This week on #askNat we are hearing from Matt Doran of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Here is what Matt has to say:
Hey Happy Nat,
When the remaining Beatles got the demos for the Anthology, why didn’t they use “India , India?” To me that demo was complete, with no visible noise and John’s voice is so clear. I have heard other peoples’ mixes on the Internet and they have added instruments and vocals onto it. Any insight as to why they might have overlooked this tune.
An interesting question you have here, Matt. I’ll start with what I know about “India, India.” It was written and recorded in demo form sometime in 1980 by John Lennon. No accounts of this recording by John have surfaced other than this home-taped demo made at his Dakota apartment. The first time it was heard by the general public was in a 2005 musical called Lennon that was a Yoko Ono-sanctioned stage show about John’s life. It was directed by Don Scardino.
“India, India,” along with a few other demos, was first released officially as bonus material on the Home Tapes collection packaged with the John Lennon Signature Box set released in October 2010.