August 30, 2018

The Alternate White Album - 1998 Edition

There has been news about the upcoming remastered White Album mentioned by Paul McCartney coming out in November. Below is a previous posting on the Alternate White Album released some time ago. Perhaps some of these alternate takes will appear on the remastered new release.

The sleeve says: No Anthology Tracks.Another in the series of Alternate albums, where a collection is put together based on the timing of the original released album. This particular C.D. collects together a lot of fine outtakes from the "White Album" era, including studio alternate takes, live performances and of course the Esher sessions. It also pulls together some of the official stereo or mono mixes that were less commonly found. Yes, I know we already have these pieces, but, nicely presented and nicely collected together makes it worth having them again.

I'm approaching The Alternate White Album with the attitude of the amateur who loves the White Album, and not with the attitude of the hard core Beatles fan who wants to get every possible alternate take that exists out there. I mostly wanted to hear some of the alternate versions and mono mixes that exist of these songs without shelling out a fortune for the original mono vinyl (yet).

The double CD set offers a run through the 31 songs of the original album in alternate takes, either from mono mixes, the 'Peter Sellers Tape' (a tape with early rough mixes of the songs, given as a gift to actor Peter Sellers by Ringo) and a few from the Esher sessions in spring 1968. These versions are not radically different (the possible exception being a wonderful acoustic version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"), but they add interesting little twists and turns here and there that have just the novelty value for me as a moderate Beatles fan to enjoy the material anew.

Added to this are 25 bonus tracks, home demos, out-takes and alternate takes of varying quality and interest that were recorded at the same time. There are no fantastic discoveries here, but tracks like George's "Sour Milk Sea" and "Not Guilty" deserve to be heard, John's "Everybody Had a Hard Year" sheds some light on "I've Got a Feeling" from Let It Be, and the prototype for his "Jealous Guy" (here under a different title) may surprise quite a few people, so it's not all just fluff.

The sound quality of this is fine, only the Esher sessions and home demos sound rather muffled. The package claims that the CDs contain "no Anthology tracks". I'm not entirely sure about one or two of them, but mostly this seems to be true.

As a mixture of released tracks (the mono mixes), demos, unreleased mixes and out-takes this can of course not reach the quality of the released White Album, and hard core fans will perhaps want a more comprehensive set of alternate versions from the White Album sessions, but this is useful enough to broaden the horizon for the average fan. Not one of the rip-off bootlegs, but actually pretty good stuff.


Disc 1:
  1. Back In The USSR [Alternate Mix, Extra Aeroplane Noises]
  2. Dear Prudence [Alternate Mix, Clean Intro, Different End]
  3. Glass Union [Mono Mix 26-9-1968]
  4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da [Alternate Mix, 'Peter Sellers tape'] 
  5. Wild Honey Pie [Alternate Mix, 'Peter Sellers tape']
  6. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill [Esher Sessions, May 1968] 
  7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps [Acoustic Version] 
  8. Happiness Is A Warm Gun [Mono Mix, Louder Bass]
  9. Martha My Dear [Mono Mix 4-10-1968]
  10. I'm So Tired [Monitor Mix, Extra Guitar] 
  11. Blackbird [Mono Mix, Different Bird Sounds] 
  12. Piggies [Mono Mix, Different Piggies Sounds]
  13. Rocky Raccoon [Mono Mix] 
  14. Don't Pass By Me [Alternate Mix, 'Peter Sellers tape']
  15. Why Don't We Do It In The Road?[Mono Mix]
  16. I Will [Mono Mix]
  17. Julia [Early Acoustic Lennon Demo]
  18. Child Of Nature [Esher Sessions, May 1968] 
  19. Not Guilty [Unreleased Stereo Remix] 
  20. Circles [Esher Sessions, May 1968] 
  21. Sour Milk Sea [Esher Sessions, May 1968]
  22. Junk [Esher Sessions, May 1968]
  23. Hey Jude  [Early Version, 30-7-1968] 
  24. Brian Epstein Blues [Monitor Mix]
  25. What's The New Mary Jean [Take 4]
Disc 2:
  1. Birthday [18-9-1968, Overdubs 19-9-1968]
  2. Yer Blues [Alternate Mix, 'Peter Sellers tape']
  3. Mother Nature's Son [Monitor Mix]
  4. Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey [Alternate Mix, 'Peter Sellers Tape', Cleaner Intro, Different Ending]
  5. Sexy Sadie [Unedited Version, Lasts 38 Seconds Longer Than The Released Version]
  6. Helter Skelter [Mono Mix, Shorter Version Without 'Blisters On My Fingers', Louder Backing Vocals]
  7. Long, Long Long [Mono Mix, 7-10-1968]
  8. Revoution 1 [Acoustic Version, Esher Sessions]
  9. Honey Pie#1 [Esher Sessions]
  10. Honey Pie#2 [Esher Sessions]
  11. Cry Baby Cry [Esher Sessions]
  12. Revolution 9 [Mono Mix]
  13. Good Night [Shorter Version, Chldren's Voices At The End]
  14. I Hate To See [The Evening Sun Go Down]
  15. Hey Jude [Early Version, 30-7-1968]
  16. Las Vegas Tune [30-7-1968]
  17. Everyone Had A Hard Year [John's Home Demo]
  18. A Case Of The Blues [John's Home Demo]
  19. Happy Rishikesh Song [Demo]
  20. Oh My Love [John's Home Demo]
  21. Gone Tomorrow Her Today [Acoustic Version]
  22. Helter Skelter [Acoustic Version]
  23. Wierd Album Sessions [Anthology Video Medley]
  24. Spiritual Regeneration [Rishikesh Tape, India 1968]
  25. Riskikesh No. 9 [Rishikesh Tape, India 1968]

More info is available here:

August 25, 2018

An Interesting and Informative McCartney Podcast

Posted on April 30, 2018

Just in the past week we’ve come across another Beatle-related podcast that we’d have no hesitation in recommending.
Take It Away – The Complete Paul McCartney Archive Podcast is produced by Ryan Brady and Chris Mercer, two fans (from Los Angeles and Chicago) who really know their stuff.
The aim is to examine in detail every single Paul McCartney release, from 1970 to the present day. Episode 0 is a brief introduction to what it is they want to achieve and what the show is all about. You can hear it on their website, or just have a listen here:

This podcast series not only contains a wealth of information, it has really high production values as well as the guys deftly mix in short extracts of the songs they’re knowledgeably deconstructing. These illustrative flourishes really bring alive the discussion and help you to hear exactly what it is they are talking about. They’ll often contrast and compare demo versions with the finished product and, where it will help, they’ll include short interview extracts with McCartney and other spoken word content.
Mercer and Brady are working their way through McCartney’s recorded output chronologically. They’re currently into Season 3, and up to 1993’s Off The Ground. Occasionally they’ll also feature an interview with key players in the McCartney solo story – like Laurence Juber and Denny Laine.
The Take It Away podcast. Very much worth checking out.


New Discovery: Magical Mystery Tour- Double EP

It’s not every day that you walk into your local second-hand record store and find an almost mint copy of The Beatles’ 1967 EP Magical Mystery Tour, but that’s what happened last week.
Dropped into Audiomania in the Sydney suburb of Manly Vale and as we were quietly browsing the LP section we looked up to a shelf just near the “New Arrivals” bin, and this is what we spied:
This is a UK pressing, and we’re pretty sure it is an original from 1967, making it just over 50 years old. For it’s age this example is in exceptionally good condition, both the laminated gatefold sleeve, and the two EP records it contains.
This is the mono UK pressing. You can tell that from the catalogue number MMT-1 which is printed on the upper right of rear cover (and of course the word MONO is also there!). Stereo pressings have an SMMT catalogue number:
The labels also carry the MMT catalogue number. As you can see below this pressing came with a solid centre. There are also examples with a push-out centre. The labels have the “Sold in the U.K. subject to resale price conditions…” text:
Don’t know if you can see it, but the Side 1 label (on either side of the spindle hole) has two raised letters, a K and a T. Not sure if this is significant, or helps identify the pressing date. We think it has something to do with a tax code for the record.
The inner 24-page booklet is also in excellent condition:
It also comes with the 4-page blue lyric sheet pages still intact in the centre. This also helps identify it as being an original pressing. The paper sleeves holding the records are white though, and have a wave-cut top. I think originally the discs may have come in black paper sleeves? If anyone knows please contact us, or leave a comment.
(As usual, click on the images to see larger versions)
So, this was too good an item to pass over. We have Australian mono and stereo pressings of the Magical Mystery Tour double EP, plus a nice French pressing (with a story attached), but a UK pressing in almost pristine condition was our find of the month.
The really sad news is that the Audiomania store will soon be no more. The owner let us know that they will be closing their doors because the site in which they operate has been purchased and its buildings demolished. All the tenants have to get out. They hope to continue online, but it’s just not the same as being there to flip through record bins of used LPs and singles in person…..


July 21, 2018

The Beatles - Albums for free on YouTube

The Beatles - Free As Birds on YouTube!
In an unprecedented move, The Beatles have released most of their albums for free - on YouTube. Whether or not this is going to be a permanent move remains to be seen. It's all the original British albums, from "Please Please Me" from 1963 to "Let It Be" from 1970, all presented in their remastered stereo editions. In addition to this, the following albums are also available:, "1962-1966" (The Red Album), "1967-1970" (The Blue Album), Anthologies 1-3 plus "Anthology Highlights", "1", "Love", and both volumes of "Past Masters".

In some instances, a music video is screened during the song, in others, there's just a still picture of the album cover. For instance, "Anthology Highlights" starts with the "Free As A Bird" video, then continues with the other tracks with just a still photo, then near the end, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" has the modern music video, as has the closing song, "Real Love".

Screen capture from YouTube (Norwegian text)

It seems that these albums are not available worldwide, as some readers of this blog have reported that they are unable to see them on YouTube. I sent one of my readers in Hungary a link to "One after 909", and all he got was an "attachment unavailable" message. Chile, the Netherlands and Iceland are other countries where the albums are not available, but they are available in important markets like USA and U.K.

Other recent uploads to the channel: "Eight Days A Week" (the Shea Stadium video they made for Ron Howard's film), the Intertel music videos for "Ticket To Ride", "I Feel Fine" (chipless version) and the umbrella version of "Help!". Also, the "Come Together" animated video they made for "1" back in 2000 and "A Hard Day's Night" from the Paris concert. As part of the promotions for the cinematic event "Yellow Submarine" they have published two new short films,  "Yellow Submarine - An Introduction" and "Yellow Submarine - The Design":

Here's a link to The Beatles' YouTube channel, straight to the album listings, which are themed playlists sorted by album.


February 03, 2018

The Beatles Unplugged Bootleg

Just when you thought that everything that could be said that was new, fresh, or unusual about the Beatles' later history was already out there, along comes The Beatles: Unplugged, a bootleg CD so good that the folks at Apple and EMI ought to be kicking themselves for not thinking of it first. This disc (which is sort-of subtitled "The Kinfaun-Session," referring to George Harrison's Esher home) pulls together the 23 songs that Harrison, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney recorded as works-in-progress at Harrison's home in May of 1968. Most of what's here was eventually heard either on The Beatles [White Album], or various solo works ("Child of Nature" surfacing with new lyrics as "A Jealous Guy," etc.) or B-sides ("What's the New Mary Jane"), and on various bootlegs. What makes this presentation better than most is that it's part of that "digipak" bootleg series that's been coming out of Europe since late 2000 and generally knocking listeners out with its quality. The production here is a match for any legitimate release, not just in sound quality but also the care that went into the selection, order, and editing of the tapes; there's some hiss here and there, to be sure, and a few tracks are close to overload on the sound, but there's nothing here that will make you jump to lower the volume or skip to the next cut -- in fact, chances are most of the songs here will get repeated more than once. It's a lot like listening to an "unplugged" version of The Beatles (even re-creating The Beatles [White Album]'s packaging), since most of it is represented here, and in excellent form. Indeed, the version of "Revolution" on this disc -- just to cite one example -- is as good as the released one, only brighter, and, if you will, bouncier, as the trio has unbridled fun with the lyric, the beat, and the rhymes without the need to pump up the wattage or the seriousness of it all; if the finished song is John Lennon's message to the world about politics, hate, and manipulation of the Beatles, this is his handwritten draft of that message, with all of his momentary digressions and mental edits left in. McCartney and Harrison's songs are just as well represented, and the only thing missing is a contribution by Ringo Starr, who didn't participate in these recordings. The curious element is that it's the hard-rocking songs -- "Yer Blues" and "Back in the USSR" -- that come off the best, even though they're the most different from the finished versions; the demo of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" is just as entertaining, as the trio plunges headfirst into reggae armed with just their guitars and some good intentions. As the notes point out, whatever stresses the group may have been experiencing as a formal entity, the three guitarists had some productive and harmonious sessions and they still sounded as cool, creative, and cutting edge as they ever did. As bonus cuts, the makers have added "Helter Skelter" from a studio run-through, and thrown on "Spiritual Regeneration," the Beatles/Beach Boys ode to the Maharishi (which segues into the Beatles' birthday greeting to Mike Love) and a somewhat less-entertaining, informal, acoustic medley of traditional songs, all tracks recorded in India.
Source: AllMusic Review

Child of Nature later became Jealous Guy on John Lennon's solo album Imagine
Circles, written by George Harrison, was later released on Gone Troppo, his solo album released in 1982.

Sour Milk Sea was later given to Jackie Lomax which would be released in 1968.
Not Guilty was released in George Harrison's self-titled album in 1979, and an alternative take was released on Anthology.
Junk was released on Paul McCartney's first self-titled album, and the demo was also released on Anthology, a bit shorter than the original.
Spiritual Regeneration India was played for a birthday in India, according to someone talking in the song.
Rishikesh No. 9? I don't know.
01 - Cry Baby Cry
02 - Child Of Nature
03 - The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
04 - I'm So Tired
05 - Yer Blues
06 - Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except for Me and My Monkey
07 - What's The New Mary Jane
08 - Revolution
09 - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
10 - Circles
11 - Sour Milk Sea
12 - Not Guilty
13 - Piggies
14 - Julia
15 - Blackbird
16 - Rocky Raccoon
17 - Back In The U.S.S.R.
18 - Honey Pie
19 - Mother Nature's Son
20 - Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
21 - Junk
22 - Dear Prudence
23 - Sexy Sadie
24 - Helter Skelter
25 - Spiritual Regeneration India
26 - Rishikesh No. 9

More info here:

The Beatles: Unplugged Collects Acoustic Demos of White Album Songs (1968)

I am a child of Beatles fans; we owned nearly every album in original mono vinyl pressings. But somehow there was a hole in our collection—a whale-sized hole, it turned out—because we didn’t have a copy of the White Album. I was introduced to it later by a friend, who shared its secrets with me like one would share the favorite work of a favorite poet—reverently. We delved into the history and learned that recording sessions were notoriously fractious—with Ringo stepping away for a while and Paul stepping in on the drums, and with the others recording solo, sometimes with session players, rarely in the same room together— a situation reflected in the tracking of the record, which feels like a compilation of songs by each Beatle (but Ringo), rather than the usual smooth affair of Lennon/McCartney, and occasional Harrison productions.

That ranginess is what makes the White Album special: it’s feels so familiar, and yet it’s not like anything they’d done before and presages the genius to come in their solo careers. So imagine my surprised delight at stumbling across a bootleg that die-hard completists have surely known about for ages (though it only saw release in 2002): The Beatles: Unplugged is a recording of acoustic songs, most of which would appear on the the White Album, played and sung by John, Paul, and George at George’s house in Esher—hence the bootleg’s subtitle, the Kinfauns-Sessions (Kinfauns was the name of George’s home). Here are the close vocal harmonies that seemed to mark a group of musicians in near-perfect harmony with each other (but without Ringo, again). And here are some of the Beatles’ most poignant, pointed, and vaudevillian songs live and direct, without any studio tricks whatsoever.
Of course these were recorded as demos, and not meant for release of any kind, but even so, they’re fairly high-quality, in a lo-fi kind of way. Listening to the songs in this form makes me think of the folk/psych revivalism of the so-called New Weird America that hearkened back to so much sixties’ trippy playfulness, but mostly eschewed the major label studio sound of sixties’ records and welcomed prominent tape hiss and single-track, bedroom takes. Given the rapid pop-culture recycling that is the hallmark of the early 21st century, The Beatles: Unplugged sounds strangely modern.

The Unplugged session includes a wonderfully airy rendition of “Dear Prudence,” which like so many of these songs, was written during The Beatles’ sojourn in India, about Mia Farrow’s sister (a complete tracklist is here). The compilers of the release have tacked on three additional songs: “Spiritual Regeneration India” (also a birthday tribute to The Beach Boy’s Mike Love), an oddly upbeat studio run-through of “Helter Skelter,” and a free-form acoustic medley of traditional songs called “Rishikesh No. 9” (also called “Spiritual Christmas”). In addition to the slew of White Album songs, the recording session also features McCartney’s “Junk,” which later appeared on his 1970 solo album McCartney and John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy” (here called “Child of Nature”), which surfaced on 1971’s Imagine. As Allmusic’s Bruce Eder writes, Unplugged is a bootleg so good, “the folks at Apple and EMI ought to be kicking themselves for not thinking of it first.”

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December 30, 2017

The Beatles Story Album

The Beatles' Story is the sixth album by the Beatles in the United States, issued on 23 November 1964 by Capitol Records in both mono and stereo formats (although the mono was merely a fold-down of the stereo mix). It is a documentary double album featuring interviews, press conferences, snippets of original or orchestral versions of Beatles songs with voice-overs. The easy listening excerpts were created, produced and arranged by Stu Phillips with the Hollyridge Strings originally recorded for the first Capitol Records' Beatles Song Book.[1]

This documentary album was issued in response to interviews of the Beatles collected on the Vee-Jay Records release, Hear the Beatles Tell All.[citation needed]


Originally, Capitol Records intended to release the group's 1964 performance at the Hollywood Bowl, but due to a lack of advanced live recording and sound enhancement technology and the excessive amount of loud screaming fans on tape the album was shelved. Another plan was to release a 2 LP 'Greatest Hits' album for the Christmas market. Four songs were to make their Capitol debut on this album: "A Hard Day's Night," "Misery," "There's a Place," and "From Me to You." The album was compiled, but never issued.


Release and reception

The Beatles' Story entered the Billboard Pop Albums on 12 December at number 97, and on 2 January 1965 it reached its peak position at number seven, where it remained for four weeks before beginning its slide down the charts.[2] It has been certified a gold record by the RIAA;[3] it was also released in Canada and is currently out of print. It was released by Toshiba EMI in Japan on the Apple label (in stereo) in a box set with a deluxe 24 page 12"x12" booklet that contains the entire text of the script in English and Japanese.

The album contains a brief stereo excerpt of "Twist and Shout" performed at their 1964 Hollywood Bowl concert. The album was only released on cassette tape in Canada (4XBB 2222) and Japan (ZR44-1019), and was never issued at all on a stereo 8-track cartridge tape. The Beatles' Story was being prepared for release on digital audio tape in 1996, but when the format failed commercially the plan was scrapped.[citation needed] In 2014, The Beatles Story was made available on CD for the first time in the Beatles boxed set, The U.S. Albums. Running time is: 49:22.

Side one
No.     Title     Length
1.     "On Stage with the Beatles"     1:03
2.     "How Beatlemania Began"     1:20
3.     "Beatlemania in Action"     1:25
4.     "Man Behind the Beatles – Brian Epstein"     2:47
5.     "John Lennon"     5:50
6.     "Who's a Millionaire?"     0:39
Side two
No.     Title     Length
1.     "Beatles Will Be Beatles"     7:28
2.     "Man Behind the Music – George Martin"     1:04
3.     "George Harrison"     4:46
Side three
No.     Title     Length
1.     "A Hard Day's Night – Their First Movie"     3:08
2.     "Paul McCartney"     2:45
3.     "Sneaky Haircuts and More About Paul"     3:29
Side four
No.     Title     Length
1.     "The Beatles Look at Life"     2:05
2.     "Victims of Beatlemania"     1:10
3.     "Beatle Medley"     3:58
4.     "Ringo Starr"     6:24
5.     "Liverpool and All the World!"     1:05


You can listen to it here:'%20Story%20-%20(Capitol%20Stereo%20U.S.%20LP)%20-%20%5bFull%20Album%5d.mp3

December 29, 2017

The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963

The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963 is a compilation album of 59 previously unreleased recordings by English rock band the Beatles, released on 17 December 2013, exclusively through the iTunes Store.[1] While it was initially only available for a few hours,[2] it is currently available again for purchase.[3] The release was timed to extend the copyright of the 1963 recordings under EU law by 20 years – the EU protects recordings for 70 years only if they are formally released.[1][4] Officially unreleased recordings from the band's earlier recording sessions previously entered public domain in 2012.[citation needed]

The album includes 15 studio outtakes and 42 live BBC Radio tracks, adding to those released previously on the albums Live at the BBC (1994) and On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2 (2013).[5] The album also includes John Lennon's demo recordings of "Bad to Me" and "I'm in Love", later released as singles by Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas and the Fourmost, respectively.[1]

Track listing
Tracks 1–14 are stereo; the rest are mono.
All tracks written by Lennon–McCartney, except where noted.


1-1 There's A Place (Studio Outtake / Takes 5 & 6) 2:19
1-2 There's A Place (Studio Outtake / Take 8) 1:58
1-3 There's A Place (Studio Outtake / Take 9) 2:04
1-4 Do You Want To Know A Secret (Studio Outtake / Take 7) 2:17
1-5 A Taste Of Honey (Studio Outtake / Take 6) 2:12
1-6 I Saw Her Standing There (Studio Outtake / Take 2) 3:07
1-7 Misery (Studio Outtake / Take 1) 1:54
1-8 Misery (Studio Outtake / Take 7) 1:56
1-9 From Me To You (Studio Outtake / Takes 1 & 2) 3:24
1-10 From Me To You (Studio Outtake / Take 5) 2:17
1-11 Thank You Girl (Studio Outtake / Take 1) 2:09
1-12 Thank You Girl (Studio Outtake / Take 5) 2:04
1-13 One After 909 (Studio Outtake / Takes 1 & 2) 4:29
1-14 Hold Me Tight (Studio Outtake / Take 21) 2:42
1-15 Money (That's What I Want) (Studio Outtake) 2:48
1-16 Some Other Guy (Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 26th January, 1963) 2:02
1-17 Love Me Do (Live At The BBC For "Saturday Club" 26th January, 1963) 2:31
1-18 Too Much Monkey Business (Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 26th January, 1963) 1:50
1-19 I Saw Her Standing There (Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 16th March, 1963) 2:38
1-20 Do You Want To Know A Secret (Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 26th January, 1963) 1:50
1-21 From Me To You (Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 26th January, 1963) 1:54
1-22 I Got To Find My Baby (Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 26th January, 1963) 1:59
1-23 Roll Over Beethoven (Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 29th June, 1963) 2:29
1-24 A Taste Of Honey (Live At BBC For "Easy Beat" / 23rd June, 1963) 2:01
1-25 Love Me Do (Live At BBC For "Easy Beat" / 20th October, 1963) 2:29
1-26 Please Please Me (Live At BBC For "Easy Beat" / 20th October, 1963) 2:08
1-27 She Loves You (Live At BBC For "Easy Beat" / 20th October, 1963) 2:29
1-28 I Want To Hold Your Hand (Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 21st December, 1963) 2:19
1-29 Till There Was You (Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 21st December, 1963) 2:16
2-1 Roll Over Beethoven (Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 21st December, 1963) 2:16
2-2 You Really Got A Hold On Me (Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 4th June, 1963) 2:54
2-3 The Hippy Hippy Shake (Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 4th June, 1963) 1:43
2-4 Till There Was You (Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" /11th June, 1963) 2:14
2-5 A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues (Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 18th June, 1963) 2:06
2-6 A Taste Of Honey (Live At The BBC for "Pop Go The Beatles" 18th June, 1963) 1:56
2-7 Money (That's What I Want) (Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 18th June, 1963) 2:41
2-8 Anna (Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 25th June, 1963) 3:02
2-9 Love Me Do (Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 10th September, 1963) 2:29
2-10 She Loves You (Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 24th September, 1963) 2:16
2-11 I'll Get You (Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 10th September, 1963) 2:05
2-12 A Taste Of Honey (Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 10th September, 1963) 2:00
2-13 Boys (Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 17th September, 1963) 2:12
2-14 Chains (Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 17th September, 1963) 2:22
2-15 You Really Got A Hold On Me (Live At The BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" 17th September, 1963) 2:57
2-16 I Saw Her Standing There (Live At The BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" 24th September, 1963) 2:41
2-17 She Loves You (Live At The BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" 10th September, 1963) 2:15
2-18 Twist And Shout (Live At the BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" 24th September, 1963) 2:36
2-19 Do You Want To Know A Secret (Live At The BBC For "Here We Go" 12th March, 1963) 1:55
2-20 Please Please Me (Live At The BBC For "Here We Go" 12th March, 1963) 1:57
2-21 Long Tall Sally (Live At The BBC For "Side By Side" 13th May, 1963) 1:49
2-22 Chains (Live At The BBC For "Side By Side" 13th May, 1963) 2:23
2-23 Boys (Live At The BBC For "Side By Side" 13th May, 1963) 1:53
2-24 A Taste Of Honey (Live At The BBC For "Side By Side" 13th May, 1963) 2:04
2-25 Roll Over Beethoven (Live At The BBC For "From Us To You" 26th December, 1963) 2:17
2-26 All My Loving (Live At The BBC For "From Us To You" 26th December, 1963) 2:06
2-27 She Loves You (Live At The BBC For "From Us To You" 26th December, 1963) 2:21
2-28 Till There Was You (Live At The BBC For "From Us To You" 26th December, 1963) 2:12
2-29 Bad To Me (Demo) 1:29
2-30 I'm In Love (Demo) 1:32

There also appears to be an unofficial bootleg CD version of the recordings.


After something of a false start, Apple Corps/Universal have today issued 59 previously unreleased recordings by The Beatles consisting of studio outtakes and live material from 1963.
We should clarify straight off the bat, that this is not a deluxe box set; indeed, it’s not being released physically on any format. Bootleg Recordings 1963 (as this collection is dubbed) is a digital-only affair and can only be bought via iTunes. But hey, it is The Beatles, so coverage here is justified!
The Beatles’ Anthology albums (themselves nearly 20 years old) were the one and only time in the last 50 years that Fab Four studio outtakes have been officially released, so to see something akin to The Holy Grail almost casually uploaded onto (the other) Apple’s iTunes servers takes a while to get your head around.

But that is what has happened. Tracks made available include work-in-progress from Please Please Me and With The Beatles, and early takes of the group’s first (official) UK number one From Me To You and its B-side Thank You Girl. The 1963 version of The One After 909 (which famously went unreleased until Paul and John dusted it down for Let It Be six years later) is another notable inclusion (takes 1&2) in this Beatles Bootleg bundle.
Into total, 15 studio tracks are issued followed by an enormous amount of what you might call Live at the BBC ‘the leftovers’ – tracks recorded at the BBC radio studios that haven’t appeared on the official releases (1994 and 2013) probably to avoid duplication and in some cases because the sound quality is not up to par. So we get three Love Me Dos, four A Taste Of Honeys and a couple of Do You Want To Know A Secrets amongst the 42 Beeb tracks. A special treat at the end of the Bootleg Recordings are demo versions of Bad To Me and I’m In Love, two Lennon-McCartney songs given to other groups (Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas and The Fourmost, respectively).

As a fan of physical media the first reaction is ‘why couldn’t they have released this is a proper box set’, but in truth, the digital domain is somehow a more forgiving environment for this Merseybeat memory dump; running orders don’t need to be fretted over (or are rendered irrelevant by the medium), and no one is going to complain about multiple versions of the same track because you just can just download the ones you want. In short, Apple don’t need to think  about it too much, because the truth of the matter seems to be that they would probably rather not do this at all. The current thinking is that this Bootleg Recordings 1963 release is all about retaining copyright of the material once it’s over 50 years old. Previously released material is now protected for 70 years (in Europe), but unreleased material is not afforded the same protection and becomes public domain. The solution? Release it.

And that is what Apple/Universal have done today. The Anthology projects of the 1990s were studies in planning, hype, marketing, coordination and global brand enhancement. Three multi-formatted double albums spread over a year with the small matter of a six-part companion TV documentary (and later a hardback book). By comparison Bootleg Recordings 1963 is the polar opposite. No hype, no build-up, no advertising, no ‘tie-ins’ – just a bucketful of Beatles’ rarities falling onto the unsuspecting Mop Top fan as they go about their daily business.

If there are no changes in the copyright law, then surely we can look forward to similar Beatles Bootleg recordings in our Christmas stockings over the next seven years. Bootleg Recordings 1963 is released globally via iTunes today and is available to download in many territories already.