Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Beatles Outtakes from 1969,1964 & Show # 334

On today’s program I featured a version of The Beatles song “I’m So Tired”, but the version played was one quite different than the one found on The Beatles 1968 White Album. This version was sung by Paul McCartney not John Lennon as it normally is. Recorded in January of 1969 during the Get Back/Let It Be album sessions, this version of the song is obviously not meant to be taken seriously and is just the band having some fun in the studio. During the Get Back/Let It Be album sessions the band played and recorded over a hundred hours of material. This included covers, jams, and material that would be bootlegged from a variety of sources. Some of the bootlegged songs include “Watching Rainbows”, “Commonwealth”, The Palace of the King of the Birds”, “All Things Must Pass”, “Gimme Some Truth”. The later three songs were re-recorded by Paul, George, and John for future solo projects.

The recordings took place from January 2nd -14th at Twickenham Film Studios and at Apple Studios from January 20th-30th (these recordings would be the ones used for the Let It Be album). In addition to the audio recorded during these sessions, there was also video recorded for a movie that was released in 1970 entitled Let It Be, which currently remains out of print. The recordings were documented in the film Let It Be, it also showed heated arguments and the creative process for what would be the final Beatles album. The film would culminate with songs from the famous rooftop concert. Initially the album was intended to be released in 1969 as Get Back, but the band weren’t satisfied with the results. There were several versions of the album mixed by Glyn Johns that are available in bootlegged form. Prior to the release of the Let It Be movie, Phil Spector was brought in to do some remixing. The album was released in 1970 after the Beatles had broken up and renamed Let It Be. While Let It Be was technically the final Beatles release, it was pushed back several times until Phil Spector came in and the theatrical release of Let It Be.  Abbey Road was recorded after this album and released first.

Another Beatles track featured on today’s program was the song “Leave My Kitten Alone”. This song was initially recorded in August of 1964 during the Beatles For Sale recording sessions. The original version of this song was done by Little Willie John and Johnny Preston. When it was released in 1959, it went to # 13 on the Billboard R&B Charts and #60 on the Pop charts. The Beatles version of this song was recorded in five takes. The fifth take was deemed the best and overdubs were added for the song, but it was never mixed. It remained unreleased until the 1995 Beatles Anthology series, which documented several outtakes and alternate versions of songs from The Beatles career.

This Week's Play List:

1. The Almighty Defenders - Over the Horizon 
2. Ugly Duckings - I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart
3. The Modernettes - Femme Fatale
4. Lost Patrol - Tell No Lies
5. The Blood Lines - Song Salvation
6. Geronimo - Hope and Fear 
7. The Government - Gunshot Wound
8. The Nurotics - Shark
9. Spectrals - I Ran With Love But I Couldn't Keep Up
10. No Age - Fever Dreaming
11. Swell Maps - Read About Seymour
12. Regurgitator - Making No Sense
13. Middle Brother - Me, Me, Me
14. Wire - Two Minutes
15. Clap Clap Riot - Don't Want Your Baby
16. The Mint Chicks - Welcome To Nowhere
17. AC/DC - High Voltage (BBC Session 1976)
18. The Beatles - Leave My Kitten Alone
19. The Beatles - I'm So tired (Sung By Paul McCartney)
20. Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Love Comes in Spurts
21. Ramones - I'm Affected 
22. The Only Ones - Another Girl, Another Planet
23. The Ride Theory - Motel Woman 
24. The Pretty Things - Midnight To Six Man 

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for January 11. Or subscribe to Revolution Rock as a Podcast.

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