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Looking for funny/interesting alternate takes...
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RunForYourLife
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26 December 2011 - 7.50pm

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We've all heard the horror stories about early takes of songs that could've been drastically different… Recently, an early take of George Martin's solo on "In My Life" surfaced, with Martin on a Vox Continental organ instead of the sped-up piano:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MV5cQMY2MME?fs=1&feature=oembed%5D

 

Additionally, I've read that…

- an early Maestro fuzz-box was used in sessions for "She Loves You" and "Don't Bother Me"

- there's a take of "Yesterday" featuring John on hammond organ, accompanying Paul

- "Girl" had a fuzz-guitar line played by George that was just barely left out of the final mix

 

Does anyone know where to find any of these early takes? Post similar ones here, if you'd like.

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minime
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26 December 2011 - 9.34pm

Well... It isn't utterly horrible but I prefer the one that actually made its way to the recorded version.

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26 December 2011 - 9.55pm

That alternate organ solo on in my life surfaced years, i think it was first on a bootleg called From Me To You on the Roaring Mouse label.

I'll admit i'd never heard of any of the others before, its always cool to learn new stuff.

A little googling shows that Johns hammond organ playing on Yesterday was never recorded so will never appear on bootleg.

The fuzz box was used on early takes of Dont Bother Me but these have never been bootleg or officially released – yet.

Chapter 6

"Early studio effects

Continuing with their relentless schedule of live gigs, television appearances and radio shows, The Beatles found time to get into Abbey Road studio 2 again to continue work for their second LP, With The Beatles. On September 11th and 12th they recorded 'All I've Got To Do', 'Not A Second Time', 'Don't Bother Me', 'Little Child' and 'I Wanna Be Your Man'. Lennon and McCartney had written the latter song just days before and given it to The Rolling Stones, who also recorded it, as the a-side of their second single. Gibson's Maestro Fuzz-Tone distortion box, first experimented with by the group on the 'She Loves You' sessions a few months earlier, was tried again, this time by Lennon on early takes of 'Don't Bother Me', but again it did not make the final issued version.

A journalist present at the session reported that the first take was not too successful. "When they had rearranged the opening bars, John produced a fuzz box … John was knocked out with the result, but George Martin wasn't too happy. 'You'll have to do something, John,' said Martin. 'It's already distorting from the amplifier. Do you think it sounds OK? Are you sure about it?'" The vote went against the fuzz box. Harrison, the report continued, asked engineer Norman Smith,"                    

                                                                 Copyright BEATLES GEAR by Andy Babiuk

(found that on the web so apologies if incorrect)

 

No outtakes of She Loves You have ever surfaced so far.

 

The only alternate version of Girl available is a monitor mix of the backing track. However the Girl multitracks from Rock Band have surfaced and you might be able to hear it on one of the isolated tracks which can be found on this thread.

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27 December 2011 - 11.54pm

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I've heard some interesting takes of Hey Jude (take 8 or 9 I think) which sound a lot better than the final take in my opinion and there is even video footage of it. A good watch if you haven't seen it already

 

 

[youtube [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcS_6X0fevo?fs=1'feature=oembed

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28 December 2011 - 2.04pm

That's amazing to learn that they were experimenting with the fuzzbox less than a year after the Ventures introduced it to the music world!  To think that they could've beaten the Stones by a full two years if they'd used it...Is "Beatles Gear" yet another book I need to read?

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28 December 2011 - 3.27pm

Does anyone have a link to one of the early versions of Something where George subsitutes words in as placeholders?

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28 December 2011 - 3.51pm

Vonbontee, yes, "Beatles Gear" is a wonderful reference book for a musician.

Taxman, great outtake; love seeing those early versions.

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28 December 2011 - 4.35pm

minime said:

Well... It isn't utterly horrible but I prefer the one that actually made its way to the recorded version.

Same. I think the alternate take sounds like a Stylophone but I'm glad they didn't use it.

"Into the Sky with Diamonds" said:

Vonbontee, yes, "Beatles Gear" is a wonderful reference book for a musician.

Taxman, great outtake; love seeing those early versions.

 

'Anybody got a bit of money anybody got a bit of money'. I'm SO glad they never decided on that. It's terrible! No offence to those who like it. Does anyone prefer the Anthology version of 'Can't Buy Me Love' or is it just me?

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28 December 2011 - 5.51pm

The Taxman said:

(First post on Beatles Bible woo)

 

I've heard some interesting takes of Hey Jude (take 8 or 9 I think) which sound a lot better than the final take in my opinion and there is even video footage of it. A good watch if you haven't seen it already

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcS_6X0fevo?fs=1&feature=oembed

 

[youtube [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcS_6X0fevo?fs=1%27feature=oembed

*drools* Wow that video is just WONDERFUL!! I love John pouting at 4:09 *drools*

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28 December 2011 - 8.36pm

The Walrus said:

Does anyone have a link to one of the early versions of Something where George subsitutes words in as placeholders?

Sorry I haven't got a link - especially since I'm currently out of town - but I have heard a clip from those sessions, with George laughing about the silliness of the lyric "attracts me like a pomegranate". It's heartwarming!

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29 December 2011 - 3.01am

The Walrus said:

Does anyone have a link to one of the early versions of Something where George subsitutes words in as placeholders?

I think this is it but I don't think it's the full version

 

 

Also while we're talking about alternate takes, on Anthology 1 you can hear Pete Best pete-best drumming on Love Me Do. It's awful in my opinion.

 

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29 December 2011 - 3.25am

I dont think his drumming was awful, it would have been ok when playing live, but definately shows why George M wanted to hire another drummer. I'd be surprised to find many people who would have said a-hard-days-night-john-6a-hard-days-night-paul-2& mainly a-hard-days-night-george-7 were wrong to get Ringo in.

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29 December 2011 - 2.06pm

Does anyone prefer the Anthology version of 'Can't Buy Me Love' or is it just me?

Yeah, me too! It sounds better, especially those backing vocals are cool.


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29 December 2011 - 2.29pm

The Taxman said:

The Walrus said:

Does anyone have a link to one of the early versions of Something where George subsitutes words in as placeholders?

I think this is it but I don't think it's the full version

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW3Ax11lpvE?fs=1&feature=oembed

 

Also while we're talking about alternate takes, on Anthology 1 you can hear Pete Best pete-best drumming on Love Me Do. It's awful in my opinion.

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1mgIZrlLSE?fs=1&feature=oembed

Thanks!

Pretty mediocre drumming, I think anybody with a sense of rhythm could do that. Definitely not as good as Ringo.

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6 March 2012 - 8.16pm

Take 7 of Hey Jude recorded on the 30th July which has a guitar part at the beginning which may be what Paul and George H disagreed about and ended with George sitting in the recording booth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....MgZf2fKxUk

 

And quite possibly the greatest outfake ever made of a beatles track.

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6 March 2012 - 11.22pm

This Glass Onion could be better than the real one...

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7 March 2012 - 2.50am

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Agreed. (This isn't letting me quote for some reason?)
Has that Glass Onion take been included on any CD / compilation at all?

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7 March 2012 - 9.05am

That faked Glass Onion is on a small number of bootlegs (More Sweet Apples, Rarities 2 - We Can Work It Out) usually being passed as a rare or alternate mix. Its generally overlooked by bootleggers since its fake and created from the commercial version ie nothing new Beatle-wise.

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