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Beatles Rarity Of The Week – “Your Mother Should Know” (early acetate)

Posted by on November 23, 2009 at 12:51 pm.

Welcome to the Beatles Rarity of the Week (this week’s BROW is now available as a podcast). In celebration of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album being released for the Beatles Rockband format earlier this week, I thought I’d post a Pepper-era BROW. “Your Mother Should Know” was not released on the Sgt. Pepper album but recorded immediately afterward on August 22, 1967 for the upcoming Magical Mystery Tour film. This was immediately before the band would travel to Bangor to meet the Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for the first time, and just 5 days before manager Brian Epstein was found dead of a drug overdose. This is an early acetate of the song (initially penned by Paul McCartney) that has no organ or bass added yet and background vocals that are entirely different from the finalized version. It is believed to be take 8. Upon completion, the music from the film would be released as a double EP in the U.K. the following December 8th and as a complete album in the U.S. a week and half earlier.

The Beatles - Your Mother Should Know
Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967

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