I have to say that I can’t believe that #askNat is already one year old! I have to admit I wasn’t too sure about the idea when I started it up back in May 2012. Despite how many various questions about “all-things-Beatle” I was getting beforehand, I just wasn’t sure if I’d get enough to actually do a regularly scheduled thing and I made up my mind at the start that if not enough questions come in, I’ll just stop. Well since then they have been coming in like crazy! Those of you that have sent one (or more) in know that there is usually a bit of a wait before your question shows up and I feel bad about that, but it can’t be helped. With everything else I have going on, one a week is all I can handle and I have to do ‘em as I get ‘em. So as long as people keep sending them in, I’ll keep cranking them back out. And a big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent them in and patiently waited for my on-site response. It not only gets your question answered for you and everyone who ends up being interested, but it adds a lot to the knowledge base here at TheBeatlesRarity.com which means there is always something to show for it.
Okay, so on with this week’s question. After reading it the somewhat ambiguous nature of the title of the post should become more clear. The question comes from no stranger to the site. Elliott Marx has sent a good deal of interesting questions in to #askNat over the last year. Here is his latest message:
As I was drifting to sleep last night, an #askNat topic crossed my mind. Unfortunately, there isn’t much asking, as I am finding it difficult to tease out an actual question. I dig the topic in any case.
The idea is hidden in plain sight. There are several instances of songs on official releases which do not receive track listing. Three and a half examples come readily to mind – John Lennon’s partial phrasing of “Danny Boy” on the original Let It Be, the “Sgt. Pepper Inner Groove,” “Can You Take Me Back” and the original pressings of Abbey Road did not include “Her Majesty” on the track listing. I believe it does now, so “Her Majesty” is no longer hidden in plain sight.
I think that there must be others. An example could include the various quotes in the orchestral arrangement of “All You Need Is Love,” plus Paul McCartney’s cheeky “She Love’s You” quote.
Do others jump to mind? Do you have other information about these fun bits?
Hmmm… Interesting Elliott! I think it was John Lennon singing “She Loves You” at the end of “All You Need Is Love” wasn’t it? Anyway, in thinking about this, I came up with a few “Beatles” examples most of which you have already mentioned and a few after the break up too (mostly by Paul). I certainly don’t claim to have them all listed here as this is only off of the top of my head, so feel free to add more in the comments below. Here’s my list…
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967):
“Inner Groove” – unlisted untitled track that appeared in the vinyl inner groove of side 2 of the album. The track is actually only a couple of seconds of gibberish designed to repeat as the needle is held in place by the edge of the label when played on manual turntables unequipped with an automatic tone arm return. The sound effect is also preceded by a dog whistle undetectable by human ears but a possible cause of amusement for any canine listeners that happen to be enjoying the album with you. The CD of the album makes the couple of seconds repeat in a loop to simulate how it was on manual turntables back in the day.
Magical Mystery Tour (US LP version, 1967):
“She Loves You” sung during the last of the fade-out of “All You Need Is Love” but naturally not listed as a separate track. An unlisted rendition of “Greensleeves” is also heard as part of the orchestration during the fade-out.
The Beatles (White Album) (1968):
“Can You Take Me Back” – unlisted linking track between “Cry Baby Cry” and “Revolution 9″ on side 4. Hear the unedited version of the track, actually recorded during the sessions for “I Will” here.
Abbey Road (1969):
“You Never Give Me Your Money” – an unlisted reprise of “You Never Give Me Your Money” occurs in the middle of the track “Carry That Weight” in the Abbey Road side 2 medley.
“Her Majesty” – early issues of Abbey Road did not include the very short final track “Her Majesty” in the track listening. Since the last listed track was “The End” the idea was that most would assume it really was “the end” of the record, hence “Her Majesty” was to be a surprise track.
Let It Be (1970):
“Ooh! My Soul” – John Lennon sings the title of this Little Richard song at the conclusion of “I’ve Got A Feeling.” Unlisted with tracks.
“Danny Boy” – John Lennon sings a line of this at the conclusion of “One After 909.” Unlisted with tracks.
“Suicide” – A short excerpt of Paul’s composition “Suicide” appears at the end of “Hot As Sun/Glasses” on Paul’s debut solo LP. The complete recording appears as a bonus track on the 2011 (Archive Collection) remaster of the McCartney album on CD.
“Big Barn Bed” – at the conclusion of “Ram On (version 2)” there is a about 16 seconds or so of an interesting arrangement of “Big Barn Bed” which was given to us in complete form but with a very different feel, later on the 1973 Red Rose Speedway album.
Wild Life (1971):
“Bip Bop Link” – In between “I Am Your Singer” and “Tomorrow” there is a 52-second acoustic instrumental version of “Bip Bop” heard earlier in the record. When released to CD the track was listed but the original albums did not list the track.
“Mumbo Link” – At the conclusion of the album there is a 44-second instrumental “jam” version of the album opener “Mumbo.” Like the previous mention, when released to CD the track was listed but the original albums did not list the track.
Band On The Run (1973):
“Jet/Mrs. Vandebilt” – Orchestrated arrangements of parts of “Jet” and “Mrs. Vandebilt” (heard earlier in the album) are revisited within the track “Picasso’s Last Words” but not listed.
“Band On The Run (reprise)” – An unlisted reprise of the title track occurs at the end of the album that is segued from “Nineteen Hundred Eighty Five.”
Back To The Egg (1979):
We’re Open Tonight” – The track “So Glad To See You Here” concludes with a reprise of “We’re Open Tonight” heard earlier in the album and unlisted as a separate track.
Off The Ground (1993):
“Cosmically Conscious” – a shortened version of this track appears within the closer track “C’mon People” on the Off The Ground CD. The CD lists it by saying “and remember to be…Cosmically Conscious” but since it’s not banded as a separate track it is not listed as if it were a title. The complete version of “Cosmically Conscious” appears as a b-side to the “Off The Ground” commercial CD single.
The title track to Brainwashed ends the album and includes an unlisted concluding prayer known as the “Namah Parvati,” a mantra dedicated to the Hindu goddess Parvati. It is chanted by George and his son Dhani Harrison in unison.
Like I said, there are probably others so feel free to chime in an add them to the comments section below. Thanks again Elliott for a strange but interesting topic and, of course, to everyone for reading.
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