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The Beatles Rarity Of The Week

Beatles Rarity of the Week – “Maxine” (unplugged Traveling Wilburys out-take)

Welcome to the Beatles Rarity of the Week, often informally referred to as the BROW and which by my own definition, not only includes rare music recorded while The Beatles were together but also music that’s happened with The Beatles individually after they split up. This week the focus is on a group of friends George Harrison is credited with starting up in the late eighties called the Traveling Wilburys. The Wilburys had a very successful short run of a couple albums between 1988 and 1990 and included George along with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison. Their first album, Volume One, contained the hits “Handle With Care” and “End Of The Line.” The second album, curiously titled Volume Three, sadly did not include Roy Orbison who died of a heart attack on December 6, 1988. This final album contained the hits “She’s My Baby” and “Wilbury Twist.” More about the formation of the Traveling Wilburys can be found in an earlier BROW here.

 

The Traveling Wilburys (L-R: Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne & George Harrison)

The Traveling Wilburys (L-R: Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne & George Harrison)

 

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Beatles Rarity Of The Week – “Ticket To Ride” (raw studio tape)

Welcome to The Beatles Rarity of the Week. On Monday, February 15, 1965, exactly one week before they would fly to the Bahamas to begin filming their yet untitled second movie, The Beatles met up at Abbey Road Studios to record some songs for the film and it’s soundtrack. The week ended up as a productive one with the band completing six of the seven film songs for Help! (all but the title track since there wasn’t an established title yet) along with five other songs. The first one they worked on was John Lennon’s “Ticket To Ride.”

 

The Beatles

The Beatles

 

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Beatles Rarity of the Week – “Kicked Around No More” (b-side)

Welcome to the Beatles Rarity of the Week. This time around I’m remembering one of those b-side singles tracks from Paul McCartney that was not included on the mainstream album, which in this case would have been 1993′s Off The Ground. Paul released several CD singles from the Off The Ground sessions between December 1992 and November 1993 and each of these had a few tracks that were not included on the album itself. Most of these exclusives were later compiled on to a separate full size CD and released in Japan and The Netherlands packaged with the standard album under the title Off The Ground: The Complete Works. Since “Complete Works” was a limited edition release that was never issued in the U.S. or U.K. and, along with the original singles, is getting harder to find, I thought one of these tracks would be a good contender for this week’s BROW.

 

Paul McCartney holding Off The Ground CD in cover art for Off The Ground: The Complete Works, 1993

Paul McCartney holding Off The Ground CD in cover art for Off The Ground: The Complete Works, 1993

 

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Beatles Rarity of The Week – “Heart On My Sleeve” (Ringo Starr live television performance, 1978)

Welcome to The Beatles Rarity of the Week. I’m not really sure when you’ll be reading this but at the time it posts it will be Ringo Starr’s 74th birthday, so the focus will naturally be on this kind and famous soul who was not only The Beatles’ drummer but an essential ingredient in their legend.

 

Ringo Starr performs on his 1978 television special Ringo

Ringo Starr performs on his 1978 television special Ringo

 

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Beatles Rarity Of The Week – “Tell Me Why” (original U.S. duophonic soundtrack mix)

Welcome to the Beatles Rarity of the Week. I want to do something this week in keeping with A Hard Day’s Night turning 50 years old – not to mention the new remastered Blu-Ray DVD set. Fifty years old! Can you believe it! But first I want to bring up how back in January 2014, The Beatles U.S. Albums box set caused quite a stir among Beatles fans. Several of the mixes used on the original Capitol albums in America differed from their U.K. counterparts in one way or another and while some of these unique mixes were included in the set, others were not. In many cases, the U.S. unique mixes were substituted by the mixes on the U.K. releases which are the same mixes found on the 2009 remasters that most fan already had. While many of the U.K. mixes were superior from a technical standpoint, many fans felt like this was not the point – the point was the U.S. mixes are not all released digitally or to CD yet, so why re-release what is already out there in place of them and ‘revise history’ with different versions of the songs that were on the original vinyl from the sixties? I give an album-by-album account of the substitutions made for the new box set here.

 

The Beatles perform Tell Me Why during filming of A Hard Day's Night

The Beatles perform Tell Me Why during filming of A Hard Day’s Night

 

In the case of the stereo editions of the A Hard Day’s Night LP, there were major differences between the U.S. and U.K. albums. Get the whole story »

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Beatles Rarity of the Week – “Come And Get It” (true stereo demo, 1969)

Welcome to the Beatles Rarity of the Week. In late winter/early spring 1969 Ringo Starr along with Peter Sellers, Raquel Welch and John Cleese were busy on the set of the British comedy film The Magic Christian. Ringo had decided to further his acting career by starring in his second non-Beatles movie. By June, it was announced that the music for the film would be written by John Sebastian who was now solo, having quit The Lovin’ Spoonful the previous year. Somewhere along the line, however, this plan for the music fell through the cracks and other arrangements ended up being made.

 

The Beatles in 1969

The Beatles in 1969

 

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