Tuesday, February 24, 2009

New Beatles outtake discovered?

New Beatles outtake discovered?
by Steve Guttenberg

Britain's NME reported on Monday that unreleased Beatles material has surfaced online. An audio-only YouTube video, right, is claiming to be an unreleased take of the song "Revolution." It's take 20, and it starts out sounding like "Revolution 1" from the band's "White Album."

The 10-minute, 47-second running time is 7 minutes longer than "Revolution 1," though after some in-studio chatter by The Beatles, what you hear sounds awfully familiar. It's much like "Revolution 1," but then it breaks into freak-out noise and backward loops, similar to "Revolution 9," also from the "White Album."

That said, I think that "9" is way more interesting and creative.

I think that the video is a hoax. It seems like work of a fan who manipulated various Beatles songs' bits and pieces, and assembled the freak-out portion of "take 20." Yes, you can clearly hear the recording engineer, probably Geoff Emerick, announce "take 20," but I think that the freak-out section is fake. Still, there are bits of John Lennon vamping and screaming his guts out that I've never heard before.

What do you think?

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