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31 March 2014
Nashville Tennessee
The Cavern Club
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Thank you so much for the 7 minute rock show- oh man. I love it.ahdn_ringo_09

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31 March 2014
Musketeer Gripweed
Coldspring Harbor, NY
Royal Command Performance
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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. 

21 April 2014

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I love the original of this but John's version is so much fun

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28 April 2014
Alone in the clouds all blue...
Shea Stadium
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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 voiceahdn_paul_01*), 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".

5 May 2014
Alone in the clouds all blue...
Shea Stadium
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I've been listening to Live At The BBC and there's two very interesting songs in a row: a version of All My Loving with a great harmony in the last verse which I love, and a version of Things We Said Today with a completely different guitar type for the backing track: electric!

13 September 2014
Billy Rhythm
Carnegie Hall
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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:



1 January 2016
Ahhh Girl
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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:



I think it's safe to say that John inherited any genetic musical abilities from his Mother Julia...:-)



meanmistermustard said

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.

Did John Lennon Sabotage His Estranged Father’s Music Career?

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?

1 January 2016
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I don't know more than you do about the subject, but, to be honest, it sounds to me like nothing more than paranoid speculation.

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1 January 2016
The Netherlands
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It says ''Hollands gezongen'', which is Dutch for ''sung in Dutch'' and I have no idea why it says so, since English and Dutch are obviously two vastly different languages.

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