Monday, November 30, 2009

Murray the "K" in the Bahamas

The sound quality of these interviews is fair at best, but I've had two requests to post them, so here are some rare recordings of disc jockey Murray Kaufman chatting with the boys on the set of Help! during the week of March 2nd-9th, 1965:

Sunday, November 29, 2009

L. S. Bumble Bee

CBM, 1973

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's title track, a sampling of the Let It Be soundtrack, some TV performances, and the first LP appearance of any Decca audition material.

- L.S. Bumblebee
- Don't Let Me Down
- Maxwell's Silver Hammer
- Two Of Us
- I've Got A Feeling
- Oh! Darling/Just Fun
- One After 909
- Across The Universe
- Dig A Pony

- Save The Last Dance For Me/Don't Let Me Down
- Suzy Parker
- Yesterday
- Love Of The Loved
- Hey Jude
- All You Need Is Love

Saturday, November 28, 2009

"A Hard Day's Night" Open-End Phone Interview

A rare interview to promote A Hard Day's Night, first issued to radio stations in July, 1964 under the unwieldy title "Special Transatlantic Open-End Telephone Conversation" (United Artists SP-2298).

This copy is from a 1990 picture disc which uses a tape of the promo record being aired on WFUN-AM in Miami:

Friday, November 27, 2009

"Mary Jane"

no label, 1973

A bootleg of a bootleg (CBM's The Never Released Mary Jane). The only unusual item is the interview on side 1, from a broadcast of an Ed Rudy open-end interview disc, with the questions dubbed in by a French DJ. Also included are "People Say" and "I'm Walking", both sides of a single by the mysterious "John and Paul".

- What's The New Mary Jane
- Shout!
- Ed Rudy phone interview w/George (ca. 8 February 1964)
- People Say
- You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

- Long Tall Sally
- A Hard Day's Night
- Things We Said Today
- I'm Walking
- Sie Liebt Dich

Actual Beatle Chat

Since this is, I might as well post some rare interview material here from time to time.

First up is Camie McKay of Radio Canadian Army Europe chatting with Ringo, Paul, and George during a press conference in Essen, West Germany on June 25th, 1966:

If you have any requests for hard-to-find Beatle interviews, let me know at, and I'll do my best to post them here.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Rare Beatles

CBM, 1974

Mostly BBC Radio cuts, augmented with a few mimed TV performances, and a bit of the soundtrack to A Hard Day's Night.

- Johnny B. Goode
- Shout!
- Pop Go The Beatles
- You Really Got A Hold On Me
- Memphis, Tennessee
- Happy Birthday, Saturday Club
- This Boy
- Twist And Shout
- I Want To Hold Your Hand

- Roll Over Beethoven
- All My Loving
- I Wanna Be Your Man
- From Us To You
- Tell Me Why
- If I Fell
- I Should Have Known Better

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Dr. Robert...?

Wizardo, 1976

Posted by request. A mix of UK stereo Revolver cuts, pirated B-sides, and outfakes. "Peace Of Mind" is a bit clearer here than elsewhere.

- I'm Only Sleeping
- What's The New Mary Jane
- The Inner Light
- And Your Bird Can Sing
- Peace Of Mind
- You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

- Doctor Robert
- Blue Jay Way
- L.S. Bumblebee
- Penny Lane
- I'm Down
- Have You Heard The Word

Friday, November 20, 2009

Some Other Guy

CBM, 1973

The Cavern film, a few BBC cuts, two solo TV appearances, an outtake, an outfake, and Around The Beatles again (this time from the US broadcast, with American announcer). The Tony Barrow interview is still rare, for what that's worth.

- Some Other Guy
- Lucille
- Boys
- Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)
- Act Naturally
- Tony Barrow phone interview w/Jerry G. Bishop

- From Us To You
- Shout!
- What's The New Mary Jane
- Across The Universe
- Twist And Shout
- Roll Over Beethoven
- I Wanna Be Your Man
- Long Tall Sally

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Abbey Road Revisited

CBM, 1973

One side of Ed Sullivan Show performances and one side of Kenny Everett and The Beatles Story tracks.

- From Me To You
- Twist And Shout
- This Boy
- I Saw Her Standing There
- She Loves You
- I Want To Hold Your Hand
- Please Please Me
- All My Loving

- You Really Got A Hold On Me
- Have You Heard The Word
- Don't Let Me Down/Those Were The Days
- Mean Mr. Mustard
- All Together On The Wireless Machine
- Step Inside Love
- Nice Time
- Cottonfields
- Twist And Shout
- Dizzy Miss Lizzy

Virtual Beatlegmania

So let's say you have a few hundred old vinyl boots digitized for the purpose of writing some books. But once that's done, what do you do with all the needle-drops? Given that 99.9% of the material is available in far superior quality from tape sources, when will you ever pull them out to listen again?

Rather than let the recordings rot unloved on a shelf, I've decided to share them with the world via this blog. To simulate the original vinyl listening experience, no pops and clicks have been removed; no track markers have been inserted to separate songs. In other words, all I could be bothered to do was upload one file per LP side, exactly as the needle hit the grooves 15-35 years later.

If you have the Beatlegmania books, you can follow along with my notes as you listen. The files are lossless (FLAC from .aiff) and will remain up for as long as possible. I'll try to upload a few titles each week - if you have a request, drop me a line at and I'll try to accommodate it. And please leave comments here on each of the albums! What memories does it bring back? What surprised you as you listened?

We begin with a second-generation TMOQ title from 1974, The E.M.I. Outakes - a melange of commercial alternate mixes, pirated interviews, and most of the Around The Beatles soundtrack.

The E.M.I. Outakes

- Chicago press conference
- What's The New Mary Jane
- Ken Douglas w/Paul
- Penny Lane
- Ken Douglas w/George
- Blue Jay Way
- fan interview
- All My Loving
- Ed Rudy w/Ed Sullivan & Happy Rockefeller
- Sie Liebt Dich

- Ed Rudy w/fans
- Twist And Shout
- Roll Over Beethoven
- I Wanna Be Your Man
- Long Tall Sally
- Love Me Do/Please Please Me/From Me To You/She Loves You/I Want To Hold Your Hand
- Can't Buy Me Love

Thursday, November 5, 2009


June 14, 1965

Same in "The Beatles On Record" and "Help!" mini-doc.

Get Back

January 27, 1969

Included in "The Beatles On Record" and (incomplete) in "Let It Be" mini-doc. Previously bootlegged from Nagra roll 516A.

Unidentified Chat

Clip #1

Various pieces of studio chat from the mini-docs and "The Beatles On Record". If we can identify or come to a consensus on any of these, I'll move them to their own posts. Feel free to comment here on any of them.

From Me To You

date unknown

Included in "The Beatles On Record". Obviously from much later than 1963.

I've Got A Feeling

January 22, 1969

Included in "Let It Be" mini-doc and (buried under narration) in "The Beatles On Record". Previously available in mono from Nagra 418A.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

February 1, 1967

Included in "The Beatles On Record" and (incomplete) in "Sgt. Pepper" mini-doc.

This Boy

October 17, 1963

Same in "The Beatles On Record" and "Please Please Me" mini-doc.

The Fool On The Hill (?)

September 25, 1967

Included in "Magical Mystery Tour" mini-doc and (incomplete) in "The Beatles On Record".

Come Together

July 21, 1969

First two segments in "Abbey Road" mini-doc; all three in "The Beatles On Record".

I Will

September 16, 1968

Included in "The Beatles On Record".

A Day In The Life

February 22, 1967

Included in "The Beatles On Record".

All You Need Is Love

June 25, 1967

Same in "The Beatles On Record" and "Yellow Submarine" mini-doc.

For No One

May 9, 1966

Buried under narration in "The Beatles On Record". Partially bootlegged previously.

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

March 1, 1967

Same in "The Beatles On Record" and "Sgt. Pepper" mini-doc.

Honey Don't (?)

October 26, 1964

Included in "Beatles For Sale" mini-doc (incomplete) and "The Beatles On Record".

Helter Skelter

September 9, 1968

Same in "The Beatles On Record" and "The Beatles" mini-doc.

Polythene Pam

July 25, 1969

Included on "Abbey Road" mini-doc and (censored) in "The Beatles On Record".

You Can't Do That (?)

February 25, 1964

This could be from any session, but it's included after "You Can't Do That" on the "A Hard Day's Night" mini-doc.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)

April 1, 1967

Only heard in "The Beatles On Record".

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

September 5, 1968

Included in "The Beatles" mini-doc (slightly incomplete) and "The Beatles On Record". George tries to sing like Smokey Robinson. I think I can hear a call for take 28 in the background.

Ticket To Ride

February 15, 1965

Incomplete in "Help!" mini-doc, complete (but partially buried under Paul's narration) in "The Beatles On Record". This is an edit of the two versions.

And I Love Her

February 26, 1964

Two snippets from "The Beatles On Record". Since they don't sound like the "Anthology 1" take or the final remake, I've placed them here. Lewisohn writes that Ringo swapped drums for bongos midway through the session, and we have "before" and "after" examples in this clip.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

And Your Bird Can Sing

April 26, 1966

Same in "The Beatles on Record" and "Revolver" mini-doc.

No Reply

September 30, 1964

Same in "The Beatles On Record" and "Beatles For Sale" mini-doc.

Eleanor Rigby

April 28, 1966

same in "The Beatles On Record" and "Revolver" mini-doc.

Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)

October 21, 1965

Complete in "The Beatles On Record", incomplete in "Rubber Soul" mini-doc.

A snippet of this (John saying "Come in when I...") was previously bootlegged.

Baby's In Black

August 11, 1964

Incomplete in "The Beatles On Record", complete in "Beatles For Sale" mini-doc.