CD / CDR
Note: The packaging lists this as SP-103, but the
matrix on the CD version has it as SP-104.
Comes with a 36 page booklet and slipcase-style box.
CD (1993 Original)
|CD (1994 Reissue)
The booklet included with this title features
the following information:
|- Liner notes about the Sessions project (reproduced
- Detailed track notes (reproduced below)
- Geoff Emerick's comments about Sessions (reproduced below)
- "Historic Beatles Tunes Await Release" article by David Wigg (not
- U.S. master numbers assigned in 1976 to previously unissued Beatles' recordings
14 Tracks - Total
|1. Come And Get It (2:28)
|2. Leave My Kitten Alone (2:56)
|3. Not Guilty (3:22)
|4. I'm Looking Through You (2:58)
|5. What's The New, Mary Jane? (6:07)
|6. How Do You Do It (1:56)
|7. Besame Mucho (2:36)
|8. One After 909 (2:57)
|9. If You've Got Troubles (2:24)
|10. That Means A Lot (2:29)
|11. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (3:29)
|12. Mailman Blues (1:55)
|13. Christmas Time (Is Here Again) (1:13)
|14. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (2:43)
|Between September 4, 1962 and May 8, 1970, the Beatles recorded and released over 200
different recordings through EMI Records. The fact that during that time, and the
period 1962 through 1966 in particular, they were also busy giving live performances,
making movies and TV appearances and satisfying the demands of the world's media, makes
their recording output even more extraordinary.
Even before the Beatles split up and
stopped recording as a group in 1970, these was talk of unreleased tracks lying
undiscovered in studio vaults. These stories, depending on your source, put the
number of unissued titles anywhere between 50 and 250. The truth, however, is a
vastly different story; only a handful of titles were recorded that, until now, have
The claims, from fans and media alike, that EMI was sitting on a veritable "gold
mine" of unreleased material have steadily grown over the past 15 years fired by
material continually appearing on bootlegs or being played on the radio.
The most likely sources of this material are well known to Beatles fans and collectors:
1) BBC RECORDINGS - Between March 1962 and June 1965 the Beatles recorded, in BBC
Studios in Manchester and London, 36 songs for radio broadcast only. They were not
recorded by EMI for commercial release. The Beatles also re-recorded many of their
early hits and album tracks at the same time, but it is the original material that has
stirred the public's interest.
2) PUBLISHER'S DEMONSTRATION TRACKS - It has been widely and wrongly assumed that the
Beatles recorded all the songs they composed for other artists. They did, however,
as composers, demo some songs for their publishers. Based on the tracks that have
been unearthed, these few demos consist purely of vocals with an acoustic guitar
accompaniment and were probably recorded at home or in the publishers' demo studio.
3) OTHER STUDIOS - Towards the end of their career as a group, the Beatles did record
in other studios apart from Abbey Road; for example Trident, Apple and Twickenham Film
Studios where much of the "Let It Be" material was recorded. It is
therefore quite possible that some songs were recorded in a rough form but these were
never delivered to EMI.
However, it's the tracks that EMI do have, those that appear on this album, that are of
most interest and we take up the story in 1976 when the Beatles' contract with EMI finally
came to an end. At that time executives in the company sat down and listened to all
the material that had not been released. In the main it existed in the form of rough
mixes only and few were considered suitable for commercial release. One track,
"Leave My Kitten Alone," was seriously considered for release as a single
in 1980, but with the tragic death of John Lennon in December of that year, the idea was
At the beginning of 1982, with the 20th anniversary of the release of "Love Me
Do," the Beatles' first single for EMI, fast approaching and in response to scores of
letters from fans, it was decided to appoint one person to undertake the mammoth task of
listening to every tape the Beatles had recorded for EMI and log any reference to material
that was previously unknown.
The task was undertaken by Abbey Road studio engineer John Barrett and, although no new
tracks were found, John did discover many interesting alternate versions of previously
released songs. In fact, when Abbey Road presented "The Beatles At Abbey
Road" in the summer of 1983, much of the audio material had been discovered by John
during his research. Tragically, John died in February 1984, but the fruits of his
painstaking research remain.
After appraising the original unreleased tracks once more, and listening to the
alternate versions discovered by John Barrett, it was decided that all the titles recorded
in anything but mono would benefit from being remixed. Geoff Emerick, who had worked
with the Beatles and engineered many of their recordings, was approached and asked to
listen to the multi-tracks and remix them in order to improve the overall sound quality.
Geoff set to work in Air Studios in London and Montserrat, and when he finally
presented a tape to EMI it was clear that the end product was an album that justified its
release both historically and musically.
|1. Come And Get It (McCartney) (2:28)
Lead vocal: Paul
Recorded in Studio 2, Abbey Road on July 24, 1969; the same day as "Sun
King." This song was given to the Apple band Badfinger and became their first
hit in 1970. It was also featured in the movie "The Magic Christian" which
starred Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr.
|2. Leave My Kitten Alone (Turner-McDougall)
(2:56) Lead vocal: John
Recorded in Studio 2, Abbey Road on August 14, 1964 during sessions for the
"Beatles For Sale" album. This late fifties rocker was previously recorded
by, amongst others, Little Willie John and Johnny Preston.
|3. Not Guilty (Harrison) (3:22)
Lead vocal: George
This track, recorded on August 8, 1968 in Abbey Road Studio 2, was intended for
release on the "White Album" in November 1968 but never made it onto the final
album. It has been long rumored that a certain well-known guitarist is featured on
this recording. Incidentally, George re-recorded a gentler version of this song on
his 1979 Dark Horse album "George Harrison".
|4. I'm Looking Through You (Lennon-McCartney)
(2:58) Lead vocal: Paul
The final version of this song appeared on the "Rubber Soul" album in
December 1965. This is take one, recorded on October 24 that year, again in Studio
2. Although this version is longer than the one on the album, the
"bridge," or middle part of the song, does not appear - probably because it had
not been written at the time.
|5. What's The New, Mary Jane?
(Lennon-McCartney) (6:07) Lead vocal: John
Like George's "Not Guilty," this track was also recorded during the
"White Album" sessions (in Studio 2) on August 14, 1968. However, it was
again omitted from the final album.
|6. How Do You Do It (Mitch Murray)
(1:56) Lead vocal: John
Recorded on September 4, 1962, the same date as the original commercial version of
"Love Me Do," with Ringo drumming. Much has been written about the group
deliberately performing this song badly in order to have their own song chosen as the
second single, but as this track was recorded a month before the release of "Love Me
Do," this theory would appear to be somewhat far-fetched. The song was later
recorded by Gerry and the Pacemakers and became their first Number One in the U.K.
|7. Besame Mucho (Velazquez-Skylar)
(2:36) Lead vocal: Paul
On June 6, 1962 the Beatles recorded for the first time at EMI's Abbey Road
Studios. At this stage the group consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George
Harrison and on the drums, Pete Best. Four titles were recorded - early versions of
"Love Me Do," "P.S. I Love You," "Ask Me Why" plus
"Besame Mucho." The song, which dates back to the thirties, was revised in
the late fifties and had long been part of the Beatles stage set. It was included in
their audition for Decca in January 1962.
|8. One After 909 (Lennon-McCartney)
(2:57) Lead vocal: John and Paul
Despite being one of the earliest Lennon/McCartney compositions, "One After
909" didn't make it onto vinyl until 1970 when it was included on the "Let It
Be" album. This version, however, was recorded on March 5, 1963, the same day
as the first takes of "From Me To You" and "Thank You Girl".
|9. If You've Got Troubles (Lennon-McCartney)
(2:24) Lead vocal: Ringo
This previously unreleased Lennon/McCartney original was recorded on February 18,
1965 during sessions for the "Help!" album. It was no doubt intended as
Ringo's vocal contribution on the album, but was ultimately replaced by "Act
|10. That Means A Lot (Lennon-McCartney)
(2:29) Lead vocal: Paul
Recorded on February 20, 1965 during sessions for the "Help!" album.
The track was given to P.J. Proby and he had a minor hit with his version later
|11. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Harrison)
(3:29) Lead vocal: George
Recorded on July 25, 1968, this version demonstrates how a song can change between
the first take and the final released version. Take one features only George singing
and just two instruments - acoustic guitar and keyboards. It's interesting to note
that the last verse of the song was not retained when it was re-recorded for inclusion on
the "White Album".
|12. Mailman Blues (Lloyd Price) (1:55)
Lead vocal: John
Recorded on January 29, 1969 during the sessions for the "Get Back" album
that was later re-titled "Let It Be".
|13. Christmas Time (Is Here Again) (Lennon-McCartney-Harrison-Starkey)
(1:13) Lead vocal: The Beatles
Between December 1963 and December 1969 the Beatles fan club issued seven Christmas
flexi discs to their members. These records, which have become collector's items,
ranged from more or less audio "thank you's" to their fans through to mini
pantomimes. Although the records featured strongly the Beatles' madcap humor, some
music was featured, particularly on the 1967 release, which originally featured this
track, recorded on November 28, 1967.
|14. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Lennon-McCartney)
(2:43) Lead vocal: Paul
The Beatles attempted this song several times before arriving at the final version
included on the "White Album." This is an earlier version begun on July 3,
1968. It was not originally intended for the "Sessions" album, but rather
as the B-side to the single of "Leave My Kitten Alone."
|Since I started recording The Beatles on the "Revolver" album on through to
"Sgt. Pepper" and "Abbey Road," I have seen the recording process go
through many stages, from 2 tracks to 24 tracks, even 48 tracks.
The advances that have
been made technically, over the years, have enabled me to enhance the original sound of
these songs and to present them to you at their full potential, musically and
Hope you enjoy it.