Released: 21 August 2000
Liverpool Sound Collage
Credited to producer Youth, Real Gone Dub is one of five tracks on the 2000 album Liverpool Sound Collage. It features a number of samples of dialogue from Beatles recording sessions.
Youth – real name Martin Glover – had previously collaborated with McCartney under the moniker The Fireman. Prior to Liverpool Sound Collage, The Fireman released two experimental electronic albums: 1993’s Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest, and 1998’s Rushes.
Real Gone Dub Made In Manifest In The Vortex Of The Eternal Now lasts 16’37, and is essentially a remix of Made Up, another part of the sound collage. The music is largely electronic, although samples from McCartney’s 1991 classical piece Liverpool Oratorio can be identified.
The Beatles’ dialogue was taped during the rehearsal for George Harrison’s Think For Yourself, on 8 November 1965. The group were told that George Martin would be recording their speech, in the hope that some would be usable in that year’s Christmas fan club single.
The Beatles deliberately exaggerated their accents, made jokes and generally acted foolish. Despite good intentions, none of it was used for the fan club single. However, all five pieces on Liverpool Sound Collage contained some speech from the session.
Real Gone Dub repeats four sections of dialogue, and features all four members of The Beatles. At various points the following elements appear:
Paul: Hang on. John’s just broken a string.
Ringo: Mal, will you come down and fix the seat?
George: The bit that John finally got.
John: Oh, well I can get back of it.
Some other samples, of members of the public interviewed by McCartney in Liverpool, can also be heard in the track. These appeared to a greater degree in Made Up.