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Rare recordings/obscure songs/alternate versions of well known songs, etc.
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27 April 2010
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Happy Nat
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Hello…

This is my first post on this forum.

Nice site!. There is a lot of good info and some pretty cool discussions here and there too. I've been here a few times while fishing around on the web but have only taken a closer look recently and I think it's laid out quite cool. Hat's off to Joe!

I have a Beatles site called The Beatles Rarity (www.thebeatlesrarity.com) where I post an either out-of-print official or often unofficial Beatle-related recording each Monday with a little discussion about it.  Anyway if you want to check out some pretty cool alternate versions or sort of obscure tracks, feel free to check out my site. Here's a sampling of one of the rarities I posted a while back (in 2007 when I was just getting started with this) It's the 12-minute second take of Helter Skelter: http://www.thebeatlesrarity.com/?p=15 .

Let me know if there is anything you'd like me to post sometime and I'll see what I can do.

 

Thanks for reading,

Happy Nat

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29 April 2010
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Conrail Jon
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Speaking of alternate versions, I've always liked the versions of "A Hard Day's Night" and "Can't Buy Me Love" on the Anthology 1 album better than the actual versions that were released. A Hard Day's Night sounds better slowed down a bit, and Paul's ad-lib is great! And Can't Buy Me Love just sounds all around better in a higher key, I think.

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You know how you or someone flipped Yellow Submarine so the background sounds were brought to the front? Has anyone done that with I Am The Walrus? There's a discussion about that here on whether or not words other than King Lear were in the background.

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8 May 2010
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Happy Nat
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Has anyone checked out the recent Lennon 2-CD collection called At Home? It's is all home demos, mostly from The Dakota period. The first disc is all guitar demos and the second is all piano demos. A few of these are duplicated from Acoustic and The John Lennon Anthology and a few more are duplicated from the huge CD set The Complete Lost Lennon Tapes. But some of the ones from LLT sound better on At Home. Then, most importantly, there is some new demos not previously heard anywhere. There is a couple different recordings of Grow Old With Me, and Woman, and two demos which were completely new to me. One is called Say It Again (possibly an older version of You Are Here - the Mind Games song) and the other is called I Ain't Got Time. I might put something from this material on one of my Beatles Rarity of the Week posts sometime soon.

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this is kind of random, but do you have any more takes of Helter Skelter that you can put up?

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8 May 2010
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MrBig said:

this is kind of random, but do you have any more takes of Helter Skelter that you can put up?


 

I have some White Album session acoustic demos and that's about it except the official stuff you already know about (Love, Anthology, etc.). Some of these are monitor mixes though and have talking over them from George Martin, Beatles, engineers, etc. I also have a few soundboard recordings of Paul doing it with his current band.

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I don't understand how it ever left Abbey Road in the first place. They mustn't have had good security. You would think that George Martin should be able to trust his own assistants not to copy the tapes and sell them around the world.

Oh, well, all the better for us.

8 May 2010
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Happy Nat
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McLerristarr said:

I don't understand how it ever left Abbey Road in the first place. They mustn't have had good security. You would think that George Martin should be able to trust his own assistants not to copy the tapes and sell them around the world.

Oh, well, all the better for us.


 

Yeah...everything has just trickled out in pieces over the years thanks to people with inside contacts to EMI.....I guess it's kind of like pharmaceuticals, or something. Sometimes the info that circulates with the recordings ends up being wrong though causing some screwed up history that is hard to sort out for us record-keepers (ha! I made a pun there...record-keepers), not to mention sometimes recordings are a half-step too slow or a half-step too fast, or tampered with somehow by people "after the fact". Especially these days when people are more technically savvy with audio tinkering with their computers.

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Apparently a lot of the outtakes entered circulation after a studio engineer made copies during preparations for the Beatles at Abbey Road video project in 1983, though nobody knows for sure.

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10 May 2010
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That slow version of Helter Skelter is AWESOME!! Thanks a lot for sharing. I'm definetly bookmarking your website and spend time exploring it. a-hard-days-night-john-3

 

 

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