Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Two new books

Brian Southall's "White album" book.
A couple of new books have come our way, from Brian Southall and Peter Checksfield.

The first one of these, "The White Album: The Album, The Beatles and the World in 1968" by Brian Southall is divided in two parts, one part is specifically about the Beatles and their "White album", the second about world events in that revolutionary year in history. Southall was EMI's head of press for a number of years, and earlier Beatles related books of his has been "Abbey Road: The Story of the World's Most Famous Recording Studio" from 1982, "Beatles Memorabilia: The Julian Lennon Collection" from 2010 and last year he also wrote a book about the Sgt Pepper album. This new book is the second in this new series.

The sections, known as A-side and B-side are described like this: A-side: Definitive guide to the album, the recording and the events surrounding it. B-side: The political situation that was unfolding as the band drew inspiration from the world around them, and also looks at all the aspects of the album, including artwork, influence and legacy.

The chapter about the artwork for the album.

The book is richly illustrated with around 150 colour and black and white photos, hardcover, 192 pages and is published by Carlton books. The foreword is written by Chris Thomas, the de facto producer of many of the "White album" songs while George Martin was away on vacation.

Another illustration from the book.

The other book is a totally different beast. A giant tome in soft covers, detailing television appearances by pop artists and groups from the UK: "Channelling The Beat!: The Ultimate Guide to UK '60s Pop on TV" is not illustrated at all, but is a handy (albeit heavy) reference book to quickly find some TV appearance when you need to.

Peter Checksfield's book has forewords by some of the artists who appear in the book.
The Beatles are represented with a chapter detailing their television appearances, but that's already been written about by Mark Lewisohn in his "The Complete "Beatles" Chronicle" as well as by Volker Path and Jorg Piper in their "The Beatles - Film & Tv Chronicle 1961 - 1970". So this book will mostly be finding an audience who wants to know more about all the other British sixties artists and groups who appeared on television. Performances that survive either in an official capacity or circulate among collectors are noted when known.

Sample page from the book
Profiled are over 150 artists of the era. These include the post ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll of Cliff Richard, Adam Faith and The Tornados; the beat explosion of The Beatles, The Tremeloes and Herman’s Hermits; the rhythm ‘n’ blues of The Rolling Stones, The Pretty Things and The Who; and the psychedelia of The Pink Floyd, Procol Harum and Traffic, not forgetting the girl singers such as Cilla Black, Billie Davis and Dusty Springfield.Amongst the 100’s of legendary shows featured are the UK’s "Ready, Steady, Go!", "Top of The Pops" and "Thank Your Lucky Stars", the US’s "The Ed Sullivan Show", "Shindig!" and "Hullabaloo", Europe’s "Beat Club", "Popside" and "Twien", and lots more.
The first page of The Beatles
With more than 700 pages, this independently published book will be of help to any writer about the pop culture of the sixties, and of course a valued source for fans of the music. Although a regular contributor to the Record Collector magazine, this is Pete's first book.  Also, check out his website:

Via a movie short called ‘Look At Life – Sound Of A City’, colour footage shot at a taping of "Ready Steady Go" survives The programme itself was never taped or shown in colour.

RIP, Stan Lee

Stan Lee with Marvel's Beatles Story.
November 12, 2018, 95 year old Stan Lee passed away, the year after his British-born wife had died. Born in 1922, Lee was the brains behind the Marvel Comics many superheroes, co-creating many of the characters which today are well known movie and TV heroes, like Spider-Man, the X-Men, The Avengers and Daredevil.

For years, the Beatles made cameo appearances in Marvel Comics, and in 1978, Marvel published the Beatles' story in comic book form.

The Beatles Story
David Anthony Kraft wrote the script and the drawings were done by a couple of future superstar artists: George Perez and Klaus Janson.

Back in 2005, Stan suggested a collaboration for Ringo. Stan the man wanted to make a superhero of him. It was going to be an animated series, which Ringo would voice. The two of them made headlines that day, but nothing came of it. At the time, Stan said: "Ringo is beloved worldwide for his commitment to people and his singular wit. Our Ringo superhero character will combine these qualities, along with secret powers which people generally didn’t know about because he has kept them secret, until now."

In 2012, Stan remembered what happened: "We were going to do something together--an animated cartoon, he wanted to be a superhero. Ringo, you're a sweet guy--you ain't no superhero. But we were going to come up with something funny. The best thing that came out of it was that we took a photo where I'm playing the drums and he's reading Spider-Man. We had four or five meetings. I had a bunch of ideas, he didn't like 'em--he had a bunch of ideas that were horrible! We just didn't make it. We're good friends, but we've never done anything."

Ringo reads up on Spider-Man as Stan Lee takes care of the drums.

Apparently, Stan had pitched the same idea to Paul McCartney. Paul said this when remembering Stan: "I was  lucky enough to meet him. He came over to my office and we sat around for a while chatting about comic books and my admiration for his work. Actually he was suggesting making a superhero who would wield a Höfner bass guitar. The guitar would have super powers and we spent some time imaging what those could be. He had a great sense of humour and I must say the idea of becoming a guitar wielding superhero in one of his comic books was very appealing."

Paul McCartney and Stan Lee met up again during Superbowl

McCartney, who was the comic book fan among the Beatles, once composed a song featuring two Marvel characters, "Magneto and Titanium Man".

Wings performed "Magneto and Titanium Man" during their world tour of 1975-76 featuring Jack Kirby's drawings as backdrop.
Beginning with the first Spider-Man film in 2002, Stan Lee has made cameos in Marvel films, the last of which was in the current movie, "Venom". This was actually part of his contract, a special clause in the agreement specifies that Stan must appear in any film based on one of his characters.

Pop culture wouldn't have been what it is today without Stan "the man" Lee. Excelsior!

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

NPR Music: Interview with Giles Martin

In this interview with Giles Martin, you'll hear some of the early demos, outtakes and remixes. But he begins by describing the process of making of the "The White Album," how it turned out to be a much-less planned and much more organic process than ever, and how that frustrated George Martin.

Ringo: On the road, new book and award

Ringo announces his plans.
Press release:


Ringo’s new book Another Day In the Life, his third with Genesis Publications, to be released in Limited Edition and available in November 2018 and wide to follow in April 2019

Monday November 12, 2018 – Today Sir Ringo Starr announced tour plans for 2019 with his All Starr Band, featuring Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette and the return of All Starr alum Hamish Stuart.

The first leg begins in March with one US show at Harrah’s Resort Southern California on March 21st before the band head to Japan, starting in Fukuoka on March 27th and ending April 11th in Osaka (full dates listed below). August 2019 marks the 30th Anniversary of Ringo and His All Starr Band and they will hit the road for a celebratory tour which will kick off at Caesar's in Windsor on August 1st and then head to Ravinia near Chicago, Illinois to play two shows with the Beach Boys August 3rd and 4th and two shows at Nashville’s historic Ryman in Tennessee on August 7th and 8th. The tour will conclude September 1st at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California, nearly 30 years to the day when the inaugural All Starrs completed their first tour on September 3, 1989. (A full itinerary will be announced soon).

This month Another Day In The Life, Ringo’s third book with Genesis Publications, will be released in Limited Edition, while the hard cover will available in wide release in April 2019. Pre-orders for the limited edition can be made at Following in the series that began with the sell-out success of Postcards From The Boys (2003) and Photograph (2013), this book will include previously unpublished photographs, captioned with Ringo’s observations and anecdotes. Reflecting his love of music, travel and nature, Another Day In The Life shows us the world as seen through Ringo’s eyes. From Los Angeles to Tokyo and everywhere in between, many of Ringo’s observational images celebrate the quirkiness of life.

November will also see Ringo honored when he receives the Humanitarian Award from the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF on “Giving Tuesday,” November 27, 2019 at their annual Snowflake Ball in New York City (see below for more information).

In a fitting comment taken from his upcoming book, Ringo wrote, "It's about changing one second so that people think peace and love, it's something I learned from the Maharishi. If you do something for good, the trees, the grass, the whole planet will support you - you're always loved. I live in that world."

That message of universal Peace & Love has become synonymous with Ringo, who has for over 10 years celebrated his birthday with a Peace & Love event. This July 7, 2019 will see it return to Los Angeles, and further details will be announced soon.

Ringo and His All Starr Band Tour -- Japan Dates:

Wed Mar 27 Sun Palace Hall, Fukuoka, Japan
Fri Mar 29 Uenogakuen, Hiroshima, Japan
Mon Apr 1 Tokyo Electron Hall Miyagi Sendai Japan
Tue Apr 2 Shimin Center, Koriyama, Japan
Wed Apr 3 Hitomi Kinen Kodo, Tokyo, Japan
Fri Apr 5 Dome City Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Tue Apr 9 Zepp, Nagoya, Japan
Wed Apr 10 Archaic Hall, Japan, Osaka
Thu Apr 11 Orix Theatre, Osaka, Japan

For more information please visit:

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

The Beatles' YouTube event

YouTube Music is collaborating with Universal Music and Apple Corps Ltd. to host an evening dedicated to The Beatles. The panel event - set to be streamed live from London on The Beatles YouTube channel at 7pm GMT on Wednesday 7th November - will feature commentary and insights from Giles Martin, the Grammy Award®-winning producer of the White Album’s new anniversary edition; Dan Stubbs, Commissioning Editor for the NME; Felix White, former guitarist of The Maccabees; Andy Bell, guitarist of Ride; Miles Kane, soloist & singer from The Last Shadow Puppets and Georgie Rogers, presenter, DJ; and music journalist from BBC 6 Music, Soho Radio and Foundation FM.

The panel will be moderated by Matt Everitt of BBC 6 Music and Miles Kane will also share a live, solo acoustic performance of "I’m So Tired".

During the discussion and Q&A, the expert panel will delve into the White Album’s newly remixed and expanded anniversary edition, the album’s songs and musical ambition, its continued influence in contemporary music, and whether such an album could be created in today’s musical landscape.

In addition, there will be live commentary from The Beatles YouTube channel so fans around the world can get their questions answered by the panel.

Link: The Beatles official YouTube Channel

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Review of the DeLuxe Edition of The Beatles' "White Album"

The Beatles
Yesterday, Marshall M. Fish published a web article with his review of The White Album Super Deluxe Edition box set. Here's a link to the article: review.

The review doesn't really go into details, it just gives an overview of what comprises the boxed set, describing what the Esher demos are, what constitute the Sessions discs and what the book is like.

One thing left unmentioned is the surround sound mix, but you can find Mark Smotroff's review of this here. Part two of Smotroff's review is about the outtakes and demos, you'll find that review here. And part three, dealing with the new stereo remix is to be found here.

The Super DeLuxe 50the Anniversary Edition 

Don't forget to "tune in" to The Beatles' official YouTube channel tomorrow, Wednesday 7th at GMT!

Friday, 2 November 2018

Glass Onion - 2018 mix

A couple of days ago, The Beatles published a teaser for the new "Glass Onion" video, which at the time was accessible only from Apple Music. Yesterday they published the video in full on YouTube.

Rather a clever video, based on the white album poster. So, what do you think about the new stereo mix of the song? As a bonus, here are some other versions:

This request was posted on The Beatles' Facebook page today.

The Tokyo police film

The Beatles in Tokyo, 1966.
It certainly looks like the police making security films around rock concerts was in vogue in 1966. So far we've seen police films around the Munich, Essen and Hamburg concerts of The Beatles, and now it seems we're in for a Tokyo police film as well.

In a news story from Japan Times, it is reported that a group of fans lost a battle to release such a film uncensored. The police wanted to blur everyone's faces, except for the Beatles themselves, before releasing the film.
Here are some quotes from the news story:

The superfans took their battle for the film — recorded by police as a security measure — all the way to the Supreme Court, arguing it was a "historical document."
Police had offered to release the footage, reportedly about 35 minutes long, but only after blurring the faces of everyone in the film except the Beatles, citing privacy reasons.
Two lower courts backed the police against a group of citizens from Nagoya who wanted the entire film released uncensored, saying it would be almost impossible to identify people in the footage more than 50 years later.
But the long and winding legal battle ended last week when the Supreme Court rejected their argument, the group announced.
A lawyer for the group seeking the footage said it would have huge historical significance for Beatles enthusiasts.
"It is a document that should be made available from a historical standpoint," lawyer Satoshi Shinkai told the Asahi Shimbun daily.

This news story made headlines in Japan, helped by the fact that Paul McCartney is currently holding four concerts in the country.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

When limited is really limited

Paul McCartney and Wings - 1971–73 Limited Edition Box Set
Remember when we used to laugh about the notion of limited edition releases? We laughed mainly because when the "limited edition" Traveling Wilburys CD boxed set of 2007 sold out everywhere, the record company simply pressed up another bunch, quite indistinguishable from the first run! A third pressing shifted the box colour from grey to blue.

We laughed at the Record Stores Day "limited" editions which are still available from online shops, years after the initial release!

RSD release of the classic Long Tall Sally EP

However, latecomers to last year's release of the Christmas singles collection found that they had waited too long, at that it really had been a limited release.
Last Christmas you could buy this boxed set of Beatles Christmas singles.
The boxed set is currently being resold at inflated prices, acts as a reseller and has it available for $132,45.

Wings Over Europe
Lately, we have found that the upcoming boxed set from Wings featuring both the DeLuxe Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway, plus a CD and assorted items to commemorate Wings' 1972 tour of Europe is largely unavailable, even at this pre-ordering stage.

Wings Over Europe boxed set
The limited edition boxed set have been available to preorder from Musicvaultz Canada, and UDiscover in Great Britain and Germany, as well as from the official USA Paul McCartney store, priced at $399.98. As far as we can understand, this boxed set will not be available through physical stores, and only from Universal Music, who are also running the official Paul McCartney online stores.

However, currently it seems that it's sold out from three of these locations, the exception being the USA shop. Readers from Europe have informed us that they have been able to order from the US shop, as long as they select payment by Paypal.

However, the UK UDiscover Store has it as "First edition - sold out", indicating that perhaps a second edition will eventually be made available.
UPDATE: The US Paul McCartney Store now has the same status.
Paul McCartney US Shop (USD $399.98 - in stock)
Musicvaultz Canada (CAD $554.99 - Sold out)
UDiscover Great Britain (GBP £319.99 First edition - sold out)
UDiscover Germany (EUR 369,99€ Sold out)

Last Night But Two!

In one of the comments of our recent blog post about the Furore magazine, someone was asking for a picture of the 'Mr Kite' poster. Piet Schreuders has kindly sent us his image of the poster, as pieced together by lots of photos he took while visiting the John & Yoko Double Fantasy exhibition in Liverpool. The poster is displayed in a glass box in a dimly lit corner of the museum. It is quite impossible to take close-ups of it, due to the glass box, and even the poster itself is framed in glass which reflects its surroundings. When Schreuders visited the Museum of Liverpool in August, he took about 50 pictures of it, and this is a composite of those.

The original poster, as photographed by Piet Schreuders.
As we all know, the poster advertises 'The last night but three' of Pablo Fanques' Circus in Town-Meadows, Rochdale. Schreuders was wondering whether other posters of that week's performances might have survived, even though that despite a worldwide interest to find one, none had come to light for 51 years. But then he found this, a poster of the same circus in the same town, two days later, February 16th, 1843 -- the Last Night But Two!

Last night but two! poster found by Piet Schreuders
Depicted in the Furore magazine, who has kindly given us permission to post these pictures. Coincidentally, and possibly unknown to Lennon, the engraver who made the woodblocks depicting the acrobats was a fellow Liverpudlian, Thomas Fife.

In order to fully appreciate these vintage posters, you should click on the images to make them bigger, and by right-clicking them and selecting "open in another window" you will also be able to study the details even closer.

The size of the original "Benefit of Mister Kite" poster is 530 x 270 mm (including the frame), and the reproduction poster included with the super DeLuxe Sgt Pepper edition from last year is a bit smaller, but keep the proportions of the original, which none of the earlier reproductions managed to do.

This blog has pursued the tales of this circus poster earlier, here are links to two of our stories:
2012 Mister Kite - poster recreated
2017 Mister Kite reproduction poster

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Beatles for geeks

Furore #24, January 2019.
The other day I was sent a highly interesting Beatles magazine. Interesting for geeks like me, I mean. Furore is a gazette compiled and designed by Piet Schreuders and published at highly irregular intervals since 1975. Issue number 24, with publication date January 2019 is a Beatles special. You may remember Piet Schreuders as the co-writer of The Beatles' London as well as from a recent film he compiled of Beatles locations in Stockholm, Sweden. As you understand, Piet is interested in "then and now" pictures of historic locations. Endorsed by Mark Lewisohn, who has also written one of the articles in the magazine, here's what he says: "The world’s most interesting publication dedicates an entire issue to the world’s most interesting subject, and approaches it from the most oblique and fascinating angles. There’s something for everyone here. Don’t be shy – buy."
The contents of this Beatles special:

  • COVER STORY – Andre Barreau describes the exact spot where Fiona Adams photographed the Twist and Shout cover picture;
  • Mark Lewisohn writes about the jobs the Beatles had before they were Beatles;
  • Lucas Ligtenberg and Piet Schreuders describe the unforgettable canal tour of Amsterdam, 6 June 1964, and reveal who jumped onto the Beatles’ boat;
  • The original poster of ‘Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!’ is finally on public view, take a look at the various reimaginations of the poster and see how they compare with the original.
  • Har van Fulpen studies the Beatles’ signatures, real and almost real;
  • Piet Schreuders revisits the beach near Weston-super-Mare where Dezo Hoffmann created his classic Beatles photos;
  • The photo sources of Richard Hamilton’s ‘White Album’ poster revealed;
  • How The Analogues re-created ‘Revolution 9’;
  • Piet Schreuders shows some of his ‘then-and-now’ photos he made for The Beatles’ London and Adam Smith picks out a few memories of this immortal project

Spread from magazine
116 pages – full colour – GBP 15 / USD 19.50 / EUR 16,95 / JPY 2200

Ordering: Furore

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

The Lennon McCartney fake romance

Real photo of John and Paul. Photo: David Bailey
Someone out there on the internet has an agenda: to make the Lennon-McCartney relationship closer than it was. I have no clue why, but this is equivalent to fan fiction, only done by editing photos. Typically, a photo of John and Paul standing together will be edited by moving them closer to each other. And sometimes very close, like the following example:
Real photo of John and Paul in the studio, singing into the same microphone.

Someone's wet dream, accomplished by photo editing.
This photo spreads like wildfire on social media and Pinterest. The latter is also usually the culprit when people are posting photos with a wrong caption. When you image search with Google, photos from Pinterest will show up with a caption or quote taken from another photo on the same Pinterest board.
But let's stick with the topic, here's another example:

Top: real photo, bottom: same photo, edited.
We have nothing against gays here, but we are against fakery unexplained. And that's the trouble with these photos, they are usually presented without any explanation and people who are not used to seeing the originals are fooled. I have come across several of the faked photos in this blog post on Facebook, where the person who posted has believed them to be real. Fortunately, the Facebook groups I have seen them in have had experienced fans pointing out that there's something wrong with the picture.

A magazine cutting, photo taken at the George V Hotel near the Champs Elysées, Paris, France, 1965.

Ringo obscured because the photo enthusiast wanted to bring Paul closer to John.
I started out writing about the Beatles to correct mistakes and myths. The Beatles history is full of myths, which has been corrected by later accounts by either members of the band, people who were close to them or historians with documented proof. And yet, the myths just continue. Why? Both because some myths make better stories than the truth and because the people in general are not likely to read articles that expose the myths as untrue. Still, I keep on fighting this losing battle, which is why I am posting this.

Photo taken during the filming of Strawberry Fields Forever

Fakery of same.
This particular direction in the world of Beatles fan fiction is called "McLennon", so you'll find more examples if you do an internet search for that. Fan fiction usually resides at internet sites like Tumblr and Deviantart and their like. Places that often contain wonderful images, but when they go astray like this, people are taking them at face value.

Yes I know, by posting these photos here, even more people are going to spread them via their Pinterest boards etc without any comment. Yet, I urge you to, whenever you find one of these images that tries to imply a Lennon-McCartney romance, comment by posting a link to this blog post. I even made a shortened link for you to use:
See what I did there? Thank you.

If you want to suggest that something was going on, there's always real photos to choose from.

Monday, 29 October 2018

The Beatles "White Album" Super DeLuxe - What's new?

Mike Carrera finds out what's new on the new super deluxe edition of The Beatles' "White album"
This is a quick fan review from the forthcoming Box Set The Beatles (aka The White Album) Super Deluxe Edition, focusing only on disks 3-6  containing the demos and outtakes versus what’s been already out on past official and bootleg releases. We'll see what’s new and what’s not.

By Mike Carrera

Esher demos: The bootleg version in circulation is an off-line recording made by George to John so there are some ambient noises sometimes and chats between George, Paul and John before, during or after some demos not heard on the 2018 master tapes mixes. The 2018 edition of the Esher tapes are all way better in terms of audio quality, and they are also all in stereo, where bootleg editions were all in mono. So, disregarding audio quality, we are comparing this official release with the best bootleg of Esher demos, and also with the versions officially released on "Anthology 3". We have found that in some cases, you will need to hang on to your bootleg edition, in order to have an as complete as possible representation of the track in question:


Disc 3:

  1. Back In The U.S.S.R. (Esher Demo) 3:00
Same as on bootleg.

  2. Dear Prudence (Esher Demo) 4:47
Partially NEW. Two seconds longer here than on bootlegs, the initial chord heard at the intro is slightly longer.

  3. Glass Onion (Esher Demo) 1:55
Partially NEW. Completely different mix from "Anthology 3", John’s talk heard at the intro on the right channel on CD 1 of the third Anthology volume has been mixed out here. The mix done by George Martin with the two overdubs can be heard on the left and right channel, while on this new mix it’s all more centred. The end is new, John can be heard singing something like “Chicago, Chicago”.

  4. Ob La Di Ob La Da (Esher Demo) 3:10
Three seconds longer on bootlegs, and at the end we can hear Paul and George talking - but this comes from the off-line recording while they were doing the copy for John, so it’s not part of the actual demo.

  5. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill (Esher Demo) 2:40
The bootleg version runs 2:54, here in the new mix the intro chat is slightly edited plus all the end: John continuing singing after the song has ended and Paul and George talking.

  6. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Esher Demo) 2:41
Partially NEW. George’s count-in is new, but the bootleg version (which runs 2:35) has an organ overdub and post ambient noise (Paul humming and George talking in the background) and this new version has the organ mixed out, but at the end you can hear it very low with it headphones. It seems the unedited bootleg version comes when they did the organ overdub while the tape was running, because if we listen closely while Paul is humming, the tape continues without any editing signal and the same organ now continues with a few notes, before overdubbing the next song on the original tape: “Circles”.

  7. Happiness Is A Warm Gun (Esher Demo) 1:55
NEW. Here is the unheard double tracked demo for the first time. John doesn’t catch some phrases with his first vocal track at some points or sings in different keys and adds extra verses at the end and also extra guitar notes. Very interesting. The "Anthology 3" version is the single vocal and single guitar track running 2:14 that also has a false start not present in the new mix, but lacks the second vocal with additional verses from John.

  8. I'm So Tired (Esher Demo) 3:08
The demo length is the same here as on bootlegs, but on the latter we can hear some chat from George at the end, three seconds longer than this 2018 mix.

  9. Blackbird (Esher Demo) 2:33
Even though this and the bootleg start at the same time, on the bootleg you can hear some chat from George and a comment “Ok Mal” and Paul saying “ok?” as well as some extra noise. But on this new mix, those bits were erased from the left channel as we can hear at 0:07 the sound coming in from left channel that was covered with “hiss” during the first seconds.

  10. Piggies (Esher Demo) 2:03
Partially NEW. George’s first “One” count-in is new, he then start again with “One, Two…” but at the end on the bootleg version we can hear George saying “living Piggie lives” and some extra noise of some background tape or distorted guitar. The bootleg version is 2:06. The official edit on "Anthology 3" was in mono, but like all the other Esher demos here, this is also presented in stereo. 

  11. Rocky Raccoon (Esher Demo) 2:41
This new mix and the bootleg are the same versions, but on the bootleg there's an additional 16 seconds at the end, of some chat between John and George.

  12. Julia (Esher Demo) 3:54
Partially NEW. The first two seconds here are new: John saying “Hellooo Paul”. On the bootleg version at the very end we can hear some birds that were cut out on this new mix, but at the intro and again after Paul says “OK” you can hear some birds as well (at least if you listen through headphones).

  13. Yer Blues (Esher Demo) 3:29
Two extra seconds at the end on the bootleg version allow us to hear John talking, whereas on this new mix he's missing.

  14. Mother Nature's Son (Esher Demo) 2:22
There seem to be no differences between this and the bootleg.

  15. Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (Esher Demo) 3:01
The bootleg version has some post song chat from Paul, but the rest is the same.

  16. Sexy Sadie (Esher Demo) 2:24
The bootleg version runs 2:29 and there are extra noises when the song ends, some guitar noise or amp, and George coughing.

  17. Revolution (Esher Demo) 4:04
The bootleg version starts with one extra second on the intro (a guitar string noise is heard), and the end is 10 seconds longer (and this 2018 mix has an early fade out) while the song is still playing it's final chords and John is singing at least three more times “all right” while also fading out, but not as early as in this new mix.

  18. Honey Pie (Esher Demo) 1:57
There seems to be no differences between this and the bootleg.

  19. Cry Baby Cry (Esher Demo) 2:25
No differences between this and the bootleg - but on the latter we can hear in the background some ambient noises and chat at the end, and a sound of a harmonium or organ but it’s not part of this song, still interesting to hear a different tape of the ‘Esher demos’ although not with the same quality as the 2018 mix.

  20. Sour Milk Sea (Esher Demo) 3:41
NEW. A huge surprise to find out we are getting a new and unheard demo of this song, completely different from the bootleg. Here is a double tracked vocal acoustic demo (with percussion from Ringo(?) and handclaps) lasting 3:41 with different vocals from George, different count in and different end while the bootleg version lasts 3:25 and is a also a double tracked vocal demo with acoustic guitar, tambourine, bass and some electric guitar fill ins. Also the bootleg has extra 21 seconds of post chat between George and John.

  21. Junk (Esher Demo) 2:34
John’s final comment is slightly longer here than the bootleg version, otherwise no differences.

  22. Child Of Nature (Esher Demo) 2:35
No differences between this and the bootleg.

  23. Circles (Esher Demo) 2:15
Partially NEW. The “one” from George’s initial count-in is missing here while it’s complete on the bootleg. The bootleg also includes two stray organ notes before (while Paul is talking) and also another one just when George counts in “two”. Paul’s voice can also be heard after the count-in of “three”, but all of this was erased in creating this new mix. The organ overdub is more prominent on the bootleg but this official mix has an almost perfect and clear vocal (double tracked) mix not heard before. The organ’s final chord is slightly faded out in the 2018 mix while it’s complete and with a few seconds of post chat on bootleg. After hearing the bootleg version and this official mix, we can assume what we have on bootleg is a copy of the organ overdub live on top of what was recorded earlier, while the 2018 version is a final mix not available before.

  24. Mean Mr Mustard (Esher Demo) 2:03
Partially NEW. A completely different mix from the one available on "Anthology 3", here everything is more centred (mostly vocals) while on "Anthology" we can hear the original demo on the left channel and overdubs with double vocal on the right channel. The 2018 mix is six seconds longer, with some extra chat from John and tape noises.

  25. Polythene Pam (Esher Demo) 1:25
A completely different mix from the one available on "Anthology 3", contrary to "Mean Mr. Mustard", the two vocal tracks are separated here (left channel original demo, right channel overdub) but more clear on "Anthology 3". It’s two seconds longer now, without the fade out.

  26. Not Guilty (Esher Demo) 3:04
Since the bootleg tape comes from an off-line recording, we can hear some comments from George and John from time to time on the very background, while on this 2018 mix it’s a perfect recording but the end is complete on the bootleg, because it's five seconds longer (we can hear Paul? And John chatting and also an extra guitar note).

  27. What's The New Mary Jane (Esher Demo) 2:40
Partially NEW. The count-in from John is truncated on the bootleg (One/ee/Four) while it’s complete here (One, two, three, four), other than that, there is nothing new. At the end of the tape on the bootleg version there is a click from a tape being stopped, this is not present on the new mix but it’s not part of the demo, but an ambient noise when George was copying the tape for John (we presume?)
George and Ringo during a break in the studio sessions. Photo: © Copyright Apple Corps Ltd.


Disc 4:

  1. Revolution 1 (Take 18) 10:26
NEW. The basic take (drums, guitar and piano) that was used to create the final version, at this stage this take has many overdubs recorded: double tracked vocals by John, mellotron, a bass and many electronic sounds and Yoko’s tape also heard at the end, some bits from this take including John’s screams were used in ‘Revolution No 9’, but still misses the distinctive guitar overdub all through the song. We can note that the “Take Two” heard on the intro is not coming from any “take two”, it actually says “Can I take two?”. This take 18 are without any backing vocals from Paul and George. At 07:35 Paul starts singing “Love Me Do”. Take 20 RM1 is available on bootleg and comes from this very same take when it was bounced to another 4-track tape but adds some extra overdubs (backing vocals, extra tape loops effects, the unused “Mama, Dada” chorus, another John vocal, etc)

  2. A Beginning (Take 4)/ 0:55
Partially NEW. The same take is already available on "Anthology 3", where it's not linked with ‘Don’t Pass Me By’ (so the end is clearer than on this new mix). but here for the first time is the engineer’s announcement  From Take 1 (unlisted) “This is introduction to Ringo’s Don’t Pass Me By ”  and edited together with engineer’s announcement for “Take 4”. The change of sound is very noticeable during the two slates.

  Don't Pass Me By (Take 7) 4:50
NEW. The violin starts on the official version at 00:39, while on this unmixed Take 7 it starts almost right away. There is also no intro on the piano as heard on the official version, here the piano starts directly with the drum beat. The original Take 7 presented here is one minute longer than the released version (3:50) because it doesn’t have one verse edited out on the final mix. The vocal track is the same as the released version also with Artificial Double Tracking (ADT) but we can hear Ringo singing the full end of the song, something that was faded out on the Anthology Version: “I want you to make me happy.. happy… happy…. ‘cause that’s what I want” and linked together with a real surprise: the original title of the song, Ringo is heard at the end saying “This is Some Friendly” while the others are whispering the same. The "Anthology 3" version is more than a minute shorter (2:40) than the official version and more than two minutes shorter than this 2018 outtake.

  3. Blackbird (Take 28) 2:15
NEW. The take runs 1:55 while the rest is Paul talking with George Martin and there is also a female voice heard near the end (Francie Schwartz?) when Paul says that it's better to sing quieter. According to Kevin Howlett, the tape box of this was mislabeled as Take 9 while “Take 4” from "Anthology" is actually Take 23!

  4. Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (Unnumbered Rehearsal) 2:43 
NEW. A real jewel here was discovered while researching for this project, only three minutes survived from this instrumental rehearsal.

  5. Good Night (Unnumbered Rehearsal) 00:39
NEW. Apparently the spoken introduction tryouts done by Ringo were recorded after the next track, another similar (but not the same) tryout is found on the "Anthology" video during the medley of "White Album" outtakes.

  6. Good Night (Take 10 With A Guitar Part From Take 7) 2:31
NEW. With a combination of two takes, a splendid mix with the unused vocal harmonies from John, Paul and George. One of the highlights from this boxed set. But there is actually more than one guitar, Take 7 is a combination of three guitar recordings done by John on top of Take 5.

  7. Good Night (Take 22) 3:46 Partially
NEW. The very same take as used on "Anthology 3", it has a slate and some extra chat at the intro not heard before (the first 15 seconds are new) but the rest of the intro is the same but mixed slightly differently. The "Anthology" take is edited with Take 34 at 1:59 and ends at 2:34 while this is the full Take, lasting more than one minute longer. The liner notes of the "Anthology 3" album mention that this is a rehearsal take, while the new documentations prove that this is Take 22, another survivor of the erasing, along with part of Take 21.

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  8. Ob La Di Ob La Da (Take 3) 2:54
NEW. In the same vein as the very well known “acoustic” version Take 5 also on "Anthology 3" and many bootlegs and the unreleased "Sessions" LP, this is the same take before overdubs but ADT in Paul’s vocal is present and also in some parts a double tracked vocal is heard (during the “Happy ever after in the marketplace” line starting at 2:14), plus backing vocals from John and George doing the “la la las”. What is missing from this Take 3 and present on Take 5 are the congas, saxophones and extra percussion.

  9. Revolution (Unnumbered Rehearsal) 2:16
NEW. Another discovered rehearsal fragment that survives, having been thought erased. Main and backing vocals are already present at this stage including some low “shoo-bee-do-wop” by Paul.

  10. Revolution (Take 14 Instrumental Backing Track) 3:25
NEW. Still to be added piano by Nicky Hopkins and another guitar part by John are not present at this take yet. It also has a slightly different and unedited ending.

  11. Cry Baby Cry (Unnumbered Rehearsal) 3:02
NEW. Also known as “Version one”, another surviving rehearsal tape was found, and just a fragment is presented here. John’s vocal is already present.

  12. Helter Skelter (First Version Take 2) 12:53
Partially NEW. Known as “Version one”, the now very famous slow version of this song sees the light of day being released in full. However, there is fade out involved, so we can’t hear how it actually ends. Kevin Howlett says we can hear this take in it’s entirety lasting 12:49, but it actually continues until 12:53 where there is a fade out. So maybe the third and most famous 27 minute take starts linked after Take 2? Just like Take 2 starts with a jam already in progress (from the end of Take 1?) and six seconds later we can hear the engineers’ “Take two” announcement. The "Anthology 3" version was heavily edited to a total of 4:35 using the “best” parts of this long take.

Long Long Long tape box © Copyright Apple Corps Ltd.
Disc 5:

  1. Sexy Sadie (Take 3) 3:08
NEW. We can hear George singing a few lines of ‘Getting Better’ over the intro. Part of the initial chat between John and George was already available coming from the "Rockband" intros (“How fast John?”, “however you like, you know?.. feel it!), the rest is new and with a fade out at the end, so we can’t hear the actual ending.

  2. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Acoustic Version Take 2) 3:02
NEW. An undocumented second take on the session tape box was discovered for this project. Recorded the same day and after the famous Take 1, which was also on "Anthology 1" and many bootleg releases (unedited and edited). George and Paul are the only members of the Beatles here.

  3. Hey Jude (Take 1) 6:44
NEW. Another surprise for those collecting bootlegs, different from the other, mislabeled “Take 1” which is circulating and never heard before until now, recorded July 29, 1968, the second take from this same session appears on "Anthology 3". George is playing some electric guitar riffs on this take as well.

  4. St Louis Blues (Studio Jam) 00:50
Nothing new, there is even an early fade out.

  5. Not Guilty (Take 102) 4:28
Partially NEW. The full length performance from beginning to end without any early fade out. The first five seconds are new, starting with the “Take 102” announcement and ending with post-song guitar riffs which can also be heard on the "John Barrett Tapes" bootleg but are more prominent here as the bootleg has a fade out but runs a few more seconds longer during the final riffs. So we still need both to get the complete take.

  6. Mother Nature's Son (Take 15) 3:11
NEW. Paul trying to sing some parts differently. The take runs 2:29 while the rest is Paul and George Martin talking.

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  7. Yer Blues (Take 5 With Guide Vocal) 3:57 
NEW. John comment at the end that “it’s getting better”.

  8. What's The New Mary Jane (Take 1) 2:06
Partially NEW. 35 seconds were already available coming from the "Anthology" video or DVD but mislabeled as “Take 2” on bootlegs, now this full breakdown take is available.

  9. Rocky Raccoon (Take 8) 4:57
Partially NEW. Already available on the "Anthology 3" album, the intro there is more complete as we can hear a guitar note that was edited out in this new mix, the talk between John and Paul is the same. The "Anthology" version ends at 4:10 so now we have almost 40 seconds of an unheard passage with improvised lyrics from Paul, a real highlight for those expecting nothing new with the choice of the same take as on the "Anthology".

  10. Back In The U.S.S.R. (Take 5 Instrumental Backing Track) 3:09
NEW. No extra comments since it’s already out.

  11. Dear Prudence (Vocal, Guitar & Drums) 3:59
NEW. A real surprise where you didn't expect one, as this could be read as a “channel mix”, judging by the description - and it’s not! It’s a full length take without overdubs (except for a double tracked vocal by John) and also a different guitar is heard near the end plus John continues playing his guitar with more extra riffs. The track ends with John saying: ‘Can I just do the last verse?’.

  12. Let It Be (Unnumbered Rehearsal) 1:17
NEW. Undocumented track (second engineer John Smith wrote “Ad Lib” in his recording notes) during the ‘While My Guitar’ sessions with mister Slow Hand himself, we can hear George Harrison telling him at the end “Cans On Eric”.

  13. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Third Version Take 27)
Partially NEW. George’s initial comments regarding his sandwich and coffee were already available from the "Rockband" and "Anthology" video intros and apparently comes from Take 1 (Third Version session), even the count-in is the same here and there. The breakdown is also available from the "Rockband" intros where George is referring to sing like Smokey Robinson but the rest is completely new and not heard before.

  14. (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care (Studio Jam) 0:42
NEW. Recorded during the session for the second version of ‘Helter Skelter’.

  15. Helter Skelter (Second Version Take 17) 3:39
NEW. The “keep that one, mark it Fab” comment that has been repeated over and over from "Rockband", "09 09 09" back catalogue, bootlegs, etc comes from this session and this take 17 although the group tried more takes until Take 21 became the actual master.

  16. Glass Onion (Take 10) 2:12
NEW. Full of alternate or unfinished lyrics. John can be heard at the intro asking George Martin's assistant Chris Thomas about his opinion so far.

Paul in the control room. Photo: © Copyright Apple Corps Ltd.

Disc 6:

  1. I Will (Take 13) 2:20

NEW. Starts with a breakdown so we don’t know if that could be Take 12?.

  2. Blue Moon (Studio Jam) 1:11
NEW. Played before Take 28 of ‘I Will’, according to the liner notes.

  3. I Will (Take 29) 00:26
NEW. A breakdown take, Paul finish it by singing ‘If you want me to- I won’t!” and John replying “Yes you will!”

  4. Step Inside Love (Studio Jam) 1:34
Partially NEW. Although it's the same as the bootleg version (also incomplete on the intro as there was a tape change) what’s new is part of the next track,  after John says “Los Paranoias” and Paul laughs, it seems that there is an edit on the bootleg as this improvisation starts immediately but here there is something new: John comment, Paul laughs and the tape continues three more seconds where we can hear John singing something unidentified and Paul adds “Ok” (and move to the next track as the two are linked).

  5. Los Paranoias (Studio Jam) 3:58
Partially NEW. (tape keeps rolling from previous track).. Paul adds “come on now chaps, swing A-la-Latina” and sang a little something like “Ya-ka-tan” while strumming his guitar not heard on the bootleg, then the song starts, that’s the only new thing here.

  6. Can You Take Me Back (Take 1) 2:22
Partially NEW. The version circulating on bootlegs for many years is an edited one and also runs slightly faster. This 2018 mix and the bootleg starts almost at the same time (one extra second longer on the bootleg), and also finish almost at the same time (a tiny bit longer on the bootleg where you can hear the tape being cut), but there's an unbooted segment in the middle. The underground version runs 1:56 and here we are having almost 30 seconds extra. The new segment starts at 1:11 and lasts until 1:37, while the edit on the bootleg occurs at 1:14. This song was preserved on the session recording notes as ‘Jam- Unidentified‘ (I Will Take 19).

  7. Birthday (Take 2 Instrumental Backing Track) 2:40
NEW. A very interesting backing track with some alternate guitar riffs (buried by the piano on the released version). Paul can be heard counting to eight during the break as well as shouting and guiding at some points.

  8. Piggies (Take 12 Instrumental Backing Track) 2:10
NEW. John starts chanting “I’m a fabulous fabulous vegetarian”, followed by George: “One More.. One More Time..” which is the exact phrase (“One More Time”) heard on the official version near the end of the song (not present here). This intro comes (possibly) from a different take. This is mostly a “channel mix” rather than an outtake. It’s Take 12, the master take with overdubs except for the animal noises and vocals, but if you use headphones you can hear the first verse sung by George buried in the mix -  possibly from a live vocal guide although it could also be from the final vocal track.

  9. Happiness Is A Warm Gun (Take 19) 3:09
NEW and fantastic! It has an extra verse repeated twice, something that was later changed on the final version (‘I need a Fix’) and replaced by a guitar solo. John sings it in a very raw form at this stage.

  10. Honey Pie (Instrumental Backing Track) 2:40
NEW. This is just a simple instrumental mix, no outtake.

  11. Savoy Truffle (Instrumental Backing Track) 2:56
NEW. Contrary to the past track (Honey Pie) although this is also a channel mix simply erasing the vocal track, we can hear three extra seconds of actual session noises at the end: a tambourine and George’s ‘How’s that’?” comment.

  12. Martha My Dear (Without Brass And Strings) 2:29
NEW. Another good surprise where you didn’t expected based on the track description. We can hear Paul’s “Four” count in over the intro, plus his vocal is single tracked and there is also a noise made by his piano at the end.

  13. Long Long Long (Take 44) 2:54
NEW. Another highlight, it’s an incomplete take including a false start and after the 2 minute mark George starts singing one of his unreleased compositions: "Gathering Gesturing".

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  14. I'm So Tired (Take 7) 2:29

  15. I'm So Tired (Take 14) 2:17
NEW. Take 7 is more interesting than the master Take 14 which only adds a few extra elements which were erased from the final version, one of them a very good three-vocal harmony part and a familiar guitar riff present on the "Monitor Mixes" bootlegs and extra gibbering from John. The intro chat from John is clearly edited from a different take. Why Giles opted to include two takes with not very much difference between them, and for other songs only went for a rehearsal or a backing track but no vocal outtakes is questionable.

  16. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill (Take 2) 3:12
NEW. A different beat in Ringo’s drum is present here at some points, at the end we can hear the announcement for Take 3 as well.

  17. Why Don't We Do It In The Road? (Take 5) 2:03
NEW. Paul’s intro comments is a continuation of the speaking heard on "Anthology 3", a very similar take (quiet verse and loud verse) that ended up as the master to made overdubs.

  18. Julia (Two Rehearsals) 4:31
NEW. "Is it better standing, what’d you think?" John starts asking George Martin. As previous rehearsals presented on this box set, this is also a survivor that remained on the tape where the actual takes were recorded.

  19. The Inner Light (Take 6 Instrumental Backing Track) 2:47
NEW. Although “Take 5” circulates on bootlegs, it seems that is a so-called outfake made by the bootleggers by simply erasing the vocals, where close examination shows that at some point they are still present. Also, a “monitor mix” circulates from a very old bootleg but there too there's no evidence whether it's real or not. Here for the first time is Take 6, a copy-to-tape from Take 5, which was recorded in India. It features engineer’s announcement as well. A completely different alternate take (maybe take 2 ,3 or 4) is available as bonus track on the recent ‘Wonderwall’ CD re-issue.

  20. Lady Madonna (Take 2 Piano & Drums) 2:25
NEW. Starts with the engineer announcing “Two” and is simply the backing track. Take 3 was used as master for overdubs.

  21. Lady Madonna (Backing Vocals Take 3) 00:54
Although everything from this track is available on bootleg (one of the "Monitor Mixes" tracks), this mix has the voices so clear that is worth listening to. But it’s incomplete so you will still need the bootlegs for completion!

  22. Across The Universe (Take 6) 3:52
NEW. An unheard version, this is the take before the one that was used as master for overdubs, it has not been heard or released before, and is a simple take, only with John’s vocal track, his guitar and Ringo on tom-toms.