10 June 2013
16 January 2014
This was given to Harry Nilsson as Mucho Mungo/Mt Elga with different lyrics from Harry's Pussy Cats Album John produced. Apparently John had worked on writing the song with Phil Spector. He did not like the middle 8 Phil wrote though and I believed this to be an updated version with a different middle 8 John wrote. It was one of his Dakatoa recordings with a drum machine from his house husband/retirement period. This mix on youtube added backing bongos/brought his vocals out more in the mix. Best version I've personally heard though.
1 May 2011
I love the original of this but John's version is so much fun
"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris)
"Don't make your love suffer insecurities; Trade the baggage of "self" to set another one free" ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)
2 April 2014
Said this before, but I love hearing alternate versions of songs. It's like discovering something completely new, especially when I hear new lyrics - gives me chills every time, like the last verse in the acoustic version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps and the slow version of Helter Skelter. I always try to include the alternate lyrics when I'm singing, as well, just as a little novelty.
Are there any songs bar the ones I've mentioned which have different lyrics in earlier demos? I know of the Gently Weeps and Helter Skelter (which I admittedly can't fully decipher because of Paul's shouty voice*), but I love hearing new ones.
*I know most of it, it's just a couple of words. "When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the ride, and [something] and I never get high till I get to the bottom and I see you again".
2 April 2014
22 December 2013
Here's some more great stuff, this first one is a "fan edit" from a few different takes of 'I Want You (She's So Heavy)' that is most enjoyable to listen to, eventhough I'd prefer to hear the takes unedited instead myself personally:
Next, Take 7 of 'She's A Woman' which features an extended jam, look for this one (and other takes as well) to possibly surface at the end of the year if Apple should repeat their "forced" release of 1964 Beatlegs to retain Copyright of them, fans of Paul's "Long Tall Sally Voice" will enjoy his performance here, especially during the jam session part:
An earlier example of Paul's "Little Richard Voice" from the Cavern Club Days:
20 August 2013
Billy Rhythm said
Not sure how many of you have heard this one, a single released by John Lennon's Father in the sixties to cash in on his son's fame, his speaking voice is very similar to John's, here's 'That's My Life' by Freddie Lennon:
Can see why it didn't do anything.
If ever there was an example of someone getting to make a record based entirely on the people they knew.
I ran across this story today. Here's a little bit from the article.
On Dec. 31, 1965, John Lennon‘s father, Alfred “Freddie” Lennon, released his first record, “That’s My Life (My Love and My Home).” John and Beatles‘ manager Brian Epstein were reportedly furious at what they believed was Freddie’s attempt to cash in on his son’s success. Epstein would be accused of having “That’s My Life” pulled from the charts – perhaps at John’s request.
“At Christmas 1965, we heard that Alf had made a record, under the trendier name of Fred Lennon,” wrote John’s wife Cynthia Lennon in John. “‘That’s My Life (My Love and My Home)’ was awful, and hugely embarrassing to John, who was furious at his father’s blatant jump onto the bandwagon of his own success. He asked Brian to do anything he could to stop it. Whether Brian did or not I don’t know, but the record never made it into the charts and soon disappeared.”
Freddie seemed certain, however, of how things had unfolded. In Charlie Lennon: Uncle to a Beatle Freddie’s brother Charlie wrote, “Alfred went up to visit John in Weybridge and to see why Brian Epstein had taken Alfred’s record, ‘That’s My Life (My Love And My Home),’ off the charts. […] He slammed the door in his dad’s face.”
Does anyone know more about this story?
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