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7 July 2014
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According to the 'Beatles recording sessions' by Mark Lewisohn, George Harrison once recorded a demo of 'oldbrown shoes' (among other songs) with a few vocals and guitar parts ... Has anybody here ever listened to it, or knows where could i find it?

 

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7 July 2014
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@Shamrock Womlbs If referring to the demo session George had on 25 February 1969, his 26th birthday, when he recorded versions of Old Brown Shoe All Things Must Pass  and Something , then all three songs are included on the 2nd disc of Anthology 3 .

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7 July 2014
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Ah! Thx Ron... You are the man! a-hard-days-night-ringo-15

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An alternate mix of the Old Brown Shoe demo taken from the 1969 acetate was booted on 'Abbey Road: A Moggical Mystery Tour' for anyone interested in all the variations out there. 

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Does anyone interpret the "Let me out..." vocals during the fade out as a comment from George on him wanting to get out of the Beatles? I've seen it written elsewhere that it was but I presume this is more in hindsight based on the following events.

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On the 1965 Christmas Record, John Lennon suggests at one point that the band should play "We'll Gather Lilacs In An Old Brown Shoe ".

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meanmistermustard said
Does anyone interpret the "Let me out..." vocals during the fade out as a comment from George on him wanting to get out of the Beatles? I've seen it written elsewhere that it was but I presume this is more in hindsight based on the following events.  

I always find it interesting how many people interpret this song in different ways...  Probably the most common interpretation is that it means absolutely nothing...  Here's one theory, which I don't necessarily agree with, but is fascinating nonetheless

http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/.....ad.667241/

The "escaping from this zoo" bit could also be a reference to George "wanting to get out of the Beatles", as is the title which suggests that the band is growing tired...  "I'm stepping out of this old brown show"...  meanmistermustard's take does seem to make the most sense...:-)

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I'm not great at music theory but, musically, doesn't this...

have certain musical echoes of this...

slowed down a step or two?

And then you wonder if the tune, the chords Georgie spoke of, some of the words, were an unadmitted tip of the hat to his then mentor, just as much as Ravi was, Bobby Dylan. "If I grow up I'll be a singer..."; "It won't be the same now I'm telling you..."; "You've got me escaping from this zoo...". Who knows?

I certainly think there's a valid musical comparison, though; that's George's tune is, at the least, a cousin of Bobby's...

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There's more than a passing resemblance there! I don't listen to enough later 60's Dylan to pick things like that up, but there's no doubt it was deliberate, probably as a homage that he hoped Dylan would notice.

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That's very interesting, @Ron Nasty. I'd not thought of the similarity before.

Obviously Dylan had been a big influence since 1964, and they co-wrote I'd Have You Anytime in the autumn of 1968, post-White Album . Old Brown Shoe was written and recorded a short while after, so I think you're definitely onto something.

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