Welcome to the Beatles Rarity of the Week. It’s been sometime now since I last posted a rarity so it is good to get back into sharing something I hope is to your liking this week. As most of you probably already know, John Lennon often composed songs while at home and would record demos there on cassettes before bringing them into the studio to be improved upon with the other Beatles. This practice continued into well after The Beatles said their goodbyes in 1969 and many of these demos became a treasure unearthed after John’s death on such official releases as The John Lennon Anthology or John Lennon Acoustic. Many have also surfaced on bootleg market items such as the Lost Lennon Tapes series. There have also been plenty that have appeared for BROW over the years and this week I’m featuring another.
Back in December of 2007, I featured one such acoustic demo of the Lennon-penned “He Said He Said” which, of course, would end with a gender change before being completed for the Revolver album (see that post here). A portion of this late 1965/early 1966 cassette was later erased over by John to get down this somewhat incomplete account of a new song idea called “Hold On (I’m Coming).” This is not a performance of the Sam & Dave single with the same title released later in 1966, but an original by John.
The Beatles/John Lennon - Hold On (I'm Coming)
The BROW this week was inspired by Róbert László.
Here are some Amazon links to purchase the new Paul McCartney compilation or music related to this post:
1) Pure McCartney – 2016 4-CD Paul McCartney compilation (67 tracks).
2) Pure McCartney – 2016 4-LP Paul McCartney compilation (41 tracks).
3) The John Lennon Anthology – 4-CD box set featuring many John Lennon demos and out-takes (1998).
4) Acoustic – CD featuring many John Lennon acoustic demos (2004).