Thursday, January 29, 2009

Beatles Unreleased Tracks

Since the birth of the Internet, there have been rumors floating around about unreleased songs by The Beatles. This includes your average story about bootlegs, or "beatlegs" as fans call them. Most of these stories end up being false. They are usually audio recordings of bands that have a similar style to The Beatles. However, there are some unreleased songs that you should know about.

"Carnival of Light" is perhaps the most famous of these songs. McCartney says that it isn't really a song, but an experimental mix of Beatles jams and sound effects. The track is 14 minutes long. It was recorded in 1967. Don't expect to find it anywhere on the Internet. Paul McCartney has it, and he is pushing to release it. He will need to permission of Ringo Starr and the estates of Lennon and Harrison. It was supposed to be put on the Anthology, but this never happened. Hopefully it will be released soon.

"Helter Skelter," take 3 is another track that has been subject to interest. This version of "Helter Skelter" is said to be 27 minutes long. It is basically just a long jam of "Helter Skelter." This is not available on bootleg, and there are no current plans to release it.

Recently, a man in Liverpool (the birthplace of The Beatles) discovered something amazing in his attic. It was a tape of various Beatles hits including "I Feel Fine," "I'm A Loser," and "I'll Follow the Sun." Nothing great, other than the fact that they were unreleased alternate versions of the hits. The 30-minute tape was auctioned off last year.

That is all I know of for now. I have heard of some other tapes, but I forget the stories. If you have any more information feel free to post it here.


  1. Woah, I had no idea there were unreleased songs, but it does make sense now that i do know. -I wonder why the thought never occurred to me before.... hmm....
    PS: I see that Tenley subscribed to yur blog! -good for u!

  2. Hehe, thanks. Yeah, there are plenty of supposed unreleased songs (or alternate takes) floating around on the Internet, but most of them are fakes. Some are actually real though; George Martin confirmed this.