An alternative insight to versions of Beatles songs many of you love and hate.
No matter what music you're into everyone take's an interest in alternative versions of tunes they already love, wether it be B-side fillers, bootlegs, live or even down to the basic demos that made the songs possible in the first place. The Beatles kindly released the Anthology discs back in the mid-late 90's which was more or less official bootleg albums, something I wish more bands would do. I found these discs to be quite interesting, entertaining and educational as it gave me look at how they managed to progress with their songs before they became a "finished" product. From the acoustic version of Lennon's Strawberry Fields recorded at his house to the first take at the studio, the recuts and then the final version gives you a glimpse of the evolution it took to make the song "right", even at that Lennon still wasn't happy with the end result as it didn't sound as he imagined it in his head.
Here I've picked some of my favourites from the Anthology albums.
Strawberry Fields Forever (three different versions)
A Day In The Life
Good Morning, Good Good Morning (take 8)
Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
I Am The Walrus
Happiness Is A Warm Gun
Cry Baby Cry
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Mother Nature's Son
Rocky Racoon (Love the ab-libs @2.40 onwards)
I'm So Tired
Why Don't We Do It In The Road (McCartney's vocals are amazing here)
Mean Mr Mustard
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
Because (Bohemian Rhapsody In The Making?)