The Beatles were my first love, musically. I remember being a young kid and having my uncle play me a copy of “Help!”. I hadn’t even heard of the Beatles and, from the first moment they hit the screen, I was transfixed. In the film, the Beatles all share a huge flat and John Lennon sleeps in a bed that’s built into the floor. That, perhaps more than anything, captured my imagination. I decided right then and there that the only way to have a bed in the floor like John Lennon was to be a rocker myself. Swear to god, one day I will have a bed that’s built into the floor.
So, without further delay, here are a few Help! and Abbey Road-era tunes in a variety of alternate formats:
You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (alternate, Take 5)
You’re Going To Lose That Girl (alternate, Take 3)
Golden Slumbers (early take)
Come Together (Lennon ’72 rehearsal)
Here Comes The Sun (George Harrison and Paul Simon, Saturday Night Live ’78)