Released: 28 October 1996
Paul McCartney: vocals, acoustic guitar
Paul McCartney recorded a demo of Junk at George Harrison’s house in Esher, Surrey, towards the end of May 1968. The Beatles recorded demos of at least 26 songs, many of which subsequently appeared on the White Album.
Junk was one of many songs written by The Beatles in Rishikesh, India, where they studied meditation under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
The song was never recorded in the studio for the White Album, perhaps due to McCartney’s prolific songwriting upon his return from India. A very rough version, lasting just 16 seconds and sung in mock French, was busked on 9 January 1969 during the Get Back sessions in Twickenham Film Studios.
Junk did eventually surface in 1970, on McCartney’s self-titled debut solo album. Lasting just 1’57”, it was a four-track home recording, made in late 1969 or early 1970, with McCartney playing all instruments. It was later transferred to eight-track at Morgan Studios, London, where further overdubs were added.
An instrumental version with additional Mellotron string effects, titled Singalong Junk, also featured on the McCartney album.