“Revolution 1 (Take 20)” (10:47)
Has Another Holy Grail Surfaced?
The legendary, unreleased “Revolution 1 (Take 20)” has surfaced. Mark Lewisohn tells us in The Beatles Recording Sessions (pop ups below) that this take (#18, revised to #20 after overdubs) was the first track recorded for The White Album, begun on May 30, 1968. Takes 1-17 were shorter, more conventional versions of the song, but #18/20 (the take edited and used on the album) went on for over 10 minutes, dissolving into chaos and inspiring the infamous “Revolution 9” – which used some of this track’s sounds, effects & voices (like Yoko Ono’s familiar “you become naked”). Is it real? Knowledgeable die-hards think so, and it sounds great. Ignore the disguise, @320/FLAC (#94 in Comments).