Upon their return from India, all four Beatles gathered at Kinfauns, Harrison’s Esher bungalow, and recorded demos of 27 songs. One of the discarded titles was ‘Circles’, seemingly recorded alone by Harrison with just an organ accompaniment.
The May 1968 recording was eventually released, along with the other Kinfauns demos, on the 50th anniversary super deluxe reissue of the White Album.
Harrison revisited ‘Circles’ in 1978 during the sessions for his George Harrison album, but it was again left unfinished.
He returned to it a final time during the Gone Troppo sessions. The musicians included his former Beatles collaborator Billy Preston on organ and piano.
Curiously, Harrison’s 1982 vocal style recalls that of Harry Nilsson, who had visited The Beatles during the making of the White Album.
In February 1983 ‘Circles’ was the b-side of ‘I Really Love You’, the second single from Gone Troppo in the USA and the Netherlands. It failed to chart.