Over on iTunes, they’ve just unveiled an exclusive new Beatles compilation, Tomorrow Never Knows. If you head to the album’s page, you can currently stream this rare video of one of the album’s tracks, Hey Bulldog, for free. CS
I’m actually enough of a Beatles nerd to already have this video. It’s a cool look inside that middle-period recording process, when they were arguably at their most care-free and wild.
Also, it elicits one of those “oh wow, John Lennon was a redhead” moments.
When the outtake is better than the album version…
I’m a HUGE Beatles fan, and obsess over the Anthology, which is chock full of “outtakes”; glimpses into the songwriting genius and studio wizardry behind the greatest band of all time. Not many of these are fully-recorded, alternate versions though. In this case, “The Fool on the Hill (Take 4)” off of Anthology 2 is in my opinion, better than the album track. It’s got a more dystopian feel, a bit of angst, that the album version doesn’t. I think it holds truer to the lyrics, about a misanthropic loner, than the pep-in-your-step official cut. I think its that relentless, driving, minor acoustic chord that is up front for the entire song. (For comparison, here is the album cut).