Welcome to The Beatles Rarity of the Week. On January 9th, 1975 the last remaining legal links binding the four Beatles together were finally severed when The Beatles and Company partnership was formally dissolved at a private hearing in London High Court. It had been four years since Paul McCartney had requested the partnership to be ended. With this came the end of Apple Corps. – the record label The Beatles had been so enthusiastic about starting up seven years earlier. The last vinyl single released on Apple in the U.S. and U.K. was George Harrison’s single “This Guitar (Can’t Keep From Crying)” released on Dec. 8, 1975 in the U.S. and Feb. 6, 1976 in the U.K and failing to chart in either country. Similarly the final Apple LP was Ringo Starr’s hits compilation Blast From Your Past which also failed to chart in the U.K. but reached number 12 on America’s Billboard album chart in December.
In no time at all Capitol “capitol-ized” on rights to The Beatles in North America and Parlophone did the same in the U.K. By May 1976, Capitol released the “Got To Get You Into My Life” single coupled with “Helter Skelter” as a lead in single to it’s June 11th double LP compilation Rock ‘N’ Roll Music. Parlophone also released Rock ‘N’ Roll Music in the U.K. on the previous day. This was the beginning of a series of theme albums by Capitol and Parlophone strategically spaced out over the next six years that would include Love Songs, Rarities, The Beatles Ballads (U.K. only) and Reel Music. Additionally an LP called The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl was released in 1977 with material from both 1964 and 1965 concerts from the famous southern California venue.
Canada’s branch of Capitol was also along for this money making Beatles resurgence and began reissuing the stereo versions of Beatles albums from the sixties. One of Canada’s mid-late seventies pressings of Meet The Beatles! contained a flaw that has become somewhat of a collector’s item among Beatles fans. On side 2 of the record in George Harrison’s track “Don’t Bother Me,” near the end of the song and just before the phrase don’t come around, leave me alone there is an extra word “don’t” heard completely out of place. This defective version of the album is on the Capitol of Canada purple labelled discs and possibly other label variations after the Apple label was discontinued. The label had previously only used a mono mix of this song on their mono-only LP Beatlemania! With The Beatles issued in November of 1963.
I know there are a good many people out there who have read about this flaw before but haven’t had a chance to hear what it actually sounds like. So I thought it a grand idea when a site reader by the name of Chris Zähler suggested I put it up as a BROW. I have done just that. So here is the mid-late seventies Canadian defective stereo version of “Don’t Bother Me.”
The Beatles - Don't Bother Me (defective version)
Extra info: After their mid-seventies demise, Apple records made a great comeback in 1994 with the release of the Live At The BBC 2-CD set and subsequent releases to include the Anthologies, Yellow Submarine Songtrack, Let It Be…Naked, One, Love and the 2009 remastered full Beatles catalog.
Thanks for a great suggestion for BROW Chris!
Here are some Amazon links to read more on, or purchase, some music related to this post:
1) With The Beatles 2009 remaster of original 1963 stereo LP, containing original stereo mix of “Don’t Bother Me” (and without the defect discussed above).
2) The Capitol Albums Vol. 1 2004 remastered 4-CD box set containing mono and stereo versions of 4 U.S. Capitol albums by The Beatles released in 1964: Meet The Beatles!, The Beatles Second Album, Something New and Beatles ’65. The Meet The Beatles! disc contains both the U.S. mono and stereo mixes of “Don’t Bother Me” (and without the defect discussed above).
3) Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo – latest (as of this writing) Ringo Starr hits compilation CD. Released in 2007 it contains all of the material from the earlier Blast From Your Past hits LP released in 1975 plus much more.