The Esher Demos (Godfather GF 261)
The Esher Demos – 16 Claremont Drive, Esher, Surrey, UK, Late May 1968
01. Cry Baby Cry 02. Child Of Nature 03. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill 04. I’m So Tired 05. Yer Blues 06. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide except For Me And My Monkey 07. What’s The New Mary Jane 08. Revolution 09. While My Guitar Gently Weeps 10. Circles 11. Sour Milk Sea 12. Not Guilty 13. Piggies 14. Julia 15. Blackbird 16. Rocky Raccoon 17. Back In The U.S.S.R. 18. Honey Pie 19. Mother Nature’s Son 20. Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da 21. Junk 22. Dear Prudence 23. Sexy Sadie
Godfatherecords has issued the latest of a what has been a plethora of releases for the infamous Esher Demos recorded at “Kinfaus” in May 1968 on George’s four track equipment. Each of the Beatles reportedly received copies of the reduction tape mixed in mono by George with G.R. 261 coming from John’s copy.
There are countless releases of The Esher Demos making it pointless to give them all mention here. The obvious difference with G.R. 261 is the significantly increased gain on all of these tracks. Godfatherecords has done a beautiful job with this trifold packaging offering, as usual, insightful + comprehensive liner notes and including a tasteful fold-out track listing with additional pictures as well as another gorgeous fold-out separate poster. The last line of the back cover liner notes reads: “This first disc comes from John’s copy and, actually, it is the best sounding version to date of these demos”.
All of you self-professed Beatles pundits take notice. The Beatles as a living entity never did and most probably would have never released The Esher Demos for public consumption. These demos are fascinating and offer the “unplugged” Beatles with all the wrappings. The problem with these demos, however, is that they were recorded from an inferior source. G.R. 261 serves to enhance + accentuate these 23 tracks but there is no escaping the intermittent tape hiss and high-end distortion lending itself to listening fatigue as we try to enjoy these historic sessions.
I agree with the Godfatherecords disclaimer that this first disc from John’s copy is the best sounding version to date of these demos. It is unfortunate, however, that this version reveals more of the pre-existing flaws due to the re-mastering.
Godftherecords has done a beautiful job with this trifold packaging offering, as usual, insightful + comprehensive liner notes and including a tasteful fold-out track listing with additional pictures. This cutting edge label needs to be commended on their consistently pleasing + ever growing catalogue of releases!If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)