February 14, 2010 – 4:01 am

Utilising the efforts of fan collective Purple Chick, a Beatles fan reminds us of Abbey Road with a fine compilation of the sessions.

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The Forgotten Abbey Road Sessions [Forgotten Records 2010, 2CD]

Sessions at Abbey Road and Twickenham, January 1969. Ex SBD mono.

The Beatles 1969 sessions have always focused on Let It Be but it also was Abbey Road that was being demoed. In the end, Abbey Road appeared first followed by the final album, Let It Be. An enterprising UK [?]  fan has taken the best bits from the famous Purple Chick set, The Complete A-B Road Sessions [a total of 83 CDs] and done a great job to show the creation of Abbey Road.

It starts with George Harrison briefing the Beatles on Something. You can hear Lennon, a bit miffed by this song, requesting the band to move on to some “rock ‘n’ roll” at the end. His own contribution to the Beatles’ final two albums were overshadowed by McCartney’s output. These sessions show that clearly. John and Yoko, so it has been said, were both “under the influence”.

The first disc is occupied by just two songs, Something and McCartney’s Oh Darling. Paul’s dominance here can also be interpreted as conscientious effort. He has always taken greater care with crafting his songs than Lennon, who was the instinctive and inspired one.

There’s also a lengthy session for Ringo’s Octopus’ Garden which starts off with a beautiful solo piano played by Lennon [?]. It’s nice to hear hearty laughter from this session. The remainder of disc 2 contains bits of the “huge medley” that would be the centrepiece of Abbey Road Side 2. You could call this the Paul McCartney side. The exception is John’s I Want You, inspired funk. That’s Billy Preston on the keys. A lovely acoustic demo of Her Majesty closes this collection.

Sound quality is great here and the compilation is an entertaining listen. Another excellent fly-on-the-wall moment.
- The Little Chicken

The compiler helter_skelter80 has this to say of his work: “This album is Part 1 in a Collection of the best forgotten ‘Abbey Road’ Album Sessions, recorded in Twickenham & Apple Studios in January 1969. Edited from the lossless Complete A/B Road Set, for the very first time this sets pieces together the finest takes of these songs that would ultimately become ‘Abbey Road.’

“This set contains none of the ‘flab’ that many of the ‘Get Back’ Sessions includes, it has been carefully ‘Reworked’ and Edited from the Complete A/B Road Collection to include only the best takes of the tracks that became Abbey Road. No board announcements, etc, just the best of JPGR!”

Also readers should note:

iTunes Info: A tracklisting for both CDs is now on iTunes. Rip this to your iPod (by Apple Lossless) and the tracks will automatically appear!

EQ Info: I would advise using a Vocal Boost EQ for optimum listening. I did not want to EQ the tracks myself, different people have different taste!

This was first shared on Traders Den by helter_skelter80. Thank you. You’ve done Beatles fans a great service.

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Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. ‘Something’ Sessions [Apple Studios, Jan 28, 1969] (2.2MB)
Track 102. ‘Something’ Sessions (5.7MB)
Track 103. ‘Something’ Sessions (6.3MB)
Track 104. ‘Something’ Sessions [Apple Studios, Jan 29, 1969] (3.7MB)
Track 105. ‘Oh! Darling’ Sessions [Twickenham Studios, Jan 6, 1969] (2.3MB)
Track 106. ‘Oh! Darling’ Sessions [Twickenham Studios, Jan 7, 1969] (3.9MB)
Track 107. ‘Oh! Darling’ Sessions (6.4MB)
Track 108. ‘Oh! Darling’ Sessions [Twickenham Studios, Jan 8, 1969] (2.7MB)
Track 109. ‘Oh! Darling’ Sessions [Twickenham Studios, Jan 9, 1969] (3.4MB)
Track 110. ‘Oh! Darling’ Sessions [Twickenham Studios, Jan 14, 1969] (4.8MB)
Track 111. ‘Oh! Darling’ Sessions [Apple Studios, Jan 23, 1969] (10.6MB)
Track 112. ‘Oh! Darling’ Sessions (5.9MB)
Track 113. ‘Oh! Darling’ Sessions [Apple Studios, Jan 27, 1969] (9.1MB)
Track 114. ‘Oh! Darling’ Sessions (1.7MB)
Track 115. ‘Oh! Darling’ Sessions [Apple Studios, Jan 31, 1969] (4.7MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. ‘Octopus’ Garden’ Sessions [Apple Studios, Jan 26, 1969] (13.8MB)
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Track 202. ‘Octopus’ Garden’ Sessions (2.4MB)
Track 203. ‘Octopus’ Garden’ Sessions (1.3MB)
Track 204. ‘Octopus’ Garden’ Sessions (2.0MB)
Track 205. ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’ Sessions [Apple Studios, Jan 28] (3.7MB)
Track 206. ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’ Sessions (8.2MB)
Track 207. ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’ Sessions [Apple Studios, Jan 31, 1969] (7.5MB)
Track 208. ‘Sun King’ Session, no vocals [Twickenham Studios, Jan 2, 1969] (3.1MB)
Track 209. ‘Mean Mr. Mustard’ Sessions [Twickenham Studios, Jan 8, 1969] (5.0MB)
Track 210. ‘Mean Mr. Mustard’ Sessions [Twickenham Studios, Jan 14, 1969] (5.6MB)
Track 211. ‘Mean Mr. Mustard’ Sessions [Apple Studios, Jan 25, 1969] (3.2MB)
Track 212. ‘Polythene Pam’ Session [Apple Studios, Jan 24, 1969] (3.0MB)
Track 213. ‘Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight’ Sessions [Twickenham Studios, Jan 7, 1969] (5.5MB)
Track 214. ‘Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight’ Sessions [Twickenham Studios, Jan 9, 1969] (6.2MB)
Track 215. ‘Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight’ Sessions [Twickenham Studios, Jan 9, 1969] (2.8MB)
Track 216. ‘Her Majesty’ Session [Apple Studios, Jan 24, 1969] (2.9MB)

A timely release for the noughties, the Beatles catalogue got a fresh remaster last year. Buy the latest 2009 version of the stereo Abbey Road (Remastered). Click on the link to order the album.

  1. 14 Responses to “BRAND NEW BEATLES”

  2. Goes to show, “YA AINT HEARD IT ALL…” Thanx!

    By Timmy on Feb 14, 2010

  3. I just finished reading “Revolution in the Head” - this is a great companion piece to that book, thanks much.

    By Noam Sane on Feb 14, 2010

  4. thanks for this..a nice looking/sounding piece to go with the finished product.

    By sluggo on Feb 14, 2010

  5. At first, I wasn’t at all interested in ANOTHER reworking of the Get Back/Let It Be sessions, which John Lennon rightly called “the shittiest sessions ever,” but this is fun to listen to.

    The editing here is more tasteful than some of the ‘Anthology’ digital revision–it’s unobtrusive and it overcomes the limits of those *&^$# Nagra tape reels and all of the tracking beeps. HelterSkelter does great work.

    The song from Abbey Road that they still haven’t released or bootlegged is The beatles’ cover of the Ben E. King song “Stand By Me” which Mark Lewisohn says is the better than anything from the GB/LIB sessions. I keep waiting, and I hope it gets out before I go deaf or die.

    By Eric on Feb 15, 2010

  6. This is a terrific piece. I look forward to their future releases. Something else that would be nice is a ‘best of’ the Rock Band Isolated Tracks. Many of us get impatient slogging thru the 20 volumes thus far looking for the good stuff. Anyone out there want to take this on?

    By Belmo on Feb 15, 2010

  7. Again, another fine looking offering … thank you very much. Cheers

    By Canute on Feb 16, 2010

  8. Great stuff indeed…never enough…keep loading!

    By Alex Corvini on Feb 22, 2010

  9. There were quite a few versions of OLD BROWN SHOE also recorded during the last week of these sessions. Anyone have any information about a second volume…?

    By Ul on Jul 2, 2010

  10. Really enjoyed this…is there more to follow ??

    By Byrdman on Nov 25, 2011

  11. I know quite a bit of this is already in my HD but thanks for presenting it all at once. Cheers! Order is everything. Aside from order the sonic qualities of these copies is excellent.
    What was life before Phil Cohen & The Big O?…..???????? BORING

    By John McNea on Jan 21, 2012

  12. Would have been nice, but I do not consider 192kbps as ‘high quality’ at all.

    By Zedy on Sep 29, 2012

  13. 192 is very high quality. a little education goes a long way. most people who arent from krypton cant hear the difference between 192 and anything higher assuming u are listening to the same tracks. now yes if u compare 128 and higher rates u will hear a difference. but 192 is good enough. there is no reason to go higher. its just a waste. nothing should ever be lower btw.

    By darth on Sep 30, 2012

  14. thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!!

    By I am the walrus on Apr 19, 2013

  15. Thanks! This is a great selection. I don’t have 83 CDs of the “Get Back” sessions, thank Clapton.

    By Eric on Nov 22, 2014

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