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Alternative versions of songs
2 June 2015
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Dunno if this is already a thread (move this if it is), but I think some alternative versions of the Beatles songs are better than their main version. The best example is probably the live performances of Yesterday during '66.

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Rare recordings/obscure songs/alternate versions of well known songs, etc.
Alternate takes / demos
Looking for funny/interesting alternate takes...
Anthology versions you prefer over the original

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@Knight There is a similar, but not quite duplicate, thread called 'Anthology songs that should have been on original albums'.  

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@Joe, @Zig, @meanmistermustard, and I are contemplating our options with the various alternative takes threads. Give us a bit of time to decide.

https://www.beatlesbible.com/f.....songs-etc/

https://www.beatlesbible.com/f.....kes-demos/

https://www.beatlesbible.com/f.....ate-takes/

And one more about alternative versions from Anthology https://www.beatlesbible.com/f.....-original/

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I don't know about better than the original, but I always liked this early mix of Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band without the brass and with an extended fade-out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?.....AVKEee8b7s

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"I Call Your Name " is underwhelming and is never going to crack the top 100 Beatle songs in anyone's poll- but the sultry Mama Cass puts a whole new spin on it.

And though I love George Martin's instrumental break, I think "In My Life " is better by Judy Collins. (Blasphemy!)

The Beatles' version is a bit too fast for me, and it's the rare instance where I'd have preferred no harmonies

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Again, I don't know about better than the original, but I always liked this demo version of George's song Isn't It A Pity from the Get Back sessions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?.....yt48O3iNI8

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Again, I don't know about better than the original, but I always liked this demo version of George's song Isn't It A Pity from the Get Back sessions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yt48O3iNI8

I like it too! But then, I'm a total sucker for acoustic demos. 

There's also this version

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Judy Collins's voice is exquisite; but I don't like the halting, slow pace of her rendition.  The bass violin being bowed (I think) is nice. 

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  Although most recognized from the Let It Be LP, but as we know, it was first recorded in '68 for the "Our World" Wildlife Fund record.  The Let It Be version is actually the alternate version since Phil Spector added all the extra sounds to it much later than the '68 version.

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@Bongo Yeah, I like the Phil version better, but I do think the intro and outro are great!

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Recently listened to a version of The Fool On The Hill from the Anthology series. I think it's interesting in a similar vein to the '66 concert versions of Yesterday , with a bit of a more band vibe, but in this case, I prefer the original. The alternative take has some interesting lyric changes, though. My favorite is: "He's no fool."

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@Knight: could you post a link to that alternative version? Is it on You Tube? Thanks, Oudis.

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@Oudis I believe @Knight was referring to take 4, which can be found on Anthology 2 .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?.....V-NLlfAAjA

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Now everyone knows this, but the piano version of The Long And Winding Road is less pretentious, and overall better.

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I love the alternate version of Norwegian Wood with the extra sitar! ahdn_george_05

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I've been listening to the original Get Back album proposals, and the alternative version of Don't Let Me Down that starts with Save The Last Dance For Me is pretty impressive. It took me by surprise and sounds pretty good.

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