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"Alternate Hystery Tour, Side Two" - The Beatles' 2-LP psychedelic followup to "Sgt. Pepper"...
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...as imagined by me!  Like I promised/threatened on the "Magical Mystery Tour/Fool on The Hill/Blue Jay Way" thread, this is something I put together for my own amusement: a fantasy double-album incorporating all of "Magical Mystery Tour", the four original "Yellow Submarine" tracks, all the other November '66 - February '68 songs that didn't appear on an album of their own, and a few original creations made up of various odds-&-sods from the same period, all of it altered with weird effects and mixed with transitions and overdubs and spoken-word stuff from a variety of sources, particularly "Magical Mystery Tour" (the film) and "Anthology". Also, although there are no songs from "Pepper" per se, dozens of recognizable bits from that album and its sessions are sprinkled throughout. It's kinda superficially similar to "Love", but that's NOT where I got the idea. It took me literally hundreds of hours, I'd appreciate getting some feedback...

Anyways, this is Side Two as I imagined it. Time is 18:06; tracks include "Blue Jay Way", "Your Mother Should Know", "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "I Am The Walrus", plus a couple of things I threw together entitled "Sgt. Pepper Taught The Band to Fly" and "Banjorowanya":

http://www.sendspace.com/file/gutx70

If the response isn't totally negative or ignored completely, I'll put up sides one, three and four next.

(Oh, and listening on headphones for full effect is recommended!)

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15 June 2010
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I can believe that took you hours - you've clearly been very busy. It's good, full of creative touches (I particularly like the Blue Jay Way/Strawberry Fields transition). What software did you use?

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15 June 2010
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I listened to the first few minutes and liked it so far - will give it a full go when I can.

In the beginning with the repeated 'Sgt. Pepper told the band to play'...is that Paul or John?a-hard-days-night-paul-6a-hard-days-night-john-1

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Zig said:

I listened to the first few minutes and liked it so far - will give it a full go when I can.

In the beginning with the repeated 'Sgt. Pepper told the band to play'...is that Paul or John?a-hard-days-night-paul-6a-hard-days-night-john-1

Ooops - wrong thread - terribly sorry. blue-meanie


 

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Wow, thanks for the kind words everybody! I've uploaded Side One for anyone who wants to go further:

 

[url]http://www.sendspace.com/file/djo0gr[/url]

 

This one, 18:10 in length, starts off with Paul seemingly expressing his misgivings about the project before launching immediately and appropriately into "Magical Mystery Tour" itself, and continues with four other messed-with songs, two of which are a bit sloppy, two of which I think are quite splendid (one of which I in fact left virtually untouched, being weird enough on its own, probably the lads' weirdest song ever, hint hint); and it concludes with something I call "Dilrubas on 2".

A few anal specs.:

1. Although no full songs from "Pepper" appear here, there are a few dozen brief (or not so brief) bits that are taken from it. And every one of "Pepper"s 13 tracks is represented here by at least one of those bits.

2. Of the four Harrisongs, I've put one on each of the four sides, "White Album"-style.

3. With a few specific exceptions, all the music herein was recorded between November of '66 and February '68. The only bit that predates Nov'66 is a tape loop from "Tomorrow Never Knows"; the only post-'68 bits are the vocal on "You Know My Name", and a taste of Phil Spector's "Across The Universe" arrangement.

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19 June 2010
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Uh, I'll try that again:

http://www.sendspace.com/file/djo0gr

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OK, for those who care, here's Side Three! This one was actually completed over a month ago, but I did some upgrades when I found some Sgt. Pepper multitracks available online. This one's a little over 22 minutes and consists of five Beatles tracks messed up in varying degrees, including an elaborate "All You Need Is Love" that I'm quite pleased with, and two (or three, or two-and-a-half) new "originals" that turned out really well and which I'm entitling "A Splendid Time" and "I Am The Rooster/Two-Minute Pepper" for fairly obvious reasons.

[url]http://www.sendspace.com/file/pjufn9[/url]

As always, headphone usage is recommended...

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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Damn, I screw that up everytime...

http://www.sendspace.com/file/pjufn9

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Appreciate the kind words, thanks! I began with the second side becasue it's largely the most personally satisfying results-wise; and because it's the only one of the four imaginary sides to lead off with an "original creation" ("Sgt. Pepper Taught the Band To Fly") as opposed to a song proper - the better to give a most immediate example of what I was trying to do.  I guess the chief differences between this and "Love" are the much narrower time frame (16 months), the inclusion of much material that's extramusical yet still largely conforms to the time frame, and the greater emphasis on verbal rather than musical juxtaposition. Oh, and the inclusion of much rare/unreleased/alternate mixes of the material in question. (Did "Love" use any substantial "Anthology" material? I can't remember...)

Side Four has been ready to go for weeks...

but I'm reworking and polishing up "Hey Bulldog", and was halfway through before leaving town on vacation last week. Looking forward to getting back to it in a couple of days. Nice to know there's one good thing about vacation's end!

Actually, when I think of it, it's ridiculous on one level to pretend that this album "might" have existed, considering the incredible technology I used (resampling and timestretching in particular) routinely to do things that would've been simply impossible back then.

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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