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BROWcast #184 - "Something" (take 37)
October 04, 2015 06:52 PM PDT
“Something” was a song written by George Harrison in January 1969 and later featured, not only on the Abbey Road album later in the year, but also on the a-side of a single coupled with John Lennon’s “Come Together” on the b-side. This was George’s first composition (and last) to be issued on the top side of a Beatles single. It was a good pick too because it topped the U.S. charts (Billboard) and reached number 4 on the U.K (Melody Maker) charts. It is second only to “Yesterday” as being the most covered Beatles song of all time. Both John Lennon and Paul McCartney praised “Something” as among the best songs written by George, or that the group had to offer. For BROWcast this week, I have an early mix of the song with the original vocal track recorded prior to the one we hear on the master take. It's take 37, complete with sound engineer Phil McDonald’s take announcement.
BROW = Beatles Rarity Of The Week (as introduced on TheBeatlesRarity.com) and BROWcast is the podcast version. BROWcast was originally publicized on Fab4Radio. For more Beatles rarities be sure to visit TheBeatlesRarity.com.BROWcast #183 - "Across The Universe" (the experimental take 7)
September 27, 2015 05:10 AM PDT
For this week's Beatles oddity I'm sharing the experimental "hums wild" version of "Across The Universe" prepared from take 7. The backwards harp and guitar and additional humming during the "om" chants give it a completely different feel.
BROW = Beatles Rarity Of The Week (as introduced on TheBeatlesRarity.com) and BROWcast is the podcast version. BROWcast was originally publicized on Fab4Radio. For more Beatles rarities be sure to visit TheBeatlesRarity.com.BROWcast #182 - "Rooster" (instrumental out-take, 1971)
September 18, 2015 04:10 AM PDT
Also called "The Great Cock And Seagull Race," this was one of Wings' out-takes from the period shortly after the release of the their Wild Life debut LP. Wings was a four-piece unit at the time with Paul McCartney, his wife Linda, Denny Laine and Denny Seiwell. This version of the song is a different take than the one that now appears as bonus material on 2012 remastered editions of Ram and over a minute longer.
BROW = Beatles Rarity Of The Week (as introduced on TheBeatlesRarity.com) and BROWcast is the podcast version. BROWcast was originally publicized on Fab4Radio. For more Beatles rarities be sure to visit TheBeatlesRarity.com.BROWcast #181 - "Yer Blues" (Dirty Mac rehearsal, 1968)
September 12, 2015 06:10 PM PDT
This week I’m featuring a rehearsal performance by John Lennon's ad-hoc supergroup The Dirty Mac formed for his appearance on the Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus film. The track is John's White Album classic with The Beatles, “Yer Blues” and is played sometime on December 11th, 1968 before the filming began. Although John is singing a guide vocal here, it is barely audible and completely absent in spots. Others in The Dirty Mac included Eric Clapton (guitar), Mitch Mitchell (drums) and Keith Richards (bass).
September 06, 2015 08:02 AM PDT
This week on the BROWcast I'm remembering a special 12-inch single mix of Paul McCartney's Press To Play song "Angry." It's got additional horns and a punchier sound than the standard version from the album and is getting pretty hard to find these days.
August 30, 2015 09:57 AM PDT
This week I'm featuring an alternate mix of George Harrison's b-side track from the 1971 "Bangla Desh" benefit single. The song is called "Deep Blue." Sourced from a tape made from acetates that were received along with multi-tracks of the master, it contains a few subtle differences to the already obscure but most familiar version.
August 22, 2015 06:29 PM PDT
BROWcast this week explains a flaw that was inherent in the original stereo mix of The Beatles' track "I Should Have Known Better" that was finally corrected by means of an edit for the 1982 Beatles film songs compilation Reel Music. The harmonica in the intro on the original mix played by John Lennon has a moment where he runs out of breath. Since Reel Music is no longer part of The Beatles' current catalog (and is actually long out of print), versions of the song in the current catalog are still containing the flaw and the corrected version has become a rarity that we'll listen to here.BROWcast #177 - "Party Seacombe" (rare mono mix)
August 16, 2015 05:32 AM PDT
Have a listen this week to the rare mono mix of a track from George Harrison's first solo effort. The album Wonderwall Music released in 1968 was also the first LP to be released on The Beatles new Apple label as well as the soundtrack to an artsy swinging sixties film. As mono was being phased out at the time only a limited number of mono pressings of the album were manufactured in the UK (and none in the US). That's why this mono mix of the creative instrumental "Party Seacombe" is considered rare. Eric Clapton and Ringo Starr join George on guitar and drums for this one too.BROWcast #176 - "And I Love Her" (live in Rio, 2011)
August 09, 2015 03:42 AM PDT
On May 22nd, 2011, Paul McCartney performed before a crowd of 90,000 at Engenhão, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Paul responds to the over-excited chants of "We love you - yeah, yeah, yeah!" from the audience, just before a performance of "And I Love Her," by saying the same back to crowd.
August 02, 2015 05:02 AM PDT
From John Lennon & Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy sessions, this is an early take of "I'm Losing You" that includes Cheap Trick guitarist and drummer Rick Nielsen and Bun E. Carlos. While the John Lennon Anthology box set included a remix of this take that edited much of Rick's part out, this is the raw and edited account of the recording.
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