Category Archives: GEORGE HARRISON


THE BEATLES Christmas Album (1970)

The Beatles Christmas Album (1970)
The Last Beatles Album

FROM 2011: I had just joined The Beatles Fan Club in early 1970 when, one day out of the blue, this arrived at my doorstep. No notice… it just showed up free of charge. Being new, I was clueless about the yearly Christmas messages they sent out, in the form of flexi-discs, and, unless I’m mistaken, the Official Fan Club dissolved not long after I got this (or maybe I just stopped paying dues after the band split by mid-70). But The Beatles Christmas Album, which I kept for decades before finally cashing it in, is all I remember about the whole fan club experience. Of course, these days the title has been bootlegged and expanded, and is now gettable as a padded 2CD download, which tends to show up around this time of year. This, however, is the original… and it contains at least a couple of hidden gems. “1967” is a lost slab of pure Beatles psychedelia – with a catchy dirge, “Christmas Time (Is Here Again)” – alongside some stoned shenanigans. A fun, repeat-listen track that’s often forgotten, since most people only remember the Christmas Album as little more than the boys reading those dumb ‘thanks for buying our albums’ scripts year after year. But, do not miss “1968,” featuring John Lennon’s bitter tirade (disguised as a nursery rhyme) about the newly drawn line-in-the-sand between “two balloons called Jock and Yono” and his “beast friends.” The tension, and Lennon’s pointedness, is astounding, and you’ll quickly hear why The Beatles recorded their parts separately that year (for the first time). George introduces Tiny Tim to sing “Nowhere Man.” Jeez… even George was gettin’ pissy. By “1969,” Jock had chilled, and he and Yono submitted a typically meandering, but fun musical performance piece. Cherry-picking The BCA yields some fun results. Click the grey boxes at the top (or the Beatles’ names at the bottom) for tons more from The Fabs. You can find The Beatles Christmas Album at Amazon (HERE), but it’s hard to know if it’s legit or not, since Amazon openly sells bootlegs of this album, too.

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1965 (6:25)
1966 (6:41)
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1968 (7:55)
1969 (7:45)


THE BEATLES: THE CAPITOL ALBUMS VOLS. 1 & 2 (Original US Albums 2004/2006) – Meet The Beatles, The Beatles’ Second Album, Something New, Beatles ’65, The Early Beatles, Beatles VI, Help!, Rubber Soul

41n4dPP4jpLNOW INCLUDING THE TRUE MONO 2nd PRESSINGS OF RUBBER SOUL & BEATLES VI ! NOTE: These are NOT the 2014 re-issues that inexplicably used 2009 remastered files instead of the original, very different, Capitol masters we all remembered. These are the Capitol/Apple 2004 & 2006 box sets that were “compiled from the original U.S. master tapes.” The Brits must think we’re daft for dragging these mangled, reverb-laden old Capitol Records releases back from oblivion and into the digital age. For youngsters not acquainted with the peculiarities of Beatlemania in America, Capitol Records took George Martin’s original tapes and doused them in reverb, then chopped the British albums into smaller, differing LP configurations, all to squeeze a few extra albums, and a lot more sales, out of a fad that was practically guaranteed to expire before the last lunch box or bubblegum card could roll off the assembly line. That’s how the The Beatles’ UK debut morphed into their 5th LP in the States, how The Beatles’ Second Album ended up being almost a ‘covers’ album, and how Capitol was able to squeeze out five Beatles albums in 1965 alone, Beatles ’65 (actually issued in December ’64), The Early Beatles, Beatles VI, Help! and Rubber Soul. For disciples, there are oddities to be found buried in these digital grooves; like the false start on “I’m Looking Through You” and the original score music from Help! (first time on CD). It should be noted that the first pressing of Beatles VI and Rubber Soul were marred by using “folded down” mono versions, 51JN6M0E24Lby lazily “folding” two stereo tracks into one. But the 2nd pressings of the Vol. 2 box corrected that stupidity. We’ve now got both mono versions for those LPs available. For all their faults, Capitol did do one thing right for the new millennium crowd… they fit both stereo and mono versions onto one disc. Something that would have been nice for the 2009 reissues, but there was too much money involved to allow that to happen. A Hard Day’s Night is not included in the first Capitol box, as it was originally issued on United Artists Records – though Something New closely approximates it. As for Yesterday And Today and Revolver, I’m not really sure of the reasoning for leaving them out. So… why is it we Yanks seem to be clinging to these clearly inferior versions, oh-so-many decades later? Well, truth is… we’re not. Capitol was merely filling a minor marketing void with these re-issues, so except for those rabid collectors that just must have it all, there’s really only one reason all this stuff could hold any interest for the average Joe… memories. Those misty, water-colored memories of the way we were. Personally, I like the nifty cover reproductions. Of course, we’ve got dozens of Beatles-related posts hiding in the archives… just click HERE. You can get the 2004/2006 Capitol boxes at Amazon, HERE & HERE. File Under: The Beatles – Pop Rock, Vocal Group.
I Want To Hold Your Hand
I Saw Her Standing There
This Boy
It Won’t Be Long
All I’ve Got To Do
All My Loving
Don’t Bother Me
Little Child
Till There Was You
Hold Me Tight
I Wanna Be Your Man
Not A Second Time

Roll Over Beethoven
Thank You Girl
You Really Got A Hold On Me
Devil In Her Heart
You Can’t Do That
Long Tall Sally
I Call Your Name
Please Mr.Postman
I’ll Get You
She Loves You

I’ll Cry Instead
Things We Said Today
Any Time At All
When I Get Home
Slow Down
Tell Me Why
And I Love Her
I’m Happy Just to Dance With You
If I Fell
Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand

No Reply
I’m A Loser
Baby’s In Black
Rock And Roll Music
I’ll Follow The Sun
Mr. Moonlight
Honey Don’t
I’ll Be Back
She’s A Woman
I Feel Fine
Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby

Love Me Do
Twist And Shout
Anna (Go To Him)
Ask Me Why
Please Please Me
PS I Love You
Baby It’s You
A Taste Of Honey
Do You Want To Know A Secret

Kansas City
Eight Days A Week
You Like Me Too Much
Bad Boy
I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party
Words Of Love
What You’re Doing
Yes It Is
Dizzy Miss Lizzie
Tell Me What You See
Every Little Thing

The Night Before
From Me To You Fantasy (Instrumental)
You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
I Need You
In The Tyrol (Instrumental)
Another Girl
Another Hard Day’s Night (Instrumental)
Ticket To Ride
The Bitter End / You Can’t Do That (Instrumental)
You’re Gonna Lose That Girl
The Chase (Instrumental)

I’ve Just Seen A Face
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
You Won’t See Me
Think For Yourself
The Word
It’s Only Love
I’m Looking Through You
In My Life
Run For Your Life


Porky’s Revenge (Soundtrack 1985) w/ Dave Edmunds, George Harrison, Carl Perkins, Jeff Beck & Bonus Trks!

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2004 Reissue Of A Leading Contender For The Best Soundtrack To The Worst Movie Award

Excellent and, more importantly, fun soundtrack to the teen sex romp, Porky’s Revenge. Curator Dave Edmunds got a bunch of his pals together to record new originals and covers for this set; including George Harrison, with a previously unreleased Dylan tune, “I Don’t Want To Do It,” Carl Perkins’ re-visit of “Blue Suede Shoes” (with Edmunds on guitar and at the dials), Willie Nelson’s “Love Me Tender,” Clarence Clemons’ righteous take on the “Peter Gunn Theme,” Jeff Beck’s cover of the classic, “Sleepwalk” and Robert Plant’s Crawling King Snakes’ “Philadelphia Baby.” Of course, Edmunds shines in all his roots-rockin’ glory on some solo offerings, including the infectious “High School Nights”… not to mention a b-side bonus track and a Perkins outtake of “Honey Don’t.” There’s lot’s more Dave Edmunds in the archives, including; Get It, Tracks On Wax 4, The College Radio Network Presents Dave Edmunds And Rockpile, Odds & Edmunds, ROCKPILE’s Seconds Of Pleasure and numerous releases as a session player/producer with Carlene Carter, Nick Lowe & The Flamin’ Groovies… not to mention his filmed performance in Stardust (along with That’ll Be The Day) for your viewing pleasure. ALL HERE. Get Porky’s Revenge at Amazon, HERE.

DAVE EDMUNDS High School Nights (3:12)
Do You Wanna Dance (2:33)
Sleepwalk (2:19)
I Don’t Want To Do It (2:55)
Stagger Lee (2:57)
Blue Suede Shoes (2:24)
Peter Gunn Theme (2:37)
Queen Of The Hop (2:16)
Love Me Tender (2:32)
Philadelphia Baby (2:18)
Porky’s Revenge (4:46)
Honey Don’t (2:48) – Bonus Track
Don’t Call Me Tonight (2:29) – Bonus Track


GEORGE HARRISON Was The Beatles (George’s Beatles Compositions On One Disc)

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All George’s Beatles Songs In 74m

FROM 2009: When CD burners first hit the shelves, my very first project was this… pulling all of George Harrison’s compositions as a Beatle together onto one disc. I’m a big fan of his psychedelic years – 1966 to 1968, “Love You To” to “The Inner Light” – but there are plenty of stellar Harrison moments to enjoy, from his simple, 1961 introduction, “Cry For A Shadow” (a co-write with Lennon), to his full-blown commercial awakening in 1969 (“Something,” “Here Comes The Sun”). Instead of release dates, the sequencing here is loosely based on when Harrison first took these songs into the studio, so you can hear George’s progression from year to year. This way, The Beatles’ stripped-down White Album material appears after the raging psychedelia of Yellow Submarine, the way nature intended it. “Only A Northern Song” was actually George’s initial contribution to Sgt. Pepper’s, while “Long, Long, Long” just might be The Beatles’ single most underrated song. “I Me Mine” wound up being the band’s last official recording session – the real The End – as John vacationed, George, Paul & Ringo recorded the tune to finish off the lingering Let It Be album in January, 1970. Then… it was all over. The Beatles would split up only months later. We did one of these for Lennon (HERE) and Ringo (HERE). 2009 source material.

Cry For A Shadow (Lennon/Harrison)
Don’t Bother Me
You Like Me Too Much
I Need You
If I Needed Someone
Think For Yourself
Love You To
I Want To Tell You
Only A Northern Song
Within You Without You
It’s All Too Much
Flying (Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey)
Blue Jay Way
The Inner Light
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Savoy Truffle
Long Long Long
For You Blue
Old Brown Shoe
Here Comes The Sun
I Me Mine


THE BEATLES Baby It’s You (1995), Free As A Bird (1995) & Real Love (1996) – Three CD Singles With Unreleased Tracks Available Nowhere Else!

So… you’ve got the 2009 remasters, the three Anthology releases, all the BBC Recordings and the slew of vinyl oddities that haven’t been re-issued on CD yet. All set? Not yet… not without these. In 1995-96, The Beatles released three Maxi-Singles promoting Live At The BBC and Anthology 1 & 2, each containing 3 unreleased tracks available nowhere else… not counting bootlegs & fan club releases, of course [*though, “Boys” and “I’ll Follow The Sun,” from Baby It’s You, surfaced years later on 2013’s Live At The BBC Volume Two]. Here they are, all together now in one 70MB swoop. First posted in 2009. There’s plenty more Beatles in the archives, HERE. Find Baby, It’s You (HERE), Free As A Bird (HERE) and Real Love (HERE) at Amazon.

Baby It’s You (1995)

Baby It’s You (From Live At The BBC)
*I’ll Follow The Sun (BBC LiveNov 17, 1964) Previously Unreleased
Devil In Her Heart (BBC LiveJul 16, 1963) Previously Unreleased
*Boys (BBC LiveJun 17, 1963) Previously Unreleased

Free As A Bird (1995)

Free As A Bird (From Anthology 1)
I Saw Her Standing There (Take 9 – Feb 11, 1963) Previously Unreleased
This Boy (Incomplete Takes 12 & 13 – Oct 17, 1963) Previously Unreleased
Christmas Time (Is Here Again) (Nov 28, 1967) Fan Club Only LP Release

Real Love (1996)

Real Love (From Anthology 2)
Baby’s In Black (Hollywood Bowl – Aug 30 1965) Previously Unreleased
Yellow Submarine (New 1996 Mix – May/June, 1966) Previously Unreleased
Here, There & Everywhere (Take 7+13-Jun 16 1966) Previously Unreleased


BOBBY WHITLOCK Bobby Whitlock + Raw Velvet (1972) plus… A Rock ‘n’ Roll Autobiography (2010 pdf)

Bobby Whitlock (1972)
Raw Velvet (1972)
Rock’s Unsung Utility Man

Singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist Bobby Whitlock was at the nexus of the fruitful creative union of Delaney And Bonnie & Friends and Eric Clapton’s Derek & The Dominoes. After putting in years as a session player for Stax Records (as well as being the first honky signed to the label), Whitlock was possibly the most influential member of both bands, fusing his Stax experience with Delaney & Bonnie’s southern gospel rock before being pinched by Derek for his blues-based Dominoes – where Whitlock’s personal style was nearly as dominate as Clapton’s. His first two solo albums were released in 1972, and fans of both D&B and D&TD should appreciate the common ground. You can clearly hear the Stax DNA in Whitlock’s horn-heavy “Back In My Life Again,” while the debut LP’s rootsy, gospel-based balladeering reflects his upbringing as the son of preacher man. Andy Johns produces. Admittedly, Bobby Whitlock‘s success rate is scattershot. I had it back in the day, but largely forgot about it over the years, typically opting for his work within the more dynamic LPs of his mates. The quick follow-up contains more of the same, with a new emphasis on more rockin’ riffs that work convincingly within Whitlock’s style. FrontHe even revisits the Dominoes’ “Tell The Truth,” albeit juiced with a sped up tempo. Many of the pals Whitlock supported over the years show up to support him on both of these sets, recently reissued on vinyl in 2013 (HERE & HERE), including Clapton, his fellow Dominoes, D&B, George Harrison (BW’s work went uncredited on All Things Must Pass) and many others. This rip comes from Where There’s A Will There’s A Way: The ABC-Dunhill Recordings, which remasters both LPs on a single disc. Find it at Amazon, HERE. Find lots of BW with D&B (HERE) and EC (HERE) in the archives.

Where There’s A Will (3:45)
Song For Paula (3:17)
A Game Called Life (4:15)
Country Life (3:06)
A Day Without Jesus (3:24)
Back In My Life Again (3:31)
The Scenery Has Slowly Changed (3:53)
I’d Rather Live The Straight Life (2:30)
The Dreams Of A Hobo (3:24)
Back Home In England (2:51)

Tell The Truth (3:51)
Bustin’ My Ass (3:32)
Write You A Letter (2:30)
Ease Your Pain (3:04)
If You Ever (3:18)
Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingham (3:57)
You Came Along (3:05)
Think About It (3:09)
Satisfied (2:57)
Dearest I Wonder (3:49)
Start All Over (3:25)

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Here’s a pdf of Whitlock’s 2010 autobiography. You can get a hard copy at Amazon, where there’s a slew of 5-star reviews, HERE.


GEORGE HARRISON Somewhere In England (1980 Rejected Version) – Original Warner Bros. Sequencing

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George’s Pink Slipped LP, Sequenced According To The Original Artwork

Most fans know the story behind George Harrison’s Somewhere In England. He originally submitted his 9th solo LP to Warner Brothers in 1980, only to have it handed back to him as unsatisfactory. George was pissed, and anyone familiar with the guy’s history knows him as someone who doesn’t cotton much to being artistically dictated to (just ask Paul). Still… Harrison acquiesced, but only after making a mental note to not re-sign with the label after his next (and last) contracted LP (Gone Troppo). As fate would have it, the record company interference worked to Harrison’s advantage… in a sickening way, of course. While George was preparing new tracks to bolster this rejected LP’s commerciality, John Lennon was murdered. In response, Harrison took a backing track he had originally worked up for Ringo, “All Those Years Ago,” re-wrote the lyrics as a tribute (of sorts) to Lennon and his time with The Beatles, and included it on the new (and approved) Somewhere In England. The tune was a sizable hit. Harrison, being Harrison, also managed to get his digs in at WB with the album’s new lead off track, a bitter indictment of the music business entitled “Blood From A Clone.” What we have here is Harrison’s originally submitted music (as has been disseminated via the web, anyway). What’s different about this post is the sequencing. Famed Beatles bootleg experts, Vigotone, have etched this underground release in stone with their 1996 issue of this material… but, with a different running order. Since 1996, the album’s original artwork has surfaced in the form of uncut cover slicks, showing a completely different sequencing from Vigotone’s notable release (seen HERE). We’ve replicated the Warner artwork’s running order here, providing a fresh listen to one of George Harrison’s career-altering experiences with a major label. We’ve got way too much Beatles and George in the archives to list, so click HERE & HERE to peruse. Get the 2004 Somewhere in England remaster (with restored cover art) at Amazon, HERE.

Tears Of The World (4:00) #
Hong Kong Blues (2:57)
Unconsciousness Rules (3:34)
Save The World (4:56)
Baltimore Oriole (3:55)
Life Itself (4:22)
Sat Singing (4:27) #
Lay His Head (3:53) #
Writing’s On The Wall (4:02)
Flying Hour (4:35) #
Running Order As Per Warner Bros. Printed Artwork


GEORGE HARRISON The Apple Years 1968-75
An Unflattering Comparison Of The Old And New


Regular readers here may already know that I’m not much of a sound nut. My ears haven’t been fully functional since a 1970 front row Black Sabbath concert experience and, compounding that with hundreds of shows over the years, I’m about as far removed from an audiophile as a music lover can get. So when I notice something unusual, it’s noticeable. I recently grabbed the new George Harrison box set, The Apple Years 1968-75, and was about to upgrade our last remastered MP3 version of Wonderwall Music (HERE, in the archives), when I decided to compare the two. And… I was surprised by the differences. As you can hear above, the brand new version (first on the player) is muted, and not nearly as bright as the previously released version. Now, granted… these are lowly MP3’s, and my ears, such as they are, are probably better suited to brighter mixes. So, I’m not sure if this is something that other oldsters will notice and/or complain about, or not. Personally speaking, I’m sticking with the older version, but I’d be curious to hear anyone else’s thoughts on these representative comparisons of “Ski-ing” (from Wonderwall Music) and “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)” (from Living In The Material World), below. Is it me? Is it the cheap MP3’s? Or is it a serious miscue?

For interested fans, it should be noted that the 2014 Wonderwall Music contains three bonus tracks, two outtakes and an alternate mix of The Beatles’ “The Inner Light” (with some dialog), which was recorded by George at the Wonderwall sessions. Three reasons to get it.


THE BEATLES First Takes EP (1964)

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It’s Just-a 1,2,3,4… 5,6,7,8,9

The Beatles’ amazing productivity during their first few years at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios is legendary, as they effortlessly cranked out a dizzying amount of high-quality recordings that would unequivocally reshape the 1960s. Equally as legendary, are the official recordings The Beatles nailed in just one take. Deadlines necessitated professionalism, but The Beatles were, on occasion, able to rise above their own standards, offering up flawless studio performances drawn from their club repertoire, and delivering what faithful audiences in Hamburg and Liverpool had known about all along. “Twist And Shout” might be the best-known one-take track in the band’s catalog. Taped after a 12-hour recording day – a fact reflected in the coarseness of John Lennon’s searing vocals. McCartney could work fast, too, as evidenced by his club-honed first take of Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally,” a performance so good, the band (with Rockin’ George Martin on piano) didn’t even bother attempting it a second time. Hell… Ringo’s take-one “Boys” was the first time he’d ever sang lead in the studio. So, fuck Pete Best! It should probably be noted that most of these songs were recorded more than once, but in each instance, it was the first take that captured what The Beatles were after, and the takes that were officially released. By 1965, however, technological advancements, over-dubbing and studio experimentation made these kind of one-take wonders (nearly) a thing of the past. Since this Record Store Day EP doesn’t actually exist, it also wasn’t released in both mono and stereo… but here they are, just the same (from 2009 source material). Here’s what The Beatles did with just 15 minutes of their fame… and 22 seconds to spare. An idea once bootlegged at Amazon.

Side A
Twist And Shout (2:35) – Recorded February 11, 1963
Kansas City (2:38) – Recorded October 18, 1964
Boys (2:26) – Recorded February 11, 1963

Side B
Long Tall Sally (2:03) – Recorded March 1, 1964
Rock And Roll Music (2:31) – Recorded October 18, 1964
Chains (2:25) – Recorded February 11, 1963


THE BEATLES A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

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50 Years Later, An Argument For It Being Their Best!

Beatles fanatics are all familiar with the ‘Best Album’ debate. It’s a way to pontificate about the Fab Four, while simultaneously showing your pals what a know-it-all you are. Throughout the years, most of us have often re-assessed our opinions of The Beatles’ “best,” partly because at least four or five of them are pretty hard to argue against. Post 1967, the pick for many was Sgt. Pepper’s for its magical and timely cultural impact. Later, many found themselves drawn to The Beatles (White Album) for its double LP depth and jarring individuality. Personally, I’m not one who ever seriously considered Abbey Road, though, I understand its appeal with mainstream fans. Serious students have historically lingered around Rubber Soul for its sophisticated acoustic prowess, before switching to Revolver, for its druggy innovations and re-stylization of the entire pop format. Some might even choose Magical Mystery Tour, despite its patchwork, non-LP status. Naturally, I’ve settled on nearly all of those myself at one time or another. You probably have, too.

But, after decades of study, debate, discussion, hand-wringing and good old fashion repeated listening, I’ve finally come to realize that when I think of The Beatles, I think first of A Hard Day’s Night – the band’s first LP to fully shed their 50s influences, creating a music that was truly and innovatively their own. It’s nearly impossible to trace A Hard Day’s Night‘s lineage. It sounds like The Beatles, and nothing that came before them. Credit its sheer exuberance and vitality… and the compositions, all by Lennon & McCartney for the first time. AHDN is littered with milestones – including the daring introduction of acoustic guitars into a successful beat group formula/fad that was already pre-figured to fail within six months. Still, it all seemed so easy… so effortless. Sheer talent captured on tape. The band never again made an overall album that was this joyous, this uplifting… and that atmosphere is still tangible 50 years later. Like many of the greatest albums ever made, A Hard Day’s Night has a consistent stylistic feel from start to finish. Its self-confidence is pure allure. It was an obvious peak, even in its day, though, no one ever imagined it would be only one of many.

It’s because of all the groundbreaking music that followed A Hard Day’s Night that the album is routinely overlooked as their best (or, qualified as the best of their “early LPs“). The album’s irresistible innocence is still ill-defined as pop candy when compared to The Beatles’ “important” cultural contributions, like “Tomorrow Never Knows,” “I Am The Walrus” or “A Day In The Life.” Yet… it’s A Hard Day’s Night that still rings true with a genuine spirit of discovery that greats like Revolver or Abbey Road could never match. Sgt. Pepper’s or Magical Mystery Tour might come close as creative adventures, but then… that’s why it’s always been impossible to decide. Is it The Beatles’ best album? It’s preposterous to suggest, of course. But, since you can hear it all below (in MONO), this might be a good reason to give A Hard Day’s Night another 30 minutes of your time. Just in case.

Find it at Amazon, HERE.


DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS Copenhagen, December 10, 1969 (45 Min Danish TV Broadcast) w/ George Harrison, Eric Clapton & The Future Dominos

Excellent 45 minute live show capturing the great Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, featuring George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Derek’s future Dominos – as broadcast on Danish television in 1969. Taped just days after the recording of Delaney & Bonnie & Friends – On Tour with Eric Clapton. Clapton sings lead on “I Don’t Know Why.” Line up includes; Delaney & Bonnie, Eric, George, Carl Radle, Jim Gordon, Bobby Whitlock, Billy Preston, Jim Price, Bobby Keys, Rita Coolidge & Tex Johnson. A great show, which also provides us the opportunity to point you to all the Delaney & Bonnie in the archives; Accept No Substitute (1969) and D&B Together (1972), (both HERE), On Tour With Eric Clapton (4CD Deluxe Box, HERE), Live At A&R Recording Studios, July 22, 1971, with Duane & Gregg Allman (HERE) and Bonnie Bramlett’s, Piece Of My Heart – 1969-1978 (HERE).

Poor Elijah
I Don’t Know Why
Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way
My Baby Specializes
I Don’t Want To Discuss It
That’s What My Man Is For
Comin’ Home
Encore: Tutti Frutti/The Girl Can’t Help It/Long Tall Sally/Jenny Jenny

BONUS CLIP: A live appearance on the BBC’s The Price Of Fame, featuring Delaney & Bonnie with Eric Clapton, Dave Mason & Bobby Whitlock, performing a fantastic acoustic version of “Poor Elijah.”


GEORGE HARRISON Beware of ABKCO! (1970/1994) – The All Things Must Pass Demos

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The All Things Must Pass Demos

Actually, I thought this was already posted here… years ago. Oh, well. On May 27, 1970, a month after Paul McCartney announced he was leaving The Beatles, George Harrison recorded these demos for his first “real” solo album, All Things Must Pass. Why these tapes are legendary is two-fold. First, the sound is excellent. Just George and a guitar (with occasional bass) playing his new songs for Phil Spector. Second, just its very nature… unplugged. As great as All Things Must Pass is, even its staunchest supporters confess that Phil Spector’s co-production is criminally overbearing. Hey… it’s his trademark. Of course, not everything here is brilliant. Some of these songs are only bare ideas and half would never even be officially recorded. But, some of this session sounds so good that two of these tracks were bonus additions to the 2001 All Things Must Pass reissue. There’s also compositional evidence of George’s recent work with Bob Dylan. For those baffled by the title, ABKCO refers to the company owned by Allen Klein, The Beatles’ manager for a brief time (and the straw that broke the camel’s back when Paul balked at retaining him). By 1970, however, George had finally seen the light, too, as he dismissively name drops ABKCO in “Beware of Darkness.” This is yet another bootleg that’s openly sold at Amazon (HERE), marking another industry turnaround in online bootleg acceptance and availability. There’s more George in the archives, including Wonderwall Music (HERE) and George Harrison WAS The Beatles – all of George’s official Beatles tunes on one CD, HERE.

Run Of The Mill
Art of Dying
Everybody, Nobody
Window, Window
Beautiful Girl
Beware of Darkness
Let It Down
Tell Me What Happened To You
Hear Me Lord
Nowhere To Go (Dylan/Harrison)
Cosmic Empire
Mother Divine
I Don’t Wanna Do It (Dylan)
If Not For You (Dylan)


UNCUT: The Beatles Press Conferences 1964-1966 (2005)

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Things We Said That Day

We normally traffic in freebie discs from MOJO Magazine (find them all HERE), but this bonus disc comes from the October, 2005 issue of Uncut Magazine – a collection of excerpts from Beatles press conferences, circa 1964-1966. There are some serious moments – John discussing his “Christianity remark” – as well as lighthearted stuff, including the guys responding to rumors about the band breaking up. You also get to hear their future press secretary, Derek Taylor, interviewing an hysterically irreverent Lennon on the set of Help! It’s all good fun for those pining for a blast from the past. The two 30-second tracks below should garner a chuckle. We’ve got plenty more Beatles, HERE. You can even find a hard copy at Amazon pretty cheap, HERE.

John & Derek Taylor (3:42)
John, Paul, George & Ringo (1:55)
John (1:07)
John (0:09)
Ringo (0:27)
George (0:57)
Paul (1:58)
John (0:16)
George (0:31)
Ringo (1:27)
Paul (1:39)
John (0:30)
John (0:51)
Paul (0:36)
John (0:30)
Ringo (0:25)
John, Paul, George & Ringo (0:07)
Fans (2:24)
Ringo & George (1:36)
John & Paul (0:41)
John, New York City, December 8, 1980 (Bonus Track) (4:55)


THE BEATLES Abbey Road Medley (Isolated Vocals) (1969)

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Abbey Road Medley (Isolated Vocals) (16:11)
Isolated vocals are nothing new, and this one’s even been floating around for years now, but it’s still a fun oddity. The Beatles’ Abbey Road Medley, featuring “You Never Give Me Your Money,” “The Sun King,” “Mean Mr. Mustard,” “Polythene Pam,” “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window,” “Golden Slumbers,” “Carry That Weight,” “The End” (and “Her Majesty”) all stripped down to the vocal tracks. It’s all quite well done, crisp and studio clear, enough that you can hear the varying effects McCartney uses for his vocals. There are some patches of silence, of course, and the piano creeps in on Lennon’s “Mean Mr. Mustard” and McCartney’s “Golden Slumbers,” but overall the opportunity to view the Beatles from yet another angle is always a treat. 16 minutes, hear it all below.


RAVI SHANKAR Shankar Family & Friends (1974)

Shankar Family & Friends (1974)
Unique, Progressive & Outside The Box

Far afield from the droning, psychedelic, incense-burning improv one tends to associate with Ravi Shankar, “NIGHTMARE Dispute & Violence,” begins as a familiar call & response Indian raga before suddenly erupting into a prog-style romp, a la King Crimson. Side two of Ravi Shankar’s Shankar Family & Friends is to Indian music what Astor Piazzolla is to Tango – unrestricted by convention and progressive beyond the music’s genre. The side long suite retains the culture’s dreamy, mystical allure, but Shankar’s compositional approach is a triumph and a testament to his career-long battle with classical Indian purists. Side one is the more conventional, vocally oriented Indian fare, opening with “I Am Missing You,” a track noticeably produced by George Harrison and released as a single in conjunction with the duo’s 1974 tour of America. It’s a horrible, Spectorish, wall of sound attempt at “commercial” Hindi music… which I still skip to this day. Those interested should seek out Ravi’s In Celebration – Highlights, for his own delicate and far superior version. That said, side two’s provocative and inventive Dream/Nightmare/Dawn suite should be a valued addition to any collection. This is a remastered rip from the 2010 multi-disc set, Collaborations, which contains Shankar Family & Friends, at a much nicer price. Or… try a wormhole, HERE.

I Am Missing You (3:42)
Kahan Gayelava Shyam (2:54)
Supane Me Aye Preetam Sainya (4:17)
I Am Missing You (Reprise) (4:05)
Jaya Jagadish Hare (4:59)

Overture (2:33)
DREAM Festivity & Joy (3:58)
DREAM Love-Dance Ecstasy (3:13)
NIGHTMARE Lust (3:14)
NIGHTMARE Dispute & Violence (2:45)
NIGHTMARE Disillusionment & Frustration (2:48)
NIGHTMARE Despair & Sorrow (3:06)
DAWN Awakening (2:32)
DAWN Peace & Hope (5:02)



MOJO PRESENTS Yellow Submarine Revisited (July 2012)

Yellow Submarine Resurfaces (July 2012)

The latest free CD issue from the July, 2012 edition of MOJO Magazine is a tribute to the re-release of the Yellow Submarine DVD and song soundtrack. There are some interesting covers here, especially some of George Harrison’s lost wonders, “It’s All Too Much,” “Only A Northern Song” and “Love You To.” I like Jim White’s “All Together Now,” but only because I already liked his bizarre style. The Cornshed Sisters, who recorded a vocally robust Beach Boys bonus cover for last month’s MOJO, tackle “Nowhere Man” here. Check out the twisted cover of George‘s psych rock epic, “It’s All Too Much,” below.

HOWE GELB Eleanor Rigby
JIM WHITE All Together Now
NATALIE DUNCAN Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
PETE SHELLEY Think For Yourself
MICHELE STODART Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
BENJAMIN FRANCIS LEFTWICH With A Little Help From My Friends
WOODEN WAND Baby, You’re A Rich Man
GRAVENHURST Only A Northern Song
THEA GILMORE All You Need Is Love
BAXTER DURY When I’m Sixty Four


THE BEATLES Back To Basics-Studio Sessions: Rubber Soul (1965)

Back To Basics – Studio Sessions: Rubber Soul (2011)
Volume Six… And Some Bonus Instrumentals

More gathered Beatles sessions and rarities. Like the initial volumes in this series, Please Please Me Studio Sessions, With The Beatles Studio Sessions, A Hard Day’s Night Studio Sessions, Beatles For Sale Studio Sessions & Help Studio Sessions (in the archives), this new collection fleshes out the Rubber Soul sessions. Lots of different mixes, from many sources. The instrumental bonus versions come from Rock Band and are the cleanest vocal-free versions yet. We’ll post subsequent volumes as they surface.

Drive My Car (RS from Take 4 V1) Rock N Roll Music (stereo) (2:30)
Drive My Car (RS from Take 4 V2) Anthology DVD (stereo) (0:20)
Drive My Car (Rockband Mix) (stereo) (2:33)
Norwegian Wood (This Bird has Flown) (Take 1) (stereo) (2:12)
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (Take 2) (stereo) (2:29)
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (Take 3 Partial) (stereo-mono) (0:19)
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (Take 4) (2:33)
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (RS from Take 1 V1) Barrett Mix (stereo) (2:18)
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (RS from Take 1 V2) Anthology CD (stereo) (2:02)
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (RS from Take 4 V1) Love Songs (fake stereo) (2:06)
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (RS from Take 4 V2) Anthology DVD (stereo) (0:59)
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (Rockband Mix) (stereo) (2:08)
You Won’t See Me (Rockband Mix) (stereo) (3:29)
Nowhere Man (RS from Take 3 V1) Rough Movie Mix (stereo) (2:44)
Nowhere Man (RS from Take 3 V2) YS Soundtrack (stereo) (2:45)
Nowhere Man (RS from Take 3 V3) Anthology DVD (stereo) (0:19)
Nowhere Man (Rockband Mix) (stereo) (2:50)
Think For Yourself (Session chat) (mono) (18:59)
Think For Yourself (RS from Take 1) YS Soundtrack (stereo) (2:21)
Think For Yourself (Rockband Mix) (stereo) (2:23)
The Word (Unknown Take) (mono) (0:05)
The Word (RS from Take 3) Anthology DVD (stereo) (0:42)
The Word (Rockband Mix) (stereo) (2:55)
Michelle (Take 1 Partial) (stereo) (0:13)
Michelle (Rockband Mix) (stereo) (2:56)
What Goes On (Rockband Mix) (stereo) (2:52)

Girl (Take 1 Partial) (mono) (0:17)
Girl (Take 2 Instrumental – Monitor Mix) (mono) (2:21)
Girl (Take 2 Instrumental – Mogg Mix) (stereo) (2:35)
Girl (RS from Take 2) Love Songs (fake stereo) (2:31)
Girl (Rockband Mix) (stereo) (2:37)
I’m Looking Through You (Take 1) (stereo) (3:16)
I’m Looking Through You (Take 4) (stereo) (2:53)
I’m Looking Through You (RS from Take 1 V1) 1,2,3,4 Mix (stereo) (2:58)
I’m Looking Through You (RS from Take 1 V2 Partial) ARVS Mix (stereo) (0:56)
I’m Looking Through You (RS from Take 1 V3) Anthology CD (stereo) (2:56)
I’m Looking Through You (Rockband Mix) (stereo) (2:34)
In My Life (Take 3 Partial – Alt Organ Solo V1) (mono) (1:09)
In My Life (Take 3 Partial – Alt Organ Solo V2) (mono) (Entomology) (1:10)
In My Life (Take 3 Partial – Piano Overdub V1) (mono) (0:20)
In My Life (Take 3 Partial – Piano Overdub V2) (stereo) (Moggs) (0:22)
In My Life (Unknown Take) (stereo) (0:13)
In My Life (RS from Take 3 V1) Imagine Laserdisc (stereo) (2:29)
In My Life (RS from Take 3 V2) Anthology DVD (stereo) (2:27)
In My Life (Rockband Mix) (stereo) (2:29)
Wait (Rockband Mix) (stereo) (2:18)
If I Needed Someone (RM from Take 1) Rough Mix (mono) (1:23)
If I Needed Someone (Rockband Mix) (stereo) (2:28)
If I Needed Someone (RS from Take 1 – Partial) LITMW Mix (stereo) (0:37)
Run For Your Life (Take 1) (stereo) (0:15)
Run For Your Life (Studio Chat) (mono) (0:29)
Run For Your Life (Take 5 Partial V1) (mono) (1:26)
Run For Your Life (Take 5 Partial V2) (mono) (Entomology) (1:26)
Run For Your Life (Unknown Take) Rockband (mono) (0:12)
Run For Your Life (Rockband Mix) (stereo) (2:30)

We Can Work It Out (Take 1) (stereo-mono) (2:01)
We Can Work It Out (RM1 from Take 2 – Single Track Vocal) (mono) (2:17)
We Can Work It Out (Take 2 – With Overdubs) (stereo) (2:27)
We Can Work It Out (RM1 from Take 2) TMOLAM (mono) (2:19)
We Can Work It Out (RS1 from Take 2) 1962-66 Vinyl (stereo) (2:16)
We Can Work It Out (RS from Take 2 V1) Japanese EP (fake stereo) (2:14)
We Can Work It Out (RS from Take 2 V2) Anthology DVD (stereo) (2:14)
Day Tripper (Take 1) (stereo) (2:09)
Day Tripper (Take 2) (stereo) (1:05)
Day Tripper (Take 3) (stereo) (3:07)
Day Tripper (Take 3 – Monitor Mix with Cleaner Guitar Solo) (mono) (2:52)
Day Tripper (RM1 from Take 3) TMOLM (mono) (2:56)
Day Tripper (RS1 from Take 3) 1962-66 Vinyl (stereo) (2:54)
Day Tripper (RS from Take 3) Anthology DVD (stereo) (2:48)
Day Tripper (Rockband Mix) (stereo) (2:56)
12-Bar Original (Pre-Take 1 – Jam) (stereo) (1:55)
12-Bar Original (Take 1) (stereo) (0:33)
12-Bar Original (Take 2) (stereo) (6:50)
12-Bar Original (RM1 from Take 2) (mono) (6:46)
12-Bar Original (Edit of Take 2) Anthology CD (stereo) (2:54)

Drive My Car (Take 4 – Instrumental) (2:31)
You Won’t See Me (Take 2 – Instrumental) (3:24)
Nowhere Man (Take 3 – Instrumental) (2:40)
Think For Yourself (Take 1 – Instrumental) (2:19)
Michelle (Take 2 – Instrumental) (2:54)
What Goes On (Take 1 – Instrumental) (2:50)
Girl (Take 2 – Instrumental) (2:35)
If I Needed Someone (Take 1 – Instrumental) (2:25)
Run For Your Life (Take 5 – Instrumental) (2:27)


THE BEATLES From Us To You (2011) BBC Outtakes

From Us To You (2011)
Remaster Workshop’s Cleaned Up BBC Outtakes

The fanatics over at Remaster’s Workshop took an old Yellow Dog bootleg and cleaned up the sound for this fine companion to the official 2CD set, Live At The BBC. 59 unreleased tracks in all, some the Beatles never officially recorded. Of course, there are bigger, multi-disc sets out there if you just have to have every second. But, this should suffice for most of us not already satisfied by the official release. I especially like Lennon’s numerous Chuck Berry covers. Listen to “Carol,” covered by the Stones (before) 1969.

From Us To You (0:32)
The Hippy Hippy Shake (1:51)
Memphis, Tennessee (2:09)
Too Much Monkey Business (2:06)
Do You Want To Know A Secret (1:48)
Crying, Waiting, Hoping (2:13)
Don’t Ever Change (1:58)
To Know Her Is To Love Her (2:50)
Carol (2:38)
Soldier Of Love (2:02)
Lend Me Your Comb (1:50)
Clarabella (2:40)
A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues (2:20)
The Honeymoon Song (1:43)
Nothin’ Shakin’ (But The Leaves On The Trees) (2:57)
So How Come (No One Loves Me) (1:44)
I Got A Woman (2:33)
Roll Over Beethoven (2:18)
Till There Was You (2:15)
I Wanna Be Your Man (2:11)
Can’t Buy Me Love (2:09)
This Boy (2:18)
Long Tall Sally (2:00)
And I Love Her (2:21)
A Hard Day’s Night (2:40)
She’s A Woman (3:10)
I Feel Fine (2:04)
Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby (2:26)
Dizzy Miss Lizzy (2:45)
Ticket To Ride (2:58)
Too Much Monkey Business (2:07)
Thank You Girl (2:02)
From Me To You (1:57)
I’ll Be On My Way (2:00)
I Saw Here Standing There (2:37)
Long Tall Sally (1:46)
Some Other Guy (2:04)
Boys (2:29)
Memphis, Tennessee (2:08)
I’ll Get You (2:05)
She Loves You (2:18)
Lucille (1:54)
I Got To Find My Baby (1:59)
Money (That’s What I Want) (2:40)
Young Blood (2:00)
Baby It’s You (2:44)
Sure To Fall (In Love With You) (2:10)
Anna (Go To Him) (3:03)
Lonesome Tears In My Eyes (2:39)
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) (2:05)
Matchbox (1:59)
Please Mr. Postman (2:18)
I Got A Woman (2:50)
Chains (2:23)
Glad All Over (1:54)
Honey Don’t (2:15)
You Really Got A Hold On Me (2:57)
Lucille (2:31)
Twist And Shout (2:32)


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THE BEATLES Studio Sessions (Beatles For Sale & Help)

Beatles For Sale Studio Sessions (2011)
Help! Studio Sessions (2011)
Volumes Four & Five

Just surfaced… more gathered Beatles sessions and rarities. Like the first three volumes in this series, Please Please Me Studio Sessions, With The Beatles Studio Sessions and A Hard Day’s Night Studio Sessions (find them all HERE), these two new collections flesh out some of the Beatles’ early recording sessions, offering telling editorial changes with each successive take. Check out the progression of “I’m A Loser” (Takes 1-8), below. The song had already been worked out in detail prior to Takes 1 & 2, but by Take 3, John & Paul have already changed the song’s introduction, adding that great slow vocal beginning we all now know (check out how rich and detailed those voices get with each take). You can hear McCartney wrestling with his essential high background vocals throughout Take 3, but he’s nailed them by the next full version, leaving Lennon to sing the “not what I appear to be” chorus solo, echoing the new intro and etching the arrangement in stone for future takes. In Take 6, Lennon’s Dylan-ripped harmonica wails, but by Take 8 he’s ready to wrap it up and go. John & Paul’s moments together are The Beatles’ most meaningful, and hearing McCartney work out his miracle harmonies within Lennon’s loose blueprint is like witnessing a master class. For those interested in the step-by-step creation of some of rock’s most indelible material, here are the schematics . We’ll post subsequent volumes as they surface.