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21 February 2014
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You are welcome. And, welcome to your new Beatles home on the internet. "Don't let us down." Stick around.

 

22 February 2014
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Take 2 of John's If I Fell demo's has been posted elsewhere, here is the full circulating tape

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK9EqCQoz-k

George working out the medley of Don't Bother Me on his sickbed

 

 

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meanmistermustard said

Not sure where to post this so why not here?

 

I had some of the Get Back Journals as my Get Back discs, ah the joys of hearing Baa Baa Black Sheep is poor quality. On those discs there were some really fun renditions of songs they were trying out and one was She Came In Through The Bathroom Window which i've never been able to find it again till now after going thru the takes on A/B Road (9.55) – and low and behold its on youtube (after going thru that as well). And it was on the Black Album.

Sadly the sound quality isn't the greatest but John's responses during the third verse are brilliant and a highlight for me of those sessions.

Another fabulous, highly enjoyable Get Back performance is One After 909 (28.53) with John messing it up as he was prone to do. 

 

I have those too from the A/B Road, and I can post them in the quality that should be heard if anyone wants to.

By the way, here it is a 30-minute, two 15-minute videos of bits from the Get Back Sessions. If you find something in these videos that you want to hear in full, tell me and I'll upload it.

Part 1 (Jan 2 to Jan 14 – Twickenham Film Studio):

Part 2 (Jan 21 to Jan 31 – Apple Savile Row):

In My Life, I Love You More.
8 March 2014
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I've been listening to Beatle bootlegs for years, but this one I stumbled across tonight is (partially) new to me.  Part of it was included in the master version on the single/Magical Mystery Tour.

 

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8 March 2014
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Am wondering how that is a "very rare jam session" (as in the uploader's video title)? Nothing rare about it as its been commonly released on bootlegs for years.

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8 March 2014
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meanmistermustard said
Am wondering how that is a "very rare jam session" (as in the uploader's video title)? Nothing rare about it as its been commonly released on bootlegs for years.

Well, you know, don't take claims like that very seriously.

Those are just things people say to get people to watch your video.

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23 March 2014
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Necko said

meanmistermustard said
Am wondering how that is a "very rare jam session" (as in the uploader's video title)? Nothing rare about it as its been commonly released on bootlegs for years.

Well, you know, don't take claims like that very seriously.

Those are just things people say to get people to watch your video.

 

A 'Sensationalized Advert' indeed, here's what's touted to be a "super rare John Lennon's demo", but of course many of you are familiar with it.  Definitely one of John Lennon's Best Unreleased Songs, and the "sales pitch" aside, the poster treats us to a very nice video:

 

 

And sticking to the 'India' theme, here's a great version of 'Dehra Dun', but its origins are a bit obscured.  It's said to have been recorded by George while he was recording the Radna Krishna Temple for Apple during the 'Abbey Road' sessions  http://www.mybeatlescollection…..wimage.jpg  but some place it a little later during his early Solo Years.  It sounds like Ringo's drumming to my ears, and I wouldn't be all that surprised to learn that it's Paul on bass as well, another lost classic:

 

 

Two unreleased songs that I can't decide on which is better, and yet more evidence of the prolific output from that historic Rishikesh trip.  I believe that John's 'India' was written afterwards though, but the lyrics are most certainly a flashback to his time there:

 

I'm waiting by the river but somewhere in my mind

I left my heart in England with the girl I left behind

 

People don't very often reference this Rishikesh trip in the John & Yoko "Love Story", but I believe that this was when John actually fell for her.  "Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder", right?  Apparently John & Yoko communicated by mail almost daily while being separated during this trip, while their love was consummated almost immediately upon John's arrival back to England, it was while they were away from each other that I believe they took that initial dive into their ocean together and first began swimming off into the sunset together.  Both of them certainly had their way with words and one can only imagine the diatribes sent back and forth between the two of them, some of John's best lyrics ever have only been read by Yoko!…:-)

 

 

24 March 2014
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Necko said

meanmistermustard said
Am wondering how that is a "very rare jam session" (as in the uploader's video title)? Nothing rare about it as its been commonly released on bootlegs for years.

Well, you know, don't take claims like that very seriously.

Those are just things people say to get people to watch your video.

I dunno, I think that anything that exists only in bootleg form has a claim to being somewhat "rare", even if only in comparison to the regular items that are legitimately available for sale. (But yeah, calling it "very rare" may be somewhat of an exaggeration…)

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24 March 2014
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Better to over-hype a demo than just lie

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24 March 2014
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'I'm The Greatest' with John on lead vocals.  There's a certain style/feel here from John's playing/writing that seemingly foreshadows his 'Double Fantasy' songs that still wouldn't appear until over a half a decade later.  'Walls & Bridges' to me was more of a "compilation" of styles that he'd patented on the 'Imagine'/'Sometime In New York City'/'Mind Games' albums, but this song sounds like the groundwork for a new direction that he'd further explore musically in and out of his "retirement":

 

 

I love a lot of the Mary Hopkin records, but 'Goodbye' was never one that really grabbed me, I don't think her voice really suits this one for some reason.  I think that Paul sings it much better and had this recording employed the same string/horn arrangement from Mary's version, I think that it would've been a standout:

 

 

The song also is somewhat of a "foreshadowing" to the direction Paul would take in his early solo years…:-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24 March 2014
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I am sure someone already mentioned this but I did not read through whole thread. I always enjoyed Johns/Beatles Watching Rainbows. The intro has a similar guitar part to I've Got A Feeling. Also has a similar line to Come Togethers shoot me by saying shoot big. Also the part standing in the garden waiting for the english sun lines are similar to lines in I Am The Walrus

 

 

 

 

24 March 2014
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Also really enjoy Pauls like Dreams Do from their early days. Apparently he wrote it in 1957 or 1958. Appears on Anthology 1 disc 1 I believe. Also this version Love Me Do with Billy Preston. Wish they would release more songs from these sessions apparently they played hundreds. 

25 March 2014
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Also the India song is from the mid 70's it was  song John wrote for the musical the him and Yoko were going to make. There used to be great home demos on youtube from John in the lates 70s. The stuff was gold showed the development from all his songs fro DF. I always enjoyed this one. Making fun of Bob Dylans Serve Somebody. He ended up changing it into Im Stepping Out. 

 

25 March 2014
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Of the early Lennon/McCartney compositions they returned to during the Get Back sessions very few are worthy of any note, mainly due to being aimless riffs, half-hearted renditions or 30 second lyric call outs, personally i find that Love Me Do performance above uninspiring.

The best one is probably I Lost My Little Girl but Because I Know You Love Me So is fun (part of which is included in Fly On The Wall, the bonus disc that came with Let It Be Naked). There is an enjoyable Her Majesty which runs for just over 2 mins. 

Despite all that Apple really should be getting together and releasing at least a 1-disc compilation of the best of the Get Back sessions, there is easily enough material to fill 75 mins up.

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25 March 2014
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Yeah I am not saying to release everything theres a ton of garbage. But I definitely think there is enough to release a 10-15 track album. I don't know why they or John never tried to release Watching Rainbows. Oh yeah I mean I just posted that because I had never heard it before and I am sure most haven't. Also a big Billy Preston fan, but it was just them joking around. 

25 March 2014
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I think Thirty Days was 17 discs (a bootleg box that compiled the most interesting of the Get Back sessions) and for many that was 15 discs too many so 10 might be pushing it a bit – how many takes and run thru's of The Long And Winding Road can one fan handle before losing the will to win? However i'd be delighted with a double disc, easy to fill and would leave fans wanting more – will many fans wanting more, well some, well ok a couple.

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25 March 2014
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Wow yeah that was way too much. Yeah I was saying 10-15 tracks or so. So either 1 disc with there best stuff. Or 2 disc would be the best idea. I am currently working on putting together a playlist from there Get Back Sessions. Once completed I'll let everybody know and share. Been tempted to use a Youtube to MP3 converter. I am not sure about though those I am sure you lose sound quality. Also would rather get my hands on couple of bootlegs and then take the best from each create a playlist and burn to Cd for myself. Wonder how one would go about to try and inform them they should make a CD. I guess write a letter to Apple or Paul asking to put something together? It would definitely sell. 

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Not sure how many of you have heard this one, a single released by John Lennon's Father in the sixties to cash in on his son's fame, his speaking voice is very similar to John's, here's 'That's My Life' by Freddie Lennon:

 

 

I think it's safe to say that John inherited any genetic musical abilities from his Mother Julia…:-)

 

 

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Can see why it didn't do anything. 

If ever there was an example of someone getting to make a record based entirely on the people they knew.

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