17 December 2012
I was thinking about this while posting about bootlegs, and I don't know if there's another thread out there asking the same, but what are the must-have bootleg tracks? Nothing that's commercially available, just those tracks that have stayed unreleased or whose complete versions remain unreleased (good example on that is the full-length 12-Bar Original, edited for Anthology).
My instant picks would be (in no particular order), and adding this isn't meant to be a game, just fan recommending to fan things to search out:
Revolution [take 20] – a total eyeopener. You start with what became Revolution 1 and end up in Revolution 9. Were this to have been on the White Album in place of 1 & 9, it would be up there with Tomorrow Never Knows and A Day in the Life as signs of their genius.
She's a Woman [take 5, is it? Take 7] – listening to it now, just a full-on charge for 5+ minutes. Just a shame about guitar tuning towards the end. "We've got a song and an instrumental there…"
Bad to Me [1963 demo] – often credited as Lennon, but I think there's 2 guitars, which would make it Lennon-McCartney, or Lennon-Harrison. Whatever, a beautiful version of a song that would've graced any early Beatles album.
Save the Last Dance for Me/Don't Let Me Down – the best from Glynis' Get Back album (1969 version). Lovely ramshackle incomplete cover that showed what was happening during the sessions, followed by what's easily the BEST version of Don't Let Me Down, interrupted by a wonderful McCartney F***-up. "This time it's serious… Give me a nice bit 'chhh..' give me the courage to come screaming in…"
I could go on, but what do you think I'm missing…
26 March 2012
1 May 2011
Of what we have available on bootleg
What Youre Doing Take 11. Has John on lead with Paul for most of it (the vocals sound great), no drum intro and is less tight than the released take but a fabulous one all the same. Should have been on Anthology 1.
Strawberry Fields Forever Take 26. It was slowed down on the single and has a different vocal. Would have loved to have had Takes 1, 7 and 26 all together as it would have given a complete picture of how the song progressed and sounded before the editing process.
Child of Nature and Sour Milk Sea from the Esher demo's. Child of Nature being the start of what ended up as Jealous Guy and Sour Milk Sea is such a great track. Heck you could add another 4 or 5 of those demo's and it wouldnt have been a drag (eg Revolution, Back in The USSR, Yer Blues, Dear Prudence).
Two of Us Fast Version from Twickenham 10th January (DDSI 10:46). Apple didnt go near those sessions but shows how the track started off as a great rocker and John and Paul are really having fun.
Not been bootlegged but where was Here Comes The Sun on Anthology 3. It was listed in an early track listing in the Beatles Book magazine but never featured. We now know there was unused guitar solo and its such a such a classic so why not.
Agree about Bad To Me, Im in Love and Revolution (Take 20).
26 March 2012
Agreed totally on What You're Doing; the final product sounds ultimately more original and somehow unlike anything they'd done up to that point but I wish they'd kept the shared John/Paul vocal. About the fast version of Two Of Us, I think it works better. I enjoy the Fifties rockabilly-style version in the Let It Be film more than the final product, even with Paul impersonating Elvis in the bridge.
I'm also a big fan of the Anthology version of Got To Get You Into My Life, obviously it would need a bit more building up from the sparse drums and organ but I think the addition of backing vocals and the "I need your love" climax bit at the end is more Revolver than the Motown-style horns.
27 December 2012
Nice choices! Especially Bad to Me, I've heard it numerous times before, the problem is, I can't find a good FLAC file to download. Sour Milk Sea is also in my playlist, the intro sounds a bit like the acoustic version of One after the 909.
"When I was a robber *Piano Chord* in Boston Place"
"Let's hope this turns out pretty darn good huh"
"Pete may be the best, but Ringo is the star"
Paul:"Don't be nervous John"
John:"I 'm not"
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