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The Beatles Rarity Of The Week

Beatles Rarity Of The Week – “a Get Back Sessions tag medley”

Hello again and welcome to The Beatles Rarity of the Week. I’m Happy Nat and each week I dig up a Beatles or Beatles-related track that is not (or is no longer) a part of their currently available standard catalog. This time around my focus is on the Get Back Sessions of January 1969 when The Beatles recorded most of what we hear later on their 1970 Let It Be LP and on the 2003 stripped down re-mixed version – Let It Be…Naked.

 

John Lennon (L) and Paul McCartney (R) in January 1969 during the Get Back sessions. George Harrison and Yoko Ono can be seen in the background.

John Lennon (L) and Paul McCartney (R) in January 1969 during the Get Back sessions. George Harrison and Yoko Ono can be seen in the background.

 

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Beatles Rarity of the Week – “I Want To Hold Your Hand” (alternate stereo mix)

Welcome to The Beatles Rarity of the Week. On October 17, 1963, The Beatles must have been thrilled to find that they now had 4-track recording capability for the first time. No longer would they have to record all instruments live in the studio. Even though they still did it that way from time to time, the 4-track equipment would make things easier and allow them to get much more experimental with their future endeavors in the studio. The goal for the day was to get their next single recorded to follow up “She Loves You,” which was still in Britain’s top 5 on the singles chart at the time (Melody Maker).

The new single would have “I Want To Hold Your Hand” as the obvious pick for the A-side and taking full advantage of the equipment, they recorded the backing track of Paul McCartney’s bass, John Lennon’s rhythm guitar and Ringo Starr’s drums on track 1. On the second track, George Harrison added his lead guitar fills, after which John and Paul added their live vocals on to track 3. By take 17 they were perfectly happy with the results. After adding the finishing touches of handclaps and a little more bass on to track 4, they moved on to recording “This Boy” for the B-side, which was also completed that day.

 

The Beatles Greatest

The Beatles Greatest, released in 1965 on EMI’s Odeon label contained the first true stereo mix of I Want To Hold Your Hand to be released to the public.

 

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Beatles Rarity Of The Week – “Love Me Do” (unreleased Pop Go The Beatles performance)

Hello and welcome to this week’s Beatles Rarity of the Week, affectionately known as the BROW in more familiar circles. What a big year 1963 was for The Beatles. It was the first year that the British Isles discovered that they had a hot new group on their hands. By May of that year, the BBC made the unbelievable decision to give this new group their own weekly 30-minute radio series. At this point, they had only released three singles, and their first album, Please Please Me was only just reaching the top of the charts. Of course, The Beatles had already made friends with the BBC and appeared on several earlier programs – but their very own show? That was something! The series was called Pop Go The Beatles and like other radio appearances The Beatles had made, included their own humorous brand of chat and lots of fresh new music that was different than what was heard on their records. The first 4 shows were hosted by Lee Peters who was succeeded by Rodney Burke for another 11 shows before the series wrapped up with a final episode on September 24, 1963.

 

The Beatles, 1963

The Beatles, 1963

 

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Beatles Rarity Of The Week – “Wrack My Brain” (alternate mix)

Welcome to The Beatles Rarity of the Week. In 1980, our two oldest Beatles turned forty years of age. To honor the occasion John Lennon, who had only recently began recording again after a five-year break, wrote a song for Ringo Starr called “Life Begins At 40.” Remembering songs Ringo had sang with The Beatles such as “What Goes On,” “Act Naturally” and “Don’t Pass Me By,” it’s no secret to Beatles fans that Ringo had a penchant for country-flavored music and so John wrote the song in that style, not only in hopes that he would like it, but also knowing it would suit his vocal style and be a good candidate for him to record on his next album. Of course we know what happened shortly afterwards.

Less than two weeks before John’s murder, he handed Ringo demo tapes for another song called “Nobody Told Me.” John and Ringo planned to have some studio time together and record these songs – but those plans were unfortunately and permanently interrupted.

 

George Harrison and Ringo Starr, 1981

George Harrison and Ringo Starr, 1981

 

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Beatles Rarity Of The Week – “On The Wings Of A Nightingale” (demo)

Welcome to The Beatles Rarity of the Week. On January 3, 2014, Phil Everly of Everly Brothers fame died of complications with emphysema and bronchitis just before turning 75 years old. The Everly Brothers, consisting of Phil and his brother Don got their big break as musicians during the same year that a 16-year old John Lennon met 15-year old Paul McCartney. It was 1957 when The Everlys’ recording of “Bye Bye Love” went top 10 in the U.K. (#6 in Record Retailer) and the U.S (#2 in Billboard). By the time their follow up single “Wake Up Little Susie” topped the U.S charts and made it to #2 in the U.K., Paul had joined John’s band, The Quarrymen and as the two began to collaborate, both were taken in by the steel-string guitar playing and close harmony vocals of this new American country-influenced rock ‘n’ roll duo.

 

Phil Everly (left) and Paul McCartney

Phil Everly (left) and Paul McCartney

 

Shortly after the death of Phil, Paul McCartney wrote this on his website:

Phil Everly was one of my great heroes. With his brother Don, they were one of the major influences on The Beatles. When John and I first started to write songs, I was Phil and he was Don. Years later when I finally met Phil, I was completely starstruck and at the same time extremely impressed by his humility and gentleness of soul. I will always love him for giving me some of the sweetest musical memories of my life.

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Beatles Rarity Of The Week – “Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey” (live at The Cavern, 1962)

Welcome to The Beatles Rarity of the Week. On both July 26 and August 1, 1962, a couple of Granada TV producers came out to Liverpool to check out the pre-Ringo Starr line-up of The Beatles at their Cavern Club performances. The Beatles were being considered for possible inclusion in a locally broadcast television program called Know The North. Of course they “passed the audition” and on August 22, Granada was back at The Cavern, having brought along a crew equipped with the necessary recording necessities. By this time, The Beatles had replaced Pete Best with Ringo Starr as their new drummer and were ready to rock ‘n’ roll for the camera. Granada taped two takes of them performing Richie Barrett’s “Some Other Guy,” although the audio to what is most likely the second take is all that has survived.

 

The Beatles performing at The Cavern in 1962

The Beatles performing at The Cavern in 1962

 

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