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Please Mister Postman
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18 February 2015
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Note by Ahhh Girl 17 February 2015: Originally this post began a new thread with the title "Please Mr. Postman - Take 3 or 7?"

Hello,

This is my first time on the forum. I had come across the recording from a few years ago. It's an alternate take of Please Mr. Postman. I believe it belongs to the Alf Bicknell tapes from 1964. I cleaned up the sound a bit. All I know is that it's a monitor mix (you can hear George Harrison speaking at 1:10) with alternate instrumentation and vocals.

If anyone has extra info on this recording (Or a copy with better sound quality), that would be great!

Please Mr. Postman (Alternate Take)

Thanks!

18 February 2015
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It's take 3, take 9 is also on the Bicknell tapes but is the released version albeit the ending is very slightly longer. Not sure about sound quality improvements as it started out pretty average to begin with and there isnt much to be done.

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18 February 2015
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I wanted to listen to Please Mister Postman but was told I've got to wait a minute.

 

Sorry

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18 February 2015
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@chrisredditch Its on youtube but you can listen to it thru the link posted by emshicks321 without having to download.

I think the story is that John placed a tape recorder in the studio during a playback of the takes and then later on gave the tapes to Alf when he stopped working with the band in 1966. They were later found in a garage before being put up for auction. You read John C Winn's entry on the session that yielded this and other material here (just scroll down to the entry #42 - studio session 30th July 1963).

The most complete bootleg of this material is 'The Alf Bicknell Tapes' and can be downloaded here. Track listing is

  1. If I Fell 4:05 - John composing demo, Flat 3, 13 Emperor's Gate, London, between Jan 1-15, 1964
  2. Don't Bother Me (composing demo) 5:52 - George composing demo, Palace Court Hotel, Bournemouth, between Aug 19-24, 1963
  3. Instrumental #1 :32
  4. Instrumental #2 2:32
  5. Michelle 1:03
  6. Instrumental #3 :11
  7. Instrumental #4 1:21
  8. Instrumental #5 1:08
  9. Three Coins In The Fountain 1:36 - Paul, acoustic guitar ideas, 20 Forthlin Road, Liverpool, ca. July 1963
  10. Rockin' And Rollin' (piano, bass, guitar) :59
  11. Rockin' And Rollin' (fragments with trumpet + 2nd guitar) :14
  12. Rockin' And Rollin' (false starts) :23
  13. Rockin' And Rollin' (overdub of trumpet & 3rd guitar) 1:25
  14. Rockin' And Rollin' (2nd overdub of vocals) 1:12
  15. Instrumental * 1:17 - Paul & John (* with possibly John on drums), 20 Forthlin Road, Liverpool, ca. July 1963 (note: actually recorded in EMI on the 29th July 1963)
  16. Please Mr. Postman (take 3) 2:38
  17. Please Mr. Postman (take 9) 2:33
  18. It Won't Be Long (take 7) 2:18
  19. It Won't Be Long (take 10?) 2:01 - monitor mixes of unused takes, Abbey Road , 7-30-63
  20. Love Me Do 1:27 - taped off the radio from PGTB #6, 7-23-63
  21. Tammy / Over The Rainbow 2:03 - John & Paul, possibly at 20 Forthlin Road, Liverpool, ca. July 1963
  22. 1 Kings: 17 / 18; Psalm 23, Psalm 24 9:51 - John, George & Gerry Marsden, Royal Pier Hotel, Weston-Super-Mare, between July 22-27, 1963
  23. Asking for directions #1 1:21
  24. Asking for directions #2 2:24
  25. Asking for directions #3 2:51
  26. Asking for directions #4 1:56 - John, George & Gerry Marsden, Weston-Super-Mare, between July 22-27, 1963
  27. Dialogue (with music on the hi-fi) 4:59
  28. Unintelligible, distorted speech 1:30 - John, Cyn, Julian, George + unidentified man, 251 Menlove Ave ., Liverpool, ca. 7-15-63

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18 February 2015
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chrisredditch said

I wanted to listen to Please Mister Postman but was told I've got to wait a minute.

 

Sorry

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@chrisredditch Its on youtube but you can listen to it thru the link posted by emshicks321 without having to download.

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18 February 2015
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Zig said

chrisredditch said

I wanted to listen to Please Mister Postman but was told I've got to wait a minute.

 

Sorry

meanmistermustard said

@chrisredditch Its on youtube but you can listen to it thru the link posted by emshicks321 without having to download.

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18 February 2015
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LOL, I got the joke, and I was wondering who else did. Perhaps mmm has been waiting a lot for bootlegs to down load.

19 February 2015
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When you download bootlegs in some places you have to wait for a minute or so before you can so the joke never occurred to me as i just thought it was the same for @chrisredditch here.

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meanmistermustard said

When you download bootlegs in some places you have to wait for a minute or so before you can so the joke never occurred to me as i just thought it was the same for @chrisredditch here.

I figured that was your line of thinking. I've had that "minute" wait before when nabbing files.

19 February 2015
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meanmistermustard said
When you download bootlegs in some places you have to wait for a minute or so before you can so the joke never occurred to me as i just thought it was the same for @chrisredditch here.

It was very kind of you to offer some help.

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