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Peace Of Mind (The Candle Burns)
14 November 2011
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Has anyone ever heard about a bootleg which was released in the 70's with the name "Peace of Mind" ? It contains a song which is called "The Candle Burns".Some say that the song was found in the trash of Abbey Road studios at 1969 or 1970 and the composers of that  piece are The Beatles(who wrote it in early 1967).Even if you listen carefully to the whole song it is a bit difficult to prove its identity.On the other hand some say that it was composed by Pink Floyd but personally i don't believe this theory.What is your opinion?

 

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Well… Who ever it is singing they sound a lot like John and George but still… A little different.  The voices are distorted. I would say it isn't real.

14 November 2011
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As I've commented on the video,

In some parts the vocal sound like John/George, but in the "It really just begun" part (2:20) I'm almost certain it's not a beatle voice.

My opinion is that it isn't written or sung by them, but whoever is on this record is talanted, at least a good imitator. Generally speaking I like its phsychedeleia. But not quite the best option to listen to before bed if you don't want to see nightmares… yoko-ono-01

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15 November 2011
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I dont believe its the beatles, tho it does have moments of sounding like something they could have done, and have no idea who it is or even who it could be. Had a look around the net and there is no real clue there either. A lot of blogs and speculation but nothing significant.

Seems to have come out/been discovered at the same time as a handful of other tracks, Oh I Need You, Peace of Mind etc.

There is also that version of I Want You (She's So Heavy) which at times sounds like Paul singing and at times doesnt.

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15 November 2011
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I sort of like the song, really…

I don't know, at some parts it does sound like John and George, but you can never be too sure. 

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22 December 2013
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I'm leaning toward authenticity on this one.  For starters, this DOES indeed sound like a genuine John Lennon song to me, the guitar, lyrics & melody are very John which isn't so easily duplicated by somebody else.  The common "date stamp" for this recording is 1967-68 which would place it in a group of songs that The Beatles wrote and recorded before making that historic trip to Rishikesh in February 1968.  This group of songs would also include:

 

Across The Universe  (which it does somewhat resemble) this was later included on the 'Our World' (Various Artists) Compilation LP benefiting the 'World Wildlife Fund' before Phil Spector refurbished it for The Beatles' 'Let It Be' album.  The lyric "Images of Broken Light" wouldn't seem out of place in 'Peace of Mind's own surreal imagery.

 

Hey Bulldog  while it may be much heavier than the song in question, the experimental approach, evident by the hysterical laughing towards the end of this classic track suggests that John wasn't taking these Winter 1967-68 sessions all that seriously, another aspect consistent with the 'Peace of Mind' recording.  'Hey Bulldog' was then later issued for the 'Yellow Submarine' movie during the Summer of 1968 (although absent from the U.S. prints of the film) before appearing on the movie's Soundtrack in January of 1969.

 

The Inner Light  as with 'Across The Universe' there are lyrical similarities, even though this particular song was written by George Harrison.  "Just before it's over, it's really just begun" from 'Peace of Mind' seemingly echoes George's "The farther one travels, the less one knows", as does the Mystery Track's "Do things never done" to 'The Inner Light's "Do all without doing" lyric.  John & George were closer in spirit during this period than quite possibly ever before, both were growing increasingly frustrated with their lives as a Beatle while Paul & Ringo were much more at ease with themselves, thus John & George threw themselves into the Meditation much more earnestly than the others, evidenced by them both remaining in India for nearly four months while Paul left after six weeks and Ringo stayed for only ten days.  The transcendental mood to both songs is undeniably similar, and many people who've attempted to unravel this mystery have remarked on hearing both John & George playing during 'Peace of Mind'.  'The Inner Light' is probably George's most underrated work, even Paul commented on its "lovely melody" and the fact that it was the very first time ever that a George Harrison song appeared on a Beatles' Single confirms the high praise from the other Beatles.

 

Lady Madonna  this was the song from this batch that was chosen for the A-Side to 'The Inner Light' Single that would occupy the charts and keep the fans appetites wet while they were in India.  I'd be grasping at straws if I noted any similarities between 'Lady Madonna' & 'Peace of Mind', most of the singles from 1967's 'Hello Goodbye' on were Paul's work ('Lady Madonna', Hey Jude', 'Get Back', 'Let It Be' & 'The Long And Winding Road&#39a-hard-days-night-george-10 with the exceptions of 'The Ballad of John & Yoko' & 'Something' in 1969.  Perhaps 'Lady Madonna' further underscores the fact that John's songs from this period were a stark contrast to Paul's more contemporary & polished works, 'Peace of Mind' wouldn't be all that out of place alongside late 1967's 'I Am The Walrus' really.

 

The fact that no one from The Beatles has verified or authenticated 'Peace of Mind' doesn't necessarily mean it's a fake, for one, John seems to be the only one who actually appears on the recording.  Some say that they hear George but I personally don't, perhaps it's just the George Harrison "influence" that I referenced earlier from 'The Inner Light' that they hear, or that the acoustic guitar has a similar droning quality to Harrison's 'Long, Long, Long' which would appear later on in 1968 on 'The White Album', whatever the case may be there's no concrete evidence of George Harrison being present audible to myself.  If indeed John is the only one playing on this recording then he is the only person who can verify it, unless of course Paul or Ringo can recall John presenting the demo to them, but it's entirely possible that he didn't even play it for them.  John was always playing around in his home studio and most of what he recorded was never heard by anyone but himself, I think that that is a safe assumption.

 

Some have claimed to hear Yoko Ono on this recording, but again, I personally don't.  The part that I think that people hear her is toward the end of the song after the lyrics where John moans at a higher pitch, but the tape speeds up as the song progresses and thus John's voice would naturally sound more feminine, and since when did Yoko "sing" anyway?  Her voice is very recognizable and I would think that if she opened her mouth on one of John's demos you'd know it.  Also, John had met Yoko in 1966 and briefly met up with her at different times in 1967, but she never had the pleasure of an intimate home recording session with John until after he returned from India, John brought his first wife Cynthia to Rishikesh with him and his only contact with Yoko from there was writing letters.  It wasn't until May 1968, after this recording was supposedly made, that John first invited her to his home while his wife went on holiday to Spain.  Having said all of this, I do detect a Yoko Ono "influence" on 'Peace of Mind' in one of the lyrics.  John was inspired by Yoko's art & writings upon first meeting and very possibly could've referenced her work here.  I should state that I've seen this lyric represented differently on the internet as "I nod a brief hello", but I've always heard "I'd rather breathe hello" when I listen to it, if my ears are correct the word "breathe" was one of Yoko's words that first caught John's attention when they first met.

 

It's kinda hard to discuss the 'Peace of Mind' mystery without talking about the poor fidelity of the actual recording.  With the "official" story being that the tape was found in a trash can at Apple in 1970, I'd have to say that it most certainly sounds like it, but then again that could be faked as well.  What's pretty evident is that it is of the experimental home demo variety, and is pretty much on par with the audio quality of the only genuine Lennon home demos officially released by Apple during the year of 1968, John & Yoko's 'Two Virgins' album.  John Lennon's brilliance & genius aside, he wasn't known for his audio engineering prowess, and the reason that George's home studio in Esher was likely chosen as the site to record the first 'White Album' demos after The Beatles all returned home from India in May 1968 was because they probably knew that the recordings would sound better than if they were recorded by John at his studio.  History does tell us how much John loved backwards tape, such as his historic accidental spooling of a 'Rain' recording at home after The Beatles first recorded it, he loved it so much that he originally wanted the whole song to be backwards before the others talked him out of it.  Although John seems to be the only person on this recording, there are multiple vocal tracks and one that seems to be backwards throughout.  John was also known to play with playback/recording speeds, which first happened with early 1967's 'Strawberry Fields Forever' after John asked George Martin to splice two different takes of that song together because there were parts of both that he wanted as keepers.  Because the two takes were a semitone apart in key, they had alter the speeds to bring the tone together for additional orchestral overdubs.  The changing speed of 'Peace of Mind' could also very well be the result of a stretched & tattered magnetic tape that was unravelled and sitting in a garbage can, but whether or not it was an Apple bin in 1970 we'll likely never know.

 

All the "evidence" presented here is circumstantial, but you'd have to agree that if 'Peace of Mind' is indeed a forgery, somebody went through considerable detail to craft it, but Beatleggers aren't exactly known for "detail" for many of their liner notes are flawed with false concert dates, song titles etc. and this song's appearance predates most technology that one would require to engineer it in order to even qualify as a decent fake.  Maybe I should ask this, if some "nobody" came forward and declared themselves as the creator of 'Peace of Mind', would you believe them?  The only real acid test that we have is our own intuition and ears, and when I first listened to this song in 1985 on a Beatleg I never questioned its authenticity, it sounded then (and still does) like a great John Lennon song which both he and time forgot about.  Considering the sheer volume of unreleased recordings by The Beatles, it's not that far out really that a recording would have unknown obscured origins as this one does, all things considered, it's a very good song with excellent lyrics whether you wanna call it a Beatles' tune or not…:-)     

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I took a listen to Peace of Mind for the first time -- I never even knew it existed (shows how little of a "Beatlemaniac" I am).  I'd have to say it sounds like an equal collaboration between John, George and Paul.  There are quite a few moments I can hear George's voice predominate, and a couple with Paul.  I think they collectively decided one day to noodle around with some off-the-wall Dadaist John Cage experimentation.

While I applaud the intention -- I think it's always cool to push the envelope musically and experiment -- it doesn't mean the finished product is automatically up to snuff.  This one is interesting, but not really satisfying on any level.

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Well, many say that they've heard George here, but not too many claim to hear Paul.  John sounds like different people for he's multi-tracked at different speeds, and on atleast one track, in a different direction (backwards).  If you have access to the recording of 'The Inner Light' which was recorded around the same time as 'Peace of Mind', give it a listen, and if you can tune out the Indian Arrangement you'll find that it's a barebones acoustic song that's very similar to this one.  George flies solo on 'The Inner Light' with a brief backing vocal by Paul towards the end of the song ("Do all without doing"), now copy George & Paul's harmony to your own mental "clipboard" while giving 'Peace of Mind' another listen, and you'd probably be hard pressed to find a match.

 

Here's another tidbit that strongly supports this song being recorded by John alone at his home studio in Weybridge.  Anyone who has a background in Audio Engineering and has recorded on the older Analog Tape Machines will recognize the distinct sound of starting up the reels, or the "snap/click" noise of pressing 'Record'.  If you listen closely, you'll hear the 'Record' button start up on the lead vocal track at 0.29 of the video posted above, and to further corroborate this you'll then notice a "thumping" sound 12 seconds later at 0.41, as though somebody just plumped their bottom onto a chair where the microphone was setup after starting up the machine across the room because nobody else was around to do it for them.  There's even a "shuffling about" just before the "thump" if you really listen closely that begins at 0.39 of the video.

 

Again, John wasn't one to mess about with cleaning up (or avoiding) noise on his recordings, listen to any of he and Yoko's home recordings released by Apple, such as 'Life With The Lions (Unfinished Music No. 2)', 'The Wedding Album', or especially the 'Two Virgins' LP which was recorded less than six months after 'Peace of Mind' was supposedly recorded and you'll notice the many Audio Engineering "sins".  'Peace of Mind' actually sounds like a 'Two Virgins' outtake (actually, it would've been far & away the best track!) and was obviously recorded at the same studio in Weybridge.  George's only real dive into the realm of experimentation on this level was his 'Electronic Sound' LP released in 1969, but the audio quality is far superior to any of John & Yoko's offerings at the time.

 

If Paul & George were in fact present during the recording of 'Peace of Mind', then I would think that at the very least the recording would've sounded much better.  It sounds to me like 'Peace of Mind' was recorded by someone who was very stoned and up all night, who had no limits on his imagination (including following the most basic "rules" of sound recording technique), this would indeed sound like John Lennon in late 1967.  Remember that Paul & George both stopped taking LSD around the same time that their Manager, Brian Epstein passed away in August of 1967, whereas John turned to it to escape from this latest reality of having to manage themselves before he finally took an extended break from tripping while in India during the Spring of 1968.  Like anybody who quits drugs, Paul & George likely stayed away from John while he tripped during this period for he would be somewhere else altogether and not on the same level.  It's just as hard for the one tripping to relate to those who aren't as well, so John probably avoided them just the same.

 

What does LSD have to do with all of this?  Well, not too many people discuss the actual title of the song itself, which definitely suggests "inner enlightenment" (or, 'The Inner Light' again) which is often the chief "reason" people experiment with drugs in the first place, but at this point in John's life he was seeking alternatives to LSD, such as Transcendental Meditation.  I find it difficult to believe that someone would go through the trouble of coming up with a title where the words aren't taken directly from the lyrics of the song itself ('Peace of Mind' was always the title that I saw before the Internet came along, '(Candle Burns)' was added by a Beatlegger later on, I believe).  This is another common trait of many John Lennon songs ('A Day In The Life', 'Yer Blues', 'The Ballad of John & Yoko', 'Tomorrow Never Knows', etc.) (yet another similarity to George's 'The Inner Light&#39a-hard-days-night-george-10 and if this reel was indeed discovered in an Apple dustbin, it likely had a 'Peace of Mind' label on it.  The double meaning of the word 'Peace' instead of 'Piece' was very John, he loved playing with words and 'Peace' was certainly one of his favourite words.

 

The title suggests what John was always searching all his life for, whether it was through Rock 'n' Roll, Drugs or Meditation, and on this particular occasion he's attempting to find 'Peace of Mind' during yet another acid trip.  Unlike George's 'The Inner Light' where he appeared to have genuinely discovered some answers by journeying inward with his lyrics, John's 'Peace of Mind' looks more to be compromised of mainly outward observations, such as, "hearing the candle laughing" or a "safety pin returning his smile" before the big "just before it's over, it's really just begun" revelation at the end.  For those hearing George & Paul (still waiting for someone to notice Ringo!) on the recording, it still doesn't necessarily mean that they're in the room with John.  John often brought home recordings that were recorded elsewhere (such as the 'Rain' tape that he accidentally spooled through backwards) and it's entirely possible that the others are heard because John was messing around with one of their discarded tapes, but I still can't hear them myself personally, but I'll keep trying because I love this song…:-) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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I've always liked this song.  The way I see it, until someone can conclusively prove who recorded it, I'll never rule out the possibility that it's a Beatles song.

However, the story that it was found in a trash bin at Abbey Road is almost certainly false.  If it was really found in an Abbey Road trash bin, that would mean that it was a studio recording, and if it was a studio recording, it would have been documented in one of Mark Lewisohn's books.  Therefore, if it's a Beatles recording at all, it must be a home demo, as home demos are a lot less well-documented.

Some people have suggested that it's a lost Syd Barrett song, but I don't think that it sounds anything like Syd Barrett.

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Necko said 

 
However, the story that it was found in a trash bin at Abbey Road is almost certainly false.  If it was really found in an Abbey Road trash bin, that would mean that it was a studio recording, and if it was a studio recording, it would have been documented in one of Mark Lewisohn's books.  Therefore, if it's a Beatles recording at all, it must be a home demo, as home demos are a lot less well-documented.

Some people have suggested that it's a lost Syd Barrett song, but I don't think that it sounds anything like Syd Barrett.

 

I don't see the "Apple Dustbin" story at all as that unbelievable really, I'm sure that The Beatles brought home recordings into work with them all of the time to help demonstrate (hence the term "demo") their ideas to the others and George Martin.  The fact that Mark Lewisohn hasn't documented the recording isn't much of a debunk for me either, there's many things that Mark Lewisohn hasn't documented (or the employees of Apple back in the day either), people take the "Complete" word from the title of his book and take it far too literally, and some of the things that he has documented have been proven to be flawed as well.  The speculation revolving around Syd Barrett is due more to the fact that Pink Floyd had recorded at Abbey Road Studios, rather than anyone really claiming to hear him on the 'Peace of Mind' recording.  It's a fascinating little mystery that may never be truly solved…:-)     

27 January 2014
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It sounds similar to 1967 recordings, which means that had John taken it in for the others to give a listen, it would have been found in an Abbey Road bin and not a Saville Row bin.

The idea that this is a Lennon demo is also under-minded by the fact that, deep as The Lost Lennon Tapes went, as much unheard material as it exposed (a hell of lot at the time), this didn't crop at all.

Are we honestly suggesting took his only ever recording of this into Abbey Road in 1967/68 and, with the other Beatles rejecting it with no memory of it, saw the only tape somehow moved to Saville Row when they got the building, and then allowed the only copy (and it would be the only Lennon that there was only one version/tape of) to be binned. And the only "supposed" unique tape found in an Apple bin.

When you walk through it, it  just doesn't make much sense. Other tapes that were supposedly "found" in Apple bins have other copies to validate them, that this doesn't exist anywhere but this one tape, and that John doesn't seem to have had a copy in his own archive, throws massive massive doubt on its authenticity.

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Yeah, if you base your analysis on the documentation available and that there's no record of it and that it wasn't catalogued, but I personally go by George Martin's "All You Need Is Ears" school of thought, and I hear John Lennon's very distinctive voice here and it sounds genuine to me, and it's compounded by the very Lennonesque lyrics which not too many can imitate so easily, to have both unique characteristics present on one recording is enough compelling evidence for me to give it serious consideration for authenticity at the very least.  The lack of documentation as some sort of "smoking gun" pointing towards fakery is based on the premise that all of the documentation made available to us equates to nothing else (unheard/unreleased recordings) in existence, or that Lewisohn's Book & 'The Lost Lennon Tapes' are in fact "complete" which I have serious doubts that they are.

 

'Peace of Mind' appeared on numerous bootlegs proceeding the 1980s, it was mentioned in 'The Beatles: An Illustrated Record' by Roy Carr & Tony Taylor which was published in the mid 1970s and is essentially the same work (minus Mark's attention to detail) as Lewisohn's more elaborate study, and no one really questioned its authenticity back then.  The "Apple Dustbin" story wasn't much in question either for Apple did go through quite an extensive housecleaning in 1969/70 when it was allegedly discovered.  How it eventually wound up at Saville Row after 1967 is anybody's guess really, but we can logically assume that Lennon was tripping almost daily back then and wasn't much into the habit of "documenting" his own demos meticulously, a reel of tape lying around with a simple "Peace of Mind 1967" label stuck on it could very easily have been overlooked by many for years, not knowing that it was in fact a "diamond in the rough".  The point that no one has stepped up and "claimed responsibility" for the discovery of it doesn't necessarily mean it didn't happen either, for one, it would obviously be stolen property even if it was discovered in the bin, the ownership of that material would still be to the creator of the song and whoever cut it to vinyl was obviously into illegal distribution of copyrighted material, this much we know.  Factor in the fact that that said person may very well no longer be with us for so much time has passed as well.  And as to why the dustbin tape was the "only copy"?  Well, it's safe to assume that Lennon wasn't too pleased or proud of the recording and felt no need to make additional copies, the quality of the tape is pretty awful and a second generation copy would only further erode it.

 

I'm not saying that "I'm Right and You're Wrong", but merely sharing the logic that I go by when judging the merit of 'Peace of Mind's authenticity as a "real" Beatles/Lennon recording.  Another factor that I consider is the likely probability that the sheer volume of Beatles/Lennon recordings must have atleast one or more recordings of obscure and unknown origin…:-)

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Here's one other little thing that I've heard people use as evidence in the case that it's not authentic: something along the lines of "Donovan taught John and Paul to finger-pick in India in early 1968, therefore it can't be a Beatles recording from 1967."  I've heard this repeated several times over the years.  However, this isn't very difficult to completely debunk.  All you have to do is listen to Anthology 2 or any number of Beatles bootlegs.  On the OFFICIALLY RELEASED Anthology 2 album, you can clearly hear John trying to play a demo version of Strawberry Fields Forever (which was still probably under the working title of "It's Not Too Bad" at the time, but that's beside the point) where he uses finger-picking.  It only lasts a few seconds before he starts doing a more straightforward, strummed version, but the point here is that that series of demos was recorded in autumn of 1966.  There are even more examples of finger-picking from this demo series on bootlegs (Not that I've ever downloaded a bootleg in my life… a-hard-days-night-george-10).

Of course, this doesn't prove anything other than that argument is flawed.  Like I said, I won't rule out the possibility that it's a Beatles recording until it's proven to be someone else, but I'm not about to start claiming that it's definitely a Beatles recording, either.  It's just that it's a subject that's fun as heck to discuss. :)

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Since you find this mystery so interesting (I do too!), check this out  http://www.earcandymag.com/bea…..ofmind.htm  if you haven't all ready for this person makes a pretty in-depth investigation on the subject.  I don't agree with some of it and a few things are inaccurate, such as his statement that 'Peace of Mind' "first appeared on a Bootleg album released in 1977" when in fact it's known to have made its first appearance in 1973 on a Beatleg titled 'Supertracks' before making rounds on several others before 1977, he also references LSD as "LCD" but you gotta like his zest for getting to the bottom of the mystery…:-)

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Billy Rhythm said he also references LSD as "LCD" but you gotta like his zest for getting to the bottom of the mystery…:-)

I will blame the editor of Ear Candy Mag as I know full well what bloody LSD is!! Took enough of it back in the day! :) But, anyway, yeah, I do have to rewrite that article as there are a few wee errors in there, not least of which is the mistake about when it was possibly recorded. Plus the fact that it didn't reference the playing style that "Lennon" was using in the recording, the travis picking style that was taught to him by Donovan in January I think it was of 1968.

I really do need to update that article (I used a nom de plume by the way, thankfully, as I've still been tracked down by irate Beatle fans :) ). Some more facts have come to light since, including a gentleman on YouTube and a younger relative claiming to have recorded the track, while attempting to pass of obviously fake extended version of the song.

I have attempted to contact Donovan and Paul McCartney more on the off chance than any real hope of getting a reply. In the meantime, despite years of research, I am still firmly on the fence on this one. Sometimes I veer to the left, sometimes to the right. I collect Beatles bootlegs and am as familiar as most with their voices, their recording techniques, everything. Today I actually think it's them, tomorrow it will be different. I am in the process of re-writing that article tho Billy. I'll keep ya posted. Meanwhile if anyone ever gets any DEFINITE info, do contact!! :)

 

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As I have previously alluded, I will neither believe that it's authentic, nor will I believe that it's inauthentic unless it's origin is one day somehow proven. 

 

However, if it is inauthentic, I think that the most likely origin is that it's a rejected submission to Apple. th

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Never saw this thread when it was begun (away on xmas holidays) and I have to say that Mr. Rhythm does make a pretty believable case for this indeed being a John Lennon creation. I was going to mention how the bad audio quality reminded me of "Two Virgins" and other Lennon home recordings but then saw that he covered that in a later post. It does sound a bit like a John vocal. Whether the harmonized voice is another Beatle or John double-tracking himself (if he had that capability – if it IS him) I couldn't tell, thanks to crappy laptop speakers. Interesting little artifact, whether it's authentic or just a clever fake.

Sure wish I could record the backwards part and reverse it – stupid useless Windows 7 sound recorder hasn't that capability. (God I miss Windows XP :( )

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Just download Audacity and reverse the selection.

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patjackman said

Billy Rhythm said he also references LSD as "LCD" but you gotta like his zest for getting to the bottom of the mystery…:-)

I will blame the editor of Ear Candy Mag as I know full well what bloody LSD is!! Took enough of it back in the day! :) But, anyway, yeah, I do have to rewrite that article as there are a few wee errors in there, not least of which is the mistake about when it was possibly recorded. Plus the fact that it didn't reference the playing style that "Lennon" was using in the recording, the travis picking style that was taught to him by Donovan in January I think it was of 1968.

I really do need to update that article (I used a nom de plume by the way, thankfully, as I've still been tracked down by irate Beatle fans :) ). Some more facts have come to light since, including a gentleman on YouTube and a younger relative claiming to have recorded the track, while attempting to pass of obviously fake extended version of the song.

I have attempted to contact Donovan and Paul McCartney more on the off chance than any real hope of getting a reply. In the meantime, despite years of research, I am still firmly on the fence on this one. Sometimes I veer to the left, sometimes to the right. I collect Beatles bootlegs and am as familiar as most with their voices, their recording techniques, everything. Today I actually think it's them, tomorrow it will be different. I am in the process of re-writing that article tho Billy. I'll keep ya posted. Meanwhile if anyone ever gets any DEFINITE info, do contact!! :)

 

 

I do look forward to the "updated" investigation for your first 'Ear Candy Mag' piece that's linked above is an intense study, I think that it's even linked to a Wiki Page on the subject, great stuff!  I find it fascinating that just about every Beatleg fakery is quickly squelched by those who are very well versed on their history, yet this particular mystery still remains unsolved over 40 years later after first appearing…:-)

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