TED Recommendation (Extract Factory EXT004)
(72:08): What’s The New Mary Jane (Demo Version), What’s The New Mary Jane (Sparse Mix), What’s The New Mary Jane (Intermediate Mix), What’s The New Mary Jane (Intermediate Mix variation), What’s The New Mary Jane (Dense Mix), What’s The New Mary Jane (“Sessions” Mix), What’s The New Mary Jane (“Anthology” Mix), What’s The New Mary Jane (Rejected Single Mix), Not Guilty(Demo Version), Not Guilty (Unedited Mono Mix), Not Guilty (Unedited Stereo Mix), Not Guilty (Anthology Mix), Not Guilty (Re-Edited Mix), You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)(Demo Version), You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)(Combined Version)
TED Recommendation is named after Ted Greenwald, who wrote an article for 901 detailing the various takes of “What’s The New Mary Jane.” These tracks were collected and released on CDR in the past, and Extract Factory give it the vote of authority on a silver pressed edition with nice artwork. The sound quality and packaging is really nice and is compiled from the best available sources.
Most of the space on the disc is devoted to John Lennon’s 1968 outtake from the sessions for The Beatles. An early vinyl 7″ boot, What A Shame, Mary Jane Had A Pain At The Party (R 8028) was released with “You Know My Name” as a B-side.
And early compact disc release What A Shame, Mary Jane Had A Pain At The Party (Apples 1002) was issued with the various takes in order. However, the versions all play back at a different speed and some are actually repeats with the stereo reversed and at a higher or lower pitch. TED Recommendation corrects those issues, presenting them all in the same pitch and all of the legitimate variations in order from the initial demo to the final mixing in late 1969 and the commercial version from Anthology 3.
The second part of the disc is devoted to George Harrison’s excellent “Not Guilty.” The outtakes are not as comprehensive as with “What’s The New Mary Jane.” It is nice having all of the relevant permutations available in such good sound quality.
Finally, the last two tracks are the demo for “You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)” and the “combined version.”
Lennon wanted “What’s The New Mary Jane” on The Beatles, but thankfully the others had a say and the song didn’t appear. It is a tedious, dull and boring exercise in the avante garde which is a a precursor to Lennon and Ono’s worst experiments in the late sixties and early seventies.
“Not Guilty” is another mistake made by the band. This also was rejected for inclusion on The Beatles. It’s a great song, and this recording is superior to the George Harrison reworking in 1979. It’s hard to see why garbage like “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road” was included over this song. One can understand why Harrison was upset with the others. The final track “You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)” is really inconsequential.
TED Recommendation is recommended for collectors who are really interested in hearing some of The Beatles’ mistakes in excellent sound quality.If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)