Beatles – Sessions (Apple Records)

Sessions (Apple Records)

Come And Get It, Leave My Kitten Alone, Not Guilty, I’m Looking Through You, What’s The New Mary Jane?, How Do You Do It?, Besame Mucho, One After 909, If You’ve Got Trouble, That Means A Lot, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Mailman Blues, Christmas Time (Is Here Again), Revolution 1, And Your Bird Can Sing, She’s A Woman, Yet It Is, For You Blue, Free As A Bird, Come And Get It, I’m A Loser, Don’t Bother Me, Revolution, Hello Goodbye, Real Love

One of the more famous unreleased Beatle albums is Sessions.  According to Wikipedia: 

Sessions was a compilation album by The Beatles, planned by EMI in 1985, but never released because of objections by the surviving Beatles themselves.  The album consisted of thirteen finished, but unreleased, Beatles songs, all of which would eventually turn up on the Anthology albums (except “Christmas Time is Here Again”). A single, “Leave My Kitten Alone” (with an alternate version of “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”, which was not to appear on the album, as its B-side) was also planned; but it, too, was also unissued.

“Come and Get It” was a demo recording performed by McCartney solo and eventually recorded by the group Badfinger. Harrison would re-record “Not Guilty” on his album George Harrison in 1979. “How Do You Do It” had been recorded for a possible early single at the request of George Martin, but scrapped in favour of “Please Please Me”. The album also included a Christmas single, finally ending up as the flip side of “Free as a Bird”, issued with Anthology 1.

It should be noted that the tracks (both here and on the Anthology releases) are altered from their original states. For example, “Not Guilty” is completely re-edited, removing around a minute of the song. The biggest casualty was arguably “What’s The New Mary Jane”, which was drastically remixed to make the song more musical and less of a discordant “Revolution 9”-type track.

Releases of this album date back to the earliest days of compact disc with a release on Disques Du Monde in 1988, Condor in 1989 and WPOCM-069 in 1994.  This version is perhaps the best sounding of them all and includes twelve tracks not included on the anticipated normal release. 

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