Posts tagged ‘White Album’

May 26, 2012

What’s the New Mary Jane

Image“What’s the New Mary Jane” was an avant garde song written by John Lennon and recorded by The Beatles during the sessions for the White Album. The song features much experimentation, with vocals by Lennon and music by George Harrison and Yoko Ono. After being left off the album, Lennon planned to release it as a single by The Plastic Ono Band, but this plan was eventually scrapped.

A recorded version was finally released on The Beatles Anthology 3. Listen to “What’s the New Mary Jane” after the jump!

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May 13, 2012

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Beatle moms out there! Celebrate by listening to “Julia”, a song John Lennon wrote in honor of his late mother…after the jump!

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May 8, 2012

Dear Prudence

“Dear Prudence” is a song by John Lennon, written during The Beatles’ stay in India, and recorded for the White Album. The song was written for Prudence Farrow, sister of actress Mia, who was also staying in Rishikesh with the band while they studied transcendental meditation. Prudence immersed herself in meditation and refused to come out of her room. Lennon used to sing the song to her to try to coax her out and join the rest of the group.

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January 28, 2012

Dehradun

George Harrison wrote “Dehradun” during The Beatles’ time in Rishikesh and recorded a demo for possible inclusion on The White Album. The song was recorded during the sessions for his first solo album All Things Must Pass, but was not included on the album, and still remains unreleased.

Listen to “Dehradun” after the jump!

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December 6, 2011

Sour Milk Sea

George Harrison wrote “Sour Milk Sea” during The Beatles’ stay in Rishikesh, and recorded a demo of the song at his home in Esher, with the other members of the band playing along. The song was given to fellow Apple artist Jackie Lomax, who released it as a single in 1968. The Beatles’ version has not been officially released.

October 11, 2011

Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?

Paul McCartney’s “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?” was recorded on October 9th & 10th, 1968. The song was featured on The White Album. McCartney played all instruments save for drums, played by Ringo Starr, who was the only other member of the band on the track.

Click here to watch the video at TheBeatles.com.

October 7, 2011

Beatles’ Ballads

The compilation album The Beatles’ Ballads was released in 1980 in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Germany, India and Australia (but not in the U.S.). The disc featured 20 of the band’s most famous love songs, with the set eventually reaching #1. Artist John Byrne (aka “Patrick”) designed the cover art, which was originally created as a possible cover for the Beatles White Album while it was still known as A Doll’s House.

October 4, 2011

Savoy Truffle

The Beatles recorded “Savoy Truffle” at Trident Studios on October 3rd, 1968, and the finished song was released on the album The Beatles. “Savoy Truffle” was written by George Harrison about his good friend Eric Clapton’s most recent addiction – chocolates.

Click here to watch the video at TheBeatles.com.

September 18, 2011

Richard Hamilton

Artist Richard Hamilton designed the classic stark-white cover for the album The Beatles. The band asked Hamilton to design an album cover that completely contrasted their previous psychedelic style, and the artist created the concept for the minimal look of The White Album.

Richard Hamilton passed away in Britain on September 13, 2011, at the age of 89.

February 6, 2011

Revolution

John Lennon wrote “Revolution” in 1968 in response to current political and world events. The song was originally recorded in a slower tempo – this version being released on The White Album as “Revolution 1.” The band re-recorded the track into a faster, more hard rock version, which was eventually released as the b-side of the single “Hey Jude.”