August 10, 2010 – 7:21 pm


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Artifacts I [Big Music Co. 1993, 5CD]

Outtakes and other rarities. Very good soundboard.

Artifacts I and II are each five-CD box sets which predated the official “Anthology” releases and, of course, some of these tracks were later released officially. As for the other tracks in these sets, some songs may have appeared on “Anthology 1″, “Anthology 2″, “Anthology 3″ and “Live at The BBC”, but NOT these specific takes, mixes or edits. In its original form, Artifacts I presented a very poor sounding source for the eight-minute version of  “It’s All Too Much”, but I have inserted a full-fidelity source taken from the original Japanese pressing of “Secret Songs in Pepperland”. - Philip Cohen

Music critic Bruce Eder wrote in the All Music Guide: “One strongly suspects that the existence of this five-CD box, in tandem with a handful of other packages of this type, was largely responsible for getting Paul McCartney (and others) to take a serious look at what was in EMI’s vaults, resulting in the release of the Beatles’ Anthology series.

“In 1993, however, this was the only game in town: 124 choice outtakes, live concert tracks, demos, overdub sessions, and rehearsals covering the group’s known recordings from 1958 through 1970 - it’s essentially a best-of the Beatles’ unauthorized output, from what were then the best-known sources of every track represented.

The motto of “Big Music,” whoever they were, was “Ain’t No Limits,” and they proved it on most of this set, which generally showed excellent selections and superb tape research, a true rarity for bootleg releases, especially on this scale - up to this time, the usual assumption by almost any producer had been that, with a box like this, people would accept quantity in lieu of quality, but on Artifacts there was no compromise of that type.”

Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 256 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 5 will be available for download soon.

Track notes from

CD 3 - The Psychedelic Years 1966-1967:
Track 301. He Said He Said - She Said She Said (Composing Tape; March 1966?) (5.5MB)
302. Tomorrow Never Knows (Take 3; April 6, 1966) (Omitted)
This is the stereo LP version, with the audio -180 degrees out-of-phase (aka ‘oops’). Ever since somebody put this outfake on a bootleg and it was aired on the Lost Lennon Tapes, people have been perpetuating the myth that this is an alternate mix but it’s not.
Track 303. Paperback Writer (Takes 1, 2; April 13, 1966) (7.4MB)
Track 304. Nowhere Man (Live) (4.6MB)
Recorded at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California; Aug 29, 1966.

Track 305. Paperback Writer (Live) (4.9MB)
Recorded at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California; Aug 29, 1966.

Track 306. Strawberry Fields Forever (Composing Tape and Takes 1, 25) (23.6MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Kenwood demos - November 1966: electric guitar composing sequence + mellotron & overdubs onto composing sequence. Sourced from “Arrive Without Aging” (Vigotone - VT-6869). Take 1 - Nov 24, 1966; Take 25 - Dec 15, 1966.

Track 307. Penny Lane (Brass Overdub Session; Jan 9, 1967) (4.7MB)
Track 308. A Day In The Life (Take 6; Jan 20, 1967) (8.0MB)
Take 6 features new vocals by John, a bass line, Paul’s vocals and Ringo’s drums.

Track 309. Good Morning Good Morning (Home Demo; January 1967) (1.9MB)
Track 310. It’s All Too Much (Take 2 and not Take 4 as claimed) (15.3MB)
Replaced by a full-fidelity source taken from the original Japanese pressing of “Secret Songs in Pepperland” - Philip Cohen

Track 311. All You Need Is Love (BBC TV) (13.0MB)
Takes 57 and 58, used for BBC “Our World” Television Broadcast; June 25, 1967.

Track 312. Your Mother Should Know (Take 8, Acetate; Aug 22, 1967) (4.6MB)
Track 313. I Am The Walrus (Takes 7, Monitor Mix; Sept 5, 1967) (3.4MB)
314. The Fool On The Hill (Take 1, Acetate; Sept 6, 1967) (Omitted. Released on “Anthology 2″)
Track 315. Flying (Aerial Tour Instrumental) (3.8MB)
RM4; Sept 8, 1967; acetate. Mono Mix of the track that largely became “Flying”.

Track 316. Jessie’s Dream (The Bus) (1.3MB)
Listed as Jessie’s Dream but it’s actually The Bus. It’s an excerpt of Aerial Tour Instrumental, RM1; Sept 28, 1967. Sourced from Magical Mystery Tour video.

Track 317. Hello Goodbye (Hello Hello) (Take 1; Oct 2, 1967) (9.4MB)
Track 318. Blue Jay Way (Overdub Session) (6.8MB)
Mono mix for Magical Mystery Tour film producer. Often mistakenly referred to as Take 1. Sourced from Magical Mystery Tour video; Sept 7, 1967.

Track 319. Cry Baby Cry (Demo Sequence) (10.8MB)
John home demo fragment. With some tunes of what will become Across The Universe; December 1967. Esher Demo - May 20-29, 1968.

Track 320. Daddy’s Little Sunshine Boy (Home Tape) (983k)
John with Ringo. Recorded at John’s home? December 1967.

CD 4 - Inner Revolution 1968:
Track 401. The Inner Light (Take 5, Backing Track; Jan 12, 1968) (4.6MB)
Instrumental track, external, recorded at EMI, Bombay!

Track 402. Lady Madonna (Alternate Take; Take 4; Feb 6, 1968) (4.1MB)
Track 403. She Can Talk To Me (Hey Bulldog) (Composing Tape; February 1968) (1.5MB)
Excerpt of demo of what was later to become “Hey Bulldog”.

Track 404. Across The Universe (Take 8, Monitor Mix; Feb 8, 1968) (6.9MB)
An alternate mix with the extracts of the ‘Hums Wild’ Sounds effect recorded on Feb 4, 1968 edited in. No Orchestration or Animal Sounds at this stage. The take on some discs is preceeded by John saying “You’re right, Richie” and two exhales.

Track 405. Instrumental - Blowin’ In The Wind - Hare Krishna Mantra (5.5MB)
Recorded in India. Sourced from VHS of Italian TV program. March 1968.

Track 406. Spiritual Regeneration (Thank You, Guru Dev) - Happy Birthday To You (4.2MB)
AKA “Spiritual Regeneration/Happy Birthday Mike Love”. Recorded in Rishikesh, India, March 14, 1968. Mike Love’s birthday is March 14, it can safely be assumed that they sang this song to him on that day. Sourced from a radio program narrated by Wolfman Jack, with his voice edited out. An unedited tape appears on the LP “Indian Rope Trick”.

Track 407. The Happy Rishikesh Song (Home Tape; May 1968) (3.5MB)
Track 408. Dear Prudence (Demo Version; May 1968) (8.4MB)
Track 409. Back In The USSR (Demo Version; May 1968) (5.6MB)
410. Piggies (Demo Version; May 1968) (Omitted. Released on “Anthology 3″)
411. Junk (Jubilee) (Demo Version; May 1968) (Omitted. Released on “Anthology 3″)
Track 412. Child Of Nature (Demo Version; May 1968) (4.8MB)
Later to be given new lyrics and re-recorded as “Jealous Guy” on John’s “Imagine” album.

Track 413. Sour Milk Sea (Demo Version; May 1968) (6.5MB)
Track 414. Circles (Demo Version; May 1968) (4.2MB)
415. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Take 5; July 5, 1968) (Omitted. Released on “Anthology 3″)
Track 416. Revolution (Alternate Mix) (RS1; July 10, 1968) (6.1MB)
Sourced from “Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 7″ which is sourced from the Lost Lennon Tapes with the record’s intro (stereo) edited on to omit Elliot Mintz’ voiceover. After the intro, the audio becomes mono.

Track 417. Brian Epstein Blues (Ad Lib; July 19, 1968) (2.0MB)
Outtake (external) from “Sexy Sadie” session.

418. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Take 1) (Omitted. Released on “Anthology 3″)
This is the same take as on “Anthology 3″, but not the same mix.
Track 419. Hey Jude - Las Vegas Tune - St. Loius Blues (Studio Rehearsal; July 30, 1968) (13.8MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 420. Not Guilty (RM1; Take 102; Aug 12, 1968) (7.7MB)
421. What’s The New Mary Jane (Take 4; Aug 14, 1968) (Omitted)
This is edited and remixed in 1984 for Sessions album version.
Track 422. Everybody Had A Hard Year (Home Demo; October 1968) (3.1MB)
Early recording of what was later to become John’s part of “I Got A Feeling”.

Track 423. Heather (Ad Lib; November 1968) (4.0MB)
A track recorded by Paul and Donovan and others during the making of Mary Hopkin “Post Card” album.

Track 424. Don’t Let Me Down (Composing Tape, Take 2; December 1968) (4.0MB)
Track 425. Goodbye (Home Demo; February 1969) (4.4MB)

Click here for Artifacts Disc 1 and 2.

To be continued.

Click on the link to order The Beatles‘ Anthology series.


  2. wow!! thx a lot!
    can`t wait for the artifacts 2.

    By Peter on Aug 10, 2010

  3. Oh yeah!!!!! Inner Revolution was the disc I’ve been looking for…..had it years ago and it mysteriously disappeared during a “party” I hosted :(
    Killer box-set……..really fills in some gaps that Anthology left gaping open!

    By todd on Aug 11, 2010

  4. Those psychedelic years are my all time favourites. When I was hanging out in Eric’s night club on Matthew Street in the 70’s/80’s everyone was vying to make the best 4-track Beatles mixture tapes from the various vinyl and cassette boots that were around at the time. The quality may have been rough but the spirit was pure gold. I’m surprised that ‘Pink Fuzz’ has never been put out there, a real nugget.

    By Creatist on Dec 25, 2011

  5. Thank you! Thank You! THANK YOU!!

    By Mickey D on Dec 15, 2013

  6. Great Music These Artifacts collection. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Max on Apr 2, 2014

  7. not all the links work. Some go to malicious chinese web sites or otherwise dubious links.

    By Greg on Jul 14, 2019

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