Sessions (album)


Sessions (album)

Infobox Album |
Name = Sessions
Type = Compilation album
Artist = The Beatles


Released = Unreleased
Recorded = 1963 - 1969
Genre = Rock
Length =
Label = Apple
Producer = George Martin
Reviews =
Last album = "20 Greatest Hits"
(1982)
This album = "Sessions"
(1985)
Next album = "Past Masters, Volume One"
(1988)

"Sessions" was a compilation album by The Beatles, planned by EMI in 1985, but never released because of objections by the surviving Beatles themselves. cite web | title = The Road to Sessions | url = http://www.whizzo.ca/beatles/sessions.html | accessdate = 2008-03-08 |date=2007-05-07 | publisher = Paul Maclauchlan] The album consisted of thirteen finished, but unreleased, Beatles songs, all of which would eventually turn up on the "Anthology" albums (except "Christmas Time is Here Again"). A single, "Leave My Kitten Alone" (with an alternate version of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", which was not to appear on the album, as its B-side) was also planned; but it, too, was also unissued.

"Come and Get It" was a demo recording performed by McCartney solo and eventually recorded by the group Badfinger. Harrison would re-record "Not Guilty" on his album "George Harrison" in 1979. "How Do You Do It" had been recorded for a possible early single at the request of George Martin, but scrapped in favour of "Please Please Me". The album also included a Christmas single, finally ending up as the flip side of "Free as a Bird", issued with "Anthology 1".

It should be noted that the tracks (both here and on the Anthology releases) are altered from their original states. For example, "Not Guilty" is completely re-edited, removing around a minute of the song. The biggest casualty was arguably "What's The New Mary Jane", which was drastically remixed to make the song more musical and less of a discordant "Revolution 9"-type track.

Track listing

All tracks by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, except where noted.
#"Come and Get It" (McCartney)
#"Leave My Kitten Alone" (John/Turner/McDougal) - An outtake from the "Beatles For Sale" sessions.
#"Not Guilty" (Harrison) - A "White Album" outtake, heavily edited.
#"I'm Looking Through You" (alternate version, with hand claps)
#"What's the New Mary Jane" - A "White Album" outtake, heavily remixed.
#"How Do You Do It?" (Murray)
#"Besame Mucho" (Velaquez/Skylar) - From the Beatles' first EMI session.
#"One After 909"
#"If You've Got Trouble" - A "Help!" outtake, with verses edited into a different order than they were originally recorded.
#"That Means a Lot" - A "Help!" outtake.
#"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (Harrison) - Take 1, with an artificially looped ending.
#"Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues" (Roberts/Katz/Clayton) - An outtake from the "Get Back"/"Let It Be" sessions, heavily edited.
#"Christmas Time (Is Here Again)" (Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starr)

References

*Russell, Jeff. "The Beatles Album File and Complete Discography."Blanford Books, 1985.
* [http://www.whizzo.ca/beatles/sessions.html The Road To Sessions]


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