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The album that never was!
16 February 2018
2.26pm
JPGR1964
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New to the forum, hope someone can add a little insight. Years ago ( 20 or more ) Rolling Stone ran an article that stated sometime between Rubber Soul and Revolver the boys had recorded a new album. When Mal Evans took the master tape to Capitol in LA they got scanned and unfortunately damaged and erased going through the x-ray machine at LAX. Anybody know anything more of is this just another Rolling Stone " well, maybe this happened" type thing?

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16 February 2018
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Pretty sure that's not a true story. 1. The sessions would have been documented by Lewisohn and they are not. 2. Surely someone in one of the many Beatles resources online and in print would have mentioned this holy grail of Beatles albums, and I have yet to see anyone who does. 3. The only copy of the master would NEVER have been delivered to Capitol, EMI would have assiduously copied it before allowing it to leave the building. 4. Mal Evans would not have been dispatched to Capitol with EMI masters in any event - he was an employee of the Beatles organization and not EMI.

While it would be fun to imagine a great lost album, this is apocryphal at best.

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16 February 2018
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Would this have grown rumours from the Beatles one-time idea of recording at Stax Studio in Memphis?

I also read recently of an April Fool's joke about the Beatles being published in a magazine, but I cannot at this moment recall the details with confidence. It may have been that. Will try and remember where I read it and report back.

Regardless, it's, without doubt, untrue.

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris)

17 February 2018
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Pablo Ramon said
Pretty sure that's not a true story. 1. The sessions would have been documented by Lewisohn and they are not.

Agree that it's "not a true story"...  but not because of Lewisohn...  his research has its flaws just like any other so called "expert"...  the "tone pedal, later called Wah-Wah pedal" that he said George used on 'I Need You ' comes to mind...  I had both the tone & Wah Wah pedals back in my Rock 'N' Roll days and can tell you from personal experience that they aren't the same, and both make completely different effects...  George used the tone pedal on 'I Need You ', Vox introduced the Wah Wah a couple of years later...:-)

17 February 2018
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Billy Rhythm said

Pablo Ramon said
Pretty sure that's not a true story. 1. The sessions would have been documented by Lewisohn and they are not.

Agree that it's "not a true story"...  but not because of Lewisohn...  his research has its flaws just like any other so called "expert"...  the "tone pedal, later called Wah-Wah pedal" that he said George used on 'I Need You ' comes to mind...  I had both the tone & Wah Wah pedals back in my Rock 'N' Roll days and can tell you from personal experience that they aren't the same, and both make completely different effects...  George used the tone pedal on 'I Need You ', Vox introduced the Wah Wah a couple of years later...:-)  

Yeah sure Lewisohn isn't that accurate on the finer details but I don't see how enough sessions to record an entire album would slip past him without even a mention.

¡No pasarán!

 

17 February 2018
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Maybe this could have happened for an individual song or something but there's no way that could happen with a whole album.

¡No pasarán!

 

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