take 6 are already on the Anthology boxed set, but Take 6 has a fadeout there, so we will get around 2 minutes more of unheard stuff).

How Do You Sleep? (Takes 1 & 2) 05:57  OUTTAKES

NEW From Re-make Session? (Do not confuse this with the "Rehearsal takes 1 and 2" on bootleg, those were rehearsals more than proper takes).

How Do You Sleep? (Take 11 – extended) 06:00 RAW MIXES EXTENDED ALBUM VERSIONS LIVE

NEW From Re-make Session (even though we have two outtakes very close to the final version on bootleg, none of them are exactly 6:00, one is 6:46 and the other known as "Alternate Vocal B" is 6:13, maybe we will get that with early fade out? We will find out in October.)

How Do You Sleep? 07:34 EVOLUTION  NEW

 How Do You Sleep? (Strings)  05:03 ELEMENTS  *BLU RAY EXCLUSIVE

NEW



HOW?

How? (Takes 7-10) 06:18 RAW STUDIO OUTTAKES LIVE  *BLU RAY EXCLUSIVE

NEW

How? (Take 31) 03:47  OUTTAKES  NEW

How? (Take 40 alternate vocal) 03:46 RAW STUDIO OUTTAKES LIVE  *BLU RAY EXCLUSIVE

NEW

How? (Take 40) 03:55 RAW STUDIO EXTENDED ALBUM VERSIONS LIVE NEW

How? 08:45 EVOLUTION NEW

How? (Strings only) 03:36 ELEMENTS NEW Already available from the Rockband multi tracks but this mix will be a new one.




OH YOKO!

Oh Yoko! (from Bed Peace Sheraton Hotel, Bahamas 1969) 05:00  OUTTAKES

Partially NEW (From the aborted Bed-In in Bahamas, wrongly listed before as being from the Montreal Bed Peace or a home demo from Surrey) 4:36 of it is already available, so now we will get the full rendition.

Oh Yoko! (Take 1 tracking vocal) 06:14 RAW STUDIO OUTTAKES LIVE *BLU RAY EXCLUSIVE

NEW

Oh Yoko! (Take 1 – extended) 06:15 RAW STUDIO EXTENDED ALBUM VERSIONS LIVE NEW

Oh Yoko! 03:56 EVOLUTION NEW

Oh Yoko! (Acoustic) 04:16 ELEMENTS *BLU RAY EXCLUSIVE NEW





SINGLES AND EXTRAS

Power To The People (Take 7) 03:25  OUTTAKES NEW

Power To The People 05:29 –EVOLUTION *BLU-RAY ONLY  NEW

God Save Us (Original demo) 02:57  OUTTAKES

Partially NEW (the version on bootleg runs only 2:00 so now we will get now the full demo). A studio outtake with John’s lead vocal will also be available on CD 1/Blu Ray 1 under "Remixed Singles and Extras", which is the same version as on ‘Lennon Anthology’.

God Save Us/Oz 08:36 – EVOLUTION *BLU-RAY ONLY  NEW

Do The Oz (Take 3) (Michael Ramsden vocal) 06:42  OUTTAKES

NEW (with Ringo on drums and Klaus on bass?, one of the highlights?)

Do The Oz 02:18 –EVOLUTION  *BLU-RAY ONLY  NEW

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (Alternate Mix) 03:41  OUTTAKES NEW (the alternate mixes circulating among collectors do not last as long as this one)

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) 04:05 – EVOLUTION  *BLU-RAY ONLY NEW

Well (Baby Please Don't Go) 03:06 –EVOLUTION *BLU-RAY ONLY

NEW A complete studio outtake will be available also on CD 1/Blu Ray 1 under "Remixed Singles and Extras", which is the same version as on ‘Lennon Anthology’.

Tittenhurst Park 17:16- EVOLUTION *BLU-RAY ONLY

NEW A collage of improvisations and studio chats from the sessions, similar to the ‘Fly on the Wall’ disc from "Let it Be... Naked". Including snippets  of ‘Mind Games’ (from the Oh My Love session and already available, even on bootleg video), and new ones: "My Babe" (Willie Dixon) and "What Am I living For?" (Chuck Willis).

The 1998 John Lennon Anthology boxed set

Rediscovered Lennon demo launches Imagine campaign


While sifting through boxes upon boxes of the original tapes, engineer Rob Stevens discovered something truly remarkable that had gone unnoticed all these years. “Early 2016, during the gestation period of this project, I'm in the Lenono archives with my people going through tape boxes that have labeling that's unclear, misleading, or missing entirely”, says Stevens. “There's a 1" 8-track that says nothing more on the Ascot Sound label than John Lennon, the date, and the engineer (Phil McDonald), with DEMO on the spine.  No indication of what material was on the tape. One delicate transfer to digital later, the “Imagine” demo, subsequently enhanced superbly by Paul Hicks, appears within this comprehensive set. It was true serendipity.”

This completely never-before heard original demo, a sparse home recording of Lennon on piano and vocal playing one of his most famous songs, globally launches Imagine – The Ultimate Collection today and is available for streaming and for immediate download with all digital album pre-orders.

Link: imaginejohnyoko.com

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Lennon's on sale again

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Amazon in the UK have listed the upcoming Imagine releases, and here's what they have to say about it:
On October 5, Universal Music celebrates the apex of John Lennon’s solo career with a six-disc box set, Imagine – The Ultimate Collection. This historical, remixed and remastered 140-track collection is fully authorized by Yoko Ono Lennon who oversaw the production and creative direction. Spread across four CDs and two Blu-ray discs, this truly unique expanded edition offers a variety of listening experiences that are at once immersive and intimate, ranging from the brand new Ultimate Mixes of the iconic album, which reveal whole new levels of sonic depth, definition and clarity to these timeless songs, to the Raw Studio Mixes that allow listeners to hear Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band’s original, unadorned performances, to enveloping 5.1 surround sound mixes, and a Quadrasonic Album Mix, presenting the original four speaker mix remastered in Quadrasonic sound for the first time in nearly fifty years. This ultimate deep listening experience, which features scores of previously unheard demos, rare outtakes and isolated track elements, also includes The Evolution Documentary, a unique track-by-track audio montage that details the journey of each song from demo to master recording via instructions, rehearsals, recordings, multitrack exploration and studio chatter. The comprehensive nature of the full Imagine – The Ultimate Collection is the absolute best representation of a career artist working at the top of his creative game. imagine - the ultimate deep listening experience

Imagine will also be released in concurrent multiple physical and digital configurations including as a 2CD Deluxe Edition, 1CD remaster, and 2LP 180 gram heavyweight black vinyl edition.

ultimate collection super deluxe box


IMAGINE ULTIMATE COLLECTION SUPER DELUXE BOX (4 CD+ 2 BD)
Track Listings
Disc: 1
Remixed Stereo Album
1. Imagine
2. Crippled Inside
3. Jealous Guy
4. It's So Hard
5. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die
6. Gimme Some Truth
7. Oh My Love
8. How Do You Sleep?
9. How?
10. Oh Yoko!

Remixed Singles and Extras
11. Power To The People
12. Well... (Baby Please Don't Go)
13. God Save Us
14. Do The Oz
15. God Save Oz
16. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Disc: 2
Elements Mixes
1. Imagine (strings only)
2. Jealous Guy (piano, bass & drums)
3. Oh My Love (vocals only)
4. How? (strings only)

Album Outtakes
5. Imagine (demo)
6. Imagine (take 1)
7. Crippled Inside (take 3)
8. Crippled Inside (take 6 - alt guitar solo)
9. Jealous Guy (take 9)
10. It's So Hard (take 6)
11. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (take 11)
12. Gimme Some Truth (take 4)
13. Oh My Love (take 6)
14. How Do You Sleep? (takes 1 & 2)
15. How? (take 31)
16. Oh Yoko! (Bahamas 1969)

Singles Outtakes
17. Power To The People (take 7)
18. God Save Us (demo)
19. Do The Oz (take 3)
20. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (alt mix)

Disc: 3
Extended Album Tracks and Raw
1. Imagine (take 10)
2. Crippled Inside (take 6)
3. Jealous Guy (take 29)
4. It's So Hard (take 11)
5. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die
6. Gimme Some Truth (take 4 - extended)
7. Oh My Love (take 20)
8. How Do You Sleep? (take 11 - extended)
9. How? (take 40)
10. Oh Yoko! (take 1 extended)

Outtakes Live
11. Imagine (take 1)
12. Jealous Guy (take 11)
13. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (take 21)
14. How Do You Sleep? (take 1)
15. How Do You Sleep? (takes 5 & 6)

Disc: 4
Evolution (from demo to final mix)
1. Imagine
2. Crippled Inside
3. Jealous Guy
4. It's So Hard
5. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die
6. Gimme Some Truth
7. Oh My Love
8. How Do You Sleep?
9. How?
10. Oh Yoko!

Disc: 5 (BLU RAY 1)
Remixed Stereo Album, Singles, Extras , 5.1. Quadrasonic & Outtakes
1. Imagine
2. Crippled Inside
3. Jealous Guy
4. It's So Hard
5. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die
6. Gimme Some Truth
7. Oh My Love
8. How Do You Sleep?
9. How?
10. Oh Yoko!
11. Power To The People
12. Well... (Baby Please Don't Go)
13. God Save Us
14. Do The Oz
15. God Save Oz
16. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
17. Imagine (Quadrasonic Mix)
18. Crippled Inside (Quadrasonic Mix)
19. Jealous Guy (Quadrasonic Mix)
20. It's So Hard (Quadrasonic Mix)
21. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (Quadrasonic Mix)
22. Gimme Some Truth (Quadrasonic Mix)
23. Oh My Love (Quadrasonic Mix)
24. How Do You Sleep? (Quadrasonic Mix)
25. How? (Quadrasonic Mix)
26. Oh Yoko! (Quadrasonic Mix)
27. Imagine (demo)
28. Imagine (take 1)
29. Crippled Inside (take 3)
30. Crippled Inside (take 6 alt guitar solo)
31. Jealous Guy (take 9)
32. It's So Hard (take 6)
33. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (take 11)
34. Gimme Some Truth (take 4)
35. Oh My Love (take 6)
36. How Do You Sleep? (takes 1 & 2)
37. How? (take 31)
38. Oh Yoko! (Bahamas 1969)
39. Power To The People (take 7)
40. God Save Us (demo)
41. Do The Oz (take 3)
42. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (alt mix)

Disc: 6 (BLU RAY 2)
Extended Album Versions Live, Outtakes Live, Elements Mixes, Evolution, Elliot Mintz Interviews
1. Imagine (take 10) (Raw Studio Mix)
2. Crippled Inside (take 6) (Raw Studio Mix)
3. Jealous Guy (take 29) (Raw Studio Mix)
4. It's So Hard (take 11) (Raw Studio Mix)
5. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (take 4 extended) (Raw Studio Mix)
6. Gimme Some Truth (take 4 extended) (Raw Studio Mix)
7. Oh My Love (take 20) (Raw Studio Mix)
8. How Do You Sleep? (take 11 extended) (Raw Studio Mix)
9. How? (take 40) (Raw Studio Mix)
10. Oh Yoko! (take 1 extended) (Raw Studio Mix)
11. Imagine (take 1) (Raw Studio Mix)
12. Crippled Inside (take 2) (Raw Studio Mix)
13. Crippled Inside (take 6 alt guitar solo) (Raw Studio Mix)
14. Jealous Guy (take 11) (Raw Studio Mix)
15. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (take 21) (Raw Studio Mix)
16. How Do You Sleep? (take 1) (Raw Studio Mix)
17. How Do You Sleep? (takes 5 & 6) (Raw Studio Mix)
18. How? (takes 7 - 10) (Raw Studio Mix)
19. How? (take 40 alt vocal) (Raw Studio Mix)
20. Oh Yoko! (take 1 tracking vocal) (Raw Studio Mix)
21. Imagine (Elements Mix)
22. Crippled Inside (Elements Mix)
23. Jealous Guy (Elements Mix)
24. It's So Hard (Elements Mix)
25. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (Elements Mix)
26. Gimme Some Truth (Elements Mix)
27. Oh My Love (Elements Mix)
28. How Do You Sleep? (Elements Mix)
29. How? (Elements Mix)
30. Oh Yoko! (Elements Mix)
31. Imagine (Evolution)
32. Crippled Inside (Evolution)
33. Jealous Guy (Evolution)
34. It's So Hard (Evolution)
35. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (Evolution)
36. Gimme Some Truth (Evolution)
37. Oh My Love (Evolution)
38. How Do You Sleep? (Evolution)
39. How? (Evolution)
40. Oh Yoko! (Evolution)
41. Power To The People (Evolution)
42. Well... (Baby Please Don't Go) (Evolution)
43. God Save Us/God Save Oz (Evolution)
44. Do The Oz (Evolution)
45. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (Evolution)
46. Tittenhurst Park (Evolution)
47. Imagine John & Yoko - The Elliot Mintz interviews

plain old deluxe


IMAGINE ULTIMATE COLLECTION DELUXE EDITION (2 CD)
Disc: 1
Remixed Stereo Album
1. Imagine
2. Crippled Inside
3. Jealous Guy
4. It's So Hard
5. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die
6. Gimme Some Truth
7. Oh My Love
8. How Do You Sleep?
9. How?
10. Oh Yoko!

Remixed Singles and Extras
11. Power To The People
12. Well... (Baby Please Don't Go)
13. God Save Us
14. Do The Oz
15. God Save Oz
16. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Disc: 2
Elements Mixes
1. Imagine (strings only)
2. Jealous Guy (piano, bass & drums)
3. Oh My Love (vocals only)
4. How? (strings only)

Album Outtakes
5. Imagine (demo)
6. Imagine (take 1)
7. Crippled Inside (take 3)
8. Crippled Inside (take 6 - alt guitar solo)
9. Jealous Guy (take 9)
10. It's So Hard (take 6)
11. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die (take 11)
12. Gimme Some Truth (take 4)
13. Oh My Love (take 6)
14. How Do You Sleep? (takes 1 & 2)
15. How? (take 31)
16. Oh Yoko! (Bahamas 1969)

Singles Outtakes
17. Power To The People (take 7)
18. God Save Us (demo)
19. Do The Oz (take 3)
20. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (alt mix)

just the new remixed album


IMAGINE ULTIMATE COLLECTION (1 CD)
Remixed Stereo Album
1. Imagine
2. Crippled Inside
3. Jealous Guy
4. It's So Hard
5. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die
6. Gimme Some Truth
7. Oh My Love
8. How Do You Sleep?
9. How?
10. Oh Yoko!

Preorder links Amazon UK:
Super Deluxe
Deluxe
Single disc