THE BEATLES - PRIMAL COLOURS

November 10, 2016 – 11:59 am

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THE BEATLES
Primal Colours - 1968 Unreleased Album [Laserdisc Label MDCD 009, 1CD]

Generally very good audio (though it’s been claimed that some tracks were recorded on home recorders).

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This is a fascinating piece. An intended album release from 1968, which was pulled at the last minute. Contains some classic cuts. Many of these tracks would, later see the light of day, in slightly different form, in the wonderful White Album released later in 1968.

In May 1968, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison assembled at Kinfauns, George Harrison’s home in Esher, and demoed 23 songs. The majority of these songs were conceived during the group’s visit to Rishikesh, India in the spring of 1968, where they undertook a transcendental meditation course with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Each of the Beatles left Rishikesh before the end of the course for various reasons, with Ringo Starr and then Paul McCartney departing first, and Lennon and George Harrison departing together later.

John Lennon said that his songs “Yer Blues” and “I’m So Tired” chronicle his discomfort and loneliness in India. According to some reports, Lennon left because he felt personally betrayed by rumors that Maharishi had made sexual advances toward a young woman. Shortly after he decided to leave, Lennon wrote a song called “Maharishi” which included the lyrics, “Maharishi/You little twat”; the song became Sexy Sadie.

Regardless of the motivations behind Lennon’s departure, the Rishikesh retreat, which was also attended by music figures such as Donovan, Mike Love, and Paul Horn, marked a period of extraordinary musical experimentation and songwriting creativity for The Beatles.

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Joe Caldwell, bootlegzone.com (2005):

Still on “the 910″’s “Core Collection” list and rightfully so. Originals from Japan are/were pretty pricy but the disc is well worth trading for otherwise. Several tracks have longer intro and/or outro material and the sound quality is generally superior to other sources for some of the material.

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Track 01. Brian Epstain Blues 1:03 (2.5MB)
Back from India with a lark full of poofter puns about the late Brian Epstein. This straight-forward 1-4-5 number, given the title “Brian Epstein Blues,” has been attributed to a July 19, 1968 “Sexy Sadie” session. There’s a youthful and sarcastic timbre in Lennon’s voice, reminiscent of “Yer Blues”, but faster and more cynical than tragic. The melody lines cross “Yo Ho! Blow Ye Men Down” with “Sweet Little 16.” - bootlegzone
Track 02. Back In The USSR 3:00 (7.2MB)
Track 03. A Case Of The Blues 2:51 (6.9MB)
Track 04. Blackbird 2:30 (6.0MB)
Track 05. Piggies 2:04 (6.0MB)
Track 06. Birthday 2:57 (7.1MB)
Track 07. Yer Blues 4:15 (10.2MB)
Track 08. Mother Nature’s Son 2:22 (5.7MB)
Track 09. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey 2:32 (6.1MB)
Track 10. Child of Nature 2:30 (6.0MB)
Track 11. Helter Skelter 3:41 (8.8MB)
Track 12. Junk 2:33 (6.1MB)
Track 13. Honey Pie 2:00 (4.8MB)
Track 14. Old Brown Shoe 2:57 (7.1MB)
38 mins

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  1. 33 Responses to “THE BEATLES - PRIMAL COLOURS”

  2. No chance on earth was this ever intended as an official release by The Beatles, that’s a bootlegger’s myth created to give this release “extra legs”.
    Sure, they demo’d the White Album songs upon return from India, but that’s all they are, demos, and were never intended as anything else.
    It’s still a cool release, but certainly never meant as a real album by The Beatles!

    By You've Been Duped on Nov 10, 2016

  3. Fab! Gear! Swinging! Agree it is hardly likely to have been intended for official release and is clearly White Album demos but none the worse for that!

    By swappers on Nov 10, 2016

  4. Agree with Swappers and Duped on the non-album nature of this, but many are studio-sourced outtakes, about half acetates or vinyl, only a few home demos, and the quality is generally quite good. Very enjoyable listen. After the scum political year and a half, nice to come up to fresh air with this set.

    By ScarRad on Nov 10, 2016

  5. Oooooooooooh! Thanks, BigO! I needed this.

    By walter on Nov 10, 2016

  6. something sounds fishy here… I’ve only listened to 5 or 6 tracks, but the White album songs sound note-for-note identical to the performance and sound mix of the official release, just lo-fi. I sense a snow job, NOT UNLIKE the guy who insulted, lied and groped his way into the presidency.

    By Happy Camper on Nov 10, 2016

  7. Hmmm on reflection think Happy Camper might be right seems like an amalgam of the Esher demos which is readily available and the rest DO sound like snow jobs on the sound. Will check what files I have of the White Album but this almost sounds like originals with snowy white powder all over them . . . . . . . .

    By swappers on Nov 10, 2016

  8. if that’s true camper then his opponent must have been terrible

    By Robert K on Nov 10, 2016

  9. “Kinfauns to Chaos” has the actual demos, which were not meant for release. A few were cleaned up fot the “Anthology,” and some acetates of early takes are around, including some of the ones that are on this boot. “Brian Epstein Blues” came out on the Ultra Rare Trx/Unsurpassed Masters bootlegs in the late 80s or early 90s. Nothing new here.

    And it wasn’t the groper’s opponent who were terrible; it was the people who voted for him.

    By Eric (The Other Eric) on Nov 10, 2016

  10. **was**

    By Eric (The Other Eric) on Nov 10, 2016

  11. Thanks Bigo, and yes Robert K, she was a bitch.

    By deadwing on Nov 10, 2016

  12. Indeed the “Fuckery” is strong with this one…if you have the demos may want to skip this one…nothing new

    By StLouieLou on Nov 11, 2016

  13. it’s not trump’s problem like his non-payment of taxes he did it because he could nothing illegal about it
    he ran and won because he tapped into the resentment white folk had having to contend with uppity negroes … can you imagine that ‘black lives matter’ ??? the audacity of such a statement
    the dems knew obama was nearing the end of his second term and the best they could do was hillary ??? elizabeth warren would have been a better choice if they wanted to go that way she only lied about her lineage
    i blame the dnc for what happened anyone else wouldve blown trump away at the polls
    i’ll stick with demos i got but thanks for this

    By woodpeckerdeadwood on Nov 11, 2016

  14. Buenas tardes. Como “arqueólogo” y coleccionista Beatle quiero hacer algunas aclaraciones al respecto de este álbum.
    “An intended album release from 1968, which was pulled at the last minute. : esto es incorrecto. The Beatles jamas trabajaron en “este” álbum. De hecho hay una grabación de 1969.
    La mayoría de los tracks están extraidos de la grabación que se conoce como Esher Demos o Kinfauns demos que se realizaron en la casa de en Esher. Y una grabacion de John en su casa de Kenwood.
    Estos son demos y rough mix del año 1968, y uno de 1969 a saber:
    Track 01. Brian Epstein Blues
    Improvisacion de John Lennon el 18 de Julio de 1968 estudio 2 Abbey Road.
    Track 02. Back In The USSR
    Take 6 - RM1 del 23 de agosto de 1968
    Track 03. A Case Of The Blues
    Principios de diciembre de 1968 – Kenwood -John home Demo.
    Track 04. Blackbird
    Fines de mayo 1968 en la casa de George en Esher: Kinfauns.
    Track 05. Piggies
    Fines de mayo 1968 en la cas de George en Esher: Kinfauns.
    Track 06. Birthday
    19 de septiembre de 1968 RM TAKE 22 abbey road studio 2
    Track 07. Yer Blues
    14 de agosto 1968 RM3 take 16/17
    Track 08. Mother Nature’s Son
    Fines de mayo 1968 en la casa de George en Esher: Kinfauns.
    Track 09. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
    22 de Julio de 1968 RM5 Take 12 abbey road studio 2
    Track 10. Child of Nature
    Fines de mayo 1968 en la casa de George en Esher: Kinfauns.
    Track 11. Helter Skelter
    9 de septiembre de 1968 TAKE 21 abbey road studio 2
    Track 12. Junk
    Fines de mayo 1968 en la casa de George en Esher: Kinfauns. ( algunos autores dicen que es un demo de Paul en su casa de Cavendish)

    Track 13. Honey Pie
    Fines de mayo 1968 en la casa de George en Esher: Kinfauns.
    Track 14. Old Brown Shoe
    27 de enero de 1969 (get back sessions) Apple studios – rehearsal con Billy Preston.
    Espero haber ayudado.
    Un saludo cordial from Argentina
    Catòn

    By caton3 on Nov 11, 2016

  15. (Translated with Google translator)(sorry for my bad english)
    Good afternoon. As “archaeologist” and collector Beatle I want to make some clarifications about this album.
    “An intended album release from 1968, which was pulled at the last minute. : This is incorrect. The Beatles never worked on “this” album. In fact there is a 1969 recording.
    Most of the tracks are excerpted from the recording which is known as Esher Demos or Kinfauns demos which were performed at Esher’s house. And a recording of John at his house in Kenwood.
    These are demos and rough mix of the year 1968, and one of 1969 namely:
    Track 01. Brian Epstein Blues
    Improvisation by John Lennon on July 18, 1968 studio 2 Abbey Road.
    Track 02. Back In The USSR
    Take 6 - RM1 of August 23, 1968
    Track 03. A Case Of The Blues
    Early December 1968 - Kenwood - John Demo home.
    Track 04. Blackbird
    Late May 1968 at George’s house in Esher: Kinfauns.
    Track 05. Piggies
     Late May 1968 at George’s House in Esher: Kinfauns.
    Track 06. Birthday
    September 19, 1968 RM TAKE 22 abbey road studio 2
    Track 07. Yer Blues
    August 14, 1968 RM3 take 16/17
    Track 08. Mother Nature’s Son
    Late May 1968 at George’s house in Esher: Kinfauns.
    Track 09. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
    July 22, 1968 RM5 Take 12 abbey road studio 2
    Track 10. Child of Nature
     Late May 1968 at George’s house in Esher: Kinfauns.
    Track 11. Helter Skelter
    September 9, 1968 TAKE 21 abbey road studio 2
    Track 12. Junk
    Late May 1968 at George’s house in Esher: Kinfauns. (Some authors say it’s a Paul demo at his Cavendish house)

    Track 13. Honey Pie
    Late May 1968 at George’s house in Esher: Kinfauns.
    Track 14. Old Brown Shoe
    January 27, 1969 (get back sessions) Apple studios - rehearsal with Billy Preston.
    I hope I have helped.
     Best regards from Argentina
    Catón

    By caton3 on Nov 11, 2016

  16. As we used to say in the 1960;s this is a bummer. The studio tracks seem to be the same ones issued on White album, the demo tracks available for decades on bootlegs. Its really just someone’s collection and not exciting. May be the most unessential Beatles bootleg CD ever given all the material out there

    By hank joe on Nov 11, 2016

  17. i knew about Nilsson being considered the “fifth” Beatle, and, of course, Pete Best at the very beginning with the name change (not sure Stu fits under the “B” moniker). George Martin, of course, at times being considered an essential to the Beatles.
    but, after that, i’m lost. who were these Trump and Clinton persons, what instruments did they play, or did they produce the records?
    or how is it relevant…

    maybe Big O should put in a political/World Affairs section.

    oh. wait…

    By 23rdDjin on Nov 11, 2016

  18. I was wrong on this. Forgot about Esher.

    By ScarRad on Nov 11, 2016

  19. too bad about Leonard Cohen, 82. rest in peace.

    By ScarRad on Nov 11, 2016

  20. I have a feeling the non-demo tracks are taken from the “Peter Sellers Tape” that Ringo gave to the actor, which contained early mixes of White Album tracks.
    I didn’t download this one because I already have 200 Beatles bootlegs!!

    By You've Been Duped on Nov 11, 2016

  21. Jesus,the Beatles kept absolutely everything didn`t they?Another one for archives.Thx Big O !!

    By Couz on Nov 11, 2016

  22. Many thanks….love the back cover shot of the Beatles looking so happy, confident, happy … Cheers.

    By Canute on Nov 11, 2016

  23. Trying to listen and hear differences in the studio tracks vs. the white album and takes a lot of imagination or too much attention to find any. The Kinfauns tracks are easily found, and using them to break up the studio tracks doesn’t make any sense. Baloney that this was considered as an album release, its not even a good fan comp.

    By Peter Naugalito on Nov 11, 2016

  24. Don’t have time to read the article in detail. Seems that one could cobble together the same song collection using the Esher demos from Anthology 3. Does feature a nice, new cover though.

    By Mick DeLeon on Nov 12, 2016

  25. wondering if perhaps it isn’t so much that they kept everything but, instead, did things just a little bit differently while recording. like not erasing and reusing recording tape. with each use the quality lessens just a bit as it’s exposed to air, magnetics, rubber and steel friction, stress and stretch. it’s not detectable, esp. for the first, maybe 10s of uses. perhaps George Martin decided “fresh tape for everything every time” (or nearly) rather than waiting just until final mix. the studio definitely had the money.
    glad so much didn’t get erased or melted in someone’s garage.

    By 23rdDjin on Nov 12, 2016

  26. Happy Camper, how dare you refer to President Bill Clinton in such way! The Clintons never lie or disparage anyone, and Bill would never grope a woman!

    By Alright Momma on Nov 13, 2016

  27. By the way, is there ANYTHING left unreleased from the Beatle barrell to scream about? Other than the outtakes of Yoko orgasming, Carnival of Lights masturbation, and 3 hour Helter Skelter jam which I guess I could live without.

    By Alright Momma on Nov 13, 2016

  28. All of you boobs who made any reference to, or comparison with these tracks and this election; Trump, Clinton, or otherwise, deserve to be banned from this site, or at the very least beat up. It seems you’ve let the politics clog your brain when you need to get back to the music. Morons

    By APex on Nov 13, 2016

  29. Should talk instead about the boob who thinks he’s fooling anyone by stating this comp was “An intended album release from 1968, which was pulled at the last minute”.

    By doormouse on Nov 13, 2016

  30. I couldn’t agree more, doormouse, they’ve both made 2 boobs!

    By APex on Nov 13, 2016

  31. Does anyone know where I can download the ‘Peter sellers’ tape Ringo gave him? I really want the MP3 files

    By Sarah Novak on Nov 14, 2016

  32. Sarah:
    not my link nor upload, and i don’t know where you’re located (some services are geo-blocked), but i googled The Beatles - Peter Sellers Tape and know for certain this link is active:

    http://turbobit.net/download/free/6bodmlj74ppk

    By 23rdDjin on Nov 14, 2016

  33. Thank you 23rdDjin that’s most helpful !

    By Sarah Novak on Nov 15, 2016

  34. you’re entirely welcome. i’m glad it didn’t get buried by what passes for discussion here…

    By 23rdDjin on Nov 16, 2016

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