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BROWcast1# 101 - “Here We Go Again” (demo)
March 09, 2014 12:40 PM PDT
Back in October 1973, while John Lennon was in sessions for what would appear later on his collection of oldies called Rock ‘N’ Roll, he wrote a song with producer Phil Spector that remained unissued throughout the remainder of his lifetime. “Here We Go Again” was eventually released on Menlove Avenue, a collection of out-takes from the Walls & Bridges LP and Rock ‘N’ Roll LP, in 1986. This week’s feature is that same track in demo form. The Spector-produced version on Menlove Avenue sounds very reminiscent of John’s Rock ‘N’ Roll album with lots of brass in the mix and the “wall-of-sound” treatment. The naked version here is quite a contrast with John, still apparently working the song out with only an acoustic guitar.
March 02, 2014 06:02 AM PST
Early in the White Album sessions, the avant-garde piece known as “Revolution 9,” largely a concept of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s, was originally meant to be a chaotic coda to “Revolution 1.” Takes 1-17 of “Revolution 1″ were of a standard length, similar to what is now on record. Beginning with take 18 through take 20, the coda was added and later, after further development, John decided to make it a separate track. Although Paul McCartney shares a composition credit with John for it, he did not have any involvement with it, outside of the “Revolution 1″ track. In fact, he, along with producer George Martin, fought desperately to keep it off the record entirely, but John refused to drop it. Featured here is the fully intact account of take 20, where we hear the missing link between “Revolution 1″ and “Revolution 9.” The “Revolution 1″ section sounds very similar to the finalized account of the song but without the signature electric guitar in the intro, yet to be overdubbed in. The “Revolution 9″ section is certainly recognizable, yet there were a lot more changes to come, after it was separated into a track of it’s own. It’s also interesting to note that although the fast (single) version of “Revolution” was released first, these 20 takes of the White Album version were all recorded first.
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.comBROWcast #99 - "Lay His Head" (b-side)
February 23, 2014 06:37 AM PST
This week's BROWcast focuses on George Harrison who at the time of this writing would be coming up on his 71st birthday. I give a little background information about why one of George Harrison's best b-sides was never released on any of his official albums. "Lay His Head" did appear on a bonus 4-track CD that came packaged with his very rare 1988 book Songs By George Harrison and in remixed form as the b-side to his "Got My Mind Set On You" single in 1987. What a great tune!
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.comBROWcast #98 - “Return To Pepperland” (out-take)
February 16, 2014 06:46 AM PST
This week’s entry comes from the large and quite interesting collection of Paul McCartney out-takes over the years. Back in 1987, Paul, with Phil Ramone producing, had an entire album in the cannon, and for reasons unknown, backed out on releasing it. The album was titled Return To Pepperland (Twenty Years Later) which, of course, is a reference to that famous fantasy place in the Yellow Submarine film as well as the 20th anniversary of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band LP. Some of the tunes from the Return To Pepperland sessions surfaced on later releases. This title track for the aborted album was not one of those, but I have it for you here.
February 09, 2014 10:21 AM PST
This week's BROWcast goes into an early version of "And Your Bird Can Sing" from April 1966 when it was still going by the working title of "You Don't Get Me." The following week, this version was scrapped and the song was re-recorded from scratch creating the now-familiar version.
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.comBROWcast #96 - "Sour Milk Sea” (demo)
February 02, 2014 08:04 AM PST
One of George Harrison’s contenders for 1968's double-disc White Album was a song called “Sour Milk Sea.” Up for BROWcast this week is an early account of George demoing it to the other Beatles at his home in the southeastern UK town of Esher, around the third week of May 1968. As George accumulated more songs for the upcoming release, he decided to give the song to former member of the Undertakers, Jackie Lomax, who released his version of it as a single. Jackie was also one of the first musicians outside of The Beatles inner circle signed to their new label Apple.
January 26, 2014 01:24 PM PST
This week's BROWcast takes us slightly off the Beatle-path into Beatles-related territory with George Harrison and his fellow Wilburys. From the Volume 3 release released in 1990, the Traveling Wilburys issued a 12-inch single in the UK of "She's My Baby." A non-album b-side on the disk was their irresistible cover version of Del Shannon's "Runaway" sung by Jeff Lynne with George, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty on backing vocals. In 2007 when The Traveling Wilbury Collection box set was released, this track was included as a bonus. However, it was a new mix that replaced the guitar/harmonica instrumental break with a solo from a clavioline-based keyboard. The idea was to give the song more of the same sound of the original record, which had also used a clavioline. The original b-side version is now long out of print, but I have a copy dusted off for you here.
January 19, 2014 07:30 AM PST
“You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)” is a comical 5-part experiment John Lennon and Paul McCartney put together that resembles the craziness heard on their Christmas flexi-disc messages to their fan club. When initially released, there was a few edits applied to shorten it and these parts were later released on The Beatles Anthology 2, but with other edits that still did not give us the complete account of the song. I've put it all together for you in this week's BROWcast.
January 11, 2014 04:51 PM PST
This week’s BROW will take us back to 1968, when The Beatles were working on their infamous White Album. The recordings for this double album took place between May 30 and October 17, 1968 and it’s ironic that the song they worked on the longest during those five months of sessions was not even put on the record. "Not Guilty" was later recorded as a solo track for George Harrison in 1979. I've got further details and a great out-take Beatles version for you (longer than the Anthology version) right here.
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 #92 - “Everyone Wins” (original version from German b-side)
January 05, 2014 10:39 AM PST
One of the tracks on Ringo Starr's 2010-issued Y Not CD was first recorded back in 1992. Ringo released a CD single in Germany that was not released in the UK or the US of the song “Don’t Go Where The Road Don’t Go” (lifted from his Time Takes Time album). “Everyone Wins” was a b-side on the single virtually unheard of outside of Germany. The song never saw release in the US or UK, and now the German release is also well out of print. The newer version of this track features Benmont Tench, Gary Wright and Edgar Winter and is more keyboard-oriented, unlike the original version, which is more guitar-oriented.
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.
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