The 1968 Demos

The Beatles




VIGO 100



   Special Features

Comes with a slipcase-style box.

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Box front

Box back

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Front Cover

Back Cover



Jewel Case Insert / Back Cover:

The jewel case insert and/or the back cover have the following information:

- Basic notes about where the songs came from (from the back cover - reproduced below)


26 Tracks - Total Time: 70:58

1. Back In The U.S.S.R.   (2:58)
2. Dear Prudence   (4:45)
3. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill   (2:38)
4. I'm So Tired   (3:10)
5. Piggies   (2:03)
6. Julia   (3:38)
7. Yer Blues   (3:28)
8. Mother Nature's Son   (2:15)
9. Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey    (3:00)
10. Sexy Sadie   (2:27)
11. Not Guilty   (0:51)
12. Revolution   (4:04)
13. Cry Baby Cry   (2:28)
14. What's The New Mary Jane   (2:38)
15. Child Of Nature   (2:36)

Demo sessions at George Harrison's house - late May 1968

16. Julia (Version 1)   (2:55)
17. Julia (Version 2)   (2:58)
18. Don't Let Me Down (Version 1)   (2:56)
19. Don't Let Me Down (Version 2)   (2:11)
20. Everyone Had A Hard Year   (1:40)
21. A Case Of The Blues   (2:53)
22. Oh My Love (Version 1)   (1:26)
23. Oh My Love (Version 2)   (1:22)
24. The Maharishi Song   (3:10)
25. I Want You   (5:48)
26. Happiness Is A Warm Gun (not listed on box) (0:40)

Various John Lennon demos -  May to December 1968


Note: This title seems to have been released 4 different ways:

Version 1 - Original 1991 Howdy CD
Version 2 - 1993 Vigotone (with slipcase)
Version 3 - 1994 Howdy reissue
Version 4 - CDR ("Vigotone 100" CDR housed in the 1994 Howdy packaging)

 This title has been a bitch to figure out and catalog....  Until recently, it was believed that the most common Howdy packaging for this title (with B&W insert and no Howdy logo on the back of the case) was what the original 1991 Howdy CD came in.  This always seemed strange as no other Howdy release was missing the logo.  It now appears that the B&W (no logo) Howdy packaging was for a later (most likely 1994) "Made in Australia" Howdy reissue of this title.  An original 1991 release has finally been secured and the story seems to have changed.

The original 1991 Howdy release has a "Made In Germany" CD inside a case with a full-color front insert.  The back cover of this release has the Howdy logo, and a grey-toned picture of John Lennon.  (There is also a "compact disc" logo inside the picture with Lennon.)  The text on the left spine of this packaging runs top to bottom, and the the text on the right runs bottom to top (just like all the other Howdy releases.)

The next release seems to be the 1993 one on Vigotone.  The Vigotone release includes a full-color front insert, and a slipcase box.  The back cover has the same picture of Lennon as the 1991 version, but the area around John is now white, not grey.  The text on the spines (both left and right) run top to bottom.

The 3rd release appears to have been a (circa 1994) Howdy reissue.  This version has a darker picture of Lennon than the Vigotone release.  The white area around John is the same as the Vigotone version.  This version does not have the Howdy logo and the text on both spines run top to bottom.  It's therefore likely that the Vigotone packaging was used as the basis for the packaging here.

The 4th release was the CDR version.  The CDR itself has "Vigotone 100" stenciled on the disc, but it comes in the 1994 Howdy packaging.  This the most common version of 1968 Demos that turns up these days.  (I've never seen nor heard of a "Vigotone 100" CDR inside Vigotone packaging...)

Below are some pictures that might make this a bit clearer:


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This is how the jewel case insert of the original 1991 Howdy & 1993 Vigotone versions look unfolded.


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This is how the jewel case insert of the 1994 Howdy version looks unfolded.  This was also what was used to house "Vigotone 100" CDRs.



This is a close-up of the title on the front cover.  Notice how the spacing is different.


Lyrics to The Maharishi Song:
John: Well, let me tell you something about the Maharishi camp, in Rishikesh.   There were one or two attractive women there, but mainly, looked like, ya know, school teachers or somethin'.  And the whole damn camp was fine on the ones in the bathing suits.  And they're supposed to be meditatin'.  And there's this cowboy there called Tom who plays cowboys on T.V.  And my, did the Beatle-wives go for him in a big way....!  I wondered what it was - it was his tight leather belt, his jeans, and his dumb eyes.  They seem to love dumb eyes 'cause all they see is dumb eyes.

Yoko: What's wrong with his eyes? You have good sight.

John:  Me?  I took it for real.  I wrote 600 songs - about how I feel.   I felt like dying, and crying, and committing suicide, but I felt creative and I said: "What the hell's this got to do with what that silly little man's talking about?" But he did charm me in a way because he was funny - sort of cuddly, like a sort of - you know...

Yoko: Like a teddy bear....

John: ...Little daddy with a beard telling stories of Heaven as if he knew. You could never pin him down - but he often spread rumors through his right hand man who used to be with the CIA and told about the planes he saved.  How Maharishi came through the storm - on a plane.  And the pilot was gettin' worried they couldn't land.  When Maharishi looked up and with one foul look - according to the man who works for him, everything was OK and they landed!  After that I thought, lies.  But who was that woman who looks like Jean Symmonds who keeps going to him for private interviews?   She musta been about 40 - 45.  Kept talkin' about her husband 'cause he wasn't there. Always tryin' to get a private audience with the Maharishi and he kept refusing.   I knew only one thing.  He must of had some of his own.  It musta been that little Indian piece.  She came with the tailor and could sit at his feet and that was one in 500.  The rest had to wait like good American people, in lines, to see the master walking on the petals who lived in a million dollar stecketo house overlookin' the Himalayas.  He looked holy.

Yoko: But he was a sex maniac...

John: I couldn't say that, but he certainly wasn't...

Yoko: Holy.

John: In the true sense of the word that is...!


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