Also known as Acoustic Masterpieces, I am very pleased to be able to share the Esher demos from 1968.
These were recorded in late May 1968, at the home of George Harrison, and how is this for detail, his home was Kinfauns, a bungalow-style house, located at 16 Claremont Drive, Esher, Surrey, England, KT10 9LU, on the Claremont Estate, and only a short drive from the homes of John Lennon (Kenwood) and Ringo Starr (Sunny Heights).
Hmmm - I need to get out more...
These demo recordings would eventually develop, with a few exceptions, into 'The White Album'. (Seven of the actual demos also appear on The Beatles Anthology, Vol. 3).
They were made on George Harrison's Ampex four-track reel-to-reel tape recorder.
The songs are performed by John, George and Paul, recording some of the material, they had written during their time in India, along with other recent numbers.
Track listing as follows:
1. Back In The USSR
3. Child Of Nature (eventually Jealous Guy on Imagine).
5. Cry Baby Cry
6. Dear Prudence
7. Every body's Got Something To Hate
8. Honey Pie
9. I'm So Tired
11. Sour Milk Sea
12. Mother Nature's Son
13. Not Guilty
14. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
17. Rocky Raccoon
18. Sexy Sadie
20. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
21. What's The New Mary Jane
22. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
23. Yer Blues
Total duration: 67:18
These as far as I can establish, are all of the recordings, made at that time, and are sourced from an older boot (tape) of good quality. With the exception of those songs that made it on to 'Anthology 3', my understanding is that these, are as good as you can get.
If you have more songs, or better quality versions, please, please let me know!
Replacement link in comments below or click on the picture (11th January 2010).
Worth a thought? Considering these are (very nearly) forty year old demo tapes, never intended for more than an early run through, pre studio, a chance for the other band members to get a feel for the songs, why are we so interested? I guess whatever you may think of The Beatles, they certainly left their fans wanting more!
Check out Anthology Three HERE, along with other Beatles Cd's.
More Beatles material will follow in due course.