Thursdays are #askNat days here on The Beatles Rarity. This is where I take on a Beatles-related question sent in from anyone out there who has something that they are wondering about within the Beatles’ universe. For this week I also want to wish all Americans who are reading this entry when it’s new, a Happy Thanksgiving! I have an inquiry here sent in to me back in September (2013) by Patrick Flynn of Washington D.C. I’ve answered a couple from Patrick before (one covered here just two weeks ago) and those ended up as interesting topics. Here is what he has to say this time:
According to the Beatles Anthology 2 liner notes, the final version of “Strawberry Fields Forever” is a composite of take 7 and take 26 (the latter speed corrected to match the key of the former). Anthology 2 contains the complete take 7. Is there a complete version of take 26 speed corrected to its original key somewhere?
Once again, a great question Patrick. The evolution of John Lennon’s “Strawberry Fields Forever” is a long and complicated one since it underwent so many changes beginning with it’s initial conception, when John was noodling on home tapes of it in Santa Isabel Spain (September 19 – November 6, 1966) while there filming the movie How I Won The War. Tapes from these early home demos as well as others recorded at his Kenwood home later in November have survived and circulate among collectors.