Rarities, Oddities, and other fun stuff
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Keith Richards – PLEASE PLEASE ME – Unreleased home recording -- "Please Please Me" was the second single released by The Beatles in the United Kingdom, and the first to be issued in the United States. It was also the title track of their first LP, which was recorded to capitalize on the success of the single. It was originally a John Lennon composition, although its ultimate form was significantly influenced by George Martin.
Eden Automatic – DEAR PRUDENCE – Recorded in April 2004 for the soundtrack of the independent film “S.T.U.D.S.” Dear Prudence is a song written by John Lennon, and credited to Lennon–McCartney. It was released by The Beatles as the second track on their 1968 double-disc album entitled The Beatles, commonly known as The White Album. The subject of the song is actress Mia Farrow's sister, Prudence Farrow, who was present when The Beatles went to India to study with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Farrow became so serious about her meditation that she "turned into a near recluse" and "rarely came out" of the cottage she was living in. John Lennon was asked to "contact her and make sure she came out more often to socialize". As a result, Lennon wrote the song "Dear Prudence". In the song Lennon asks Farrow to "open up your eyes" and "see the sunny skies" reminding her that she is "part of everything". The song was said to be "a simple plea to a friend to 'snap out of it'".
Roger McGuinn – ANNA (GO TO HIM)- Taken from the 1994 release “Adios Amigo: A Tribute to Arthur Alexander”. Originally written and originally performed by Arthur Alexander. His version was released as a single by Dot Records on September 17, 1962. A cover version was performed by The Beatles and included on their 1963 debut album Please Please Me.
Joe Cocker – YOU’VE GOT TO HIDE YOUR LOVE AWAY – From his 1992 release “Night Calls”. "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" is a song by The Beatles. It was written and sung by John Lennon (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and released on the album Help! in August 1965. The song shows the influence of the American singer Bob Dylan. The song "is just basically John doing Dylan", Paul McCartney later said.
Randy Travis – NOWHERE MAN – From the CD release “Come Together – America Salutes The Beatles” 1995. Originally on the Beatles’ LP album Rubber Soul, the song was written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon–McCartney), and recorded on 21 and 22 October 1965. "Nowhere Man" is among the very first Beatles' songs to be entirely unrelated to romance or love, and marks a notable instance of Lennon's philosophically-oriented songwriting. Lennon, McCartney and George Harrison sing the song in three-part harmony. The song appears in the film Yellow Submarine, where the Beatles sing it after meeting the character Jeremy Hilary Boob in the "nowhere land". George and John play identical "sonic blue" Fender Strats -- John plays in the verses and George on the solo
David Ball – I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN -- From the CD release “Come Together – America Salutes The Beatles” 1995. I'll Follow the Sun" is a melancholy ballad written and sung by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. It was released in 1964 on the Beatles for Sale album in the United Kingdom and on Beatles '65 in the United States, but was written long before that year: a version recorded in 1960 can be found on several bootlegs.
Gladys Knight & The Pips – LET IT BE - Taken from the CD “Come Together – Motown Sings The Beatles” – 1994. "Let It Be" was released in March 1970 as a single, and (in an alternative mix) as the title track of their album Let It Be. It was written by Paul McCartney, but credited to Lennon–McCartney. It was their final single before McCartney announced his departure from the band (by that time, Lennon had already left). Both the Let It Be album and the US single "The Long and Winding Road" were released after McCartney's announced departure from and subsequent break-up of the group.
Stevie Wonder – WE CAN WORK IT OUT - Taken from the CD “Come Together – Motown Sings The Beatles” – 1994. Written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon. It was released as a "double A-sided" single with "Day Tripper", the first time both sides of a single were so designated in an initial release. Both songs were recorded during the Rubber Soul sessions. The song is an example of Lennon–McCartney collaboration at a depth that happened only rarely after they wrote the hit singles of 1963.
U2 – HELTER SKELTER - From their /album “Rattle and Hum” - 1988. "Helter Skelter" is a song written by Paul McCartney credited to Lennon–McCartney, and recorded by The Beatles on their eponymous LP The Beatles, better known as The White Album. A product of McCartney's deliberate effort to create a sound as loud and dirty as possible, the clangorous piece has been noted for both its "proto-metal roar" and "unique textures" and is considered by music historians as a key influence in the development of heavy metal. McCartney was inspired to write the song after reading a 1967 Guitar Player magazine interview with The Who's Pete Townshend where he described their latest single, "I Can See for Miles", as the loudest, rawest, dirtiest song the Who had ever recorded. McCartney then "wrote 'Helter Skelter' to be the most raucous vocal, the loudest drums, et cetera" and said he was "using the symbol of a helter skelter as a ride from the top to the bottom; the rise and fall of the Roman Empire—and this was the fall, the demise”. In British English, the term "helter-skelter" not only has its meaning of "in disorderly haste or confusion" but is the name of a spiraling amusement park slide. McCartney has used this song as a response to critics who accuse him of only writing ballads.
Joan Jett – SHOUT- From her “Bad Reputation” album CD re-release 2006. Shout" is an influential popular song, originally recorded by The Isley Brothers. Released in 1959, it was written by the brothers themselves as a call-and-response answer to Jackie Wilson's seminal "Lonely Teardrops" which they interpreted after performing that song during a club date. It was recorded by The Beatles and put on the album “The Beatles Anthology” released in 1996.
The Rolling Stones – I WANNA BE YOUR MAN -- Taken from the CD set “The Rolling Stones singles collection – The London Years 1989. "I Wanna Be Your Man" is a Lennon–McCartney-penned song that was recorded separately by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The Rolling Stones' version was released a few weeks earlier. The song was primarily written by Paul McCartney, and finished by Lennon and McCartney in the corner of a room while Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were talking. According to various accounts, either the Rolling Stones' manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham or the Rolling Stones themselves ran into Lennon and McCartney on the street as the two were returning from an awards luncheon. Hearing that the band were in need of material for a single, Lennon and McCartney went to their session at De Lane Lea Studio and finished off the song.